ASCE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CML ENGINEERS GEORGIA SECTION RICHARD MORALES, M.SC, M.ASCE, P.E. LB Foster ASCE Georgia President RMorales@LBFoster.com www.ascega.org October was a busy month for ASCE Georgia! I was fortunate in having attended ASCE’s National Convention in New York City from October 11-14. Attending with President-Elect Shaukat Syed and ASCE Georgia Region 5 Governor Melissa Wheeler, we found an excellent professional and technical program that was the definitive civil engineering event of our Society. From compelling short courses to technical tours – including the new $10 billion tunnel to Grand Central Station and Second Avenue Subway projects, which represent the largest infrastructure projects underway in the U.S. – they were by all accounts great tours. UGA’s College of Engineering and the Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association hosted a Concrete Field Day on campus at the Tate Student Center, which provided three PDH’s for a full day of presentations and demonstrations of three concrete applications. Our Northeast Georgia Branch Director and UGA Professor, Jason Christian, indicated it was a successful event for all attendees. ASCE Georgia Member and Region 5 Governor Stu Moring, along with Younger Member Director Annie Blissit, attended GSPE’s New Professional Engineers Recognition Dinner on October 7 as ASCE sponsors to help recognize young engineers celebrating this great honor. Our ASCE Young Members were also very busy joining EWB-Atlanta’s Tour of the Atlanta Maker Faire in Decatur, Georgia from October 3-4, as well as hosting a tour of the Cagle Dairy Farm on October 17, ensuring all had a fun time. Stay tuned as our Construction Institute hosts a fun evening for our 2nd Annual Technical Groups Holiday Party. Be sure to check out our award-winning website at www.ascega.org for upcoming events, including Georgia Section meetings and Institute meetings. If you have any questions or are interested in a committee, institute or volunteer activity, please do not hesitate to contact me. ASHE Georgia BRIAN O’CONNOR, P.E. T. Y. Lin International ASHE Georgia President Brian.OConnor@tylin.com www.georgia.ashe.pro Each September, ASHE Georgia awards the Jim McGee Scholarships to two outstanding students seeking a career in civil engineering, civil engineering technology or other transportation or construction related fields. The 2015 Jim McGee Scholarship recipients were Chibuzor Oziligbo and William Woolery. Oziligbo is Senior at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) majoring in Civil Engineering and expecting to graduate in May 2016. He serves as the Secretary of the ASHE Student Chapter at Georgia Tech and is a leading petty officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Oziligbo would like to work in a combined field of transportation engineering, geosystems and structural engineering due to their dependence on each other. Following graduation, Oziligbo plans to complete his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Woolery is a Senior at Georgia Tech; he is expecting to graduate in May 2016 with a concentration in Transportation Systems. Woolery has performed research in the areas of delineation of diverges in freeway work zones and visual complexity within operational and simulated driving environments. He hopes to gain a global perspective on emerging technologies to benefit world-wide transportation systems and will complete his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering following graduation. Georgia Engineering Foundation RAYMOND J. WILKE, P.E. City of Atlanta GEF President rwilke@AtlantaGa.Gov www.GEFinc.org ENGINEERS, ECONOMICS, SUSTAINABILITY AND PHILANTHROPY I recently read an article in MSN Money, entitled “10 Reasons You Will Never Be a Millionaire.” The first reason listed was “You picked the wrong profession.” Now, I know that many of you are thinking about how most of us seem to be paid for our time and not the value we bring to society. We bring this value through our designs and construction of infrastructure, machinery, vehicles and the like – all of which allows the economy to hum along. So, is it engineers that help to drive the economy, or the economy that drives engineers – and by extension our contracts, jobs and projects? I believe I found part of the answer in another article referenced in the first article – this one by Kiplinger’s (the money and investing folks) listing the “10 Best Jobs for Your Future.” Out of 784 common occupations reviewed last year, Civil Engineer was among the top 10 – surely a nod that engineers have a role in driving the economy. Many other engineering disciplines were among the elite in this list of 784, as we would also expect. So how does this information relate to sustainability and philanthropy? Utilizing a sustainable approach to our work requires that we take a triple bottom line (TBL) approach, which includes financial/economics as one leg of this three-legged stool. The same type of sustainable TBL approach may be taken to the relative personal wealth we might accumulate over time as being in some of the top jobs in demand in our economy, as Kiplinger’s