Program

Next Meeting:

Monday, November 13th | RSVP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites
The Garden Room
3880 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas 75220
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Program

Texas Infrastructure: Where Do We Stand? And Why Should We Care?

Speaker:
Travis N. Attanasio, P.E., CFM
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Texas Infrastructure Report Card Committee Chair

One word can be used to describe a desirable place to live and work: Infrastructure. Developing countries lack plentiful, safe drinking water; sanitary sewer systems are a rarity; a reliable electric grid unheard of; and point-to-point travel difficult and dangerous, just for starters. The list goes on and on, from dams and flood control, to levees, ports, hazardous waste, schools and hospitals – strong infrastructure is quite literally the basis of living well versus simply attempting to survive. However, insufficient and/or failing infrastructure isn’t limited to developing countries. Recent natural disasters, like the Houston flooding following Hurricane Harvey, vividly remind us that the United States has infrastructure weaknesses and failures that aren’t being addressed.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), representing more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries, stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine – the built environment – while protecting and restoring the natural environment. And they are deeply concerned about the state of our infrastructure.

Every four years, the ASCE compiles a “Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,” depicting the condition and performance of America’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card: assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investment for improvement in more than 16 categories. The 2017 overall grade point for the nation is a D+. The State of Texas report card was released in September. How was Texas graded and why should we care? We should care because we can no longer afford to defer investment in our critical infrastructure lest we begin the slide into aging and vulnerable systems incapable of sustaining life as we know it.

Please join us on November 13 for a presentation of the 2017 Texas Infrastructure Report Card by Travis Attanasio, civil engineer and committee chair of the Texas Infrastructure Report Card group. Find out how Texas measures up in terms of basic infrastructure.

Our Speaker

Travis AttanasioMr. Attanasio is the ASCE Texas Section Past Vice-President for Professional Affairs and, as such, oversees the Infrastructure Report Card Committee. Since January 2016, he has served as the first full-time City Engineer for the City of Haslet, north of Fort Worth. Prior to joining the City of Haslet, Mr. Attanasio worked for more than 14 years with several private consulting engineering firms, ranging in size from six to more than 500 employees, with projects across the entire State of Texas. This career path has led Mr. Attanasio to understand the infrastructure needs of Texas from both a private investment point of view and the demand of public needs in differing regions and environments. Mr. Attanasio holds a B.S. degree in Engineering – Civil Specialty from the Colorado School of Mines. His many accolades include 2008 ASCE and TSPE (Texas Society of Professional Engineers) Young Engineer of the Year, the 2008 Citizen Engineer National ASCE award, the 2009 Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Private Section for the Central Region of ASCE, and the 2014 Professional Service Award recipient from the Texas Section ASCE.