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The Civil Engineering Podcast provides engineering career advice and success stories specifically for civil engineers. Civil engineers Anthony Fasano, PE and Christian Knutson, PE host the show and showcase civil engineering projects and professionals.



Each show includes an overview of an interesting civil engineering project and an interview with a successful civil engineering professional.

The Civil Engineering Podcast Anthony Fasano, PE and Christian Knutson, PE

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The Civil Engineering Podcast provides engineering career advice and success stories specifically for civil engineers. Civil engineers Anthony Fasano, PE and Christian Knutson, PE host the show and showcase civil engineering projects and professionals.



Each show includes an overview of an interesting civil engineering project and an interview with a successful civil engineering professional.

    TCEP 213: Women in Engineering: One Woman’s Journey to Engineering Success

    TCEP 213: Women in Engineering: One Woman’s Journey to Engineering Success

    In this episode, and in honor of National Women in Engineering Day, I talk to Marsia Geldert-Murphey, P.E., F. ASCE, Regional Director of Lochmueller Group, who was recently elected as the ASCE President Elect for 2023. Marsia is also the author of a book called “Cross, Yield or Burn - Navigating the Bridges of Life,” and in this episode, Marsia shares an inspiring story about her career journey leading up to her role as ASCE President and also talks about how we can promote diversity and gender equality for women in engineering.

    Engineering Quotes:







    Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Marsia:



    How did your elevator accident change your perspective in life as well as your journey into ASCE leadership?

    Did you have to develop new habits after your accident?

    What is your vision and goal as leader of ASCE?

    Why did you decide to write your book, “Cross, Yield or Burn - Navigating the Bridges of Life”?

    What do you hope people will take away from your story and where can listeners find your book?

    What can be done to promote diversity and gender equality for women in engineering?



    Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About Women in Engineering:







    My accident caused me to shut down from work and any of my daily responsibilities, and I had to learn to do all my daily tasks all over again. The drive I had inside of me was the reason that I was able to recover as well as I did. This taught me to slow down and realize that your career is not everything, and that there are other things in life that are more important in many ways.

    My accident helped me to focus more on my health and well-being, and made me realize that it is a much more pleasant way to live when you can take a step down and slow down.

    In my role as ASCE President, I would like to focus on the future of ASCE and make sure that we are reaching out to all the young people out there. I believe that the most reliable source of untapped STEM people out there are from unrepresented populations.

    The organization was made very strong by those that came before us, and I want to make sure that the organization continues to adapt and be strong for future generations.

    I was the owner of my first company, had young children at home, and just found out that both my parents were very ill. While I was with my dad during his chemotherapy, I started doing vignettes to occupy my time without jeopardizing my state of mind. A lot of people reached out to me asking how I was managing all of this, and that is when I decided to put all the stories together into a book.

    I hope that this book will help others to better understand the bridges in their own lives and provide guidance on how to cross, yield, or burn the bridges in their lives.

    When we’re looking to expand the diversity in our profession and professional associations, it is important to make people feel safe and welcome. Everybody has some struggle and sometimes it is not evident when you talk to people. Remain mindful and listen attentively when people are talking to you.

    We can’t afford to lose the magnificent talent that is out there. If we are going to solve some of the biggest challenges we’ve got in our world right now, we need to have all the best and brightest minds involved in the solution.



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    About Marsia Geldert-Murphey, P.E., F.ASCE

    Marsia is the Regional Director of Lochmueller Group, responsible for the growth and operations for the region that includes the states of Missouri and Illinois. She is an engineering executive with 30 years of experience related to the design and construction of transportation infrastructure, utility capital improvements, rail, site development, federal installations, and commercial and industrial development.

    • 39 min
    TCEP 212: How Climate Adaptation and Resilience Connect to Civil Engineering Projects

    TCEP 212: How Climate Adaptation and Resilience Connect to Civil Engineering Projects

    In this episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk to Emory Lee, AICP, ENV SP, MCIP-I, WEDG, Climate Adaptation & Resilience Lead for Ramboll Group A/S in New York about climate adaptation and resilience in engineering and some of the potential jobs or roles there are within climate adaptation.

    Engineering Quotes:







    Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Emory:



    What is climate adaptation and resilience?

    How do climate adaptation and resilience connect to civil engineering projects?

    Are there specific projects that more commonly require your expertise?

    What are some of the key points that civil engineers should know about climate adaptation and resilient infrastructure?

    What potential jobs or roles are there within climate adaptation?

