ASCE Plot Points Podcast

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Tuesday Jun 06, 2023

With the first ASCE Civil Engineering Student Championships approaching this weekend, June 10-12 at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville, there is an interesting drama playing out with the University of South Alabama concrete canoe team.
Longtime faculty adviser for the South Alabama ASCE student chapter Eric Steward, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, made a promise to his students a decade ago. If a South Alabama student team ever advanced to a Society-wide competition, he said, he’d commemorate the accomplishment with … a tattoo.
Ten years later, South Alabama has made the finals in steel bridge and concrete canoe.
In episode 144 of ASCE Plot Points, Steward discusses the value in ASCE student competitions and how this tattoo promise is going to play out.

Monday May 22, 2023

As noted in a recent Civil Engineering magazine article, the civil engineering industry is still sorting out whether work-from-home arrangements established at the outset of the COVID pandemic remain viable as life moves forward into something like normalcy.
For Christopher Seigel, a civil engineer with Sci-Tek Consultants in Philadelphia, working from home has been a net positive.
In episode 143 of ASCE Plot Points, Seigel discusses all angles of working from home for civil engineers and why he thinks it may simply be the way of the future.

Monday May 01, 2023

This week’s episode of the ASCE Plot Points podcast is the first of what we’re calling Student Sessions. Three ASCE student ambassadors – Alysha Curtis of Fresno State, Peter Yu of the University of Washington, and Evan Brittenham of Western Kentucky University – talk about what thrills them and what intimidates them as they get ready to trade the grad cap for a hardhat.

Monday Apr 17, 2023

ASCE has been publishing its Best Places to Be a Civil Engineer rankings for four years now, based on a combination of salary data, civil engineering job opportunities, and cost of living.
And over that span, the city that has risen the most up the list might surprise you.
It’s a city known for its climate, its beaches, and now its civil engineering.
It’s San Diego, California, and in episode 141 of ASCE Plot Points, Vanessa Eslava, A.M.ASCE, a transportation engineer for T.Y. Lin, talks about what makes her hometown so special.

Monday Mar 27, 2023

Dimitrios Athanasiou, Ph.D., E.I.T., A.M.ASCE, is a senior associate of environmental and earth sciences at Exponent in Bellevue, Washington; he has a Ph.D. from Texas Tech in civil engineering; and he’s the co-chair of the ASCE EWRI Seattle Chapter.
But he began his education with a bachelor’s degree back home in Greece in physics.
So he has an interesting perspective on any comparison between the theoretical and the applied.
In episode 140 of ASCE Plot Points, Athanasiou talks with guest hosts Brianne Duncan and Wendy Cohen of the ASCE EWRI Environmental Health and Water Quality Committee.

Monday Mar 13, 2023

Kevin Brown, P.E., M.ASCE, is a construction services manager at TranSystems in Philadelphia and an adjunct professor at the College of New Jersey.And as he’s entered into the leadership phase of his career, he’s approaching these opportunities with generosity and thoughtfulness.In episode 139 of ASCE Plot Points, Brown outlines his journey from student to teacher and talks about how he's trying to fill gaps for the next generation of civil engineers.

Monday Feb 27, 2023

Infrastructure advocacy takes center stage this week with the ASCE Legislative Fly-In in Washington, D.C.
Sarah Matin, P.E., M.ASCE, Orlando office principal for S&ME and chair of the ASCE Public Policy and Practice Committee, is one of the many ASCE members headed to Capitol Hill this week looking to keep the IIJA momentum going.
In episode 138 of ASCE Plot Points, Matin talks about how IIJA funding is affecting work going on in Florida and what’s next for infrastructure advocacy.

Tuesday Feb 14, 2023

You never know how those engineering skills you develop in your career might translate in other areas of your life.Case in point: Jaffer Almosawy, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE.He’s a project manager for GCW Inc. in Las Vegas, specializing in water and wastewater design.But recently, he’s also become known as ASCE’s Minister of Love.What exactly does that mean?In this special Valentine’s Day episode of ASCE Plot Points, Almosawy explains.

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

Issues of workforce dominate the conversation around civil engineering in 2023.And one of latest workforce trends is the notion of quiet quitting.Jennifer Sloan Ziegler, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, is an engineer and project manager for Cypress Environment and Infrastructure in Jackson, Mississippi, and an ASCE Region 5 governor.In episode 136 of ASCE Plot Points, Ziegler talks about quiet quitting and why she thinks it might be an essential strategy for the modern civil engineer.

Tuesday Jan 10, 2023

Sustainability has come a long way over the course of Antoinette Quagliata's career – from project add-ons to default requirements.
A ​manager of sustainability services for Dewberry, Quagliata, ENV SP, talks on episode 135 of the ASCE Plot Points podcast about the changes she's seen and how current sustainability tools are making her work better than ever.

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