CEA | A Tale of Civil Engineering and Global Pursuits with Pei Huang
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
5d ago
Are you a foreign woman civil engineer in the US looking to get your PE? ? Then our latest episode with Pei Huang is for you! She came to the US from China for her Master’s, got her PhD too, and passed her PE exam on the first try — while pregnant and working full-time! ? In this episode, she reveals her international journey from Environmental to Water Resources to Transportation…all the way to doing real estate on the side (No, not a typo. ?) Tune in to Learn: Why she switched from Water Resources to Transportation Engineering Why did she go for her PhD (and should you)? How a PhD eli ..read more
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CEA | How Drones Enhance Utility Asset Inspections and Benefit Civil Engineers with Erik Bitzko
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
1w ago
Want to build a career in the drone industry…even as a civil engineer? ? Chances are you already have what you need! In this episode, we interview Erik Bitzko, one of the first to ever fly drones (since the Section 333 days! ?) who pioneered many of the techniques used in the utility world today. He’s now spreading the word all over the country as the Senior Vice President of Electric Utilities at Firmatek and teaches you how you can get into the industry as well. ? Tune in to Learn: How drones are being used in the utility industry and in civil engineering projects 3 interesting uses of ..read more
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CEA | The Future of Mass Timber Design with Ricky McLain
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
3w ago
From zero to more than 2,000+ projects (and counting). That’s how much mass timber has grown in popularity over the years. ? So today, we interview Ricky McLain, a SE who specializes in timber and works at WoodWorks — an organization that provides assistance and continuing education on wood design and construction. If you use mass timber in your projects, this is your chance to pick the brains of one of the experts in the field! ? Tune in to Learn: What mass timber really is (hint: not what you think) The hockey stick-like adoption of mass timber in the US 5 benefits of mass timber that ..read more
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CEA | Depth Exam Dilemma: A PE Exam Journey of Change with Grant Junghans
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
1M ago
If you’ve failed a few times, you may be considering changing your PE Civil Exam, right? ? That’s what Grant Junghans did to get over this hump once and for all. He failed the Construction exam twice, changed to the Water Resources exam, and then passed it. In this episode, he dives into this journey of switching exams and teaches you all he learned the hard way if you’re thinking of doing the same. ? Tune in to Learn: Grant's journey to get his PE license after 3 attempts Why he changed his PE Civil Exam for his third (and last) try 2 things you must do before you go and change your PE ..read more
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CEA | The Quest for Structural Engineering Excellence with Colten Johnson
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
1M ago
Are you just a few years into your career and thinking about going down the Structural Engineering route? ? Then our latest interview is a must! Colten Johnson is a Structural Engineer who started and now leads his own structural firm. He also runs PE4Free, a platform built to help young engineers thrive in the professional world and pass their exams. Tune in to Learn: How he passed the FE exam under work pressure due to project requirements The challenges of being the Lead Engineer in structural projects  The technical vs leadership sides of engineering: which one should you choos ..read more
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CEA | A Journey from Ministry to Civil Engineering with Zach Parris
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
1M ago
Passing the FE Civil Exam 18 years out of school, well into your late 30s, and coming from a non-technical career as a Lutheran Minister? ? That’s exactly what Zach Parris just recently did! ? In this episode, he dives into this quiet original journey into the field, his FE experience, as well as tips he learned the hard way for anyone taking the FE “later” in life.   Tune in to Learn: His surprising journey from engineering graduate to pastor to roadway engineer What he regrets doing in college regarding the FE Exam What it was like taking the FE Exam 18 years out of school What prepari ..read more
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CEA | The Tech Revolution in Structural Engineering with Nick Heim
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
1M ago
Can we train computers to “be” Structural Engineers? ? In this episode, I chat with Nick Heim, a Structural Engineer working with parking structures, about the AI tools that can change the field forever. From machine learning teaching computers how to do the engineer’s calcs…all the way to using computer vision to “look for” potential structural issues in images and videos. ? Tune in to Learn: What's computer vision and how does it impact the Structural Engineer's work? Will AI put Structural Engineers out of business? Are SEs recognized as much as they should? Why flying drones is th ..read more
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CEA - A Structural Engineer's Guide with Vince Marvin, PE, SE
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
2M ago
Our latest episode with Vince Marvin, PE, SE is  a gold mine for everyone interested in a career in Structural Engineering! He answers questions every Structural Engineer has, based on his own journey. How do you learn the ropes out of college? Do you need a master’s degree? Is the PE needed? Should you go for the SE, even with the low pass rates? ? It’s all here! ? Tune in to Learn: Grad school vs work experience: which one matters most for Structural Engineers? Do Structural Engineers really need the PE license? The importance of the SE for Structural Engineers Can you take the ..read more
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CEA - Thriving in NY as a Civil Engineer with Mafuzul Mashud
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
2M ago
Are you a civil engineer planning to go into project management…in New York? ? Then this interview with Mafuzul Mashud, PE, is for you! He started out as a Transportation Engineer in Long Island, got his PE license out of the way, and worked his way up to Project Manager, overseeing big projects from New York’s MTA. ? ? Tune in to Learn: The 3 biggest challenges of working in New York as a Civil Engineer His all-time favorite project that would probably be your least favorite How's it to switch from fieldwork to behind-the-desk design work? How bad COVID-19 hit New York's traditional ..read more
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The Tech Revolution in Structural Engineering with Nick Heim | CEA 225
The Civil Engineering Academy Podcast
by Isaac Oakeson
2M ago
Can we train computers to “be” Structural Engineers? ? In this episode, I chat with Nick Heim, a Structural Engineer working with parking structures, about the AI tools that can change the field forever. From machine learning teaching computers how to do the engineer’s calcs…all the way to using computer vision to “look for” potential structural issues in images and videos. ? Tune in to Learn: What's computer vision and how does it impact the Structural Engineer's work? Will AI put Structural Engineers out of business? Are SEs recognized as much as they should? Why flying drones is th ..read more
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