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March 12, 2012
Volunteering and Community Involvement for Engineers
Throughout his young career, Mr. Nikhil Bodhankar has dedicated himself to advancing the engineering profession through mentoring and promoting global student research collaboration. As a representative of Cayuga County Community College, he travelled to India to explore possibilities for student and faculty exchange and identify opportunities for Indian and US students to participate in collaborative research. In 2006, he played a similar role as a member of Syracuse University’s Graduate Global Ambassadors collaborative initiative team. Earlier this year, he received an award for mentoring high school students who participated in a Future Cities competition at a National Engineers Week event. The students won an award for their design. During this show Nikhil will explain how volunteering and community involvement can impact both your career and your life as a whole.
Nikhil Bodhankar, P.E., LEED AP is a Lead Electrical Engineer for CHA Consulting, Inc. in Albany, NY, where he provides design services for power distribution, lighting, communications, fire-alarm, security, and control systems at the GE Global Research Center. Mr. Bodhankar also serves as a Director on the board of New York State Society of Professional Engineers (Capital District Chapter). Nikhil was recently chosen as one of the winners of ACEC 2012 Young Professionals of the Year National Award.
February 20, 2012
It’s One Thing to Survive as an Engineer, But How Do I Thrive?
Show Description: Do you have a lot of different ideas but never feel like they go anywhere? As an engineer that has an inclination towards business and career growth, we need to think outside the box within our specific engineering niche. Being able to breakout of the “we do it this way because we always do it this way” mold is going to not only energize you on a daily basis but also will result in a rewarding career. During this show, guest Jeff Birmingham, P.E. will discuss a few of the innovative approaches that he has used and believes the next generation of engineers will need to tap into in order to grow themselves professionally and the companies that they are involved with. Jeff will discuss several methods to identify the needs of your niche engineering industry and how to develop a plan to meet these needs.
Jeff is a Senior Project Engineer at Hans Wilson Associates and is formally trained as a Coastal Engineer through the Florida Institute of Technology. Jeff obtained his Professional Engineering License in May 2009. Jeff has spent a year in Dubai working on some the largest marine development projects in the world and specializes in Marina Development. Jeff has developed multiple web resources to support aspiring engineers to obtain their Professional Engineering license (pe-exam.com) and to reach his specific niche of Coastal & Marine Engineering (such as coastalnewstoday.com & marinaforsale.co).
January 30, 2012
Managing Mega Engineering Projects
Show Description: This show will provide project management strategies focused around the management of larger complex engineering projects. The topics discussed will include but not be limited to: Budgeting & Scheduling, Strategic and Critical Thinking Skills, Customer Service, Coaching & Mentoring Junior Staff, Safety and Compliance Management, Job Supervision and Progress Reporting, Team Building & Leadership.
Guest Profile: Patrick Fortier, is a Senior Civil Engineer with over 10 years of success leading highly visible, complex projects to successful conclusions. His career is marked by positions at such organizations as Fluor, Psomas and BKF Engineers where he oversaw multiple simultaneous projects ranging to over $2 billion. He particularly excels in highly challenging business environments requiring focused decision-making and a calm presence.
January 23, 2012
Owning and Managing an Engineering Business Through a Tough Economy – How to Start an Engineering Company
Show Description: This show will provide strategies for not only surviving, but also thriving during tough times as an engineering business owner. Special guest Rick De La Guardia owner of DLG Engineering Inc and president of the University of Miami College of Engineering Alumni Association will address how to position your engineering firm for success during tough times. He will share his unique insight and strategic plan that has allowed his firm to not only survive but also thrive while others are struggling and failing. This show will be helpful not only to engineering business owners but also to those thinking about how to start an engineering company in this economy.
Guest Profile: Rick De La Guardia is the founder of DLG Engineering, Inc., a structural consulting firm, whose goal is to educate and raise awareness of the importance of the proper design, review and installations of our nation’s building envelopes. He obtained his bachelors of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Miami and currently serves as president of the University of Miami College of Engineering Alumni Association.
