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The Rise of Shared Mobility

The movie “Back to the Future” depicts people as riding around in flying cars or on hoverboards by now. While we may not have those yet, the past decade has seen new forms of transportation emerge. One of the biggest is the rise of shared mobility. It all started in 2010 with ridesharing apps. Now, over 98 million people worldwide use apps like Uber and...

How to Influence Others Without Positional Power

More companies across the civil engineering industry are implementing flatter management structures. Thus, the ability to influence others without relying on positional authority is an important skill for managers to learn. Outsourcing and virtual teams further challenge those tapped to lead projects. But how do you lead people whom you have no formal authority over? In this episode of “ASCE Interchange,” Carol Martsolf, vice president and...

Mistake-Proofing Your Team

“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn't exist … Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” – Stephen Hawking All humans are prone to making mistakes, even engineers. But in a profession built on perfection, how do civil engineers handle making mistakes on the job? In this episode of the “ASCE Interchange,” Michael Howell, president of Arrow...

Experience tomorrow’s built future today

Imagine the world 50 years from now. What does 2070 look like? How is society continuing to function? How have technological and environmental challenges affected our cities? ASCE’s Future World Vision brings those possibilities to fruition.

How to Rock Your LinkedIn Profile and Land a Job

Over 600 million professionals are on LinkedIn and the numbers just keep growing. Every second, two more profiles are made. Of that universe, there are 30 million companies and 20 million jobs active on the social networking site. It seems like LinkedIn must be the place to build your professional network. In this episode of the "ASCE Interchange," Erica Pyatt, senior account executive at LinkedIn, discusses...

Reimagining Our Roads

In 30 years, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. And three-fourths of us – nearly 6.8 billion people – are projected to live in urban areas. It’s safe to say that transportation engineers have their work cut out for them. In this episode of the ASCE Interchange, Jeremy Chrzan, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP, M.ASCE, the multimodal design practice lead at Toole Design, discusses...

4 Ways to Boost Your Civil Engineering Career

Are you wondering why you need soft skills as a civil engineer? The Workplace Learning Report, which LinkedIn published last year after surveying 4,000 professionals globally, showed that the top learning priority was how to train for soft skills. Civil engineers must be prepared to keep up with an evolving workplace. To thrive in the field, soft skills are critical for successful teams and projects. You’re probably...

Grow Your Career by Embracing Risk

“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 avoid risk? Sometimes there’s a lingering fear of failure, a lack of support, or you’re simply not ready.    Growth stems from risk. So, to be led toward success, you’ll need to be...

How to Cultivate Innovation in Civil Engineering

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 on a more human-centered approach. In this episode of the ASCE Interchange, Brent Darnell, owner and president of Brent Darnell International and an emotional intelligence expert, discusses how design thinking can...

From Civil Engineer to Manager

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 the workforce, the demand for versatile managers increases as well. Soft skills are as important as technical skills when navigating management duties within your company. According to Wonderlic, 93 percent of employers...