Dani’s First Declassified Guide: Scholarship Success and Resources

College in the United States is expensive. And while I did receive an annual merit scholarship throughout my five years, there were still additional expenses that I needed to pay out of pocket each year towards tuition, textbooks and other expenses. As someone who was awarded over $25,000 in scholarships throughout college, I have learned…

4 Ways ASCE has Made Me a Better Civil Engineer

After being inspired by some many stories on ASCE Day this past November and earlier this week as part of ASCE’s Younger Member Week, I wanted to go into more detail on how ASCE has personally helped me on my civil engineering journey. Founded in 1852, ASCE or the American Society of Civil Engineers  is the…

Goals for 2021

I hope by writing about my goals, it will inspire you to set goals of your own! Below are my goals for 2021 and part of the reasoning why I found these to be the most important to me. Feel free to reach out with any questions. 5 goals I want to reach by the…

2020 – In Review

Continuing the tradition from last year, I would like to summarize my year and review the goals I set. As we all know, 2020 was an unprecedented year. If you told me that the ERYMC in January 2020 was going to be my last in-person conference for this year, I probably wouldn’t have believed you….

What You Need to Know about The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Background The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is generally your first step in the process to becoming a professional licensed engineer. It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program. Currently. the FE exam is a computer-based exam administered year-round at NCEES-approved Pearson…

Why Pronouns Matter in the Workplace and Beyond

Today is International Pronouns Day which seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. International Pronouns Day began in 2018 and takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of October each year. Before I go into why pronouns matter, I want to include some definitions to set the stage: Sex – refers to…

Top 4 Tips to Improve your Organizational Skills

Since graduating from college in 2017, I have tried out a bunch of workflows to keep myself organized. The following tips are my top four tips that work for me and I hope these help you! 1. Mise en place or “everything has its place” Mise en place, pronounced (MEEZ ahn plahs) or (mi zɑ̃…

International Day of the Girl 2020

On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year the theme of International Day of the Girl Child is “My voice, our equal future”. As shown by…

Four Lessons from Adopting a Dog that Apply to Engineering

As today is National Dog Day I thought I would discuss how adopting a dog has helped me in my engineering career. My partner and I adopted Nemo (see photo below) a few months ago from our local animal shelter. As I am still working from home, he has been a great companion. Here are…

Transition to Work From Home During COVID-19 Crisis

Amid COVID-19, these past three weeks have been a transition. I work in Pennoni’s Philadelphia Transportation Group, and we’ve made the transition to work from home for the time being.  Pennoni has taken measures to address safety, community concerns, and continue to meet our clients’ needs while making decisions with the health of our employees at…