He has over 18 years experience in structural consulting in the hazard mitigation field and has published and contributed to numerous industry related articles and blogs. He spends much of his time promoting and raising awareness of his profession through his unique perspective by preparing presentations to professional organizations and speaking to local university and high school students.
January 16th, 2012
How to Manage Engineering Professionals That Are More Experienced Than You Without Being Too Nice
Show Description: During this show, our host, engineering career coach Anthony Fasano, will provide some executive coaching to a junior level engineer who had the following request: “I really need to work on my ability to lead others – especially to motivate them in a positive way, rather than with consequences. My goal is to become a more effective leader, and the challenges I face are that I’m new to the working world so sometimes I find it difficult to address and motivate co-workers who are senior to me without coming off as disrespectful. I find that I am “too nice”.
Guest Profile: Our anonymous engineer to be coached during the show is a junior level project engineer at a large engineering corporation. She has been with the company for over one year and primarily works on hazard mitigation, risk assessment and building science research projects. Prior to working at her current company, she held internships at both a small consulting firm specializing in water resources as well as a contracting company based in Dubai, UAE. Additionally, she has conducted hazard mitigation research during undergraduate studies.
October 24, 2011
Giving Back & Gaining Experience in Your Engineering Career
Show Description: Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA), is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects. EWB-USA members are comprised of professional and student engineers or other disciplines who work with local communities and non-governmental organizations in over 45 developing countries around the world on projects such as water, renewable energy, sanitation, and more. During this show, you will find out how you can become a member of EWB, start changing people lives and gain invaluable experience in the process!
October 17, 2011
The Engineer Leader
Show Description: Ever wonder how to get it all? Leadership skill, career advancement without alienating people,
control over your in-box, the ability to communicate effectively…in any situation? Every professional at one time or another has thought about these and many struggle to get it all while finding balance. Join us as we talk with Chris Knutson – Air Force officer, engineer, author, and father – as we discuss how to develop the skills necessary to a be an effective and balanced engineer-leader.
Guest Profile: Chris is a lieutenant colonel with in the U.S. Air Force with nearly 18 years of experience leading people and infrastructureprograms in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He recently completed an assignment as the commander of two engineering units, here in the U.S. and one in the Middle East. Chris holds a civil engineer degree from Michigan State University, an MBA from Colorado State University, and recently earned his Project Management Professional certificate in July 2011 in addition to his Professional Engineer registration. He serves on the National Society of Professional Engineer’s national-level Mentoring Task Force, is a routine contributor to NSPE’s PE Magazine, and is the author of the “The Engineer Leader” blog (www.engineerleader.com). Chris has previously served as a Society of American Military Engineer’s Post President. Connect with Chris via The Engineer Leader, or contact him at email@example.com.
October 3, 2011 @ 4 p.m. EST
Transform Your Career from Good to Great by Improving Your Public Speaking Skills
Show Description: Most people are scared to death of public speaking yet it is a skill that can transform your career from good to great! The ability to speak effectively and clearly present your ideas whether it be to 2 people or 2,000 can determine how fast and how far you develop your career. In this show, engineer and Toastmaster Jason Kent will discuss the importance of public speaking and give strategies for increasing your confidence and improving your public speaking skills.
Guest Profile: Jason Kent, P.E. is a professional water resources engineer and manager with a large engineering consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. In his 11-year career, Jason has tackled engineering problems such as dam removal, bridge scour, flood waves, and stream restoration design and management issues including hiring, training, and marketing. He is also a public speaker on topics including engineering career development and volunteerism, and has contributed to multiple blogs and magazines. Jason may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 26, 2011 @ 4 p.m. EST
The Power of Slow ~ Embracing Time So You Have More of It
Show Description: Our pace of life is faster than it’s ever been. Yet we’re living longer than ever before. The Power of Slow author Christine Louise Hohlbaum poses the question: “What’s the hurry?” In her less is more philosophy, she will share with listeners how to bring your pace of life in alignment with your truest purpose.
Guest Profile: Christine Louise Hohlbaum is an American author of several books, including The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World. She is a proven thought leader in the area of time management and often conducts Webinars for ExecSense. She works as a PR consultant for various international companies and lives near Munich, Germany with her husband and two children. Occasionally, she appears in TV shows and feature films, playing smaller roles to satisfy her inner thespian. Writing and acting are her passion. Her biggest dream is to change the world through words.
