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Volunteer with Us

Volunteer with Us

We love fresh, new ideas and could always use a hand in planning, executing, and celebrating all our programs. Join our team as we advance our communities through the development of civil engineers just like you. Trust us, there’s a space for you in our Leadership Laboratory.

Join a Committee or Institute Chapter

Members are welcome to join any of our committees or institute chapters at any time, however we hope you’ll stay on the team for at least one year

Branch/Section Relations Committee

Want to help ASCE Branches across our state grow?
Join this committee as they explore ways to best use the funds received through the meeting revenue sharing programs to assist the Branches in accomplishing the goals of the Section and Society. This committee reports to the Section’s President.

CECON Conference Planning Committee

Have ideas for the next Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON)?
Interested in developing a great program, securing sponsors from across the state, and supporting marketing efforts? Join this committee as they plan our Flagship Conference. CECON is the single annual opportunity where the entire state is represented together and reflects our technical diversity. This committee reports to the Section’s President Elect.

Editorial Committee

Did you know the Texas Civil Engineer magazine is going 100% digital in the spring? We are planning an interactive, online source for cutting-edge industry and Section news. Join this committee to help develop premier content for the digital magazine, the Section’s website and social media channels, and coordinate the annual Texas Excellence in Journalism Award. Reports to the Section’s President Elect.

Governance Committee

Interested in the innerworkings of ASCE Texas Section? Join this task committee as we update our Rules of Operation to reflect our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. This document contains job descriptions for each of our volunteer positions and is in the process of being updated. However, it’s not too late to get involved and make a difference at a high level. This committee reports to the Section’s President.

Government Affairs Committee

Have a passion for policy and professional advocacy? Join this committee as we plan the 2019 ASCE Texas Legislative Drive-In, prepare articles for the Texas Civil Engineer magazine, promote the Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure, and present at CECON. This committee also informs the Section’s Board of proposed legislation or policies that may impact engineers, the engineering profession, or the public welfare where the engineering viewpoint is important. This committee reports to the Section’s Vice President for Professional Affairs.

History & Heritage Committee

Passionate about the history of the civil engineering profession? Join this committee as they collect historical items such as records, plans, photographs, journals, diaries, and correspondence; identify and mark “Landmarks”; prepare articles for the Texas Civil Engineer magazine; and serve as a liaison with other organizations concerned with Texas history and our industry. This committee reports to the Section’s Past President.

Honors Committee

Want to ensure deserving members are recognized? Join this committee as they oversee our annual awards process – including the call for nominations, review of applications, and presentation of awards during CECON. This committee reports to the Section’s Past President.

Infrastructure Report Cards Committee

Help us plan, coordinate and prepare the Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure. Join this committee as a technical reviewer and subject matter expert or as a project leader, helping to compile input from across the state. This committee also works closely with our Government Affairs Committee and Public Relations & Professional Image Committee to promote the most recent infrastructure report cards, for both the state and the nation. This committee reports to the Section’s Vice President for Professional Affairs.

Infrastructure and Society Committee

Interested in serving as a representative to the Public Sector Advisory Council, which advises the governor on security issues in the private sector that affect the public? Join this committee, which reports to the Section’s Vice President for Professional Affairs.

Intra-Society Relations Committee

Interested in the structure of ASCE? Want to help us secure leaders and ensure the Society has Texas representation? This Committee is charged with submitting nominations for Region Director, Region 6 Board of Governors – helping to maintain working agreements on the rotation of Society-level officers. This committee works closely with the Region 6 Board of Governors and reports to the Section’s Past President.

Membership Committee

Love interacting with members from across the state? Can’t say enough great things about the value of ASCE? Use your passion to help us grow! Join this committee as they formulate a program encouraging members of the civil engineering profession to join ASCE and members of ASCE to become Subscribing Members of the Texas Section. This committee focuses on communications with existing members, new members, and potential members. The committee prepare articles for the Texas Civil Engineer magazine and reports to the Section’s President Elect.

