March 3, 2015
“How many of you remember what made you decide you wanted to become an engineer?”
For some, it was digging in the soil, for another it was an experience working on dams. A current University of Washington junior in civil engineering explained, “Every part of civil engineering is interesting – because no matter where you go, you get to play in the world’s biggest sandbox; it’s just what tools you want to play with.”
Dr. Robert Stevens, President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), posed this question to students and professionals alike in his talk, “Engineering the Future,” on February 19. Using his own prolific career and involvement in ASCE as a springboard, Stevens discussed the outlook of civil engineering education and leadership development, and dispensed words of wisdom for young engineers still exploring their educational and professional path.
Regarding the qualities required to excel in engineering leadership today, Stevens offered specific advice. “Participate. You’ve got to speak up. If you want to succeed, and by succeed, I mean have a career that you enjoy, you need… to work with other people,” said Stevens. “It comes from taking the risk and trying. When you’re asked to raise your hand, raise your hand. Get involved. Don’t be hearers, be participants.”
Watch the “Engineering the Future” recorded webinar.
February 27, 2015
Dr. Sam Oh, professor of data science at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, brought undergraduate students participating in a data science camp to visit the PacTrans STAR Lab this February. In their visit, students saw data science in action, gaining exposure to complex data analysis and visualization in transportation research. The lab, which excels in traffic sensing and traffic data management, is known for the Digital Roadway Interactive Visualization and Evaluation Network (DRIVENet), an online transportation data platform.
February 19, 2015
If you are unable to attend in person but would still like to hear the talk, the seminar will be broadcast for live viewing. Watch the seminar online at 10:30 a.m. PST.
February 17, 2015
Inexperienced drivers are at particular risk for distraction from factors within and outside of the car. PacTrans, which focuses on transportation safety, conducted a large outreach project to increase teenage driver awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.
In this new video, Dr. David Hurwitz and Dr. Linda Ng Boyle discuss driver distraction, their outreach work with young drivers, and making the road safer for everyone.
February 11, 2015
Read the special issue detailing the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting here.