September 19, 2011 @ 4 p.m. EST
The 21st Century Engineer
Show Description: The public once esteemed engineers as both visionaries and leaders in a noble profession essential to the welfare of humankind. Today, though, engineers are often seen as mere advisors and technicians. In her book, The 21st-Century Engineer, Dr. Galloway argues that this situation must change and that the means to do so are in the hands of engineers themselves. In this show she will discuss the new global landscape where megaprojects, sustainability, infrastructure security, and multicultural work teams pose challenges for which engineers may be unprepared. She will also discuss why she believes the existing system for educating engineers must change, and discuss her proposal for a new master’s degree in professional engineering management.
Guest Profile: As a leader in the field of engineering and construction, Dr. Patricia Galloway P.E, CPENG, PMP, MRICS, CFCC is recognized globally for her expertise in program/project management, risk management, corporate governance, and standard of care and is regularly consulted by private and public companies and organizations; international investment banks on trends in the industry; the media regarding current topics and events; universities seeking input on university curricula, mentor programs, engineering education, and diversity issues; and professional societies relative to topics of interest to its membership. She is the author of The 21st-Century Engineer.
September 12, 2011 @ 4 p.m. EST
Stuff You Don’t Learn in Engineering School
Show Description: Engineers enter the work world with excellent technical skills, but have little preparation for the realities of dealing with people and process in the real world. Key to being more effective and happier professionals is learning and then applying essential nontechnical skills, including speaking, writing and listening, decision-making, and setting priorities and managing time. During this show, Carl Selinger will discuss ways engineers can learn the soft skills that they will need to be successful in their careers.
Guest Profile: Carl Selinger is a civil engineer with forty years’ experience in aviation and transportation, teaching at Cooper Union and other schools, and giving professional development seminars on nontechnical soft skills for engineers and technology professionals.
His book, Stuff You Don’t Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2005), has been published in Chinaby Science Press. He is a Contributing Editor for IEEE Spectrum magazine.
April 18th, 2011 @ 4 PM EST
Why Can’t Engineers and Technical Professionals Tell a Good Story?
Show Description: Although great at analyses, data, and factual presentations, engineers, scientists, and technologists are pathetic when it comes to telling a story, even their own! Why is that and how does it affect their careers? The why comes from their upbringing and how they learn to internalize the world around them. This is also how they communicate within their community. How it affects their careers and life is obvious when you look at their resumes, bios, and presentations: they are factually accurate, filled with data, but totally uninteresting! To get an audience’s attention engineers/scientists must learn how to tell their story, be it for getting their project approved, for getting their venture funded, or for marketing their resumes. Join Dilip Saraf to learn how to tell your story and to get the attention you deserve in this tough market!
Dilip Saraf is LinkedIn’s top coach from a global pool of over 1,000 career coaches, based on the number of Recommendations on his Profile. Now in his fifth career, Dilip has worked in five different industries. He reinvented himself each time he suffered a lay-off and then translated that learning into a successful career coaching practice in California’s Silicon Valley. His global clientele now has passed the 5,000 mark. Dilip has authored five books and countless articles and blogs on his website (www.dilipsaraf.com) and he specializes in client re-invention. He has a unique approach to writing a forward-looking resume, which he calls an Inductive resume. Dilip is a graduate of IIT-Bomaby and Stanford (MSEE). Contact: email@example.com
April 4th, 2011
Resumes are Worthless – Learn what REALLY works!
Show Description: The typical kid mowing yards for a living has more control over their income and career than does the highly educated professional.
- If they mow more yards, they get paid more!
- If they decide to take off and go to a game, they control their own schedule.
- If they decide to change their image to a high-end provider – they do it.
- If they want more money – they know what to do!
What they know is their career is their company. They know they need to find customers. Instead – we look for jobs! During this show, Dale will discuss how to take back control and prosper in your career. It is not about updating resumes (they are worthless), or doing blind networking (introverts hate that), or all the other things you have been taught. Instead – it is learning to operate your career as a company! Be an entrepreneur of you!