    What final piece of advice can you provide to engineers looking to transition into a career similar to yours?



    Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About Climate Adaptation and Resilience:







    Climate adaptation involves assessing the effects of climate change on the safety, health, and welfare of our societies and populations and how they recover from difficulties or challenges posed by the impacts of climate change. Climate resilience is the capability of anticipating, preparing for, and responding to hazardous events and disturbances caused by climate change.

    There is a cause and relationship between client adaptation and resilience. Your ability or inability to adapt to resiliency will have a direct impact on the capacity you or an organization have to be more resilient in the face of climate change.

    Bridges, roadways, major infrastructure systems and networks are particularly vulnerable to the climate conditions we have today and will have in the future. Engineers play a critical role in ensuring that our society functions properly in how we operate day to day.

    Climate adaptative design criteria should be the standard design today as well as in the future. The engineering discipline can lead the way in championing client adaptive design and advocating for resilient infrastructure.

    There are more jobs in the climate industry than ever before. These types of roles do require a base of knowledge in an engineering discipline, but through training, education, and on the job exposure, there is a whole different transformation of skill set knowledge that is driven by the climate adaptation and resilience infrastructure work.



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    About Emory Lee



    Emory Lee is the Climate Adaptation & Resilience Lead for Ramboll Group A/S in New York, NY. In this role, Emory supports Ramboll's Water group as part of the Climate Adaptation and Landscape Architecture (CALA) team. The CALA team assists city leaders, public departments, and urban developers on a global scale by providing insights, ideas, and specific solutions that reduce the risk of flooding and increase livability in cities. Projects in the Ramboll climate adaptation portfolio deliver added value and increase opportunities for recreational activity, improve social cohesion, and protect biodiversity. Ramboll's global team of climate adaptation specialists includes world-class engineering specialists, hydrologists, urban planners, and landscape architects.



    Most recently, Emory held the position of Senior Vice President at Insight Civil Engineering, PLLC (WBE/DBE/SBE), a certified women-owned business enterprise (WBE) based in New York City. In her role as Senior Vice President, Emory provided oversight and delivery of project management and consulting services to clients, and was responsible for leading business development, client relationship management, and digital marketing efforts for the firm. Emory provided high-quality products and services to valued clients across a va...

    • 30 min
    TCEP 211: How Civil Engineers Can Be Successful on the Job

    TCEP 211: How Civil Engineers Can Be Successful on the Job

    In this episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I answer a few questions that I received from a consulting engineer a few years out of school about how to be successful on the job, get up to speed with design practices, learn codes, gain field practice, and organize resources and knowledge. 





    Tips to Be Successful on the Job and Learn Quickly in Your First Year:





    Get into the field to gain field experience. 

    Find a mentor.  

    Be a sponge and learn everything you can by asking many questions. 

    Volunteer for whatever initiatives you can get involved in.

    Read industry journals and magazines.



    Tips to Get Up to Speed With Design Practices, Learn Codes, and Gain Field Practice:



    The best way to learn design practices is to get project experience as early as possible in your career. 

    To learn codes, you need to identify from your teammates which codes are most applicable to the work you are going to do and the region you are in, and then you need to learn them. 

    In order to gain field practice, you need to get out in the field. It’s great if you can get an actual field job as your first job as a civil engineer. If you are a student, you can get an internship working in the field.



    Tips on How to Organize Resources and Accumulated Knowledge:



    Have an actual physical paper notebook that you keep with you at all times to take notes — this can be critical for staying organized as an engineer.  

    Have a digital notebook like Evernote or OneNote, where you can create notebooks for each of the different avenues in your career development.



    Sources/References:

    Project Management Accelerator (PMA) - PM Skills Course

    Engineering Leadership Accelerator (ELA I) - People Skills Course

    Seller Doer Accelerator (SDA) - Business Development Skills Course

    Civil Engineering Magazine | ASCE

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    Please leave your comments or questions in the section below about the things you do to be successful on the job as an engineer.



    To your success,



    Anthony Fasano, P.E., LEED AP

    Engineering Management Institute

    Author of Engineer Your Own Success

    • 13 min
    TCEP 210: The Civil Engineering Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities

    TCEP 210: The Civil Engineering Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities

    In this episode, I talk to Matthew Low, P.E., Senior Vice President at Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc., about challenges and opportunities in the civil engineering workforce, and how engineers can overcome these challenges to excel in their careers.

