20 Pond | Pondco.com THE LEARNING CURVE INSIGHTS FROM A CIVIL ENGINEER’S CAREER clients throughout the U.S. and globally. Achievements for Pond’s exceptional performance include being the Southeast Design Firm of the Year according to Engineering News Record, and Engineering Employer of the Year according to the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, as well as placing third in Atlanta’s Top 25 Engineering Firms according to Atlanta Business Chronicle. By looking at the progression of Williams’ career, students can get a better understanding of what their own future might hold. Williams began his college career in 1984 as a Civil Engineering major with a concentration in Construction Management at New Jersey Institute of sabotages the development of young engineers. Delivering more than the bare minimum at a nine-to-five job by exemplifying engagement and commitment is a lesson he learned during his early stages in his career and still practices to this day. Currently, Williams is the Vice President of the Community Development Department at Pond, a progressive, full- service architecture, engineering, planning and construction firm that serves government, corporate and private sector Exemplifying engagement and commitment is a lesson he learned during his early stages in his career and still practices to this day. What is the price the engineering profession has paid for breakthroughs in modern technology? “Engineers have lost their edge,” said Bob Williams, PE, LEED AP. As technology encroaches into all aspects of life, the realm of engineering suffers from systematic and rigid practices that leave little room for creativity. What Williams describes as the greatest challenge to emerging engineers is exhibiting to their employers that they can do more than punch in numbers into a computer program or draw lines in CAD. Connecting with the workplace environment rather than connecting to electronics is Williams’ best advice to offer students because he believes the usage of cellphones at the workplace Mia Pendergast is a junior at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has participated in an internship with Pond since May 2017. She has gained experience on a variety of projects ranging from federal to energy to private development sites. Following is a recent article written by Mia, and published in Georgia Tech’s newspaper, Technique.