Dale Callahan Ph.D., P.E. is a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant in addition to acting as Director of the Executive Graduate Program in Information Engineering and Management (www.uab.edu/iem) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In addition, Dale is the founder of AskDrCallahan Homeschool Solutions (AskDrCallahan.com).
Dale has consulted and coached professionals to hone their careers into something they want, not just what they think they can get. Dale lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and three of his children. His oldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live in the same city. Dale shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship and taking control of your career in his blog at DaleCallahan.com.
March 21, 2011
The Importance of Professional Societies:
Show Description: There are many professional societies and organizations available to engineers and other technical professionals, many of them being discipline specific. Today’s guest Michael Hardy, P.E., F. NSPE will discuss the benefits professional societies can have on your engineering career.
Michael Hardy, P.E., F.NSPE, is the 2010-11 president of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He joined NSPE in 1994 after receiving his professional engineering license. Mr. Hardy has served in most of the Society’s chapter and state offices as well as on several national committees and task forces, including chairman of the NSPE Membership Committee. He was NSPE Western and Pacific Regional Director from 2006-08, and from 2006-09 he served as the Oregon state MATHCOUNTS coordinator. Currently, he is a member of the National Engineers Week Foundation Board of Directors and a former member of the Engineers Week Steering Committee. Mr. Hardy is a mechanical engineer, and is the principal of Black Oak Engineering where he provides HVAC and process piping designs for industrial, institutional, and governmental clients.
March 7, 2011
The Importance of Certifications and Continuing Education in Your Career
Show Description: In this show, special guest David Roberts will discuss the importance of certifications and continuing education in your engineering career. He will answer questions such as why are credentials important? When should you pursue them? How do you keep track of them? and more…..
David Roberts is a Project Manager for the National Park Service and has experience in both the private and public sectors. The phases of his career have included working as a land surveyor, civil engineer, army carpenter, and construction manager. He has been involved in projects in a dozen states as well as Mongolia, Kuwait, and Egypt. Although his business card only lists PE and LEED AP, his other credentials include PMP, AVS, CPESC, COTR, CTM, and LSI. Mr. Roberts has a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of Colorado. You can connect with David on LinkedIn or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 21, 2011
Show Description: In this show, your host Anthony Fasano, Your Professional Partner will help you to overcome the challenges that you are currently facing in your career. Whether it’s a limitation you have placed on yourself, a relationship in the workplace that is holding you back or lack of confidence, we will discuss strategies that you can implement immediately to start make positive changes that impact not only your career, but your life! We will be taking live calls and e-mails during the show!
February 7, 2011
Engineers Are People Too!
Show Description: Engineering affects the lives of more people than probably any other career. For example, civil engineers help create the road you drive on, design systems to handle wastewater and/or bring potable water to your tap. However sometimes engineers need to remember that while their projects may seem like just another drawing or calculation, most of what engineers do are contributions to the people. Engineers need to interact with the people that are the end users of their designs and understand the reason for many of the criteria they follow. During this show, special guest Mark Oberschmidt will discuss the importance of communication in engineering as well as some ideas to help younger engineers improve these skills.
Mark Oberschmidt is a project manager with Coffey Engineers and Surveyors in Laramie Wyoming. Mark has extensive experience in creating site development construction documents with expertise in stormwater management and utility design. His favorite aspect of civil engineering is watching a plan go from concept to computer screen to turning dirt and eventually walking the completed construction. His primary interest is in water resources, which he determined after serving two years in the Peace Corps as a Water Resources Engineering Volunteer. This interest led him to obtain a Masters Degree in Water Resources from Colorado State University.
December 13, 2010
The Making of a Successful Project Team
Show Description: In the corporate world today, your ability to build and lead a successful team is critical to your career advancement. During this show, special guest Stephen McNally will discuss what goes into the development of a successful project team.
Stephen McNally Senior engineering manager with 28 years experience and a proven track record of assembling effective project teams to undertake complex infrastructure projects. Stephen is highly accomplished at establishing project milestones and motivating project leaders leading to consensus and assuming ownership of project goals & objectives. Stephen has a unique blend of hands-on technical experience and executive management skills used to transform strategic business goals into engineering production action plans.
