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Who Builds Big? is a series of interviews that introduces visitors to a diverse assortment of men and women from a variety of engineering disciplines, such as Susan Knack, a civil engineer who rappels down the outside walls of buildings to inspect them. This section also features a series of Engineering Career Info Profiles, which contain fast facts about and educational requirements for a number of engineering professions.

  • Careers/Language Arts Before visiting this portion of the site, have students write a sentence or two (or draw a picture) describing what they think civil engineers do. Then have students select an engineer from the site and write a paragraph about the engineer. Their paragraphs should include a description of the person's work and what students find most interesting or surprising about it. Have students reflect back on their initial descriptions of civil engineers.
  • Careers After students have read some interviews on the site, assign them interviews to conduct with local engineers, architects, or other individuals involved in building projects. Before they start, discuss what they think makes a good interview. Depending on your students' age and experience, you may wish to invite guests to your school and conduct the interview as a group.
  • To connect with a civil engineer in your community, e-mail the American Society of Civil Engineers at buildingbig@asce.org

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