Professional and Career Topics

Latest Discussion Posts

  • The article "Why your 'personal infrastructure' decisions actually do affect the climate" in the October 13 ASCE Source caught my attention. Whether you buy into climate change or not the world I think being more deliberate about personal decisions can ...

  • Hello Ms. Le, Thank you for your suggestion. I didn't know this existed and will see if similar programs exist elsewhere. ------------------------------ Valerie Gilbert EI, EIT, A.M.ASCE Columbus OH ------------------------------

  • That's a really interesting question. I'm not aware of a report on this specifically, but would love to know if one exists. I did want to mention ASCE published the 2021 Salary Survey this week. You may be interested in a brief summary here . ​ ------------------------------ ...

  • Interesting thoughts all around!  Does human communication solve problems or create them?  Communications can often be a pitfall.  And yet, it is continued communication that is required in order to progress and overcome.  It is only when we give up that ...

  • In high school, I was in video production and producing a short film on cars.  My friend and I took the camera to the overpass, so that we could film cars on the highway.  The police rolled up and said they had reports of teenagers throwing rocks off ...

  • I was having a conversation about interactions with the public as a civil engineer and I thought I'd bring that here to share. I was a junior in college taking my 1st transportation class.  The project involved visiting a bank and counting the number ...

  • Dean, thanks for even more evidence of the frustration of working with people, given our misunderstanding of "How to play nice with others." Moving towards attempts to substitute people's interactions with computer-mechanized tools may seem attractive. ...

    1 person likes this.
  • It has been my experience lately with engineers and positions is that some company's are wanting to pay very low wages for a lot of experience. And- a lot of inexperienced engineers think they are worth more than they really are. You cannot expect a licensed ...

  • Hi Ms. Gilbert, There's a program called "Career Reboot Program" by CDM Smith. You can find it on their company page or here: Oanh ------------------------------ Oanh "Wan" Le, A.M.ASCE (She/Her) ...

  • We are experiencing trouble recruiting qualified engineers to fill vacant positions which I'm hearing is not an exclusive problem.  Is anyone aware of national data that compares the current retirement rate of Baby Boomers to the rate of Gen Z engineer ...


  • Thursdays @ 3 - Delivering, Receiving, and Incorporating Feedback to Elevate Performance

    On October 21, we’ll discuss "Delivering, Receiving, and Incorporating Feedback to Elevate Performance." Bring your questions. I hope you can join us!  More
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Identifying, evaluating, and mitigating productivity loss impacts on projects

    On September 16, we’ll discuss "Identifying, evaluating, and mitigating productivity loss impacts on projects." Bring your questions. 

      • John Ciccarelli, P.E., M.ASCE, Director at J.S. Held LLC
      • Joe Hellenbrand, P.E., PSP, M.ASCE, Senior Consultant at Capital Project Management, Inc.
      • Scott Jennings, P.E., M.ASCE, President at SJ Construction Consulting, LLC
      • Harold McKittrick, P.E., F.ASCE, 
      • Jane Rozga, Business Group Leader and Service Line Leader at GHD
  • Thursdays @ 3 - Choosing the right engineering discipline as an undergraduate student

    On August 19, we’ll discuss "Choosing the right engineering discipline as an undergraduate student." 

    We have an awesome team of panelists! I hope you can join us! 


      • Nancy Ingabire Abayo, Graduate Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University
      • Elizabeth Fassman-Beck, Ph.D, M.ASCE, Principal Engineer, Southern California Coastal Water Research
      • Alborz Fathinezhad, Graduate Research Assistant, Louisiana State University
      • Mathew Picardal, P.E., M.ASCE, Structural Project Manager, DCI Engineers
      • Laurence R. Rilett, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE., Director, Auburn University Transportation Research Institute
      • Michael Schubert, EIT, A.M.ASCE Project Supervisor, Arizona Department of Transportation
  • 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! 


    • 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
  • 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! 


    • 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

    If you have any issues receiving emails you can ask your IT team to allowlist the following: 


    If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] More
  • 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.


    • 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
  • 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.


    • 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
  • 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.

    - 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! 


    - 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.


    - 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.

    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.


    - 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

Community Blogs

  • Happy October! I hope your fall is off to a great start I'm personally looking forward to Halloween and fall festivities. I wanted to share some of the most popular ASCE Collaborate discussions with you "In Case You Missed It" (ICYMI). You can find the ...

  • Happy September! I hope you are ready for the fall! 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 ...