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ASCE President-elect Robert D. Stevens, PhD., P.E., F.ASCE Addresses the NCS at September Dinner Meeting

Topic: America's Federal Transportation Funding Cliff and How We Can Solve It  (1 PDH)

September 23, 2014
Hilton Arlington
950 North Stafford Street
Arlington, VA

Please register by September 17, 2014 
For questions, please contact Ranjit Sahai

John G. Casana, PE, D.WRE, LEED AP, M.ASCE, (National Capital Section), has just been elected to serve a full three-year term as Region 2 Governor (2014-2017)

John Casana has been an Associate and Facilities Engineer at Booz  Allen Hamilton, Defense Group, since 2007. 

Casana, JohnHe is a Past President (2012) of the ASCE National Capital Section. His previous work experience includes Management Analysis Incorporated, Environmental Program Director, 1998-2007 ;General Physics Corp., Director, Environmental Engineering Division, 1995-1998 ;ICF Kaiser, Senior Project Manager, 1992-1995 ; Versar Inc., Corporate Technical Director, 1983-1992 ;  Water Purification Associates, Water Resources Engineer, 1980-1983; and  Edward C. Jordan Company, Water Resources Engineer, 1976-1980. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1972;  Master of Science, Hydrology/Water Resources, University of New Hampshire, 1975; Graduate Certificate, Business Administration and Management, Harvard University, 1983 ; and a Graduate Certificate, Change Management Advanced Practitioner, Georgetown University, 2011. Some of his volunteer activities include leading a pro bono team to certify Wolf Trap Education Center to LEED EB O&M, 2013; service as President of the Willow Woods Community Association, Annandale, VA, 2008-present; and he is a Member of the Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax, VATestimonial for ASCE's ExCEED Teaching Workshop by Professo , 1992-present. John is married with four children and five beautiful grand-children.

Testimonial for ASCE's ExCEED Teaching Workshop by Professor Douglas J. Gabauer, Ph.D., P.E.

Douglas Gabauer WEBI am a faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Bucknell University as well as a member of ASCE. I just wanted to send you a quick note to express my gratitude for ASCE funding the ExCEEd Teaching Workshop and convey that this workshop continues to be an extremely valuable endeavor, both for faculty members as well as civil engineering students across the country. I was a participant in the workshop in 2009 and have served in an Assistant Mentor role in 2010, 2011, and most recently in 2014. In my experience, ExCEEd provides outstanding instruction on how to be an effective instructor.  This is absolutely crucial as the vast majority of faculty do not have any formal instruction on teaching. More effective instructors provide civil engineering students an enhanced learning experience which ultimately leads to better civil engineers. Because each faculty member teaches many students each year, the positive effects are enormous and far-reaching.

Also, ExCEEd is the only workshop I am aware of that provides both teaching theory as well as significant time for participants to apply what is learned by actually teaching during the workshop. This is accomplished through groups of 4 participants working closely with a more experienced Mentor and Assistant Mentor.  The feedback on the practice classes conducted at ExCEEd is invaluable and moves participants toward being able to self-assess their own teaching so that there is a mechanism for continuous improvement.

I can confidently state that I am a much better teacher as a direct result of my involvement with this workshop.  I greatly appreciate ASCE's generous support of past workshops and I sincerely hope ExCEEd continues to be a cornerstone of the programs that ASCE offers well into the future.  Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts."

Dr Douglas Gabauer is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University, and can be reached at P: (570) 577-2902 or via email.  

Congratulations to Robert G. Traver, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, winner of the 2014 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award

Upon the recommendation of President Randy Over, the ASCE Executive Committee has selected Dr Robert G. Traver of the Villanova University Dept of Civil & Env.Eng in Villanova, PA, to receive the 2014 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award “For his leadership of the Task Committee on Flood Safety Policies and Practices and facilitation to complete the Committee’s report, Flood Risk Management: Call for a National Strategy.” The selection committee particularly noted his contributions to EWRI's Urban Water Resources Research Council. The award consists of a trophy, and will be presented during the Global Engineering Conference 2014 to be held in Panama City, Panama, October 7-11, 2014.

