Welcome to The American Society of Civil Engineers Wisconsin Section Northwest Branch

Most people dream about doing great things, Civil Engineers make great things happen.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 130,000 civil engineers worldwide, and is the world’s largest and America’s oldest national engineering society. The ASCE Northwest Branch was started in 1974 and contains the largest area geographically in Wisconsin compared to the other three (3) branches within the Wisconsin Section. The Northwest Branch includes approximately 180 ASCE members.

The Northwest Branch is governed by a Past-president, President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and three directors at-large. The board has monthly meetings to coordinate and plan events for the Branch. The Northwest Branch Board understands that it is often difficult to engage in professional networking within a Branch with such a large geographic area and hosts meeting in the 3 central areas of Wausau, Eau Claire and LaCrosse. Our branch focuses on not only the members themselves but also their families and friends by extending invitations to family members or co-workers of the members.

The Northwest Branch actively engages in outreach activities to promote the value of engineering to our society. The Branch also focuses on trying to include joint meetings with other organizations. Our Branch commonly hosts joint events with the area WSPE chapters. The Northwest Branch has been working with UW-Stout to promote the building construction management majors to pursue membership in ASCE and to get the latest advancements and knowledge of the construction industry and demonstrated the value of ASCE.

The Northwest Branch hosts at a minimum of 5 branch meetings for the members to engage in throughout the year and offer Professional Development Hours (PDH’s) for engineering licensure. The Northwest Branch also informs members of events hosted by the Minnesota Section of ASCE, whom we have partnered with in the past, and Society of Women Engineers. The Minnesota Section of ASCE also provides announcements to their members on Northwest Branch hosted events as well.

Involvement Opportunities

If you have an Involvement Opportunity (example – community service event or organization) for Northwest Branch Members that you would like displayed in the Northwest Branch Newsletter, email the Branch Board at with a detailed description of the opportunity and help needed.

ASCE National Election

Starting in 2015, the election will be conducted electronically and paper ballots will no longer be sent to the membership.

Keep on top of the election news in the ASCE Roundup.

What are the requirements to run for election?

  • President-elect candidates must have had prior service on the Board of Direction.
  • Geographic Region Director candidates must have an Address of Record within the Region they wish to represent and have served as a Region Governor.
  • Technical Region Director candidates must have served as a voting member on an Institute Board of Governors.
  • Region Governor candidates must have an Address of Record within the Region they wish to represent and have prior service as a Section or Branch officer, a member of a Section or Branch committee, or as a member of a Society-level committee.
  • All candidates must be a member in good standing.
  • Individuals wishing to pursue an elected office should review the Society’s governing documents for filing deadlines and required election materials.

How can I participate in the election?

  • Members at the grade of Associate or above may vote in the election.
  • Members must pay their dues no later than March 15 and have a valid email address on file.
  • Election credentials will be sent by email to eligible members on May 1.
  • Voting will be open from May 1 to June 1.

2015 Official Nominees

President-Elect – Official Nominees
  • Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.COPRI, M.ASCE
  • Thomas W. Walther, P.E., F.ASCE
Read Tom Walther’s Bio

See the other president-elect candidate’s bio here.

American Society of Civil Engineers: Wisconsin Section Northwest Branch