    Engineering Quotes:







    Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Matthew:





    What does career progression in the civil engineering workforce look like?

    What impact will the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) had on the civil engineering industry?

    What are some of the changes you have seen in the industry and the impact they had on civil engineers?

    What are some of the challenges engineers are facing in the workforce, and what are some of the things your company did to attract entry-level engineers?



    Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About The Civil Engineering Workforce: 



    Engineers must discuss their interests and passions with their managers and supervisors. It will help in getting the best position for you when it is time for them to progress in their careers.

    There are many ways to progress in your career. Don't say you want a certain position when you want to have a different career path. Remember that the technical path is just as valuable as the managerial path in an engineering organization.

    People placed in the wrong positions can become frustrated and leave your firm when they could have had a very successful career in another part of your company. Let the people in your company know that there are many other ways to continue progressing in your company. Give your people the opportunity to try other positions to see if they like them or not.

    The IIJA bill will cause changes to happen in the civil engineering industry. Civil engineers want to solve problems and it takes money to do that. The higher inflation rate is taking a larger chunk out of the funding so not all the projects will be able to be completed.

    To prepare your company for the bill, focus on training your entry-level staff to get them up to speed. Ensure to eliminate your backlog in staffing. Having good intern programs can help your company to get more long-term staff.

    Engineering companies should embrace the changes that the pandemic has brought to the way work is now done. Take on the mindset of “success from anywhere” when it comes to remote work. The dedication of your team will make remote work a success. Remote work also expands your company’s hiring ability geographically.

    To attract more entry-level engineers, focus on your company’s strong points and what makes your company different from other companies. Let them know how working for your company will benefit them. Motivate your entry-level staff to get more people coming right out of school to work for your company and get your company involved in capstone programs in universities.



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    About Matthew Low, P.E.

    Matt's 30-year career includes over 23 years at Hoyle Tanner where he has been the Director of Engineering Operations (COO) since 2015. In this position, he has direct responsibility for the firm's engineering and business development activities and oversight of over 80 technical and business development professionals for efficiency, effectiveness, and quality. He is a member of the Board of Directors, coordinates training, and remains a direct link to many of the firm's clients. Since 2015 the firm has significantly increased its net income percentage, nearly doubled its backlog, and steadily improved other Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to overall firm effectiveness and project management. Before 2015, Matt's career progressed from engineer to project manager to Bridge Division Manager. His technical experience focused on transportation, bridge, and structural engineering projects.

    • 41 min
    TCEP 209: 3 Key Career Themes to Grow Your Civil Engineering Career

    TCEP 209: 3 Key Career Themes to Grow Your Civil Engineering Career

    In this episode, I talk to Trudi Williams, PE, Vice President, and Regional Director of one of the premier civil, structural, and environmental engineering firms in Southwest Florida, CONSOR Engineers, about three key career themes that you can use to grow your civil engineering career or firm.

    Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Trudi:





    What made you start your own business?

    How did you develop your leadership skills once you started your business?

    How did you immerse yourself in the organizations?

    Why did you want to be like a sponge in your career?

    How does one maintain the desire to run a company for many years?

    How do you know where to place your team members to ensure they are happy and producing their best work?



    Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode:



    To learn and develop your leadership skills, you must get plugged into the community because you must know the people to get more projects. Placing yourself where the other engineers are will help you to grow your network. Volunteering for organizations will also help to grow your network in many ways. Staying plugged into the community is the best way to get referrals.

    When you start a business, you are not busy all the time because you do not have a client base yet. Use this free time to immerse yourself in networking and organizations to build your client base.

    Immerse yourself in organizations by being active in them. Getting involved in the extra activities will increase your circle of influence.

    Listen intently to people who are more intelligent than you, no matter what department they are in. Make like a sponge and learn as much as you can in as short a period as possible. Talk to the people in the field because they are the people with the knowledge.

    Love what you do and the people you work with. The more your company grows, the less engineering you will do, and the more marketing and building people relationships will be done.

    Get to know the people in your team and ensure that they are in a place where they are doing the things that are right for them. Look at their weak and strong points and plan your team accordingly.



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    About Trudi Williams, PE





    Trudi Williams began her career in 1981 with a degree in civil/environmental engineering. In 1989, she started TKW Consulting Engineers as a one-person operation, and she is now Vice President, and Regional Director of one of the premier civil, structural, and environmental engineering firms in Southwest Florida, with a headquarters in Fort Myers and branch offices in Orlando and Tallahassee.



