Meet Patrick Beecher PE, M.ASCE (Senior Principal, Terracon Consultants, Inc)
Get to Know Your ASCE Texas Section Board of Direction
ASCE Texas Section Board of Direction members are asked to fill out a questionnaire so Section members can get to know them a little better. Let’s hear from President Elect Patrick Beecher PE, M.ASCE:
When did you first get involved with ASCE at any level (student chapter, local branch, section)?
My first real involvement with ASCE was in the Austin Branch on the Newsletter Ads Committee. This committee would be similar to the Sponsorship Committee that most of the Branches now have. This role gave me an opportunity to meet and engage new people in the Branch.
What is your favorite thing about ASCE?
Networking. The ability to get to know people outside of just work.
Give us three words to describe what a civil engineer does:
Create, Engage, Develop
How do you see the civil engineering profession changing over the next 10 years?
I think we’ll start to fully realize the power of “Big Data” in the analysis and design of all Civil Engineering projects. In addition, the ability to easily integrate and share complex information will create more space for Civil Engineers to develop innovative solutions to very challenging problems.
Give us your best 2-3 sentence piece of advice for the next generation of civil engineers:
- Know what you know and what you don’t know. Don’t confuse the two.
- Take the initiative.
- Get involved in the communities you work, play, and live.
Everyone has 15 seconds of fame (at least), where have you “spent” or “earned” yours?
I don’t know that I would call it fame, but I had the chance to volunteer at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston. I was a driver for the Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate from South Dakota, Charlene Haar. From being on the floor of the Astrodome behind the curtain to sitting in the Vice-President’s box one night, and attending numerous events each night all across Houston, it was an amazing and exhausting experience.
What is your go-to calculator?
HP 48G with 32k of RAM. 28 years old and still going strong!
How do you order your eggs?
Over easy with a little bit of hot sauce. Delicious!
Mountains or beach?
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