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The Value of PR to Your Company

Engineers have a great story to tell. For centuries, civil engineers have constructed their legacies in the form of remarkable infrastructure that has shaped history and continues to influence the future. Civil engineers are essential to society, but as a profession, their narratives remain largely untold. In this episode of the ASCE Interchange, Robert Deigh, principal of RDC Public Relations LLC and author of Spark: The...

Congress Poised to Tackle Infrastructure Legislation

Americans seem to understand that our nation has an infrastructure problem, and ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card and related advocacy efforts are paying off. Not only does there seem to be a greater understanding about the concerning state of our country’s aging infrastructure, but public opinion polling shows that a significant number of Americans – 87 percent in one recent poll – agree the federal...

The Road to the Future of Transportation

Could you imagine a world without transportation? Probably not. That’s because the built world we live in wouldn’t be possible without it. According to ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, U.S. roads carried people and goods over 3 trillion miles in 2016 alone – or more than 300 round-trips between Earth and Pluto. As our population grows, the need for pioneering solutions does too. Today, we’re amid exciting times...

The state of women in civil engineering

Who do you picture when you think of a civil engineer? Did you picture a woman in the profession? Studies show that only 14 percent of the civil engineering workforce is composed of women. About 40 percent of women who have engineering degrees never enter the workforce or drop out.

Nonverbal Communication Speaks Volumes in the Workplace

Actions speak louder than words. We’ve all heard that expression at one point, but what does it mean? Studies suggest that 80 to 95 percent of one-on-one communication is nonverbal. Around 38 percent comes from tone of voice and 55 percent comes from body language. And the rest? Only 7 percent of communication comes from what we say. What we don’t say is just as...

Ethics: Doing the Right Thing

Ethics lie at the core of all engineering decisions. And the decisions made by civil engineers can affect millions of people. Despite the importance of ethics, many questions remain about ethical issues pertaining to sustainability, billable hours, and how to voice ethical concerns to a superior. “You can always find another job, but you can’t build another career,” said Steve Starrett, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI,...

How a Business Accelerator Can Bring Your Idea to Market

For many entrepreneurial engineers, failure is part of the business. Forbes estimates that 90 percent of startups fail, many of them before the business even has the chance to fully launch. While failure before success often comes with the building of oneself as an entrepreneur, smart engineering entrepreneurs have used business accelerators to help get their ideas off the ground. In this edition of ASCE...

Protecting Our Nation’s Power Grid

Now more than ever, our power infrastructure is at risk. Significant power outages have risen from 76 in 2007 to 307 in 2011 largely due to aging and underfunded infrastructure equipment and systems. ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure in 2013 gave the United States a D+ in energy due to the nation’s reliance on an aging electrical grid and pipeline distribution system, some of...

From engineer to entrepreneur

You don’t have to be born an entrepreneur, but rather you can be made one through some smart risk taking and the right leadership and moral traits.

Overcoming the Obstacles to Innovation

Issues with the Flint, MI, water crisis and Washington, DC’s metro service show us that now, more than ever, innovation is required to reinvent our approach to sustainable infrastructure. Introducing innovation inherently presents several obstacles for organizations and businesses to overcome. Whether the source of the obstacle is funding, technology, manpower, or operations, DC Water’s CEO and General Manager George Hawkins, Esq. believes innovation is...