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From the Editor: Witnessing Engineering’s Evolution from the 1970s to the 2020s

January 30, 2020 - in Column

It’s the beginning of a new decade, which is a good time to look back and ahead. I had the opportunity to visit with some friends recently; colleagues I worked with at the Indiana Department of Highways back in the 1970s. All of us are retired now and are…

From the Editor: Is the ‘Scary Season’ Over or Just Beginning?

December 9, 2019 - in Articles, Column

I started thinking about my column for this issue when I received an email from Todd Danielson, the editorial director, with the subject line reading:…

From the Editor: It’s Time to Think About More Than Financial Costs

October 11, 2019 - in Articles, Column

As I scanned the Table of Contents for this October 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure, I noticed the article title “Brick Sewer Rehabilitation in…

From the Editor: ‘Smart’ Solutions In Every Issue

August 12, 2019 - in Articles, Column

When I started working as a civil engineer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was in its infancy. The EPA began its work in December 1970, but the procedures and policies didn’t really affect our work for a few years. After they were in place, however,…

From the Editor: The Vocabulary and Eras Change, But Smart Engineering Is Timeless

June 26, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Thousands of words are added to the dictionary every year. Some are “made-up” words added because they’re often used, like “buzzy” or “guac.” Some are old words with new definitions, such as “cloud” and “footprint.” Other words have even…

Final Thoughts: When Did You Choose Your Career?

May 27, 2019 - in Column

Some people have known all their life what their chosen profession would be, perhaps because of a particular skill or because a relative was a successful example. Others may postpone that decision until later in life, perhaps during college, because they’re…

Final Thoughts: Let’s Talk About Our Favorite Projects

April 17, 2019 - in Articles, Column

As I sat at my desk trying to come up with an interesting topic to discuss, I decided to let you, the reader, do a little thinking about your interesting work topics. It’s important to realize the effect projects have on you as well as others, so I’ll…

Final Thoughts: The Reasons for Speed Bumps on the Road and in Life

February 7, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Speed bump—the new term might be speed hump or traffic-calming device. Whatever they’re called, we’ve all come across them. Most of the time, speed bumps have a specific purpose, and they’re usually effective. Speed bumps cause you to slow down and…

Final Thoughts: Project Management Often About ‘Common Sense’

December 16, 2018 - in Articles, Column

I begin this column knowing I may offend some people in project management, because my contention is that project management of engineering projects isn’t that complicated. Project management relies on common sense we all use every day in our lives (with…

Final Thoughts: Which Costumes Have You Worn Throughout Your Engineering Career?

October 5, 2018 - in Articles, Column

It’s Halloween season: the time of year when we get to dress up and act like a different person or character for a day. We can take on another role, different from the role we play at home or at work. I asked my young neighbor what he was going to be for…