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Fall 2015

posted Aug 12, 2016, 10:34 AM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated Aug 12, 2016, 10:37 AM ]

Hello ASCE Maryland Section members.

Welcome to our 102nd year.

Founded in 1914, the ASCE Maryland Section is a member-based professional organization focused on technical programs, events, and initiatives to support the professional growth of our members and benefit the civil engineering profession. This year, the Section’s 102nd, we’ll celebrate our industry in all its shapes – from planning to drafting table and conference room to construction site –and disciplines, advocate for our industry, and plan for the future of our industry.

This year will comprise interesting speakers hosted by the Section and its institutes and advocacy for the industry focused on our local presence. The Maryland Section places emphasis on nurturing future engineers, advancing engineering knowledge, and serving as an advocate and trusted advisor for public safety in the built environment, investment in sustainable infrastructure, and protection of our natural resources.

Refer to the Section’s organizational chart to see the numerous individuals who help make the Section run. Throughout the year, challenge any and all of the Section’s volunteer leaders with your ideas regarding what you want from your Section. Let’s keep getting better. Also reach out to us if you are interested in taking on leadership or organizational duties.

Planning for the future through growth and promotion

Congratulations to the Section’s own Joel Oppenheimer, P.E., who was featured in the regular “7 Questions” column in the July/August issue of ASCE’s “Civil Engineering.” Joel talked about the importance of mentoring, why companies should support it and individuals should pursue it, and what shapes mentoring relationships can take. Joel reminds us that “if we’re going to rebuild infrastructure around the world, then we need to develop outstanding engineers and future leaders” and mentoring is a vital tool for this from which both the mentor and mentee can benefit.

See the graphics below, “The Maryland Section by the Numbers,” for a breakdown of the levels and types of experience represented in the Maryland Section. Whether or not your company has a mentoring program, the Maryland Section is a great place to network and learn from one another.

Indeed, the Maryland Section comprises myriad levels of experience in many disciplines and represents over 400 firms, agencies, or other employers. We represent a lot of the civil engineering discipline in Maryland.

Consider the assertion by Ron Ebelhar, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, F.ASTM, and senior principal with Terracon, in the July/August issue of ASCE’s “Geotstrata.” Ron said that “by nature, most civil engineers are not self-promoters. We have to learn to help the general public and politicians understand why civil engineering is important: to develop and maintain infrastructure for economic viability and quality of life.”

Civil engineering is important. Let’s better appreciate that fact as an industry and help those outside of the industry better understand it. Let’s celebrate what we do. We’ve got plenty to celebrate including as evidence an accomplished history of projects celebrating notable anniversaries– the Washington Monument (130 years), the facilities at Lake Montebello (100 years), and the Fort McHenry Tunnel (30 years), this year alone. Cheers to us, civil engineers!

I look forward, Maryland Section, to leading a collaborative session during which we celebrate our work through recognition, learn about it through technical sessions, case studies, and networking, and advocate and plan for it through outreach and growth.


Carrie Nicholson, P.E.