Civil Engineering

As a Civil Engineer, I believe in not only a strong code of ethics as published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) but also in the importance of keeping the civil engineering profession strong to rebuild our country’s infrastructure. A lot of people don’t understand what all a civil engineer does. According the ASCE, civil engineers design, build, and maintain the foundation for our modern society – our roads and bridges, drinking water and energy systems, sea ports and airports, and the infrastructure for a cleaner environment, to name just a few.

Civil engineering touches us throughout our day. Think of a civil engineer when you:

  • Turn on your tap to take a shower or drink clean water
  • Flick on your lights and open your refrigerator
  • Drive to work on roads and bridges through synchronized traffic lights
  • Take mass transit or take a flight for a vacation
  • Toss your empty coffee cup in the recycling bin
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Spanning a Host of Specialties

Civil engineers often specialize in one of a number of technical areas. A few examples:

Time-Honored Civil Engineering Projects

The Golden Gate Bridge. The Eiffel Tower. The Hoover Dam. The creativity and innovative spirit of civil engineers is showcased in the projects they have created throughout the world. ASCE’s Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks program honors the best of those at least 50 years old.

Learning from Tragedy

Since the Johnstown Flood in 1889, ASCE has answered the call to study and learn from engineering failures due to natural disasters and man-made causes. These studies provide needed answers and new knowledge and become the basis for changes to building codes and engineering and construction practices to make the public safer.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

The future strength of the civil engineering profession will come from an engineering workforce that mirrors the population it serves.