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Larry's Corner

May 2018

Why did the Hippie like to stand in front of the electric fan?  (See answer at the end of the article.)

 

Students, students, students – students everywhere.  What a fantastic Student Symposium that Texas A&M hosted in April—Whoop!  There were approximately 480 students and professionals from Texas and Mexico in attendance, along with 16 civil engineering firm and agency booths at the Career Fair.

 

One of the highlights of the event for me was offering a student the opportunity to intern at CivilTech Engineering, where I work.  I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this student through previous years of involvement with the Student Symposium.  I wasn’t sure who was more excited about the opportunity, me as I presented it or the student as she received it .  Either way, this is truly one of the great incentives for participating in the Student Symposium.

 

While at the Student Symposium, the Texas Section  held its mid-year board meeting.  It was a reality to check to look at the agenda for the meeting and to realize how much we have going on all over the great state of Texas.  I want to thank all those that took time out of their busy schedule to attend the meeting and share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns for the future direction of the Texas Section. It takes more than a village to develop and maintain a successful organization.

 

At the conclusion of each board meeting, we develop a list of topics for the Section Directors and Board Members to take with them and share with the Branches.  Below is the list from the April Board meeting I would like to share with you:

 

1.    TexASCE Awards & Honors Nominations due June 1st, to be presented at CECON 2018 this September.

2.    Save the Date for 2018 TexASCE Leadership Development Weekend (July 20th – 22nd) in Dallas.

Branch, Younger Member Group/Forum, and Institute Chapter representatives will be invited to attend Friday evening through Saturday evening. Section leaders, including incoming officers and committee chairs, will be invited to attend Friday evening through Sunday mid-day.

3.    TexASCE Government Affairs Committee needs help to distribute the 2017 Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure during Infrastructure Week (May 14th – 21st). Email GovernmentAffairs@TexASCE.org to participate.

4.    Work with Practitioner Advisors and Branch members to increase ASCE’s student to professional member transition rate. Ask students to become professional members and invite them to join a Branch committee before they graduate. Membership dues the year of baccalaureate graduation and first year after are $50.00. This video helps explain the value of membership after college.

5.    TexASCE needs help identifying advertisers for the Texas Civil Engineer (TCE) magazine, our quarterly publication. Send suggestions to share@TexASCE.org

6.    Every child should Dream Big. Donate $5.00 to send a Dream Big Educational Toolkit to the school of your choice and save the date to watch the film on Netflix starting July 1st

Answer: It blew his mind.  It blew my mind to meet so many bright, enthusiastic, and creative young adults who will enter our market place in the near future.  Please put next year’s Student Symposium on your calendar. It will be hosted on April 10-13, 2019 by the ASCE Student Chapter at The Univeristy of Texas Rio Grande Valley, with support from the Texas Section and the RGV Branch, in South Padre Island.

 

Until the next issue – It will be FUN!!!

Sincerely,

Lawrence D. Goldberg PE

ASCE Texas Section President 2017-2018

lgoldberg@civiltecheng.com

April 2018

What grows larger the more you take away?  (See answer at the end of the article.)

 

What an amazing trip to Washington D.C. for the 2018 ASCE Legislative Fly-In in March.  We were so fortunate to dodge the snowy weather that caused havoc throughout portions of the northeast.

 

While attending the Fly-In, I felt like I needed a translator for the acronyms related to infrastructure funding topics being discussed. The good news is that there were infrastructure funding acronyms being discussed. Key acronyms included: HTF - Highway Trust Fund (centered around the gas tax), AIP - Airport Improvement Program – Aviation Reauthorization, PFC - Passenger Facility Charges, TIGER Grants – Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, WRRDA - Water Resources Reform & Development Act, SRF WIN Act – Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act, WIFIA – Water Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act and SRF – State Revolving Funds. Just to name a few. Look up these topics and familiarize yourself with them. I believe we will be hearing plenty more about these topics over the next several years to come.

 

As suggested last month, and considering Infrastructure Week is approaching, members need to look for opportunities to connect with infrastructure concerns that are near and dear to our Civilization.  Civil Engineers provide infrastructure that is designed and built for the Greater Good (stay tuned for CECON 2018 in September).  Please contact me with your thoughts and ideas on how ASCE Texas Section members can continue to make improvements to our infrastructure and advocate for investment.

