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Steve Fitzwilliam

February 2015 President's Message

There will be a lot of discussion this year about the ASCE San Diego Section Centennial celebration and the events planned for this year.  After all, it only happens once every 100 years.  National Engineer’s Week (NEW) is this month from the 22nd to the 28th.  Along with our compatriots in the other engineering disciplines, such as electrical, chemical, mechanical, and aerospace engineering, ASCE, as this year’s host society, will be participating in a number of activities as described on the NEW San Diego website http://www.new-sandiego.org/.  Engineering Day at the mall is annually a great event as part of NEW.  Events are scheduled at a local shopping mall to make children and young adults aware of engineering and how it affects our daily lives.  Along with other activities, this is a great opportunity to get potential new engineers on the right path forward.

 

In March the ASCE San Diego Section will be hosting the Region 9 Infrastructure Symposium and Region 9 Awards Event.  More detail can be found on the ASCE website http://asce-dev2.serverside.net/Regions-Sections-Branches/Region-9/Region-9-Infrastructure-Symposium---Awards/ on these events.  Region 9 includes the four Sections within California, including, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  The award event takes winners from each local section and honors the best projects and individuals in the State.  This is an opportunity to show your clients and colleagues the importance of civil engineering on projects that are critical to our lives.  The 2015 ASCE California Infrastructure Symposium and Region 9 Awards Dinner will be held in San Diego at Balboa Park on Friday, March 6, 2015. The Infrastructure Symposium will be at the Hall of Champions, and the Awards Dinner will take place at the Air and Space Museum. Engineer’s Week (NEW) is this month from the 22nd to the 28th.  Along with our compatriots in the other engineering disciplines, such as electrical, chemical, mechanical, and aerospace engineering, ASCE, as this year’s host society, will be participating in a number of activities as described on the NEW San Diego website http://www.new-sandiego.org/.  Engineering Day at the mall is annually a great event as part of NEW.  Events are scheduled at a local shopping mall to make children and young adults aware of engineering and how it affects our daily lives.  Along with other activities, this is a great opportunity to get potential new engineers on the right path forward.

As stated, there will be lot of events this year.  This will provide a number of opportunities for companies and individuals to support the civil engineering profession through sponsorships of these events.  It is a big request for this year, but it is important to promote civil engineering.  Without support and education, we will have less potential engineers advancing to college as civil engineering students and eventually becoming engineers.  Also, without support, we will lose the opportunity to inform the public and our clients on the benefits and importance of civil engineer to projects that need our input.  As you may see on television programs or talking to people you just meet, the role of civil engineers is not widely understood.  Television programs always show the importance of architects, but hardly ever mention the engineers.  We all know the value we bring to projects, but without these outreach events, the importance often goes unknown.

I bring this up because the education of the general public is all of our responsibility.  There will be many opportunities through this year to help support this effort.  As I have mentioned in a previous monthly message, I challenge us all to take up this task in whatever way works for each of us and help promote civil engineering.

 

 

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