Archives for February 2015

Mentoring students, providing clean water in Panama

A dug-out canoe used in Isla Popa, Panama, for local transport between islands and mainland. In mid-November 2014, Carsten Floess — a geotechnical engineer with AECOM and an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York — sent out an email requesting volunteer travel mentors for the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter […]

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What do planners actually do? And why do we need them?

A concept design for a medium-rise residential development located at Gilberton, South Australia, prepared by architect Tectvs. Olivia Franco was recently awarded the 2014 South Australian Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Award for “Outstanding Achievement by a Young Planner.” She was recognized for her demonstrated leadership within the planning industry and skills in strategic and […]

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Innovation — How to make the magic happen

If you type the word “innovation” into Google, you will get more than 407 million Web page results. Fortunately, if you type “definition of innovation,” your results are much less — only 235 million results. With these two search terms alone generating such a variety of views and definitions, is it any wonder most people […]

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Award-winning environmental practitioner shares three tips for new consultants

Zara Marais recently received the 2014 Tor Hundloe Award for “Young Environmental Practitioner of the Year,“ which is awarded by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) for outstanding contributions to the environment profession by a young practitioner. Like many graduates, I left university with slight apprehension and a handful of vague ideas […]

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Driving my passion for transportation engineering and safety

France Campbell was recently named to Engineering News Record’s “Top 20 under 40,” an awards program that honors and celebrates talented, up-and-coming industry leaders. I am lucky and blessed to be passionate about my career as a traffic and intelligent transportation systems engineer, professional development, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy and safety, and my community. Ever since I […]

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A moral compass to engineering

Engineers are to uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of their profession. They are expected to serve competently, collaboratively and ethically while enhancing the global quality of life. All of us have our own individual moral compasses that we may need to fine tune once in a while as we evolve as individuals […]

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Changing perceptions of ethics in the CIS

International businesses, particularly those in the Western world, tend to have a preconceived idea that the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region as a whole is highly corrupt. While this may have been the case in the past — and something that is openly acknowledged by many governments in the region — there is a […]

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