THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2022
Noon-1:00 pm (1 PDH)
Free to SEAoT Members, $10 for non-members. Registration deadline is noon the day before the event.
Topic: Intellectual Humility – A Case for The Humble Engineer
Using real-world research and data and project examples to make a case for an open-minded engineering approach to your project and to your career
Presenter: John Kubala P.E.
In many ways we are living in unprecedented times.
I have often reflected and been thankful for the stability of our profession. Structural Engineering, our design methods, and the materials used for our construction have enjoyed a long and stable history. Routine code adjustments, material cost fluctuations, the occasional supply chain hiccups and steady technology upgrades have been the norm; but recently that stability feels in jeopardy. And while the overarching circumstances did not occur overnight, there has been an ever-increasing demand on the structural engineer. Design timelines are shorter, construction timelines are shorter, every RFI is hot, and every submittal is behind before we even receive it, early foundation and structural steel packages are expected, and we are asked to design everything from the structure of the building down to the countertop supports. And all of this is being put on the shoulders of a steadily younger group of engineering and construction who rely more heavily on computers and software than previous generations.
With all of this in mind, how do these young professionals make wise decisions?
Intellectual humility embraces all of these themes. While “Intellectual humility” may be a modern term, the concept has mature roots. In this presentation John will make a case for intellectual humility in structural engineering. John will provide relevant historical information and data along with several real-world project examples from his career where this concept was front and center in the decision-making process.
High School - Lee High School, Midland, Texas (one of the Friday Night Lights schools)
University - The University of Texas at Austin (The University) Bachelor’s Degree – ARE Architectural Engineering (Structural Engineering for Buildings)
Conti, Jumper Gardner & Associate (current d.b.a. CJG Engineers) – Project Manager
PBK Engineers – Director of Structural Engineering
AG&E Structural Engenuity – Equity Owner & Managing Principal of the Houston Office
Kubala Engineers – President and CEO
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