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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The Emerging Engineer

fermenting
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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golden gate bridge 1
October 7, 2014

If you have a second day to explore San Francisco, hop in a vehicle and get to the Golden Gate Bridge. Actually, I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't visit on day number one. The Golden Gate Bridge...
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IMG_3778
September 29, 2014

A few weeks ago I attended a meeting in downtown San Francisco. Of course I was pleased to participate in the meeting, but I was equally interested in visiting San Francisco for the first time. A...
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September 20, 2014

Four deadlines, two vacations, and one business trip to San Francisco makes for one hectic week. It was a perfect storm that might have seemed avoidable. Two key members of my team had actually...
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market sector pie charg
September 2, 2014

I prefer to collect as much information as possible before making plans and decisions. Most engineers are data fiends when it comes to their technical projects. I was surprised then when I started...
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new grain elevator
August 25, 2014

Chicago’s city elders once resisted the establishment of train routes to service regional farmers. They feared that the local economy would collapse if the farmers didn’t travel to the city to...
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August 7, 2014

The most dreaded transition in most engineers’ careers is bearing down on me - soon I will be equally responsible for bringing in work as in executing projects. The two roles seem at odds in many...
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July 22, 2014

Identifying and responding appropriately to the different personality types of colleagues and clients is important as your career advances. Initially I viewed personality assessments as one half-step...
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Sears Tower
July 9, 2014

Approximately 1.5 million tourists visit the Willis Tower Skydeck each year. Few of them will glimpse the original Sears tower. The North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago was once home to Sears...
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Jardine water purification plant, bottom left
July 2, 2014

Adjacent to Chicago's Navy Pier, the Jardine water purification plant is the largest capacity water filtration plant in the world. It delivers almost a billion gallons of potable water daily, serving...
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