ACEC GEORGIA PAC LEADERSHIP CIRCLE Engineers who support the ACEC National PAC will now get recognition for supporting federal candidates who have backed a pro-business legislative agenda. The PAC Leadership Circle tracks individual contributions, and gives firms the status of either Gold, Silver or Bronze Circle levels depending on their employees’ collective involvement. Both the firm and contributing individuals receive recognition on PAC marketing and at ACEC programs, plus exclusive invitations to legislative receptions and events. TOP 5: THE VALUE OF AN ACEC GEORGIA MEMBERSHIP 1. Political advocacy that advances the issues and priorities impacting the business of engineering in Georgia. 2. Networking opportunities with industry peers, affiliate members and potential clients through seminars, events, webinars, workshops and conferences. 3. Resources, forums and programs that provide for the exchange of business and professional experience and promote best practices. 4. Significant cost savings through the ACEC Business Insurance Trust, Life/ Health Insurance Trust and Retirement Trust. 5. Leadership development initiatives, including the Future Leaders Program and Emerging Leaders Forum, to help build the next generation of leaders within the engineering profession. ACEC GEORGIA PRACTICE AREA FORUMS Whether newly launched or longstanding, these Forums are designed to give ACEC Georgia members the opportunity to meet peers, share industry concerns and work toward solutions. • Building Systems (MEP) • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Championed by Rob Lewis, HNTB Corporation & Taylor Wright, Atkins • Energy Championed by Anita Atkinson, Patterson & Dewar Engineers • Executive Roundtable Championed by Al Pond, Pond & Company • Geotechnical Championed by John Heath, Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc. • Land Development Championed by BJ Martin, Paragon Consulting Group • Structural Championed by Rob Weilacher, Uzun + Case, LLC • Transportation (GPTQ) • Water/Environmental Championed by Chris Ogier, Spicer Group SECTION, BRANCHES AND INSTITUTES Civil Engineering is a broad field. ASCE has many technical groups and branches to serve the diverse needs of our members. Typical meeting times and locations of our technical groups and branches. POTENTIAL SOUTH GEORGIA BRANCH The Georgia Section is investigating developing a branch to serve our members in South Georgia, near Valdosta. An exploratory meeting was held on April 2, 2015 and future meetings are being planned. If you live in South Georgia, and are interested in joining or helping to develop a branch, please contact Lisa Woods at Lisa.Woods@bwsc.net. LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES In late March, Georgia Section members Lenor Bromberg, Stu Moring, Rebecca Shelton, Melissa Wheeler, Ray Wilke and Christina Vulova met with the staffs of our U.S. Representatives and Senators to discuss infrastructure issues. Specific items discussed were appropriating the funds authorized in last year’s Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). Just because an act authorizes funding doesn’t mean it will happen. It still has to be appropriated in the federal budget. The other main issue discussed was providing for a longterm transportation bill with a stable and streamlined funding process. This would allow the Department of Transportation in each state to plan and execute projects more efficiently. Meanwhile, Georgia was passing a transportation bill which has the potential to provide $1 billion for transportation funding in Georgia. It is not perfect, but is a muchneeded step towards addressing the necessities outlined in the ASCE’s 2014 Georgia Infrastructure Report Card. ASHE is known throughout Georgia as being one of the most active organizations in the transportation industry. With over 400 members, ASHE Georgia provides an exceptional balance of professional development, industry networking and social opportunities. The success of ASHE Georgia would not be possible without the officers and committee chairs that dedicate their time and efforts to help the organization run effectively. However, several of the ASHE Georgia members are furthering their involvement in ASHE on a regional and national level. These folks have continued to provide support to the ASHE Southeast Region and ASHE National through numerous essential positions. Nikki Reutlinger – Nikki was the Georgia Section Regional Representative for Southeast Region from 2009 to 2011. From 2011 to 2014, she was elected to the National Board as a National Director for the Southeast Region. While serving as National Director, Reutlinger also served as the Secretary of the Southeast Regional Board from 2011-2012. In addition, she became the National Conference Chair in 2013 and continues in this role presently. Scott Jordan – Scott is currently the Southeast Region President, a role in which he organizes and runs quarterly conference call meetings within the region and one face-to-face meeting in the fall of each year for a total of four meetings. Other sections in the Southeast Region include: Central Florida, Northeast Florida, Tampa Bay, Gold Coast and Middle Tennessee. Tim Matthews – Tim was the Southeast Region President in 2012 and 2013, during which time he also served as the Georgia Section Regional Representative for the Southeast Region. Currently, Tim is the National Co-Chair for the New Sections Committee. Mindy Sanders – Mindy is the National Chair of the Technology Committee. With the help of the website and cloud subcommittees, the