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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!

I-66 Inside the Beltway and I-395 Express Lanes Northern Extension

Ms. Baxter will discuss traffic demands related to the I-66 Inside the Beltway Program which includes implementing peak period managed toll lanes, in which the revenue will be used for transit serving the corridor, as well as the 4 mile widening of the eastbound lanes between the Dulles Connector Road and Ballston.

Mr. Lerner will talk about traffic studies in Northern Virginia and will specifically discuss as examples the traffic operations analyses for the I-395 Express Extension as well as the studies for the transformation of Tysons.

Amanda Baxter: Special Projects Development Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation, Fairfax, VA

Abi Lerner: P.E. Associate Manager of Special Projects Development
Virginia Department of Transportation, Fairfax, VA

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Time: 11:45 AM Registration - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Lunch/Speaker
Place: ASCE Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive Reston, VA 20191
Cost: $25 per person (member/nonmember)
Attendees will receive 1 PDH
RSVP: Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 8 th to Lisa Anderson:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-429- 6631.
Cash or check made out to “ASCE National Capital Section” may be paid at the door.

Amanda Baxter has nearly 20 years of diverse experience in planning, analysis, and environmental documentation for complex transportation planning studies and engineering projects. In March 2015, Ms. Baxter returned to VDOT as the Special Projects Development Manager working on key transportation initiatives in Northern Virginia. In her role, Ms. Baxter coordinates and implements Special Studies in support of the Secretary of Transportation, VDOT Commissioner, VDOT Chief Engineer and senior leadership. Ms. Baxter is responsible for the oversight and coordination of VDOT resources to direct Special Projects in order to provide transportation facilities that meet or exceed VDOT standards and requirements. Currently she is the Project Manager for the I-66 Inside the Beltway Program which includes implementing peak period managed toll lanes, in which the revenue will be used for transit serving the corridor, as well as the 4 mile widening of the eastbound lanes between the Dulles Connector Road and Ballston. She is also leading the environmental and traffic studies for the I-395 Express lanes including multimodal improvements at the Pentagon and most recently she has initiated the environmental and traffic study for the I-95 Express Lane extension to Fredericksburg as part of the Atlantic Gateway program. Before returning to VDOT, Ms. Baxter served as a Vice President for Whitman, Requardt and Associates working on key Regional transportation projects in the Mid-Atlantic such as Maryland’s Purple Line Light Rail and the High Rise Bridge study in Hampton Roads.

Abi Lerner, P.E. is the Associate Manager of Special Project Development at the Virginia Department of Transportation. In his role, he is responsible for coordinating the planning and implementation of all transportation and land development projects associated with the Tysons revitalization program. He is also working on project development and traffic analyses for key Northern Virginia projects including I-66 Inside the Beltway and I-395 Express Lanes Northern Extension. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of Transportation for the City of Alexandria, VA. Abi has a B.B.A. in Engineering Management, a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Abi is the current Mid-Colonial District representative on the Board of Direction of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

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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