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  • Here's a recent article that might be of interest to readers of this discussion thread:  https://source.asce.org/how-to-prepare-for-and-succeed-in-conversations-with-the-media/  ------------------------------ Becky Waldrup P.E., M.ASCE Senior Manager, ...

  • Thanks for sharing Mitch! I'm definitely guilty of having an additive mindset in a lot of areas of my life. Usually I don't stop doing something until I get so busy that it just naturally drops off my schedule. It would probably be beneficial to me to ...

  • William: I'm picking up with Prof. Spinden's article and my research over the past year since starting this thread. That article, plus my raise the bar experience with ASCE, prompted me to publish, two weeks ago, the book Engineering's Public-Protection ...

  • My staff is currently made up of several recent immigrants but I have had many pass through the office on a regular basis. Quite a few from Africa and the Middle East and I have had a couple from Mexico. All are exceptionally well educated and motivated ...

  • I wonder on what basis your assessment of a very brilliant person is. But the PE license is to protect the public. With judgement that poor, would you want to engage th\at person as an engineer? If that person were your employee, would you keep that person ...

  • Answer questions from first principles do not learn by heart anything but learn by concepts we must know critical sections . We will have to take moments at critical sections

  • I once had an employee, a very brilliant person, who asked me a couple of days before he was to take his PE exam to confirm that the passing score was 70%.  As a former exam proctor, I knew that that was correct and so informed him.  A few days later, ...

  • For clarity, my observation about the importance of process and focusing on the end in mind - to drive productivity and the topic of the original post  - is based on my direct experience. As I've come to recognize, good processes can play a key role in ...

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    RE: Ethics Question

    I thought everyone on this thread may be interested in the "Ask Me Anything" thread ASCE is hosting this week to ask questions on the changes to the new ASCE Code of Ethics.  Do you have any questions about the changes? Do you need guidance "for a ...

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    RE: PE Requirements

    Dr Vadnal. That is very good to hear the accreditation question is a non-issue.  And congratulations on your 100% passing rate! May it continue a long time.  Best regards! ------------------------------ Eric King P.E. Jacksonville FL ----------- ...

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    On April 15, we’ll discuss "Finding Job Opportunities and Securing a Job." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

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  • 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

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  • 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
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Applying What We Learned From COVID-19 to Prepare for the Next Crisis

    On July 30, we’ll discuss "Applying What We Learned From COVID-19 to Prepare for the Next Crisis." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise. We have a great team of panelists. I hope you can join us! 


    Panelist:

    - Kelly Farabee, P.E, PTOE, M.ASCE, Project Manager I, CHA Consulting, Inc.

    - David Odeh, P.E., S.E., SECB, F.SEI, F.ASCE, Principal Odeh Engineers, Inc.

    -  Dennis Traux, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE, 2021 ASCE Pres.-Elect Candidate, Mississippi State University, White End. Chair, Department Head and Professor 

    - Maggie Weems, P.E., M.ASCE, Branch Manager, Senior Engineer, Wood More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Recognizing the Importance of Leadership During COVID-19 and Beyond

    On July 23, we’ll discuss "Recognizing the Importance of Leadership During COVID-19 and Beyond." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.


    Panelists: 

    -  Brent Darnell, Owner Brent Darnell International

    - Elyssa Dixon, P.E., M.ASCE, Owner, Fleeceandforests LLC. 

    - Andrea DuMont, P.E., M.ASCE, Water Resources Engineer, Jacobs

    - Marc Hoit, Professor, Ph.D, F.SEI, F.ASCE, North Carolina State University  More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Shifting Interview Practices for a Virtual Setting

    On July 16, we’ll discuss "Shifting Interview Practices for a Virtual Setting." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.


    Panelists:

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     Hala Abdo, E.I.T., A.M.ASCE, Road and Drainage EIT, FAM Construction LLC. 

    -  Anthony Puntin, Associate, P.E., F.ASCE, BETA Group, Inc. 
     
    - Keval Satra, P.E., A.M.ASCE, Project Engineer, HR Green, Inc.  More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Promoting Diversity and Fostering Inclusivity in Times of Crisis

    On July 9, we’ll discuss "Promoting Diversity and Fostering Inclusivity in Times of Crisis." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists

    - Julia Clarke, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Geotechnical Manager, Transportation, Raba Kistner, Inc.

    Guillermo Diaz-Fanas, P.E., Senior Disaster Risk Management and Urban Resilience Specialist, Sr. Technical Principal, WSP USA & President at Qu-AKE

    - Luis Duque, EIT, A.M.ASCE., A.M.SEI, Bridge Engineer, Foothills Bridge Co. 

