Welcome to the ASCE Maryland Section!
Thank you for the honor of being selected to serve as President of our ASCE Maryland Section. I’m excited to serve as President and look forward to the many challenges and exciting programs that we will face this coming year. On behalf of the membership of ASCE/Maryland, I want to say a special thank you to Christina Casole for her leadership and dedication serving as President this past year, especially with the challenges that she faced with her job responsibilities and family commitments. I also want to show appreciation to Kelly Brennan and Tom Kiefer for their tireless efforts supporting the Board (Kelly as past-President/Director and Tom Kiefer as Director).
As I write this message, most of our committee chairs and multiple program leaders have volunteered and been selected. Many programs, projects, and student chapters continue to function on a year-round basis and we encourage your support to lighten the load of the chairpersons. The more active areas needing involvement include government relations, university outreach, younger member programs. Several goals that we are facing this year include:
Provide interesting and informative speakers and programs to allow for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDH’s) for the professional civil engineers attending our meetings and programs.
Emphasis on career development/involvement in our school systems to promote civil engineering as a profession.
Launching and supporting a local high school civil engineering club as a national ASCE Pilot Program which would be used as a model in Maryland for other high schools throughout the state. We are excited to announce that Northern Anne Arundel County North County High School STEM Program are welcoming our involvement in forming a civil engineering club which is going to get off the ground in early October, 2012. Civil engineers who can volunteer their professional time to support the club are urgently needed. They can contact Kennedy Huddleston and/or Steven Andraka, P.E.. Tentatively, they are planning to meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Thursday’s starting with October 18th.
Placing emphasis on the planning, programming, fundraising and development of the future 2014 “100th” year anniversary of civil engineering in Maryland. Planning needs to occur this year with the start of festivities and programs in the fall, 2013. Joel Oppenheimer of STV, Inc. is the chair of that committee.
Another issue is legal representation and support. Frank Kaul will be working on promoting the civil engineering report card that we prepared in support of the transportation trust fund during the next legislative session. Additionally, we have been extremely involved with coordination and promotion of the professional engineering firm permit bill which now will be presented to the legislation for approval. This new legislation will require that any Maryland engineering firm (any type of engineering firm or type of corporation, partnership or limited liability company) that practices engineering will ultimately require a permit. Legislation, if approved, will become effective in October, 2015. Copies of the latest draft can be acquired by sending an email to Ray Streib.
There are many events which will occur this fall and hopefully those members who attended the September meeting enjoyed the Ice Cream Social.
Finally, I want to congratulate Dave Mongan for being recognized by ASCE National as the Outstanding Civil Engineer, 2012. Dave Mongan truly deserves that recognition and he continues to support our profession as a member of the Maryland Board of Professional Engineers. Remember we meet on the 2nd Wednesday each month and we hope to see you in October.
Raymond E. Streib
2012-2013 President, ASCE Maryland Section
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