Calen Colby, a structural engineer and President of Colby Co., recently spoke to the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the University of Maine. Calen’s presentation addressed the role of engineering in support of public art. He gave examples of art projects in which he provided engineering support ranging from a concrete sculpture at a US Embassy, artistic biofiltration sculptures, hanging sculptures, large-scale rotating models, public green spaces, retail stores, and waterfront revitalization projects. He has worked on these projects throughout his career, ranging from 1998 to 2012.
Calen has been involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers throughout his engineering and construction career. In 1993, he was named the Young Civil Engineer of the Year by the ASCE Maine Section. He served two terms on the ASCE National Strategic Planning Committee. He was the Chairman of the ASCE Committee on Younger Members which represented over one-third of the ASCE Membership. For the Maine Section of the ASCE he served terms in the President, President Elect, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer (two terms) field offices.