objectives of this committee are to research, propose and execute new technology-based tools in an effort to better support our members and the mission of ASHE. Jenny Jenkins – Jenny is the National Chair of the Collaborations Committee. In this role, she is the liaison between the New Sections, Partnerships, Public Relations and Members-at-Large National Committees. In addition, Jenny is the Southeast Regional Representative to the National Public Relations Committee, as well as the Public Relations Representative for the ASHE National Store. Ron Osterloh – Ron is currently the Georgia Section Regional Representative for Southeast Region. The Regions are set up to more effectively serve ASHE’s geographic interests, encourage greater section participation and communication, maintain a more cost effective approach for serving ASHE membership and advance the stature and growth of ASHE. Tom Ziegler – Tom is currently the National Conference Committee Co- Chair. The Georgia Engineering Foundation’s annual scholarship application process began on April 1, 2015 and concludes August 31, 2015. • Make sure your Georgia engineering students go to www.gefinc.org to start the online application process. • Selected students will be awarded their scholarship checks at the spectacular Dunwoody Country Club at our Annual Banquet in November 2015. • The Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF), working with Georgia’s engineering organizations and community, has given out more than 800 scholarships to Georgia students who have demonstrated high achievement in academics, have begun developing engineering careers, have been involved in school and community activities and have expressed a financial need. • Chartered in 1971 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, GEF is able to receive tax-deductible donations which are used in awarding engineering scholarships to deserving students. GEF provides the following scholarship services in which all member organizations are welcome to participate: • Obtains applicants through advertisements with Georgia high schools, colleges and universities. Typically, more than 200 applications are received for the 40 scholarships annually. • Maintains a central website for conducting the electronic filing of applications. • Reviews each application and conducts interviews with shortlisted candidates to ensure the qualifications of applicants, including: o Review of academic performance through certified transcripts; o Confirmation of Georgia residency; o Review of engineering, scholastic and community engagement; and o Enrollment or acceptance in an ABET-accredited college or university (does not necessarily need to be a Georgia-based college or university.) • Manages donated scholarship endowment funds and partners with donating organizations and individuals to ensure that selected recipients meet the criteria established by the donors for the individual scholarships. • Hosts an annual award banquet and program for scholarship awardees, guests and donors. Supporters have the opportunity to be a sponsor for the Annual Awards Banquet at the following levels: o Platinum ($1,200 Contribution) o Gold ($800 Contribution) o Bronze ($400 Contribution) WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES DOES GEF PROVIDE FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION? GEF is an organization which promotes engineering as a profession for future generations, as well as provides volunteer and financial support for STEM-related educational programs. GEF relies upon volunteers from each of its member organizations to promote, administer and select the scholarship recipients, as well as offer support to other educational endeavors, such as: • Exploring Engineer Academy, now in its 15th year • Benjamin Mays Math & Science High School • Rockdale Magnet School • State Science Fair Awards • Future Cities • MATHCOUNTS With the E-Week Gala behind us, it was time to tackle the main GSPE event of the year. MATHCOUNTS – the fabulous organization that strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs. Middle school students are at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. This year’s events included over 1,000 students from around the state participating in local competitions. The best teams from each school district go to the State Tournament hosted at Georgia Tech where over 200 students fight for the Mathlete of the Year title. At the end of the event, trophies were awarded to the top four teams and the top four Mathletes who will represent Georgia in May at the National Competition in Boston. The success of this great event would not have occured without our volunteers and sponsors. Each local GSPE Chapter not only hosts the local MATHCOUNTS competition, but provides the volunteers and resources to make this incredible event happen. I cannot name the hundreds of volunteers who make these local events happen, but I appreciate each and every one of you who give your time to these wonderful kids. This is also true of the State Tournament. Betty Jean Jordan oversees the State Tournament and without her yeoman’s effort, along with the state volunteers, the tournament would not be as great as it is. THANK YOU, Betty Jean! I also must thank our sponsors. Without them, MATHCOUNTS in Georgia would not exist. We have two longtime platinum sponsors – Shell Oil and Lockheed Martin Aeronautical – along with numerous other corporate and society sponsors: Georgia Engineering Foundation, ACEC Georgia, American Society of Civil