Careers & Leadership

April 29, 2009

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s definitely true of engineering work. After all, the product that we deliver at the end of the day is typically a set of drawings….Read More >>

April 9, 2009

Welcome to 330 N. Wabash, formerly known as the IBM building. It was designed by legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies emigrated to the United States in 1937 fleeing Nazi Germany. His characteristic…Read More >>

April 6, 2009

One downside to having a full time job, is finding the time to take vacation.  Most engineering companies offer 10 days of vacation to starting employees, and depending on how rigidly sick time is enforced…Read More >>

March 26, 2009

Every Friday evening I play indoor soccer. This competitive pick-up game is great practice for my Tuesday night league. We play in an old fieldhouse in Chicago’s west loop area. The roof is supported by…Read More >>

March 24, 2009

According to a study by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year to improve the public’s understanding of engineering. Despite this investment, most Americans still don’t know…Read More >>

March 10, 2009

What will the cities of the future look like? How will emerging technologies be incorporated into the infrastructure? How will the people of the future spend their days? Who is most qualified to postulate the…Read More >>

February 20, 2009

It Shrinks?! Although we may think of concrete as being very rigid, hard and solid, substantial changes occur throughout the life of a concrete element. The curing process is actually the result of a chemical…Read More >>

February 6, 2009

It may still be a few weeks before midterms, but it’s not too early to start thinking about grades.  Every few years ASCE members grade the nation’s infrastructure.  This year’s gpa is a D. The…Read More >>

January 29, 2009

The largest project of my career has recently started construction.  Upon completion, the structure will be the tallest building in Cincinnati.  It will be an icon of the city’s skyline, featuring an exposed steel tiara…Read More >>

January 15, 2009

Buildings are frequently generalized into two main categories based on their primary structural material, concrete or steel. In reality, most buildings are more of a composite construction – using concrete and steel both, where their…Read More >>