November 29, 2010
Use Your Influence
Show Description: When was the last time you thought you had little influence? Most of us feel that way from time to time when we struggle to persuade others to takea course of action, agree with a decision or follow our path. During this show special guest Dr. Diana Gáler will discuss how you can start to improve your abilities to influence yourself and others! For information, read Diana’s recent blogpost: Use Your Influence!
Diana is the founder of Gáler Coaching for Excellence, a full service executive coaching company. As a scientist and executive in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Diana Gáler learned early on that teams with a clear purpose and results focus, created to maximize the positive contributions of their members, achieved the best results. As a coach, Diana is sharing her passion to energize the careers of leaders, primarily in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and help them create successful, engaged teams.
November 15, 2010
The Job Search Process: A Human Resources Perspective
Show Description: During this show, special guest Allison Colantuoni will tell us what she looks for as a Human Resources Director when reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates. Don’t miss out on this information that may give you a distinct advantage in your job searching efforts!
Allison Colantuoni is the Director of Human Resources at Maser Consulting. Maser Consulting P.A. is a consulting engineering firm serving the Northeast Region of the United States since 1984. Maser Consulting is known and respected as a multi-disciplined firm with a unique balance of public and private sector experience. Allison is also a certified professional coach and in addition to her day-to-day HR tasks, she also provides one-on-one executive coaching to Maser employees.
November 1, 2010
How to Write a Resume: A Recruiter’s Perspective
Show Description: During this show, special guest Matt Barcus will give some recommendations on resume preparation and also discuss the job search process in general. Don’t miss out on this valuable information that may help you to secure your next job!
Matt is the President of Precision Executive Search and has been specializing in the executive search and placement of civil engineers for almost 14 years. He is also a Managing Partner of CivilEngineeringCentral.com, a niche job board, blog, and social networking community catering exclusively to the civil engineering industry.
October 25, 2010
Work Family Balance: Is It Really Possible?
Show Description: This show will discuss the oh so important topic of work family balance. Special guest Dr. Bellandra Benefield Foster, civil engineer and author, is the Founder and President of BBF Engineering Services, PC, an engineering consulting firm. Married for over 26 years and the mother of two sons, she has created a formula for combining a successful professional life with a peaceful, nurturing household. Dr. Foster earned her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, worked in industry—then founded her own companies. She is a popular speaker on “building bridges” to achieve success in marriage, family, career and entrepreneurship. Dr. Foster has been nationally recognized in Jet, Black Enterprise, Essence and Hope Today magazines.
Dr. Foster is the author of: For Love and Money: Seven Guidelines for Achieving Success in Your Home and Business, she explains in seven principals how readers can prioritize God, marriage, family and career/entrepreneurship while maintaining order, success and peace in their lives. We realize that our current position with any company is no longer safe and stable, but we are sometimes apprehensive of moving into entrepreneurship. However, she explains that entrepreneurship can be successful with the implementation of the right principles and priority. Email your questions prior to the show to email@example.com with a subject line of Radio Show Question.
If you have questions for Dr. Foster you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can purchase the book through amazon.com by clicking here.
October 4, 2010
Mentorship: Making The Time to Share Your Story
Show Description: This show will discuss mentoring and how important and rewarding it can be for both the mentors and mentees. Special guest, Ben Matthews, P.E. will share his thoughts and mentoring experiences.
Ben Matthews, P.E. is a Program Manager at Freese and Nichols in Fort Worth, TX. He is a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy where he also played football. Ben completed his Master’s degree in Construction Management at the University of Texas at Austin while serving on active duty. An active networker, he currently serves on the National Board of the Society of American Military Engineers as the College Outreach chair. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn or contact him at email@example.com.
September 20, 2010 @ 12:00 p.m. EST
Take Your Career Wherever You Want to Take It: For our kick-off show our host Anthony Fasano AKA Your Professional Partner will discuss some of the challenges technical professionals encounter in their career advancement efforts and offer recommendations on how to overcome them.