Greetings to our Branch members, Texas Section affiliates, and those with an interest in civil engineering. Welcome to another exciting year with us at the Austin Branch of ASCE!

I am very honored to serve the Austin Branch community. It is exciting to kick-off this Presidency knowing that the past leadership has laid a strong base on which to continue expanding community initiatives, increase membership, and overall visibility to the profession. I would like to congratulate and welcome members of the board, institutes and numerous committees. You are the individuals that help make the Branch run so thank you for volunteering your time and efforts - they truly make a positive difference in our success.

Our scheduled programs for the upcoming year are taking shape and I encourage you to explore all the ways we aim to provide value to our members and the community. Our Branch hosts community outreach events, technical institute seminars, college student mentoring, younger member activities, monthly luncheons, and various networking and social happenings. Check out our calendar for details on all of our upcoming events.

Our Branch is comprised of 17 counties within Central Texas and serves over 1,300 members. As ASCE members, we are all in a position to support the advancement of our profession while enjoying the benefits of camaraderie and community building. Our Branch is here to serve you and cannot exist without your involvement. Find a way to become an active participant with the Austin Branch in whatever aspect of ASCE you feel passionate about. This is your professional organization!

Many of us have been impacted by the recent succession of storms and have friends, colleagues or loved ones working towards recovery. Four counties within our Branch - Bastrop, Fayette, Lee, and Lavaca - have been declared major disaster areas due to Hurricane Harvey. The Branch is donating to the recovery effort and matching member donations. Please visit our donation page to see how you can help the cause and members within our Branch.

I wish to extend a hardy thank you to Steve Zobal, our recent President for his outstanding leadership, thoughtfulness, enthusiasm, and guidance in advancing our Branch this past year. Steve moves into the Past President role and his continued support will be greatly appreciated. I wish to recognize Jane Ellen Carter who has completed her run as Past President on the formal board and culminates many years of significant guidance and participation in ASCE. Thanks Jane Ellen!

I am very excited for the coming year. We have gotten off to a great start and we hope to see you at the upcoming events and activities. If you have ideas on how the Austin Branch can better serve its members and promote the civil engineering profession, please call or drop me a line (512-279-5437, I'd love to get your feedback.

Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Austin Branch President!