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  • My father had a lot of practical experience before getting his Doctorate, which I would look back and say it blazzoned me because my generation was entirely different my parents having just two kids, and he was in a family of five.  So my bachelor's degree ...

  • Getting an MS can help in terms of marketability more so than enhancing your competence and technical capability. My experience is that if you have a PE and work for yourself, an MS is not essential. An MS however, may be more important to landing a job. ...

  • What percentage do you believe an organization's annual merit/performance bonus amounts ought to be for achieving: -Annual Objectives, and, -Long-Term Objectives. Forward-thinking firms consider the span of managed control authorized within ...

  • In exercising legal rights, those contemplating whistleblowing may wish to learn more through the following Google Scholar searches. * Google Scholar "Searches:" 1. Careers of engineering whistleblowers 2. Careers of bullying whistleblowers 3. Careers ...

  • I went to school for my BS, MS and PhD all while working Full time. I LOVED my MS degree. I found it interesting and applicable to what I was working on in my job the very next day sometimes. I would do the MS all over again. The PhD...eh...I'm not so ...

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  • Hi Oanh,  Thanks for the questions, overall presentation, and selected references. Upon reflection of the notes you provided with references, I will reflect and then address your last question, “ Q6. And how do you stop it?" ...

  • I got my Master's Degree a bit late in life (61) and I consider it priceless. While experience matters, academic work enables you to get a much better theoretical foundation for your work. Also, it gave me a broader view of engineering that I didn't have. ...

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  • Good morning.  I do not have a master degree and have successfully practiced in consulting for 33 years.  I own a small firm [past 20 years].   You can be very successful without a masters degree in a variety of consulting careers. The key is to always ...

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  • I had understood that a Master's was becoming the entry level requirement in many cases.  In my own case, I got my Master's while working, and in my opinion it had several critical assets.  First, I had been out of the profession for several years in ...

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  • Hi John I can at least tell you the process for Simpson Strong-Tie.  We have a place on our website to submit new product ideas.  Its probably a good idea if the person with the idea at least submits for patent first to protect themselves.  There is a ...

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Producing Quality Design in a Remote/Hybrid Work Environment

    ASCE is hosting a special edition of Thursdays @ 3 on Thursday, July 29 at 3pm ET. We’ll discuss producing quality design in a remote/hybrid work environment. I hope you can join us! More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Preparing the Future Civil Engineer

    On Thursday, July 15, we’ll discuss "Preparing the Future Civil Engineer." I hope you can join us! 


    Panelists:

    • Tor J. S. Anderzen, P.E., F.ASCE, Senior Aviation Engineer, HDL Engineering Consultants, LLC
    • Kleio Avrithi, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Assistant Professor, Mercer University
    • Andrew Mock, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., M.ASCE, Structural Engineer, HP Engineering Inc.
    • Colby Wong, ENV SP, S.M.ASCE, Student, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
    More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Becoming an LGBTQIA+ Ally and Showing PRIDE in Civil Engineering

    On June 17, we’ll discuss "Becoming an LGBTQIA+ Ally and Showing PRIDE in Civil Engineering." We have a great team of panelists listed below. I hope you can join us! 

    Panelists

    • Tricia Clayton, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE (She/Her/Hers), Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
    • Julie Liu, Oregon State University (She/They).
    • Christina Riley (She/Her), EDI Construct Ltd
    • Eddie Vega, P.E., (He/Him/His), Holmes Structures 

    Guest Moderator: Guillermo Díaz-Fañas, P.E. (He/Him/His), Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility More
  • ASCE Community Emails

    You may have noticed that ASCE Collaborate emails come from a non ASCE domain. In an effort to provide a better experience for you, we have switched domains so ASCE Collaborate emails will be sent from an ASCE domain. Starting on Wednesday, May 26th ASCE Collaborate emails will come from community.asce.org

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Establishing and Fostering a Healthy Workplace Culture

    On May 20, we’ll discuss "Establishing and Fostering a Healthy Workplace Culture." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists: 

    • Jayvon Garth, P.E., M.ASCE, Structural Engineer I, Progressive AE
    • Preeti Ghuman, P.E., MPA, M.ASCE, Civil Engineer, Industrial Waste Section, Sanitation Districts of Los Angles County
    • Angie Hunter, P.E., M.ASCE, Design Engineering Manager, Kiewit
    • Sherri Newland, PE, CPESC, M.ASCE, Owner/Principal Engineer, S&C Associates
    More
  • Engineering - Bridging the Gap for a Sustainable and Resilient Recovery

    This event is to present the second UNESCO Engineering Report: "Engineering for Sustainable Development: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals"; discuss the crucial role of engineering in the implementation of the SDG's and more importantly, how to bridge the gap and make sustainable and resilient recovery from this and any in the future pandemics. More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Finding Job Opportunities and Securing a Job

