THE LEADING ENGINEERING COMPANIES IN GEORGIA Thank you to the inaugural PAC Leadership Circle firms who helped us reach our 2015 ACEC National PAC goal! The ACEC National Political Action Committee (PAC) is the engineering industry’s most powerful tool for supporting federal candidates who promote a pro-business legislative agenda. ACEC Georgia’s PAC Leadership Circle represents the leading engineering firms in Georgia - firms that have set the standard professionally by contributing at least $1,000 per year in combined individual contributions to the ACEC National PAC. We recognize and greatly appreciate their investment in supporting positive legislative efforts for the engineering industry. If you or your firm would like to be involved in the PAC Leadership Circle, visit www.acecga.org or contact Michael Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org. RICHARD MORALES, M.SC, M.ASCE, P.E. LB Foster ASCE Georgia President RMorales@LBFoster.com www.ascega.org As we look ahead to another great year, I would like to commend all the people committed to their cause to make the world a better place; the root of their success is a vision of what can be and a desire to create it. Capturing that vision can be difficult, but it is that desire to create - that I have learned is frequently found in many, but especially prevalent in engineers. It’s a reminder that we all have the opportunity to create our day every day. We create our day by choosing our attitudes, opinions and focus. Each day, whether we consciously make a choice or not, we make a decision in how we create our day and take control of our destiny. George Bernard Shaw said it best when he wrote “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.” That message was driven home at the recent Georgia Engineering Foundation’s Scholarship Banquet by Georgia Tech’s Past-President Dr. Wayne Clough - and also a Civil Engineer - who provided the Keynote Address. I was impressed by the 42 bright students who were awarded $78,600 in scholarships that evening. Four scholarships of approximately $2,500 each were awarded from ASCE! Many thanks to ASCE Members on the Scholarship Committee - Ray Wilke, Jim Wallace, Steve Poole, Julie Secrist and Dr. Stephan Durham. As we wrapped up the year, ASCE heard some great presentations, including one from Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry at the December Monthly Meeting, who provided the standing room only crowd with his interesting presentation on the “Vision and Future of Transportation for Atlanta and the State of Georgia.” Our ASCE Legislative Affairs Committee, with new Chair Jeffrey Chiu, and members Rick Gurney and Lisa Woods, attended ACEC Georgia’s 2015 Georgia Transportation Summit. The largest Georgia Transportation Summit to date, the event was attended by over 700 of Georgia’s engineering, transportation and policy leaders to discuss Atlanta’s, as well as Georgia’s, serious transportation issues. Presenters included GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry and GDOT Chief Engineer Meg Pirkle, and a luncheon highlighted by a presentation from the Honorable Rob Woodall, U.S. House of Representatives, who stressed the need for all of us to speak out and to contact our representatives, for they all depend on us for knowledge about infrastructure. Thank you also goes out to ASCE Technical Group, who have not only continued to provide all our members with excellent technical events throughout the year, but also have sponsored our annual Holiday Party “tradition,” which was held at the end of last year at the Redbrick Brewery in Atlanta. Special thanks to all of the sponsors of this popular event, as well as to Thomas M. Baglivo, P.E. of GEO-Hydro Engineers Groups and our Technical Group Director, Darren Howard, P.E., for providing the leadership for organizing this event! It was a fun way to end the year, as well as a great opportunity to meet and network with over 100 peers in our industry! Finally, congratulations to one of the Georgia Section - Northeast Branch members, Stephan Durham, P.E., M.ASCE, who represented ASCE at the 2015 Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference that was held in Reston, Va. from November 8-11, 2015. Stephan was one of eight ASCE members selected from an impressive pool of applicants to attend this conference, which promotes the development of emerging leaders to guide their engineering and scientific communities. As we start the new year, we have the opportunity to create our lives and our profession every day. Not only do we get to choose our future, but we also get to create it. We also have an obligation to take that responsibility seriously and make decisions that will guide us to a better destiny. As we create a better world and profession, ASCE invites you to participate and get involved in all of our activities and technical groups. Make 2016 the year you create each day and take the opportunity to make a difference in your profession. BRIAN O'CONNOR, P.E. T. Y. Lin International ASHE Georgia President Brian.OConnor@tylin.com www.georgia.ashe.pro The ASHE Georgia holiday party was held on December 3, 2015 at Roswell River Landing. ASHE members and guests celebrated the end of another successful year! ASHE National Board Member Larry Ridlen visited from Nashville, Tenn. Section awards were given to deserving members and over 100 toys were donated to Toys for Tots. 1 Scott Gero accepts the Sponsor of the Year Award on behalf of AECOM from ASHE Georgia President Brian O’Connor. 