    Her involvement in public office and leadership began in the 1990s, and she has served on numerous boards and advisory committees. In 2004, she was elected to the Florida House of Representatives for District 75, and she won a second term in 2006. After running unopposed in 2008, she won a third term, and then her fourth and final term in 2010. Her legislative accomplishments include the introduction of several bills that have been signed into law, including the preservation of 74,000 acres of pristine land on the Babcock Ranch; legislation concerning the permitting of wetlands; and the continuation of a sales tax exemption on solar energy products. She currently serves on the following House committees:



    Chair, Committee on Environmental Protection

    Environment & Natural Resources Council

    Committee on Ethics & Elections

    Committee on Healthy Seniors



    For five years before her election, she served on the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, a gubernatorial appointment, and two of those years she spent as Chair. Her numerous other appointments include the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Small Busin...

    • 26 min
    TCEP 208: How AEC Firms Can Market Their Companies: The Right Way

    TCEP 208: How AEC Firms Can Market Their Companies: The Right Way

    In this episode, I talk to Will Schnier, P.E., Chief Marketing Officer at WGI, about marketing strategies for AEC firms, and how you can market your company the right way.

    Engineering Quotes:







    Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Will:



    Why is marketing important for both small and large engineering firms?

    For someone new to marketing in engineering, what advice can you share with them to get them started with marketing?

    What about marketing on platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook?

    How do marketing strategies help firms?

    What would you say is the best overall marketing strategy to market an engineering firm?



    Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode About How AEC Firms Can Market Their Companies: 





    Marketing is critical for any size engineering firm. If nobody knows about you or where they can find you, then you will be losing a lot of business. The market must know who you are, where they can contact you, and what services you offer. To do this, you must have some form of marketing to attract your clients to you. Marketing also serves as a medium for hiring new staff externally and retaining the team you have internally.

    Every technical person in a firm is responsible for marketing by ensuring the job they do is so good that the client comes back to them for their next project. It is easier and cheaper to retain your current clients than to look for new clients. Networking and content creation must be focused on relationship building and giving something of value to the prospect. Provide something of value and give the prospect a way to contact you for more, and when they contact you for more is when you start charging them for your services.

    Focus more on posting on LinkedIn than on Twitter or Facebook because it is a changing landscape. LinkedIn is where the engineering community is and it is also aggressively used to look for hiring potential staff members. When an associate shares your LinkedIn post to their network, its reach grows significantly. Encourage the people in your firm to share the posts that are relevant to their work on their own LinkedIn platforms. LinkedIn paid advertising can be optimized and targeted according to your firm’s needs.

    Google ads can be targeted to certain keywords. It will place an ad for the service you offer on Google right where someone is searching for one of your targeted keywords. Not many firms are doing this now so the cost-per-click is low.

    Building an email list where you can send targeted information about what the specific subscribers are interested in can be a powerful tool.

    If you want to start creating content to post on your blog, start looking at the questions you and your team members answer regularly and turn the answer into a blog post for your website. Chances are you will be placed in the top three search results when someone types in that question in Google, and you will stand a good chance of being contacted. Try to be the one who replies to that person first, and you will more likely be the firm to get the project.

    If a recession hits the market, it is the time you double your spending on marketing efforts to ensure the business still comes in. It is critical to have brand awareness in a down market.

    You must pursue the clients who need the services you offer and develop a marketing strategy around that. Your marketing strategy must attract more clients than you currently have in your network. Markets can change, so you must listen to the market to form your strategy to ensure you are targeting the correct clients for your services. To start, pick one marketing persona and then start broadening out to others over time. Your marketing strategy must have time-sensitive targets with strategies on how to achieve them.



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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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91 Ratings

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Refreshing variety of technical and professional advice

Great podcast for a mix of current issues and opportunities the civil engineering profession faces and stories of how other engineers are approaching and addressing these. It is always interesting and has valuable content, which keeps me coming back for more.

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Great for All types of Engineers too.

As an avid podcast listener (I used to listen to 40 regularly with a spreadsheet to organize them.), I definitely recommend this podcast for anyone involved/interested in engineering. It does a great job balancing technical and soft skill information with personal stories, and I feel that I learn something new from each story. I think the every other week format is perfect, and helps keep the topics refreshing.

Taahakopp ,

Many thanks!

Thank you for much for creating this carefully curated podcast suitable for all CE wannabes around the world. Very interesting and insightful with great advise from world-class engineering experts.

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