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Mark Killgore Joins ASCE as Raise The Bar Director
Mark Killgore, P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE joined the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as the ASCE Director responsible for the Society’s Raise the Bar initiative this past December. The initiative raises the bar for future entry into professional engineering practice in order to advance technical excellence, professional leadership, and protection of the public.
Mark’s relevant experience includes representing the American Association of Engineering Societies as an observer and translator during the development of the NAFTA Mutual Recognition Document (MRD) for engineering which addressed the mobility of engineers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States working with representatives from ABET, NCEES and NSPE during the MRD development process. He authored the ASCE Publication NAFTA Handbook for Water Resources Managers and Engineers and is also a Research Fellow specializing in transboundary water issues at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mark’s past volunteer experience with ASCE includes service as the President of the Seattle Section, Governing Board of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), Vice Chair of the International Activities Committee, EWRI Congress Chair last year, and service on many other local and national committees. He has also been active in water resources and hydroelectric engineering association including AWRA, chairing the Waterpower Conference, and currently serves on the board of the Hydro Research Foundation.
Prior to joining ASCE this past December, Killgore spent three years at Puget Sound Energy in Washington as a hydro manager, where he oversaw such functions as major capital project development related to dam safety, water management, energy production studies, and strategic planning. Mark spent nearly 30 years as a consulting engineer and also worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Mark also served as adjunct faculty at Seattle University where he taught water resources engineering and fluid mechanics laboratory. He served as the Seattle University ASCE Student Chapter Practitioner Advisor until recently. Mark received both a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Seattle University (1978) and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering specializing in water resources and environmental engineering from the University of Washington (1984). He is a licensed Professional Engineer (civil) in the State of Washington and is a Founding Diplomate of AAWRE since 2006.
Mark remarked the following on his new role at ASCE:
“I look forward to working on the Raise the Bar Initiative, one of the Society’s key initiatives (along with Sustainability and the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card).
As a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in the late 70’s, I learned first-hand while interviewing for my first job as an EIT that some firms were already requiring a master’s degree as a minimum standard for hire. This was a motivating factor in my own decision to go back to school part time and earn an MSCE. As an engineering manager, I found I needed employees with a more thorough education to accomplish some of the complex tasks facing us today. I was fortunate to have that kind of support and now one of them is pursuing his PE license, having already earned his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
I hope that earning a master’s or additional post graduate credits is the first step for many water resources engineers on their road to eventually becoming full-fledged Diplomates in AAWRE and committing to lifelong learning.”