The profession of Civil Engineering provides opportunities unsurpassed by any other in terms of its glorious history and remarkable future. From our brilliant ancient past to our exciting and rewarding future, the flame of humanity's hope, endowment, and intellect lives on as symbols of our profession's greatest achievements.

Unlike any other engineering profession, Civil Engineering has always provided enduring monuments and lasting legacies. From the Pyramids of Egypt to the Great Wall of China to the Parthenon of Greece to the Sears Towers, the Hoover Dam, and the Golden Gate Bridge, our legacies endure as beacons of creativity and genius. These structures provide only a glimpse of the exceptional skills and remarkable abilities of Civil Engineers throughout the ages. Their contributions to civilization are indisputable.

Civil Engineers at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration are now developing plans for the Freedom Space Station to serve as a base from which future spacecraft will be launched to Mars and other planets. Using only existing materials and technology, permanent habitats in space could be established before the end of the 21st century. Such colonies would help alleviate overcrowding, pollution, drought, and energy shortages on earth. Thus Civil Engineers are once again in the forefront, exploring new frontiers and meeting society's greatest challenges and needs.

Our graduates work in small towns and large cities anywhere in the world, and with companies of all sizes. This profession knows no boundaries and has no language barriers. Civil Engineering graduates must possess vision, leadership, and skills of the designers and builders who achieved our greatest accomplishments. They hold awesome responsibility for future achievements.

We believe that the next few decades will be among the most creative, demanding and rewarding of all times for Civil Engineers. Global competition provides outstanding opportunities and challenges for our profession. We need to empower college and university faculty to prepare graduates who can successfully compete in the international arena. The challenges ahead are immense, but the rewards are extraordinary.

While Civil Engineering education and the profession have served the United States well and contributed significantly to global society, there is a mounting demand for change to meet future challenges. This is consistent with the enduring legacies and pioneering spirits that define the nation. Civil Engineering departments must provide their faculty and students with opportunities for intellectual development, technical aptitude, teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. We must develop the appropriate environment to help students understand the economic, cultural, environmental, and international context of their professional activities.

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