About ASCE


Nationally founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 145,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE's vision is to position engineers as global leaders, building a better quality of life. 

The National organization, headquartered in Reston, VA has three strategic initiatives:

  • Sustainable Infrastructure – Propose practical solutions to maintain and modernize our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure and work with our communities to make them sustainable.
  • Raise the Bar – Increase education requirements for engineering licensure to better protect the public in the future.
  • ASCE Grand Challenge – The investments needed to improve our infrastructure continue to increase well beyond available funding. How do we close the infrastructure gap? ASCE has issued a grand challenge to civil engineers and the industry: a) Significantly enhance the performance and value of infrastructure projects over their life cycles by 2025; and b) Foster the optimization of infrastructure investments for society.

The Pittsburgh Section

The Pittsburgh Section of ASCE has nearly 1700 members and represents engineering and construction interests for communities throughout western Pennsylvania.

As the proud winner's of the ASCE 2015 and 2014 Outstanding Section Awards, the Pittsburgh Section hosts over 50 events per year including the Annual Kick-off Dinner and Life Member Recognition Banquet in the Fall and the Engineers Week Awards Banquet in February.  Our five technical institutes host monthly or bi-monthly seminars and dinner events providing PDH's to our membership.  The Younger Member Forum also remains very active, hosting a series of networking and professional development events through-out the year.  

The Pittsburgh Section has set three strategic initiatives for the 2015-2018 time period. They are:

Our Mission

Providing essential value to our members, their careers, our partners, and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning, and promoting the profession.



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