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You Go, Girls!
Becoming Leaders: A Practical Handbook for Women in Engineering, Science and Technology, 2008, 200 pages

You Go, Girls!

Teaching technical professionals to become industry leaders will never be an exact science, but this guidebook for women progressing into the top ranks of companies and organizations in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) could be a useful tool over years of career-building.

Co-sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers, the handbook is touted as not just “another book about womens’ issues.” In fact, it is a streamlined mini-textbook that counsels women on both corporate and academic tracks on how to overcome, or at least, manage their gender-based challenges.

Authored by two Canadian academics, engineering professor F. Mary Williams and science consultant Carolyn J. Emerson, the book is a chronological guide for women, from student years to management. But its 20 chapters focusing on everything from work-life balance and family support to sexual harassment and tenure management are designed as career-long references. There are lots of bullet points and white space, and the book has a spiral binding, for repeat referencing—an easy resource for busy professionals who happen to be women seeking to boost careers and compensation.

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” strategy for success, says engineer Patricia D. Galloway in her foreward, but this book covers most of the toughest hurdles. To order a copy, access the ASCE Website at



Looking at the Big Picture
Program Management: Concepts and Strategies for Managing Capital Building Programs
By Chuck Thomsen, 2008

Looking at the Big Picture

Thomsen, a long-time construction industry veteran and former chairman of Houston-based construction management firm 3DI, is spreading his gospel in this book, urging industry managers to share techniques in managing construction as broad programs rather than as individual projects.

The book is published by the foundation of the Construction Management Association of America, of which Thomsen is a fellow. According to CMAA, he has assigned its copyright to the foundation, which will allow all book revenue to be channeled back for scholarships and programs. “This is an extraordinary donation of effort and wisdom,” says CMAA President and CEO Bruce D’Agostino.

Thomsen’s book emphasizes a belief that many in construction “have missed the change” from project management to program management. He says that a recognition of the benefits of a broader and longer view of the construction process, recognizing similarities in multiple projects, will generate “extraordinary opportunities for continuous improvement.”

The view is also supported by the American Institute of Architects, of which Thomsen is also a fellow and which cooperated in producing the book. “The ideas expressed in this book can serve as a catalyst for considering a new way of approaching the work that architects do,” says AIA. The book can be ordered online at the CMAA Website, for $39.95 for CMAA members and $49.95 for non-members.



New Books
The Engineering Guide to LEED-New Construction
by Liv Haselbach, P.E., LEEDap

ISBN: 978-0-07-148993-5; The McGraw-Hill Cos.; 392 pages; $99.95

New Books

This GreenSource Press book provides a solid understanding of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-New Construction rating system. It explains step-by-step how to apply the system to real-world construction projects.

Liv Haselbach, a member of the faculty of the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of South Carolina, begins the book with an overview of sustainable design and how the LEED-NC rating system comes into play. It then examines the major areas of LEED-NC, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design process.

The author details the specific requirements of each general area of emphasis with practical discussions and examples, along with detailed equations, tables and exercises that can be used to perform the calculations outlined in LEED-NC. With this guidance, the book provides a practical focus on the LEED-NC rating system and how to apply it.

The author goes on to present a detailed analysis on the special requirements under the Dept. of Defense’s sustainable construction and indoor-air quality requirements promulgated through presidential executive orders and implementing regulations. It also provides extensive discussion on low-impact development and stormwater issues, with extensive tables and equations.

The author also provides a systematic overview of green in the design process, offering examples, charts and lists of practices and standards that facilitate green design and LEED accreditation.



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