2 Member of the Year recipient, Scott Jordan, with Brian O’Connor. 3 Michael Bywaletz received the President’s Award from current ASHE Georgia President Brian O’Connor. 4 Karyn Matthews, recognized as Volunteer of the Year, and Brian O’Connor. RAYMOND J. WILKE, P.E. City of Atlanta GEF President rwilke@AtlantaGa.Gov www.GEFinc.org On November 19, 2015, the Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF) conducted its 44th Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet at the Dunwoody Country Club and presented $78,600 in individual scholarships to 42 Georgia college students. Highlights from the night: Mark Cundiff, GEF President-Elect, began the evening by welcoming all donors, banquet sponsors, officers, board members and professional society affiliates, who have chosen to join an elite group of exceptional volunteers dedicated to the profession of engineering and the future of our nation! GEF President, Ray Wilke’s message thanked the tireless team of officers and committee members who give freely of their time so that GEF can operate with essentially no overhead costs - ensuring that endowments and annual scholarships go directly to the students. Ray’s message stated he looks forward to another year of service as our President and hopes that we might very soon reach our goal of $1,000,000 in endowed funds. Wayne Clough served as the 10th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and as the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian from 2008-2014. A native of Georgia, he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Georgia Tech and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at Duke, Stanford and Virginia Tech. Dr. Clough spoke on ‘Where is Engineering Going’ and presented much of his recent talk from at the Global Grand Challenges Summit held on September 15-16 in Beijing, China. He gave numerous examples of how the Engineer of 2020 must learn to adapt to the new Century; ‘Treadle Pumps’, ‘LaBobo’, reassembling crumbled murals, protecting from rising sea level and ‘Engineering as Art’. Dr. Clough has returned to his home state of Georgia and is active as a lecturer and author. He is currently teaching part-time at Georgia Tech, in addition to working on special initiatives for the Institute. ABOUT THE ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS BANQUET Students are invited, along with their family members, to attend the Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet. Following dinner and a few speeches, each student is individually introduced, their bio of academic and personal achievements noted and then the sponsoring organization presents a scholarship check to each student. Visit www.gefinc.org to view a listing of the 2015 student scholarship recipients. LIFE MEMBERS GEF is proud to recognize the Life Members who attended the annual banquet. Life Members are past GEF Presidents who, over the years, have helped build and lead GEF and continue to support those efforts with contributions to the Life Member Scholarship Foundation. KEVIN BERRY, P.E. Hodges, Harbin, Newberry and Tribble, Inc. GSPE President email@example.com www.gspe.org GEORGE WASHINGTON - PRESIDENT AND ENGINEER As this issue of Engineering Georgia has highlighted, legislative issues affect us as engineers both personally and professionally. Therefore, we cannot ignore the issues that face both our state and nation. It is important for us to be engaged in the efforts underway at our State Capitol, as well as our nation’s Capitol. There have been several notable engineers to serve in public office. In fact, the reason for the timing of Engineer’s Week is centered around President George Washington’s birthday, which is held February 22. George Washington is considered by some to be the nation’s first engineer. Washington began his career as a land surveyor and promoted the development of roadways, waterways, buildings and mining efforts. Washington also issued a call for engineers and engineering education. This is believed to be the initiation of the U.S. Army Engineer School. In addition to Washington, Presidents Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Herbert Hoover were also Presidents with land surveying and engineering backgrounds. Even though Washington lived approximately 200 years ago, it is just as relevant today for the engineering community to be engaged in legislative and political issues. It is important for our profession to be well-represented and highly regarded at all levels of the government. The Georgia Engineering Alliance’s (GEA) Legislative Coalition, organized and represented by the members of GEA (comprised of ACEC Georgia, ASCE, ASHE, GEF, GSPE, ITE, ITS, SAME, SEAOG and WTS), serves as a place for member associations to stay apprised of the legislative happenings, as well as voice their opinions on legislation and issues that may have an effect on the engineering community. 