Rochester Engineering Society Magazine October 2016

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NYSDOT Region 4 Pollinator Pilot Project


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Micro Instrument Corporation Visited by Finger Lakes STEM Hub Summer Institute "Students" | 24

NYSDOT Region 4 Pollinator Pilot Project (cover) Page 6

The Rochester Engineer Published since 1922 by

Micro Instrument Corp. Visited by Finger Lakes STEM Hub (feature) Page 24


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Volume 95, Number 4, OCTOBER 2016 3,500 to 4,000 Monthly Circulation ISSN 0035-7405

RES Mission Statement: The RES will become the lead organization for improving the image and influence of the engineering community in the greater Rochester area by: Demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the region’s engineering and technical capabilities; Providing the best clerical support and public relations assistance to our affiliates; Continually communicating the engineering and technical accomplishments to both the engineering and technical community and the public; Providing regular forums and networking opportunities for the exchange of ideas and discussion of issues; and, Providing programs that identify career opportunities to the region’s youth and develop the skills of the practicing engineer. News items and articles are invited. Materials should be submitted to the executive director at the society’s office, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607; Phone number (585) 254-2350, e-mail:

The web site for the Engineers’ Center is at: The deadline is the 10th day of the month prior to the issue. Unless otherwise stated, opinions expressed in this publication are those of contributors, not of the Rochester Engineering Society, Inc. Advertising information may be obtained by contacting the office of the Rochester Engineering Society or going to the website at Published every month but July. Yearly subscription is $20.00, single copies are $2.00.

4 • RES Scholarship Application Information 5 • RES Call for Nominations for EOY, YEOY, and EOD 6 • NYSDOT Region 4 Pollinator Pilot Project (cover)

9 • The RES Tutoring Team at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Needs Tutors for This Fall, and the 2016-17 School Year

10 • The Limited Monopoly - Pre-Appeal Briefs

Another Bite at the Apple or Just More File History

11 • How do you arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 12-13,16, 19 • Professional Firms - Employee News 14 • Get IT Done - Running on Fumes 15 • Get to the Point! - Presentation Phobia (3): From Power Point Poison

to Standing Ovation

16 • Campus News 17-18 • Position Openings 18 • News From Professional Firms 20 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs)

Go to to join the Rochester Engineering Society. Click on the individual membership and you can submit your application on-line.

21-23 • Engineers’ Calendar

Board of Directors:

44-46 • Directory of Professional Services

OFFICERS: President JON KRIEGEL Retired / First Vice President MICHAEL V. TRIASSI Optimation Technology, Inc. / Second Vice President SCOTT GRASMAN, PhD Rochester Institute of Technology / Email: Acting Treasurer MICHAEL V. TRIASSI Optimation Technology, Inc. / Past President ADAM CUMMINGS, PE Barton & Loguidice, PC / DIRECTORS: CORNELIUS (NEAL) ILLENBERG PE Retired / LEE LOOMIS Retired / RICHARD E. RICE, PE MJ Engineering / JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI, PE M/E Engineering / BARRY QUINN Retired NYSDOT / FAHRETTIN (FAZ) BAY LaBella Associates DPC / DANIELLE WALTERS Harris Corporation/ TBA Rochester Institute of Technology Administrative Director LYNNE M. IRWIN Rochester Engineering Society / e-mail:

24 • Micro Instrument Corporation Visited by Finger Lakes STEM Hub 46 • Directory of Business Services 47 • Affiliated Societies and Corporate Members of the RES 40-41 • Membership Application and Advertising Rates are also on the website:

news of the...

• ABCD Association for Bridge Construction and Design...............36-37 • APWA American Public Works Association...........................................35 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers............................................42 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................32 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................38 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................43 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................34


• IEC Independent Entrepreneurs Council...........................................33 • IES Illuminating Engineering Society....................................................31 • IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................26-27 • INCOSE International Council of Systems Engineering...........................28 • IS&T Imaging Science and Technology...................................................29 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................39 • RES Rochester Engineering Society..................................... 3-5, 8-9, 11 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................30


President’s Message Jon Kriegel, ASME Fellow RES President 2016 - 17 I spent two glorious weeks in Australia this month. My son studied Marine Biology at the University of Maine, and their curriculum includes not just a semester abroad, but a semester diving the Barrier Reef. Had I know that, I might have chosen a different career-path. We did not go visit while he was in Australia because it seemed that would turn a student into a tour-guide, and you don’t travel that far for a four-day visit. So the promise was that we would go back, as a family, after his graduation. We hugged Koalas and fed Rock Wallabies and were awakened by Yellow Crested Cockatiels. All in all, this was our grandest vacation, given thirty years of trying. (Admittedly, it was also the most expensive). The feature article in this months Rochester Engineer is about the growing recognition that, in spite of the government, twenty-three year push for STEM, not every student needs to go to a four year college to be successful, earn a decent living, and honor the STEM Initiative. I don’t see those two possibilities as inconflict. I am a board member of the Finger Lakes STEM Hub, and we ran a Class for STEM Teachers this summer, which included tours of several Rochester-area manufacturing companies. Bill Gunther, President of Micro Instrument Corporation on Emerson Street, near Edison Tech High School, gave a spectacular tour of their facility. They run a serious Machinist Apprentice program, and fill their shop with homegrown workers. res news - president’s message

Bill convinced me that several of his Apprentices are more likely to end up with a college education then they would have been, had they gone directly to college after high school. They gain a few years maturity in a work environment that requires dedication and drive; and they earn a living while he (Micro) pays for their education, even when that includes college. Then they graduate with no student debt. Even those who do not go on to college, gain the earning potential to lead successful lives while honoring the Technology leg of the STEM acronym. Sounds like a win-win to me. Last month I mentioned that the current practice of printing the hard copy and mailing The Rochester Engineer to 2,800 RES and Affiliate members, represents an unsustainable financial drain. My commitment, as the RES President, is to resolve this by year-end 2016. I believe a win-win scenario has been found for this issue as well, and we will be asking for your support in the next two months. The political arena is in the worst turmoil in my memory. Maybe the only saving grace for America’s image, to say nothing of America’s future, is to confirm our confidence in the original system, by delivering the highest voter turnout in history, this November.


