Spring is in full swing; Flowers are in full bloom, the weather is warming (mostly), and the days are getting longer! I certainly am enjoying spending more time outdoors and am reflecting on our 2022-23 program season. We have been busy with multiple virtual and in person events every month. I hope you have found an opportunity to participate in at least one of our events and found it valuable.
Our annual awards event celebrating great people and projects is coming up on Thursday, June 8, 2023. We will be in the Mansion House at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. The event features live music, a delicious menu, open bar, plenty of networking opportunities, ample free parking, presentation of our annual awards, and celebration of new ASCE life members. We will also be joined for a social hour by special animal ambassadors (African Penguin and Armadillo). Please plan to attend by registering on our website (www.ascemd.org)!
We will resume our regularly scheduled events September 13th at the Engineer’s Club! Over the next three months the ASCE Maryland Leadership won’t be sitting idle, rather we will be hard at work re-calibrating, training, and planning for next year’s professional opportunities. Our organization thrives on volunteer leadership; and NOW is a great time to get involved. Please reach out if you are interested and we will get you involved in our planning for the upcoming year! We have opportunities to lead our university outreach committee and financial audits committee, among others.
It’s also time to nominate individuals to the Maryland Board for Professional Engineers. Did you know that the ASCE Maryland section is responsible for nominating Civil Engineer members to this board, for approval by the Governor? Each engineer member of the Board shall be: a citizen of the United States; a resident of the State; practiced engineering for at least 12 years; and been in responsible charge of important engineering work for at least 5 years. If you are interested in being nominated to the board please email me your resume at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations are open for next year’s section board of directors and officers. We have openings for Director and Treasurer. If you are interested, please reach out to past-president Kelly Ambrose at email@example.com. I trust you will find volunteering on the section board both personally and professionally rewarding.
I mentioned in my previous messages that I have several goals for this ASCE year which I want to provide an update. I believe strongly in talking about goals and sharing them to not only be accountable but to help bring their achievement to fruition.
§ We are well on our way to achieve a cumulative total of 1,000 attendees across all section-wide events at 950 attendees so far in our fiscal year.
§ We are improving collaboration with Student Chapters through multiple avenues.
§ We are always looking for new committee chairs (presently, University Outreach & Audits) and have added six new committee leaders to our volunteer leadership team.
§ We intend to keep our strong variety of guest speaker and event topics going next year and are always open for suggestions!
Please don’t hesitate to connect via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering, have questions about our Section or simply have a recommendation for ways we can better engage our 2,000+ members. If I can’t answer your question, I’ll find someone who can.
Charles W. W. Mitchell, III, PE, SITES AP, M.ASCE
ASCE Maryland President