Civil engineers build the world's infrastructure. In
doing so, they quietly shape the history of nations around the world. Most
people can not imagine life without the many contributions of civil engineers to
the public's health, safety and standard of living. Civil engineering's
contributions to daily life, including transportation, clean water and power
generation, are magnificent in scope and functionality.
Simply stated, civil engineers are creative,
people-serving and problem-solving leaders who make our lives easier to live
from one day to the next.
The American Society of Civil Engineers, a professional organization
representing more than 123,000 civil engineers, celebrates its 150th anniversary
in 2002. When the twelve Founders gathered at the Croton Aqueduct on November 5,
1852, and agreed to incorporate the American Society of Civil Engineers and
Architects, one can only wonder if they dreamed the profound significance and
long-lasting impact ASCE would have on the overall development of society. They
laid a foundation for what proves to be one of the most prominent engineering
societies in the world.
Today ASCE is a worldwide leader for excellence
in civil engineering. With a mission to advance professional knowledge and
improve the practice of civil engineering, ASCE is a focal point for the
development and transfer of research results, and technical policy and
managerial information. Through strategic emphasis in key areas, including
infrastructure renewal and development, policy leadership and professional
development, ASCE delivers the highest quality publications, programs and
services to its worldwide membership, demonstrating a daily commitment to
sustaining the profession.