STUDENT OUTREACH Outreach to K-12 students has steadily increased over the past several years and we expect to reach over 20,000 Georgia students this year! ASCE has long sponsored events, such as Toothpick Bridge, MATHCOUNTS and the BSA Explore Engineering Academy; but more recently, we have become more and more involved in career fairs and STEM days. Studies show that we are not graduating enough civil engineers and it is up to us to educate young people about the rewards of becoming a civil engineer. Civil engineering is a career where people can make a difference in the world around them and have meaningful work, while raising a family and being a part of their community. We need help reaching students, especially all over the metro Atlanta area. If you are interested in getting involved when school starts again this Fall, please email Shaukat Syed now at shaukat. email@example.com and he can get you on our volunteer list. Even if you just visit one school a year, you can make a difference. VISITS TO GEORGIA SOUTHERN AND SAVANNAH STATE Georgia ASCE President Rebecca Shelton had the opportunity to meet with engineering students in south Georgia in April. She was impressed with the students at both Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University. Their advisors, Gustavo Maldonado, Ph.D., P.E., M. ASCE of Georgia Southern and Bryan Knakiewicz, Ph.D., A.M. ASCE of Savannah State, are doing an excellent job of training young engineers. SUMMER BREAK The ASCE Georgia Section and most of our technical groups and branches will take a break from monthly meetings over the summer. We will reconvene on Friday, August 28, 2015 for our Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, where GDOT Deputy Commissioner Todd Long and national President-Elect Mark Woodson will be our featured speakers. Woodson will also be visiting the University of Georgia Student Chapter and Northeast Georgia Branch during his trip. THANK YOU SPONSORS! Thank you to our 2014-2015 sponsors: • AECOM • Applied Technology Group • Belgard Hardscapes • CH2M • Compliance Envirosystems • FTI Consulting • GeoHydro Engineers • Hanson Pipe & Precast • Hayward Baker • Heath & Lineback Engineers • John Group International • Keck & Wood • LB Foster • Oldcastle Precast Your contributions make student outreach, scholarships, public education and our many other programs possible! Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF) is proud to support its member firms, and in conjunction with this issue’s theme ‘Energy & Environment,’ we want to highlight one member firm for its longtime and outstanding commitment to GEF. The Georgia Power Engineering Association (GPEA), which is comprised of employees of Georgia Power, deserves our strongest praise. The GPEA is a founding member of GEF. The GPEA was founded long before GEF. In fact, it was founded in 1956 and is a professional society of active and retired engineers employed by Georgia Power and Southern Company Services. The objective of the organization is to provide a medium for the exchange of technical information related to the company’s engineering activities and is open to all engineering disciplines. Each year, GPEA is responsible for the selection of Georgia Power’s ‘Engineer of the Year,’ as well as a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ recipient. Over the years, GPEA has provided three distinguished GEF Presidents who all have become life members of GEF: Charles H. Huling, P.E. A civil engineer, former Vice President of Georgia Power and now retired, served as President of GEF from 1988-1989. Jimmy M. Zerkus, P.E. Project Manager, Customer Choice, at Georgia Power and was President of GEF from 1989-1990. David A. Lips, P.E. Electrical Engineer at Georgia Power in Design & System Protection and now retired, was President of GEF from 1993-1994. David remains active on the Board of GEF, as well as being active in GPEA and IEEE. The GPEA, in addition to providing leadership to GEF over the years, has provided an annual college scholarship each year for 35 years. Today, that scholarship is for $1,000 and in 2014 was awarded to Zachary A. Norman, a junior at Georgia Southern University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Norman has completed two co-op blocks at Plant Hatch nuclear power plant. Norman escapes engineering through music and singing. The GeDtivities for Georgia Power. While GEF recognizes the great contributions made by the Georgia Power Engineering Association, we also thank our other outstanding member organizations: It’s that time of year again, at least for GSPE, to transition leadership. Every year at the Georgia Engineers Summer Conference, GSPE officially transitions our state leadership from one board to the next. This is normally a smooth transition, as those stepping up have been learning from those currently leading for the better part of the year. And, the next group of leaders have also been identified so that they can begin to learn the responsibilities they will soon accept. This is a valuable process that most of our professional organizations have put in place. Has yours? What about your company? How do you identify and prepare those up-and-coming leaders for your company or organization? The ability to lead an organization or company can come somewhat naturally, but most skills have to be learned through experiences and sometimes even failures. Transitions for companies may often be clean breaks where the outgoing leadership completely leaves to move on to their next opportunity (or retirement) and the new leadership has to step in with either none or much less experience than their predecessor. The experience of being a leader in other organizations is vital to better prepare for these opportunities. What better place to learn how to be a leader than through a professional organization – where the former leadership remains in advisory roles to allow the new leadership the opportunity to lean on and pull experiences from them. The full value of the experience and knowledge gained through these organizations cannot be quantitatively measured, but it will greatly benefit those who step up and take it on. If you want your company to have employees with these skills and be ready to lead, then encourage or even reward them for participating and taking on leadership responsibilities. No person is too young or too old to get involved and start gaining these experiences. One of my favorite ways to remind people of this is by saying “It is possible