The ASCE Metropolitan Section is the local section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in the New York City metro area and consists of nine counties in New York State including the five boroughs of New York City (the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island), Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, and Rockland and Westchester counties in the Lower Hudson Valley. The Met Section is part of ASCE Region 1, the ASCE New York State Council, and is a founding member of the Metropolitan Engineering Societies Council. With over 4,000 members, the Met Section is one of the largest and most active ASCE sections in the United States. The ASCE Metropolitan Section was established on February 18, 1920.
The Met Section includes several technical groups addressing various specialty areas (Air Transport, Civil Engineers in Government, Construction, Forensic Engineering, Geotechnical, Infrastructure, International, and Structures). These technical groups serve the needs and interests of Met Section members within their specific disciplines, offering numerous lectures and seminars throughout the year. The Met Section is an approved New York State sponsor of continuing education and many of the programs offered by technical groups provide professional engineers with opportunities to earn continuing education credits in the form of Professional Development Hours (PDHs). The Long Island Branch and Lower Hudson Valley Branch organize similar types of events for Met Section members living or working in these suburban communities outside New York City.
Younger members (defined as ASCE members 35 years of age or younger) can participate in the Met Section's Younger Member Forum or the Lower Hudson Valley Branch's Younger Member Group, which both offer activities and programs particularly designed for younger engineers to network with their own peers, learn more about the profession, and encourage professional development. The Younger Member Forum conducts outreach sessions to local ASCE student chapters.
The Met Section also sponsors outreach programs designed to introduce children to civil engineering such as the New York City Regional Future City Competition for middle school students and interactive activities for kids during National Engineers Week.
Each year, the Met Section presents awards to recognize local members for their contributions to the field of civil engineering. The Long Island Branch and Lower Hudson Valley Branch each present their own awards, annually. Additionally, the Younger Member Forum honors newly inducted ASCE life members and presents awards to student chapter members at its annual Ridgway Awards event.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) was originally founded in New York City in 1852 and represents more than 147,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE's mission is to provide essential value to our members, their careers, our partners and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning and promoting the profession. ASCE's World Headquarters is located in Reston, Virginia and the Society's Government Relations office is located in Washington, DC.
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