Continuing Education

September 2014 » Columns » FROM THE PUBLISHER
Mark C. Zweig

In technical fields, such as civil and structural engineering, one has to keep learning to remain a knowledgeable professional.

Summer is over. Wow, that went by fast — too fast! For me, the end of summer means back to school, as I teach entrepreneurship to undergraduate students at The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

I’m a big believer that teaching is one of the best ways to learn. You have to stay current on your subject area if you’re going to teach. I think everyone can be put into one of two pots: those who are continuous learners and those who think they are “done” and don’t need to learn anything else.

It’s been said that 50 percent of what you know is obsolete every two years. While I don’t believe that statistic applies to this profession(s), I do know that one has to learn to keep up with software changes, code changes, regulatory changes, and more — not to mention management, leadership, and the other “soft” skills one needs to succeed in business, government, consulting, construction, or other engineering jobs.

That’s why we offer free continuing education webcasts sponsored by Bentley Systems ( You need the education and the sponsor wants you to know who they are and to be aware of their offerings.

We have another great issue of Civil + Structural Engineer here for you — maybe our best issue ever! Check it out and pass it around. Thanks for reading our publication. We’re here to serve you!

Mark C. Zweig

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