Congratulations to Timothy D. Brett, P.E., M.ASCE, winner of the 2014 ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award

The 2014 ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement will be presented to Timothy D. Brett, P.E., M.ASCE, of the Pittsburgh Section at the ASCE Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, Panama, October 7-11, 2014.

ASCE Past President Delon Hampton has been named a 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of The Engineering Honor Society

HamptonDelon Hampton, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, Past President of ASCE, Founder and President of Delon Hampton and Associates in Washington, DC,has been named a 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of Tau Beta Pi, The International Engineering Honor Society. He is the twentieth person to be so honored in the 129 history of the Association. The award letter stated that the purpose of the Distinguished Alumnus award is to recognize Tau Beta Pi Alumni "who have demonstrated adherence to the ideals of Tau Beta Pi and foster a spirit of liberal culture in our society on the local, national, and international scales, with achievements that exemplify the diverse contributions that engineers make to society, and demonstrate breathe of interest, unselfish activity, and true spirit of integrity and excellence in engineering." He was nominated by the DC Alpha Chapter at Howard University, where he is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, and where he was inducted as an eminent engineer member of TBP in 1996. Just last year, the Chapter successfully nominated one of their founding members, the late Dean Emeritus M. L. Walker, Jr. and he received the TBP/DA award in 2013.

Congratulations to all Finalists in the 2014 National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC)

About a month after the 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition was held on May 23 and 24 at The University of Akron in Ohio, the National Concrete Canoe Competition was held at the University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown (UPJ). The Overall winners were: 1. University of Nevada, Reno; 2. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; 3. Université Laval (Canada); 4. Utah State University;  and 5. University of Wisconsin - Madison. As reported in the Tribune-Democrat the host team (UPJ) placed 15th overall. Drexel University, also from Region 2, took first place in the Design Paper component of the Competition. For detailed results, please visit the official website. Also read about ASCE President Randy Over's experience at the 2014 NCCC in his blog posted on the ASCE website on July 7.

Congratulations to Michael Flowers who will receive the 2014 Roebling Award 

Michael FlowersMichael D. Flowers, P.E., M.ASCE, has been selected by the Construction Institute to receive the 2014 Roebling Award “For outstanding leadership in construction of the most challenging bridge projects ever attempted by civil engineers in the modern era, particularly the record-setting, single-tower, asymmetrical self-anchored suspension bridge spanning San Francisco-Oakland”. The selection committee particularly noted his contributions to advance Construction Engineering.The award, which consists of a certificate and cash prize in the amount of $3,500, will be presented during the Global Engineering Conference 2014 in  Panama City, Panama, October 7-11, 2014.

Congratulations to all Finalists in the 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC)

As reported on the official website of NSSBC, the 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition was held on May 23 and 24 at The University of Akron in Ohio. This year marked the 23rd anniversary of the National Student Steel Bridge Competition and the 28th anniversary of the conference-level Student Steel Bridge Competitions. This prestigious competition offered future structural engineers the opportunity to display their skills in steel design, steel fabrication, and teamwork. Forty-seven student teams from across the United States, Canada and Mexico participated in the 2014 NSSBC. The Overall Winners were: 1. University of California, Davis,  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and 3. University of California, Berkeley.

We congratulate the 2014 NSSBC Champions and all Finalists, including these three teams from Region 2: Lafayette College at 6 th place, Univ of Pitt at Johnstown at 24 th,  and The George Washington University at 45th place, overall. It should be noted that the University of Virginia placed 42 nd. UVA was the 2014 host of the ASCE Conference of the Virginias, in which students from the National Capital Section in Region 2 compete. Detailed results are available at the official NSSBC website.

