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  • Who encouraged you to become an engineer? Family? Teacher? Counselor? We must convince more talented young people to become engineers, solving society's technical and environmental problems. Does your ASCE local section and branch have Science, Technology, ...

  • Charles, thanks for those questions. I do include the quiz grades as part of the course grade in every class that I use them. One of the classes I teach, Engineering Economic Analysis, is offered every semester. Approximately 50 students are in the class ...

  • Kenneth - I really like this idea.  I am going to mull this over for my spring quarter course (senior undergraduate course in water treatment design, for which I have an excellent book).  This is often taken by seniors (required for our environmental ...

  • After a 25-year career as a practitioner, I know teach full time at the University of New Mexico in both the civil engineering and construction management programs. I made do with teaching online during the pandemic, but find that teaching in person affords ...

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  • I think another low-hanging fruit is to constantly be trying to network in some form. Whether that involves meeting new people in your industry or reconnecting with old ones. This goes hand-in-hand with another topic I posted in the past called something ...

  • Well said, Armando. Change costs time and money, so a competitive marketplace requires a receptive environment for change. The story of Malcolm McLean creator of the modern shipping container (told in the book, "The Box") is one of a change maker who ...

  • The world economy responds to cycles that sooner or later impact our quality of life through its effects on the built environment or the loss of jobs. It is not the first time we have dealt with similar issues in our group. Still, it does not hurt to ...

  • I can definitely agree with a clear agenda and a strong meeting leader. It helps to have someone that can steer the conversation back to the topic, since there always seems to be one or two people who will derail the discussion. It also helps to restate ...

  • In addition to what has been said already, it should also be noted that often times changes may come with sacrifice, which may be frown upon by conservative engineers/managers. I believe that the opportunity of hiring "change-makers" should also come ...

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  • The following may help: - Strong chairman of the meeting. He should lead and not let the meeting go on tangent. - Limit on time. - Everyone in the meeting should be given a specific time, say 5 minutes, to give their point of view. No interruptions in ...

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Empowering engineering mentors to help their mentees succeed

    On January 26th, we’ll discuss "Empowering engineering mentors to help their mentees succeed." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    We have set some ground rules to ensure this is a great experience for all: More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Embracing the Proper Mindset for Starting Your First Job

    ASCE will bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics. Every Third Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    On December 15th, we’ll discuss "Embracing the Proper Mindset for Starting Your First Job." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise. More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Preparing and Acing Your Job Interview

    On Thursday, November 17th, we’ll discuss "Preparing and Acing Your Job Interview." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Comparing benefits of big vs. small engineering companies

    ASCE will bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics. Every Third Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    On October 20, we’ll discuss "comparing benefits of big vs. small engineering firms" Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise. More
  • Thursday @ 3 - Nourishing Work-Life Alignment in the "New Normal"

    On September 22, we’ll discuss "Nourishing Work-Life Alignment in the 'New Normal." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Retaining Civil Engineering Talent

    On August 18, we’ll discuss "Retaining Civil Engineering Talent." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

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  • Thursday @ 3 - Thriving in nontraditional engineering career paths

    On July 21, we’ll discuss "Thriving in nontraditional engineering career paths." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

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  • Thursday @ 3 - Engaging online as a civil engineer

    On Thursday, May 19 at 3 pm ET, we’ll discuss "Engaging online as a civil engineer." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    I hope you can join us! 
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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Developing leadership skills through volunteering

    On April 21, we’ll discuss "Developing leadership skills through volunteering ." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    You will receive the meeting details after you register for the event. Please show up in a timely manner so we can get the most out of this call.

    Panelists:
    • Rafiqul Chowdhury, P.E., M.ASCE, Executive Engineer, KAG Engineering, PLLC
    • Douglas Das, A.M.ASCE, Regional Emergency Manager, NYSDOT
    • Shawnna Erter, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Vice President, SCI Engineering Inc
    • Matthew Jacobson, EIT, A.M.ASCE, Civil Analyst, Kimley-Horn
    • Carlos Martinez, P.E., M.ASCE, Co-owner, N. Martinez and Associates, Inc. 
    • Brian C. McFall, Ph.D, P.E., D.CE., US Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Writing a civil engineering cover letter that stands out

    On March 17, we’ll discuss "Writing a civil engineering cover letter that stands out." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists

    • Assunta Daprano, A.M.ASCE, Deputy Project Manager, AECOM
    • Matt Dahlem, PG, A.M.ASCE, Branch Manager, Fehr Graham
    • Ken Mika, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Project Manager, Tetra Tech
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  • World Engineering Day

    March 4 is WorldEngineeringDay. It is a 24 live event, the first 24 hour live broadcast of an UNESCO day. This is a global stream of engineering activities from across the world. From Sydney to Costa Rica, and everything in between.

    Watch the 24HRS LIVE global stream FREE on the World Engineering Day homepage - worldengineeringday.net

    Register an event and share a post on social using #WorldEngineeringDay. bit.ly/WorldEngDay for more information!

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Starting your own engineering firm

    On February 17, we’ll discuss "Starting your own engineering firm." We have a great team of panelists! I hope you can join us! 

    Panelists: 
    • Karen Jehanian, P.E., M.ASCE, President, KMJ Consulting, Inc.
    • Susan Morrice, Co-Founder and Chairperson, Belize Natural Energy & Director XJet
    • Joseph M. Rozmiarek, P.E., M.ASCE, President and Principal, Kilo Engineering
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  • I wanted to share some of the most popular ASCE Collaborate discussions in February with you "In Case You Missed It" (ICYMI). You can find the most popular discussions below.  But, first can you answer these questions?  Which area of civil ...

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  • I wanted to share some of the most popular ASCE Collaborate discussions with you "In Case You Missed It" (ICYMI). You can find the most popular discussions below.  But, first can you answer these questions?  Engineers Week... Where's my Doughnut? ...