President's Message

John Smith, P.E., M.ASCE

Greetings Nebraska ASCE!

It has been a busy beginning to our new year at NEASCE! The Section Board met in August and September to set a budget for our 2016-2017 year and to discuss this year’s agenda of section meetings, conferences, events, and community projects. Our Younger Member Group has held an event in both Omaha and Lincoln so far, both providing great opportunities for networking and student engagement.  We also held our structural section meeting and technical conference in September which were well attended and showcased a variety of interesting topics. With such a great start to the year, I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.

In 1917, the Nebraska Section was officially organized as a state organization of the American Society of Civil Engineers, making next year our centennial. It’s a great accomplishment to not only survive as an organization for 100 years, but to grow and thrive over that time. It also speaks to the historic and continued impact the profession of civil engineering has on our state. To celebrate, NEASCE is planning a wide array of events, the most notable of which will be our Centennial Gala on May 18th where we’ll be showcasing ASCE’s Dream Big. Please note this on your calendars, look for additional communications, and let us know if you are interested in the planning process.

To succeed for over 100 years as an organization, you need a consistent group of professionals providing their leadership, ideas, time, and passion for both the growth of the civil engineering profession and impacting our community. Thank you to this year’s Board of Direction, Committee Chairs, and Advisory Board for starting another year. If you’re interested in becoming more involved with NEASCE, please let me know. Our Younger Member Group continues to be a great way to train and engage young professionals which now play a large role in our section leadership. Experience is also essential to NEASCE’s continue success so I’d like to especially ask our senior and life members to consider a role at NEASCE.

I’m honored to serve as the President of the Nebraska Section and I look forward to a successful 100th year at NEASCE!