Successful Alabama Civil Engineer
 Legislative Day

On Wednesday, February 17, 2017, the Alabama Section of ASCE held its 1st Annual ASCE Civil Engineer Legislative Day Drive-In at the Alabama State House.  The event was attended by over 40 Civil Engineers from across the State of Alabama.  The group included multiple Alabama Section Members, several County Engineers, Renee Casillas, Executive Director of American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Alabama, and additional representatives from other organizations that represent the Engineering Community.

Senator Clyde Chambliss, P.E.  who represents Alabama Senate District 30 was the main speaker. Senator Chambliss gave the group an overview of the legislative process and how bills progress through the legislature.  Also, Senator Chambliss discussed his Senate Bill 171 for Anti-Trust Immunity for the Board of Licensure for Engineers and Land Surveyors and Senate Bill 174 for Qualification Based Selection (QBS).  Senator Chambliss stated that QBS is the most important issue he has seen in his 25 years of practice as a Civil Engineer. 

Other speakers included Senator Phil Williams of Senate District 10 (Cherokee, Dekalb, Etowah, and St. Clair Counties), Senator Trip Pittman of Senate District 32 (Baldwin Co.), Senator Gerald Dial of Senate District 13 (Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Lee and Randolph County), and Representative Joe Lovvorn of House District 79 (Lee County).  Senator Dial gave the group a historical perspective of transportation funding and discussed the status of gas tax legislation for this session.  The afternoon concluded with multiple Engineers meeting with individual legislators about issues affecting infrastructure and the Civil Engineering profession.

2016 Outstanding Section and Branch
 Website Award

On November 3, 2016, the Montgomery Branch was notified by Mr. Don Wittmer, Chair of the Society Leader Training Committee (LTC), that the Branch had been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Section and Branch Web Site Award in the “Small” Section and Branch membership category (<500 members).  The Montgomery Branch website bested 118 other small branches in the Society to capture this distinguished honor. According to the Director of ASCE Geographic Services, Mrs. Nancy Berson, the Branch website set a high standard of excellence for user interface design by creating a seamless experience for end-users, which has allowed for website activity to increase over 1100% in just two and a half years.

Mr. Brad Williams, Montgomery Branch President and Webmaster, represented the Branch at the awards ceremony. The award was presented during the 2017 Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 Multi-Region Leadership Conference on Saturday, January 21 at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott in Newark, NJ.  The 2017 President Elect, Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE., presented the award.

The Branch website has been integral to connecting our members with each other and the Alabama Section and also providing updates and information from the Society.

2017 ASCE President-Elect Kristina Swallow and Montgomery Branch President Brad Williams

Branch President attends Multi-Region Leadership Conference in Newark, NJ

The 2017 Multi-Region Leadership Conference for Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 was held in Newark, New Jersey, on January 20-21, 2017. The conference included the Workshop for Section and Branch Leaders (WSBL), the Eastern Region Younger Member Council (ERYMC), and the Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL). MRLC events were generally broken into sessions for those individual groups with training and discussion geared toward each group’s responsibilities as part of ASCE.

Section and Branch Leaders were engaged in workshops ranging from Engaging Millennials, Leading the Evolving Civil Engineering Team, ASCE Resources, and Roundtables on ASCE Best Practices. These sessions reinforced the traits great leaders share such as relationship management, empathy, and social awareness. Additionally, WSBL attendees had the opportunity to conduct a “Q & A Session” with current leaders from ASCE: Mr. Tom Smith, Executive Director; Kristina Swallow, President-Elect; and the 2018 President-Elect Candidates (Robin Kemper and K.N. Gunalan). Younger Members, as part of the ERYMC, had the opportunity to take part in roundtable discussions, leadership workshops, and ASCE Best Practices, among others. Student Chapter Leaders participated in workshops that focused on membership growth, transitioning members into younger member groups, and creating meaningful relationships with local sections and branches.

The Montgomery Branch President, Mr. Brad Williams, represented the Branch at the MRLC. In addition to attending, Mr. Williams provided two 45-minute presentations to WSBL attendees about “Creating a Successful Website and Use of Constant Contact.”

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