I would like to begin by congratulating
all of our recent high school and college graduates! No education system is
perfect, but I hope you learn from and acknowledge all the tests and obstacles
you over came to get to your diploma. These lessons help equip you to be
adaptive and successful problem solvers who can change the world, hopefully for
the better. It’s my hope that you use
this momentum to become active ASCE members.
As part of the recent Society updates, Student members automatically
receive ASCE Profession Associate Membership. This membership upgrade allows
access to free online trainings, salary surveys, and forum boards. ASCE is designed to support everyone
involved in civil engineering; from your first day as a first year student
in college, through your entire career, into retirement. ASCE provides
the same level of technical and professional support regardless of your
position in your career.
Speaking of growth and support, I
reread my Younger Member Form President Message and goals from May 2017 to aid
me in writing my introductory President’s message. Though I have grown and learned a lot through
my terms as YMF president and Pittsburgh Section Board member, my original statements
on why I found ASCE membership valuable still ring true:
“I got involved with ASCE because I liked
that it focused on relaying current events happening in the industry while also
allowing networking opportunities with my peers, who had diverse life and work
experiences. Plus involvement never
looked bad on a resume or hurt a company’s marketing efforts!”
Therefore, I challenge all members who are office managers,
professors, or department heads to strongly encourage and support those
engineers whom you supervise to become involved in a professional engineering
society like ASCE. I believe the events of the past year have shown how
important unity and connection to others are to advancing public good and to
facilitate lifelong learning. Pittsburgh has numerous valuable professional
societies that have unique goals and opportunities. Though I myself get involved in several of our
region’s professional organizations, ASCE has always felt like the best fit for
me. Throughout the years, I’ve found that
it offered the best opportunities for me to meet other entry civil engineers,
build my networking skills, expand my knowledge beyond just my day-to-day
projects, get connected to engineering focused volunteer opportunities, and be
mentored by established professionals. So I encourage you to explore ASCE membership benefits, either through participation in our local Section events or national programs, such as the Professional Toolkit.
For those who do not know, there are nine ASCE
members on the Pittsburgh Board, each serving a three-year term. I want to recognize and thank the members
whose Board term has come to an end.
Alma Rettinger, Justin Brooks, and Brian Heinzl, have all greatly
contributed to providing valuable programs and civil engineering knowledge to
the Pittsburgh region during their terms.
We will still see them around, in different roles, at events so please
take a moment to say “Hi" and thank them.
I want to also congratulate Jonathan Shimko for
leading the Pittsburgh Section through all of the changes that occurred from spring
2020 through today. On the heels of the Pittsburgh Board’s recent
strategic planning meeting on June 29th, I’m very excited for the
start of a busy term that helps share the knowledge and advancements in the
civil engineering industry that are occurring here in Pittsburgh. Look for upcoming event information in your
inbox from asce-pgh.org. And please join
us in making this year the time you rededicate yourself to ASCE and the
profession of civil engineering!
Thank you for your
Erin Feichtner, P.E.