March 23, 2016

Civil Engineering Certification, Inc.
President's Message

Dear Diplomates,

It has come to CEC’s attention that some email programs are automatically linking ASCE’s Academy credentials in some of our Diplomate’s emails (signature lines).  These links lead to random or non-existent websites.  In order to prevent this from occurring, we’ve come up with a solution.  Please follow the steps below (for Microsoft Office):

1.)    Open up Outlook
2.)    Click on File tab (at top)
3.)    Select Options on left menu
4.)    Select Mail from left menu
5.)    Select Signatures (on right)
6.)    Go to where your credential is located and place the curser to the right of the “.”  
7.)    Hit the space bar to create a space between the period and the next letter
8.)    Highlight the space by dragging your mouse over it while holding the left mouse button.
9.)    With the space highlighted, move your cursor to where the fonts are located and change the font number to “1” and hit enter
10.)     Select “Ok” to exit the window
11.)     Select “Ok” again to exit the last window


This action creates a very small space between the period and the next letter which prevents email programs from assuming that the credential is a website link and thus solves the problem.  
We encourage you to use your credential in your signature line in all emails of professional correspondence.

If you have any problems or questions with this process, please contact ASCE staff member Brian Sien at 703-295-6314 or by email:[email protected]

 

Do you realize how unique you are in the civil engineering profession?
 

An Elite Status

There are only about 1,300 Civil Engineers in the world who are board certified (Diplomate) by the Academies of ASCE.
 
Whether you are a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineers (D.WRE), Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) or a Diplomate, Coastal, Ocean, Port or Navigation Engineer (D.CE, D.OE, D.PE, D.NE), you are among the elite in the profession.  Here are some steps you can take to gain the full advantage of your stature:
 
1) Use your ASCE Academy credential after your name in all correspondence and after your name in your email signature.  Example:  John Smith, P.E., D.GE.
 
2) Use your credential on your business cards.
 
3) Emphasize your credential in proposals. A number of entities are now requesting information about certification by the Academy in their RFPs.  Don't miss this opportunity to provide your client with assurance that their project will be staffed with the highest qualified members of the profession. Here is some sample Proposal Language:

 "(Your name), P.E., D.WRE (Board Certified Water Resources Engineer) will serve as (function on the project, e.g. Principal in Charge etc.) on this project.   His/her certification was granted by ASCE’s American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE), an independent Board certification organization that certifies the competence of water resources engineers in their area of water resources specialization based on (his/her) experience and examination.  This is a highly prestigious certification held by a small percentage of all water resources engineers in the United States."
 
4) Display your credential in your resume.  Here is an example of what you could include:
 
"(Your name), P.E., D.CE (Board Certified Coastal Engineer) is a Diplomate in the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE), an independent Board certification organization that certifies the competence of coastal engineers in their area of specialization based on (his/her) experience and education.  The Academy's board certifications are held by a small percentage of all coastal engineers in the United States."

OR (Short Form):

  • Place D.GE after one's name in heading.
  • Add bullet under credentials/accreditation section of resume: "Certified in Geotechnical Engineering” by the Academy of Geo-Professionals.

5) If you are preparing RFPs for solicitation of consultants, use language that will encourage the use of Board certified civil engineers.  Here is an example of language for RFPs.
 
"(Organization's name) encourages the consultant's key project staff to be Board Certified Port Engineers (D.PE) or Board Certified Navigation Engineers (D.NE) of the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port & Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) and request that you identify D.PEs/D.NEs assigned to the project, as well as the total number of Board Certified Engineers employed by the firm."
 
ASCE strongly urges you to take these steps.  There is growing recognition of the initials used for all of ASCE’s Academies and we want you to take full advantage of what you have earned.  After all, you are an elite member of the profession!
 
If I or staff can assist you or answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 
Ron Noble, P.E., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE
2016 President
Civil Engineering Certification, Inc.
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191
415-884-0727 x201

Cc:
Brian Sien, Aff. M. ASCE
Senior Manager, Civil Engineering Certification (CEC)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA  20191
[email protected]
703-295-6314 (phone)
703-295-6415 (fax)