#CoolJobs: Light links everything

When I was young, my family took me to a local theatre in Chongqing, China. I remember feeling this incredible sense of wonder at the shapes of the shadows and illumination onstage, sparking my interest in light. That spark grew, and led me to study architecture at Chongqing University before earning my master’s degree in […]

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2015 Excellence Awards: Alaska LNG — Fueling the future of the last frontier

If you’ve ever seen an archaeologist describe how she felt when her team discovered a new cultural site, or a paleontologist recount his thrill over finding a fossilized footprint, you know the passion that field scientists have for their work. It’s inspirational and infectious, and it reminds me why I went into science all those […]

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#SafetyforLife: Are we at risk? Discussing best practices in risk assessment

Galen Cooter was recently recognized by the National Safety Council (NSC) as a “future leader dedicated to making workplaces safer.” He has been honored among a prestigious group of his peers — young safety professionals that work for our clients and industry partners — as part of the NSC’s 2015 Class of Rising Stars of […]

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Why ethics training?

Organizations often face a challenge motivating employees to take ethics training seriously. As the old adage goes, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” It’s one thing to be recognized for developing an engaging, interactive training program, but it’s another thing to attract the attention of busy employees and […]

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Those guys who sank the Australian Navy!

Somehow, I pictured my first boat race differently. I would have thought that in order to race a boat you needed a Ralph Lauren polo shirt, and teeth straight out of a Colgate commercial. I would have also guessed that the occasion came with complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and the light of the sun […]

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#WomenExcel: Are you aware of your unconscious bias?

Early in my career as a mechanical engineer, I was counseled on how to speak and how to dress. As a woman, you adapted by downplaying your differences such as your appearance. So you did silly things like wear closed-toe shoes, style your hair in a bun, and only wear black or navy blue. Although […]

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The elements of a strong quality management culture

Professionals don’t willingly make errors; they are the result of complacency, lack of training and a weak quality culture. Further to that point, quality doesn’t just happen; it takes an investment of time, resources and energy. And the costs of not embracing a strong quality culture are many. I recently noticed a tree trimmer who […]

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A few walls of fresh paint — and countless memories

I recently participated in the first and largest corporate social responsibility (CSR) event to date for AECOM’s office in Istanbul, Turkey, which included 15 employees renovating the basement of the Bahcelievler Orphanage. And I can tell you that this event has made a large impact on my life. Many of the children placed in the […]

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