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

February 5, 2013

I’ve recently been offering my advice to some young engineers via the ASCE Career Mentoring program. Below are some questions from people at various stages of their job search.   Still...
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Promote the Profession

January 27, 2013

Ever wonder how some actors can have a career-making year in which they seem to appear in every blockbuster. You wonder how they could have worked on so many projects at once. Well, they didn’t do...
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Careers & Leadership

January 20, 2013

Somewhere on the walk back from the karaoke bar to our hotel in Montreal, one of the other younger members attending the ASCE conference with me turned and exclaimed, “I hope none of the pictures...
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Careers & Leadership

January 13, 2013

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Each area of the city has its own unique atmosphere, though how the vibe is interpreted can be very subjective. Over the years some neighborhoods have changed...
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Careers & Leadership

January 6, 2013

Montreal’s namesake is the hill situated just west of the old quarter of the city. However, the history of the city was probably most significantly influenced by the Lachine Canal. Today, both...
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Careers & Leadership

January 1, 2013

Return those leather gloves and order a pair of Agloves. Agloves enable ten-finger functionality on your smart phone or tablet. A snug fit provides excellent dexterity, grips allow a secure hold, and...
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Careers & Leadership

December 9, 2012

Rachel Cantor Fogarty spoke about retention of employees for engineering firms in economies weak and strong at the ASCE 2012 conference. As president of RC Associates, a niche engineering recruiting...
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Careers & Leadership

December 4, 2012

Business is increasingly conducted abroad due to technical advancements and market globalization. It’s no doubt challenging to grow and manage a team of professionals adept at working in a...
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Careers & Leadership

November 25, 2012

ASCE members can enjoy tangible benefits in addition to the career development and networking opportunities frequently mentioned on this blog. At the 2012 Annual Conference, I took the opportunity to...
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Careers & Leadership

November 20, 2012

This year’s ASCE Annual Conference keynote speaker was David Lapin, founder of Lapin International and author of Lead by Greatness. From the start of his presentation, Mr. Lapin challenged our...
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