2018 ASCE Philadelphia YMF President's Award
Joe Natale, MCE, PE
The ASCE Philadelphia YMF President's Award recipient is decided by the YMF President to recognize a board member for their
significant contributions. This year, Joe Natale, MCE, PE received this award in recognition of his dedicated efforts since
joining the board in 2014, where he has consistently shown that he is willing to take the lead on the most difficult efforts
to provide value for the Civil Engineering community. Furthermore, Joe has continued to extend his service to ASCE by serving
as a board member for both the YMF and at the Section level.
What have you gained as an active younger member of ASCE over the years?I’ve gained perspective on what it means to contribute to a community, and the importance of paying forward the great opportunities I’ve been given. Much of what we do as engineers is based on providing for large populations of citizens via infrastructure and planning, but there are also small projects that can have large impacts on the people they serve. ASCE has shown me how we can make a difference and connect with real people and communities. By working with great people in these types of programs, I’ve learned to re-evaluate what motivates me to succeed, and now success, to me, is helping others achieve and realize their own personal visions.
What is the best part about being a member of ASCE?The best part is getting so many amazing role models to look up to. ASCE is full of inspiring leaders of all ages that really live their message, and they are people I am proud to call friends. ASCE has expanded not just my professional network, but the way I view civil engineering and our purpose. Whether you’re looking for a mentor to show you the ropes of the civil engineering field, a colleague to ask for career advice, or even a friend to enjoy a drink with, I’ve made some wonderful connections through ASCE that I will never forget.
Above, main photo of Joe receiving the President's Award from President Nha Truong at an ASCE Philadelphia YMF Board meeting.