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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April 23, 2011

April showers bring May flowers and annual performance evaluations.  Being slightly narcissistic, I always get more worked up about the reviews than I ought to.  The evaluation itself consists of...
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March 10, 2011

It’s the time of year when we start seeing interviewees for summer internships and (hopefully) new hires.  While the associates always have the final say on hiring decisions, many of the staff...
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February 24, 2010

Some scientists have argued that the key trait that positions humans as the dominant animal on Earth is our ability to collaborate. Collaboration is far more complex than basic speech. We might all...
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January 24, 2010

What is marketing?   Should younger engineers bother worrying about it early in their careers?  I was somewhat ambivalent about the whole client development aspect of the business myself, until I...
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January 10, 2010

We engineers like to believe that we use our brains as well as anyone. Our use of logic and computational reasoning is important for answering many routine problems we face at work. However,...
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