Careers & Leadership

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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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 >>

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October 7, 2014

If you have a second day to explore San Francisco, hop in a vehicle and get to the Golden Gate Bridge. Actually, I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t visit on day number one. The…Read More >>

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September 29, 2014

A few weeks ago I attended a meeting in downtown San Francisco. Of course I was pleased to participate in the meeting, but I was equally interested in visiting San Francisco for the first time….Read More >>

September 25, 2014

Leading is a challenge for everyone.  Some seem to be born with the DNA to lead while others have to work at it.  At the Younger Member Leadership Symposium held Sept. 21-22 at ASCE’s northern…Read More >>

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September 20, 2014

Four deadlines, two vacations, and one business trip to San Francisco makes for one hectic week. It was a perfect storm that might have seemed avoidable. Two key members of my team had actually planned…Read More >>