December 2016

Volume 32, Issue 3
Akron-Canton Section Newsletter

We have established our FY2017 budget, hosted a successful career building workshop, and scheduled valuable Section meetings. More to come in 2017! Reply to with comments and questions. 

President's Column  
By Kenneth F. Kostura, P.E., M.ASCE   
Our November meeting was a success.  This was our annual joint meeting with the Cleveland Section, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Brecksville.  It was our turn to host the meeting.  We sold all 95 seats and had to turn down requests for more because the room was full.  Our speakers, Frank Greenland and Lita Laven of NEORSD, presented an update of the Regional Stormwater Management Program.  They gave us a good understanding of how their program works and the kind of projects they are able to do.  Based on the number of questions at the end of their talk, the program was very well received.
Our December meeting this year will be a luncheon at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls.  The topic will be the Gorge Dam removal project, presented by Bill Sliwinski of Ohio EPA.   See the meeting announcement below for details.  We expect a good turnout for this meeting as well.
Although Ohio PE licenses are not up for renewal until the end of 2017, please check your PDH log and make sure you are on track to get your 30 hours by the end of 2017.  And don't forget that your ASCE membership includes up to 5 free hours per year of On-Demand Learning courses available at the ASCE web site.
Finally, let me extend a wish from our Board of Directors to everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season.  It is our hope that you can spend time with family and friends and enjoy this special time. 

Kenneth F. Kostura
Akron-Canton Section President


December Section Meeting


Hosted by the Akron-Canton Section 



Newsletter and Meeting Sponsors


We are looking for new and renewed sponsors for 2017! A $250 donation from your company helps the Akron-Canton Section ASCE keep meeting prices down, perform high school outreach, assist our student chapter, train our leaders, and continue to promote the profession in our area! 

To become a sponsor and see your company name featured at our meetings and in our newsletters, please contact our treasurer, Ruth Klee, at
Akron-Canton Section FY2017 Budget

Renew Your ASCE Membership for 2017


Please remember to renew your ASCE membership for 2017.   For those who have registered, ASCE will be holding prize drawings for a $100 Amazon gift card in November and a $1000 Amazon gift card in December.  You are eligible for both if you renew by November 15, 2016.  Go to ASCE Renewal to renew your membership and keep our organization strong. 
The 2017 ASCE President



Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E. is professor and past chair at the University of New Orleans' (UNO) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  In June, ASCE members elected Mattei 2016 president-elect, and she will advance to Society president in 2017.
She has been active in ASCE for more than 20 years in local, regional and national leadership roles.

In 2012, President Obama named Mattei one of three civilian members of the Mississippi River Commission, which researches and provides policy and work recommendations covering flood control, navigation and environmental projects. In that capacity, she helped oversee a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the nation.  The governor of Louisiana appointed her to the state's licensing board for professional engineers, LAPELS. She also serves on the board of directors for both the Louisiana Transportation Research Center Foundation and the Louisiana Technology Council.

Learn more about Norma Jean here.

ODOT Summit County Advisories

ODOT posts Weekly Traffic Advisories

Main Street in the City of Akron
(Monday, November 28 - until further notice)
Beginning Monday, November 28, the following roads will be PERMENANTLY CLOSED:
  • The I-76 westbound ramp to Main St./Voris St. The detour is I-76 westbound to Broadway St. to Thornton St. to S. Main St.
  • E. South St. between S. Broadway St. and Miami St. The detour will be E. Miller St. to Bellows St. to E. South St.
  • Sweitzer St. between E. Thornton St. to E. Crosier St. The detour will be E. Thornton St. to Grant St. to Crosier St. to Sweitzer St.
  • E. Voris St. between S. Broadway St. to S. Main St. The detour will be Broadway St. to E. Thornton St. to S. Main St.

Mark Your Calendar for E-week!


Joseph Connolly, Aerospace Engineer 
NASA Glen Research Center

6:00 PM - Cash Bar
7:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Program

Skyland Pines
3550 Columbus Road NE
Canton, Ohio  44705

Ticket price: $30.00 ($35 after February 15)

For reservations, see CJEC website.


 "Spotlights" of Akron U. College of Engineering Teams

5:30 PM - Social Hour
6:30 PM - Dinner & Program

Emidio & Sons Banquet Center
48 E. Bath Road (at State Road)
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Ticket price: $30.00 ($25 before February 1st) 
Students $20.00

For reservations, contact Brent Sisler by calling 330-864-7555 (please leave message), via email at, or by filling out the   online ticket request form.

Get Ready to DREAM BIG

All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big , a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world's tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today's engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

In partnership with MacGillivray Freeman Films, and presented by the Bechtel Corporation, ASCE is proud to announce that Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World, will premiere in giant-screen theaters Engineers Week, February 2017.

Current Contact Information for our Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and the Student Chapter


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


Board of Directors Contact Information



Only One Month Left for Your Free ASCE Webinars!

In This Issue
President's Column
NEXT Section Meeting
Newsletter and Meeting Sponsors
FY2017 Budget
Membership Renewal Prizes
Meet the 2017 ASCE President
ODOT Traffic Advisories
E-week is right around the corner
Dream BIG
Section Officers contact list
Free On-Demand Webinars
and more!
Akron-Canton Section
Board of Direction
Gregg Loesch,  Vice President
ReneƩ Whittenberger , Secretary

Upcoming Section Meetings
December 15, 2016
Akron-Canton Section luncheon Meeting
at Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls
Upcoming BOD Meetings
December 7, 2016
Environmental Design Group office
450 Grant St., Akron
ASCE Websites
Newsletter Sponsors

Krumroy-Cozad Construction Corporation 

William Glazier, PhD

Thank you for your support!

ReneƩ Whittenberger, Secretary
ASCE Akron-Canton Section