Want to call yourself a professional civil engineer? Know your history

Everyone knows the famous quote, “Know your history or you’ll be doomed to repeat it.”

But in the world of civil engineering, you’ll find a much less cynical spin.

“Know your history, so that you can successfully repeat it!”

Steve Pennington, P.E., L.S., M.ASCE, a senior manager for Geo-Instruments Inc. in Washington, D.C., is a an advocate for the value in understanding the history of the civil engineering profession.

A longtime member of the ASCE National Capital Section’s History and Heritage Committee, Pennington has a new book out this month, published by ASCE, detailing the history of Benjamin Wright,

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