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encouraged to provide content of interest to their members. If you have
items that you would like to see posted on the state website or the
local branch website, contact your branch president
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Fairbanks Students Win
Invitation to National Steel Bridge Competition
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
Student Chapter of ASCE won First Place overall out of 16 universities in the
Pacific Northwest Region Steel Bridge Competition in Butte, Montana, April 7 -
9, 2005. Participating schools included University of British Columbia,
University of Washington, Oregon State University, and University of Alaska
Anchorage. UAA came in eighth.
The UAF trophies include First Place for
Overall performance, First Place for Economy, and First Place for Efficiency.
The team also won Second Place for Stiffness, Second Place for Lightness,
Third Place for Construction Speed, and Tenth Place for aesthetics.
top three schools are invited to compete in the national competition May 27 -
28 in Orlando, Florida. If you or your firm can make a donation to cover part
of the cost for the chapter to go to national competition, please contact J.
Leroy Hulsey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 474-7816.
District Director's Report
By Greg DiLoreto,
P.E., F. ASCE, Director, District 12
ASCE National Board of Direction met April 13-14 in Tyson’s Corner,
Virginia. For those of you not familiar with that area, it is the suburbs of
Washington, DC. The OPAL (Outstanding Projects and Leaders) award gala was
held on the evening of the 13th. The Outstanding Civil Engineering
Achievement Award for 2005 went to Rion-Antirion Bridge, a 900 million dollar
bridge spanning the Gulf of Corinth linking the Greek mainland and the
Peloponnese. It is the world’s longest cable-stayed crossing. Outstanding
lifetime achievement awards went to the following: Rear Adm. (retired) Michael
Johnson for public works, Jack Lemley for construction, Ralph Peterson for
management, Louis Silano for design, and Michael Walton for education. I
encourage you to next year attend this grand event.
meeting the Board receives a status report on the state of affairs from our
Executive Director, Pat Natale. A number of things from that report are
important to note. First, the recently released ASCE report card clearly noted
the deficiencies in our infrastructure. Members of congress on both sides are
literally holding up our report card when they are discussing infrastructure
needs. Our website has received more than 1.5 million hits from people looking
for additional information on this topic. It has been a lead story on CBS
News.com, and MSNBC. I encourage each section to develop your own report card.
ASCE staff is ready to assist you in that effort.
continue to increase our role on Capitol Hill. ASCE government affairs staff
have located to our new office, just a block away from the capitol making it
easier for us to be at the capitol on a moment’s notice. Other engineering
societies are envious of this choice location.
benefit for our members is the ability to research ASCE published articles
using our online proceedings. The ACE Research Library is a comprehensive
online tool for locating articles of interest across all disciplines of civil
engineering. The Research Library provides unprecedented access to more than
18,500 full-text papers from ACE Journals and proceedings published.
approved at the April Board meeting:
location of the 2008 Annual Conference will be Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
of and funding for a Building Security Council. The BSC is a newly formed
council that will provide review and certification of the security of
buildings. Operating in a format similar to LEED’s program by the US
Green Building Council, ASCE is poised to begin developing and offering
this service in the next year.
Institute Representatives to the ASCE Board of Direction, of which there
are four, to be eligible for ASCE President-elect without further Board
electronic elections for ASCE national officers.
or reaffirmed 34 ASCE policy statements.
the designation of the Philadelphia City Hall and the C. Maxwell Stanley
Hydraulics Laboratory at the University of Iowa as ASCE National Historic
Civil Engineering Landmarks.
Bill Marcuson as the official nominee for President-elect for 2005-06.
always if you have issues or concerns with ASCE please do not hesitate to call
or write. I can be reached at (503) 848-3032 or email@example.com.
Guide Manual Available On Website
The Alaska Section Guide Manual is
available in Adobe Acrobat® (PDF)
format on the Special Sections page (1.3MB formatted for online
viewing). For convenience the link is also attached to this announcement. Alaska
Section Guide Manual