states. Through careful financial planning, design and budgeting of the resources we have been fortunate to receive and (hopefully) accumulate, we can see our most personal “projects” blossom and grow through our works in family, church, community and other charitable endeavors. Thus, if we are to perpetuate the filling of society’s need for our engineering profession, it is we of relatively good means who are to respond in a sustainable manner by supporting the growth and development of future generations of engineering graduates through our support of engineering education and training. The Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF) exists for just this purpose: to sustain the pipeline of engineering graduates to carry on this fine profession that is so needed by the largest economy in the world. Most of us received some type of undergraduate coursework in “engineering economics” or construction/project management, where we learned the time value of money. How about talking with your spouse, family, employees, manager, principal or co-workers about how they might join you in getting involved with GEF? In this way, you can support one of GEF’s many endowments to provide scholarships to the next generation of engineers, keeping us on a sustainable path to respond to our growing economy. Maybe even fund an annual scholarship of your own! Contact myself or any one of our Officers listed on our webpage at www.gefinc.org to get started today! Yours in Engineering, Ray Georgia Society of Professional Engineers KEVIN BERRY, P.E. Hodges, Harbin, Newberry and Tribble, Inc. GSPE President email@example.com www.gspe.org 2015 MATHCOUNTS GOLF TOURNAMENT GSPE held its annual MATHCOUNTS Golf Tournament on September 25 to raise money for this program, which aims to promote math to middle school students. The MATHCOUNTS program is an important avenue for promoting math at the middle school level not only here in Georgia, but across the country as well. As engineers, we hope that encouraging an interest in math to middle school students will translate into more interest in the field of engineering. MATHCOUNTS competitions are held locally throughout the state in February and March each year. The winners of the local competitions are invited to participate in the state competition that is held in Atlanta annually. This year’s competition will be held at Georgia Tech on March 21, 2016. Volunteers are always needed for the local and state competitions. If you are interested in volunteering, let us know and we will get you plugged-in. The funds raised by the MATHCOUNTS Golf Tournament are placed in the MATHCOUNTS Endowment Fund to ensure the future of the program’s competition. There are several expenses incurred each year to host the annual competition: the costs to rent the facility, t-shirts for the students and lunches for the students and coaches on the day of the competition. The state competition will see more than 200 middle school students compete to be the top MATHCOUNTS team and individual in the state. We greatly appreciate those that participated in the golf tournament fundraiser, as well as the companies that helped to sponsor the tournament. Our sponsors for the tournament included: GOLD LEVEL SCHNABEL ENGINEERING SILVER LEVEL PRIME ENGINEERING, INC. WOLVERTON & ASSOCIATES, INC. BRONZE LEVEL INTEGRATED SCIENCE & ENGINEERING PRIZE SPONSORS CRANSTON ENGINEERING STEPHEN V. SKALKO, P.E. & ASSOCIATES GEORGIA SOCIETY ANDREW ANTWEILER, P.E. City of Roswell ITE Georgia President firstname.lastname@example.org www.gaite.org “For most of history if you sat around, you got eaten!” was the opening statement of our August Monthly Meeting speakers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Chris Kochtitzky, MSP and Ken Rose. They spoke about the built environment and its impact on Americans’ health. A lack of physical activity leads to many chronic diseases and deaths according to the CDC. Kochtitzky reminded us that regular physical activity (i.e. walking at a minimum of 30 minutes per day) is important for our health. Only about half of the U.S. population achieves this level of activity. Kochtitzky said, “Physical activity is a wonder drug!” Healthy living requires healthy activity. A statistic – those who ride transit get on average 20 minutes of physical activity per day. My boss makes us take the two flights of stairs – up and down – at the office instead of the elevator. What do you do? Can you park farther from your destination to get a few extra steps in? There are choices we can make to increase our physical activity. There are also actions we – as planners, engineers, architects and others – can take to help all Americans increase their physical activity levels. Our planners are promoting complete streets. Our engineers are making walking and bicycling improvements. Cities are converting public streets into walkable communities. What is next? Will architects make stairs more inviting to use? In most buildings, stairs are hidden and only used in case of a fire. Both panelists shared the following resources and tools that are available for our use: CDC BUILT ENVIRONMENT ASSESSMENT TOOL http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/builtenvironment-assessment/ CDC TRANSPORTATION HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT TOOL http://www.cdc.gov/transportation/ NEW YORK CITY ACTIVE DESIGN GUIDELINES, TOOLS, RESOURCES http://www1.nyc.gov/site/ddc/about/activedesign.page A GEORGIA TECH TOOL FOR ATLANTA’S NEIGHBORHOODS http://www.cgis.gatech.edu/NQOLH/ In the coming months, the CDC and U.S. Department of Transportation will release a new tool – the Transportation and Health Tool. This new tool will help users, both transportation and public health, determine how their state or region is doing. Many cities across the county are making great strides towards providing policies, planning efforts and upgrading infrastructure to promote active lifestyles. If you are interested in highlighting the need in your community, our speakers recommended leading with economic data when speaking with elected officials and developers. Our speakers concluded with a message to our designers: “We are designing the built environment which we will demand when we are 80 years old. Strive to build safe, inviting sidewalks, which attract people to walk and connect them to destinations.” If you would like to contact our speakers with any questions, you can reach them via email: Chris Kochtitzky, MSP, Associate Director for Program Development, CDC Division of Emergency & Environmental Health Services – email@example.com Ken Rose, MPA, Senior Advisor for Physical Activity and Health – firstname.lastname@example.org Let us heed what John F. Kennedy said 50 years ago: “We do not stop exercising because we age, we age because we stop exercising… We are under-exercised as a nation. We look, instead of play. We ride, instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of healthy activity essential for healthy living.” So I challenge you - get out and walk! Take the stairs! ITS Georgia TOM SEVER, P.E. Gwinnett Department of Transportation ITS Georgia President email@example.com www.itsga.org The takeaway from this year’s ITS Georgia Annual Meeting and Exposition was how fortunate we are to be in the intelligent transportation industry today. I believe, and many of our speakers re-iterated, that we are entering a transformative era for transportation. Vehicles are getting smarter and will soon be driving themselves, along with the infrastructure to support surface transportation becoming more nimble and rapidly adapting to changing traffic conditions. We’ve prepared a nice recap of the meeting at www.itsga.org, so please visit and learn more. Special thanks to Ashlyn Morgan, Whitney Nottage, Kaitlin Potnick and Brent Harden with Atkins, Yancy Bachman with World Fiber Technologies and Jim Tolson with ARCADIS, for organizing a great meeting. We had more than 120 attendees, 22 exhibitors and 17 sponsors, which exceeded expectations. NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS WERE ANNOUNCED AT THE MEETING. THE OFFICERS ARE: • President: Mike Holt of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff • Vice President: Alan Davis of Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) • Secretary: Jennifer Johnson, Kimley-Horn • Treasurer: Xuewen Le, HNTB Corporation DIRECTORS ELECTED TO A TWOYEAR TERM ARE: • Jim Tolson, ARCADIS • Bill Andrews, City of Sandy Springs • Mark Demidovich, GDOT • Matt Glasser, GDOT OUR BEST OF ITS AWARD WINNERS ARE: • Project of Significance Award Perimeter Traffic Operations Program - The Perimeter CIDs, Project Management by Kimley-Horn • Innovation: Outside the Box Award Winter Weather Response Plan – GDOT • Outstanding Public Member Agency Award — Gwinnett County DOT • Outstanding Volunteer Award Xuewen Le, HNTB • Larry R. Dreihaup Award Tom Sever, Gwinnett County DOT SAME American Military Engineers Atlanta Post BETH HARRIS, CPSM United Consulting SAME Atlanta Post President firstname.lastname@example.org www.sameatlantapost.org RESOURCES FOR HIRING TRANSITIONING VETERANS The SAME Atlanta Post is actively working to develop a comprehensive list of resources to enable A/E/C firms to easily connect with some of the 60,000 transitioning veterans expected to return to the Georgia workforce over the next five years. In 2015 alone, 10,000 active duty service members are projected to transition from Georgia military installations, some of which will be seeking opportunities in the design and construction industry. By 2017, an additional 4,350 military jobs are projected to be eliminated. In our efforts to connect members of our Post and the broader A/E/C industry to these transitioning veterans, we’d like to start by sharing the following contacts and organizations to enable you to more easily reach out to this vital pool of candidates for consideration when hiring. Special thanks to Jan Wynn of WB Interiors for her tireless efforts in gathering this information for us. The SAME Atlanta Post will continue to add more information to our website as we qualify additional programs to assist this special group of job seekers. VET Dr. James Wilburn, Academic Program Director, Military, Professional Education email@example.com (912) 966-7951 www.pe.gatech.edu The VET² Program is one of the first in the nation of its kind to tie professional education with experiential learning. Transitioning service members spend the first week of the program in the classroom learning about the differences between the military and civilian organizations using customized content provided by the employer. Service members then partner with a corporate sponsor for three weeks during an internship to receive workforce experience. Veterans completing the program also earn a professional certificate from a world-renowned academic institution. Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA) Kelly Dempsey, Director of Corporate Relations and Communications firstname.lastname@example.org (678) 785-3258 www.HireHeroesUSA.org HHUSA seeks to empower veterans, veteran employers and the community- at-large to turn obstacles into opportunities. HHUSA empowers veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses by building the confidence and skills necessary to seek civilian employment through their free, individualized programs delivered one of two ways: online/telephone career coaching and transition workshops. SEA GEORGIA MICHAEL PLANER, P.E. PES Structural Engineers SEAOG President email@example.com www.seaog.org SEAOG is well into our fiscal year, which runs from July to June. We have had three chapter meetings in Atlanta and three chapter meeting in Savannah. We also hosted a successful full-day seminar in Atlanta on steel design and construction. These topics, as well as those for next year, can be found on our website at www.seaog. org. As the SEAOG delegate to the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA), I, along with Wilbur Bragg the alternate delegate, recently attended the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit in Las Vegas. The annual conference consisted of two days of continuing education sessions, along with various committee meetings and the annual business meeting. The conference is a great way to interact with other structural engineers from around the country, as well as to receive continuing education credits. You should have received my report to SEAOG members outlining the highlights from the conference. Sarah Scarborough EIT, SEAOG’s Young Members Group (YMG) Chair, and Angelina Stasulis, P.E., SEAOG’s YMG Past Chair, also attended the conference. The YMG has on-going programs, so please visit their page at our website, www.seaog.org/ymg, to learn of upcoming events, as well as to be included on YMG emails and invites. Next year’s Structural Engineering Summit will be held from September 14-17, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Finally, SEAOG is always looking for new members to get involved. We have various committees that are waiting to be filled with new members who will help shape the direction of SEAOG. President Teddy Roosevelt once stated that “Every person owes a part of their time and money to the business or industry in which they are engaged. No person has a moral right to withhold their support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within their sphere.” So follow this great advice from President Roosevelt and get involved. Go to our website at www.seaog.com/committees or email me at mplaner@pesengineers if you are interested in joining a committee. WTS REGAN HAMMOND, AICP ARCADIS U.S., Inc. WTS Atlanta President Regan.Hammond@arcadis-us.com www.wtsinternational.org/atlanta Transportation is vast and diverse – just like the women of WTS Atlanta! This past September, the women of WTS Atlanta toured the WSB television studios at Cox Media, where traffic for the morning and evening commute are aired every day. WSB Triple Team Traffic Reporter, Ashley Frasca, guided the tour and provided insight to approximately 25 women in transportation. On October 29, 2015, WTS Atlanta conducted another successful Scholarship Luncheon! Hundreds of transportation professionals filled the room to witness our best and brightest women from local universities win scholarships to help fund their educational efforts. Categories for the awards included Member of the Year, Woman of the Year, Diversity Leadership Award, Employer of the Year and the Ray LaHood Award (Man of the Year). Our keynote speaker, Meg Pirkle, Chief Engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, provided an awesome and timely message at the event. Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers and the women of WTS that made this event possible. Here is a list of our participating sponsors: PRESENTING PARTNER Arcadis PLATINUM LEVEL PARTNERS Atkins, Jacobs, JAT, KEA, MARTA and WSP I Parson Brinkerhoff GOLD LEVEL PARTNERS Edwards-Pitman, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, HNTB and McGee Partners SILVER LEVEL PARTNERS HDR, Kimley-Horn, PSI, SEI and T.Y. Lin International BRONZE LEVEL PARTNERS Bron Cleveland Associates, CERM, Columbia Engineering Inc., Ecowise, Heath & Lineback, Lowe Engineers, MC Squared, Inc., Michael Baker International, Moreland Altobelli, RS&H, Stantec, STV, United Consulting, VHB and Wolverton & Associates PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNERS Atlanta Regional Commission and North Fulton CID We hope to see you next year at this premier event!
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