When: February 8, 2023, 6:00p


Member: $45
Non-Member/Guest: $60
Student: $30
Government: $30

Registration Deadline: February 2, Noon


Bread & Butter


Meat Lasagna

Tomato Basil Sauce

Vegetable & Starch


This event is also student night and our next career fair.

February PDH & Social Event
Be The Leader You Are Meant To Be
Jim O’Brien

Do you want to be the most effective, intentional, inspirational, and influential leader that you can be? Join our conversation to learn how you can become THIS LEADER.

This conversation will be engaging, stimulating, informative, and participative. We will not waste your time. Our leader development is focused on YOU. It is practical and pragmatic. You will be able to use what you learn immediately in your work, family, and leisure time activities. You will have the opportunity to build professional and personal relationships with others important for your life. You will have more tools and better direction to BECOME A BETTER YOU!

Jim is eager to share what he has learned with likeminded and thoughtful people who want to be part of something bigger than themselves that is laser-focused on making our world a better place to live. Jim has been part of developing thousands of leaders who make a difference in lives of others.

Career Fair / Student Night Information:

All Students and professionals are welcome to attend the event (registration is required) where our sponsors will be recruiting for jobs during the social hour.

About the Speaker

Jim O’Brien has a lifetime of experience and learning how to be the best leader that he can be. His learning started early and occurred frequently. Born to a large family in what was to become the “middle child” position, he immediately found his surroundings to be like our world of today--quite “VUCA”, that is “volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous”. Fortunately, Jim also saw that he was accompanied in his small community by “many” positive role models, peer mentors, and eager teachers.

Further, his formal education included a BS degree from the US Military Academy at West Point, NY with graduate degree in Engineering Mechanics from Stanford University. Jim has been successful as an US Army Corps of Engineers officer, a nonprofit association executive, a university professor, and a leader developer of individuals and for organizations.

When: February 23, 2023,

5:00 - 6:30p



Members & Employees of Sponsor Firms: Free

Non-Members: $10

Registration Deadline: February 17, Noon

February Skills Training Virtual Event
Goal Setting for Success
Joel Oppenheimer, PE

Goal setting is the master skill of success. Writing out goals is one of the most important things we can do. Yet, less than 3% of people have ever taken the time to write out their lifetime goals. We discuss the importance of goal setting and value of writing down goals. We discuss how to develop major goals, a “major definite purpose” and corresponding detailed plans of action. We will do some exercises in which participants can write out their goals and action plans. We then show how the same personal goal setting methodology can be used effectively for professional goal setting for businesses and government, otherwise known as strategic planning. This seminar is part of the “Building a Better Life, Concrete Steps for Success” Seminar Series (www.buildingabetterlife.net).

About the Speaker

Joel Oppenheimer was a Senior Vice President at STV Incorporated overseeing their Maryland Transportation and Infrastructure practice for 17 years until October 2021. He is partially retired and currently is a Senior Project Manager at STV in a part-time role. He has more than 40 years of planning and engineering experience, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Administration and is a professional engineer in Maryland and 8 other states. He began inspirational/motivational speaking in 2003 and has presented various seminars of his “Building a Better Life—Concrete Steps for Success” program more than 390 times.



Nominations for Maryland ASCE Awards are NOW OPEN!

Click here for further information and for nomination criteria.

Categories for award nominations include (click each to nominate):

Civil Engineer of the Year

Young Engineer of the Year

Meritorious Service to Civil Engineering Profession

Outstanding Engineer Educator

Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement

Reach out to awards@ascemd.org with any questions.

Submissions Due: March 1, 2023

Upcoming Events

February PDH & Social EventBe The Leader You were Meant to Be, Jim O’BrienStudent Night & Career FairWednesday, February 8, 2023, 6p

February Virtual EventGoal Setting for Success, Joel Oppenheimer, PEThursday, February 23, 2023, 5p

March PDH & Social EventSpace Telescope InstituteJohns Hopkins University5:30-7:30pmIncludes light refreshmentsRegistration info coming soon!

April 12th, 2023

Asphalt Pavement, Audrey Copland, 6 pm

May 10th, 2023

TISMO, Brian Grandizio, 6 pm

May 16th, 2023

Communicating for Success, Joel Oppenheimer, 12 pm

June 8th, 2023

Section Awards Dinner, 6 pm


ASCE MD Section Bylaws Annotated for Vote

The ASCE Maryland Section Board of Directors has reviewed the Section Bylaws and is proposing several changes to make the procedures for updates more clear, and to make the Bylaws consistent with the current operating practices of The Society and The Section. If you have any questions, please reach out to Director Clint Martin (cmartin@ascemd.org). Changes to the bylaws are shown in the adjacent PDF. Please vote for or against the changes shown. Should a majority of members voting, vote for the changes, they will become effective after coordination with The Society.

Thomas Viaduct Railroad Bridge

Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

The Thomas Viaduct in Relay Maryland has been designated as a National Historic Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Viaduct was the most challenging part of the first railroad line to the U.S. Capital city and when opened in July 1835, it was the longest stone arch bridge in the world.

The ASCE Maryland Section is working to have a bronze plaque mounted near the viaduct to honor the designation. We are raising funds for the pedestal and to mount the plaque, retain a contractor, and arrange for delivery. Our fundraising goal is $3,500. All organizations that provide donations will recognized at the mounting ceremony. Please consider donating (via the link at the left) today! ASCE Maryland is a 501(c)3 organization, so your donation may be tax deductible.