January 2018

Volume 33, Issue 4
Akron-Canton Section Newsletter
Happy New Year to all! W e have many events planned for the new year.   Please scan the newsletter for an event that may interest you. 

We hope to see you at our upcoming January 18th meeting with Kimberly Beckett and Mike Teodecki  speaking on Downtown Planning and Construction. See below for details.
January Professional Meeting
Join us for an informative presentation about what the Downtown Akron Partnership is, what it does, and how it works with other agencies in the area. Plus hear an update on a few specific projects already underway. 

Kimberly Beckett and Mike Teodecki  will be our guest speakers at our dinner meeting at  The Duck Club at Canal Park in downtown Akron on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5:30-8:00 pm. Click here to register.

RSVP by 5pm Friday, January 12 via Eventbrite
New Workshop "Dynamic Communication"
February 1, 2018
Civil Engineering Mentors/Professionals Needed
The Workshop Series continues by mentoring  the University of Akron Civil Engineering students in  preparation for the upcoming U of A Career Fair, employment interviews, future workplace events, and professional society meetings using the following settings:

Speed-chatting sessions:  Students will pair with professionals to become comfortable with introductions and maintaining a conversation, while learning about the many career paths for civil engineers . Every  5 minutes, students will rotate   to speak with a different professional.

Mixer event:  Students and professionals will  engage in a mock social hour to build  comfort interacting in a professional social setting. Students will practice making small talk, entering solo into a group conversation, and inviting others into their group conversation.

We are inviting civil engineering professionals from all disciplines
to participate in this workshop (Construction, Environmental, Geotechnical, Planning, Structural, Traffic, Transportation, Water/Wastewater, etc.) and interact with the civil engineering students to help them prepare for their careers.
Please consider this worthwhile mentoring opportunity. Thank you!!

The workshop will be held at the University of Akron on Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 pm. A boxed meal will be served ($5/students, $10/professionals). Deadline to RSVP is January 30.

Canton Joint Engineering Council (CJEC)
Engineers Week Banquet
February 21, 2018
Akron Area Engineers Week Banquet
February 22, 2018
University of Akron Student Chapter News

The University of Akron ASCE Student Chapter is currently preparing for their steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions which take place in the Spring. Below is an update on their progress.
2017 Steel Bridge Fabrication

Steel Bridge
The steel bridge team had a busy fall. Recruiting went well, with approximately 10  new freshmen joining the team. Bridge design  was completed in October and AutoCAD drafting and early steel fabrication is currently in process. The team estimates Field Fit Day will be occurring mid-February 2018.

Concrete Canoe
Each year The University of Akron's Concrete Canoe Team designs, builds, showcases, and races a canoe made from lightweight concrete. Beginning in the summer, the student-led team begins the planning phase to build a lighter, stronger, and faster canoe than previous years. Students collaborate to design a hull, a mold, and a unique concrete mix that is less dense than water. The construction of the canoe takes place over the winter. Once cured, the canoe is removed from the mold, sanded, and finished for competition. In the spring, the team competes at the Ohio Valley Student Conference (OVSC) Regional competition in Athens, Ohio against teams from Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
The team is assessed on four components. The Design Paper is a technical report which details the planning, testing and analysis, and construction phases. A five minute Presentation is given for the judges to give an overview of the team's innovation, then the judges question the presenters. The Final Product is evaluated on aesthetics and workmanship of the canoe. The team then Races their canoe against other schools in five separate events. The team with the highest combined score advances to the 2018 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) at San Diego State University competing   against some of the best engineering universities from around the world. Good luck students!

2017 Concrete Canoe Team

Please consider  investing in our profession's future by becoming a Student Chapter Corporate and/or Individual Sponsor,  click here  for more information.
OCA/ ASHE Annual F orecaster's Night
January 25, 2018

Register for the annual Akron-Canton Work Forecast Program on Thursday, January 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Akron.  Public officials from various agencies will have tabletop displays during the networking time. Invite a young professional from your office. This a great opportunity to introduce them to various public officials.

Time:  5:30 pm - Networking f ollowed by dinner & program

Cost:  $59 per person (includes two drink tickets)

Any questions about this event, please feel free to contact LuAnn Weethee at OCA (614-488-0724) or email her at  lweethee@ohiocontractors.org

Akron Waterways Renewed!
    An Inside Look of the OCIT
Rosie, the tunnel boring machine for the  Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) project, heads south toward downtown Akron.

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 December Luncheon
Curtis Baker Speaking at our December Meeting on
 "Predicting the Future of Transportation Funding"

A big thank you to Curtis Baker, Director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS), for providing ASCE members and guests with an understanding of both current and future transportation funding for our area .
New Postings for Civil Engineers!

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. Employers: send us your job postings!

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
January Professional Meeting
Workshop News
University of Akron Student Chapter News

Akron-Canton Section
Board of Direction

Gregg Loesch
Vice President
ReneĆ© Whittenberger
Ruth Klee
Tim Gilbert

Ken Kostura
Mark Miller

Upcoming Section Meeting

January 18, 2018

Guest Speakers:
Kimberly Beckett
Mike Teodecki

The Duck Club
at Canal Park, Akron

Upcoming Board of Direction Meeting

January 22, 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