    - Laurie Matkowski, Director of Connected and Automated Vehicle Services, Gannett Fleming, Inc. 

    - Danielle Schroeder, EIT, CBSI A.M.ASCE (she/her), Structural Engineer, Pennoni More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Exploring the Impacts of COVID-19 Across Civil Engineering Specialties

    On July 2, we’ll discuss "Exploring the Impacts of COVID-19 Across Civil Engineering Specialties." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists: 

    - Marsha Anderson Bomar, F.ASCE, Assistant General Manager for Capital Program Delivery at MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) 

    - Lenor Bromberg, P.E., F.ASCE, 
    Deputy Director of Community Development, City of Roswell, Georgia

    - Joe DiPompeo, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, President, Structural Workshop, LLC. 

    - Dan Becker, M.ASCE, Principal Consultant, D. Becker Consulting, LLC

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Navigating your career plan in a time of uncertainty

    On June 25, we’ll discuss "Navigating your career plan in a time of uncertainty." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists: 
    - Pete Atherton, P.E., President and Founder, ActionsProve LLC. 

    - Robin Kemper, P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP, F.SEI, F.ASCE, Senior Risk Engineering Consultant, Zurich North America 

    - Carol Martsolf, P.E. PMP, CPLP, LEED AP, M.ASCE, VP/Chief Learning Officer, Urban Engineers

    - Joanna Smith, A.M.ASCE, Geotechnical Engineer, AECOM More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Adjusting Management Styles and Practices to Thrive in the "New Normal"

    On June 18, we’ll discuss Adjusting Management Styles and Practices to Thrive in the "New Normal." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists: 

    Preeti Ghuman, P.E., MPA, M.ASCE, Civil Engineer at Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

    - Peyton Gibson, EIT, ENV SP, A.M.ASCE,  
    Associate Program Officer, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment

    - Lawren Pratt, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Technical Advisor at KBR, Inc.

    - Daren Williams, P.E., M.ASCE, Life Cycle Asset Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation  More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - How to Survive, Restructure, or Strengthen Your Finances During COVID-19

    With the volatility of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on employees and the workplace, ASCE is organizing a series of virtual roundtables to help civil engineers during this difficult and uncertain time. We’ll bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    On June 11, we’ll discuss "How to Survive, Restructure, or Strengthen Your Finances During COVID-19." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists: 
    - Bevin Beaudet, P.E., M.ASCE, President, Bevin A. Beaudet, LLC. 
    - Michael Howell, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE, President, Arrow Consulting Group
    - Maria Lehman, P.E., F.ASCE, VP New York Infrastructure, Parsons Corporation
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  • Thursday @ 3 - Special Edition - Engineering a Culture of Inclusion in the Face of Injustice

    Please join us for this special edition of Thursdays @ 3. This panel will discuss the civil systems that make up civil engineering: the people. We will discuss why racism in this country is something that everyone needs to be working to eliminate; and how people can start that healing process and improve society. 

    On June 10, we’ll discuss  "Engineering a Culture of Inclusion in the Face of Injustice." Bring your questions. 

    Panelists:
    - Quincy Alexander, M.ASCE, Research Civil Engineer at US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. 
    - Yvette E. Pearson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives at Rice University in Houston. 
    - Bobbie Shields, P.E., M.ASCE, Owner and Manager, SHIELB PLLC.  More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Preventing Emotional, Physical, and Mental Burn-out during COVID-19

    With the volatility of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on employees and the workplace, ASCE is organizing a series of virtual roundtables to help civil engineers during this difficult and uncertain time. We’ll bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    On June 4, we’ll discuss  "Preventing Emotional, Physical, and Mental Burn-out during COVID-19." Bring your questions. Get to know each other. Share your expertise.

    Panelists:
    - Chuck Black, P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, S&ME, Inc. 
    - Kyle Gillis, Co-Founder, Iconic Air.
    - Jameelah Ingram, P.E., M.ASCE, Lead Structural Engineering, WSP USA. 
    Erin Steever, P.E. M.ASCE, Project Manager, Banner Associates, Inc.  More
  • Thursday @ 3 - Mentoring and Experiential Learning in a Virtual Environment

