Careers & Leadership

December 5, 2008

My company is moving to a new office at the end of the year. Preparations for the move have been put off for months, but now we’re out of time.  Fortunately I only have about…Read More >>

November 20, 2008

Last week was the 158th Annual ASCE Conference.  Hundreds of ASCE members met in Pittsburgh to participate in a week of committee meetings, seminars and networking events.  The Annual Conference brings together a diverse group…Read More >>

November 14, 2008

The election of Senator Obama is a turning point in American politics.  His selection gives a voice and provides inspiration to a large population of minorities who previously felt as though they were on the…Read More >>

November 4, 2008

The seasons just changed in Chicago.  Yesterday’s high was only 42 degrees.  I grew up in Michigan, so cold weather and erratic seasons are nothing new to me, but that never seems to take the…Read More >>

October 23, 2008

Next weekend I’m going to give a presentation at the University of Michigan.  I figure that the best way to capture the attention of a collegate audience is to promise sure-fire tips for getting a…Read More >>

October 22, 2008

Would it surprise you to learn that the public is not uninformed about engineering, they’re just not interested? Don’t worry, it’s not personal. It’s simply that engineers, in general, have not portrayed the profession in…Read More >>

October 14, 2008

I’ve now been out of school long enough to learn that there’s really no such thing as a final exam.  I spent most of the past weekend studying for the S.E. – the examination required…Read More >>

October 7, 2008

Most engineering articles are about fancy and expensive new construction.  It’s understandable for companies and engineers to want to share their experiences on once-in-a-lifetime projects.  However, it’s usually the more mundane projects that keep the…Read More >>

September 29, 2008

I grew up in the small town of Bad Axe in the “Thumb” of Michigan. My father farmed 350 acres and milked over 100 cows.  I cannot claim to have worked too hard; unlike many…Read More >>

September 16, 2008

The opening of a new fire station is a big deal, whether you live in small town America or a big city like Chicago.  Such an event calls for a small parade of flower girls,…Read More >>