Defining our profession for the future

Defining our profession for the future

Of those who responded to my February 2008 column, "Be a mover and shaker in todays global workplace," about structural engineers being able to profoundly shape the coming decade, many focused on establishing ways to define our profession for the future. Along these lines, Stan Caldwell, chair of American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Technical Region Board of Governors, pointed out that after the Summit on the Future of Civil Engineering in June 2006, "ASCE began a long-term effort to define the role of civil engineering in the future—The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025."

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