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Welcome to the ASCE Houston Branch Newsletter of upcoming events, articles, jobs and more from our membership.  


President's Message

Dear members,

Summer 2020 is at an end, and we begin Autumn 2020. Autumn is traditionally associated with the falling of leaves from trees, the start of cooler weather, and the harvest. When I lived in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 2005 through 2008, attending Purdue University, Autumn was my favorite time of the year. The natural scenery of red, orange, and brown colors was beautiful, and the weather was cooler. Well, I’ve rarely experienced this natural scenery since I moved to Houston in 2008. However, the harvest is plentiful. We are now near the end of our fiscal year, and our new fiscal year will begin on October 1, 2020. The ASCE Houston Branch will have plenty of volunteer opportunities, and we are looking for dedicated and excited volunteers to assist us in the new fiscal year.

At the beginning of 2019-20, I shared with you the goals set by your leadership team for our organization. One goal is to increase interaction among members and guests at Branch events. We had an increase in attendance at the in-person monthly Branch meetings to more than 140 people per meeting from October 2019 through February 2020. It was evident that our members and guests were enjoying attending the in-person Branch meetings and networking with each other. However, I feared that this momentum would be halted from the effects caused by COVID-19. To my surprise, moving to a virtual platform for hosting branch meetings further increased the engagement with our members and guests. Although we were not able to tackle all the goals identified for 2019-20, I am so proud that we were able to introduce a virtual platform. I received positive feedback from several members about our virtual platform, and your leadership team plans to continue offering online content throughout the new fiscal year.

It was a pleasure to serve you as President of the ASCE Houston Branch. I warmly welcome our incoming President, Ms. Sarah Alvarez. I’ve known Sarah for many years, and she is a thoughtful and hardworking individual. I have no doubt that she will be a great President. Also, I want to thank the 2019-20 leadership team and volunteers for their support. As I take my graceful exit, I leave you with a quote from Sanaya Roman,

“Truly powerful people have great humility. They do not try to impress, they do not try to be influential. They simply are. People are magnetically drawn to them. They are most often very silent and focused, aware of their core selves. They never persuade, nor do they use manipulation or aggressiveness to get their way. They listen. If there is anything they can offer to assist you, they offer it. If not, they are silent.”

Each day I try to live by these words.

Please join us for our September Branch Meeting on Monday, September 14, 2020, from 6 – 7:30 pm. Our keynote speaker is John Tyler, Deputy Director of Engineering, Harris County Tollroad Authority. This will be a virtual meeting, and the cost for participants is $10 per person. At the meeting, we will conduct our Annual Officer Installation Ceremony. More information about the meeting is available in our September Newsletter and on our website at www.ascehouston.org 

I am available for any questions or comments about the ASCE Houston Branch, so do not hesitate to contact me.

Julia P. Clarke, PE

[email protected]


Featured Articles

ASCE Texas CECON 2020 Virutal Conference

More information about the upcoming virtual 2020 CECON will be available soon at https://texascecon.org/ . You may contact the ASCE Texas Section office at [email protected] or 512-472-8905 for information regarding sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities.

Available Committee Chair Positions

ASCE Houston is actively looking to fill a few committee chair positions. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the branch and would like to consider a leadership role in the positions listed below please send an email to [email protected].

Technical Programs: Transportation Chair and Airports Chair
Student Chapters Committee: Student Chapter Chair and Practitioner Advisor
Website Committee Chair

Descriptions of roles for each committee chair can be found on our website at the following link:  https://ascehouston.starchapter.com/images/downloads/2019_20_asce_houston_branch_rules_of_operation.pdf


Calendar of Events



September 14, 2020
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September 24, 2020
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