Careers & Leadership

Carolyn Emerson
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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

June 30, 2016

Many different disciplines make up the world of civil engineering – transportation, geotechnical, site civil, and water resources only begin to scratch the surface. So, for your long-term career growth, is it better to focus…Read More >>

June 23, 2016

I haven’t been writing blogs lately because I’ve been busy saving the world from alien invasion. Now that humanity’s future has been secured, but forever altered, I’d like to explore the leadership qualities of my…Read More >>

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June 23, 2016

This is the last of three posts on innovation and creativity by Brent Darnell, Aff.M.ASCE, president and owner of Atlanta-based Brent Darnell International. For more information, email or visit In the first post in this…Read More >>

June 16, 2016

I don’t have a right or wrong answer to this question, because the answer depends on a few key items. However, I will try to give you some tools and information that you can use…Read More >>

June 14, 2016

This letter, from a father to a son, was written by professional engineer Bob Breeze upon his son’s graduation as a mechanical engineer. The letter was published in a collection entitled, Letters to Young Engineers,…Read More >>

June 8, 2016

This guest column is by David Lutz, P.E., M.ASCE, manager of the geotechnical and tunneling group for the southwest U.S. for WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff in Dallas, TX. Imagine being at a new job on your first…Read More >>

June 1, 2016

In building the Engineering Career Coach website, I have had the honor to talk with and assist hundreds of civil engineers in their career development efforts. I also spent 15 years building my own civil…Read More >>