The 2014 ASCE Jack E. Cermak Medal will be awarded to Kishor Mehta

Dr Kishor Mehta, 2014 ASCE Cermark Medal WinnerASCE Executive Director Pat Natale, P.E, Region 2 Director Chris Menna, and the Region 2 Board of Governors congratulate Kishor C. Mehta, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, of the National Capital Section, who has been selected to receive the 2014 Jack E. Cermak Medal by the Structural Engineering Institute and the Engineering Mechanics Institute  "For outstanding contributions to wind engineering, particularly for systematic studies of structural damage caused by windstorms and leadership in the development of structural design standards for wind loads." The selection committee particularly noted Dr Mehta's contributions that include development of an above-ground shelter for tornadoes, the widely recognized EF-scale for tornado intensity rating, and his organizing and leadership of the Wind Engineering Field Research Laboratory (WERFL).

The 2014 ASCE Croes Medal will be awarded to Dan Frangopol and Mohamed Soliman

Prof Frangopol (right) with Ph.D student/co-author SolimanASCE Executive Director Pat Natale, P.E, Region 2 Director Chris Menna, and the Region 2 Board of Governors congratulate Dan M. Frangopol, Sc.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.EMI, Dist.M.ASCE, and Mohamed Soliman, S.M.ASCE, of Center Valley and Bethlehem, PA, respectively, both members of the Lehigh Valley Section who have been selected by the Society Awards Committee to receive the 2014 James R. Croes Medal for the paper, “Generalized Probabilistic Framework for Optimum Inspection and Maintenance Planning,” that appeared in the Journal of Structural Engineering, March 2013. The selection committee particularly noted their offering an important advance in inspection and maintenance scheduling for time-dependent deterioration of structures or systems. The award, which consists of a certificate, will be presented during the Global Engineering Conference 2014, Panama City, Panama, October 7-11, 2014.

The 2014 ASCE Region 2 Assembly will be held on Saturday November 8, 2014  - Please Save the Date

Where: Penn State Capital Campus, Middletown, PA
When: Saturday, November 8th, 2014

All Sections, Branches, Younger Member Forums, Student Chapters, Faculty Advisors and Practitioner Advisors are strongly encouraged to attend. There will be professional development through presentations on current engineering design practices, a chance for interaction between students, professors and practitioners and the opportunity to learn more about what ASCE can do for you.

More information will be provided in the fall regarding registration and the Assembly program. 

Also Save the Date for the 2015 Workshops for Section and Branch Leaders (WSBL) for Regions 1, 2, 4 & 5

To be held January 9-10 in Miami, FL, with more information to be provided in the fall regarding registration and the program.

ASCE Region 2 Director’s Challenge 2014

From Chris Menna, P.E., (Philadelphia Section)

I am happy to report that I have been successful in getting recognition into two periodicals with a large distribution base – Temple University’s Alumni Magazine and The National Eagle Scout Association of the Boy Scouts of America, BSA.  I’d like to say that the main reason for doing this was not a self-promotion tour, but rather an opportunity to promote ASCE.  In both cases, our group was mentioned.  It is hoped that readers would then look further to learn more about us. 

Having said that, I offer the following challenge to our seven Sections and two active Branches:

Between the time of this writing and October 31st, 2014, I encourage all Section or Branches to tabulate how many references to ASCE that they can get published.  References may be generated by any member or group within the Section or Branch.  Recognition of position appointments, volunteer activities done, or any other deemed appropriate reasons are acceptable.   Sections and Branches will then submit their tabulations, with proof,  to our Region 2 Secretary.  The winner with the highest number will be announced at our Fall 2014 Assembly in Harrisburg, PA.  The winning Section or Branch will receive a visit by the Director or his designee and he will deliver an ASCE National PowerPoint presentation of the group’s choice.

You are also invited to read the Director's Message for the Month of May 2014.

