April 2018

Volume 33, Issue 7
Akron-Canton Section Newsletter
Thank you  to the local businesses who have generously responded to our ASCE sponsorship campaign. They have donated $2,650 for the 2018-2019 year. WOW!  We are grateful to those sponsors  listed in the banner on the right side of this newsletter for supporting the ASCE Akron-Canton Section!  Please click on their company logo to find out more about their services.
President's Message

All ASCE members are required to comply with the Code of Ethics developed for our profession. The code serves as a guide to the engineer's consideration for the public, clients, employers, and fellow professionals.
ASCE developed eight canons, or laws, for ethics with interpretations for its members to follow.  Full explanations of each canon are available on the ASCE website. Engineers will require sound judgment to interpret how the code applies to specific circumstances, and t here are consequences for those individuals who fail to obey the above statements. It is our solemn duty to understand and follow our ethical canons in order to uphold the prestige of our profession, support the law, and commit to the high standards of conduct.
In 2017 the Ohio legislature required professional engineers to attest that they have completed two hours of ethics or rules education every two years. In order to help our members fulfil this requirement, your ASCE Akron-Canton Section will sponsor one meeting a year on the topic of ethics. The subject of our upcoming April meeting will be ethics, so be sure to attend to obtain your certificate. I hope to see you there!

Best spring wishes!

Gregg Loesch
April Professional Meeting
Joint Meeting with ASHE 
Registration Deadline is Friday, April 13

Exceptional March Meeting at Goodyear Hall!
Our March meeting was held at Goodyear Hall, across from the former headquarters, where we learned about the East End project, located on East Market Street, and its many challenges, including how the four East Market traffic lanes were turned into double calming lanes with bike paths, parallel parking, and prominent illuminated crosswalks. The theater and building were constructed in 1907 with many considerations not normally found in that day. Brent Redeker from IRG made a presentation on the history of the building, its former and future functions, and the challenges involved in gutting and repurposing the building into apartment flats, shops, and athletic facilities. Twenty attendees were treated to a grand tour of the Goodyear facilities, many of which had been only been seen by Goodyear employees. We visited the community rooms and the 1460-seat theater, beautifully restored to its former glory but updated with modern amenities. We also visited the roof where the original lighted Goodyear sign is awaiting funding for its restoration.
2018 ASCE Awards Season is Here!

Call for Nominations!  Please consider nominating an outstanding engineer for either of these two awards:
  • Wendell R. LaDue Civil Engineer Award
  • Gary W. Johnson  Young Civil Engineer Award
Students! Please consider applying for this scholarship opportunity:
  • ASCE Memorial Scholarship

For more information on these awards and scholarship, click here: 

For questions about the awards and scholarship, please email Jennie Celik at

Nominations and Applications are due April 27.
ASCE Awards go to University of Akron Students

We congratulate the University of Akron Students who received prestigious awards during the Akron Area E-Week banquet on February 22, 2018.
ASCE Outstanding Senior Award
from the University of Akron
(l to r) ASCE President Gregg Loesch, Nate Otermat
ASCE Memorial Scholarship Recipients
 (l to r) ASCE President Gregg Loesch, Monica Moody, Casey Cox

University of Akron Student Chapter News

Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders
On Saturday, January 26-27, two ASCE Student Chapter members traveled to Omaha, Nebraska for the opportunity to network with students from other university ASCE chapters. They also attended seminars to learn about membership recruitment, fundraising, outreach ideas, leadership skills, and how to increase involvement. Our University of Akron Student Chapter is dedicated to keeping their chapter strong! 

(l to r) Noor Fahoum, Secretary and Jacob Odson, Vice President

Goodyear STEM High School Career Day
On February 17, The University of Akron ASCE Student Chapter was represented at the Goodyear STEM High School Career Day to encourage high school students who are interested in civil engineering to attend the University of Akron, to become ASCE members, and join either the Steel Bridge or Concrete Canoe design team.