    With the volatility of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on employees and the workplace, ASCE is organizing a series of virtual roundtables to help civil engineers during this difficult and uncertain time. We’ll bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics throughout May. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    On May 28, we’ll discuss "Mentoring and Experiential Learning in a Virtual Environment." 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: 
    Brad Aldrich, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE, Senior Associate, Aldrich and Elliott, PC
    - Melissa Fickel, P.E., M.ASCE, Engineer I, Parsons Corporation 
    - Kenneth Fridley, F.ASCE, Professor and Head, The University of Alabama
    - Marsia Geldert-Murphey, P.E., F.ASCE, Chief Operating Officer, Lochmueller Group.  More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Applying Lessons Learned from COVID-19 to Advance Civil Engineering

    With the volatility of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on employees and the workplace, ASCE is organizing a series of virtual roundtables to help civil engineers during this difficult and uncertain time. We’ll bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics throughout April. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    On May 21, we’ll discuss Applying Lessons Learned from COVID-19 to Advance Civil Engineering. 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
    • Mikhail V. Chester, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering, Arizona State University
    • Anali Martinez Gonzalez, E.I.T., A.M.ASCE Civil EIT, MWM DesignGroup
    • David Rankin, P.E., M.ASCE, Senior Vice President, Lane Construction Corporation 
    • James A. Rispoli, P.E., BCEE, NAC, Dist.M.ASCE, Professor of Practice, Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Preparing for the "New Normal" in the Workplace

    With the volatility of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on employees and the workplace, ASCE is organizing a series of virtual roundtables to help civil engineers during this difficult and uncertain time. We’ll bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics throughout May. Every Thursday in May at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    On May 14, we’ll discuss Preparing for the "New Normal" in the Workplace. 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:
          • Brock E. Barry, PE, Ph.D., F.ASCE, Professor, United States Military Academy

          • Carol Martsolf, P.E., PMP, CPLP, LEED AP, M.ASCE, VP/Chief Learning Officer, Urban Engineers

          • Lindsay A. O'Leary, PE, CAE, LEED AP, M.ASCE, Executive Director, ASCE Texas Section 

          • Melvin G. Spinks, P.E., CFM, M.ASCE, President, CivilTech Engineering, Inc.
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  • Thursdays @ 3 - The New COVID-19 Legislative Landscape

    With the volatility of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on employees and the workplace, ASCE is organizing a series of virtual roundtables to help civil engineers during this difficult and uncertain time. We’ll bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics throughout May. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    This roundtable will focus on how the current crisis has impacted the nation’s infrastructure and will provide an opportunity to learn what relief measures have been implemented and what relief measures are still necessary. Speakers will share how state departments of transportation and local water utilities are coping with the new fiscal realities and discuss what Congressional action is needed to help agencies through the immediate crisis.

    Panelists: 

    • Brandye Hendrickson, Deputy Director, AASHTO
    • ASCE At-Large Director Roger Millar, P.E., F.ASCE, Secretary of Transportation, State of Washington
    • ASCE Region 5 Governor Rebecca Shelton, P.E., F.ASCE, Deputy Director, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
    • Kristina Surfus, Managing Director, Government Affairs, National Association of Clean Water Agencies
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  • Thursdays @ 3 - How Civil Engineers Can Help During COVID-19

    With the volatility of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on employees and the workplace, ASCE is organizing a series of virtual roundtables to help civil engineers during this difficult and uncertain time. We’ll bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics throughout April. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    On April 30, we’ll discuss How Civil Engineers Can Help During COVID-19. 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: 
    - Marsha Anderson Bomar, F.ASCE, Assistant General Manager for Capital Program Delivery at MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) 
    - Robert Mora, P.E., PLS, ENV SP, M.ASCE, Managing Partner, BATTURE, LLC. 
    -  Brian Phan, P.E., M.ASCE, Transportation Engineering Associate, Los Angeles Department of Transportation. 
    Luke Royal, ASCE Student Chapter Senior Advisor, UW-Milwaukee Civil Engineering 

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  • Thursdays @ 3 - Leading Teams and Fostering Relationships in a Virtual Environment

    With the volatility of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on employees and the workplace, ASCE is organizing a series of virtual roundtables to help civil engineers during this difficult and uncertain time. We’ll bring together a panel of civil engineering leaders to share insights and answer questions on a variety of topics throughout April. Every Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT, ASCE will host a virtual roundtable on a new topic.

    On April 23, we’ll discuss Leading Teams and Fostering Relationships in a Virtual Environment. 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.

    Agenda:

    • Meet and Greet
    • Each panelist will share insights on the topic
    • Open discussion
    Panelists: 
    • Anthony Fasano, P.E., M.ASCE, Founder of the Engineering Management Institute. 
    • Ken Mika, P.E., M.ASCE, ASCE Region 3 Govenor, Project Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants.
    • Menzer Pehlivan, Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE, Geotechnical Engineer at Jacobs. 
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