In this episode of The Geotechnical Engineering Podcast, we talk to Dr. Kancheepuram N. Gunalan (Guna), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2020 National President and Senior Vice President at AECOM about his career in the geotechnical field, his time as ASCE president, and why he thinks geotechnical engineering is critical to the future of the built world.
American Society of Civil Engineers
In episode 105 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I speak with Lindsay O’Leary, PE, LEED AP about her career path from a civil engineer to now working full-time as the Executive Director for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Texas Section where she is helping civil engineers to achieve success on a daily basis.
Here are some of the questions I ask Lindsay about how she went from being a civil engineer to helping civil engineers on a daily basis:
- How did you go from being a civil engineer to Executive Director for the ASCE Texas Section?
- Do you think you would be able to do this job successfully if you weren’t a civil engineer?
- What are some of the challenges the organization is facing that you have to deal with?
- What were you dealing during the Hurricane Harvey disaster?
Here are some key points discussed in this episode:
Engineering Management Institute (EMI) President Anthony Fasano, P.E. was recently featured in an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Interchange Video entitled From Civil Engineer to Manager. ASCE Interchange is a multi-part series of educational videos on important issues in the engineering community produced by ASCE.
In each monthly 6- to 7-minute segment, Casey Dinges, ASCE’s senior managing director of public affairs, membership, and marketing, engages experts and other leading voices in interviews from the studios of LAI Video in Washington, DC.
Here is Fasano’s full October 2018 ASCE Interchange video…
In this video Fasano answers the following questions:
- Civil engineers at most firms, usually early in their careers, must decide whether they want to take the technical path or the management path. How does an engineer decide or know which way they should go?
- If the civil engineer has decided they want to take the management path, what are some ways the engineer can show their boss they are ready to manage?
- What skills do you think a civil engineer must have to be a manager? Of those, which three skill do you think are the most important?
- If they don’t have these skills, how can they develop these skills?
- What’s the difference between a manager and a leader?
- Are there any good books or podcasts you’d recommend that provide more insight into managing?
This is Fasano’s second ASCE Interchange Video. His first, which published in January of 2016 here, covered recruiting and hiring trends in civil engineering and has had over 11,000 views to date.
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The Involvement of Civil Engineers in Legislation
In episode 069 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Daniel Loscalzo, PE, LEED AP, a young civil engineer about the involvement of civil engineers in legislation. Civil engineers in legislation is something we hear about much more often these days, which is a very good thing.
Here are some of the questions I ask:
- What has been the historical role of civil engineers in legislation?
- What programs are available to for civil engineers to stay in touch with politicians?
- Are there other programs like ASCE’s key contact program that are representing engineers in political discussion?
- Why is it so important to have discussions with politicians?
- What are some things that you have learned from conversing with politicians?
- What would your advice be for engineers who would like to become more involved in politics? Do you have to specifically be part of a specific party to make an impact on the political conversation?
- Do you feel that there is an ethical element to engineers working in politics?