Public Relations & Professional Image Committee

Love interacting with the public? Join this committee as they find ways improve the image of the civil engineer and educate the public about the impact civil engineers have on their everyday lives. We believe civil engineers build a better quality of life across the street and around the world, and we want everyone to know! This committee helps promote the Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure as well as other publications and reports to the Section’s Vice President for Professional Affairs.

Residential Foundations – Task Committees

Have an interest in Residential Foundation Evaluation & Repair or Foundation Investigation & Design? Join one of our task committees as they provide guidance for homeowners and engineers within the state of Texas. This Committee reports to the Section’s Vice President for Professional Affairs.

STEM Committee

Love pre-college and college outreach? Join this committee as they promote the development and progress of all phases of civil engineering education and related education within our state, on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This committee works closely with the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) and our Student Activities Committee to find ways to engage all ages at the annual ASCE Texas Student Symposium each spring. This committee reports to the Section’s Vice President for Educational Affairs.

Strategic Planning Committee

Have a vision for the future of ASCE Texas Section? Join this task committee as we continue to implement our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan and begin brainstorming for the next strategic plan. This committee makes a difference at a high level and reports to the Section’s President Elect.

Student Activities Committee

Love student competitions like concrete canoe? Join this committee as they plan for the 2019 ASCE Student Symposium, to be held in South Padre Island in April. This committee has the unique opportunity to prepare students and future engineers for leadership roles. This committee works closely with Student Chapters of ASCE and the Section’s Student Competitions Coordinator, and reports to the Section’s Vice President for Educational Affairs. (Note: All ASCE Student Chapter Practitioner Advisors in Texas are automatically members of this Committee!)

Younger Members Committee

Love engaging with younger members across the state? This committee encourages younger member participation in Section and Society activities, to prepare them for future leadership roles in their jobs, community and ASCE. This committee works closely with our CECON Planning Committee to host the annual ASCE Texas Section Awards Banquet and Technical Tour at CECON each fall. They also work closely with our Student Activities Committee to find ways to engage YMs at the annual ASCE Texas Student Symposium each spring, plan an annual state-wide Younger Members Camping Trip, and prepare articles for the Texas Civil Engineer magazine. This committee reports to the Section’s Vice President for Educational Affairs.

Institute Chapters & Technical Groups

Passionate about technical advancement and best practices? Want to develop technical programing and educate others? Join one of our Texas Institute Chapters or Technical Groups today and help facilitate technical presentations at CECON, monthly Section webinars, and other meetings across the state. We are always seeking officers and encourage you to join any one of these teams. All our Institute Chapters and Technical Groups report to the Section’s Vice President for Technical Affairs.

  • Construction Institute Chapter (TxCI)
  • Forensics Group
  • Environmental & Water Resources Institute Chapter (TxEWRI)
  • Geo-Institute Chapter (TxGI)
  • Structural Engineering Institute Chapter (TxSEI)
  • Transportation & Development Institute Chapter (TxT&DI)
  • Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute Chapter (TxUESI)

See a Committee or Institute Chapter you can’t wait to join? Email office@TexASCE.org and we’ll connect you with the Chair. You’re welcome to contact Chairs directly too!

Chair a Committee

Committee Chairs work to advance our mission and carry out the work of the Texas Section. We like to think of them as our Project Managers – they are responsible for implementing our strategic plan. To do this, they develop and manage specific projects including setting budgets and schedules, and apply for grants. They report quarterly, at a minimum, to the overseeing Board member. Committee Chairs are responsible for the success of our programs and projects. We also ask that they nominate individual committee members for applicable awards.

Each year, our President appoints Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs. Committee experience isn’t always required, so don’t be shy! Contact our President by email (president@TexASCE.org) if you’d like to serve as a chairperson or co-chairperson

Become a Leader

Our 31-member Board of Direction is our governing body. All Board members are responsible for the supervision, control and direction of the Texas Section. They manage the affairs of the Texas Section in accordance with the provisions in our Constitution and Bylaws. Our President is responsible leading our team and setting specific goals each year. Each Board member elected and appointed to a position of service references our Rules of Operation for applicable procedures, assignments, and schedules.

