1955 R. Berl Elder calls a meeting of engineers in Macon to explore the creation of a statewide organization for consulting engineers. Others in the core group of “founders” included Ralph Bush, Ben Persons, T.Z. Chastain and Tom Mundy. This group travelled around the state, urging other engineers to join the soon-to-be- formed organization. 1956 Stemming from the 1955 meeting, the Consulting Engineers Association of Georgia was formed. Soon thereafter, it changed to Consulting Engineers Council of Georgia and, in 2001, became the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia). 1978 In memory of ACEC Georgia’s founder, a tradition of raising money to fund scholarships for students in engineering began: the R. Berl Elder Scholarship. In 1978, a separate legal entity was established to facilitate scholarship donations and the creation of an endowment - the “R. Berl Elder Memorial Scholarship Foundation Trust,” which is still in existence today. 1998 The ACEC Georgia Future Leaders Program is launched by ACEC Georgia staff member Gwen Brandon to train up-and-coming engineering leaders to meet the challenging demands of a highly competitive business environment. By partnering with top industry professionals, attendees are taught skills that extend well beyond the profession, including growing their understanding of business development, communications, financial management, effective marketing and presentation skills, legal issues and industry-related public policy issues. 2008 The Future Leaders Program marks 10 years in existence. 2008 - 2013 The Future Leaders Program graduates nearly 150 during the span of five classes. 2014 Clara Jennings and Marlin Dartnell are presented with R. Berl Elder Memorial Scholarships by then-ACEC Georgia Chairman Darrell Rochester of Rochester & Associates and Anita Atkinson of Patterson & Dewar Engineers, respectively. This is the 36th year scholarships have been awarded. 2015 Now in its 18th year, the Future Leaders Program has graduated more than 500 rising industry professionals and has been a model for similar programs in other states. The Future Leaders Program continues to give participants the opportunity to build relationships with their peers in the profession and to gain insight into the various aspects of successful firm operation and management. The Emerging Leaders Forum was formed to provide ongoing leadership training and professional development opportunities to Future Leader graduates. RICHARD MORALES, M.SC, M.ASCE, P.E. Some of us come to leadership by means of various paths, enriched by a variety of life experiences. In this journey for the upcoming year, it is my honor to serve as your new ASCE Georgia President. I have been fortunate with the opportunity to work with such a professional Board of Directors; I know we will have not only another great year, but will have a lot of fun along the way. I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to serve you and look forward to being able to work with such a fantastic organization. We have a great association with over 3,000 members in Georgia. We need to share stories of our many benefits to society, such as the adequate roads, clean water, safe bridges, airports, sewers and mass transit systems that we design and build. If we don’t discuss it, who will? We have several great initiatives in store this year. ASCE Georgia needs to stay at the forefront of advocating for adequate Infrastructure Funding by informing both the public and our elected officials. ASCE Georgia Board members Shaukat Syed and John Pierson continue to grow our K-12 STEM outreach to more than 20,000 students. They continue to excite and encourage our youth to pursue a career in civil engineering. Also, under the leadership of our Young Member Director, Annie Blissit, we hope to grow our student outreach, as well as encourage more of our young engineers to get involved with ASCE Georgia’s fun activities! ASCE has something for everyone within civil engineering. It offers so many opportunities to grow in new directions. Let me encourage you to take advantage of those opportunities, no matter how daunting they may seem at first. Keep growing as a volunteer within ASCE Georgia and as a professional in your career. Our future will be the better for it. 2015 ASCE ANNUAL MEETING AND AWARDS GALA On August 28, 2015, our 2015-2016 officers were installed by ASCE National President-Elect Mark Woodson, P.E. LS, D.WRE, F.ASCE during an outstanding event at the Historic Carlyle House in Norcross. We also had the great privilege of having as guest speaker Todd Long, Georgia Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner. Stu Moring, P.E. with the City of Roswell (retired) was Master of Ceremonies and presented awards, including Engineer of the Year to Doris I. Willmer, P.E., President and CEO of Willmer Engineering, and Young Engineer