to learn something new every day.” I hope you will encourage your employees/co-workers/friends/family to get involved with a professional organization. We believe that GSPE is a great place to gain these experiences and we enjoy working together as a board. If you think GSPE is somewhere you’d like to get plugged-in, let us know and we’ll find a place for you. Any level of involvement will be a benefit to you and the engineering community. Depending on when you receive this article, you will either be driving to the Georgia Section ITE Summer Seminar or reminiscing about the great presentations and fun you had with your colleagues. I want to thank the many conference sponsors, the firms who support the conference by sending their brightest engineers and planners, our distinguished speakers and the many, many volunteers who willingly give their energy to host one of the best technical conferences in the Southeast! A special thank you to the Conference Chair, Kelly Patrick, with Cobb County DOT, and the Conference Technical Chair, Jody Peace, with ARCADIS. I am glad to see our Georgia Section continuing to hold great events. Each event helps to advance our profession and meet my goal for 2015: to “draw people into the transportation profession.” Our Technical Committee hosted a Traffic Signal Performance Measures Workshop on May 13th. Dr. Darcy Bullock instructed (and entertained) over 50 attendees, instructing signal timing engineers on how to use tactical performance measures. Using high-resolution controller data, Dr. Bullock showed how we can improve arterial progression and improve green time performance. All of our RTOP, PTOP, MTOP and QTOP corridor managers were excited to learn about how they can optimize our major signal corridors in Georgia. I look forward to our profession implementing new methods and improving all of our commutes. After you return from summer vacation and weekends at the pool, we look forward to seeing you at our events planned for this fall. Check dates for upcoming events at www.gaite.org, including: • Monthly Meetings – Four to go: August, September, October and November • Engineering Outreach Events • Activities Committee Events • Leadership Training – Led by ITE for Up-and-Coming ITE Members • Technical Exchange – Led by France Campbell and the Technical Committee • Annual Meeting (December 10th at Maggiano’s Buckhead) 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. We look forward to seeing you at our next event! GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY NEW STUDENT CHAPTER ANNOUNCEMENT It is with great excitement that the Georgia Section ITE Board announces a new ITE Student Chapter at Georgia Southern University! Thank you to the recent graduate, Chris Bachmann, who sparked the idea and led the effort to create the ITE Student Chapter. The founding faculty advisor is Dr. N. Mike Jackson, Ph.D., P.E., the Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management. Helping to get the chapter started will be Scott Zehngraff , P.E., P.T.O.E., serving as the Student Chapter Liaison. To our members and alumni of Georgia Southern, please join me and the Georgia Section in supporting and encouraging the development of our newest ITE Student Chapter! If you would like to make a presentation to the new chapter please see contact either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. It was 30 years ago that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled Back to the Future in the famous DeLorean to unite Marty’s high-school-age parents. To commemorate, we’re going Back to the ITSGA Annual Meeting to unite you with the future of intelligent transportation. The 2015 ITS Georgia Annual Meeting and Exposition, September 27 – 29 at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, brings together transportation professionals from around the state and nation to see and hear about the latest in ITS technology, solutions and to share lessons learned from projects around the southeast. The technical program will include sessions on a range of topics that will appeal to you regardless of your area of focus. Plus, you can catch up on your professional development hours in an enjoyable setting on one of Georgia’s Golden Isles. AMONG THE TOPICS: Information Dissemination: Engineer speak for text, tweet, pin, post or Google information to motorists. What happens when you share data and what the law says you can and can’t do. Connected Vehicles: What will cars say when they talk to one another? The expected impact on traffic operations and preparing for “smart cars.” Traffic Signals: Will Red Light cameras catch hover boards? How to make signals smarter and more fully integrated into the overall ATMS operation. Tolling and Managed Lanes: What’s the toll for a time travel? Managed lanes are a growing part of our transportation system. Designing, building and managing them. ITS Projects In and Out of Georgia: Transit, access management, signal timing and more. GDOT Update: What’s coming down the pike. In addition to the sessions, we will have vendors exhibiting the latest in ITS-related hardware and software. Sponsorships, which are so important to the organization, are available too. So whether you’re a seasoned transportation professional, just starting your career or just want to learn more about the fascinating world of intelligent transportation, join us September 27 – 29 on beautiful Jekyll Island and find out what the toll will be for hover boards. To exhibit, sponsor or register to attend, visit www.itsga.org. SAME Atlanta Post Past President Awarded Tudor Medal Pamela Little, P.E., LEED AP, Past President of the Atlanta Post was awarded the Tudor Medal at the Society of American Military Engineers annual Joint Engineer Training Conference on May 21 in Houston, Texas. The Tudor Medal is named in honor of Ralph A. Tudor, Civil Engineer and Builder. The medal was first awarded in 1966. Little met the following criteria required for the civilian, young member award: • Outstanding contributions to engineering, design and planning in the past three years. • Demonstrated leadership in managing projects and organizations. • Receipt of awards or other recognition for professionalism, leadership. The Atlanta Post is very proud of Little’s accomplishments and thanks her for her service as Post President, January 2014-June 2015.C Frequently Asked SAME Questions What is SAME? SAME is the Society of American Military Engineers, but the organization is so much more than its name implies. SAME