Careers & Leadership

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 >>

October 23, 2008

Next weekend I’m going to give a presentation at the University of Michigan.  I figure that the best way to capture the attention of a collegate audience is to promise sure-fire tips for getting a…Read More >>

October 22, 2008

Would it surprise you to learn that the public is not uninformed about engineering, they’re just not interested? Don’t worry, it’s not personal. It’s simply that engineers, in general, have not portrayed the profession in…Read More >>

October 14, 2008

I’ve now been out of school long enough to learn that there’s really no such thing as a final exam.  I spent most of the past weekend studying for the S.E. – the examination required…Read More >>

October 7, 2008

Most engineering articles are about fancy and expensive new construction.  It’s understandable for companies and engineers to want to share their experiences on once-in-a-lifetime projects.  However, it’s usually the more mundane projects that keep the…Read More >>

September 29, 2008

I grew up in the small town of Bad Axe in the “Thumb” of Michigan. My father farmed 350 acres and milked over 100 cows.  I cannot claim to have worked too hard; unlike many…Read More >>

September 16, 2008

The opening of a new fire station is a big deal, whether you live in small town America or a big city like Chicago.  Such an event calls for a small parade of flower girls,…Read More >>

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 four months of instruction and mentoring,…Read More >>

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 re-use of…Read More >>

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…Read More >>