of the Year to Julie Secrist, P.E. of Southeastern Engineering, Inc. We had excellent project award submissions this year which made judging difficult. We also enjoyed the great music provided by performing professional engineers, “Odd Man Out,” which kept the Gala event rocking along! Congratulations to all winners! SMALL CATEGORY Project - Georgia Institute of Technology Roe-Stamps Field Reconstruction Engineer - Matthew Tanner, P.E., Breedlove Land Planning, Inc Owner - Georgia Institute of Technology LARGE CATEGORY Project - Southeast Atlanta Green Infrastructure Initiative, Phase 2A Media Lot 5 MG Storage Vault Engineers - Ade Abon, P.E., City of Atlanta, Steve Bupp, Gresham, Smith & Partners, Patrick Peters, P.E., Heath & Lineback Engineers, Black & Veatch, Rohadfox Construction Owner - City of Atlanta NATURAL ENVIRONMENT CATEGORY Project - Allenhurst Phase II Stream Restoration Project Engineers - Kit Hamblen, P.E. and Kevin Middlebrooks, CH2M Owner - Gwinnett County BRIAN O’CONNOR, P.E. I am excited to have been sworn in as the ASHE Georgia Section President for the 2015-2016 year. I would like to take a moment to thank Michael Bywaletz for his service for the last two years as President, but also for his outstanding work as a Board Member since 2002! As I pointed out in my first Board meeting, neither the iPhone, nor even the iPod, had been invented when Michael stepped into a Board position. I would also like to thank the remainder of the Board, Committee Chairs and volunteers that have put forth such a significant effort to make our Georgia Section the success that it is. A number of new faces have joined the Board and moved into Committee Chairs this year; we are looking forward to using everyone’s valuable input to help the Georgia Section maintain its continued level of success. As always, we can’t do everything we do without help from volunteers! Thank you to everyone that has volunteered this year and in the past. This year we saw the passage of historic legislation for transportation funding in the state of Georgia that will ensure up to an additional $1 billion a year through an increase in motor fuel taxes and fees for electric vehicles, hotel nights, etc. This bill will help reduce the shortfall in the Federal highway trust fund and will give Georgia greater flexibility for infrastructure improvements throughout the state. In addition, other funding for the advancement of transit within the region became a reality in 2015, which may lead to the expansion of MARTA into new areas of greater Atlanta. RECENT EVENTS We had a very busy schedule as we moved into our summer break this year. • In May, we held our annual golf tournament at River Pines in Johns Creek, GA and had a great time playing and socializing with our fellow Georgia Section members. A huge thanks for all of the hard work by the golf committee and volunteers as this continues to be a sold-out event every year. • On June 12, our members attended the ASHE National Conference in Baltimore, MD. We also held our June meeting at the Cobb County Safety Village where we learned about the Braves stadium progress, as well as the other projects going on in and around Cobb. • In July, we had our second Happy Hour at Monday Night Brewing. Over 25 Georgia Section members attended and good time was had by all. In closing, I look forward to continuing our dynamic programs, both technical and social, that we have all so much enjoyed over the past years. Suggestions for new events, meeting topics and locations are always welcome. Please email them to any Board member for consideration. We look forward to seeing you at our next event! RAYMOND J. WILKE, P.E. THE GEORGIA ENGINEERING FOUNDATION’S MAJOR FOCUS IS SUPPORTING EDUCATION FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS. Chartered in 1971 as a 501(c)3 charitable organization, GEF provides the management, supervision and recognition of endowed and individual scholarships for all Georgia engineering societies, as well as scholarships from individual donors. If you belong to an engineering society, work for an engineering firm or are interested in educating our next generation of engineers, then let us help you reach out and help our young engineers succeed. WHAT GEF DOES TO PROMOTE ENGINEERING EDUCATION IN GEORGIA: We are prepared to again award approximately 40 scholarships at the annual Scholarship Banquet, November 19, 2015, at the Dunwoody Country Club. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding residents of Georgia attending Engineering and Technical Colleges in the United States. Call Steve Poole to help sponsor this event at (678) 662-9331. On the evening of June 5, the 15th week-long Exploring Engineering Academy at Georgia Tech concluded with a student/parent banquet and graduation ceremony. This annual event is led by SAME in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America’s “Learning for Life” program; it is also supported by GEF member organizations, such as ASCE, IEEE and ITE. See page 44 of this issue for more information on this amazing educational and mentoring event. Sign high school students up for the 2016 program at www.AtlantaExploring.org. In addition, GEF provides an Engineering STEM Grant of $500 to the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology each year. The grant helps with the school’s programs as stated below by Amanda Dyann Baskett, Assistant Director for the Rockdale School for Science and Technology: “Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology is committed to exposing all students to engineering. Starting in ninth grade, all students complete a mini engineering challenge in their research class. A three-year engineering pathway concludes with senior students launching their own engineering corps to build a project that gives back to the school, with last year’s class building a custom greenhouse. The seniors also compete with their own inventions in Georgia Tech’s Inventure Challenge with Team Joey Cling Sling winning ‘Top 10’ in the state for their social entrepreneurship model of a baby sling that protects against mosquitoes.” For additional information, visit www.rockdalemagnetschool.com. GEF also gives an Engineering STEM Grant of $500 to the Benjamin E. Mays High School. Science and Mathematics Academy Leader, Dante Edwards, shared these remarks on GEF’s support of the program: “The Science and Mathematics Academy at Benjamin E. Mays High School has partnered with the Georgia Engineering Foundation for over five years. Our students benefit greatly through the monetary and human capital GEF provides. Their monetary contributions grant our students access to cutting-edge equipment, supplemental textbooks and college tours.” KEVIN BERRY, P.E. GSPE AND THE PELS BOARD As the state society representing all Professional Engineers (P.E.), GSPE maintains a strong relationship with the Georgia Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors (PELS Board). We believe this is a critical value that we must provide to our members. In order to maintain this relationship, we attend the bi-monthly Board meetings that are held in Macon and keep an open line of communication with the members of the PELS Board, as well as their Executive Director. This relationship allows GSPE to provide timely feedback on rules and regulations that the Board is considering, and also enables GSPE to provide comments and concerns from our members directly to the Board. LUNCHES FOR TEST TAKERS Through this relationship with the PELS Board, GSPE has coordinated with the Secretary of State’s office to provide a location to host a lunch for those taking the Professional Engineering and Land Surveying exams. In order to help take at least one thing off the examinees minds, the Middle Georgia Chapter of GSPE coordinates this lunch at the Secretary of State’s offices, which are adjacent to the testing center. This lunch is offered to test takers at a subsidized cost and allows them to fully utilize the hour break they have on one of the most stressful days of their career. A NIGHT OF RECOGNITION GSPE not only encourages the P.E. test takers with a lunch on their exam day, we also congratulate and recognize the new Professional Engineers with a formal dinner and recognition ceremony. It is always a first-class event that celebrates and recognizes the hard work that the new P.E.s have put in to make it to this step in their career. This dinner is traditionally held in Atlanta in October of each year. If you know any engineers who passed the P.E. exam in the past year, encourage them to attend this year’s dinner on October 7, 2015. This event is of no charge to new P.E.s and will be a fitting acknowledgement of their accomplishment. ANDREW ANTWEILER, P.E. Robert Baker, Jr. and I volunteered as chaperones during the Exploring Engineering Academy held in June. This was my first experience with the program and I was amazed by the ambition of these high school students! Many of them are taking advanced classes, are involved in extra-curricular robotic building competitions and some have even planned out which college and degrees they want to pursue. When I was a ninth grader, I was playing games in the driveway with my neighborhood friends and had no idea what a company internship was. Kudos to the Boys Scouts of America and partner organizations that worked together to host about 50 students from around the state for one week. It was great to see volunteers from many engineering organizations assisting with the program. With Georgia Tech as their base, these students were exposed via multiple field trips (and bus rides) to engineering careers at area businesses. On “transportation day,” we visited the Georgia Department of Transportation