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Episode 158: Travis St. Louis and Michael Palmer, on why the future is modular
Travis St. Louis and Michael Palmer are evangelists of sorts for modular construction and design.
Each took their backgrounds in architectural engineering and moved into the modular construction practice from different angles – St. Louis on more of the civil engineering side as an enclosure engineer and associate principal for Simpson, Gumpertz, and Heger based in Oakland, California; and Palmer more on the business side as head of strategy and real estate for the Volumetric Building Companies, headquartered in Philadelphia.
In episode 158 of ASCE Plot Points, St. Louis and Palmer discuss all things modular, and why it might be the future of construction.
Episode 157: Alyssa Sooklal, on avoiding the trap of competing with other women in the civil engineering workplace
Alyssa Sooklal, P.E., M.ASCE, has accomplished a lot early in her career.
She works as a water resources engineer for McCormick Taylor in Baltimore, and serves as president of ASCE’s Maryland Younger Members Group.
But it hasn’t come without moments of frustration or insecurity.
Office politics are a real thing, especially when you’re a woman in the civil engineering industry – and especially if you’re a woman sensing competition with other women in your industry.
It’s not always easy to navigate.
In episode 157 of ASCE Plot Points, Sooklal discusses how she’s worked to avoid those situations and focused on building partnerships not rivalries.
Episode 156: Ravi Shah, on if it’s possible to achieve a perfect work-life balance as a parent and civil engineer
Can you be a good parent and a good engineer at the same time?
Ravi Shah thinks so. Or at least he’s trying his best to do both.
Shah is a longtime active ASCE member in Orange County, California, where also works as a senior project manager for Mark Thomas.
And more recently, he’s a father.
In episode 156 of ASCE Plot Points, Ravi Shah talks about work-life balance and what he’s learned about juggling priorities.
Episode 155: Rebecca Neilon, on winning the grant to help fund your project
Even in this era of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding, every project can use more money.
It’s why grant writing is such a valuable skill in the world of civil engineering.
Rebecca Neilon is a senior transportation engineer in Dewberry’s Sacramento office.
And over the years she has developed a reputation of sorts as a go-to for grant writing. She has proven herself as someone who delivers the goods – she writes proposals and she wins grants.
In episode 155 of ASCE Plot Points, Rebecca Neilon outlines the skills it takes to consistently win grants to help fund your project.
Episode 154: What civil engineers are thankful for this year
In episode 154 of ASCE Plot Points, we celebrate the season of gratitude by hearing what civil engineers are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Episode 153: Shofiq Ahmed, on the great civil engineering balancing act
Shofiq Ahmed was a 2023 ASCE New Face of Civil Engineering honoree.
So it’s clear that the traffic engineer for HDR, born in Bangladesh and now based outside Washington, DC, has made quite a name for himself.
But it hasn’t always been easy.
In episode 153 of ASCE Plot Points, he reflects on his journey and talks about how he’s adjusted his goals and plans along the way to stay on the path of success and happiness.
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