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ASCE Arizona Section Vision:

ASCE members serving as global leaders to build a better quality of life.

ASCE Arizona Section Mission:

The American Society of Civil Engineers, Arizona Section, will lead by advancing the profession through membership participation (1), Public Outreach (2), Political Involvement (3), and Internal transfer of knowledge (4).

Goals:

(1) Encourage industry and individual participation in ASCE membership and activities

(2) Initiate educational outreach to schools and public regarding industry policies and practices to promote participation and collaboration.

(3) Facilitate annual outreach to public officials educating public policy makers on infrastructure value

(4) Act as stewards of ASCE for the Section constituents through awareness, understanding, reporting, and a transfer of knowledge of ASCE Resources to branches and younger member groups




President’s Message – June/July 2020

Breanna Connolly, PE, M.ASCE, President ASCE AZ

Breanna Connolly

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success.” – Henry Ford

It’s hard to know what to say during these stressful times when there are no simple answers. In these times I think it’s important to listen to each other and work together to focus on caring, patience, understanding and possible solutions.

A big “Thank You” to those of you who participated in the ASCE Society election!

Onward to the US Presidential Election. While it may seem far off, now is a great time to start educating yourself and to consider signing up for a mail in ballot. If you are like me, you don’t particularly enjoy long lines and crowded places and you may be surprised by some of the things you find on your ballot. Mail in ballots allow you time to review what or who you are voting for well in advance and conveniently pop your ballot in the mail or at your voting center when you are ready, up to 27 days before the election day.

If you are not already registered to vote, it is super easy to do on Arizona’s ServiceArizona website, the same place you go to get a new driver’s license or vehicle registration renewal. When you register, you can decide if you want early voting ballots sent to you by mail by indicating you would like to be on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL). You must register at least 29 days before the election to be eligible to vote. The next opportunity to vote is the Primary Election on August 4, 2020 making the deadline to register to vote July 6, 2020.

If you are already registered to vote you may want to confirm your address is up to date, review your political party preference, permanent early voting status or other information. You can do all of this through the ServiceArizona links:

To check the status of your voter registration, click here

To find your polling place, click here

The General Election will be November 3, 2020. As part of this election you may find your ballot also includes more local, regularly-scheduled Mayor and Council Election options. The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is October 5, 2020.

Another election resource I found useful is the Citizens Clean Elections Commission website.

In other news, I’m excited to announce the Arizona Section is moving forward with planning our Annual State Conference. The Conference is scheduled for October 19, 2020 and will be held at the Desert Willow Conference Center. More information will be sent as it is available. If you are interested in speaking at the conference, please contact Larry Hanson who is heading up our speaker committee.

Take care of yourselves and each other,

Breanna

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A Message of Unity and Support from ASCE National

Greetings,

We are writing to share with you our personal sense of heartbreak and devastation at the events surrounding the death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis. As we witness repeated episodes of violence perpetrated against people of color, it is impossible not to experience a deep sense of disbelief, grief and outrage. We are reaching out to you today to share the disappointment, grief and anger that we know you must also feel, but also to reaffirm our common resolve.

As civil engineers, we serve as expert advocates for the change needed to address some of society’s great challenges—climate change, overcrowding and scarcity of resources, to name but a few. While the harms of racial injustice and inequity require multi-faceted solutions and cannot be solved by engineering alone, this does not make our knowledge and judgment less valid, nor our voices less critical, in charting a path forward.

As a community of global leaders dedicated to the safety, health and welfare of the public, ASCE is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, fairness, dignity and respect for all. These tenets form the very foundation of our Society, embodied in our Code of Ethics that includes equitable and fair treatment of all persons as a fundamental canon. ASCE remains deeply committed to these principles.

Honoring our ethical commitment to protect the public welfare and provide equitable treatment to others, engineers must work collectively to establish a professional culture that is safe, respectful and inclusive to all.

As leaders in our local communities, our other social or civic organizations, and in society at large, engineers must play an active role in ensuring that others within our personal and professional sphere embrace those same principles of respect and equity. We urge all members of our professional community to stand up, speak out and take action against racism and injustice wherever it occurs.

ASCE affirms its commitment to serve the profession and our members with the highest standards of integrity, fairness, dignity and respect. We will continue our work to promote concrete, strategic actions to prioritize and drive accountability around diversity, equity and inclusion within the civil engineering profession, making ASCE a trusting place to have complex and sometimes difficult conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion; providing best practices, leadership training, education and other diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; and advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to reduce inequities and foster peace, justice and strong institutions.

We recognize that this commitment is not the comprehensive and complete answer.

While the engineering community continues to work to broaden opportunities in our profession, any advances to date are threatened if the fear of racial profiling or violence causes members of color to feel unsafe hanging out in the  student lounge, entering a job site, speaking up, conducting a post-disaster inspection or even permitting their children to leave the house.

ASCE knows that together we can make a difference, and we are committed to standing up and leading globally by upholding the highest standards of integrity, fairness, dignity, and respect for everyone. Now is the time for us to come together as we serve together across the engineering community. Our work has never been more critical. Our concern for each other has never been more important.

Please feel free to share your thoughts or have a conversation on the subject. If you have any questions or would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to reach out to us anytime.

K.N. Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE ASCE President 2020

Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP, CAE, F.ASCE Executive Director

Yvette E. Pearson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE Chair, ASCE Members of Society Advancing an Inclusive Culture (MOSAIC)

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2015 Report Card for Arizona’s Infrastructure


2015 Report card

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The 2015 Arizona Report Card Brochure