Engineers, A4, Inc., Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants, Inc., Golder Associates, Peoples & Quigley Consulting Engineers, Schnabel Engineering and Willmer Engineering. THANK YOU! This year, the GSPE Board of Directors has worked diligently to plan a strategy to make MATHCOUNTS even better. We wanted more schools/kids involved in the program. This meant we needed more teach sponsors and principals actively involved in developing these MATHCOUNTS clubs. To have these sponsors and clubs, we needed help financially. As a result, the Board developed a plan to raise more funds in order to financially sponsor more teams, with an immediate goal to raise $25,000. The Department of Commerce notes: “STEM field careers are some of the best-paying and have the greatest potential for job growth in the early 21st century.” STEM workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and training in STEM fields generally results in higher wages, whether or not they work in a STEM field. In 2006, the United States National Academies expressed their concern about the declining state of STEM education in the United States. As a result, a list of the top 10 actions needed was created. Their top three recommendations were to: • Increase America’s talent pool in K–12 • Strengthen the skills of teachers • Enlarge the pipeline of students interested in STEM degrees At GSPE, we think professional engineering is one of the greatest and most rewarding fields an individual can enter. To help promote this belief, we must undertake the training and support of the math and science fields. That begins with our kids. Become an active member of GSPE if you are a P.E. and get involved with this great program. Become a cheerleader for MATHCOUNTS by getting YOUR company to become a sponsor and by promoting it to everyone you know. Having our kids in a STEM field isn’t a bad idea after all, even though they may like to blaze their own path. In January, I attended my first father-daughter dance at her new school. Th e DJ’s tip for the dads was to spin your daughters so they get dizzy and they go home happy. Dancing with my daughter reminded me of the fun times we have once a year dancing on Tuesday night at the ITE Summer Seminar. Yes, even engineers can jive if you put on some good music – “daddy, please” helps, too. If you have not registered for the Summer Seminar yet, NOW is the time. Our conference chair, Kelly Patrick, and committee members are hard at work preparing to host another outstanding conference. Come join us for solid technical sessions, the opportunity to strengthen relationships and create new ones. In February, we partnered with ASHE for the third year and held a successful Winter Workshop conference (fifth one and counting). A big thank you to Luis Velasquez, Brian O’Connor and the committee for organizing this event. If you are interested in getting involved with a committee and networking with your peers, please contact one of our committee chairs listed on our website. Our Engineering Outreach and Activities committees have been busy this year. ITE members Robert Baker Jr., Troy Galloway and Esteban Carrillo volunteered to assist with MATHCOUNTS competitions in February. During these competitions, middle school participants solve math problems faster than the questions can be read! Fourteen ITE members also volunteered to assist ASCE with its “toothpick bridge” event. Th ank you to our volunteers who helped make this event successful! Over 100 students attended the event and 50 bridges were tested. Remember, our Monthly Meetings are typically held on the second Thursday of the month in the Atlanta metro area (except in July when we will be in St. Simons Island). We look forward to seeing you at our next event! One of the more important and rewarding responsibilities of ITS Georgia is looking out for the future of the industry. Nurturing and supporting young, rising engineers is critical to the continued growth and success of the industry that is becoming more a part of daily life. We are lucky to have an outstanding University System in Georgia that excels in producing engineers and facilitating groundbreaking research. With the help of a determined graduate student at Georgia Tech, an Intelligent Transportation Society student chapter has been formed under the sponsorship of ITS Georgia. While centered at Tech, the chapter is open to all Georgia University System students. Billy Kihei, the student who started the ITSA@GT chapter, is a Ph.D. student in the area of Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks primarily focused on developing innovative collision avoidance applications for Vehicle-2-Vehicle communications. Kihei says he got his inspiration to start the chapter aft er winning second place in the student essay competition at the ITS World Congress 2014 in Detroit. “The experience and opportunities provided by ITS America at the World Congress were amazing and very fruitful,” Kihei said. “What I learned there was how many different engineering disciplines actually touch ITS. I perceived ITSA as an organization that could help different engineering departments at my school come together under one banner to exchange research ideas. We really are a unique transportation related organization for Georgia Tech in that we do not just have Civil Engineering students as members. Currently, we have members from Electrical Engineering, Public Policy, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering majors. As technology advances into the Internet of Things, ITS will be much more than copper coils in the ground and