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Don't Throw This Away!

Don't Throw This Away!

Don't Throw This Away!

The Civil Engineering Life

Brian Brenner, P.E.

ASCE Press

2007 / 160 pp.

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Stock No. 40888 / ISBN: 9780784408889
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If you keep your ties for so long, they start to curl up…
If you think the Firth of Forth Rail Bridge is a dream vacation destination…
If you evaluate infrastructure for your daughter's hamsters…
If you one-up your techno-nerd neighbor by offering to network his toilets… must meet Brian Brenner, a civil engineer's civil engineer. In Don't Throw This Away! The Civil Engineering Life, Brenner reports on what it's like to be a civil engineer in the 21st century: the mindset, the practice, the profession. Equally skilled as a writer and an engineer, Brenner ranges from serious discussions of suburban sprawl, technology run amok, and bridge aesthetics, to comical accounts of packrat habits, quacking moments, and engineering fashion. This entertaining collection of essays displays Brenner's distinctive combination of quirky humor and engineering "right stuff."

Product Reviews
"…Brenner's honest, assured voice, brainiac populism and bite-sized essays make this a quirky, addictive winner that should bring out the 'inner civil engineer' in a wide cross-section of readers." —Publisher's Weekly

"This unique collection of essays will make anyone chuckle as the author lampoons engineers regarding pack-rat-ism, bad clothing sense, pocket-protectors, and Dilbert-esque lifestyles." —Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)

"…engaging, occasionally thought-provoking, and more than a little amusing." —Civil Engineering

"This civil engineer's surprisingly pithy meditations…will delight even those who don't consider a trip to Scotland's Forth Rail Bridge the ideal vacation." —Tufts Magazine

About the Author
Brian Brenner, P.E., is a senior principal engineer with Fay Spofford & Thorndike in Burlington, Massachusetts, working on several bridge projects in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York. He is also an adjunct professor at Tufts University and teaches classes in concrete design, bridge analysis and design, and introduction to engineering. He has published more than 70 papers and articles on structural analysis and design, design for construction mitigation, engineering education, computer-aided design, and other topics. Mr. Brenner received the Boston Society of Civil Engineers President's Award in 2000, the Clemens Herschel Award in 2001, and the Richard R. Torrens Award from ASCE in 2005.

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