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

May 29, 2014

Batten the hatches! Roll out the cannon! Swab, load, fire! The sailors on the USS Constitution, a.k.a. Old Ironsides, could shoot at roughly twice the rate of her British counterparts. Combined with...
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March 21, 2014

The blast furnaces at the Arcelor Mittal mill in Burns Harbor, Indiana must operate continuously. Restarting a furnace costs approximately $5 million. Three shifts therefore work around the clock...
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March 14, 2014

Chances are you’re taking photos a lot of photos, for work… for family… just for fun. Are your photos vibrant, interesting, or provocative? If so, you may have the opportunity to be published...
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February 28, 2014

When speaking with students interested in engineering I emphasize that you don't need to visualize science like Einstein or love math like Newton. But... Even as a middling student throughout my math...
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Careers & Leadership

January 11, 2014

If there is one place where you might expect leadership techniques to be researched and practiced like a science, it would likely be the United States Army. The Generals, by Tom Ricks, reviews the...
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December 1, 2013

Touring Denver’s architecture is to study the evolution of architectural styles in the 20th Century. I recently visited Denver to have Thanksgiving dinner with my sister, who has recently relocated...
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October 22, 2013

Chicago owes its status among US cities to the railroad. In 1848, the first train chugged along five miles of track bringing two cars of wheat into town. At the time, Chicago had only about 14,000...
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October 8, 2013

Last month I traveled to France on vacation. Beyond the obvious reasons, we were really excited because we planned to stay with our former landlords. Recall that I spent six months of 2009 enjoying...
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September 30, 2013

By contributing blogger Rafael Gomes de Oliveira: The Importance of Developing an Explicit Worldview In one of my previous blog entries, “Bridging the Gap to Adulthood”, I explored the...
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Careers & Leadership

September 18, 2013

Guest blogger, Rachel Cantor Fogarty has prepared another great essay about finding your career path. Recall her previous post titled, "The Road Not Taken - An Examination of the Career Path of an...
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