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ASCE Texas Section President

Audra N. Morse PhD, PE
President 2015-2016

Expect a New Strategic Plan & Infrastructure Report Card

April was a very exciting month for the Texas Section of ASCE. The Board of Direction Meeting was held in conjunction with the ASCE Texas Student Symposium and Texas-Mexico Regional Student Conference, April 7-9. Action items from the Board Meeting included identifying processes to increase budget transparency, the development of training material and guiding documents so that Section and Branch members are prepared to visit with their legislatures and representatives and grow STEM outreach using the Student Symposium as one possible vehicle.  Other STEM activities are in the development phase and will employ our knowledge as civil engineering experts in developing curriculum content for Texas K-12 teachers and outreach activities for K-12 students.  The Section is beginning plans to launch the Texas Section Infrastructure Report Card at a “Drive In” in the spring of 2017. Lastly, the Board approved the position description for a new Executive Director. If you were not aware, Cres Guzman PE is looking forward to a new role as a retiree. If you know anyone who is passionate about the Texas Section and civil engineering, please encourage them to apply for the Executive Director position. More steps forward were made on the Strategic Plan with a goal of presenting a draft version of the plan to the Executive Committee in July. As we approach the end of the road to a new Strategic Plan, a working group will be established to rethink the structure of the Section officers, committee structure and Board to enhance our ability to accomplish the Strategic Plan.

 

Of course, I cannot end this message without an update about the Student Symposium. Twenty schools from Texas, Mexico and Louisiana participated in a series of activities ranging from student competitions (concrete canoe, steel bridge, concrete Frisbee and concrete bowling) to professional service activities related to resume writing, interviewing and financial literacy. The event was held on the Texas Tech University (TTU) campus and I would like to thank Russell R. Carter PE, Chair of Student Activities Committee, Eva Schexnider, Chair of the TTU planning committee, Kelly M. Skoviera PE, Student Competitions Head Judge, the competition judges, Texas Section office staff, and the rest of the Student Symposium planning committee for making this event a great success. As for the Steel Bridge Competition, congratulations to Texas A&M College Station and Southern Methodist University for finishing first and second place, respectively. Both teams will attend the National Steel Bridge Competition representing the Texas Section. Regarding the Concrete Canoe Competition, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University placed first, second and third, respectively. UT-Austin along with UT-Tyler will be representing the Texas Section at the National Concrete Canoe Competition in Tyler, Texas in June. Again, congratulations to everyone who participated in the competition and good luck to the teams participating in Nationals.


 

        
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