The new president-elect of the nation’s oldest engineering society will share her vision of the profession’s future in a Missouri University of Science and Technology guest lecture.
Robin A. Kemper, a senior risk engineering consultant for Zurich Services Corp., will serve as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers starting in 2018. Her lecture, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 in 125 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall, is being hosted by the Missouri S&T Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering.
“Engineers all over the world are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways,” she says. “At ASCE, our grand dream is for civil engineers to be global leaders in building a better quality of life for mankind.”
Kemper’s presentation on “Engineering the future” will include a look at several of the professional society’s key strategic initiatives, including sustainable infrastructure and a strengthening of engineering licensing requirements.
Dr. Joel Burken, chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at S&T, calls the ASCE president’s visit on the eve of Homecoming weekend a valuable opportunity to bring national attention to campus. ASCE, which was founded in 1852, represents 150,000 members in 177 countries.
“We have an amazing legacy of civil engineering here at Missouri S&T since the founding of our campus in 1870,” says Burken, a Curator’s Distinguished Professor. “Having President-Elect Kemper here to share her vision of the future is a great opportunity to celebrate the past and to look toward an incredibly bright future for our profession, and in particular for our students at S&T as they prepare to become leaders of the next generation.”