The Leadership Imperative

November 19, 2015

Leaders must step up and make their marks in a multitude of contexts, yet your organization’s office layout might not come to mind when creating a vision for improved employee performance. Think again. Workplaces have widely varying…Read More >>

September 8, 2015

My purposes in writing this blog are threefold: introduce the recently released Engineering Competency Model, describe some of its immediate uses in engineering education and practice, and consider some of its long-term implications in relation…Read More >>

June 11, 2015

Informed by my education and practice experience, I know that many engineers participate in the visual and performing arts. For example, while working as an engineering dean, my office collected and analyzed campus student activities…Read More >>

May 7, 2015

This letter, from a father to a son, was written by professional engineer Bob Breeze upon his son’s graduation as a mechanical engineer. The letter was published in a collection entitled, Letters to Young Engineers,…Read More >>

April 23, 2015

Globalization, developments in technology, and new business models are changing the way products and services are conceived, designed, produced, and distributed around the world. These forces are also transforming work and operations in manufacturing. Increasingly,…Read More >>

January 22, 2015

Are you a multitasker? Do you, like a grasshopper, jump from task to task? You text, email, tweet, Google, blog, and talk – and all that in just the last few minutes! You are certainly…Read More >>

January 1, 2015

Today, Thomas W. Smith III, ENV SP, CAE, M.ASCE, becomes executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers. A dedicated ASCE member for more than 25 years, he has been the Society’s deputy executive…Read More >>

Pat Natale discusses leadership lessons with Casey Dinges.
December 12, 2014

After a long and successful career in both the public and nonprofit sectors, executive director Pat Natale will be retiring at the end of this month. Before he leaves the Society where he has served…Read More >>

November 21, 2014

My earlier post in “The Leadership Imperative” considered the fact that many of the challenges facing civil engineering in the 21st century are “back to the future,” in the sense that today’s civil engineer increasingly…Read More >>

November 3, 2014

My previous post, “Why the Push-Back on Creativity?” suggested that we as engineers could work smarter and be more creative and innovative if we learned and applied brain basics. I asked for help in understanding…Read More >>