2016 ENGINEERS WEEK GALA Help us celebrate President Washington’s birthday, a little early, at the annual Georgia E-Week Awards Gala, to be held on February 13, 2016 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. This is a first-class event for the engineering community to come together and recognize Georgia’s top engineers, engineering projects and engineering companies. Visit www.gspe.org to learn more or register to attend. SEAN COLEMAN, P.E., PTOE Kimley-Horn ITE Georgia President Sean.Coleman@kimley-horn.com www.gaite.org Hello fellow Georgia engineers! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with their friends and family and are energized (and well fed!) for the new year! I’m excited and honored to serve as the President of the Georgia Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (GAITE) 6, and I’m pumped about all of the events and fun activities we have in our organization! GAITE has had an immeasurably positive impact on my career through the professional growth I’ve experienced and the friends I’ve made; I’m humbled to follow in the footsteps of the passionate volunteers and Past Presidents who have made this organization great. To end 2015, we had a great time at Buckhead Maggiano’s for our Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. There is nothing better than getting together with over 120 of our friends, looking back at the good times we had in 2015 and recognizing our colleagues’ accomplishments. Todd Long, Chief Operating Officer for Fulton County, was our Keynote speaker. Also, the 2016 Board members were sworn-in and awards and scholarships were presented to well-deserving folks. Please be sure to mark your calendars for the ASHE-GAITE Winter Workshop being held on February 21-22, where you will be crammed with knowledge and amusement on the river in beautiful downtown Augusta! Be on the lookout for upcoming Monthly Meetings (typically the second Thursday of the month) and social activities at www.gaite.org, “like” Georgia Section ITE on Facebook to see pictures of all of our events and follow our hashtag #GeorgiaITE! GAITE GOALS FOR 2016 Many transportation professionals believe that ITE stands for the Institute of Traffic Engineers, which is not the case. ITE is a well-rounded organization for all transportation engineers and professionals, not just traffic signal geeks such as myself! Therefore, my primary goal in 2016 is to “Put ITE Out Front” as a go-to organization for all transportation professionals (including planners, policy makers, vendors, roadway engineers, etc.). However, I don’t want to simply grow our membership numbers — although that would be a fantastic byproduct of our goal! I want to help our organization and membership through the following: Grow our members professionally by enhancing our already outstanding technical training programs and networking opportunities. Grow our huge pool of talented, passionate Young Professionals by creating more opportunities to volunteer. Grow our outreach to the community through career outreach and driving safety workshops. Grow our membership, but grow with the soul of a grassroots, friendly, approachable organization. MIKE HOLT, P.E., PTOE WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff ITS Georgia President firstname.lastname@example.org www.itsga.org I would like to thank the membership of ITS Georgia for electing me chapter President. I look forward to serving for the next two years and working with the Board and our members to improve our chapter. ITS Georgia is committed to moving forward as an organization, working with ITS America and neighboring sections to facilitate a better understanding of how ITS can improve safety and mobility. We will work to secure continued funding for ITS deployments through Federal, state and local funding sources. We hope to grow our chapter in its membership, programs and outreach efforts to educate the public of the benefits ofITS. The Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia (ITS Georgia) was officially incorporated on October 29, 1997 and began promoting ITS as a means to improve the safety and efficiency of our