RES Scholarship Application Information The Rochester Engineering Society (RES) is an umbrella organization for engineering societies in the Rochester area. The goals of the society are: to advance the art and science of engineering for the general public welfare in Monroe County and the adjoining counties; to foster in practicing and prospective engineers excellence as professionals, as citizens, and as individuals; and, to promote communication and cooperation among all branches of engineering. Multiple scholarships, sponsored by a variety of organizations and administered through the RES, are awarded annually at a minimum of $1,000 each to recognize outstanding engineering, engineering technology, science or technology students. These are merit-based scholarships. Scholarships from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) require applicants be student members of their respective organization. Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following qualifications: 1. Be an undergraduate student in good standing who has completed two years/or achieved Junior standing in an ABET-accredited engineering, engineering technology, science or technology program. 2. Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent) or better. 3. Plan to continue engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET accredited program in September, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be individually notified by February 1, 2017, announced at the RES Gala on April 8, 2017 and funds will be mailed during August, 2017. 4. Be a resident of Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, or Wyoming Counties of New York or enrolled in an ABET-accredited engineering, engineering technology, science or technology curriculum in a college in those counties. The Rochester Chapter of IEEE allows applicants from Corning and Alfred sub-chapters. 5. Not be a previous recipient of this scholarship. Application: Applicants must submit the six required items listed below, postmarked no later than November 1, 2016. All items must be submitted in one package or envelope. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all the necessary data are submitted by the deadline in one package and will be immediately disqualified from judging, with no further follow-up, if these instructions are not followed. The applicant should notify those persons supplying reference letters that timely response is critical. Reference letters may be submitted in individually sealed envelopes within the application package. Deliver or mail all items by November 1, 2016 to: The Rochester Engineering Society, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607.

Required Data and Instructions 1. Certificate of Interview from a member of the Scholarship Committee - Request an appointment for interview by sending an email to the Scholarship Chairperson, Barry Quinn, at In your email, include your full name, phone number, and the day(s) and time(s) you are available for an interview. Attach your resume to the email. Contact Barry Quinn at 585-737-1117 if you have not received a reply within three days. The interviewer will provide a certificate that the interview was conducted after September 15, 2016 and before October 30, 2016 (the interview deadline). 2. Transcript - Official copy of applicant’s current transcript showing grades for the entire enrollment in current school and if a transfer student, courses taken and accepted from his/her prior college or university. 3. Resume - The same resume the applicant would use if applicant were applying for employment. Be sure to include the following information: name, permanent address, school address, college, degree and program, anticipated date of graduation, and any professional society memberships. 4. Applicant’s Letter - A letter written by the applicant addressed to the Chairman of the Scholarship Award Committee of the 4 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

Rochester Engineering Society. This letter shall not be more than one typewritten page in length and should discuss the applicant’s position with respect to the following: a. Why the applicant is studying engineering and chose his/her particular field. b. Why the applicant is applying for the scholarship. c. The applicant’s involvement in professional society activities, the leadership positions held and describe active involvement in other extra-curricular activities. d. Statement that the scholarship will be used in engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET-accredited program in September, 2017 should an award be presented. 5. Reference Letter #1 - Letter from the applicant’s faculty advisor in his/her current school. This letter should indicate the applicant’s standing in the class relative to other students, his/her course load and involvement. 6. Reference Letter #2 - Letter from a current or former employer who is not a relative, OR, a professor of engineering, science or technology in whose class the applicant has been or is presently enrolled. res news - scholarship application

RES News

Call for Nominations 2016 Engineer of the Year 2016 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year and

2016 Engineers of Distinction A couple of years ago the RES Board of Directors introduced a streamlined nomination form. A simple initial form allows an individual or organization to nominate a candidate. The RES committee will then contact the nominator if the candidate progresses to the next phase. At that point, a final form will be used to gather essential details from the nominator and candidate which will be used to determine our finalists. The RES will select and recognize the finalists for the Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year, and Engineers of Distinction Awards in a variety of public venues and media during the weeks before the Gala. The Award recipients will be introduced on Saturday April 8, 2017 during the Gala at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Visit our website at and click on Call For Nominations, or call 585-254-2350 ( to request a nomination form.

The following information is described:

Eligibility for Nomination Awards Criteria Deadline for Preliminary Nominations - Monday, December 12, 2016 Deadline for Final Nominations - Monday, January 9, 2017 res news - eoy/yeoy/eod call for nominations


NYSDOT Region 4 Pollinator Pilot Project by Sarah Piecuch, MaryEllen Papin, and John Rowen


ollinators such as honey bees, native bees, flies and butterflies have been declining over the last few decades. It is a broad scale decline, likely from compounding factors such as diseases, parasites, pesticide use and habitat loss. Since pollinators serve important economic and ecologic services for society, this decline is concerning. It has captured the attention of the Federal government and led to the development of task forces to find solutions to reverse this decline (for more information see: June 2014 Presidential Memorandum—Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.) Country-wide federal agencies and agencies that receive federal funding are assessing their operation and how they can help with pollinator conservation. An iconic species to emerge from this effort is the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). Monarchs have declined 90% in the last 20 years and are being petitioned by environmental groups for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act (Center for Biological Diversity 2015). The only host plant for Monarch caterpillars or larvae to feed and properly develop on is milkweed (Asclepias spp). Milkweed species are a critical plant for the conservation of the Monarch Butterfly and several milkweed dependent insect species. Unfortunately, milkweed plants are also declining due to land use changes and increased use of genetically modified crops (Journal of Animal Ecology. 2014. D.T. Flockhart, et. al.) In response to the pollinator conservation discussion and rising importance of milkweed plants, NYSDOT Region 4 took a hard look at how we manage vegetation in the ROW. In 2008 there were major changes to NYSDOT’s mowing practices. These changes were primarily driven by the need to reduce fuel consumption, optimize crew times and funding availability. However, since then we have noticed a secondary benefit from these mowing changes. Natural regeneration of wildflowers, specifically milkweed (Asclepia sp.) is occurring within the NYSDOT ROW. Recognizing these changes in vegetation composition, and confirming presensce of monarch larvae on milkweed plants within the ROW, NYSDOT’s Region 4 6 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

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Pollinator Pilot Project was developed. An initial search for potential locations to be included in the Pilot program, lead us to Route I-390 Livingston County. In Livingston County, our current mowing regimes are fostering natural milkweed colonization. I-390 has a wide ROW and it parallels the Genesee River. Also, the lack of invasive species, specifically black & pale swallowwort’s (Cynanchum spp.) make I-390 in Livingston County an ideal area. However, the ROW was being mowed in August or early September when the last monarch generation of the summer was emerging or more northern born individuals were passing through during migration. We identified a six mile stretch along I-390 between Route 408 (Mt. Morris) & Route 258 (Sonyea) in which to delay mowing to late September/early October in order to protect emerging butterflies and provide habitat until the monarch migration through NYS has passed. Additionally, the literature reports that an every-other-year late season mow of milkweed is ideal for fostering the natural propagation. This gives the roots two growing seasons to establish and reenergize with the cut. Mowing late also aids in the seed pod dispersal and two year mowing keeps shrubs from crowding out milkweed. We did not make any changes to the single pass mowing. The real distinction is the width of these areas and time of year they are mowed. In order to limit the additional costs for fuel and balance the time necessary to complete these modifications before snow/ice season, we have incorporated the modifications on an every other year basis, with northbound being mowed in even years and southbound being mowed in odd years. q cover article