We like to think of Board members as our Project Directors – they are responsible for overseeing the work of our Committees and subsidiary organizations, strategic planning, budget and financial resources, and communicating with the Region. To do this, they attend in-person meetings during CECON and the Student Symposium, complete assigned tasks, and provide Committees with advice as well as approve Committee goals. We also ask that they nominate Committees and Committee Chairs or Co-Chairs for applicable awards.

Most of our Board members are elected annually. There are a few exceptions: Our President Elect and Vice President Elects automatically assume the Presidential and Vice-Presidential positions, respectively, after their first year of service. Section Directors, Directors at Large and our Treasurer server 2-year terms.

President Elect

The President Elect advises, monitors, and coordinates the activities of the following committees, including the planning of the annual Texas Civil Engineering Conference (CECON) and production of Section communications such as the Texas Civil Engineer magazine:

  • Membership Committee
  • Editorial Committee
  • CECON Planning Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee

The President Elect serves on the Board of Direction and the Executive Committee and is responsible for attending two Board meetings* and two Executive Committee meetings** throughout the course of the year. In preparing for these meetings, the President Elect submits written reports concerning activities of the Committees listed above. The President Elect also serves on the Office/Personnel and Budget/Finance Committees. Another key responsibility of the President Elect is scheduling and planning of the Texas Section’s annual Leadership Development Weekend, held each summer and attended by Branch and Section leaders.

The President Elect will advance to the role of President where they will be responsible for providing general supervision and leadership regarding the affairs of the Texas Section. In addition, the President is responsible for appointing all committee chairs; presiding at Section meetings; connecting with as many Branches and Student Chapters as possible throughout the year; supervising the Executive Director; and advising, monitoring, and coordinating the activities of the following committees:

  • Past Presidents Council
  • Office/Personnel Committee
  • Branch/Section Relations Committee
  • Task Committees (if applicable)

Vice President for Educational Affairs Elect

The Vice President for Educational Affairs Elect maintains a close working relationship with the Vice President for Educational Affairs (VP Educational), assisting with committee oversight and the planning, coordination, and moderating of monthly technical webinars. Upon competition of the Elect term, the VP Educational Elect will advance to the role of VP Educational where they will be responsible for advising, monitoring, and coordinating the activities of the following committees, including the planning of the annual ASCE Texas Student Symposium:

  • STEM Committee
  • Student Activities Committee
  • Student Competitions Coordination
  • Younger Members Committee

The VP Educational Elect serves on the Board of Direction and the Executive Committee and is responsible for attending two Board meetings* and two Executive Committee meetings throughout the course of the year. In preparing for these meetings, the VP Educational Elect assists the VP Educational in submitting written reports concerning activities of the Committees listed above.

Vice President for Professional Affairs Elect

The Vice President for Professional Affairs Elect maintains a close working relationship with the Vice President for Professional Affairs (VP Professional), assisting with committee oversight, developing relationships with other professional organizations and coordinating on matters of mutual concern, and preparing articles for publication in the Texas Civil Engineer magazine. Upon competition of the Elect term, the VP Professional Elect will advance to the role of VP Professional where they will be responsible for advising, monitoring, and coordinating the activities of the following committees, including the planning of the biennial ASCE Texas Legislative Drive-In and the development of the Report Card for Texas’ Infrastructure:

  • Government Affairs Committee
  • Texas Infrastructure Report Card (IRC) Committee
  • Public Relations & Professional Image (PR&PI) Committee
  • Infrastructure and Security Task Committee
  • Residential Foundations Oversight Task Committee
  • Task Committee for Post Hurricane Harvey Recommendations

The VP Professional Elect serves on the Board of Direction and the Executive Committee and is responsible for attending two Board meetings* and two Executive Committee meetings** throughout the course of the year. In preparing for these meetings, the VP Professional Elect assists the VP Professional in submitting written reports concerning activities of the Committees listed above.

