March 6, 2018

On February 28, ASCE President Kristina Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE presented the Distinguished Lecture in Construction Engineering & Management (CEM) Engineering the Future at the University of Colorado Denver. President Swallow spoke to full house of over 100 students and local ASCE professionals, on how to best prepare future civil engineers to meet the challenges in our aging infrastructure, innovation of new technologies and capabilities that will enable us to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

President Swallow also urged the audience for a call to action and reinforced the importance of civil engineering in the United States and globally. After her lecture, Ms. Swallow addressed questions from the audience, and encouraged the attendees to have the necessary “courageous conversations” to promote sustainability and resiliency in our infrastructure and civil engineering.

From L to R: Gary Meggison, Heidi Brothers, Tom Alford, Kristina Swallow, Jim Johnson, Paul Boulos, Steve Eikanger, Lauren Martinez, Charles Rountree, Chris Boal, Ty McConnell, Caroline Clevenger, Martin Dunn, Moatassem Abdallah, Kate Lavicky, Ryan Balakas. Photo by Roxanne Pizano.

After the lecture, the CU Denver ASCE student chapter president, Philip Taylor, and representatives from the newly formed local ASCE Denver Branch section provided Ms. Swallow a tour of the campus.  Ms. Swallow also met with the CU Denver’s Construction Engineering & Management (CEM) advisory board, where she promoted the importance of educating our workforce to better prepare them to meet the global challenges in engineering today and in future.

Professor Dr. Caroline Clevenger, Assistant Director at the Construction Engineering and Management stated, “In her talks, Ms. Swallow did a wonderful job of highlighting what it means to be a civil engineer today. It was great for our students to hear directly from the President of ASCE about the importance of engineering, higher education and how it will help them as professionals. She was inspiring and informative. The CU Denver community is very grateful for her visit to our campus.”

From L to R: Philip Taylor, Badr Husini, Caroline Clevenger, Kristina Swallow, Moatassem Abdallah, Aaron Leopold. Photo courtesy of Caroline Clevenger.

 “ASCE President Kristina Swallow’s visit to Denver was a great success” remarked ACOPNE President-Elect, Pau F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE.  “She had very productive meetings with educational and business leaders as well as with local ASCE student chapter members.  She presented an inspiring lecture on Engineering the Future and explained the leading role of ASCE in advancing the civil engineering profession.  She also touched on the following strategic focus areas of ASCE: Raising the Bar, Sustainability, and the Grand Challenge.  We look forward to her next visit.”

President Swallow on her visit to UC Denver, “I enjoyed my visit immensely. It was great being able to visit the campuses and hear how they are actively working to grow our profession and graduate students prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow! This visit had the added component of being able to engage with the (CEM) advisory board, who are also passionate about our profession and truly engaged in creating the future! I am truly thankful for Dr. Boulos, who arranged the day’s activities and made it the event that it was.”

The day’s events concluded with a dinner hosted by CU Denver Chancellor, Dr. Dorothy A. Horrell and Dr. Boulos, with local government and university officials and leading executives in the construction industry attending.