The Emerging Engineer

Dymaxion House at Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Detroit
October 27, 2015

New technologies are fueling a wave of innovation in building design and construction. But are these really break-through technologies that will have lasting affect on the shelters in which we live and work? New materials…Read More >>

September 29, 2015

The new revelation that Volkswagen has been cheating on their emissions tests really irks me. It seems this is just the latest in a history of automobile manufacturers risking public welfare and skirting laws. Often…Read More >>

September 8, 2015

It’s the night of a premiere – a star-studded event. A candy-apple-red Saleen S7 pulls up. The scissor doors open slowly, and a gentleman wearing a fine Italian cut tuxedo emerges. He tosses the keys…Read More >>

August 14, 2015

You don’t need to be a math wiz to be an engineer. If you passed calculus with a C, congrats! You have met the bar. Now sell back those math books, because there’s a good…Read More >>

July 27, 2015

It would be hypocritical of me to advise patience in career advancement. Recently, however, I’ve developed a little bit of perspective by watching the Tour de France. It occurred to me that the race has…Read More >>

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…Read More >>

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 designs to maximize efficiency, or is it just…Read More >>

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 student…Read More >>

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 the concept seems,…Read More >>

March 23, 2015

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin There is value in mentoring relationships both for mentees and mentors. Throughout your career, you will…Read More >>