On behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC), I would like to welcome all of you to the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii and the 7th Civil Engineering Conference in the Asian Region (CECAR 7). Civil engineers throughout the world regularly face challenges in building infrastructure in our quest for sustainable solutions to quality of life issues.
CECAR 7 will be true to its theme of Ho-'omalamalama and will enlighten conference participants and others on strides made in sustainable civil engineering infrastructure applicable to the Asia Pacific Region. As a participant in this conference, you will participate in knowledge dissemination in research as well as practice areas.
ACECC could not have selected a better venue with this conference theme. Native Hawaiians have been conducting sustainable practices in water management, food production, and several other areas for centuries before Hawaii became a tourism paradise. And your host, ASCE, is a global leader in the area of sustainable practices in civil engineering infrastructure.
You will have an opportunity to attend presentations on strides made on a wide variety of topics in this area in the US and all other member societies of ACECC. We will learn from each other and apply this knowledge to our jobs and societies when we get back home.
Our conference technical program has approximately 400 papers from more than 30 countries, including six concurrent sessions on topics covering natural disasters, infrastructure management, sustainability, environmental & water resources, structural, transportation, and geotechnical engineering. Poster sessions and exhibits are scheduled during the morning and afternoon breaks and the lunch hour on Wednesday and Thursday. U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard will give the welcome keynote address at the opening plenary, and Ms. Annabel Chotzen will give a motivational keynote presentation on “Put Your Dreams To Work” at the closing plenary session. Six technical keynote addresses (two on each day) will be given at plenary sessions by eminent experts in diverse areas of civil engineering from Bangladesh, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and USA.
Come early as you have a choice of 3 technical workshops and 3 technical field tours on Tuesday. In addition, you can opt to go on one of the other 3 technical field tours on Friday afternoon. And please remember to register for the Awards Dinner on Thursday evening, with local Hawaiian cuisine and cultural entertainment, where you will have a chance to show your applause and appreciation to the winners of several ACECC awards.
Attendees will have access to tremendous keynote speakers, a multitude of diverse and interesting technical sessions and workshops, technical tours on the island, social and networking events, and the opportunity to interact with your colleagues on an international level. Come and share your knowledge, insights, and experiences with your fellow professionals while having fun networking in a magical setting. And please do not forget to bring your family members and stay for a few extra days to enjoy the beautiful islands of Hawaii.
I look forward to seeing and interacting with you at CECAR 7 in Hawaii.
Udai P. Singh, D. Engr., BCEEM, PMP, M.ASCE
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