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…

How an Integrated Team Approach is Disrupting the Norm

Interview with Nathan Newman, Manager, Regional Global Facilities Group, Burns & McDonnell Q: How can the engineering, architecture, construction (AEC) industry efficiently take a project from planning through construction to meet the demands of our aging infrastructure and needs? A: We have to look at taking an alternative approach to project delivery. Traditionally, project teams…

Balancing Act

FROM PLANNING TO PARTNERSHIPS TO PUTTING PLANS INTO ACTION, THESE FIVE WOMEN HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF METRO ATLANTA By Lori Johnston These five women who serve as Executive Directors of Community Improvement Districts in metro Atlanta are among the females making names for themselves in Georgia. They’ve overcome obstacles and stereotypes to become leaders…

Smart Moves

SMART MOVES Flexible Schedules, Telecommuting, Mentoring and Leadership Initiatives Help Attract and Retain Talented Women By Lori Johnston   Jenny Jenkins, P.E. entered the engineering fi eld about 20 years ago and didn’t even think about asking her employer what would happen when she started to have children. Unlike females  interviewing for internships and jobs…