The Cost of Culture

The Cost of Culture How Soft Skills Drive Hard Business Results By Jay Wolverton and Ashley Wolverton Culture. The word elicits a sense of unease for many leaders, especially engineers. Perhaps it’s the amorphous nature of the concept, or maybe it’s knowing that culture is fundamental to organizational success — and feeling at a loss…

Building the Workforce of Tomorrow

BUILDING THE WORKFORCE OF TOMORROW An Interview with Oko Buckle, Burns & McDonnell Vice President and Atlanta Office Manager Q: What recruiting or retention issues are you seeing right now in the region, if any? How do you manage? A: Earlier this year, Atlanta was recognized as one of the best metro areas for STEM…

Educational Allies

Beyond the PE, the Technical College System of Georgia is Helping Meet the Needs of the Engineering Industry By Allison Floyd One-quarter of the students Stephanie O’Donoghue teaches are on the path to a four-year degree in an engineering or technology field. O’Donoghue, the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) 2018 Instructor of the Year,…

Small Airports Create Big Opportunities

Located Across Georgia, General Aviation and Small Commercial Airports Make a Big Impact on Local Economies and Provide Engineering Opportunities By Heather Collins Georgia is home to the largest airport in the world in terms of total aircraft operations and passengers, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is so large…

One-on-One with MARTA’s Jeffrey Parker

ONE-ON-ONE WITH MARTA’S JEFFREY PARKER The Agency’s New General Manager and CEO Chats about Addressing Challenges, Implementing Changes and Establishing Clarity By Lori Johnston Jeffrey A. Parker admits he’s a creature of habit; he exercises every morning, then heads to the North Springs MARTA station to commute to MARTA headquarters. But many things have changed…

Re-Imagining Our Roadways

Atlanta’s North Avenue Smart Corridor Pilots Transportation and Traffic Technologies with its ‘Living Lab’ By Lisa R. Schoolcraft North Avenue in metro Atlanta has been turned into a living lab, one where technology and engineering are helping to reduce crashes, improve traffic flow and increase emergency vehicle response times. Initially, improvements to North Avenue, a…

How Environmental Management Systems Are Driving Sustainability Success

Interview with Tara McCullen, Burns & McDonnell Regional Environmental Services Manager in Atlanta Q: What is an environmental management system (EMS)? Why is it important? A: An EMS is a framework of processes to proactively control and minimize impacts to the environment, comply with environmental regulations and continually improve environmental performance. Managing environmental data and…