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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…

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…

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?…

From the Editor: We Need to Better Promote the Heroes of Engineering: Us

March 24, 2023 - in Articles, Column

Throughout my career, I have been asked countless times about what exactly I do as a civil engineer. Some people ask just to be polite, but most legitimately didn’t know what a civil engineer does. It seems that we, as engineers, have not done as good…

From the Editor: An Engineer’s Career Path Can Take Many Turns

February 2, 2023 - in Articles, Column

I’ve had enough time by now to get used to writing 2023 wherever a date is required. I’ve also had enough time to stop thinking about what could have been better last year and how this year could be an improvement. I often try to look ahead and think…

From the Editor: When the Going Gets Tough, the Engineers Get To Work

November 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I was having a difficult time narrowing down a topic for my column this issue; there seem to be so many things happening at the same time. So rather than struggle with one topic (and adding words to fill the page), I decided to mention of few of the “many…