Orange County Branch Newsletter

May 2019

President's Message

Future World Vision

By Elizabeth Ruedas, PE, QSD, QISP


"ASCE has launched a bold, comprehensive project to anticipate, reimagine, and prepare for future changes – FUTURE WORLD VISION."
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Check out the latest ASCE Future World Vision websitearticle and report! Below are some highlights, and what is even more exciting is that there is much more to come! For example, the next phase of the Future World Vision will be released at the ASCE Annual Convention, which will take place on October 10-13, 2019 in Miami, Florida! Save the date!

More great news!! Gerald E. “Jerry” Buckwalter who has been leading the Future World Vision effort will officially be joining ASCE staff in a new role, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, effective June 4. Click here to learn more about Jerry and the beginning of this new adventure for us all. “A respected and visible leader within the infrastructure sector, Jerry has the perfect blend of vision, intellect, and pragmatism, and I am really looking forward to working with him,” said ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. I have had the pleasure of volunteering with Jerry on the Future World Vision and I am also very excited to have have him join ASCE!

2018 ASCE William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award Recipients

In addition, Jerry was a 2018 recipient of ASCE’s William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award for his dedicated service to the Society. Above is a photo of us accepting a Wisely Award from 2018 President Kristina Swallow and Tom Smith during the 2018 ASCE Convention.


Future World Vision Website





Future World Vision Article 


Future World Vision Report 

Dynamics of Trends




About the Author

Elizabeth Ruedas is a Surface Water Engineer with Michael Baker International in Orange County, CA. She is passionate about inspiring, empowering, and educating others to help us move towards a more sustainable future. She currently serves as the ASCE OC Branch President and is grateful for all of the opportunities that ASCE provides for members to give back. Elizabeth can be contacted via or LinkedIn.

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