Tuscaloosa Branch Raises $1,100 for Charity

October 12, 2017 – As the new officers took their positions in October 2016 in the ASCE Tuscaloosa Branch, the President, Ashley Tu, set a few goals for the 2017 year.  One of those goals was to plan a social event.  A lot of our members are not able to make the monthly meetings so planning a social event after work would give them an opportunity to come together and spend time with the other members.  After discussions were held at the monthly meetings, it was decided a social in the fall would be best for everyone’s schedule.  However, as Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and eventually Nate hit the country, the officers knew they needed to give back.  It was decided among the Branch officers that the social event should be more than just a get together. They wanted to center the social event around giving back to hurricane relief.  Ashley Tu stated at the September monthly meeting “Living in Tuscaloosa, the majority of us have probably not experienced a hurricane personally, but we have all lived through a tornado and remember when others gave back to help our community”. 

The event was held on October 12, 2017 at the Hotel Indigo rooftop venue.  Members were charged $10 to attend and encouraged to bring their spouses.  They were also encouraged to give more than the required $10.  Our Branch rented a private room at the venue and provided heavy hors d’oeuvres.  One hundred percent of the donated money raised was given to Samaritan’s Purse, a charity that is assisting in hurricane relief.  This charity was remembered by members as being present assisting Tuscaloosa after the April 2011 tornado.  The total money raised was over $1,100 with over 30 members showing up to contribute.  There was such positive feedback from the members who attended that hosting a social event annually will likely be continued by the Tuscaloosa ASCE Branch.

33 Years of Excellence Recognized

October 10, 2017 – The Montgomery Branch of the Alabama Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers dedicated the October Branch meeting to recognizing the leadership and volunteerism of each of its former Branch presidents. Those leaders, during their time with the Branch, put forth great effort to uphold and enhance the integrity and ethics of the civil engineering profession, while serving engineers and the community in the River Region. By way of our past presidents, the Branch has been able to foster professional interaction between students, younger members, and experienced professionals as well as instill enthusiasm in the profession and Branch membership and involvement. Dr. Dan Turner, P.E., Ph.D, presented each recipient with a certificate of recognition. Dr. Turner is a tireless advocate, promoter, and leader for the transportation engineering profession, and he has the distinction of being the only member of the Alabama Section to serve as the national Society President of ASCE.

The Montgomery Branch of ASCE was established in 1984 with 30 original members, and several of these charter members were on hand to witness the recognition of our past presidents. Thirty-three years later, the Branch continues to be a highly active professional organization within the River Region, largely due to the efforts of these honored individuals.

According to Mr. Brian Felder, 2009 Branch President, “It was an honor to be recognized with so many leaders in the ASCE community. In my current job, I have the opportunity to attend and present to ASCE branches throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and I can honestly say that the Montgomery Branch is the most organized, well run, and impactful of all of them”.

The Montgomery Branch would like to once again thank each of its former presidents for their service and sacrifice to the Branch, ASCE, and the civil engineering profession. As often quoted, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Past Presidents’ Appreciation Day Press Release

Huntsville Branch Participates in College and Career Fair

September 7 , 2017 – Huntsville Branch of ASCE recently had the opportunity to participate in a two-day career fair hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. Thousands of high school juniors and seniors from Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County schools attended looking to gain insight into local career opportunities and their associated educational pathways. The Branch volunteers (shown below) engaged with students about Civil Engineering and answered questions about what different types of work Civil Engineers do. They were very thankful of the ASCE Pre-College Outreach department for providing outreach supplies to help promote civil engineering. Having this quality resource made planning for the event a breeze!

John Corbell, P.E. & Mathew Pinkston


Rachel Bolton & Barbara Lehman