January 22, 2012

Tis the season for retail politicking. It seems like every other day there’s another debate prefaced with hours of footage of the candidates “kissing babies and shaking hand.” It occurred to me...
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January 12, 2012

By regular contributor Rafael Gomes de Oliveira: No single person on the planet knows how to make a pencil. That is the idea behind economist Leonard Read’s humbling essay “I, Pencil.” Each of...
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December 14, 2011

It’s cliché to talk about the importance of networking in advancing your career. Why all the emphasis? Because success really is as much about who you know, and those contacts will, by extension,...
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December 2, 2011

I recently attended a job fair at the University of Michigan as a recruiter on behalf of my company. Despite the slow economy, we were fortunate to be looking for highly qualified structural...
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November 25, 2011

By regular guest blogger: Rafael Gomes de Oliveira Two months ago, I had a conversation with some peers about why I decided to study structural engineering and how I went about finding a job....
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November 2, 2011

When the going gets tough, the tough… compute, avoid, accommodate, compromise, and, finally, collaborate. That’s the positive progression in moving from a confrontational situation to a solution....
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October 29, 2011

Social media is changing the way we communicate. I moderated a session at the ASCE 2011 conference exploring the ways that civil engineers are using social media sites. I was really surprised by the...
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October 9, 2011

Although the economy is slow, if you can demonstrate your abilities and are flexible on location, type of work, and title there are still opportunities.  My company recently hired several engineers...
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September 20, 2011

I believe strongly that ASCE and other professional organizations are what you make of them. The more you get involved, the more benefits you will reap.  A great way to jump start your ASCE...
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August 20, 2011

ASCE is a very big tent.  It includes members from diverse industries including: Architectural Engineering; Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers; Construction; Environmental & Water Resources;...
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