Seneca Park Zoo Society Partnership Nationally, butterfly gardens are being encouraged to mitigate the decline of Monarch butterflies and other pollinator species. Locally, the Rochester area’s Seneca Park Zoo Society (SPZS) has a Butterfly Beltway Program specifically for this purpose and they are looking to expand their program to a larger scale beyond backyards. The common conservation mission between the SPZS and NYSDOT has led to the Zoo’s collaboration in the Pollinator Pilot Project along I-390. Within the 6 mile section of I-390 where NYSDOT has modified mowing regimes for pollinators there are two rest areas. These rest areas provide the opportunity for interpretative activities. Together, NYSDOT & SPZS are planting two 20’x 20’ interpretative gardens and mounting signage at each rest area. Signage about the project will also be displayed within the SPZS to highlight areas we may conserve milkweed and encourage others to enroll in the Butterfly Beltway program.

Sarah Piecuch, MaryEllen Papin, and John Rowen are Environmental Specialists for NYSDOT


Rochester History Continuing with the historical sampling of the earlier writings on behalf of the Rochester Engineering Society, the years following "The Great War," into and through the “Great Depression,” continued to be a time of reaching out for the maturing Society, both locally and nationally. The meeting minutes describe a series of technical discussions and presentations intended to broaden the technical horizons of the membership (especially the CE's, ME's and EE's). The RES affiliated itself with a number of National technical societies, adopted local Affiliated Societies, frequently held joint meetings with them and continued taking action on a growing list of public matters. Certain issues of standardization, some crucial to public safety, became the responsibility of the RES and its affiliates. In the pervasive economic downturn of the “Great Depression,” the magazine offered classified advertising for unemployed engineers, technicians and draftsmen and took other steps to try to deal with the crisis. Still, it continued its effort to shape the function, purpose and infrastructure of the City of Rochester, and beyond. Soon, war would again affect the Society, taking away many of its leaders while providing opportunities for others to step forward to fill these vacancies. In an effort to provide even greater perspective on the happenings and concerns of the day, a synopsis, featuring selected items from "The Rochester Engineer" has become an integral part of this series. The Second World War and the Korean Conflict are now history. These experiences have changed the face and, no doubt, the future of the community. The Rochester municipal leadership and the industrial community have become immersed in the cold-war, growth economy. July 21, 1964 (Executive Committee Meeting, Chamber of Commerce) Editor’s note: The five-member RES Executive Committee had been empowered, by adoption of amendments to the Constitution in 1959, “…with the power to act for the Board in the interim, between Board meetings, and it shall deal with matters that affect RES operations. Matters affecting RES policy are to be referred to the entire Board.” In a three-minute meeting, the Executive Committee approved four new RES membership applications. July 21, 1964 (Rochester Engineering Society Meeting, Chamber of Commerce) The Society met for the purpose of approving the recentlyamended RES Constitution and By-Laws (as presented in the June 1964 issue of The Rochester Engineer. With written ballot vote of 162 in favor, six opposed (with 19 disqualifications, for not signing their ballots), the RES updated its guiding documents for the future. July 27, 1964 (Board of Directors Meeting, Chamber of Commerce) The Board approved the publication of the new RES Constitution & By-Laws, to be effective July 21, 1964, appointed Frederick C. Young, PE (F.C. Young Associates) to the newly-created position of RES Secretary, elected James A. McConnell as the RES Director to sit on the Executive Committee, approved a motion to add a Budget and Finance Committee and a Membership Committee to list of RES Standing Committees in the By-Laws, and also approved and populated the RES Standards Committee with Philip Kron, Nelson Sheldon, Robert Summerhays and Karl Halbleib. The Board also approved an action to form a Rochester Council of Technical Societies, with Gordon Rugg (Eastman Kodak Company) as its temporary chair. August 18, 1964 (Executive Committee Meeting, Chamber of Commerce) The Executive Committee approved an agreement with the Rochester Chamber of Commerce regarding the rental of quarters at 55 St. Paul St., effective September 1, 1964. The Executive Secretary presented a proposed schedule of fees for affiliation with the RES, including charges for mailing The Rochester Engineer to members of Affiliates, and fees for other services. He also reported on negotiations with the Rochester Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics 8 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

A Sampling from the Archives of the Rochester Engineering Society...1897 - 1964 by Lee M. Loomis

Engineers (IEEE) for affiliation with the RES. President Perry reported that, due to increased job responsibilities, Gordon Rugg had found it necessary to decline the chairmanship of a committee to organize a “Council of Engineering Society Presidents,” and that he (President Perry) had asked Keith W. Amish, PE, (RG&E) to accept this position. Also in attendance at this meeting, Mr. Amish then offered to the Board a tentative scope for this committee’s preliminary activities. The Board approved it, and then encouraged Mr. Amish to initiate discussions with representatives of other local engineering organizations, toward forming such a council. “The Rochester Engineer” (August 1964) This issue announced the historic move by the RES to new quarters, on the first floor, balcony level of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, 55 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY, just above the Chamber President’s office. This move, into better-equipped facilities, would eliminate the need for some rather antiquated office equipment (wooden file cabinets, book shelves, tables, chairs and a couch(?)). It would also result in the close-out of the RES library, and the completion of the integration of those volumes into the Monroe County Library System. In this issue RIT announced the creation of the first endowed professorship in its 135 year history. Named for the recently-deceased James E. Gleason and funded by the James E. Gleason & Eleanor Gleason Trust, this $500,000 bequest established the James E. Gleason Mechanical Engineering Chair at the College, the first of a hoped-for series of 20 endowed professorships at RIT. This issue of The Rochester Engineer also featured the publication of the recently-enacted, updated RES By-Laws, including several new standing committees, designed to expand and improve the value of the Society to the engineering community. September 15, 1964 (Executive Committee Meeting, Chamber of Commerce) At this meeting, the Executive Committee focused on the financial affairs of the Society, resulting in the decision that immediately developing a budget for the organization was crucial to its continued success. The outline for an “Affiliation Agreement” was reviewed, and it was announced that the Rochester Chapter of the IEEE had already tentatively approved it, for the official affiliation of its membership with the RES. This outline included affiliate payment of $.15 per addressograph plate for maintaining its membership mailing list, a $25 annual fee paid to the RES for affiliation, the payment of $.05 per copy of The Rochester Engineer to be mailed to each Affiliate member, a rebate of 15% on all new advertising revenue gained through an Affiliate and a list of fees for other services that could be rendered to Affiliates by the RES staff. The fact that a $.05 per copy charge rate for providing the The Rochester Engineer to Affiliate members would immediately put it into a deficit financial position caused much concern to the RES Board, and resulted in the tabling of any action on this matter to a future meeting. Subsequent articles in this series will describe the RES' continuing outreach to other technical societies as it considered its role in this and the larger community, along with more of the activities of the RES as it moved to be of greater service to its membership, especially those suffering from the current economic crisis, and adopted a greater role in shaping the future of the City and its environs. Noted also, will be the contributions made by RES members in the struggle to meet the challenges coming out of World War II, as well as a hoped-for period of post-war growth and prosperity. These articles will also feature an impressive array of RES activities in support of post-war re-emergence of Rochester area industry. We welcome your questions and comments on this series. res news - history

