Topic: Perspectives

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The Essence of Engineering (Via Stand-Up Comedy)

Jameelah Muhammad Ingram, P.E., M.ASCE, is a structural engineer for WSP USA and a member of the ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering class of 2013.  In this week's edition of ASCE Member Voices, as part of the ASCE News Women in Civil Engineering series, Ingram talks about why equitable treatment of women is fundamental to what engineering is all about, and how she learned these...

Swinging Hammers, Building Bridges, Helping People

Don Nguyen, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE, is a bridge engineer for COWI in Seattle and the president of ASCE’s Seattle Younger Member Forum. One of ASCE’s most active, dynamic younger members, Nguyen was honored as a 2017 New Face of Civil Engineering. And his volunteer activities aren’t limited to the Pacific Northwest. Last summer, he joined a Bridges to Prosperity project in Panama. In...

Does America Need a Pyramid?

ASCE Life Member Daniel L. Dornan, P.E., M.ASCE, is a special assistant to the director of the Prince George’s County (MD) Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement, a department he helped develop and launch in 2013. Prior to joining the public sector in 2012, Dornan served as a management consultant for 36 years with several major consulting firms, including KPMG, AECOM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Booz...

Eighty Acres of Mud

Gyan Shrivastava, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, received his civil engineering education at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, Imperial College in London, and the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer in the United Kingdom. He spent seven years in design and construction before commencing a career in academia. In 2015, he retired as a professor of hydraulic engineering...

Pie and Planning: Essential Ingredients for Career Success

If you’ve been even the least bit active in ASCE during the last few years, then you’ve probably seen Elizabeth Ruedas, P.E., QISP, ENV SP, M.ASCE. A project engineer for CNC Engineering, shuttling between offices in Irvine and City of Industry in Southern California, Ruedas organizes, presents at, or attends an ASCE event seemingly every single week. Having served in 16 different ASCE roles since...

Be Prepared for ‘Learning on the Job,’ Says Structural Engineering Leader

With spring graduation season in full swing, it’s a good time to take the temperature of the civil engineering job market. David Odeh, P.E., S.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, is well-positioned for insights as principal at Odeh Engineers Inc. in Providence, RI, a full-service structural engineering consulting firm at the forefront of the building-information-modeling revolution. He talked with ASCE News about the current job outlook – especially...

Voices From the Civil Engineering Job Search

Civil engineering graduates, rejoice. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is on your side. The 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook projects an 8 percent increase in civil engineering employment from 2014 to 2024. “As infrastructure continues to age, civil engineers will be needed to manage projects to rebuild bridges, repair roads, and upgrade levees and dams as well as airports and buildings,” according to the handbook. Meanwhile, the...

Mind Your Mind

My studies and experience convince me that the trajectory of our professional and personal lives will be heavily influenced by our brain literacy; that is, what we know about our brain, how we apply what we know, and how we take care of our brain. “The lack of brain education is a huge mistake,” says neuroscientist and psychiatrist Daniel G. Amen, “because success in all...

The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

Brent Darnell, Aff.M.ASCE, is president and owner of Atlanta-based Brent Darnell International. For more information, email brent@brentdarnell.com or visit brentdarnell.com. The long-standing issue of diversity and inclusion is reaching a tipping point. I have attended many industry events lately, and the demographics are a little frightening. As wonderful as our industry is, these events are filled with mostly middle-aged, white men. If I were a woman...

4 Lessons in Ethics

Ethics are integral to every decision, design, and service performed by civil engineers. A recent ASCE video series, sponsored by a United Engineering Foundation grant, explored four case studies in engineering ethics. Here are four engineering ethics lessons from those videos: 1. Never put an engineer in a position to prove something will fail On Jan. 28, 1986, the weather forecast in Orlando, FL, predicted a cold...