Case Study Public Education: Civil Engineers Pave Road to Sturdier Future

In early 1998, amid debate on how to allocate a projected $1 trillion budget surplus while Congress sat on transportation and school reconstruction funding bills, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) yearned to assert itself as a leading resource for civil engineering-related legislation. Ten years since the last report of its kind done by a presidential commission, the non-partisan, Washington, DC-based society representing 120,000 civil engineers worldwide issued the formidable Report Card of America's Infrastructure.