Careers & Leadership

February 20, 2009

It Shrinks?! Although we may think of concrete as being very rigid, hard and solid, substantial changes occur throughout the life of a concrete element. The curing process is actually the result of a chemical…Read More >>

February 6, 2009

It may still be a few weeks before midterms, but it’s not too early to start thinking about grades.  Every few years ASCE members grade the nation’s infrastructure.  This year’s gpa is a D. The…Read More >>

January 29, 2009

The largest project of my career has recently started construction.  Upon completion, the structure will be the tallest building in Cincinnati.  It will be an icon of the city’s skyline, featuring an exposed steel tiara…Read More >>

January 15, 2009

Buildings are frequently generalized into two main categories based on their primary structural material, concrete or steel. In reality, most buildings are more of a composite construction – using concrete and steel both, where their…Read More >>

January 6, 2009

Over my holiday vacation, I read an interesting book about one influential architect’s thoughts on New York City. This past fall, I also traveled to New York, for a leadership training seminar sponsored by my…Read More >>

December 16, 2008

It takes a lot of people to complete a building project. I work on the design side – producing the documents that the contractors build from. The responsibility for translating those paper drawings into reality…Read More >>

December 5, 2008

My company is moving to a new office at the end of the year. Preparations for the move have been put off for months, but now we’re out of time.  Fortunately I only have about…Read More >>

November 20, 2008

Last week was the 158th Annual ASCE Conference.  Hundreds of ASCE members met in Pittsburgh to participate in a week of committee meetings, seminars and networking events.  The Annual Conference brings together a diverse group…Read More >>

November 14, 2008

The election of Senator Obama is a turning point in American politics.  His selection gives a voice and provides inspiration to a large population of minorities who previously felt as though they were on the…Read More >>

November 4, 2008

The seasons just changed in Chicago.  Yesterday’s high was only 42 degrees.  I grew up in Michigan, so cold weather and erratic seasons are nothing new to me, but that never seems to take the…Read More >>