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May 2017

Infrastructure Week

May 15 - 19, 2017

It’s #TimeToBuild

Infrastructure Week (May 15 - 19) is a national week of education and advocacy that brings American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens together with one message: It’s #TimeToBuild.

One simple way to participate is tell Congress it's #TimeToBuild via email. Please take a moment to write to your Member of Congress to show your support for improving America's roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and more. Visit this webpage and type in your address, and the organizers of Infrastructure Week will provide your representative's email plus a suggested letter that you can use or edit. ASCE is a member of the Infrastructure Week Steering Committee.

2017 Report Card for Texas' Infrastructure Postponed

The release of Texas’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card has been postponed. ASCE Texas Section’s Infrastructure Report Card Committee made this difficult decision on May 3 after much deliberation. The committee is currently exploring options for new release events, contact Executive Director Lindsay O'Leary PE, LEED AP with your suggestions.

Texas Civil Engineer Magazine Survey

The Texas Section is conducting an evaluation of Texas Civil Engineer magazine, issued quarterly by email and limited printings to Section membership. The Committee is seeking feedback on improving readership and communication channels.

Please take our five question survey and help guide the future of Texas Section publications. There will also be opportunities to fill out this survey on paper at your next Branch meeting. Please choose the best format for your response. You only have to fill out one or the other.

We appreciate your input on our ASCE Texas Section publications. Contact Tyler Dube PE, Editorial Committee Chair, with comments or questions:

ASCE Global Elections

Decide ASCE's President-elect and officer leadership for 2018.

  • Members at the grade of Associate or above may vote in the election.
  • Members must pay their dues no later than April 1 and have a valid email address on file.
  • Eligible voters will access the ballot with their ASCE login credentials.
  • Paper ballots are available upon request by contacting
  • Voting will be open from May 1 to June 1.

Vote Now

President-elect Official Nominees

Region 6

Governors (vote for two):
Steven P. Johnson PE
Tim C. Newton PE

ASCE Outstanding Section and Branch Web Site Award Nominations

The Leader Training Committee is pleased to solicit nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Section and Branch Web Site Award. Recipients will be recognized at the 2018 Multi-Region Leadership Conferences. The award will be based on Web Format and Navigation, Web Content and Accuracy, and Special Features and Interaction as exhibited through your web site.

The award will be presented to a Section or Branch based on the following membership categories:
Very large Sections and Branches:
>2,500 members
Large Sections and Branches:
1,001-2500 members
Medium Sections and Branches:
501-1,000 members
Small Sections and Branches:
<501 members
The Judging Committee will review the web sites and recommend the winners to the Leader Training Committee. Evaluations of the web sites will begin in June and will be completed by October 30, 2017.

If your Section or Branch wishes to be considered for the Web Award, email Nancy Berson at by June 1, 2017.

Call Nancy Berson with questions at 703-295-6010.

Calendar of Events

May 9, 2017

Webinar: Drainage Infrastructure Analytics - Identifying the Worst First

May 15 - 19, 2017

Infrastructure Week


June 9 - 11, 2017

Executive Committee Meeting and

Texas Section Leadership Development Weekend

Houston, Texas

August 10, 2017

Webinar: Miles and Miles of Texas

September 20-22, 2017
San Marcos, Texas

September 22-24, 2017

Texas Section Younger Member Camping Trip

Palmetto State Park, Gonzales, Texas

May Webinar: Drainage Infrastructure Analytics - Identifying the Worst First

May 9, 2017 | Noon - 1 PM CT | 1 PDH

SWEET (Storm Water Enhanced Evaluation Tool) is a computerized GIS toolbar that allows a non-political & transparent process to identify the “Worst First” areas. The toolbar uses information from several databases to analyze & prioritize the need for stormsewer drainage improvements. The Design Event Adequacy (DEA) analysis automates the process to calculate the flows at different locations for different storm events, enabling the City to pinpoint the inadequacy of just one or more components within the 33 million feet of interconnected drainage system.

Learn more and register here.

Dallas Branch Earth Day Texas Celebration

On April 21 and 22, 2017 ASCE Dallas Branch hosted an exhibition table at Earth Day Texas.   This three-day free event took place in Fair Park in Dallas, TX and is the largest event of its kind in the world.   Earth Day Texas brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts along with live music and sustainable beer and food pavilions.

ASCE Dallas’ 2017 exhibition was targeted at teaching children about the importance of protecting and restoring watersheds. Members also encouraged them to investigate civil engineering as a profession and explained how civil engineers make a difference in the world, especially by practicing sustainable design.

Read more here from

Paulina Cristoforo,

ASCE Dallas Branch Education Committee Chair

Austin Branch Hosts State Rep. Dennis Paul PE

Austin Branch's March meeting included a presentation from Representative Dennis Paul PE. Representative Paul represents District 129 out of the Houston area. He is Vice Chair of the House Select Committee on Ports, Innovation and Infrastructure as well as on the Insurance, Pensions, and Rules and Resolutions Committees.

Representative Paul discussed news from the legislature that impacts engineers and their work. Austin Branch members pictured left to right: Vice President of Programs Kacey Paul PE, CFM, Sponsorship Chair David Matocha, Rep. Dennis Paul PE, President Elect Glenn Goldstein PE, President Steve Zobal PE, Section Director Brandon Klenzendorf PhD, PE, Secretary Travis Isaacson PE, Past President Jane-Ellen Carter EIT, AVS, Treasurer Elect Aaron Sterns PE, Communications Director Samuel Shorter PE, Younger Member Director Ashley Sullivan EIT.

Houston Branch Member  LeAnne Napolillo PE Promoted to Vice President at HNTB

In February, HNTB Corporation announced nine new officer appointments in Texas. LeAnne Napolillo PE, Project Director, was promoted to Vice President. Napolillo is based in Houston. She ha s over twenty years experience managing complex transportation projects from planning through design to construction. Currently, she is the Program Manager for the U.S. 290 Program, a Federal Highway Administration Major Project with a total Program cost of $2.4 Billion, which includes the reconstruction of 38 miles of U.S. 290 from the IH 610/IH 10/U.S. 290 interchange to FM 2920. LeAnne was also featured in the article "Meet the woman behind the U.S. 290 expansion" in the Houston Business Journal. [subscription paywall]

2017 Younger Member Camping Trip

The weekend-long event will take place at Palmetto State Park, just 45 minutes away from San Marcos in Gonzalez, TX, from Friday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 24th, conveniently the same weekend after the conclusion of CECON. You do not have to attend CECON to join us for the YM event – although attendance at both is encouraged! Learn more and register here.


As a Texas Section member you have an opportunity to view ASCE's live and on-demand webinars at a discounted rate. Click the links below, sign in and use the Promo Code WEBTXSEC to secure your preferred rate.

ASCE’s live webinars provide cost-effective training for large and small groups. (Live Webinars)

ASCE’s on-demand webinars provide real-world knowledge and convenient delivery to fit your demanding schedule. (On-Demand Webinars)

Career Center Job Opportunities

Project Manager, Huitt-Zollars, Inc., El Paso, Texas

City Engineer, City of University Park, Texas

Project Manager - Water/Wastewater, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Austin, Texas

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