The Emerging Engineer

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 planned…Read More >>

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 asking around…Read More >>

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 sell their goods and…Read More >>

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…Read More >>

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 more serious than the Chinese Zodiac – kudos…Read More >>

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 original world headquarters. In…Read More >>

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 over 5 million residents…Read More >>

June 24, 2014

The large stock of high rise buildings built during the 60s and 70s are nearing their planned retirement. Many would argue that these buildings have many good years ahead and that the notion of a…Read More >>

June 4, 2014

There’s probably no confusing your graduate curriculum with finishing school but a few hours of study on office etiquette might be the best spent time for a successful career. Office managers, colleagues, and clients will…Read More >>

USS Constitution
May 29, 2014

Batten the hatches! Roll out the cannon! Swab, load, fire! The sailors on the USS Constitution, a.k.a. Old Ironsides, could shoot at roughly twice the rate of her British counterparts. Combined with the strongest hull…Read More >>