November 2016

Volume 32, Issue 2
Akron-Canton Section Newsletter

This edition of the Akron-Canton Section Newsletter is chock-full of news you can use! Take a look and let us know what else you would like to see in upcoming newsletters. Reply to

President's Column  
By Kenneth F. Kostura, P.E., M.ASCE   
Fall is my favorite time of year and this year I'm getting in those last cycling miles and coming closer to completing the trails for the Fall Hiking Spree.  I hope you have been able to take advantage of the mostly good weather and get those final outdoor projects completed before winter arrives.
The University of Akron Student Chapter hosted the October Section meeting at Tangier.  Monica Moody, Student Chapter President, updated us on student activities, including the Steel Bridge Team and the Concrete Canoe Team.   It was great to see how our sponsorship of the Student Chapter has helped them to continue to run a strong organization and put on quality programs for student involvement.
Part two of the Section meeting program was a presentation by James Hillegas, University of Akron graduate student. His research project is to study the application of 3D printing technology to civil engineering applications, specifically bridge repairs.  He has faced a lot of challenges as he proceeds, but many of the players, including ODOT, contractors, and engineers have been supportive of his efforts.  This interesting presentation caused all of us to take a step back and think about how this new technology could apply to real situations in our own work.
Please mark your calendars for the next Section meeting, to be held jointly with the ASCE Cleveland Section on November 17 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, in Brecksville.  Our speakers will be from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and will be updating us on the Regional Storm Water Management Program, both planning and construction.  See the flyer below for details.  I hope to see a big turnout for this meeting.
One final note, if you haven't already, take the time to learn about the candidates and the issues and vote.  The Presidential race is getting most of the press, but many other offices are up for election, including judges.  Please be an informed voter.
Kenneth F. Kostura
Akron-Canton Section President


Career Building Workshop



Today is the Last Day to  Register
Contact Ruth Klee at with questions



November Joint Section Meeting


Hosted by the Akron-Canton Section 



Renew Your ASCE Membership for 2017


Please remember to renew your ASCE membership for 2017.   For those who have registered, ASCE will be holding prize drawings for a $100 Amazon gift card in November and a $1000 Amazon gift card in December.  You are eligible for both if you renew by November 15, 2016.  Go to ASCE Renewal to renew your membership and keep our organization strong. 
Update on the University of Akron Student Chapter

The University of Akron Make-A-Difference day was Saturday October 22. The students had more than 20 members sign up to go out to the Akron community to volunteer at the Akron dog park and a local church.

Steel Bridge Update
The team is finishing up the design stage and waiting for the steel order to arrive.

Concrete Canoe Update
The team is working on creating a new practice boat while mix design and analysis continue.

Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree

53rd annual Fall Hiking Spree

The annual Fall Hiking Spree is the largest and longest-running event of its kind in the nation.  Trails range from easy to challenging . Choose the trails best for you.

First-year hikers earn a hiking staff and shield. Veteran hikers earn the shield. Spree rewards are FREE to Summit County residents. Out-of-county residents pay to receive their hiking rewards ($10 for first-year hikers, $5 for veteran hikers).

Voter's Information
Click the image for a slideshow of Election Stickers across the US

PechaKucha Akron This Friday!

What is PechaKucha?
PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where a presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the presenter speaks along to the images.

Who invented this format?
The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/club/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February, 2003. Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organize PechaKucha Night Tokyo.

Because architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect -- or most creative people for that matter -- and they'll go on forever! Give PowerPoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.

What is a PechaKucha night?
PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.

These questions and more are answered at

PechaKucha Akron Volume 5 is this Friday, November 3! RSVP here.
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



Only Two Months Left for Your Free ASCE Webinars!

In This Issue
President's Column
Career Building Workshop
NEXT Section Meeting
Membership Renewal Prizes
Update on the Student Chapter
Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree
Voter's Information
Pechakucha Akron
Dream BIG
Section Officers contact list
Free On-Demand Webinars
and more!
Akron-Canton Section
Board of Direction
Gregg Loesch,  Vice President
ReneƩ Whittenberger , Secretary

Upcoming Section Meetings

November 17, 2016
Joint Cleveland and Akron-Canton Section Meeting
Hosted by the Akron-Canton Section
Career Building Workship

November 3, 2016

Upcoming BOD Meetings
November 2, 2016
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