Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president of the ASCE - Maryland Section for the 2018/2019 program year. It is truly an honor and privilege to serve as your president. We have an outstanding board leading our Section and Branches and I look forward to an active year. I am so appreciative of the support from the current Board and the past presidents as we plan out the upcoming year. The Section has a legacy of fantastic volunteers and I encourage anyone who is interested to get involved or to mentor a younger member to get involved. The complete list of officers and committee chairs is available on the website (organizational chart).
In the course of the past and current year, we have been moving the Section towards taking advantage of the digital age and the skills of the next generation of leaders. We have a new and improved website that continues to be updated with current material and user-friendly features. The on-line registration has dramatically improved record-keeping and simplified the job for the Hospitality Committee. Our newsletter will be undergoing continual improvement under the leadership of our new editor, Ryan Beaudoin, including moving toward a digital format. If our progress in this direction presents any challenges for you to remain connected to the many events and updates, please reach out to me so we can continue to serve all of our members.
One of our goals for this year is to increase support and connection with the Branches and Institutes. We are excited to have a new institute, Utility Engineering and Surveying. The bylaws and initial slate of offices have been approved with Anna Pridmore as the first president. We can expect more news to come on exciting events and opportunities to connect with colleagues in this field. We are also working on developing a closer working relationship with our neighbor to the south, National Capital Section and their president, Emily Dean. We are planning on scheduling some joint meetings or technical tours in the Baltimore Washington corridor.
I am pleased to report that the movie “Dream Big: Engineering our World,” will be placed in every public middle and high school in Maryland. This movie shows the important work engineers do, helping to heighten interest and change perceptions about the profession. The package delivered to each school includes support materials to aid teachers in energizing students to study math and sciences and inspire young people to consider careers in engineering. These materials provide K-12 engineering education resources, in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards. The distribution of the movie was made possible through support of ASCE, the Maryland Section, the Catoctin Branch and a very generous contribution by Ray Streib at DFI. Thank you, Ray, for the continued championing of educating our youth on the importance of Civil Engineering.
I hope you will enjoy our first edition of the new newsletter. You will find interesting articles from our committees, Institutes and Branches. Please be sure to scan upcoming events and reach out with any questions.