November 16, 2016

Yes, every civil engineer should learn about business development. That concludes this post… Just kidding. First of all, let me define business development for those civil engineers who are...
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October 25, 2016

Here’s a question I get from civil engineers almost every day: Where can I find a mentor as a civil engineer? Excellent question, and before I even answer it, I want to say that, in my opinion,...
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October 12, 2016

I recently received this question from a civil engineer: I would like to return to the civil engineering field of wastewater (from my current civil engineering discipline) and move closer to a...
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September 29, 2016

I enjoy a quote that’s often attributed to Spider-Man, although technically, his uncle Ben said it: “With great power comes great responsibility.” It’s wisdom that is highly applicable to the...
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September 15, 2016

Civil engineers often ask me why it is so important to obtain your P.E. (professional engineering) license. There are many reasons why obtaining this prestigious credential is important. In this...
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September 1, 2016

I recently received a question from a young civil engineer who was considering management as the next step in his career progression, but said he wasn’t sure what being a manager entails besides...
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August 17, 2016

OK, so I am writing an article to tell you to be honest as a civil engineer. Well, if that point is not obvious, then I don’t know what it is. However, it’s not always easy to be truthful with...
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August 4, 2016

To satisfy the growing demands of evolving societies, civil engineering must innovate. Yet "innovation" defies a clear definition. How do innovations come about? How can they be inspired? From...
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July 29, 2016

A few months ago, I wrote about this topic in more general terms regarding credentials to focus on as a civil engineer. However, the specific question of whether to get a master’s degree in civil...
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July 22, 2016

Carolyn J. Emerson has made it her life’s work to empower women with the skills to take ownership over their careers – and lives. As one of the Distinguished Lecturers at the ASCE 2016...
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