Office of Materials and Testing, the MARTA Armour Yard Service Facility and an Oldcastle Precast plant in Stone Mountain. I was most impressed with the MARTA Armour Yard maintenance facility. Most Atlantans don’t realize the high maintenance and safety standards of our rail transit system. Did you know one rail car travels 575 miles PER DAY on the north-south line? The rail car fleet travels on average 23 million miles per year! Did you know both trucks on every rail car include both the power and motor to drive the car? Regular maintenance and re-builds of the car components are critical to the system’s daily demands. Thanks to the dedicated MARTA staff, our transit system is one of the best maintained and safest in the country. During the bus rides, I asked students their thoughts about transportation and shared some of my experiences. They wondered how we were going to solve I-285. Why isn’t there a more extensive MARTA rail system? Does it really costs one billion dollars to rebuild the I-285/GA 400 interchange? Only one of the 25 students on the bus was interested in a transportation career which was surprising to me! Most are interested in the new, “cool” bio-med field. Fellow engineers, this presents us with a challenge – a challenge to reach out to grade-level students and show them how ‘cool’ it is to optimize signal timing, improve everyone’s commute, design freight mobility improvements and invent the next smartphone app or flying vehicle. Knowing the theme of this issue is Workforce Development, I encourage you to pursue an opportunity to reach our youth, our college students and your co-workers to “draw them into the transportation profession.” The transportation field needs future engineers, but they do not have to be civil engineers. We need electrical, mechanical, networking and communications engineers, as well as professors, scientists and many others to improve the transportation of people and goods. The Georgia Section of ITE, and our partner engineering organizations, do a great job of providing continuing education for our current workforce. Let’s continue to build on successes and share our story of how much FUN our careers are - so those high school students think twice about what engineering degree they want to pursue. TOM SEVER, P.E. For almost 20 years, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) has been “ground zero” for mobility in the state, and the nerve center for our world-class intelligent transportation system (ITS). From the Olympics to Super Bowls to Snow Jams, top state officials and the news media gather on the Ops Floor to get the latest information on traffic, as well as watch operators dispatch and manage resources. So, after 20 years of watching over millions of daily commuters, the TMC has earned a face-lift – and it’s not just cosmetic. To accommodate the expansion of Express toll lanes on I-75, both north and south of the city, the State Road and Tollway Authority is moving and joining the GDOT operation at the TMC. The expansion will make room for 36 operator pods, up from 19. Each pod will focus on one aspect of managing the expansive Interstate ITS system and work with city and county-level control centers to manage surface streets. Pods will also be assigned to the Georgia State Patrol, Atlanta region traffic specialists, 511 call-takers and HERO dispatchers. Since the new I-75 toll lanes are reversible, their operation will be controlled from the TMC, along with the variable pricing. HERO units will be on hand to make sure each day’s lane reversal goes smoothly. ITS Georgia member firm AECOM is the designer of the $2.7 million project. Chapter Board member Mark Demidovich, who is Assistant State Traffic Operations Engineer, is providing engineering leadership. Work is expected to be completed this October. Visit www.511ga.org for more information about the ITS program in Georgia. BETH HARRIS, CPSM ATLANTA POST SCHOLARSHIPS AND SUMMER CAMPS SAME Atlanta Post recently awarded its Al Rowe and Sy Liebmann Atlanta Post Scholarships to some very deserving students pursuing engineering degrees. Sam Watts who works with Innovative Engineering is pursuing his Master’s degree at Georgia Tech in civil-structural engineering and Joe Bersson, a graduate of Roswell High School, will be attending Auburn University in pursuit of a degree in civil engineering. They each received a $5,000 scholarship. We wish them well in their studies and look forward to seeing them accomplish great things! The Atlanta Post also sponsored high school students attending three SAME Summer Camps. These week-long camps are high intensity, fun-filled, hands-on events where students from across the country and around the world can learn about engineering and related fields, as well as leadership. This year, the Post was proud to sponsor: • Zach Byrd, White Water High School in