December 2017

Volume 33, Issue 3
Akron-Canton Section Newsletter
We hope to see you at our upcoming December 14th luncheon with  Curtis Baker, Director of AMATS, as our guest speaker. Please visit Eventbrite to make your reservation
President's Message
Happy Holidays to all! Let's hope 2018 is full of prosperity for our community and nation, with hopes of infrastructure replacement funding programs.
Our annual November Joint Meeting with the Cleveland Section was held in Brecksville at the Creekside Restaurant with 53 in attendance. It was an enjoyable and interesting meeting with our Cleveland friends. Our speaker, Alan Plastow, made an entertaining presentation on the body of knowledge required to become a professional project manager, particularly a PMP or CAPM. We also had the chance to recognize and congratulate the University of Akron Student Chapter for their two awards, along with our ASCE Region 3 Governor present, Mr. Craig Hebebrand. The University of Akron Student Chapter was one of five finalists for the Robert Ridgway Award for exceptional student chapters, and secondly they won the Outstanding Student Chapter in Region 3. These students are an energetic and ambitious group. Let's continue to support them.
If you received your notice to renew your professional license dues, you read that starting in 2018, a PE must have 2 PDH hours of ethics training every two years. In the future, the Akron-Canton Section will help you fulfill this requirement by offering ethics meeting topics.
Please try to attend our Annual Holiday Meeting at BLU Plate Restaurant in downtown Akron on Thursday, December 14th. Have a joyous season and a Happy New Year!
December Luncheon

Come hear Curtis Baker, Director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), speak on "Predicting the Future of Transportation Funding"

Mr. Baker has with AMATS for more than 10 years and was the agency's planning administrator when he was elevated to the directorship. He is responsible for oversight of the agency, which is responsible for regional transportation planning in Portage and Summit counties and a portion of Wayne County. Currently, AMATS has a budget of roughly $1.4 million for planning purposes and a $9 million-a-year infrastructure program.

Mr. Baker holds a master's degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Miami University.

RSVP by 4pm Friday, December 8 via Eventbrite

November Workshop a Success!

The ASCE Akron-Canton Section Workshop Series continued last month with a panel discussion providing civil engineers with an understanding of the construction process to improve design-construction coordination. The four expert construction panelists included Bulent Bilgin (ODOT District 4), Brian Francis (Beaver Excavating), Al Leonard (Great Lakes Construction), and Dan Moeglin (City of Canton). Thank you panelists!

Construction Considerations Workshop held at the University of Akron.

University of Akron Student Chapter Receives Prestigious Awards

The University of Akron ASCE Student Chapter has been recognized as a Robert Ridgway FinalistThe prestigious Ridgway Award  is given to the best ASCE student chapter in the world, which is over 300 chapters. The fact that the University of Akron is a finalist means that they scored in the top 2%. They were also awarded the Distinguished Student Chapter in Region 3, which means they were the best student chapter in ASCE Region 3. Both awards were presented to the Student Chapter President, Emily Greenby the Akron-Canton Section President, Gregg Loesch, and the Region 3 Governor, Craig Hebebrandat the November meeting. Congratulations students!!
(L to R) Gregg Loesch, Craig Hebebrand, Emily Green

The University of Akron Student Chapter has bi-weekly meetings with professional speakers, offering students insight into job opportunities available after graduation. For the Fall 2017 semester, they have participated in events such as Adopt-A-Highway, volunteered at ZIPFEST, organized and hosted a very successful joint student and parent chapter dinner, held a resume workshop, and helped with the civil engineering department's Thanksgiving lunch. For the end of the semester they are volunteering for Adopt-A-Classroom with Akron Hope. Their current membership is at 150 with many students taking active leadership roles. 

The active University of Akron Student Chapter hosted our October meeting. They are well represented at our parent chapter meetings.
Akron Waterways Renewed!

See construction photos of sewer separation projects throughout the City of Akron, including the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) and Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Rack projects.
CSO Rack 22
CSO Rack 12

The Rosie Report

Stay up to date with all things Rosie! Akron Waterways Renewed! publishes a monthly newsletter about Akron's Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT).

Employers: Send us your job postings! 

Akron-Canton ASCE posts career opportunities in our area which may interest you. We provide this page free of charge to local companies and organizations. No postings will be forwarded through a recruiting or headhunter service. Check back regularly for updates.

New State Legislation Tracking System

We are excited to announce ASCE's new legislative and regulatory information service!

StateTrack by CQ Roll Call will provide you with the latest information on bills and regulatory items that ASCE's State Government Relations Staff is tracking in your state. You can access this platform at any time by visiting:

Once here you can click on your state, or a neighboring one, and see what we're following. You will also find key facts about the state legislature, a list of Key Alerts that require your attention, as well as a news feed. We encourage you to link to Ohio's page:

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


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


Board of Direction Contact Information


In This Issue
President's Message
December Professional Meeting
Workshop Report
University of Akron Student Chapter News
Akron Waterways Renewed!
PDH Documentation

Akron-Canton Section
Board of Direction

Gregg Loesch
Vice President
ReneĆ© Whittenberger
Ruth Klee
Tim Gilbert

Ken Kostura
Mark Miller

Upcoming Section Meeting

December 14, 2017

Guest Speaker:
Curtis Baker,
Director of AMATS

BLU Plate
Downtown Akron

Upcoming Board of Direction Meeting

December 18, 2017

Environmental Design Group Office
450 Grant St., Akron

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Links to
ASCE Websites

Ruth Klee, Secretary
ASCE Akron-Canton Section