Anthony Basden (Electrical Engineer, Roseville office) recently had the opportunity to soak up both the knowledge of industry leaders and historic sites in Washington DC. From April 23rd to 26th, Anthony attended the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) National Conference in Washington DC. This experience was possible through a $1,000 "Emerging Leaders" Scholarship from the ACEC Minnesota chapter, and additional funding from Gausman & Moore.

Anthony has been active with ACEC/MN for a couple of years and has served on two committees. He was recognized by the ACEC/MN Board of Directors for creative thinking and writing ability. He suggested using creative, relevant messages with engineering facts and posts associated with the hashtag #EngineeringGoFigure, which was created by the ACEC/MN Public Relations Committee. The Board also felt that his application for the $1,000 stipend was very creative (he wrote it as a poem) and set him apart from other applicants. Other factors include the following:

  • Firm experience
  • Participating in ACEC/MN and other organization activities
  • Potential for future leadership roles

Upon arriving at the conference, Anthony attended a variety of sessions to further advance his skills and knowledge base. One session featured CEOs from companies of all different sizes. Another session focused on how firms can recognize their staff members and help them succeed in the engineering industry. He also interacted with the contingent of ACEC/MN people in attendance and met ACEC members from throughout the country. 

"Emerging leaders benefit by having an opportunity to gain exposure and experience on the national level, meet with industry leaders from around the country, attend high-quality educational events, and gain experience that can help move their careers forward in the future," said Kristine Cassidy, Assistant Executive Director of ACEC/MN.

When he wasn't attending the many informative sessions, Anthony visited the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, World War II Memorial, National Archives, and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Having never been to Washington DC, Anthony tried to visit as many monuments and sites as he could. He would love to visit the area again and strongly recommends the conference to other engineers.

"It was an honor to be recognized as an emerging leader by ACEC/MN and I greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend the conference," Anthony said. "I will continue to be active with ACEC and hope others do the same."