It’s a new year! Well, for ASCE San Diego Section it is a new year. We have new officers and new opportunities to volunteer and make a difference in the civil engineering community. First, I want to thank everyone who volunteered with the Centennial committee. These dedicated section members created memorable experience for all of us.

The many Centennial celebration activities were made possible by a group of volunteers who spent two years planning and organizing events and tours, preparing two publications and writing newsletter articles culminating with a Gala evening held in September at the Hotel del Coronado. Along the way, we organized tours of many iconic places in the county, including SeaWorld, Petco Park and California Tower, and generated a national bid for landmark status of the All American Canal. We have recognized many landmarks locally as a section, Sweetwater Dam, San Diego Flume, Cabrillo Bridge, the hangers at Naval Air Station North Island and on November 5 we dedicated the North Park Water Tower.

In February, we will be involved with National Engineers Week, followed by the Infrastructure Symposium for Region 9 (California) in March. Rounding out our Centennial works, we are able to publish two history-oriented books, The Life Member Memoirs and soon the bridge chapter will be added to a reissue of the Journal of San Diego History.

Our group of engineers can do great work when we all pull together in the same direction. How many of you reading this article know our San Diego Section Mission statement (without looking on the website)?

Mission Statement:

The objective of the San Diego Section shall be the advancement of the science and profession of engineering in a manner consistent with the objective of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

With our new section year comes new volunteer opportunities. Many ask, does everything we do take up so much time? In fact, we have several opportunities available that are not as time consuming as our Centennial celebration. Consider lending your time and talent to the annual event committee, golf tournament, report card, history and heritage, rewriting board position descriptions, seminars, technical groups, webpage editing, or newsletter articles. If you are interested in lending your talent to our Section, please contact any board member.

At the start of a new year, we always think about what we want to accomplish. What do you want to accomplish this year to advance science and engineering in our community? My goals are increase involvement of students and younger members in the section and to increase membership in the section. Our students at SDSU have started an ambassador program where they will visit area high schools and talk to students about college and engineering. UCSD students held a career day at the end of October. We just came up with an idea to have a tailgate and attend the SDSU Aztecs football game on November 14. The students, younger members and section members will all tailgate together and then attend the game. We are also planning a meet the brewer event with the younger members.

Something new with National ASCE. The national organization offers a new space called Collaborate ( available to members only. Once you sign into your National ASCE account (remember to update your profile while you’re there), you will have access to the San Diego Section Collaborate space. Within this area, you can post questions and comments and download files, such as our new constitution and bylaws. We will use this space for announcements and other files available to section members. Remember to check the section dues box when renewing your membership.

I’m looking forward to a productive year in the San Diego Section.


Mark H. Webb, P.E.

San Diego Section President