Upcoming Student Chapter Activities:
  • April 6 - Lindsay Precast tour
  • April 7 - Volunteering for Adopt-a-Highway
  • April 10 - Fadi Rabadi and Logan Jacobs to attend the ASCE Earth and Space Conference in Cleveland
  • April 12-15 - Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge regional competition at Ohio University in Athens
  • April 21 - Volunteering at the Middle School Goodyear Career Day at Firestone High School in Akron
  • April 28 - Volunteering for the Relay for Life at the University of Akron
What an active Student Chapter, not only advancing in their technical knowledge and leadership skills, but also giving back to our community. 

If you would like to invest in our  profession's future by becoming a Student Chapter Corporate or Individual Sponsor, please  click here  for more information.
Akr on Waterways Renewed! begins 
Construction Site Trolley Tours

The Akron Waterways Renewed!  program is offering two-hour trolley tours of the completed and active sewer construction projects around the City of Akron in 2018. Attendees will learn about the ongoing Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) work by visiting a variety of basins and green infrastructure sites, as well as learn about the history of the canal.

Update on Rosie's Progress
Rosie, the tunnel boring machine for the  Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) project, has advanc ed more than 823' , approximately 13% of her total journey.    
ASCE Adjudicates at Western Reserve Science Day

On Saturday, March 17th, several hundred middle and high school students participated in the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day at the University of Akron. The students were exhibiting their science projects for judging at the regional level, with the winners going onto the state contest in Columbus. ASCE Akron Canton judged many projects that day and sponsored two $100 prizes for both a middle and high school winner.
The middle school winner was Elba Heddensheimer, a seventh grader at Incarnate Word Academy in Parma Heights. Her project demonstrated how combustible biogas can be generated from simple fermenting garbage. The high school winner was Jake Pentasuglio, a tenth grader at St. Vincent-St. Margh School in Akron. His project showed how different varieties of vegetation can absorb nitrogen from soil runoff, keeping less of it from getting into the lakes. Congratulations to both students!
New posting for Assistant City Engineer in Hudson!

The ASCE Akron-Canton Section website posts career opportunities in our area which may interest you. We provide this page free of charge to local employers. No postings will be accepted by recruiting or headhunter services. Check back regularly for updates. 

Are you a Civil Engineer Interested in Becoming a Professional Surveyor?

The University of Akron College of Applied Science and Technology recently developed a Certificate of Surveying for Civil Engineers consisting of six web-based and online courses. This certificate is for those engineers with an EAC/ABET-accredited B.S.C.E. degree who wish to be eligible for eventual registration as a Professional Surveyor.

The six required courses that make up the certificate are design ed to meet the academic content and minimum ORC requirements of 16 seme ster hours in the required subject areas. The graduate would be responsible to also meet and document the experience requirement before qualifying fully for the PS exam in Ohio.
The University has an ambitious schedule of classes planned for the upcoming 8-week summer sessions. All six of the certificate classes are planned for summer offerings. Typically, the University also offers three classes in the fall and three in the spring semester as well. Enrollment officially begins in mid-March. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact:
Gary Schuller, Surveying & Mapping Program Director
College of Applied Science and Technology
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio  44325-6104

For a full course description, please click here.
PDH Documentation
Did you attend a recent section meeting and need documentation for proof of attendance for tracking PDH's? Visit the  Resources  page on our Section's website  to find meeting attendance records.

Current Contact Information for our

Board of Direction, Committee Chairs, and

University of Akron Student Chapter Officers


Click the link below to view the current Section officers contact information. 


Board of Direction Contact Information


In This Issue
April Professional Meeting
May Social
2018 Awards Season
University of Akron Student Chapter News
Akron Waterways Renewed! Trolley Tours
New Job Posting!

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Akron-Canton Section
Board of Direction

Gregg Loesch
Vice President
ReneĆ© Whittenberger
Ruth Klee
Tim Gilbert

Ken Kostura
Mark Miller

Upcoming May
Spouses and Friends

May 17, 2018

RubberDucks Game

July 21 , 2018

Upcoming Board of Direction Meeting

April 23, 2018

Environmental Design Group Office
450 Grant St., Akron

Links to
ASCE Websites

Ruth Klee, Secretary
ASCE Akron-Canton Section