MINNESOTA SECTION NEWS:
ASCE’s Spring Week is always an exciting time. It begins with the Legislative Fly-In, which this year saw 210 ASCE members in Washington, DC, to meet with their elected officials about infrastructure investment. The OPAL Gala celebrates the best of the best in our profession. And the Board meeting caps off the week.
This year Board members were treated to a tour of the nearby DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant – a great way to remind us that our civil engineering innovations and successes don’t happen in a vacuum; they have real, tangible effects on our communities every day.
The event will be in the style of the Museum’s Play, Tinker, Make
days and anyone interested in hosting a hands on activity can submit an application here, by April 6.
If you would like to save on the price of tickets by reserving as a group of 15 or more, call 651.221.9444 or 800.221.9444 in advance. Group tickets may be purchased either for a specific date and time or as an advance admission voucher redeemable anytime at the Box Office.
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By Bob Filipczak
The testing of autonomous vehicles has been in the news a lot, and each article makes new claims about what these vehicles can do. If there’s some skepticism among engineers in northern states such as Minnesota, it makes sense. We all want to know if this technology can stand up to the trifecta of snow, ice and salt when it comes to navigating our roads.
We are about to find out.
Committee chair, Melanie Fiegen, moved to South Dakota at the end of the year. If anyone is interested in chairing this committee, please contact Lisa Breu at email@example.com.
The committee’s mission is to understand and communicate to the section our civil engineering heritage and history. Past activities have been articles for the newsletter, preparation of ASCE Historic Landmark designation applications, and calendars highlighting Minnesota Historic Projects.