RES News The RES Tutoring Team at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Needs Tutors for this Fall, and the 2016-17 School Year

Dr. Walter Cooper Academy, 353 Congress Avenue, Rochester, NY 14619

We have scheduled an RES Tutoring Team Orientation Meeting. This one hour event will be held in the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy’s School #10 Library, at 6:00 pm, on Wednesday, October 12th. It will be a chance for our tutors, new and old, to meet with the school leaders, learn about plans for the Expeditionary Learning Program for our scholars this coming year, and receive their “tutoring assignments” for the 2016-17 school year. We are lining up our Tutoring Team, for the 2016-17 school year. Please consider requesting an RES Tutoring Team Application, now or…We are currently scheduling “Lunch & Learn” presentations in several Rochester area firms and professional groups, to inform and inspire prospective new tutors. We want to “hit the ground, running” this Fall. We will need your support...Can we schedule a presentation with your firm, work group, church or family? Whether or not you think you have the time to commit to it, right now, please contact us, learn about this successful program and the opportunity it offers us to “make a difference” in Rochester’s City Schools. Let us come and meet with you, your business associates, family members, friends, neighbors. Even just two hours a week of your time can make a big difference in the life of a student. Hear about the training each tutor will receive. Please contact the RES office, and let us know you’re interested in tutoring at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy - School #10, 353 Congress Avenue (in the 19th Ward, one block North of Genesee Park Blvd., between Post Avenue and Virginia Avenue). Questions??? Reach out to RES Past President Lee Loomis and the RES Tutoring Team at… Rochester Engineering Society, (585) 254-2350 via website: or via email: (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text) res news - tutoring


The Limited Monopoly® Pre-Appeal Briefs Another Bite at the Apple or Just More File History by Robert Gunderman, PE and John Hammond, PE

The Traditional Road to Appeal

If the claims in your patent application have been rejected twice, there are several options at your disposal, one of which is to go through the Appeal process1. The Appeal process can be fairly costly and time consuming, involving the preparation of an Appeal Brief and subsequent review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Often an Applicant will instead file a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) to keep the application with the Examiner in the interest of reduced cost and time. This approach can be productive, but can also result in the repetition of the same or similar rejections depending on the positions that the Examiner and the Applicant take. An Appeal hearing often brings closure to a “stalemate” situation, but can be an expensive process that not always results in the desired outcome.

The Pre-Appeal Road by the Apple Orchard

To address these concerns, the USPTO has been offering a Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Pilot Program where a panel of Examiners will review the Examiner’s rejections prior to the filing of an Appeal Brief to determine if the application is in fact in condition for Appeal, or if errors have been made by the Examiner that have resulted in improper rejections. Thus, the Pre-Appeal Brief Program is not for every situation, but only those where the Applicant believes that the Examiner has made an error. It is not intended to be another opportunity to argue against cited references and amend claims. In fact, the Pre-Appeal Brief cannot contain claim amendments. Still, it offers another bite at the apple, hopefully on the road to an allowance of your patent application.


limited to five pages, and must be filed with the Notice of Appeal and related fees. No claim amendments can be included in the Pre-Appeal Brief. This five page limitation is often challenging, and requires that the Brief be extremely focused and persuasively point out where the Examiner has made improper rejections.


Of course the desired result of using this program would be a Notice of Allowance without the need for filing an Appeal Brief and going before the PTAB. Short of that, reopening prosecution would also indicate the Examiner’s willingness to work the issues of the case in the hopes of achieving at least some allowable claims through amendments. Either of these would be reasonable outcomes. If the outcome is instead just an indication that the application should proceed through the normal Appeal process, the Pre-Appeal Brief can be used as a basis for the Appeal Brief itself, so all is not lost. What will remain an unknown is how an unfavorable decision of the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference may impact the future decision of the PTAB. Given that the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference panel includes the Examiner of Record and the PTAB does not, one should carefully consider past interactions with the Examiner of Record in determining if the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Pilot Program should be used, or if going straight to the PTAB will be more effective. While the Pre-Appeal Brief offers the possibility of eliminating the need for an Appeal Brief and related hearing, it can also create more file history that may weaken your patent position either in any future litigation or in subsequent Appeal proceedings. 1. See The Limited Monopoly, February 2011.

In the normal Appeals process, a Notice of Appeal is filed with the appropriate fee and then an Appeal Brief is filed within two months of the filing of the Notice of Appeal. Should an Applicant wish to use the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Pilot Program, a Pre-Appeal Brief is filed with the Notice of Appeal. If the Pre-Appeal Request is determined to be proper, a panel that includes the Examiner of Record, a Supervisory Examiner and another Examiner will review the Pre-Appeal Brief. This review conference is not open to participation by the Applicant or the Applicant’s Agent, and will result in one of several outcomes. Either the application will be allowed, prosecution will be reopened, or the Appeal will proceed to the PTAB with the appropriate Appeal Brief.

GRAPHIC CREDIT: “Apple in Home Orchard”. Robert Gunderman.


In keeping with our educational mission, you can now search for your favorite patent law topic of interest at www.TheLimitedMonopoly. com.

To use the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Pilot Program, A PreAppeal Request must also include a Pre-Appeal Brief, which is 10 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

Authors Robert D. Gunderman P.E. (Patent Technologies, LLC and John M. Hammond P.E. (Patent Innovations, LLC are both registered patent agents and licensed professional engineers. Copyright 2016 Robert Gunderman, Jr. and John Hammond Note: This short article is intended only to provide cursory background information, and is not intended to be legal advice. No client relationship with the authors is in any way established by this article.

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Professional Firms Employee News Erdman Anthony Announces Promotion and New Hire Erdman Anthony’s board of directors announces the promotion of Josh Rodems, PE, to associate. “Josh is a valued asset to our firm,” said Curt Helman, PE, president and CEO. “He exemplifies what moves the firm forward: talented employees who are dedicated to their craft, their clients and making our company better.”

