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Mid-Atlantic East Student Symposium

Volunteers Needed!

The 2023 Mid-Atlantic East Student Symposium will be held from April 21 to 23rd at Villanova University and Temple University. Currently, the student organizers for the event are seeking volunteers to assist as judges for the competitions they are hosting. The competitions will include GeoWall, Mead paper, the concrete canoe, the steel bridge, sustainable solutions, and the innovation contest. If you are interested in serving as a judge, please reach out to the students at [email protected]

Sponsorship opportunities are also available to help support the symposium. The sponsorship packet is available upon request, and information is posted to the student symposium website, found at If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact the students through their email address, [email protected]


Check Out our Webinar Library

Remember to check out our Webinar Library on Teachable! This service is FREE to all Philadelphia dues-paying members as an added benefit of membership to the section.

Did you miss last month's Section presentation on I-95 Section BS4 and H04: Connection Local, Regional, and Interstate Communities? Click Here to view the presentation on our webinar library and to obtain your PDH!

House Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

November 5, 2022, was a great day for the nation, as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) – right on ASCE Day 2021, the day we celebrate the Society’s founding on November 5, 1852!

The IIJA is the culmination of decades of advocacy by  American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) members who worked tirelessly to educate Congress about the role infrastructure plays in supporting the economy and our quality of life – with such tools as our Infrastructure Report Cards and our Legislative Fly-Ins to Washington DC and our state capitals. 

This $1.2 trillion bill is a historic piece of legislation that will have monumental impacts on the economy, public safety, global competitiveness, and each American’s well-being. The passage of this five-year bill proves once again that the country can lead with infrastructure.  

With this legislation, the federal government will restore its critical partnership with cities and states to modernize our nation’s roads, bridges, transit systems, drinking water pipes, school facilities, broadband, ports, airports, and more. Without a strong federal partner, local projects that are community lifelines have hung in the balance, oftentimes being paused or outright canceled due to funding uncertainties. 

We urge all ASCE members in our region to thank your U.S. Representatives who voted for the bill – and to continue engaging with all representatives, advocating for common sense solutions that can bring all Americans together.

Government and Policy News

For the latest in Government affairs and policies, please see our Government and Policy page.


Thanks to Our Section Sponsors - 29th Season!

When we first rolled out our sponsorship program at the start of the 1991-92 season, a total of nine “pioneer” firms participated:

  • BCM Engineers Inc.
  • Lippincott Engineering Associates
  • National Timber Piling Council
  • Pennoni Associates, Inc.
  • Pickering Corts & Summerson, Inc.
  • The RBA Group
  • Reutter Engineering
  • Temple University
  • J. Richard Weggel, PhD, PE

Some of these sound familiar, and some are no longer. We have begun our 29th year of the Section Sponsorship program this season. Thus far, 12 companies have committed to participate in this season. We extend our special and collective THANKS to each sponsor for their financial commitment and support.

As a sponsor, your business card will appear in each edition of THE NEWS from October through May. Sponsor logos are displayed in a special Sponsors section of our website. Additionally, we provide direct links to sponsors’ own websites so prospective employees can review all available and up-to-date positions. We also offer sponsors the opportunity to have a “spotlight” article in an edition of THE NEWS.

If you would like to join, renew or come back after a few years away, we look forward to bringing you into the Section Sponsor fold. All this could be yours for a mere $300 for the season.

Please contact Bob Wright at [email protected] for more details.


Special Offer on ASCE webinars for Philadelphia Section Members

Did you know that as a Philadelphia Section member, you get a discount on ASCE National Webinars? Plus, some of the registration fees come back to help fund other Section activities!

Live Webinars:

ASCE's live webinars provide cost-effective training for large and small groups. Use Promo Code WEBPHISEC to secure your preferred rate.

On-Demand Webinars:

ASCE's on-demand webinars provide real-world knowledge and convenient delivery to fit your demanding schedule. Use Promo Code WEBPHISEC to secure your preferred rate.



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President's Message - February 2022





Let me first take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2023! I hope everyone was able to take the time to spend the holidays with their loved ones and relax…and then cheer on our Philadelphia Eagles as they absolutely crushed the New York Giants! Nothing could’ve made the weekend any better, except it got better when the Cowboys choked against the 49ers. E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!!!

Secondly, I would like to take a moment and thank all of our ASCE members who came out to our joint January Section meeting with ASHE Del Val on Wednesday, January 18th. Melissa Batula, PennDOT’s Active Executive Deputy Secretary, gave an update on the state of PennDOT,
including an update on Digital Delivery and how we must look to the future, from students in grade school through graduate school, to help us shape the future of civil engineering. We look forward to these updates from PennDOT, and we would like to thank Melissa for
taking the time out of her busy schedule to be with us last week. 

As we enter February, I am excited to participate in Engineers Week Events hosted by the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee. Their two main events are the 2023 DVEW Opening Ceremony, held at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, and the Young Engineers Social this year at Dave & Busters on Columbus Blvd. We hope to see you all there as we celebrate our Section’s own Archie Filshill as the 2023 Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year! Congratulations Archie!

For our March Section meeting that will be held at Maggiano’s on Thursday, March 9th, keep an eye out for the registration link in our upcoming e-blast and on our website. March’s topic will be the Chestnut Street Bridge Reconstruction Project, SR 0003, Section CHI.

Looking ahead to our April Joint Tech Group Section meeting, we will be returning to our first in-person April meeting in 3 years on April 13th at Villanova. Keep an eye out for the registration link in our upcoming e-blast and website. Our Tech Groups are finalizing their speakers and presentations. We will also be recognizing our Past ASCE Section Presidents and the 2023 Life Members, as has been tradition before COVID.

To end our year, I look forward to our annual spring social in May, where we will recognize our section award winners and scholarship winners. This will also be where I will pass the ballot to our next president. I know this is still a few months away, but I can’t believe I am already through more than half of my presidency!

I hope everyone is enjoying this year’s warm winter days, and I look forward to seeing everyone in person at the Delaware Valley Engineers Opening Ceremony!


Mohamed A. Elghawy, PE

President, ASCE Philadelphia Section

[email protected] | 484-363-2472