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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