Topic: Perspectives

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Member Voices: My Stress Journey – Finding My Best Self

Elyssa Dixon is a senior engineer at RKI in Seattle. She's also the president of ASCE's Younger Member Forum in Seattle and will be joining the ASCE Committee on Younger Members this fall. In this Member Voice article, Dixon writes about how she's been able to take positive steps to counter feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. “‘The sky is blue’ is OK. It doesn't...

Engineers 1 – Alzheimer’s 0

Michael Paddock, P.E., M.ASCE, a 30-year member of ASCE, is a licensed civil engineer and surveyor. His professional career was spent managing teams of over 100 engineers designing infrastructure projects over $1 billion, and he was the youngest-ever recipient of Wisconsin’s “Engineer of the Year” award. After a near-death cancer experience, he was motivated to begin a pro bono engineering career that has delivered...

Member Voices: Building Community in Puerto Rico

Luis Duque, EIT, A.M.ASCE, is a structural engineer at DLK Engineering in Lafayette, Colorado. An active member of ASCE (particularly the Structural Engineering Institute) and Engineers Without Borders, Duque has helped shape the online communities at ASCE Collaborate and Career by Design as a topic moderator. In today's Member Voice article, he recaps, with words and his gift for photography, a recent trip he...

Barrier-Breaking Army Ranger, Engineer Brings Story to ASCE 2019 Convention

Lisa Jaster was entitled to a victory lap. She had every right to hit pause and maybe even relax a little. West Point, Army Officer’s Training School, multiple tours of duty serving in Iraq and Afghanistan – Jaster’s 20s were rich and intense and challenging and immensely accomplished. Now, in her 30s, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering, she had a husband and children...

Member Voices: Which P.E. Exam Should I Take?

J.P. Mohsen, Ph.D., F.ASCE, is a longtime professor and chair at the University of Louisville and director of ASCE’s P.E. civil, S.E. and P.E. environmental exam review courses. In today’s Member Voices article, he explores the differences between the P.E. Environmental exam and the P.E. Civil exam. Often, I’ve wondered why there are two different exams with focus on environmental engineering. The National Council of...

Turning Adversity into a Platform for Pride

Guillermo Díaz-Fañas could have stayed quiet. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Díaz-Fañas, C.Eng, Ing., P.E., M.ASCE, was different in a place where normalcy reigned. He was exceedingly smart. Exceptionally ambitious. And, in perhaps his most significant divergence from community expectations, he was gay. “I remember, I was pointed out always as, ‘Oh, he is a little sissy, he has a lot of mannerisms,’” Díaz-Fañas said. Guillermo...

The Power of Mentoring

Michael Paddock, P.E., M.ASCE, a 30-year member of ASCE, is a licensed civil engineer and surveyor. His professional career was spent managing teams of over 100 engineers designing infrastructure projects over $1 billion, and he was the youngest-ever recipient of Wisconsin’s “Engineer of the Year” award. After a near-death cancer experience, he was motivated to begin a pro bono engineering career that has delivered...

Member Voices: Jobsite Safety for Construction Safety Week and Beyond

It's Construction Safety Week, an important time to highlight concepts and practices that are crucial to the industry year-round. John Gambatese, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, chair of the CI Construction Safety Committee, explains: "As engineers, we are all involved in safety in some way. When we design and construct buildings, bridges, roadways, and other parts of our infrastructure, safety is the top priority. The ASCE-CI Construction...

Why Engineering Is Worth Celebrating

Michael Paddock, P.E., M.ASCE, is a 30-year member of ASCE, a licensed civil engineer and surveyor. His professional career was spent managing teams of over 100 engineers designing infrastructure projects over $1 billion and was the youngest-ever recipient of Wisconsin’s “Engineer of the Year” award. After a near-death cancer experience, he was motivated to begin a pro bono engineering career that has delivered projects...

Effective Streamlining Involves Reinventing Core Practices at DOTs

John Barton, P.E., M.ASCE, serves as HNTB Corporation's national DOT market sector leader and senior vice president. Barton's experience includes nearly 30 years at the Texas Department of Transportation, including his most recent role as deputy executive director. Today, he shares some of the wisdom born of that experience to outline how he thinks DOTs across the country can streamline their practices. Defining streamlining The term streamlining...