Careers & Leadership

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October 12, 2016

I recently received this question from a civil engineer: I would like to return to the civil engineering field of wastewater (from my current civil engineering discipline) and move closer to a major city. However,…Read More >>

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September 29, 2016

I enjoy a quote that’s often attributed to Spider-Man, although technically, his uncle Ben said it: “With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s wisdom that is highly applicable to the professional engineer’s license. In my…Read More >>

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September 15, 2016

Civil engineers often ask me why it is so important to obtain your P.E. (professional engineering) license. There are many reasons why obtaining this prestigious credential is important. In this post, I will list 5…Read More >>

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September 1, 2016

I recently received a question from a young civil engineer who was considering management as the next step in his career progression, but said he wasn’t sure what being a manager entails besides showing strong…Read More >>

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August 23, 2016

A 2015 report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor finds that 27 million working-age Americans, nearly 14 percent, are starting or running new businesses. While more and more businesses begin every day, the prospect of leaving…Read More >>

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August 17, 2016

OK, so I am writing an article to tell you to be honest as a civil engineer. Well, if that point is not obvious, then I don’t know what it is. However, it’s not always…Read More >>

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July 29, 2016

A few months ago, I wrote about this topic in more general terms regarding credentials to focus on as a civil engineer. However, the specific question of whether to get a master’s degree in civil…Read More >>

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July 22, 2016

Carolyn J. Emerson has made it her life’s work to empower women with the skills to take ownership over their careers – and lives. As one of the Distinguished Lecturers at the ASCE 2016 Convention,…Read More >>

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July 20, 2016

The Einstellung Effect – where the German word means “approach” or “way of doing something” – refers to trying to resolve an issue, problem, or opportunity only by using approaches that have worked in similar…Read More >>

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July 13, 2016

In assisting civil engineers with their professional development efforts over the years, I have had many civil engineers ask me if it is worth their while to invest their money in attending industry conferences, especially if…Read More >>