Rochester office. He holds a master of science degree in civil engineering, with an emphasis in bridge engineering, from the University at Buffalo and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. Rodems is an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo and serves as a director on the board of the Rochester section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Erdman Anthony also announced the hire of Bernie Garcia as a mechanical engineer in the facilities engineering and design services core business in the Rochester office. Garcia holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.q

Erdman Anthony is an employeeowned firm and gives staff members Josh Rodems, PE who achieve milestones of professional standing, such as promotions like these, opportunities for increased ownership. “We value our staff of dedicated, highly skilled professionals who take pride in a company that they actually own,” Helman said. Bernie Garcia

Rodems is a structural engineer and a member of the transportation engineering core business team in the firm’s

Stantec Hires Three New Employees Tim Castelein and Mark Bailey have joined the Rochester office of design firm Stantec as a mechanical engineerin-training and environmental engineerin-training, respectively.

Tim Castelein

Mark Bailey

Prior to joining the firm, Castelein served as a design engineer where he performed energy studies for a wide range of industries including: industrial, commercial, manufacturing, education and agriculture. In his role as mechanical engineer-in-training, he will be responsible for performing analysis and designs for mechanical, plumbing and fire protection systems. His primary focus will be higher education laboratories and health care facilities with additional focus on the public service sector. Castelein received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University.

Bailey obtained his bachelor of science degree in environmental resources engineering from the College 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in May 2015. Prior to joining the firm he worked with an engineering firm as a water resources engineer-intraining where he focused on environmental compliance related to water usage at power and industrial facilities. At Stantec, Bailey will work on a variety of projects involving environmental remediation, water/wastewater treatment and environmental compliance. Stantec has also announced that Jonathan Metzger has joined as an electrical designer in the buildings practice. Metzger is a recent graduate from Binghamton University’s Watson School of Engineering, where he obtained a bachelor of science degree Jonathan Metzger in electrical engineering. In his role as an electrical designer, Metzger will be responsible for aiding in the design of power and lighting systems, conducting interior and exterior lighting analyses for buildings, and designing official building drawings for various projects using AutoCAD and Revit. q professional firms employee news


Passero Associates News Passero Associates has promoted Tim Geier, AIA from the position of intern architect to project architect in the Architecture Department. Mr. Geier is a seasoned professional and has been involved in a wide variety of residential, institutional and commercial projects during his three-year tenure with th firm. Tim Geier, AIA

Tim initially joined PA as an intern in May 2013 after earning his masters of architecture from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Mr. Geier completed his undergraduate studies in architecture at UNC Charlotte. Tim has worked on a broad range of high-profile projects, including Henrietta Recreation Center, Jamestown Community College MTI Buildings, and the Dome Arena. q

IBC Engineering News IBC Engineering, an engineering consulting firm specializing in innovative design building systems, recently announced Jim Goddard has joined the company as mechanical engineer. In his new role, he will be responsible for supporting the HVAC department with technical design, cost estimating and construction administration. Jim Goddard Jim will be stationed out of the firm’s Rochester office and service clients in the Upstate New York area. With more than a year of experience serving clients with building systems design, he is graduate of Alfred State with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology. q professional firms employee news | advertisement



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Running on Fumes - Andrè Godfrey “We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note 7s and exchange them as soon as possible,” said Samsung mobile communications chief DJ Koh in a recent statement concerning the recall and exchange of millions of Samsung smartphones due to lithium ion batteries catching on fire or exploding. As of mid-September Samsung reported there have been over three dozen instances of phones with "a battery cell phone issue," including a young person after the phone ignited in his hands; a man whose phone allegedly caught fire while charging overnight and another man whose phone exploded and engulfed his Jeep in flames. I own a Samsung phone although not a Galaxy Note 7. Like almost all smartphones it is run from a Lithium Ion battery and so I began to wonder just how safe I was. I was comforted to read that “lithium ion and lithium polymer are the safest battery chemistry to be in wide use, bar none.” In fact I read a number of comforting quotes about battery safety, many of which came from Battery University. Of course, while Battery University may be a respectable website it loses some credibility being sponsored entirely by a major provider of batteries: which I found discomforting. So I decided to investigate further in a search for more comfort. I was grateful to find that there is monitoring circuitry built into Lithium Ion batteries. This circuitry detects issues and disconnects the output in multiple events. Such as: overcharging of batteries, output discharged at too high a rate, if any battery cell gets too hot, and if the cell is detected in some way to be malfunctioning. This is excellent news and I feel much much better. Or at least I would, but I assume the Samsung 7 had all of that preventative circuitry too and it doesn’t appear to have worked very well. I became even more uncomfortable when I read that a number of experts suggest that we never leave our cell phones unattended while charging and certainly never leave them charging overnight while you sleep. 14 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

Uh-oh. That might be a problem for me. It seems it’s in the very nature as to how lithium ion batteries actually work to be volatile. Lithium is a highly reactive element which contains sodium and potassium. Like all batteries, lithium batteries consist of two electrodes separated by an electrolyte. When the battery is charged, lithium ions are driven from the electrolyte into a carbon anode. When the battery is discharged the ions flow back, creating a balancing flow of electrons in a circuit that powers the smartphone. But suppose that very thin electrolyte separator is compromised or damaged? If the safety features don’t work or catch it in time the result is a short circuit ‘thermal runaway’. The battery overheats and either explodes or catches on fire. Make no mistake, a lithium ion battery may be physically small but when it explodes it can reach 1000 degrees and send metal and fire in all directions. Enough to destroy an automobile as the Floridian Jeep owner discovered. It is also giving airlines second thoughts about cell phone usage on planes, at the very least banning Samsung Galaxy Note 7s. Attending the explosion fear is the extreme toxicity of lithium fumes that can be potentially deadly. Which would explain (I’d never considered why) the environmental people want you to be dispose of batteries properly. It’s enough to make me consider a LAN line. Think About IT

Andrè Godfrey is President, Entre Computer Services,

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Get to the Point!

Presentation Phobia (3): From Power Point Poison to Standing Ovation In a previous article I presented the concept of the Three Ps of Presentations: Plan, Prepare, and Practice. In the planning stage, you must establish the circumstances around your presentation, determine your audience’s needs and interest, and organize your information. When you prepare, you need to organize your information into an order which is logical and meaningful to your audience. In this article, I continue with the Prepare stage because establishing structure to your content is only part of preparation.

Make Speaking Notes Don’t rely on just your Power Point slides. Often speakers fear that if they have note cards, the audience will think they are unprepared. In fact, it sends the opposite message. It shows the audience that you DID prepare and that you wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a point. Prepare your speaking notes on cards no smaller than 3 in. x 5 in. Write in large, bold letters that you can see at a glance and, and use brief headings to develop the information in sufficient detail. Avoid using a full sheet of paper for your notes. If you are nervous, your hand may quiver and the paper will shake. You also may be tempted to include far too much information on it and end up reading from the paper. The amount of information you include will depend on the subject, your familiarity with it, and your previous speaking experience. Your notes should not be so detailed that you cannot quickly pick out points, nor so skimpy that you have to rely too much on your memory.

