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Continuing Education Committee

Committee Objective

An important objective of ASCE Pittsburgh is to build and maintain professional and technical skills for the members to better meet the needs of today’s marketplace. Continuing education is an effective tool to accomplish this goal.

Section 3 of the ASCE Code of Ethics states:  

"Engineers shall continue their professional development to enhance their technical and non-technical competencies."  

Accordingly, the Continuing Education Committee's (CEC) main objective is to provide a forum for communications among members of the Pittsburgh Section, members of Technical Groups, and civil engineering educators to share knowledge and information on new practices, techniques, and other information to maintain and advance technical and professional skills of Section members.

For additional information on local events or suggestions for future events, please contact one of our leadership members:

Committee Members


Justin Brooks, P.E. , PMP


Monika Sadhasivam, E.I.T.



Christian Brendel, P.E., CPESC

Member - Events Planning

Jason Tai, P.E.

Member - Events Planning

Vishal Vaidyanathan

We are always seeking new members in helping meet our committee objectives.

The main obligation of a Committee Member is to work with the Committee chair and other members in a team environment to help organize at minimum three continuing education events each year.  This may require finding suitable venues (hotels, restaurants, university auditoriums, etc.), finding speakers and sponsors, and creating event brochures.  Some members lead the event organization effort as a project manager.  Common CEC activities include (1) participation in quarterly committee meetings or conference calls, (2) participation in ongoing Email discussions, and (3) event planning and management. Engineers as well as student and faculty members are encouraged to apply.  Nominations are also welcome.  If interested,please email current chair, Justin Brooks at

Upcoming events

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ASCE Webinars

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2020 Events

  • January 01, 2020, PDH webinar - Aging Infrastructure.  On-demand webinar provided to local members, 1 PDH.

2019 Events

  • August 22, 2019, PDH Boot Camp, ESWP / Engineers Club, Pittsburgh.  Joint event with ESWP for professional engineers to meet their PE license PDH requirements before the September 30, 2019 deadline.
  • February 06, 2019: Emerging Technologies in Engineering and Construction, presented by Rob Sinclair, The Yard, Robinson 1 PDH

2018 Events

  • November 07, 2018, EVM A New Project Management Approach, presented by Nathan J Ward, Roland's Seafood Grill, Pittsburgh, 1 PDH.
  • July 24, 2018, Trenchless Technology SSES and Buried Asset Management, joint event with Mid Atlantic Society for Trenchless, Hyatt Place, Pittsburgh, 8 PDHs. 
  • March 28, 2018: Construction Management Dinner/Seminar at UPJ, Joint CEC/YMF Dinner Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, 2 PDH
  • February 01, 2018: Professional Ethics for Surveyors and Engineers, Presented by Attorney Jason J. Meyer, J.D., P.E., Roland’s Seafood Grill, Pittsburgh, 2 PDHs

2017 Events

  • August 24, 2017, PDH Boot Camp, ESWP / Engineers Club, Pittsburgh.  Joint event with ESWP for professional engineers to meet their PE license PDH requirements before the September 30, 2017 deadline. 
  • August 9, 2017: What's New in Flood Protection, Joint CEC/EWRI Dinner Seminar by Smart Vent Inc, Roland’s Seafood Grill, Pittsburgh, 1 PDH
  • May 17, 2017: Performance DISCcovery, Leadership Training Part 1 seminar by former Dale Carnegie Instructor, Roland’s Seafood Grill, Pittsburgh, 2.5 PDH
  • March 7, 2017: Green Infrastructure and LIDs for Stormwater Management, Dinner Seminar by ACF Environmental, Roland's Seafood Grill, Pittsburgh, 2 PDH 

    2016 Events

    • October 24, 2016: Green infrastructure tour of Chatham University's award winning Eden Hall campus,  seminar, and panel discussion by industry experts, Gibsonia, PA, 2 PDH, Read the event blog. 
    • June 22, 2016: How to Win Proposals, Gerry Ludwig, PE,  Dinner Seminar, Roland's, 1 PDH
    • March 2, 2016: Shale Oil and Gas, Dinner Seminar, Roland's, 2 PDH 

    2015 Events

    • November 11, 2015: Professional Ethics,  Attorney Daniel Garcia Esq. and Divid Widmer, PLS (NCEES President 2014), Dinner & Seminar, Café Notte, Pittsburgh, PA, 15202, 2.0 PDH (Joint event with Pennsylvania Society of Professional Surveyors)
    • March 12, 2015: Digital Marketing for Civil Engineers, Cindy Neky, Dinner & Seminar, Pennsbury Village, 1.5 PDH

    2014 Events

    • September 10, 2014: Social Media for Civil Engineers, Cindy Neky, Dinner & Seminar, CEC Office, Robinson Twp, 2 PDH
    • May 16, 2014: EE for CE, Full Day Seminar, Greentree Double Tree Hotel, 7 PDH
    • 17 Feb 2017 5:30 PM | Anonymous

      Nice article in Feb 2017 issue of ASCE Civil Engineering magazine on use of drones in Civil Engineering.  Covers both pros and cons and lessons learned.  
      Article Link (requires login): 

      Few months ago our Section was contacted by Mark Nootbaar of the local NPR radio station (WESA 90.5 FM) regarding the same topic.  Mark is receiving Section's Journalism Award tomorrow.
      Report link:

      Is this a good topic for a Continuing Education seminar?

      Sam Shamsi
      Chair, Continuing Education Committee
      Board Member, ASCE-Pittsburgh

    • 29 Dec 2016 11:53 AM | Anonymous

      October 24, 2016: Pittsburgh Civil Engineers Learn Sustainability First Hand. Read the blog

    • 08 Jan 2016 12:35 PM | Anonymous

      Sam Shamsi is presenting a guest lecture on Green Infrastructure Mapping and  Modeling for ASCE-Cincinnati.   

      Date: Thursday January 21, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST

      Location: Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati/Uptown, 3024 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219

      More info and registration

    • 25 May 2015 6:53 PM | Anonymous

      In June 2015 WV is transitioning from annual (15 PDH) to biennial (30 PDH) renewals and from fiscal year to calendar year.  Registered PEs should have received a letter about this change last week.  Renewal deadline is June 30, 2015.

    • 01 Jan 2015 2:25 PM | Anonymous

      "With so many technical changes occurring at such an accelerated rate, engineers who don’t keep pace and don’t take continuing education seriously will, quite frankly, become obsolete."

      "Engineers who are committed to continuing education and lifelong learning will be far more successful than those who are not."

      An interview with Hatch Mott MacDonald CEO Nick DeNichilo, P.E., M.ASCE, on the importance of continuing education (7 Questions by David Hill, ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine, November 2014).

      Read full article

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