Welcome to the home page of the St. Louis Section of ASCE. The Section actually encompasses the Eastern half of Missouri and five Illinois counties immediately to the east of St. Louis, serving over 1100 members and five area student chapters.
We support local future and current civil engineers (architectural; coasts, oceans, ports and rivers; construction; environmental and water resources; geotechnical; structural; transportation) in their chosen fields to make Missouri, the country, and the world a better and safer place to live.
Please feel free to contact any of our officers if we can be of assistance.
SIUE Mentor Program
In ordThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Mentor pgoram pvoides an opportunity for student and professionals to connect in positive one-on-one mentoring relationships. Through the program, professionals can enhance the quality of a currrent student's academic experience by interacting, exchanging ideas, and sharing their career experiences and knowledge with future SIUE graduates.
For more information, check out the November 2015 newsletter or contact the SIUE career Development Center directly at 618-650-3708, or www.siue.edu/careerdevelopmentcenter.
Proposed Amendments to Section By-Laws
In order to clarify language and provide better consistency among documents, the Board is proposing revisions to the St. Louis Section By-Laws. All section members will be able to vote on the proposal in the next several months. A copy of the revisions can be downloaded here. To view the current By-Laws, click on the "About ASCE" tab at the top of this page.
Report Card for Missouri's Infrastructure
The St. Louis Section collaborated with the Kansas City Section to develop a report card specifically for Missouri Infrastructure. The report card will be revealed on May 22nd at 7:30 AM in the Il Monastero Room on the Campus of St. Louis University (3050 Olive Street). All are welcome to attend. After the release, the report card can be viewed by clicking the cover below.
Report Card for America's Infrastructure
Every family and business needs infrastructure to thrive– from your road to work, to your internet, to the pipes bringing clean water to your house. In a new app format, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure puts the most comprehensive and clear reference available on America’s infrastructure in your pocket. Complete with videos, state profiles, and interactive content, this app shows how your state’s infrastructure is doing and what needs attention. Share how America raise the grades and along with any part of the app with friends, coworkers, LinkedIn groups, or even your elected officials. Download the Report Card at www.infrastructurereportcard.org.
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It is with humility, gratitude and excitement that I begin to serve as President of the St. Louis Section of ASCE. I found it particularly enjoyable to begin this role at the section’s annual dinner, September 25th, in the company of our talented scholarship and award winners. I also share many thanks with Melantha Norton for organizing this wonderful event.
Over the years, St. Louis has produced many outstanding Civil Engineers such as James B. Eads and Leif J. Sverdrup. The St. Louis Section of ASCE has continued in this vein and at our annual dinner we were privileged to recognize two national award winners from our Section, Dr. Robert Holmes and Melantha Norton (there is that name again). So this is why it is with humility that I attempt to continue the heritage of our Section and serve our members, but opportunities for service abound! We currently have openings on various committees such as Membership and Attendance. These provide great ways to become familiar with the Section and its members, if you will consider these openings I ask you call or email me, 324-768-2772 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Many rewards can spring from service to the Section, get involved and remember the words of James Eads, “Fortune favors the brave…drive on is my motto.”
At the annual dinner we also took the opportunity to acknowledge the service of our current Past-President Shawnna Erter. Shawnna is just one of our many Past-Presidents, many of whom stay active and support our Chapter in a myriad of ways. Past-President and current Governor Elise Ibendahl took time from her schedule and joined many or our committee chairs and board members this past August to review and update our Strategic Plan. Many great ideas were provided and the input was poignant and valuable. It always takes much work and some sacrifice for our talented members, committee chairs and board members to provide generous scholarships, to win awards and to participate in events like these. Many of these people have provided support, assistance and advice to me over the years and it is with them, my family and employer that I share my gratitude.
Current events remind us our region faces many challenges. ASCE has responded directly to many of these challenges with three exciting initiatives that provide a framework for thoughtful action. These initiatives are: Infrastructure, propose practical solutions to improve America's neglected infrastructure; Raise the Bar, establish educational and legal standards necessary to prepare professional engineers to address the future's most pressing challenges; and Sustainability, embrace Civil Engineers' role as contributors to a sustainable world. While our regional challenges may be more familiar to us they unfortunately are common elsewhere. So these challenges and ASCE’s initiatives provide us an exciting opportunity to think globally and act locally.
Civil Engineering gained much recognition in the Victorian era, especially in the United Kingdom, where the likes of Joseph Bazalgette and Isambard Kingdom Brunel constructed more than 1,000 miles of brick sewer under London’s streets. These sewers answered the needs of their own day so well that many of them stay in use today. Similarly while the answers to today’s challenges may require different approaches Engineers of all stripes must play a part, it’s time to resurrect our inventiveness. It’s a simple adage but “doing more with less” leads to creative engineering for again in the words of James Eads, “The man who can by his inventive genius cheapen light or heat or the supply of water to the masses is greater than a general.” So join ASCE, get active, save the world!
Essayons! (Motto of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Let Us Try!)
Michael T. Buechter, PE