Welcome to This Week in Civil Engineering (TWiCE), the first weekly audio and video podcast covering weekly news stories and events related to civil engineering and its sub-disciplines. In this week’s episode, we provide you with the latest news in the Civil Engineering industry including covering how manufacturers are tackling concrete’s carbon footprint problems by reformulating cement with similar-behaving materials that inherently generate less carbon dioxide than the ones used in traditional manufacturing methods.
Having a healthy work-life balance is a difficult challenge even in the best of times, but it is becoming more and more necessary during these times of economic stagnation and uncertainty. That is why, in this week’s episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast, Ken Mika, P.E. M.ASCE, a project engineer and office leader for Geosyntec’s Green Bay, Wisconsin office will provide some great work-life balance strategies that you can use to help you along the way.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Ken:
In this episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk to Maysill Pascal, P.E., Regional Senior Engineer and Sales Manager at USW, a MENARD Group USA Company. We talk about her career journey and her traveling around the globe, and how that has helped her career, but also how she has dealt with it emotionally. She then also talks about the importance of pursuing your dreams by getting out there and doing what you always wanted to do.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Maysill Pascal:
In episode 144 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk to Jennifer Goodman, writer and editor at Construction Dive, about how the coronavirus crisis has changed commercial construction and what the general outlook will be for the rest of the year and beyond.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Jennifer Goodman of Construction Dive:
In this episode, I talk to Jonathan Hard, CEO and President of H2L Solutions, Inc. (H2L). H2L specializes in cyber and information assurance and provides cybersecurity solutions for government and commercial customers. Jonathan talks about cybersecurity, both what individual engineers can do to protect themselves in the world of homeworking and what engineering companies need to consider, and why the company should be working with the United States government.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Jonathan Hard:
- What are some of the key cybersecurity things that homeworkers should be thinking about?
- Are there any other actions that an individual may want to be thinking about to strengthen their home cybersecurity systems beyond a VPN?
- Are there things that company managers need to be thinking about with regard to additional items or activities to make sure that their staff is up to scratch with cybersecurity?
- Can you explain what the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program is?
- As we look to the future, where do you see the IT industry going with regard to homeworking, businesses, and what you think the new normal is going to look like?
- How can people get connected with you and learn more about what you and your company are doing?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Cybersecurity:
In this episode, I talk with Andy Platz, PE, who is the CEO and President at Mead & Hunt. Andy talks about his career journey of how he went from being a fresh graduate to a CEO of a company. He provides some great crisis management tips to civil engineers and also gives very actionable advice to civil engineers aspiring to become leaders in the field. Andy also talks about how he and other leaders at Mead & Hunt are leading their firm through this COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Andy:
- Can you please tell us about your career progression as a civil engineer?
- As a leader of a civil engineering company, how do you manage crisis management at your firm?
- How has your staff responded to this time?
- How does one be prepared for something like this pandemic?
- Was being the CEO a career goal that you had early on in your career?
- Are there any skills and characteristics that you find in a lot of civil engineering leaders that allow them to be in leadership roles?
- What is your philosophy on social media and how an engineer and engineering firm should utilize it?
- How do you think being an ESOP (or having employee owners) impacts the culture of a company?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Crisis Management and Becoming Confident Leaders:
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?
Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About the Coronavirus and How We as Civil Engineers Can Make an Impact
In episode 133 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk to civil engineer Miranda Patton, a business development director at MNS Engineers. We talk about growing the engineering workforce, women in leadership, community services, STEM education, and the future of public infrastructure in America.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Miranda:
- What made you move from the public sector to the private sector?
- How did you end up getting involved in business development?
- What are some of the things that civil engineers can do ahead of time when it comes to getting a project funded?
- What are some action steps that civil engineers can take to get involved in community services and committees?
- Could you share some thoughts around growing the engineering workforce?
- What advice can you give young women in civil engineering who are looking to become a leader in their field?
Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About Focusing on People and Community Services as a Civil Engineer:
In episode 125 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, which is our second episode in our Women in Civil Engineering series, I will be talking to Mary Lang, P.E., P.P., LEED GA, who is a principal at Yu & Associates. Mary will discuss design build and what civil engineers should know about this delivery process, which while it has been around for a while, continues to become more and more popular.
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Mary:
- What advice can you give some of the younger female engineers out there?
- Tell us about the time you took a break in your career to raise your children?
- What is Design Build?
- What are the benefits and risks of using this delivery process from the engineer’s perspective?
- Do you see Design Build becoming more popular moving forward?
Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About Design Build:
In episode 120 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, you are going to hear interviews from my recent visit to the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Structures Congress. The interviews will cover both technical and professional development topics related to civil and structural engineering as well as personal development including effective communication skills for engineers.