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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, involvement, public outreach, and promoting sound public policy.


• Encourage industry and individual participation in ASCE membership and activities

• Advance involvement participation and collaboration in Arizona between industry practitioners serving as technical and ethical leaders.

• Facilitate annual outreach to public officials educating public policy makers on infrastructure value

• Act as stewards of ASCE for the Section constituents through awareness, understanding,
reporting, and a transfer of knowledge

President’s Message – May 2019

Ted Smithwick, PE, M.ASCE, President ASCE AZ

Ted Smithwick

Our Arizona ASCE Conference is set for Friday, September 13 – please save this date for a day of networking and learning! See the flyer below for more information.

We’re looking for Presentation Session Topics for the conference – if you’re interested or have suggestions, please send those to us.

We have an open position on the Arizona Section Board. We’re ideally seeking a member from Southern Arizona with previous experience serving on ASCE boards. If you’re interested or need more information, please contact me by May 15.

Winning Friends and Influencing Engineers

As engineers, we’re striving to design and construct projects that are safe and efficient. We’re also working under time and budget constraints that impact how we approach our tasks. And perhaps most importantly, we’re critically dependent on our team to get these tasks completed. Below are some tools to consider when working with your team at work, as well as with clients and teaming partners.

1.) Try not to criticize. When a task isn’t completed as you envisioned, what role did you play in the mishap? Think how you can better lay out your requests and how you can better assist others. Be realistic: are you setting reasonable time and budget constraints? Find the WHY, instead of criticize!

2.) Give honest, sincere appreciation. I overheard someone once saying that people are appreciated: it comes every two weeks and it’s called a paycheck. This is wrongheaded thinking. Make no mistake: paychecks are great (thank you Stanley Consultants!) but they only represent one half of the transaction; when I pay my electric bill, I’m forking over what I owe – I’m not sending appreciation. When you thank those you work with, remember to be specific and sincere.

3.) Get the other person’s point of view. Find the WHY behind them! Seemingly every day I make some assumption about something… and I’m regularly blown away as to how blind I was until I asked, “Why did you do this like that?” “How do you think we should approach this problem?”

Upcoming Newsletter Articles:

  • June 2019 – An Interview with an Arizona ASCE Member
  • July 2019 – How to Save Someone’s Life
  • August 2019 – My Thoughts on ASCE
  • September 2019 – Thank you
  • October 2019 – Breanna Connolly Takes Over the President’s Message

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2015 Report Card for Arizona’s Infrastructure

2015 Report card

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The 2015 Arizona Report Card Brochure