Georgia Tech is the perfect place to foster new ITS technologies,” he added. The student chapter adviser is John A. Copeland, Ph.D., an acclaimed researcher who is currently specializing in network security – a critical function with connected vehicles fast becoming a reality. The chair of the chapter advisory board is Yusun Chang, Ph.D., who leads the connected vehicle and mobile communications lab at Georgia Tech. Dr. Chang is a wireless expert helping to pioneer early Vehicle-2-Vehicle communication research. Kihei serves as student chapter president and Bryan Hayes serves as vice president. As my term as President of the Atlanta Post ends, I would like to thank the Board and all of our members for their support and hard work over the past 18 months. It has been a pleasure serving the Post and all of you. I am happy to announce our 2015- 2016 Board to be sworn in at our June luncheon: For anyone who hasn’t been to a SAME Atlanta Post luncheon, you have been missing out. Benefits of SAME membership include: • Connecting with top engineering officials from the public and private sectors. • Learning about upcoming projects directly from the Engineering Service Chiefs. • Building relationships within SAME’s community of over 25,000 A/E/C professionals. • Continuing education courses and credits. • Accessing stipends and reimbursements for young members to attend conferences and to become licensed professionals. We hope to see you at a future SAME event! SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES SAME Atlanta Post is proud to sponsor Georgia Engineering Foundation Scholarships. Applications are being accepted now for both incoming college freshmen and upperclassmen/graduate students. You can find applications at www.gefinc.org. SEAOG has had a very busy and successful year. The Atlanta Chapter has hosted seven chapter meetings, organized a full-day fall seminar and has updated our webpage. The two most recent chapter meetings prior to our summer break were: • April 8: The “Activities of NCSEA,” where we also discussed the current status of the S.E. Licensing legislation in Florida. • May 13: A presentation on “Lateral Stability of Cold-Formed Steel.” We also hosted a hands-on bolting seminar at Stein Steel in the spring which was well-attended, and we will be hosting a full-day seminar in the fall on steel design and constructability. Please visit our website at www.seaog.org/events.html to find out time and location, as well as additional information on these presentations. The Savannah Chapter has held four meetings and has three additional meetings planned. These include: • April: Innovations in Steel • May: Repair and Strengthening of Concrete and Masonry • August: Considerations for Specifying Concrete Mixes • October: Comparisons of Deep Foundation Options • November: Moment Frame Optimization Visit www.seaog.org/savan.html to keep updated with the goings-on of the Savannah Chapter. SEAOG also hosted training sessions through NCSEA and Kaplan for preparation of the NCEES 16-hour exam that were attended by 15 people. The Young Members Group (YMG) has also been busy with various social and networking happy hours, as well as separate meetings with guest speakers to go over fundamental structural engineering concepts. You can keep up with the YMG, as well as get signed up for future email notices, at www.seaog.org/ymg.html. SEAOG currently has 178 members. One of the many benefits of membership is the collaboration with colleagues in the structural engineering community at the local chapter meetings and at the seminars. I hope you will consider getting involved with this group of exceptional engineers to help improve the practice of the structural engineering profession in Georgia. It’s mid-year and WTS Atlanta has already made a significant footprint in the Atlanta region for women in transportation. In March, we held our first Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) forum, where we heard from prominent women in the transportation industry discuss their successes and challenges in areas of business development, teaming and partnerships and overall branding. Panelists included Teresa Epple of Southeastern Engineering, Inc., DeLois Babiker of Intellectual Concepts and Joddie Gray of UrbanTrans. The program was moderated by MARTA’s Executive Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Ferdinand Risco, Jr. The DBE forum represented our strategic goal of “being a leader in recognizing success and providing resources.” Supporting our goal to “foster a pipeline of transportation professionals through service,” WTS Atlanta’s Transportation YOU program sponsored the Grady High School G3 Robotics Team trip to the FIRST international robotics championship in St. Louis in April 2015. In continuing our commitment for pipeline programs, WTS Atlanta also held a joint meeting and spring social with the Georgia Tech WTS Chapter. Also in April, WTS Atlanta partnered with COMTO Atlanta to host a S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) Show-and-Tell event in an effort to broaden the study of engineering at younger grades, even elementary school. Other April programs included the WTS/ASHE Tennis Tournament held on April 30, 2015. As a reminder, if your company or agency is interested in supporting the efforts of WTS Atlanta, please contact Michelle Erste at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lastly, I would like to recognize the outstanding members of WTS Atlanta and our esteemed Board of Directors for 2015:
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