CEC Toledo‘s Civil Engineering practice lead Fernando Camargo served as the 2022 President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Toledo section. His year as president was topped off with ASCE Toledo’s centennial celebration gala event late last year. The gala combined previous event themes and celebrated the past, present, and future of civil engineering in Northwest Ohio. In attendance were prior ASCE Toledo presidents dating back 40 years.
The gala helped raise $16,000 to establish an annual scholarship for local college students. According to ASCE Toledo, the scholarships will be provided to the Ohio Northern University and the University of Toledo ASCE chapters every year for the foreseeable future. Fernando says the funds came from fundraising efforts at other events throughout the year. “As we noticed that there would be a surplus, we quickly decided to use the funds towards scholarships. What we could never anticipate is that we would have so much surplus, which was a complete statement with regard to Northwest Ohio’s commitment to the profession.” Fernando and other ASCE Toledo members decided granting the money to local college students would be the most impactful way to benefit the engineering profession.
The event also featured guest speaker Dan Oblinger, a former hostage negotiator who is now a consultant in “active listening” and specializes in working with architects, engineers, and construction managers. Dan has written multiple books on listening and negotiation that are used as training mechanisms at companies both large and small. “He was very entertaining and informative,” says Fernando.
When looking back on his year as president, Fernando says, “We were able to pull off four successful events celebrating past, present, and future with tremendous support from the local civil engineering community, with the $16,000 in scholarship funds being the cherry on top.”
To read our previous blog post on Fernando, click here.