    On April 15, we’ll discuss "Finding Job Opportunities and Securing a Job." 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

    • Kazi M. Hassan, PE, PMP, M.ASCE, Senior Project Manager at CDM Smith
    • Tony Lau, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, Society Director, Region 8 at American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Rebecca Weaver, SPHR, Talent Acquisition at The O'Connor Group
    More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Cultivating a Mutually Beneficial Mentoring Relationship

    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 January 21, we’ll discuss "Cultivating a Mutually Beneficial Mentoring Relationship." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists: 
    - Robert Cagle, P.E., F.ASCE, Retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers, ASCE Board of Direction 

    - Salvador Bentolila, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE, Civil Engineer, AECOM

    - Jennifer Sloan Ziegler, Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE, Engineer, Cypress Environmental Science & Engineering

    Register now!  More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Seamlessly Onboarding Staff Virtually

    On December 17, we’ll discuss "Seamlessly Onboarding Staff Virtually." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise. I hope you can join us! 

    Panelists: 

    - Daniel Bressler, EIT, A.M.ASCE, Junior Engineer, York Tower

    - Kancheepuram Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Senior Vice President, Transportation Alternative Delivery Americas, AECOM

    Stacey McKavish, Recruiting and Regional Human Resources Director, Dewberry

    - Nalah Williams, A.M.ASCE, Project Designer at Core States Group, ASCE CI YPC Vice Governor More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Improving Efficiency in Making Better Decisions with AI and Data Science

    On December 3, we’ll discuss "Improving Efficiency in Making Better Decisions with AI and Data Science." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists 

    - Burçin Becerik-Gerber, Dean's Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California

    - Amit Joshi, MS, P.E., M.ASCE, Transportation Engineer, Caltrans 

    - Alexander McCaskill, P.E., A.M.ASCE, Geotechnical Engineer, HNTB KC Metro Office Bridge Group

    Alex Walker, Co Founder and CEO, Delfinsia, Inc. More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Building Your Path to Leadership Success

    On Thursday, November 19 at 3pm EDT, we’ll discuss "Building Your Path to Leadership Success." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists: 
    Majed Al-Ghandour, Ph.D., P.E., CPM, M.ASCE, Assistant Director of the Planning and Programming Division managing the Project Management and the Powell Bill Program, NCDOT

    - Sophie Berger, 
    Senior Vice President - Advisory Services,WSP USA

    - Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D, P.E., F.SEI, Professor at University of New Orleans More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Overcoming Disasters Thru Relief and Recovery Efforts

    On  Thursday, October 22, we’ll discuss "Overcoming Disasters Thru Relief and Recovery Efforts." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists:

    - Tony Gergess, PE, F.ASCE, Full Professor, University of Balamand

    - Kate Osborn, P.E., M.ASCE, Engineer at Lower Neches Valley Authority

    - Allison Pyrch, GE, PE, M.ASCE Associate Geotechnical and Resilience Engineer at Hart Crowser, Inc. and Salus Resilience

    - Doug Taylor, PE, CPM, M.ASCE, Vice President, Transportation Practice Leader at Stewart More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Contributing to Advocacy at Any Level

    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 15, we’ll discuss "Contributing to Advocacy at Any Level." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise. More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Exploring the Future of Networking

    On Thursday September 17, we’ll discuss "Exploring the Future of Networking." Bring your questions. Get to know each other.

    Panelists

    - Mel Butcher, P.E., M.ASCE, Private Sector Group Midwest Region, Carollo Engineering

    - Mathew Picardal, P.E., M.ASCE, Project Manager, DCI Engineers

    - William Soehaili, P.E., M.ASCE, Florida Branch Manager,  AWK Consulting Engineers, Inc. More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Adapting to a Virtual Learning Environment

    On August 27, we’ll discuss "Adapting to a Virtual Learning Environment." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.


    Panelists:

    Sophie Lipomanis, S.M.ASCE, ASCE National Student Ambassador

    - Dr. 
    Monica Palomo, Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE, Professor, California State Polytechnic University -Pomona

    Margaret Perlman, S.M.ASCE, Research Assistant, P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh

    Eric Steward, Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE, Associate Professor, University of South Alabama  More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Balancing the Demands of Working and Parenting

    On August 20, we’ll discuss "Balancing the Demands of Working and Parenting." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists:

    -
    Tzufit Boyle, P.E., PMP, F.ASCE, Environmental Project Manager, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County 

    - Jesse Gormley, P.E. ENV SP, M.ASCE, Project Engineer I, Pennoni

    - Chad Morrison, P.E., M.ASCE, Professional Engineer, The Berlin Steel Construction Company More