American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (1852, Reston, VA, 250 staff; asce.org)

Represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Committed to planning, designing, constructing, and operating the built environment while protecting and restoring the natural environment. One of its key goals is to make sure that all infrastructure is safe, resilient, and sustainable: “Civil engineers have a moral obligation to  preserve the limited resources and sustain this planet we call home,” Kancheepuram Gunalan, President.

Manages nine technical institutes and offers many professional and public-focused programs. The Institutes include:

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Coasts, Ports and Rivers
  • Construction
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Environmental and Water Resources
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Transportation and Development
  • Utility Engineering and Survey

Offers engineering certification via its academies in: (a) Water Resources, (b) Costal, Ocean, Port and Navigation, and (c) Geo-Technical professionalism.

Topics:

  • Aerospace
  • Changing climate
  • Codes and standards
  • Cold regions
  • Computing
  • Energy
  • Forensic engineering
  • Infrastructure resilience

76 Sections, 160 Branches, 302 Student Chapters, and 130 Younger Member Groups are housed under ASCE’s umbrella.

Holds conferences and events throughout the year, e.g., the 2020 Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute Pipelines, a virtual program inquiring into matters such as: handling entrapped air/gas in water/wastewater,  emerging technologies, and corrosion control.

Publications:

  • 100s of books and proceedings across the gambit of civil engineering practice and concerns, e.g., 41 books on waterways, such as World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2020: Hydraulics, Waterways, and Water Distribution System Analysis (438p)
  • 39 journals, e.g., Journal of Environmental Engineering
  • Issued the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card: A Comprehensive Assessment of the America’s Infrastructure, (18p) [Note: D+)
  • Published the 2020 Status Report: COVID-19’s Impacts on America’s Infrastructure (14p)

Leadership: 

Kancheepuram Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, President

Budget:

$2.3M (2018)

Note: All over the world, it’s folks with this sort of expertise who make things work and run. The organization’s financial report seems off given the scope of its activities. 

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