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From the Ediror: New Engineers Will be Creating the ‘Infrastructure of the Future’

June 4, 2024 - in Articles, Column

I recently attended the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Indiana Chapter Annual Meeting in Carmel, Ind. I went to accompany some of the senior students at Valparaiso University who participated in the Senior Project Presentation competition. Engineering…

From The Editor: Smart Engineering Requires Thinking Without Constraint

May 9, 2024 - in Articles, Column

The month of May brings many things I enjoy, including the “Smart Engineering” issue of Informed Infrastructure. Each year when this issue is…

From The Editor: A Different Type of Solar Harvesting in the Fields

April 9, 2024 - in Articles, Column

Driving through rural Starke County, Ind., in various seasons will provide visitors a varied image of this part of the state. In late February, the…

From the Editor: Looking Into the 2023 Rearview Mirror

February 1, 2024 - in Articles, Column

We experienced some major events in 2023—some exceptionally good and others rather distressing. This review is a somewhat personal look at some of the positive developments and accomplishments, especially in the world of infrastructure and events that…

From the Editor: We Need to Rapidly Replenish the Engineering Workforce

November 30, 2023 - in Articles, Column

In 1971, the year I was starting my career, the job market for civil engineers wasn’t very strong. I received one job offer and many letters stating the employer would keep my resume on file in case anything should turn up. Most of my colleagues from that…

From the Editor: What Should We Do With Spaces Along Highways?

October 5, 2023 - in Articles, Column

Environment California recently performed a study about using space along highways for solar-panel fields. California has been a leader in solar-energy production, and this report states that three counties could provide enough energy to power 270,000…

From the Editor: What Does Sustainable Engineering Mean to Me?

September 7, 2023 - in Articles, Column

It’s September, which means it’s time for the Informed Infrastructure Sustainable Engineering Special Issue. This is the third year a special issue has focused on engineering projects and research related to sustainability, which plays an important…

From the Editor: Three Stories From My Personal ‘Infrastructure News Network’

August 3, 2023 - in Articles, Column

This August 2023 column highlights three infrastructure topics I find interesting on personal and professional levels. Headline News: The Bridge Collapse There have been many articles written about the bridge on I-95 in Philadelphia, where a tanker truck…

From the Editor: Learning Is a Lifelong Endeavor

June 5, 2023 - in Articles, Column

I look forward to this time of year for many reasons. Of course, the warmer weather is one of my favorites. New spring growth changes the landscape every day. The farmers are in the fields planting their crops for the year. This also is the time of increased…

From the Editor: No Surprise, but Engineering Gets ‘Smarter’ Every Year

May 5, 2023 - in Articles, Column

In this annual Smart Engineering issue of Informed Infrastructure, you will read about great new ideas and products that are not only more efficient and economical, but also better for our environment. Isn’t this the definition of a win-win-win proposition?…