Prepare Visual Aids Visual aids help clarify and explain your concepts. They are especially important when discussing complex, technical information. Some people are visual learners and need to see the information as well as hear it. Examples of visual aids are PowerPoint slides, poster boards, physical props, equipment, and hand-drawn diagrams. Here are some tips for creating effective visuals: • • •

Strive for simplicity: let each visual make just one point. The visual should support your spoken words; you should not have to explain it. Use a font that is visible from the back of the room. (This means you need to know where you are presenting.) Use upper and lower case letters; avoid all CAPS.

get to the point

• • • • • •

Use color to highlight key words or parts, but in moderation. Some colors, such as green and blue or red and orange are hard to tell apart from a distance. Place a short title above or below each slide. Give credit to the original source for diagrams, graphs, and images, just as in a written document. Select an appealing design that provides contrast between the background and text. Avoid dazzling transitions. They take the attention away from you and your content. Print copies of your slides to use as a prompt or to offer as a handout, but it shouldn’t be your only handout.

Practice working with your visuals and make sure you know exactly which slide comes next. This also helps you ensure that your speaking notes match up to your slides.

Prepare Handout Notes During the preparation stage you need to decide whether to provide printed material for your audience. If so, you will also have to decide whether to make it copies of your Power Point slides or a summary report of the main topics. There is a trend today to only provide copies of slides. This is easy, but may not be effective. Although it may take longer, I encourage you to write a short document to distribute to your audience. This is a useful resource to remind them, in your words, of what your key points were. A bulleted list doesn’t suffice. When is the best time to distribute your handouts? There are three approaches: 1. If you are providing copies of the slides, hand them out at the start. 2. If you have charts or diagrams to refer to, hand them out at the moment in the presentation when they are needed. 3. If you have a detailed summary of your points, hand it out at the end. In my next article, I’ll discuss the third P, Practice. RGI Learning offers workshops in conflict resolution and communications skills. © 2016, RGI Learning Lisa Moretto is the President of RGI Learning, Inc. For 22 years she has helped engineers improve their oral and written communication skills. Visit or call (866) 744-3032 to learn about RGI’s courses.


Professional Firms Employee News Retrotech Names Todd De Vries as Newest Account Manager Retrotech, a leader in automating warehouse and distribution center order fulfillment, announced the hiring of Todd De Vries as the company’s newest account manager.

Gordon, director of sales for Retrotech.

At Retrotech, De Vries will be responsible for providing automated material handling solutions for North American clients across a wide range of industries including food and beverage, grocery, retail, and pharmaceutical. De Vries specializes in advanced automation technologies for fulfillment, distribution and material flow in combination with swystem controls, warehouse execution systems and operational processes.

De Vries brings more than two decades of experience in the material handling automation industry. Prior to joining Retrotech, De Vries held positions with several material handling equipment distributors, including owning his own successful business. His expansive product knowledge and expertise, ranging from industrial equipment to AGVs, to automated systems for storage and handling in fulfillment and distribution, will allow him to make an immediate impact at Retrotech. His relationships with industry professionals and leading industry experts are also valuable.

“Todd brings a great deal of experience across a wide range of industries, and that’s going to be invaluable to our customers in search of automation solutions,” said Nick

Retrotech is part of the North American Egemin Group Inc., based in Holland, MI and includes Egemin Automation Inc. and Retrotech. q

Campus News

Lightweight, Wearable Tech Efficiently Converts Body Heat to Electricity Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics. The experimental prototypes are lightweight, conform to the shape of the body, and can generate far more electricity than previous lightweight heat harvesting technologies. The researchers also identified the optimal site on the body for heat harvesting. “Wearable thermoelectric generators (TEGs) generate electricity by making use of the temperature differential between your body and the ambient air,” says Daryoosh Vashaee, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and corresponding author of a paper on the work. “Previous approaches either made use of heat sinks – which are heavy, stiff and bulky – or were able to generate only one microwatt or less of power per centimeter squared (mW/ C2). Our technology generates up to 20 mW/ C2 and doesn’t use a heat sink, making it lighter and much more comfortable.” The new design begins with a layer of thermally conductive material that rests on the skin and spreads out the heat. The conductive material is topped with a polymer layer that prevents the heat from dissipating through to the outside air. This forces the body heat to pass through a centrally-located TEG that

is one cm2. Heat that is not converted into electricity passes through the TEG into an outer layer of thermally conductive material, which rapidly dissipates the heat. The entire system is thin – only 2 millimeters – and flexible. “In this prototype, the TEG is only one centimeter squared, but we can easily make it larger, depending on a device’s power needs,” says Vashaee, who worked on the project as part of the National Science Foundation’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) at NC State. The researchers also found that the upper arm was the optimal location for heat harvesting. While the skin temperature is higher around the wrist, the irregular contour of the wrist limited the surface area of contact between the TEG band and the skin. Meanwhile, wearing the band on the chest limited air flow – limiting heat dissipation – since the chest is normally covered by a shirt. In addition, the researchers incorporated the TEG into T-shirts. The researchers found that the T-shirt TEGs were still capable of generating 6 mW/cm2 – or as much as 16 mW/cm2 if a person is running. “T-shirt TEGs are certainly viable for


powering wearable technologies, but they’re just not as efficient as the upper arm bands,” Vashaee says. “The goal of ASSIST is to make wearable technologies that can be used for long-term health monitoring, such as devices that track heart health or monitor physical and environmental variables to predict and prevent asthma attacks,” he says. “To do that, we want to make devices that don’t rely on batteries. And we think this design and prototype moves us much closer to making that a reality.” The paper, “Wearable thermoelectric generators for human body heat harvesting,” is published in the journal Applied Energy. Lead authors of the paper are Melissa Hyland, a graduate student at NC State, and Haywood Hunter, an undergraduate at NC State. They worked on the project while undergraduates, with support from an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant. Co-authors include Jie Liu, a postdoctoral researcher at NC State; and Elena Veety, education director of ASSIST at NC State. The work was funded by the NSF under grants EEC-1160483, ECCS-1351533 and CMMI-1363485; and by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under grant FA9550-121-0225. q

