Centennial Celebration 2017

The Nebraska Section of ASCE was founded in 1917.  For 100 years, we have been providing our members, their employers, and the public with an array of benefits.  We give our members resources to build their careers, advance their profession, and enrich their lives.  ASCE offers leadership training, continuing education programs, PE licensing courses, professional publications and certifications, mentoring, and community volunteer opportunities.  Firms and other employers see the development of future leaders and ongoing education opportunities.  ASCE also actively advocates for issues such as improving our infrastructure and increasing sustainability.  The Nebraska Section also provides a number of scholarships to college students pursuing a career in Civil Engineering and host outreach events to primary and secondary student each year.  To celebrate 100 years of Civil Engineering excellence, the Nebraska Section is planning events within three broad themes: celebrating our members, connecting with engineering students, and communicating with the public.  Read about the events we have had already this year

Celebrating Our Members
Thank you for your membership and contributions to the Society and the profession!
The Centennial Gala Celebration was May 18, 2017 at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.  We began with a viewing of ASCE’s “Dream Big” movie in IMAX 3D and an introduction from Society Past President Mark Woodson, P.E., L.S., F.SEI, D.WRE, ENV SP, F.ASCE (bio).  The film was followed with networking, conversation, hors d’ouevres, awards, and the annual election of Section Officers.
A Centennial E-Book is being compiled to commemorate the Sections’ Centennial.  It will be available for free download upon completion.  

Connecting With Engineering Students
During 2017, we will be hosting special events with ASCE Student Chapters at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Omaha.  Each event will combine fun with career building activities (e.g. bowling + a resume writing workshop).  More information will be published at a later date.
Also, a portion of the sponsorship funds received to underwrite our activities will be directed to the Nebraska Section’s scholarship funds with the University of Nebraska Foundation.  We currently fund three separate scholarships: Peck/Benak Engineering Achievement (Geotechnical), Nebraska Section of ASCE Student Support Fund for Transportation Engineers, and ASCE Nebraska Section Scholarship (general).  

Communicating With The Public
As part of our Centennial Celebration, the Governor signed a Proclamation to recognize the Section and 100 years of accomplishments on February 8, 2017 at 10am.  More here.
Finally, the Nebraska Section is planning two public outreach events.  The first was held at the Omaha Children’s Museum on January 28.  The second was at the Lincoln Children’s Museum on April 2.  Visitors will be able to participate in engineering related activities and games.  Participants received a gift bag to take home – hopefully encouraging them to be “engineers-in-training” long after the day of the event.  We hope to hold additional outreach events in the fall.
A Centennial E-Book is being compiled to commemorate the Sections’ Centennial.  It will be available for free download upon completion.  

Centennial Planning Committee
Matt Hubel, P.E., M.ASCE – Chair
Kristle Beaudet, P.E., M.ASCE
Aaron Buettner, P.E., M.ASCE
Shannon DeVivo, P.E., M.ASCE
Mark Egger, P.E., M.ASCE
Joe Flaxbeard, P.E., M.ASCE
John Hill, P.E., M.ASCE
Greg Seib, P.E., M.ASCE
John Smith, P.E., M.ASCE
Marie Stamm, P.E., M.ASCE

Questions or want to know more?
Centennial Committee Chair Matt Hubel can be reached at 402.431.6370 or mhubel@schemmer.com

Nebraska Section ASCE Centennial Book