Congratulations to all Participants in the Spring 2014 ASCE Student Conferences

ASCE Director Chris Menna,P.E,  Region 2 Webmaster and Student Affairs Coordinator Bob Efimba, P.E., and the other five Region 2 Governors extend congratulations and appreciation to ALL students, faculty, administrators, support personnel, Judges, and parents and other supporters, who participated in the ASCE Student Conferences held this Spring 2014. Special mention goes to the ASCE Student Chapters in Region 2 that hosted and/or sent delegates and teams to the competitions and other activities of their respective ASCE Student Conferences. There are a total of 18 ASCE Student Conferences, and two of them have Chapters that are within Region 2. They are the Conference of the Virginias with 14 Chapters (10 in the Virginias and 4 from DC in Region 2's National Capital Section) and the Mid-Atlantic Conference with all the 17 remaining Chapters in Region 2.

Some Chapters in both Conferences did not compete or even send delegates this year, but we encourage every Chapter to begin NOW to plan and budget to participate in as many activities as possible in the next Spring 2015 Student Conferences.

At the Virginias Conference hosted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, April 4 - 5, 2014, the top 3 winners of the Student Steel Bridge (SSBC) Competition were: 1. UVA, 2. GWU, and 3. WVU Tech., and UVA and GWU advanced to represent the Conference at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) Finals to be held at the University of Akron, Akron, OH on May 23 - 24, 2014. 

In the Concrete Canoe Competition, the top 3 winners were 1. Fairmont State,  2. VA Tech, and 3. WVU, and Fairmont advanced to compete in the Finals of the National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) held at Univ of Pitt-Johnstown (UPJ) in Johnstown, PA on June 19 - 22, 2014, with results reported above..

At the Mid-Atlantic Conference, co-hosted by Villanova University and USNA, held in Annapolis, MD, April 12 -13, the top 3 winners of the SSBC  were:  1. Lafayette College,  2. Univ of Pitt at Johnstown, and 3. Univ of Delaware, and Lafayette and UPJ advanced to the compete in the NSSBC, for which results are reported above. 

In the Concrete Canoe Competition, the top 3 winners were 1. Drexel University,  2. Univ of MD/CP, and 3. Penn State - Univ Park, and  Drexel advanced to compete in the NCCC.

Congratulations to the 2014 Class of 11 ASCE Distinguished Members

Director Chris Menna and the Region 2 Board of Governors send hearty congratulations to the 11 ASCE Members who were recently elected to the rank of Distinguished Member, including the two from Region 2, who are:

  • Dennis M. Kamber, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE (EWRI, National Capital Section)
  • Michael K. Loose, P.E., USN (Ret.), Dist.M.ASCE (CI, National Capital Section)

They were approved by the ASCE Board of Direction at the March 2014 meeting. The recognition is the Society’s highest accolade, second only to the title of ASCE President. Only 648 ASCE members and fellows have received the honor for their body of work in some branch of engineering or in related arts and sciences. 

Memorandum To ASCE Region 2 Section and Branch Presidents, Newsletter Editors, Webmasters and Region Governors

From: Jackie Simon, Manager, Geographic Services
Date: April 9, 2014
RE: Region 2 - ASCE 2014 Spring and Summer Continuing Education Seminars and Workshops

Geographic Services is proud to announce the Continuing Education schedule of seminars and workshops for the spring and summer that are scheduled in your geographic area. These seminars/workshops have been produced by ASCE’s Continuing Education Department with your members in mind.










Managing the Design Process: Keeping on Schedule, within Budget, and Selecting the Right Resources

August 7-8, 2014

Baltimore, MD

Design and Renovation of Wood Structures ~Newly Updated for 2012 IBC

September 4-5, 2014

Baltimore, MD

Design of Foundations for Dynamic Loads

September 10-12, 2014

Philadelphia, PA

Project Management

September 18-19, 2014

Washington, DC

Geographic Services would greatly appreciate it if the newest Continuing Education schedule could be included in your upcoming newsletters as well as added to your websites.

If you have any questions, or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Jackie Simon, Manager, Geographic Services, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191, 703-295-6143