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Passero Associates Honored with 2016 “Best Firms to Work For” and "Fast Growth” Awards by Zweig Group Zweig Group has ranked Passero #5 in its “2016 Best Firms to Work For” Award Program. This marks Passero's second consecutive year on the list of all participating architecture and engineering firms in the United States and Canada in the category of Multidiscipline Firms. Passero has also been recognized by Zweig with a Fast Growth Award, recognizing that Passero is outpacing the industry significantly with high growth. Wayne Wegman, CEO of Passero Associates, says, “It was exciting the first time, but to be named a second time by the Zweig Group as a “Best Firms to Work For,” and to place in the TOP 5 of all participating A/E firms in the Unites States and Canada is a remarkable accomplishment for a firm our size. Our ability to achieve this significant industry honor can be attributed to one thing, our talented, committed staff! Their dedication to serving our clients reflects the positive work culture we have created together. We appreciate what our employees do each and every day to elevate and make this firm successful and an awardwinning place to do great work!” About Best Firms to Work For and the Fast Growth Award: Zweig Group is proud to announce the release of the 2016 Best Firms To Work For List, a prestigious list honoring the creation of outstanding workplaces at architecture, engineering, surveying, and environmental consulting firms. These firms have been recognized for their ability to inspire their teams to perform at the highest levels and create an environment where their people feel valued, can make a difference, and can clearly see their contribution to the overall mission and success of the firm. The Zweig Group Fast Growth Award is given to outstanding firms with a record of 20% or more. The Fast Growth Award marks the distinction of outpacing the industry significantly with high growth. The winners will be celebrated at the Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ on September 22-23, 2016. Firms who applied for this prestigious ranking were evaluated comprehensively on firm culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development, and more – both from the management and staff’s perspectives. Awards were given in the categories of architecture, civil engineering, environmental, multidiscipline, surveying, and structural engineering. “This program grows every year, and this year in addition to some newcomers we had a number of firms who improved their ranking on the list. It is wonderful to see the impact this designation can make in further bolstering workplace culture, aiding recruiting efforts, and improving the ability of a firm to get new work!” said Christina Zweig, marketing director, Zweig Group. The complete list of winners can be accessed here: https://zweiggroup. com/awards/best-firms-to-work-for/index.php. More information on the Hot Firm & A/E Industry Awards Conference here: q 18 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

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Professional Firms Employee News SWBR Architects News

and brand refreshes. Most recently, he served as project manager and graphic designer at JR Language Translation Services. Sambor received a bachelor of fine arts from Alfred University.

SWBR Architects announced four new team members to the firm: Jeff LaDue, AIA as Senior Project Manager, Shirah Cahill as Landscape Designer, Kris Sambor as Graphic Designer, and Jing Yi Huang as Architectural Designer. As a senior project manager, LaDue specializes in complex addition and renovation projects for technically challenging programs such as advanced manufacturing, clean technology, industry and laboratories. He received a bachelor of architecture and bachelor of science in building science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jeff LaDue, AIA

Shirah Cahill

As a landscape designer, Cahill finds creative landscape design solutions in mostly urban development projects that have an opportunity to foster community and improve quality of life. Her most recent positon was director of ecology for Complejos Residenciales in Queretaro, Mexico. She earned a bachelor of fine arts from York University of Toronto, Ontario, and a master of landscape architecture from SUNY Environmental College of Science and Forestry in Syracuse. In his new role, Sambor brings graphic design experience with a focus on service-based companies. He supports all facets of graphic design at the firm, including client signage

As architectural designer, Huang designs and produces construction documents, assists the firm’s project architects and managers, and performs site visits. She received a bachelor of architecture from Syracuse University. Kris Sambor

Jing Yi Huang

SWBR also announced that Leticia Blaya Fornataro recently received a New York State Architectural License from the New York State Education Department. As project manager, she is responsible for running projects, maintaining client communications, leading the project team, managing schedules and budgets, and coordinating with subconsultants. Requirements for this certification include a minimum degree requirement of a bachelor of science in architecture and at least five years of work experience under a licensed architect.

Blaya Fornataro completed seven exams to receive this license and holds a masters and bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Utah. q

BME Associates Adds Two New Hires Erin Koehler You will hardly see Stormwater Technician Erin Koehler in the BME office as she spends her days out at various job sites, providing consistent and valuable feedback to both management and the client relating to stormwater management. Graduating from FLCC’s Natural Resources Conservation program, Erin is responsible for conducting stormwater inspections relating to construction services and is also beginning to further her environmental work experience by helping with any extra wetland work that is available. Erin brings enthusiasm and professionalism to her work every day. Her love for the outdoors and passion for preserving the environment contribute highly to the value she brings to every job site she is on. Jeremy Gilmore A graduate from Alfred State, Jeremy studied Survey Geometric Engineering Technology. As a survey technician, he is responsible for fieldwork relative to boundary and topographic survey, mortgage surveys, ALTA/NSPS surveys, as well as construction stakeout of roads, utilities, foundations, and related-development items. Over the years, surveying has given Jeremy the opportunity to build his professional experience in the field and has opened doors to interesting projects, challenges, and opportunities to travel to different places over the U.S. He enjoys the “puzzle mentality” the survey profession brings, and its perfect blend of his interests and passions: math, history and the outdoors. q professional firms employee news


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Continuing Wednesday, October 12

Education Opportunities Wednesday, October 19

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) p 42 American Society of 1 PDH Credit Approved Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) The I-81 Challenge – Engaging the Community in the Future of I-81

Speaker: Kevin Bush, NYSDOT Region 4 Regional Director Place: Hilton Garden Inn, 155 East Main Street, Rochester Time: Cash Bar at 6:00; Dinner at 7:00 to 8:00; Presentation from 7:30 to 8:30 pm Cost: ASCE Members $35, Non-members $50, Students $10 Reservations: Contact Chris Sichak by October 7th , or 585-427-8888 Parking: South Avenue Parking Garage

Thursday, October 13

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) NYS Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 6 (NYSATE)

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1.5 PDH Credit Pending

NYSDOT Implementation of AASHTO Element Bridge Inspection

Speaker: Mark Struzinsky PE, Editor and Coordinator of the 2016 NYSDOT Bridge Inspection Manual Location: Club 57 Restaurant, 7465 Seneca Road North, Hornell, NY Time: 12:00 Noon, lunch included. Cost: ABCD/NYSATE members $25; Non-members $30; Students $20 Registration: Contact Betsy Smith by Thursday, October 6th, 607-324-8457 or

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1 PDH Credit

Updates in Electronic Water Mixing Valves

Speaker: Chris Anderson (EEmax) Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Gates Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm Cost: $20 per person, check or cash at the door. Make checks payable to Rochester Chapter ASPE. Reservations: Contact Dave Jereckos by Monday, Oct. 17, 585-341-3168 or

Thursday, October 20

NYS Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE)

Section 4 Mini-Conference - Up to 6 PDHs Available

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Place: Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford Time: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Reception to follow. For additional information contact: Thomas Button, or Keri Ossont,

Wednesday, October 26

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)


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Sports Lighting Evolution

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, And Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 32

Speakers: Nathan K. Lindsay, Upstate New York Field Sales Rep for MUSCO Sports Lighting, LLC and Bradley D. Schlesselman, LC, Application Engineering Manager for the New York and the Eastern US for MUSCO Sports Lighting, LLC Place: Rick’s Prime Rib, 898 Buffalo Road, Rochester Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Cost: $30 pp ($40 if credits needed) and includes buffet style lunch. Reservations: Reservations for this event due no later than Oct. 19 to Diane Montrois at 585-254-8010. Payment by credit/debit card in advance through the ‘Education’ page of our website at – cash/check payment at the door.

