01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
6 October 2021

Leverage Your People-Power: Civil Engineers Shape Policy

Strategic Issues / Public Policy

How can civil engineers have impactful careers in public policy? This roundtable session will detail how engineers at all career levels can get involved in policy and impact infrastructure development at all scales of government. Many engineers bring their technical expertise, rational thinking, and passion for making the world a better place to the political process. However, engineers are not as involved with the governing bodies as other professions have been historically. From both lobbying and public service perspectives, this roundtable session will discuss how both younger members and experienced engineers can impact public policy at local and national levels. Speakers will also help attendees identify versatile strategies to utilize their technical expertise in order to lead their communities and generate results.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how younger members and experienced professionals can get involved at the state and local level within their communities.
  • Emphasize ASCE resources for members to advocate for investment in infrastructure and policy statements.
  • Identify how civil engineering technical expertise benefits governing bodies.
  • Outline best practices that engineers can utilize to grow into a public policy career.
  • Discuss simple and effective strategies to leverage technical expertise to impact policy.