state’s transportation system. ITS Georgia begins its 19th year as a strong chapter, including 54 member organizations within the consultant, contractor, vendor, academic and public-sector community. We have recently welcomed our first student chapter at Georgia Tech and are preparing for a mentoring program in 2016 with select students. We recently hosted a Connected Vehicles 102 workshop in December presented by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, where we learned about the latest developments in CV initiatives. When the TMC opened and the ITS Georgia chapter was getting started, there were no smartphones, no smart adaptive traffic signals, no Google maps and no GPS navigation in vehicles. With all the advances we have seen in the last 20 years, we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what ITS can do to make transportation more safe, more efficient and more reliable. The next leap forward in ITS will be vehicles that form moving networks, communicating with one another and transportation managers, helping to improve mobility. Self-driving cars once only existed in science fiction, but with each new model, cars are becoming more autonomous. With the recent approval of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, ITS Georgia will look for ways to help the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), local governments, transit agencies, CIDs and other agencies implement ITS solutions that address components of this legislation, including: Promote the deployment of transportation technologies and congestion management tools. Encourage the installation of vehicle-to- infrastructure equipment to improve congestion and safety. Update research and transportation standards development to reflect the growth of technology. As we work together to implement ITS solutions addressing congestion, mobility and safety, we hope to improve the quality of life for Georgia’s citizens. We look forward to a prosperous and successful 2016! BETH HARRIS, CPSM United Consulting SAME Atlanta Post President email@example.com www.sameatlantapost.org REMEMBERING SEYMOUR "SY" W. LIEBMANN We lost one of our longtime SAME Atlanta Post members in November 2015. Sy Liebmann passed away after a period of declining health. Sy served as the SAME Atlanta Post President in the early 1980s. He began his career in the Army Officers Training Camp and supported the Berlin Airlift as a member of the 1st Infantry. He later served as a military engineer during the Korean War. Sy retired as a full Colonel and went on to start his own firm, Liebmann Associates. His family has requested donations to the SAME Atlanta Post Liebmann Memorial Scholarship in his memory. Donations can be sent to the SAME Atlanta Post, P.O. Box 888501, Atlanta, GA 30356. Please keep the Liebmann family in your thoughts and prayers. SAME AWARDS GEF SCHOLARSHIPS On November 19, 2015, the Georgia Engineering Foundation (GEF) awarded 42 scholarships to engineering students in Georgia, three of which were provided by the SAME Atlanta Post. We had impressive winners of our scholarships again this year: STEPHEN FIELD was awarded the SAME Atlanta Post Larry Jones Memorial Scholarship. Field is a senior at Kennesaw State University pursuing a degree in Systems Engineering. He participates in ROTC and served as Team Leader in the United States Army, where he counseled and provided training to subordinates on military tactics, leadership and ethics. ANDREW MELISSAS was awarded the SAME Atlanta Post Frank D. Parker Memorial Scholarship. Melissas is a junior at Georgia Tech pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. Melissas was active in the SAME Student Chapter and was a member of the Air Force ROTC detachment 165 in 2014. He has been interning with Holder Construction Company and is an active Habitat for Humanity volunteer. CHIBUZOR OZILIGBO received the third SAME Atlanta Post Scholarship. Oziligbo is a senior at Georgia Tech pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. Oziligbo began his military career as a Navy Corpsman. He has since completed an internship with Parsons and intends to work for the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps as a commissioned officer and then pursue a Master’s Degree. He is a member of ASHE, ASCE and NSBE at Georgia Tech. Congratulations to our three winners and to all of the GEF scholarship winners this year! MICHAEL PLANER, P.E. PES Structural Engineers SEAOG President firstname.lastname@example.org www.seaog.org I hope everyone had a great holiday season. SEAOG held its January chapter meeting after a break during the month of December. January’s meeting was on bridge design and was presented by Josh Orton, P.E. of Heath & Lineback Engineers. The topic for February’s chapter meeting is on fiber reinforced polymers and will be presented by Kevin Davenport, PE. of