In this episode, we talk to J. G. (Greg) Soules, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., P.Eng, a Senior Principal Structural Engineer and the Technical Authority for Seismic and Wind Engineering for CB&I, about his involvement in the Peachoid Water Tower project, how he received his Ph.D. at 63, and why professional judgment is important as an engineer.
In this episode, we talk to Mary Ellen Bruce Large, P.E., D.GE, Regional Business Development and Client Care Program Manager at Nicholson Construction (formally the Director of Technical Activities for the Deep Foundations Institute) about the value of professional societies. She discuss five great benefits of joining professional societies and how engineers can get and stay involved.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Mary Ellen:
In this episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk to Peter Moore, P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP, F.ASCE, President of Chen Moore and Associates, and official nominee for worldwide ASCE President-Elect in 2021 about his experience over the years being a leader at a very fast-growing civil engineering company. The interesting part about his experience is that he became a part-owner at a very young age. He also discusses his vision as nominee for the ASCE President-Elect 2021.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Peter:
- How do you personally make sure you are working on the right things each day when leading a fast-growing civil engineering company?
- When you have a fast-growing civil engineering company, how do you identify and solve problems?
- How important is it to create and document core processes and practice them consistently across the company?
- How do you build your company culture and carry it through in the company?
- You are a nominee for the ASCE President-Elect in 2021. Can you share with us what your vision is as a nominee?
Here Are The Key Points Discussed in This Episode About Leading a Fast-Growing Civil Engineering Company:
In this episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk to Maria Lehman, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, the Director of U.S. Infrastructure at GHD, and an official nominee for the worldwide ASCE President-Elect 2021. Maria will be talking about America’s infrastructure, the ASCE Report Card, the needs of the civil engineering profession, and how civil engineers need to lead the system of systems.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Maria Lehman on How Civil Engineers Need to Lead the System of Systems:
- The American Society of Civil Engineers unveiled their 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure on March 3rd. Can you share with us some of the results and grades that were given to the different sectors?
- The Failure to Act: Economic Impacts of Status Quo Investment Across Infrastructure Systems quantifies how the persistent failure to invest in our aging infrastructure impacts the economy. Can you share some of its findings and how it affects the cost to families when we don’t invest in infrastructure?
- How do you successfully deliver mega-projects?
- How would you say civil engineers need to lead the system of systems?
- Do you have any advice for civil engineers out there who are planning to get involved with mega-projects, or who are considering pursuing a career similar to yours?
- You are a nominee for the ASCE President-Elect 2021. Can you share with us what your vision is as a nominee?
Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About Leading the Systems of Systems:
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.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Our Guests:
In this episode, we talk to Jennifer Traut-Todaro. SE, LEED AP, a senior engineer at the American Institute of Steel Construction about equity in the AEC world. She expands on some of the challenges faced in the office environment and in the trades and how you can become more involved in the AEC Industry.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Jennifer:
In this episode of The Structural Engineering Channel Podcast, we talk to Drew Dudley, P.E., SE, Vice President at Dudley Dunham Engineering and a lecturer at Texas A&M University, about the state of structural engineering and higher education.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Drew in This Episode:
- The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) formed a committee for the reform of structural engineering education. What is it and what is it focused on?
- Are there any measures or actions that the committee is taking to change the masters course to a more practical course, rather than a research course?
- Do you think that the 20-year plan is on track, as it is already 40% into the duration of the plan?
- Is it better to do a co-op with one company or multiple internships with several companies?
- Do you have any tips for students who are looking for co-ops or internships?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Structural Engineering in Higher Education:
In this episode of The Geotechnical Engineering Podcast, we talk to Dr. Samuel Clemence, a professor at Syracuse University about his role as professor at the university and the things he does to help geotechnical engineers and students succeed. He provides some great tips on how engineers can stay technically sharp, especially during these uncertain times we live in.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Dr. Samuel Clemence in This Episode:
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Angie Fante in This Episode:
- You developed a structural engineering city walking tour app; can you tell us what it is?
- Is the app specific to St. Louis or can people use it in other areas?
- Are there any specific site visits in St. Louis that you can name?
- What is it that you wish to see come out of this tour when people experience it?
- How can our listeners attend the tour?
- How much time did it take you to develop the app and what was the process like?
- Can anyone contribute to the app, and is this how it will get implemented in other cities?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About the Structural Engineering City Walking Tour App
In this episode, we focus on a topic that is on everyone’s minds — the coronavirus and how it should be a wake-up call to civil engineers. And we’re discussing this with Michael Paddock, PE, PS, a licensed civil engineer and surveyor. Twenty years ago, Mike was told he had three to six months to live and since then, through Engineers Without Borders (EWB), he’s helped to grow communities around the world. He also talks about his work managing mega civil engineering projects, and the one thing you must be able to handle to do so.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Michael:
- Can you tell us about how you went from civil engineering to dedicating your time to Engineers Without Borders?
- How old were you when you got the news about your stage 4 cancer?
- When you get this news from the doctor, how did you proceed over the coming months?
- You recently wrote an article for ASCE entitled, “Coronavirus a Wake-Up Call for Civil Engineers.” Can you tell us about the article?
- How did you find out about EWB and what moved you towards them?
- EWB is a membership organization. Could you please explain to us how it works?
- Did finding out that you had cancer change your life philosophy?
- What is it like to manage mega-projects?
- What are some of the skills needed to be able to work on mega-projects?
- In terms of getting good at managing mega-projects, is on the job experience the main way to get good?