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The acclaimed giant-screen documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World has inspired and delighted audiences in museums around the world. Now, ASCE with generous support from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) has set an ambitious goal: to put a copy of the Dream Big film and educational toolkit in every public school in America. To reach every school, we need your help! Give $5 to send a school a toolkit containing: A DVD of the full-length feature film; Teacher’s guide; Companion videos; Downloadable files for classroom use. ASCE has pledged a 1-to-1 match of all donations made by Sections and Branches before April 15 for middle school educational kits. Any amount that you pledge will go twice as far with the match from ASCE headquarters. NCS will designate all funds go only to local schools, thus ensuring your donation is super-charged, i.e. it gets doubled, it goes to your local schools, and it amplifies our efforts to increase the quality of engineering education in our K-12 schools and inspire future generations of civil engineers!

For those of you registered in the State of Maryland, this session helps you fulfil the 1 PDH requirement on ethics. For those of you registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, this session also helps you add 1 PDH toward your license renewal. But ethics is not just a box you check off for license renewal. Ethics guides your choices and actions that determine the purpose and the course of your life. It is a vital topic.

During this session, you will:

  • Go over PHD requirements for license renewal
  • Contrast two subjects: Engineering and Ethics
  • Learn principles of ethics
  • Review ethical cases considered by ASCE’s Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC)

Engineering is a factual subject. Ethics, on the other hand, is an evaluative subject. When choices exist, you must evaluate them. Ethics is concerned with how you evaluate choices to determine which is good or evil, right or wrong, desirable or undesirable. Ethics is a human necessity.

The January 10, 2017 meeting of the Reston Committee will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, starting at 11:45 am at ASCE Headquarters. Please RSVP to Lisa Anderson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 703-429-6631.

About the Speaker:  Ranjit Sahai, PE, F.ASCE is the 2013-14 ASCE-NCS Past President. He is an author of several books for engineers. He is the principal at RAM Corporation, a consulting engineering firm focused on traffic engineering, storm water management, and technology projects. As you might expect from the position of Principal at any firm, he encounters situations that have ethical implications. He has a deep interest in philosophy and has completed several online courses on the topic. Join him at this session to not only receive a PDH toward your PE license renewal but also to learn from ethical cases ASCE shares with its members in the Civil Engineering magazine.

What is ASCE-NCS?

Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers.  ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members.  The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:

  • To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
  • To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
  • To improve our community through effective community outreach programs, local involvement and educational efforts.

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