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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…

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…

From the Editor: It’s Time To Get Back to School (And That’s a Good Thing)

September 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

This time of year always brings mixed emotions. I’m definitely a summer person and have a difficult time realizing summer is about to end. But it’s also the start of another school year, which is still an exciting time of year for me. I’m almost…

From the Editor: A Travelog from a Summer EV Road Trip

August 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

This issue of Informed Infrastructure is focused on Sustainable Engineering. As I write this column, there’s news about the U.S. Senate passing a climate, tax and healthcare package. While there are many details to be worked out, it’s encouraging…

From the Editor: Will Politics Erode Infrastructure Standards?

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

My wife and I are planning a road trip from the Midwest to the East Coast. Since we now own an electric vehicle that comes with free charging at certain stations, our road trip will have zero emissions and no fuel costs. Some things are taken for granted…

From the Editor: Message to Graduates (and All Engineers): Go Out and Do Good

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I was pleased to attend the annual meeting of the Indiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which included a competition among college students who presented their senior design projects to an audience and a panel of judges. The senior civil…

From the Editor: Finally, No More ‘Kicking the Infrastructure Can’ to Future Generations

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I was about halfway through reading the April 2022 issue of Informed Infrastructure when I realized that, besides the obvious choices of “the” and “and,” one of the most-used words was “infrastructure.” It’s even on the cover—twice.…

From the Editor: The Future (of Engineering At Least) Seems To Be In Good Hands

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

If you’ve read this column before, you know I teach senior civil engineering college students in their Senior Project Design class. These students are only months away from graduation and the start of their careers, so while they’re relieved to be close…

From the Editor: Engineers’ Concerns Have Only Multiplied Since the Pandemic

January 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Two years ago, I asked the following question in the February 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure: “How will engineers respond to alternative energy sources, global warming, dwindling water supplies, deteriorating infrastructure and any number…