St. Louis Post President
Dear St. Louis Post Members,
May, the month of graduations: from kindergarten, primary school, eighth grade, high school, to college (associate’s degree, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate). We have experienced many of these individually and via our siblings and/or children but regardless of how distant the individual memories are, the sense of accomplishment is what resounds across the many achievements. After that last “graduation”, whether it be the associate degree, or the bachelor’s degree, or the advanced degree, we need to continue to “graduate” through continuing education. Technology is progressing so quickly; what we learned in school is not even contemporary any more (email was not around when I was in college and personal computers were rare; who doesn’t have the love/hate memory of the computer lab?!).
I learned to survey with a theolodite. In the 25 years since my BS-graduation, the technology has moved to total stations (2-man crew), to robotic total stations (1-man crew) to GPS; photogrammetry performed by large, Surdex-size companies are now services we can perform with company-owned drones. Another example: hydraulic modeling has moved from the number-rich data files of HEC-2, to easier-to-visualize HEC-RAS, to 2-D modeling with amazing graphics. The point being: to stay relevant (and profitable) we need to continue to educate ourselves and embrace what the younger generations are bringing us from school or we risk being left behind with a proverbial slide-rule in our pocket.
While we congratulate all new graduates, let’s endeavor to always “graduate” to new and exciting developments that will make the engineering profession engaging and enticing for us, our clients, and the next generation.
Karen Frederich, PE, CFM
President, St. Louis Post