Simpson Strong-Tie. These topics, as well as those for the remainder of the year, can be found on our website at www.seaog.org. Also in January, be on the lookout for announcements for project submittals for the SEAOG Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards. Our Awards Banquet is held once every two years and will be held in early March 2016. The banquet is a great event for engineers to get together and showcases some of the outstanding projects we are designing. January is also the start of the new legislative session in Georgia. As many of you are aware, SEAOG has been discussing for many years the need for a modification to the current licensing in the state of Georgia to include a “Professional Engineer, Structural Engineer” designation. In 2011, NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) set the 16- hour structural exam as the standard for demonstrating minimum competence in the practice of structural engineering. After two years of evaluations and the survey of hundreds of structural engineers, NCEES concluded that the 8-hour multiple choice exam did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of structural engineering principles in today’s practice environment. Based on this effort, SEAOG believes that the proposed legislation embodies the latest national standards related to structural engineering practice and licensing. SEAOG has met with many stakeholders regarding this initiative and we believe the proposed legislation addresses concerns raised during these meetings. The legislation includes a grandfather clause, so it will not affect anyone currently practicing structural design. Rather, this legislation shapes the future for structural engineers in Georgia and creates a mechanism for our newly licensed engineers to be on par with their peers in other states that are earning a “Professional Engineer, Structural Engineer” license as part of the national trend. SEAOG is very grateful for the time and effort that all the people from multiple other organizations have invested to review our proposal, help us understand their thoughts and help us shape it into something everyone can support. Those who have additional concerns or questions are urged to contact SEAOG or visit www.seaog.org. REGAN HAMMOND, AICP ARCADIS U.S., Inc. WTS Atlanta President Regan.Hammond@arcadis-us.com www.wtsinternational.org/atlanta It’s 2016 and we are off to another fantastic year with WTS Atlanta! Last year, we accomplished so much through timely and relevant programs geared towards the advancement of women in the transportation industry, along with a record-breaking Annual WTS Scholarship Luncheon. Thank you to everyone who supported WTS Atlanta in 2015, which allowed us to finish the year stronger than ever! The mission and work of WTS is more important than ever. We’re facing a future where job openings could far outnumber qualified applicants. This is particularly true in Georgia with growing investment in transportation through the passage of House Bill 170 [The Transportation Funding Act of 2015] and local funding initiatives. Experts say, increasing the number of women in the workforce could greatly improve the quality of transportation systems. The lack of women in transportation careers is noticeable throughout the industry from mechanics to executives. Only eight states have women leading their transportation departments and only two of the 17 U.S. secretaries of transportation have been women. Even most private transportation companies are headed by men. Until we get more women in these positions, it will be harder for us to attract women into the field. According to a 2012 study commissioned by the federal government, women make up 20 percent of college graduates with engineering degrees, but they only account for 11 percent of engineers in the workforce. But, the good news is that the number of women in transportation is growing and the WTS Atlanta chapter is working to continue this upward trend! I would like to recognize the outstanding members of WTS Atlanta and our esteemed Board of Directors. Without these professional women, we could not provide the array of programs and services to the metro Atlanta region. Our Board of Directors include: We are expecting great things in 2016 and we look forward to your support for what we have in store. For updates on programs and events, please visit our website at www.wtsintemational.ofg/atlanta. As a reminder, our annual corporate sponsorship campaign in is full effect! If your company or agency is interested in supporting the efforts of WTS Atlanta, please contact Michelle Erste at email@example.com. Lastly, if you are a woman or man working in the transportation field in the Atlanta metro area, join WTS Atlanta! Visit us at www.wtsintemational.ofg/atlanta to learn more.
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