 

Answer: A hole.  It will take a “whole” lot of resilient and innovative design, life cycle planning, and leveraged investing to dig our infrastructure needs out of the hole it’s in.

 

Until the next issue – It will be FUN!!!

Sincerely,

Lawrence D. Goldberg, PE

ASCE Texas Section President 2017-2018

lgoldberg@civiltecheng.com

February 2018

What two keys can’t open any door?  (See answer at the end of the article.)

 

I was recently asking myself, would I have liked to be a meteorologist during the past several months? What unbelievable weather changes we have experienced in Texas. After my year as president, I’m looking forward to being able to say, “What unbelievable positive changes we have made in the Texas Section thanks to everyone’s involvement.”

 

The future – what will it unveil for our industry?  Who will be leading the charge?  Are you seeking interns and future hires? The annual Student Symposium is just around the corner in College Station on April 11-14.  This is a fantastic opportunity to interface with the future leadership of our industry. The Symposium is built to give professionals many occasions to meet and spend time with more than 400 students from numerous universities across Texas and Mexico.  I want to inspire your firm to get involved with the career fair, sponsorship, and professional development available at the event. Click here to visit the Symposium website or contact the Texas Section office for further details.

 

I am reaching out to all ASCE members, Civil Engineering Professionals, Public Agencies, and the Construction Industry for your support at the Student Symposium. Engage with the students to look through the eyes of the future.

 

Answer: Monkey and Donkey.  Don’t be like the monkey and donkey who can’t open any doors. Be the key that opens the door to the future for our students and unveils the destiny of the civil engineered world of tomorrow.

 

Until the next issue – It will be FUN!!!

Sincerely,

Lawrence D. Goldberg, PE

ASCE TS President 2017-2018

lgoldberg@civiltecheng.com

January 2018

What is black when you buy it, red as you use it, and grey when you throw it out?  (See answer at the end of the article.)

 

Off to the races- another year is underway.  I am sure everyone is well rested and ready to tackle the New Year with vigor and enthusiasm.  I know we all have an extended list of items to accomplish this year, whether it be personal or work related.

 

Before you know it, September will be here, we will kick off another ASCE Texas Section CECON.  CECON this year will be held September 19-21, 2018.  For those that may not know about CECON, I wanted to provide a short background overview.  The Texas Section used to hold a Texas Section conference twice a year, once in the Spring, and once in the Fall.  Unfortunately, the Texas Section found itself holding a conference with dropping attendance, and rising costs.  To help solve this, the Texas Section decided to revamp the conference into a once a year event.  The intent behind the revamp was to create an event that would be appealing to all sectors of the Civil Engineering Industry and remove the perception that the event was only for ASCE members. 

 

CECON is still a dynamic creation and a work in progress.  Some have mentioned that ASCE Texas Section is not visible enough throughout the event.  We have noted the comments and are developing ways to better market the event.  As I have mentioned in previous publications, most projects whether for the private or public sector of our industry, require multiple disciplines to complete.  We are working diligently to have open arms to collaborate with multiple associations and support each other’s events.  This is crucial if organizations are going to survive in this age of so many choices.  ASCE is the one organization that I still truly believe provides a platform for all disciplines to come together and network.

 

I am reaching out to all ASCE members (Texas Section subscribing or assigned), Civil Engineering Professionals (ASCE members or not), Public Agencies, and the Construction Industry to help us support CECON and develop it into an event that is put on calendars year after year as the event to attend for our industry here in Texas.

 

Thank you for your support, and please contact me with opportunities for new visions, questions, or comments (good or bad).  I want to hear what is on your mind and ways to keep CECON growing.

 

Answer: Coal.  Whether you see CECON as black, red, or grey, I plan to continue to find ways to make CECON a glowing red on fire event for the Texas Section.  Help me fan the fire.

 

Until the next issue – It Will Be Fun!!!

Sincerely,

Lawrence D. Goldberg PE

2017-2018 ASCE Texas Section President 

lgoldberg@civiltecheng.com

 

 

 

 

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