is a global professional organization with the vision of advancing the professional and personal growth of its members, the military and public sector engineering communities, as well as the architecture, engineering and construction industries. Do I have to have served in the military to join SAME? No. Do I have to be an engineer to join SAME? No, and you can find membership information through the SAME National website link at http://same.org/index.php/membership. Why should I join SAME if my firm doesn’t do military work? Through SAME you can: • Connect with top engineering officials from the public and private sectors at SAME national, regional and local meetings, conferences and events; • Build relationships with SAME’s community of more than 25,000 A/E/C professionals; • Get continuing education courses and credits toward professional licensure; and • Be part of a professional group that focuses on developing your skills and talents, while working together with other members to build a better future. Where and when do you have meetings? Our local Post meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Dunwoody Country Club at 11:30a.m. for a lunch program, with a couple of exceptions. In May, we host a Golf Tournament and in September we have our annual Shrimp Boil at a different location. Visit our website for more information on events (www.sameatlantapost.org) or contact our Post President. SEAOG wrapped up its chapter meetings in May and is now on summer break. The various events that were held during the 2014-2015 year were reviewed in our last article in the May/June issue of Engineering Georgia and can also be found on our website at www.seaog.org. As I reflect back on the previous year (and the first year of my two-year term), I see a lot of successes regarding program and seminars that aligned with our mission of improving the level of knowledge and practice of the structural engineering profession in Georgia. Our membership level has also steadily increased, as structural engineers across the state see the value of the organization. The program planning for the 2015-2016 year is well underway and most of the chapter meetings are already listed on the “Events” page of our website. We are also in the final planning stages for the Fall Seminar to be held in October. This seminar will focus on steel issues, ranging from design to constructability. Look for future emails and website postings as we finalize the program content and date. SEAOG will continue to work with its legislature regarding the recognition of a post P.E. license for those who will practice structural engineering in the future, as well as providing a transition clause for those currently practicing structural engineering. The SEAOG Executive Committee agrees with national organizations, such as the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA), the Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE) and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), that this type of licensing is necessary to recognize those engineers that pass the 16-hour National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Structural Exam. In addition, it is an important step to continue to improve the practice of structural engineering. Finally, since SEAOG is a Member Organization of the larger national group (NCSEA), I thought it would be beneficial to alert the readers to the upcoming national conference called the Structural Engineering Summit, which will be held in Las Vegas from September 30 to October 3 later this year. This convention is a great way to meet and interact with other structural engineers from across the country, as well as a great way to keep up with the latest developments in the structural engineering field through the various technical sessions. Go to www.ncsea. com to learn more or to sign up for the conference. I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to reporting back in the fall. WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Members of the WTS Atlanta chapter exemplify the WTS mission daily and through their achievements. Recently, several impressive women in transportation accomplished great feats: Ann Hanlon, Executive Director of the North Fulton CID, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) by Governor Nathan Deal. Ann has spent the last 13 years working in transportation finance and public policy in the Atlanta region. Margaret-Avis Akofio-Sowah was recently awarded the WTS CH2M Partnership Scholarship. WTS Strategic Partner CH2M awards a scholarship of $10,000 each year to an outstanding applicant. The scholarship was presented to Margaret at the WTS Annual Conference in Chicago in May. Margaret is currently pursuing a doctorate in transportation engineering at Georgia Tech, where she is also a Graduate Research Assistant working with the Infrastructure Research Group. Mary Sisay, a Structural Engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff , was selected to shadow WTS International President and CEO, Marcia Ferranto, during the week of the WTS Annual Conference in Chicago. Th at shadowing process gave Mary the opportunity to attend strategic meetings and meet high-level transportation leaders from across the country. Five WTS Atlanta members recently graduated from the ACEC Georgia Future Leaders Program, a 19-year-old program that has helped to further the career of some of the most talented and successful engineers in the engineering industry. Congratulations to the following WTS members who graduated the program: Kimberly Baker, ARCADIS Michelle Erste, Wolverton & Associates, Inc. Alison Gonzalez, McGee Partners, Inc. Marissa Martin, Wolverton & Associates, Inc. Candice Th omas, McGee Partners, Inc. In late May, several WTS Atlanta members joined another 600 attendees at the WTS International Conference in Chicago. At the conference, they networked with other women and men in the transportation industry and attended professional development and technical sessions. Also in May, the chapter hosted a technical tour of the Delta Flight Museum. In June, WTS Atlanta hosted its annual GDOT Board Breakfast, which was attended by WTS members, GDOT staff and corporate sponsor representatives. In addition, in July, the chapter will be hosting a technical tour of the Atlanta Beltline. Please mark your calendars for the WTS Annual Scholarship Luncheon that will take place on Th ursday, October 29th at the Georgia Aquarium.
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