Fayetteville, GA, attended the U.S. Air Force Academy Camp, Colorado Springs, Colo. • Katie Miller, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, GA, attended the U.S. Marine Corps Camp, Camp Lejeune, N.C. • Sharan Ravigopal, Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, attended the U.S. Army Camp, Vicksburg, Miss. These three campers attended a recent SAME lunch meeting where they met Atlanta Post members and provided a presentation about the camps they attended and some of their experiences. We hope these camps further inspire them to pursue engineering majors when they get to college. In addition, SAME Atlanta Post sponsors the Exploring Engineering Academy (EEA) each summer with the Atlanta Boy Scouts Area Council. EEA is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 9th-12th graders to live on the Georgia Tech campus for one week and have behind-the-scenes access to more than 30 Atlanta-area companies. The Atlanta Post offers three additional scholarships through the Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF), which will be awarded at the GEF Scholarship Banquet on November 19, 2015. The Post awarded scholarships in April to three Georgia Tech ROTC students. Education in STEM-related fields is of utmost importance to our organization, and we are proud to be able to support so many different areas of learning for local students. MICHAEL PLANER, P.E. After a summer break, SEAOG is starting up its 2015-2016 year with its first membership meeting on Wednesday, September 9 about Architectural Anchoring Systems. The other membership meeting topics can be found on the “Coming Events” tab of our website at www.seaog.org. During the summer, the SEAOG Executive Committee continued to meet to finalize plans for the 2015-2016 year with topics for the membership meetings. In addition, the Committee confirmed the fall Full-Day Seminar, which will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at the Marriott Century Center. The topic for the Fall Seminar is focused on steel design and is broken down into the following topics: • HSS Specifications, Connections and Production • Steel Inspection and Testing • Steel Bar Joist Reinforcing • Sideplate Connection Technology The Executive Committee also met with ACEC Georgia President and CEO, Michael Sullivan, to discuss the steps for the next legislative session regarding the recognition of a post P.E. license for those who will practice structural engineering in the state. 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. As a reminder, the NCSEA national conference, called the Structural Engineering Summit, will be held in Las Vegas, NV from September 30 to October 3, 2015. 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 had a great summer and I look forward to a productive and successful 2015-2016 year. REGAN HAMMOND, AICP The women of WTS Atlanta are on the move with so much more in store for the second half of 2015! In May, a group of WTS Atlanta members attended a guided tour of the Delta Flight Museum. In June, we hosted our Annual Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Board Breakfast. The program was a huge success with approximately 150 transportation professionals in attendance. In July, WTS toured the Atlanta Beltline and discovered some of the hidden gems of the Atlanta metro area. In August, we held a panel discussion on the upcoming Georgia Express Lanes projects in Henry, Cobb and Cherokee counties. Representatives from GDOT and State Road and Tollway Authority, as well as local jurisdictions, provided an in-depth review of how the new systems will work and thoughts on how those projects will impact the surrounding communities. As WTS Atlanta is dedicated to providing rich and diverse programming for our members that offer exceptional value, we are also committed to fostering and supporting the pipeline for young women in transportation. On October 29, 2015, we will host our Annual WTS Atlanta Scholarship Luncheon. Hundreds of women and men from various modes of transportation have helped make this premier event a success year after year. The event’s silent auction and raffle in addition to corporate partnership funding allow us to provide scholarships to aspiring women in transportation, as well as offer a signature experience for all who attend. There is still time to become a partner! If you would like to learn more about levels of sponsorship, please contact Michelle Erste at firstname.lastname@example.org. This fall, WTS Atlanta will be announcing opportunities for our members to give back. Stay tuned for more information on how we are making an impact on the Atlanta community through service. Lastly, if you are a woman working in the transportation field in Atlanta, join WTS Atlanta! Visit us at www.wtsinternational.org/atlanta to learn more.
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