by Jack A. Raudenbush, P.E., F.ASCE, your Region 2 Director is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Section. Jack will be representing you at the next Society Board meeting in Washington, DC on March 14-15, 2020.

Future World Vision

Civil engineers, in reimagining the world, must adapt how we design, build, operate, and maintain our infrastructure systems.

Using data-driven, in-depth, scenario-planning analysis, Future World Vision puts civil engineers in position to lead not just today but five decades into the future. Four types of cities are being imagined:

  • Resilient Cities
  • Progressive Megacities
  • Dispersed Settlements
  • Unequal Enclaves

By mapping out key trends and potential outcomes, a projected range of plausible future-based scenarios is being developed. Each scenario models how society might interface with cities, infrastructure, and operational systems, while illustrating what civil engineers must do to develop solutions for this changing future.

Future World Vision will help ensure that the decisions we make as civil engineers, in building high-tech, resilient, and sustainable communities of the future, optimize desirable outcomes while avoiding undesirable and unintended consequences.
Go to to learn more about this exciting undertaking.

Region 2 Member Shout Out

Nicholas Johnson and Philip Hater of the Reading Branch

Nicholas Johnson works at Great Valley Consultants in Reading, Pennsylvania. GVC is a small consulting firm focused on civil and municipal engineering in Berks County and surrounding areas. Nick focuses on Environmental and Water Resources engineering within the Civil Engineering discipline. He has gained valuable field experience in his 12+ year career which broadened his knowledge of other civil engineering specialties. He attended Penn State from 2003 to 2007 and joined ASCE in 2009. Nick joined because he wanted to branch out, and to better understand the experiences of other in our broad civil engineering industry, and to better serve in the civil engineering profession.

Philip Harter is currently juggling overtime, a toddler, and has a second child expected in May. As a structural engineer at Worley, Phil has had the opportunity to complete designs of numerous power generating facilities in the U.S. and around the world. Most recently, Phil has been lucky enough to be working on one of the first, major offshore wind power facilities in the United States. Phil joined ASCE during college as part of the Steel Bridge team and participated in the national event at the University of Florida. Phil stayed with ASCE after graduating from Penn State because it supported infrastructure investment and the education of the next generation of engineers.

Coincidently, it is interesting to note that Phil and Nick have been friends since 2000, when they met in the 9th grade at Governor Mifflin Senior High School in Shillington, Pennsylvania.

Please share in my thanks to both Nick and Phil for their involvement in ASCE and to their being part of the resurgence of the Reading Branch.

Visit an ASCE Designated Historic Site

These sites illustrate the creativity and innovative spirit of civil engineers. Visit to find sites near you. Share photos of your travels with me and I will post in Region 2 correspondence and on our Region’s social media pages.

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, Detroit MI, National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

In November, I visited the historic Philadelphia City Hall. This month, I visited the Detroit–Windsor Tunnel which connects Detroit, MI to Ontario, Canada and was completed in 1930. It was the third underwater vehicular tunnel constructed in the United States. It was designed by the firm Parsons, Klapp, Brinckerhoff and Douglas. The tunnel is 5,160 feet in length and at its lowest point, the two-lane roadway is 75 feet below the surface of the Detroit River.

I look forward to seeing you at ASCE events:

  • MRLC in Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020
  • National Engineer’s Week, Feb. 16-22, 2020
  • ASCE National Convention in Anaheim, CA, Oct. 28-31, 2020
  • And your Section and Branch meetings

Enhanced membership.

Jack A. Raudenbush, P.E., F.ASCE
Director, Region 2
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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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