Careers & Leadership

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January 1, 2015

Today, Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP, CAE, M.ASCE, becomes executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers. A dedicated ASCE member for more than 25 years, he has been the Society’s deputy executive…Read More >>

Pat Natale discusses leadership lessons with Casey Dinges.
December 12, 2014

After a long and successful career in both the public and nonprofit sectors, executive director Pat Natale will be retiring at the end of this month. Before he leaves the Society where he has served…Read More >>

December 10, 2014

Authorities from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Stephen Hawking have forewarned us of the dangers of intelligent machines. Yet we persist in further integrating computers in our life. Debating the role of computers in engineering is a…Read More >>

December 3, 2014

I recently finished reading Nate Silver’s excellent 2012 book titled, The Signal and the Noise:Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t. The book is a must read for aspiring statisticians and anyone who…Read More >>

November 21, 2014

My earlier post in “The Leadership Imperative” considered the fact that many of the challenges facing civil engineering in the 21st century are “back to the future,” in the sense that today’s civil engineer increasingly…Read More >>

November 15, 2014

So you entered your first job and started your engineering career, now what? Part of a necessary next step in establishing your career is building the foundation for your future. Have you heard the phrase…Read More >>

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Ken Maschke performs "I Love Rock 'N Roll" with the Thornton Tomasetti house band
November 6, 2014

ASCE is offering a $5,000 grand prize for the 2014 Music Video Contest for Students and Younger Members (payable to your Student or Younger Member Group). All you need to do is perform and record…Read More >>

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November 3, 2014

My previous post, “Why the Push-Back on Creativity?” suggested that we as engineers could work smarter and be more creative and innovative if we learned and applied brain basics. I asked for help in understanding…Read More >>

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October 22, 2014

As we look to what it will take to be a successful civil engineer in the 21st century, let’s consider the words of John Findley Wallace, the first Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal (1904-1905).

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October 14, 2014

Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime! (Bill Owen) That’s a little harsh. Beer is one of the oldest prepared beverages and may have been…Read More >>