Ken Maschke
Ken Maschke

Ken is structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in Chicago, specializing in forensic engineering and designing building renovations. Long-time readers of this blog have followed Ken’s career path from entry level to manager, with stops in Denmark and France. He is also an adjunct professor in the Masters of Architecture program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches structural engineering to aspiring architects. Ken believes that sharing his personal experiences will entertain and enlighten emerging leaders in civil engineering.

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Careers & Leadership

September 2, 2008

Around this time of year, universities the world over are announcing, “welcome back students.”  Many companies are saying goodbye to their interns with much less enthusiasm.  After three or...
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Careers & Leadership

August 28, 2008

America has a throw-away culture. It’s so pervasive that it’s hard to recognize unless you spend some time in another country. During several stays in Europe, my wife and I observed much more...
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Careers & Leadership

August 19, 2008

The Great Chicago Fire of 1878 was a seminal moment in the history of the city.  Tragic at the time, it’s probably the single greatest reason for the thriving modern city.  It provided a chance...
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Careers & Leadership

August 7, 2008

This is your captain speaking.  We are on our final approach to O’Hare Airport in Chicago.  Winds are 20 miles per hour from the Northwest, and the current ground temperature is 14 degrees...
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