February 2017

Volume 32, Issue 6
Akron-Canton Section Newsletter

This is the month engineers wait for all year! We hope you have a great E-week planned! Reply to akroncantonasce@gmail.com with comments and questions. 

President's Column  
By Kenneth F. Kostura, P.E., M.ASCE   
The days are now getting longer and Ground Hog Day is upon us.  I am ready for the warmer weather to get here.
Our January Section Meeting was a luncheon held at Greystone in downtown Akron.   Jason Segedy, the City of Akron Planning Director, was our speaker.  He talked about the City's plans and direction for development, not only in the downtown, but throughout the City.  Thanks to Mr. Segedy for his interesting and relevant comments. And thanks to our Technical Activities Committee for setting up another very well attended meeting.

This month, we celebrate Engineers Week.  Founded in 1951, E-Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.  We hope to see everyone at one or both of the area E-week banquets to show support for our profession.  Details can be found below. 

It is time again to consider a sponsorship of our Section for the new calendar year.  We are offering newsletter and meeting sponsorships. Both types support our scholarship fund.  The meeting sponsorships also help to reduce the cost of meetings for our members and provide additional advertising opportunities.  See the newsletter below for details.

Please watch your email for news and updates from your Akron-Canton Section.  If you have an interest in getting involved on one of our committees, please contact any of our Board Members.  We welcome your participation.


Kenneth F. Kostura
Akron-Canton Section President

E-week Events


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  marybrentsisler@cs.com, or by filling out the   online ticket request form.

Career Building Block Series


Hosted by the Akron-Canton Section 



Akron-Canton Section Sponsorship Opportunities
The Akron-Canton Section continues to offer a Sponsorship opportunity for those companies interested in supporting the operations of this ASCE Section. It is because of these corporate sponsorships that the Section has been able to keep meeting prices low, sponsor local educational outreach initiatives, sustain the scholarship fund, and more! 


Newsletter and Business Meeting Sponsorship

$250 donation

This donation level consists of $100 donation for the Scholarship Fund and $150 for supporting our professional meetings. In addition to your company's name in our newsletter and on our website, your logo will be displayed on a PowerPoint slide at our monthly meetings, with a verbal mention as we begin the program. This would occur at a minimum of four meetings through the year. 


Please consider supporting our Akron-Canton Section, a 501c3 organization, with a Newsletter and Meeting Sponsorship for the 2017 calendar year.  New in 2017, we have two ways to begin your Sponsorship!

The traditional way: by mailing your company name, website address, and $250 check made out to "ASCE" to the following address:
Reneé Whittenberger
Environmental Design Group
450 Grant St. 
Akron, Ohio 44311

Newsletter and Meeting Sponsors


To become a sponsor and see your company name featured at our meetings and in our newsletters, please see above.
Invitation to Cleveland Section Private Screening

Friday, March 3, 2017

Join Cleveland ASCE for a PRIVATE SCREENING and Exclusive Premiere at the Great Lakes Science Center of the new IMAX movie, "Dream Big"!   Bring a Guest to this fun and unique event!   

5:30 - 7:00PM  Registration, Hors d'oeuvres and Social Hour with Cash Bar
7:00 - 7:45PM Dream Big Private Screening (feel free to bring your beverages into the theater as we watch!)  
7:45 - 8:30PM   After movie screening desserts, coffee, and cash bar open for discussion of the movie!  

Great Lakes Science Center, Downtown Cleveland

Parking will be complimentary at their parking garage for this event! 

Social Hour: Assorted hors d'oeuvres
After Screening: Berry Crumble with Whipped cream, Coffee, Tea
Cash Bar throughout
RSVP to Andy Clemens,  andy.clemens@aecom.com no later than Friday, Feb. 24, 2017


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.

Akron Public Schools Sience, Math, and Technology EXPO 2017    

The 61st annual Akron Public Schools Science, Math, and Technology Expo was held on Jan. 28, 2017, at North High School. The EXPO provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and passion for science, math, and technology. Akron-Canton ASCE members Jim Mitchell and Gregg Loesch served as judges for the event, which included perusing the projects, reviewing judge procedures, interviewing the students, reaching consensus on superior/excellent/good/satisfactory ratings, and lunch. 

Middle School Winner Nicholas Horner

High School Winner Carly Justice

121 balsa wood bridges were presented and tested at the eighth annual Bridge Competition as part of the STEM Fair. Akron-Canton Section member Christine Jonke served as judge for this competition, which included aesthetic evaluation and competition rule compliance. 

Student-designed and student-built Balsawood Bridges

Students at the Bridge Competition (Winner: Simon La Voie)

ASCE is proud to support the Akron Public Schools STEM events and thank you to our members for providing judge support!
University of Akron Student Design Teams

Akron-Canton member Christine Jonke paid a visit to the University of Akron student design team during the Concrete Canoe Pour Day. The students are progressing well with their designs and are eagerly anticipating the Ohio Valley Student Conference at The Ohio State University April 6-7, 2017! 

Steel Bridge Fabrication is underway

Concrete Canoe mix design in action

Concrete Canoe pour first layer with reinforcement

Follow the student teams on facebook at:
AWR! Trolley Tours
Next chance: 2/10/2017 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

The Akron Waterways Renewed! program will be offering monthly two-hour bus tours of the completed and active sewer construction projects around the City of Akron. The tours will start at the Mustill store (57 W. North St., Akron, Ohio 44304), where attendees will learn all about its significance and the history of the canal, as well as the ongoing Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) work. Immediately following, everyone will board the Trolley, which will visit all of the OCIT sites: OCIT1, OCIT2 and OCIT3, as well as Cascade Village Storage Basin (CSO Rack 15), Camp Brook Storage Basin (CSO Rack 12) and Cuyahoga Street Storage Basin (CSO Rack 40). Depending on time and weather, the tour may also stop at Cascade Valley Metro Park at Peck Road or at Forge Field Storage Basin (CSO Rack 14).

To reserve your spot, simply fill out the form on this page. This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity and we only have availability for approximately 25 people, per tour. The tour will be primarily by bus, with an opportunity to get out of the bus at construction sites that are not active, weather and time permitting.

The full tour schedule is available  here .

PDH Documentation
Did you attend a recent section meeting and need documentation of attendance for tracking PDH's?  Visit this page or the section website and click on the resources tab to find meeting attendance records.

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



In This Issue
President's Column
E-week Banquets
Career Building Block Series Workshop 2
Sponsorship Opportunity
Newsletter and Meeting Sponsors
Dream BIG
University of Akron Student Design Teams
AWR! Trolley Tours
and more!
Akron-Canton Section
Board of Direction
Gregg Loesch,  Vice President
Reneé Whittenberger , Secretary

Upcoming Section Meetings
February 22, 2017
Canton E-week Banquet
February 23, 2017
Akron E-week Banquet

Upcoming BOD Meetings
February 21, 2017
Environmental Design Group office
450 Grant St., Akron
ASCE Websites
Newsletter Sponsors

Thank you for your support!

Reneé Whittenberger, Secretary
ASCE Akron-Canton Section