11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
14 September 2020

ASCE Welcome and Keynote


Kancheepuram N. Gunalan, PH.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, 2020 ASCE PresidentKancheepuram N. Gunalan, PH.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, 2020 ASCE President


Improving Our Profession, Improving Our World

Yvette E. PearsonYvette E. Pearson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Associate Dean for Accreditation, Assessment, and Strategic Initiatives, Rice University, Chair of ASCE MOSAIC

As a profession, civil engineering is unparalleled in its contributions to the betterment of our world. With that comes great responsibility – the responsibility to make sure our designs and solutions include stakeholder perspectives, reflect the rich diversity of our society, and are executed in an equitable and just manner. This can be achieved when we integrate justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) into problem solving rather than relegate it to the margins of how we teach and practice engineering. JEDI principles and practices are critical to improving our profession, and in turn, improving our world.

Global Energy Trends and Transition

Michael WebberMichael Webber, Ph.D., Professor, Josey Centennial Professorship in Energy Resources, University of Texas - Austin

The worldwide energy sector is going through dramatic shifts in energy demand, end-uses, and sources. Population growth and economic growth are driving up total demand. Industrialization, urbanization, electrification and motorization are changing how we use energy. And a policy push for domestic, low-carbon and renewable fuels is changing our sources of energy. At the same time, we are entering an era where markets, technologies and policies are enabling dramatic capabilities for the production of oil, gas, wind, solar and bioenergy that is affecting global economies, the environment, and national security. In parallel, our energy and information sectors are merging to form smarter energy systems and more energy-intensive information systems. For this talk, Dr. Webber will give an entertaining and big-picture overview of global energy trends mixed in with humorous anecdotes, historical snippets, and unexpected examples that will give a surprising look into the future of energy, Webber will also explain how research and technology innovations will help us prepare for this future.