January 2017

Volume 32, Issue 4
Akron-Canton Section Newsletter

Happy New Year! ASCE has exciting plans for 2017! Reply to akroncantonasce@gmail.com with comments and questions. 

President's Column  
By Kenneth F. Kostura, P.E., M.ASCE   
Happy new year, everyone!  I hope you all got to visit with family and friends this holiday season and enjoy this special time. 
Our December Section meeting was held at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, where Bill Zawiski of Ohio EPA delivered an engaging presentation on the proposed removal of the Gorge Dam on the Cuyahoga River.  Bill gave some interesting history on the use of the river and the improvement of the water quality over the years.  He also discussed lessons learned from recent dam removal projects as well as special requirements for sediment removal at the Gorge Dam.  This project has generated a lot of public interest.
We hope you will plan to attend the January Section Meeting which will be a luncheon meeting at Greystone, in downtown Akron.  Our speaker will be Jason Segedy, Director of the City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development.  He will be discussing the City of Akron's next phase of downtown redevelopment.  We look forward to his comments.
Looking ahead to February, please plan to attend the annual Engineer's Week banquet.  Details for both Akron and Canton banquets can be found in the newsletter below.
Please watch the newsletter for upcoming announcements.  If you are interested in getting involved in an ASCE committee, we can always use more help.  Just contact any Board member to get started.


Kenneth F. Kostura
Akron-Canton Section President


January Section Meeting


Hosted by the Akron-Canton Section 



Career Building Block Series


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 cakASCEtreasurer@gmail.com
University of Akron ASCE Concrete Canoe


Alumni, Sponsors, and Advisors,
The Concrete Canoe Team will be hosting our 2017 Pour Day on January 14th beginning at 8:30AM. The team has been working hard to prepare for the 2017 Ohio Valley Student Conference. We appreciate your contributions and would like to invite you to see how far we've come.  
Every year, students at The University of Akron design, construct, and race a canoe made from lightweight concrete. The team strives to build a lighter, stronger, and faster canoe then the previous years. Students draw from classroom knowledge, co-op experience, and group collaboration in designing a hull, a mold, and a unique concrete mix. The team has seen many successes over the past years and hopes to bring home another victory this year!
I wanted to invite all of you to take part in our big day. We will begin casting the canoe mold at 8:30 AM and will work until it is complete. Lunch will be offered at 11:30AM to all attendees. You are welcome to stop in anytime throughout the day! I look forward to having you attend our event. 
Please RSVP by January 10th so we can have enough food prepared. 
Go Zips! 

Jessica Givins 
The University of Akron
Civil Engineering Class of 2017
Concrete Canoe - Team Captain
Dean's Team

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 .

New Years Resolutions for Engineers

 Thinking about making some Resolutions for 2017? Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine made the following list of suggestions. See the article for details and descriptions of each resolution. 

1.  Get introspective. 

2.  Invest in training for yourself. 

3.  Establish or evaluate the corporate mentoring program. 

4.  Establish or evaluate a brown-bag internal training program. 

5.  Join and be active in essential engineering societies, such as ASHRAE, IEEE, ASHE, ASPE, and others. 

6.  Research new technologies and share with the staff. 

7.  Research research. 

8.  Get into the field. 

9.  Get visible. 

10.  Focus on economics. 

11.  Check on past projects. 

12.  Reassess guide specifications and internal processes. 

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  marybrentsisler@cs.com, 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



In This Issue
President's Column
NEXT Section Meeting
Career Building Block Series Workshop 2
Newsletter and Meeting Sponsors
Pour Day!
AWR! Trolley Tours
New Years Resolutions
E-week is right around the corner
Dream BIG
Section Officers contact list
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
January 25, 2017
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