Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar

CEPDS Program | Speaker Bios 

Registration is now open for the 2023 Civil Engineering Professional Development Seminar (CEPDS) on November 16th at Purdue University (Stewart Center). 

CEPDS traditionally attracts over 600 professionals and students to learn about advancements in the civil engineering industry.  Technical tracks include Bridge, Transportation (2 tracks), Environmental, Geotechnical, Water Resources, Vertical Structures, and more. Attendees are also offered the opportunity to participate in an Executive Management and Leadership course to further develop and strengthen the civil engineering profession.

View Agenda (Updated 11/2)

Agenda will be updated. Bookmark this page for updates. 


CEPDS Highlights 

Management Track 

"Artificial Intelligence in Engineering and Business," Kristin Kautz, JAM Idea Agency 

Kristin Kautz will discuss the effects of AI in business, marketing, and design applications. The risks and legal concerns such as copyright / trademark infringement, intellectual property protection, and confidentiality protection will also be explored. Attendees will also learn how software vendors, such as Autodesk and Bentley, are incorporating AI into their products. 

  • Module 1: AI 101 
  • Module 2: Data Privacy, Security, and Ownership Applications  
  • Module 3: Innovative Tools Illuminating AI Applications 
  • Module 4: AI Draft Plan 
  • Module 5: Rethinking Firm Value and Systemic Operational Shifts 
  • Module 6: Industry Collaboration and Future Trends  


Kristin Kautz, CPSM is an experienced marketer with over 23 years of expertise in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. With a passion for innovation and technology, Kristin has become a leading expert in AI for the built environment, helping companies to implement and maximize AI in their business. She and her firm, JAM Idea Agency, are working seamlessly with Zweig Group to deliver the latest expertise and training specifically around AI integration and implementation.

  • Current >> We research and study and test AI updates and tools 3-4 hours a day. Every day.
  • Relevant >> There is so much useless noise out there about AI, but we filter it to relay the most important information.
  • Context >> And WHY that information matters to you and your business.
  • Simple >> AI is complex, but it doesn't need to be complicated.
  • Enthusiastic >> We are techno-optimists. With the challenges of AI come endless possibilities to make our lives better.
Kristin is advising a wide range of organizations on how to integrate AI into their operations, from small firms to large corporations. AI is going to revolutionize our industry. With a deep understanding of the latest AI trends and technologies, Kristin provides strategic guidance and develops customized organizational structures, guidelines, policies, procedures, and training to ensure that companies can fully leverage AI to drive growth, improve efficiency and productivity, and enhance both client and employee satisfaction.

Her unique blend of marketing expertise, industry knowledge, and technical know-how has made her a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the field of AI for the built environment. Whether speaking at regional and national industry conferences, writing articles for leading publications, or collaborating with industry associations, Kristin is committed to advancing the use of AI in the AEC industry and helping companies stay at the forefront of innovation.

With a proven track record of success, Kristin is passionate (some call it contagious enthusiasm!) about providing clients with the insights, tools, and strategies they need to succeed in the ever-evolving world of AI and technology. 

New Session for Students

ASCE Younger Members has assembled an extraordinary panel of civil engineers who are eager to network with students and younger members. The panelists bring diverse levels of experience and cover a broad range of civil engineering disciplines. Panel topics include but are not limited to: career tips, employment opportunities, and advice on transitioning into the workforce. This event is intended to be interactive and there will be giveaways for participation!

Learn more about student opportunities here

Opening Session 

"Physical Artificial Intelligence at Purdue University & The Role of the Civil Engineer" 

Professor Darcy Bullock of Purdue University will give an introduction to the research and development of AI in the transportation field, specifically its effect on Indiana. 

Dr. Bullock is a Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) with courtesy appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

Lunch Session 

 "3 Contracts, 2 States and 1 Bridge" 

A lot of progress is being made as Indiana and Kentucky work to complete the critical I-69 connection with the I-69 Ohio River Crossing. Construction is well underway in Henderson and work will begin in Evansville early next year. The states will meet in the middle with the new river crossing.

Danny Corbin is a senior project manager at the Indiana Department of Transportation where he is a part of the Major Projects Delivery Team. He has more than two decades of transportation experience. Danny serves as project manager for multiple major projects for INDOT, including the I-69 Ohio River Crossing.

Mindy Peterson is public involvement director at Parsons where she leads communications for several major projects. She has nearly 30 years of combined communications and transportation experience and has served as spokesperson for I-69 ORX for more than 6 years.

Registration Costs

  • Government — $175
  • Non-Goverment — $350
  • Students  $0
  • University Faculty & Staff  $0
  • Retiree — $100

Management Track 

Cost is in addition to registration costs above. 

  • Non-Government — $200
  • Government, Faculty, Staff, Student — $100

Hotel & Parking Information 

Conference organizers have established a discounted room rate at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 356 East. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

Reservations must be made prior to October 25th in order to be eligible for the discounted rate of $119.00 plus applicable tax.

Reservations may be made by calling the hotel direct at 765-743-2100 using Group Code 90V or via this URL.

Please click here for a full list of area hotels.


Parking will be free for attendees. Parking information will be shared closer to the date.