February 2018

Volume 33, Issue 5
Akron-Canton Section Newsletter
National  Engineers Week is in February. Please consider attending either the
Canton E-Week or the Akron Area E-Week banquet. Use this opportunity to  promote our profession,   socialize with engineering colleagues, and learn what is happening in our engineering communities.  See below for details.
President's Message

Our January monthly meeting was held in the Duck Club at Canal Park.  Kimberly Beckett from the Downtown Akron Partnership and Christine Jonke from the City of Akron Engineering Bureau presented the downtown Akron redevelopment plan to make downtown more pedestrian-friendly, vibrant, and livable. Chris told us about the plans to implement the grant to reshape and improve the South Main Street corridor, and Kimberly spoke about the planning vision for the five focus areas in downtown. We had 32 in attendance that evening.
National Engineers Week will be recognized at our February meetings held at Skyland Pines in Canton on Wednesday, February 21, and at Emido's Party Center on Thursday, Februrary 22. In Canton we will hear from Pete Fierle speak about the Hall of Fame Village. In Akron, students from the University of Akron will showcase their latest efforts with the engineering design team competitions.  Please join your fellow engineers to celebrate our week of recognition for all that engineers do to maintain our quality of life.
ASCE Student Chapter adviser Steve Duirk spoke to us about the decreasing university funding for their activities. These students have been showing their talents by winning numerous ASCE competitions nationally.  We need to support these hardworking students, and our chapter is committed to supporting them the best we can.  If there are any individuals or corporates that would also like to sponsor them in their efforts, I encourage you to do so very soon.
Best wishes to everyone.
Canton Joint Engineering Council (CJEC)
Engineers Week Banquet
February 21, 2018
Akron Area Engineers Week Banquet
February 22, 2018
March Professional Meeting

RSVP by 5pm Friday, March 9 via  Eventbrite
University of Akron Student Chapter News

Scholars Day
The University of Akron ASCE Student Chapter participated in Scholars Day on January 20th where the objective was to recruit high school seniors to the  University of Akron's C ivil Engineering  program  and to  inspire them to  join the Steel Bridge and/or Concrete Canoe teams.  Great recruiting effort U of A students!

Approximately 30 high school seniors attended Scholars Day where they were greeted by 11 Student Chapter members and two faculty members.  T he high school seniors heard about the Civil Engineering curriculum, the expectations, design groups, software used, as well as  the benefits of joining ASCE, Steel Bridge, and Concrete Canoe. 

ASCE Student Chapter Members, Dr. Wieslaw Binienda,
and High School Students at Scholars Day

Balsa Wood Bridge Competition
The University of Akron ASCE Student Chapter judged local high school students' balsa wood bridges on January 27th at Akron's North High School. The Balsa Wood Bridge Competition judged bridges based upon overall strength and aesthetics. This competition gave high school students confidence to pursue a career in the engineering field. Thank you ASCE Student Chapter for participating in local community events  and promoting the civil engineering profession!

ASCE Student Chapter Members and 
Christine Jonke, Student Chapter Liaison,
at the Balsa Wood Bridge Competition

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.
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:  2018 ASCE Award Nominations and Scholarship Application

For questions about the awards and scholarship, please email Jennie Celik at
Akron Waterways Renewed!
An Inside Look at the
OCIT 2 Adit Tunnel
Rosie, the tunnel boring machine for the  Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) project, has advanced more than 475' to-date, approximately 8% of her total journey.

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

Informative January Dinner Meeting
ASCE Past Presidents and Speakers at our January Meeting
"Downtown Planning and Construction"
(l to r) Dr. Simsek Sarikelle, Mike Cook, Christine Jonke,
Kimberly Beckett, Ken Kostura, Gregg Loesch

Kimberly Beckett provided an informative presentation about the Downtown Akron Partnership and their current and upcoming initiatives. Christine Jonke spoke about projects underway to improve the City's infrastructure and boost the vitality of the downtown area. Thank you Kimberly and Christine!
Employers: Post your job openings for free!

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. 

Structures Congress 2018
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
Canton E-Week Banquet
Akron E-Week Banquet
March Professional Meeting
University of Akron Student Chapter News
Akron Waterways Renewed!

Akron-Canton Section
Board of Direction

Gregg Loesch
Vice President
ReneĆ© Whittenberger
Ruth Klee
Tim Gilbert

Ken Kostura
Mark Miller

Upcoming March
Section Meeting

March 15, 2018

Goodyear Theater Rehabilitation &
East End Akron Revitalization

Goodyear Theater,

Upcoming April
Section Meeting

April 19, 2018


Chateau Michele,

Upcoming Board of Direction Meeting

February 26, 2018

Environmental Design Group Office
450 Grant St., Akron

Newsletter Sponsors

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Links to
ASCE Websites

Ruth Klee, Secretary
ASCE Akron-Canton Section