December 8, 2014

Commemorating one hundred years provides a special luster to an accomplishment, and in 2014, I had the opportunity to participate in several amazing events that highlight the global civil engineering...
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November 21, 2014

My earlier post in “The Leadership Imperative” considered the fact that many of the challenges facing civil engineering in the 21st century are “back to the future,” in the sense that...
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November 3, 2014

My previous post, “Why the Push-Back on Creativity?” suggested that we as engineers could work smarter and be more creative and innovative if we learned and applied brain basics. I asked for help...
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October 22, 2014

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, and as we look to what it will take to be a successful civil engineer in the 21st century, let’s consider the words of John Findley...
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September 20, 2014

Four deadlines, two vacations, and one business trip to San Francisco makes for one hectic week. It was a perfect storm that might have seemed avoidable. Two key members of my team had actually...
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September 2, 2014

I prefer to collect as much information as possible before making plans and decisions. Most engineers are data fiends when it comes to their technical projects. I was surprised then when I started...
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August 12, 2014

Professional engineer Stu Walesh wants to release the leader within you. A multidimensional and honored career has enabled him to do just that. Drawing on experience from his work in the public,...
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July 22, 2014

Identifying and responding appropriately to the different personality types of colleagues and clients is important as your career advances. Initially I viewed personality assessments as one half-step...
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July 10, 2014

This post was contributed by Glenn Bell, CEO at Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger. The world in which today’s engineer works is changing at an enormous rate. Many of these changes are unsettling and...
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March 27, 2014

This post was contributed by Michael J. MacPhee, Ph.D., Water Division President for ARCADIS U.S. “We have to dream about the possibilities of a far, far different and better future — and big...
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