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The Year 2014 in ASCE Region 2

This page contains Region 2 announcements and reports of FY 2014 events of historical value.

The 2014 Region 2 Jamboree was held near Harrisburg, PA on July 18 - 20, 2014 

The ASCE Philadelphia & Central PA Younger Member Forums (YMFs) held the second ever Region 2 Jamboree on July 18-20, 2014. Camping was at Gifford Pinchot State Park Campground (20 minute drive southwest of Harrisburg, PA). The trip was a great opportunity to share stories, network, and generally just have a good time. There were lots of activities to choose from including Harrisburg's Food Truck Feast, BrewFest, Hiking, Canoeing, Disc Golf, and of course, a visit to Hershey Park. You may email Chris Gray for more info.

Dr Louis Geschwindner, P.E., won the 2014 ASCE Ernest E. Howard Award

Dr GeschwindnerChris Menna, ASCE Director and Chair, and the Region 2 Board of Governors join ASCE in congratulating Louis F. Geschwindner, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, of Penn State University, on his selection to receive the 2014 Ernest E. Howard Award for "your impact on structural engineering through leadership in structural steel specifications development; extensive technical committee service; practical, technical journal publications and books; education and mentoring of students, engineers, and industry professionals." The selection committee particularly noted his significant contributions to educating the next generation of structural engineers.

The award, which consists of a medal and cash prize was presented during the Structures Conference, Boston, MA, April 3-4, 2014.

The 2014 ASCE Samuel Arnold Greeley Award was won by Dr Dennis G. Grubb, P.E.

Dr Dennis Grubb, EWRI award winner 2014The Region 2 Board of Governors and Director Chris Menna join ASCE in congratulating Dennis G. Grubb, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, of CH2M Hill Inc in Philadelphia, PA, who was selected by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute to receive the 2014 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award, for the paper, "Aging Effects in Field-Compacted Dredged Material: Steel Slag Fines Blends," that appeared in the Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste in April 2013. In selecting Dr Grubb for this award, the committee particularly noted the important research findings outlined in his paper. The award consists of a plaque and cash prize in the amount of $1,000, and was presented during the EWRI Congress in Portland, OR, June 1-5, 2014.

100 Year Anniversary Gala Celebration for the ASCE Maryland Section was held in June 2014 

Region 2 Director/Chair Chris Menna and the Region's Board of Governors salute the leaders and members of the Maryland Section of ASCE who are celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year and are planning a grand gala event to close out the year. The event was held June 6, 2014 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore. For more info, please check the Centennial webpage at www.ascemd.org and/or contact David L. Borusiewicz, P.E., Associate, Wallace Montgomery, 10150 York Road, Suite 200, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030, Tel: 410.494.9093 Office, 410.937.0587 Mobile, 410.667.0925 Fax

ASCE Regions 1, 2, 4 & 5 Multi-Region Leadership Conference (MRLC) 2014 and Workshop for Sections and Branch Leaders (WSBL) was held February 7-8, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN, at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown.

The Workshop was well attended by representative from Sections, Branches, Younger Member Groups, and Student Chapters from the four ASCE Regions, who heard from and interacted with the top ASCE Leadership - Randy Over, President; Bob Stevens, President-Elect, and Pat Natale, Executive Director, and his Staff, and Society Directors and Governors from the 4 Regions.

There were plenary sessions and Breakout sessions for the Regions. The Session for Region 2 was led by Director/Chair Chris Menna, assisted by 4 other Governors.

ASCE Region 2 Board of Governors Met All Day Saturday, January 18, 2014

Five of the six Region 2 Governors - Bill Brittle, Bob Efimba, John Grieshaber, Tom Imholte (host), Jack Raudenbush - and Chris Menna, the Region's Director/Chair, met from about 9 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the offices of Modgeski and Masters in Mechanicsburg, PA. Chris presided at the meeting, and the first half was used to develop a Strategic Plan for the Region, with Ann Tomalavage, P.E., PMP., LEED AP, President, Malarkey Consulting, Inc, Pottstown, PA, serving as Guest Facilitator. The meeting followed an extensive agenda, that was presented by Chris and approved by the Board, that included the Strategic Plan; Preparation for the Multi-Region Leadership Conference to be held in Indianapolis, IN, as announced above; the Region's recent and future Assemblies; Strategies for bringing membership value to Sections, Branches, and Student Chapters in the Region; Recent and future enhancements to the Region's pages on the ASCE website, and election of Officers. Details will be provided in the minutes that are being prepared by the Region's Secretariat.

ASCE Region 2 Assembly 2013 was held on Saturday November 16, 2013 at The Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, Pennsylvania

The Director and Chair and the Region's Governors and Leaders and members from the Region's Sections, Branches, Younger Member Forums, and Student Chapters, Faculty Advisors and Practitioner Advisors were in attendance. In addition to a motivational Speaker, there were professional development opportunities through presentations on current engineering design practices, and interaction between students, professors and practitioners and the opportunity to learn more about best practices and what ASCE can do for you.

The ASCE Student Chapter at Penn State was awarded $500.00 for their Bridges to Prosperity Project by the Region 2 Board of Governors

Last spring, Penn State civil engineering students founded a student chapter of Bridges to Prosperity. Bridges to Prosperity is an international non-profit organization that constructs pedestrian bridges in third world communities that suffer from rural isolation due to impassable rivers and flood plains. For members of such communities, the walk to school, a doctor, or work can be extremely dangerous, if not impossible. To date, Bridges to Prosperity has partnered with these communities to construct over 130 bridges in 16 countries, providing an estimated 650,000 people with improved access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

As an official chapter of the organization, Penn State students will take the lead in managing their own pedestrian bridge construction project each year in a rurally isolated community of a developing nation. The chapter, which is the first within ASCE Region 2, currently has a dedicated team of approximately 10 student officers and 40 members who will guide all phases of these projects, including site surveying, bridge design, bridge construction, community relations, and fundraising for the costs of each bridge. Throughout the process, students will receive technical mentoring and support from the Bridges to Prosperity international organization, the Penn State Department of Civil Engineering, and private companies.

The Penn State student chapter will be traveling in May 2014 to construct its first bridge in the community of Membrillo, located in the province of Coclé in Panama. Last August, three of the chapter’s officers traveled to Membrillo to perform a technical survey of the site and meet with members of the community. Currently, the people of Membrillo rely upon a single pedestrian bridge to cross a ravine to reach the nearest school, healthcare facilities, and certain places of work. During the region’s rainy reason, the existing pedestrian bridge floods frequently, hindering the ability of 1,500 people to access basic necessities.

To help overcome the challenges that the ravine poses to Membrillo during the rainy season, the chapter is working to design a sustainable, cable-stayed pedestrian bridge that will be constructed about 15 meters from the existing bridge in a location where it will not flood. The people of Membrillo have given Penn State students a warm reception and are very excited about the prospect of building a new bridge. For them, it is not just a bridge; it is an opportunity for a better quality of life.

To learn more about the Penn State student chapter of Bridges to Prosperity and how you can become involved with the chapter, please visit the chapter’s website:

We have been working with other schools in order to start new Bridges to Prosperity chapters and help reach our goal of eliminating poverty due to rural isolation. We must fundraise $10,000 in order to build the bridge in Membrillo; currently we are slightly over half way to reaching our goal. Checks can be made payable to Bridges to Prosperity with Penn State Chapter in the memo and sent to Bridges to Prosperity, 113 Hammond Building, University Park, PA 16802.Thank you very much for your support. We would also like to thank ASCE Region 2 for their support of our project.