The Emerging Engineer

March 21, 2014

The blast furnaces at the Arcelor Mittal mill in Burns Harbor, Indiana must operate continuously. Restarting a furnace costs approximately $5 million. Three shifts therefore work around the clock feeding the furnaces a diet of…Read More >>

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March 14, 2014

Chances are you’re taking photos a lot of photos, for work… for family… just for fun. Are your photos vibrant, interesting, or provocative? If so, you may have the opportunity to be published in the…Read More >>

February 28, 2014

When speaking with students interested in engineering I emphasize that you don’t need to visualize science like Einstein or love math like Newton. But… Even as a middling student throughout my math and science education,…Read More >>

February 22, 2014

This look at the management/leadership career track builds on last week’s post. Frequent contributor Rachel Cantor Fogarty explores the traits of successful managers and identifies ways that engineers can prepare themselves for future roles. (R….Read More >>

February 15, 2014

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll or lead an engineering firm. Few things substitute hard won experience, but some insight from leaders who have already made the climb…Read More >>

January 22, 2014

A pencil and a piece of paper can go a long way when outlining projects and ideas. But digital tools can contribute to taking a step further into the effective mapping of simple or complex…Read More >>

January 11, 2014

If there is one place where you might expect leadership techniques to be researched and practiced like a science, it would likely be the United States Army. The Generals, by Tom Ricks, reviews the leadership…Read More >>

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December 1, 2013

Touring Denver’s architecture is to study the evolution of architectural styles in the 20th Century. I recently visited Denver to have Thanksgiving dinner with my sister, who has recently relocated for work (recall her post…Read More >>

November 24, 2013

Universities do an adequate job preparing students for the technical aspects of a career in Civil Engineering, but eventually most engineers will be forced to take on a leadership role with little or no training. In…Read More >>

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October 22, 2013

Chicago owes its status among US cities to the railroad. In 1848, the first train chugged along five miles of track bringing two cars of wheat into town. At the time, Chicago had only about…Read More >>