Vice President for Technical Affairs Elect

The Vice President for Technical Affairs Elect maintains a close working relationship with the Vice President for Technical Affairs (VP Technical), assisting with Institute Chapter oversight; the solicitation of speakers and topics for technical webinars and CECON, and articles for publication in the Texas Civil Engineer magazine; and the planning, coordinating, and presiding over the annual Lightning Round and Poster Competition Sessions at CECON and the annual Technical Poster Competition Session at the ASCE Texas Student Symposium. Upon competition of the Elect term, the VP Technical Elect will advance to the role of VP Technical where they will be responsible for advising, monitoring, and coordinating the activities of the following Institute Chapters and technical group:

  • Construction Institute (TxCI)
  • Environmental and Water Resources Institute (TxEWRI)
  • Geo-Institute (TxGI)
  • Structural Engineering Institute (TxSEI)
  • Transportation and Development Institute (TxT&DI)
  • Utilities Engineering and Surveying Institute (TxUESI)
  • Forensic Technical Group

The VP Technical Elect serves on the Board of Direction and the Executive Committee and is responsible for attending two Board meetings* and two Executive Committee meetings** throughout the course of the year. In preparing for these meetings, the VP Technical Elect assists the VP Technical in submitting written reports concerning activities of the Institute Chapters and technical group listed above.

Directors at Large (two positions, two-year term)

Four Directors at Large serve on the Board of Direction, composed of two First-Year Directors at Large and two Second-Year Directors at Large. There are two available First-Year Directors at Large positions for members younger than 35 years of age. Directors at Large serve on the Editorial Committee, which is responsible for publishing the Texas Civil Engineer magazine and supporting the development, maintenance, and evaluation of other communication channels utilized by the Section.

Additionally:

  • One First-Year Director at Large is assigned to assist the President.
  • One First-Year Director at Large is assigned to assist the President Elect.
  • One Second-Year Director at Large is appointed by the President to as the Senior Director at Large and serves on the Executive Committee. The Senior Director at Large manages the Texas Section Excellence in Journalism Award nomination and selection process, and prepares written reports Board and Executive Committee meetings.
  • One Second-Year Director at Large serves as the Chair of the Tellers Committee, responsible for certifying the results of the Section’s annual officer election.

Upon competition of their term, the two Frist-Year Directors at Large will each advance to the role of Second-Year Director at Large. The four Directors at Large are responsible for attending two Board meetings* throughout the course of the year. The Senior Director at Large is also responsible for attending two Executive Committee meetings** throughout the course of the year.

Treasurer (two-year term)

The Treasurer serves on the Board of Direction and the Executive Committee for a two-year term, functioning as the chief financial advisor for the Texas Section, and as such, shall oversee the budget process, Section investments, reserve funds, operating funds, and provide long-term financial planning. The Treasurer’s serves as the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. Working with the Budget and Finance Committee, the Treasurer provides an annual budget proposal to the Board of Direction. They also report to the Executive Committee and the Board of Direction about the financial status of the Texas Section including the status of cash/reserve accounts and investment funds. Other key Treasurer responsibilities include arranging and cooperating in outside audits as directed by the Board of Direction, overseeing the investment program through the Budget and Finance Committee, and providing financial consultation with the trustees of the Hawley and Porter Memorial Funds.

Officer Meeting & Travel Commitments

Board of Direction meetings are held in conjunction with CECON (September) and the ASCE Texas Student Symposium (March or April). Incoming Officers are typically installed at CECON.

Executive Committee meetings are held during the winter and summer. The winter meeting is typically held in Austin during January or February, and in conjunction with the Legislative Drive-In during odd years. The summer meeting is held in conjunction with Leadership Development Weekend (June or July) and rotates around the state.

Limited travel reimbursement for Officers may be available from the Section. If you are concerned about travel expenses, please contact the President-Elect to discuss your concerns so they will be considered during the planning of the fiscal year operating budget.

Our Nominating Committee works with local Branches to fill the ballot each year. If you are interested in any of these positions, please discuss your interest with your local Branch President and Section Director.

Questions? We have Answers!

Let’s talk. Contact a member of our Leadership Team or our Staff Team. We are happy to help anytime.

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