Greetings all and Happy December!

With 2017 coming to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Austin Branch members, volunteers, officers, and committee chairs for making ASCE such a special organization to be a part of. Thank you for making this past year a success! I am grateful for the opportunity to be engaged in this organization and profession and will continue to work to advance our profession in 2018. As you think about upcoming New Year’s resolutions, please consider a professional one – becoming more involved with ASCE! It is easy, fun, rewarding and appreciated.

This past month brought great news for the Austin-area engineering and construction community. Results from this election saw many public investment bond packages passed including a $93 million upgrade for transportation and mobility projects. Many of the projects in the bond are being pushed to be completed within five years.

At this month's Branch meeting, we feature our annual Ethics presentation conducted by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. We are continuing to collect contributions towards the Capital Area Food Bank so be on the lookout for donation boxes at each table or donate using your credit card at the registration table. Thank you to everyone who contributed last month!

We continue our search for the individual who we will be honored to call the 2018 Civil Engineer of the Year. Nominations are open for a short time and this award will be presented during February's Texas Society of Professional Engineers’ banquet. Look for nomination forms on our website.

The new year will bring a lot of new opportunities and activities at the Austin Branch including planning for our civil engineering conference in Austin, our student outreach activities, loads of events during Engineers Week in February and many more. Please contact me anytime (512-279-5437, or another officer or committee member if you like to be more involved in any of these activities. Share your talents and give back to the profession and community.

Have an excellent holiday season and a happy new year!