Ken Maschke
Ken Maschke

Ken is structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in Chicago, specializing in forensic engineering and designing building renovations. Long-time readers of this blog have followed Ken’s career path from entry level to manager, with stops in Denmark and France. He is also an adjunct professor in the Masters of Architecture program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches structural engineering to aspiring architects. Ken believes that sharing his personal experiences will entertain and enlighten emerging leaders in civil engineering.

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Empire State Building, New York. By Lamb and Johnson
June 21, 2015

From the construction of the first steel framed high rise building in Chicago in 1885 to the Empire State Building in 1931, 10 towers held for some time the distinction as world’s tallest. Then it...
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Turning Torso, Malmo, Sweeden. By Santiago Calatrava
June 7, 2015

Some recently proposed skyscraper designs seem to feature more twists, turns, and curves than historic buildings. Does this represent a natural progression in design, adopting more naturalistic...
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May 9, 2015

I believe it’s fair to compare the relative skill difference between a graduating civil engineer and a 10-year PE (or SE) with the difference between a tennis hobbyist and a pro. The hobbyist and...
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April 20, 2015

The Highline offers a soul charging experience for walkers through the Chelsea and the West Village. An old elevated train line was converted into a public park and walking thoroughfare. Simple as...
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March 10, 2015

Civil engineering is a uniquely broad field. Should CEE curriculum eschew the broad basis for more coursework in discipline? My position has evolved. This past week students from the University of...
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January 1, 2015

Shh! Don't tell my clients, but I split my effort on about 35 projects in 2014. They've ranged in scope and complexity. Not a single one involved a stadium or a high rise - the types of structures my...
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December 10, 2014

Authorities from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Stephen Hawking have forewarned us of the dangers of intelligent machines. Yet we persist in further integrating computers in our life. Debating the role of...
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December 3, 2014

I recently finished reading Nate Silver's excellent 2012 book titled, The Signal and the Noise:Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don't. The book is a must read for aspiring statisticians and...
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Ken Maschke performs "I Love Rock 'N Roll" with the Thornton Tomasetti house band
November 6, 2014

ASCE is offering a $5,000 grand prize for the 2014 Music Video Contest for Students and Younger Members (payable to your Student or Younger Member Group). All you need to do is perform and record a...
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October 14, 2014

Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime! (Bill Owen) That’s a little harsh. Beer is one of the oldest prepared beverages and may have been instrumental in the...
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