Careers & Leadership

February 12, 2019

This is a question that I get from civil engineering students almost daily. Should they seek full-time employment immediately after completing their undergraduate studies or pursue a master’s degree? Let me preface my answer with…Read More >>

January 16, 2019

“I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.” – Maya Angelou The riskiest career move is not taking one. So why do we try our best to…Read More >>

January 1, 2019

“The devil’s in the detail” is an idiom that is very relevant to civil engineers, and one to think about as you plan for the new year. In the world of civil engineering projects and…Read More >>

December 12, 2018

We all know the joke about the difference between the extroverted and the introverted engineer when they talk to someone. Introverted engineers look at their shoes, and extroverted engineers look at your shoes. Funny, unless…Read More >>

November 29, 2018

Civil engineers are problem solvers. However, the biggest pitfall that civil engineers face during the problem-solving process is working within self-imposed constraints. To inspire a-ha moments, they must disrupt conventional ways of thinking and take…Read More >>

October 31, 2018

I recently provided management training for a civil engineering firm and this question came up multiple times. Civil engineering managers struggle with delegation for many reasons, but when they do actually start to delegate, a…Read More >>

October 25, 2018

Kelly Doyle has grown accustomed to making people uncomfortable. For five years, she has helped lead the ASCE Younger Member Leadership Symposium, where her presentations don’t simply provide leadership tools or guidance; they prompt existential…Read More >>

October 11, 2018

You may be thinking, or have already decided, to take the management track. But how do you get there and what kinds of skills do you need to succeed? As more young civil engineers enter…Read More >>

October 3, 2018

I have received emails from many civil engineers who are just starting their careers. They often ask me about their first job. Some of their questions are … • What if I take a first…Read More >>

August 23, 2018

I look at my to-do list at the end of the day and see a lot of tasks crossed off, and it makes me feel good. I feel accomplished, like it’s been a good day….Read More >>