In this episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk to Tabitha Lafferre, E.I., an Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology at Fairmont State University about how the ASCE 2020 Report Card for West Virginia’s Infrastructure was a way of connecting engineering students with experienced professionals. Joining Tabitha in the conversation is one of her students, and the president of the ASCE Student Chapter, Lauren Johnson, who also worked on the report card.
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In this episode, which is part of the Civil Engineering Entrepreneurs series, I talk to Brian Smith, P.E., civil engineer and founding partner of Urban Design Partners, about growing a civil engineering firm, but specifically around growing your people.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Brian:
In this episode, I talk to Milos Vasiljevic, PE, Program Manager at HDR, about fostering innovation on major infrastructure projects, and I mean mega projects. Milos has worked on some really interesting projects and will discuss some of the details and benefits of working on these megaprojects.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Milos:
In this episode, which is the first episode in our new Civil Engineering Entrepreneurs series, I talk to Gordon Greene, P.E., of Patel, Greene & Associates about how to effectively measure business growth and the use of standing operating procedures in the business world.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Gordon:
- Why is it important for a company to have a vision or mission statement?
- How do you ensure that the everyday tasks or actions that your people are taking are contributing toward the overall vision?
- What is your philosophy around meetings?
- Does every person in your company have a goal or goals that they are working toward, and are these goals aligned with the vision of the company?
- Are there specific metrics, indicators, or numbers that you use to effectively measure business growth at your company?
- How often do you monitor those metrics and what tools do you use to monitor them?
- What have you found to be the most important indicator in the terms of the health of your civil engineering firm?
- Are the people who work in the company held accountable through key performance indicators and other metrics?
- Does your company emphasize capturing core processes that can be practiced consistently throughout the company?
- As a leader, how do you ensure these processes are captured and practiced consistently across the company and that they are followed by all the employees?
- As the company grows, should you consider stepping away from the project work?
Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About Measuring Business Growth:
In this episode, I talk to Douglas Frost, P.E., a Senior Vice President at Dewberry. Douglas currently serves as the Quality Assurance Manager for the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion, and in this episode I talk to him about this project, which is the largest construction project in Virginia’s history. He also talks about Dewberry’s involvement in the project and discusses some interesting aspects around the project. He even offers an amazing piece of career advice that was given to him by Mr. Sidney Dewberry!
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Douglas:
In this episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast, which is part of our Women in Civil Engineering series, I talk to Danielle Goudreau, a project manager at Collins Engineers, about how she found a cool niche to specialize in and what she is doing to build her expertise in the niche. She also talks about her experience as a woman in civil engineering.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Danielle:
In this episode, I answer a question that I get from civil engineering students almost daily. Should they seek full-time employment immediately after completing their undergraduate studies or go to grad school and pursue a master’s degree? And I promise you, whether you are a student, a project manager, an owner, or a CEO, you will take something out of this episode because I get into the decision-making processes.
Graduate school and professional engineering licensure are invaluable — but, as with any career, it is more a question of timing, and the answer to this question is different for every civil engineering graduate, depending on their situation.
In this episode, I talk to Jeff Peacock, P.E., the President and CEO at Parametrix Inc., about his career journey of becoming a CEO, leading a multidisciplinary civil engineering firm, and the benefits of having multi-disciplines under the same roof.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Jeff:
In this episode, I talk to Melody A. Gonzalez, E.I., a civil engineer at Black & Veatch about how she went from an immigrant single mom to civil engineer, and today is living the American dream. She also talks about work-life balance and the importance that mentors play in your civil engineering career.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Melody:
In this episode, I talk with three guests who are all heavily involved in the ASCE Texas 2021 Infrastructure Report Card. They are Patricia Frayre, P.E., founding principal of Frayre Engineering & Consulting, Griselda Gonzales, P.E., Principal Engineer at The Goodman Corporation, and Mark Boyd, Ph.D., PE, the principal engineer at LCA Environmental. They talk about the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card (IRC), understanding the current status of infrastructure, and why advocacy for the Infrastructure Report Card is so important. They also are a great example of the relationships that you can build by volunteering and getting involved in your community.