Ken Maschke
Ken Maschke

Ken is structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in Chicago, specializing in forensic engineering and designing building renovations. Long-time readers of this blog have followed Ken’s career path from entry level to manager, with stops in Denmark and France. He is also an adjunct professor in the Masters of Architecture program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches structural engineering to aspiring architects. Ken believes that sharing his personal experiences will entertain and enlighten emerging leaders in civil engineering.

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Careers & Leadership

June 7, 2015

Some recently proposed skyscraper designs seem to feature more twists, turns, and curves than historic buildings. Does this represent a natural progression in design, adopting more naturalistic...
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Careers & Leadership

May 9, 2015

I believe it’s fair to compare the relative skill difference between a graduating civil engineer and a 10-year PE (or SE) with the difference between a tennis hobbyist and a pro. The hobbyist and...
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Careers & Leadership

April 20, 2015

The Highline offers a soul charging experience for walkers through the Chelsea and the West Village. An old elevated train line was converted into a public park and walking thoroughfare. Simple as...
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Careers & Leadership

March 10, 2015

Civil engineering is a uniquely broad field. Should CEE curriculum eschew the broad basis for more coursework in discipline? My position has evolved. This past week students from the University of...
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Careers & Leadership

January 1, 2015

Shh! Don't tell my clients, but I split my effort on about 35 projects in 2014. They've ranged in scope and complexity. Not a single one involved a stadium or a high rise - the types of structures my...
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Careers & Leadership

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...
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Careers & Leadership

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...
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Careers & Leadership

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 a...
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Careers & Leadership

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 instrumental in the...
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Careers & Leadership

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 Golden Gate Bridge...
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