Highlights of the New Energy Code

Friday, November 18

Monday, October 17 1 PDH Credit Pending

Speaker: Mike DeWein, Leidos Engineering Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester Time: 12:00 noon with buffet lunch served. Cost: $25 per person Reservations: Contact Tim Duprey by noon, Thursday, Oct. 13 at Website:

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

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28 Annual Fall Bridge Conference Up to 6 PDH Credits th

Place: Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, NY Cost: Details on page 37 and on the RES website registration. Registration: To register, visit the RES website at and click on the calendar and go to Nov. 18. Additional questions or information on the conference contact Mark Laistner PE, or 585-364-1610.

To post continuing education opportunities on this page please contact the Rochester Engineering Society, 585-254-2350, or email: 20 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

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Engineers’ Calendar The engineering societies are encouraged to submit their meeting notices for publication in this section. The deadline for submitting copy is the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication. Please email to: The meetings offering PDHs are highlighted in blue. Details about the meeting and affiliate (if in this issue) are on the corresponding page listed next to the affiliate name.

Thursday, October 13

Tuesday, October 4

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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IEEE Day 2016 – Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow Details can be found at:

Thursday, October 6

Place: Port of Rochester Terminal Building, Rochester, NY Details at or check it out on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 12

Rochester Engineering Society (RES)


RES Tutoring Team Orientation Meeting

Place: Dr. Walter Cooper Academy’s School #10 Library, 353 Congress Avenue, Rochester. Time: 6:00 pm Questions? Reach out to Lee Loomis at 585-738-3079 or

Wednesday, October 12 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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NYSDOT Implementation of AASHTO Element Bridge Inspection

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Genesee River Bash

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) NYS Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 6 (NYSATE) 1.5 PDH Credit Pending

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1 PDH Credit Approved

The I-81 Challenge – Engaging the Community in the Future of I-81

Speaker: Kevin Bush, NYSDOT Region 4 Regional Director Place: Hilton Garden Inn, 155 East Main Street, Rochester Time: Cash Bar at 6:00; Dinner at 7:00 to 8:00; Presentation from 7:30 to 8:30 pm Cost: ASCE Members $35, Non-members $50, Students $10 Reservations: Contact Chris Sichak by October 7th, or 585-427-8888 Parking: South Avenue Parking Garage

Speaker: Mark Struzinsky PE, Editor and Coordinator of the 2016 NYSDOT Bridge Inspection Manual Location: Club 57 Restaurant, 7465 Seneca Road North, Hornell, NY 14843 Time: 12:00 Noon, lunch included. Cost: ABCD/NYSATE members $25; Non-members $30; Students $20 Registration: Contact Betsy Smith by Thursday, October 6, 607-324-8457 or

Monday, October 17

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, And Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

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1 PDH Credit Pending

Highlights of the New Energy Code

Speaker: Mike DeWein, Leidos Engineering Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester Time: 12:00 noon with buffet lunch served. Cost: $25 per person Reservations: Contact Tim Duprey by noon, Thursday, Oct. 13 at Website:

Tuesday, October 18

Independent Entrepreneurs Council (IEC)

Patenting Do’s & Don’t’s. Tips to Effectively Patent Your Invention

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Speaker: David Bassett, President, Bassett IP Strategies Place: NeighborWorks, 570 South Street, Rochester NY Time: Registration 7:30 am; Presentation 8:00 to 9:30 am. Reservations: There is NO charge for this presentation. Reservations are required by C.O.B., Oct. 14. Contact David Bassett at 585-793-9726 or

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Engineers’ Calendar, Wednesday, October 19

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

Thursday, October 20 International Council p 38 on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

Updates in Electronic Water Mixing Valves Speaker: Chris Anderson (EEmax) Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Gates Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm Cost: $20 per person, check or cash at the door. Make checks payable to Rochester Chapter ASPE. Reservations: Contact Dave Jereckos by Monday, Oct. 17, 585-341-3168 or

Wednesday, October 19 p 29

Speakers: Dr. Sharon Lunt and Al Randt, Harris Corporation Place: Room 1275 of the Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT Campus. Everyone is welcome to attend. Parking is available in the F lot, just north of the building. No meeting reservations are required. Time: 6:00 pm.

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Section 4 Mini-Conference Place: Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford Time: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Reception to follow. For additional information contact: Thomas Button, or Keri Ossont,

Thursday, October 20 Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA) Livingston County Dinner Place: Yard of Ale, Piffard, NY Details at


Speaker: Dr. Michael Pennock, Assistant Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology Place: 7 hosts available. See page 28 for details or go to the website at ChapterSites/finger-lakes/chapter-home. Time: Meetings begins at 6:00 pm and ends approximately 7:30 pm. If you need details or have any concerns contacting a host email Kevin Devaney at

Wednesday, October 26

Image-based Ground Weather Characterization

Thursday, October 20 NYS Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE)

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Defense Acquisition: A Tragedy of the Commons

1 PDH Credit

Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T)


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

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Sports Lighting Evolution Speakers: Nathan K. Lindsay, Upstate New York Field Sales Rep for MUSCO Sports Lighting, LLC and Bradley D. Schlesselman, LC, Application Engineering Manager for the New York and the Eastern US for MUSCO Sports Lighting Place: Rick’s Prime Rib, 898 Buffalo Road, Rochester Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Cost: $30 per person ($40 if credits needed) and includes buffet style lunch. Reservations: Reservations for this event due no later than Oct. 19 to Diane Montrois at 585-254-8010. Payment by credit/debit card in advance through the ‘Education’ page of our website at – cash/check payment at the door.

Thursday, October 27

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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Tour the new University of Rochester Substation on Kendrick Road and the Cogen Plant on Elmwood Avenue Place: University of Rochester Substation, 500 Kendrick Road. Please park across the street at the facilities office parking lot, 271 East River Road. Reservations: Reservations to Jean Kendrick, jeankendrick@ieee. org. Space is limited to 25 people – register early! Details visit: engineers' calendar

Friday, October 28

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Thursday, November 17 p 27

STRATUS 2016 Workshop: Systems and Technologies for Remote Sensing Applications Through Unmanned Aerial Systems Place: Louise Slaughter Hall, RIT Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Early registration deadline is Oct. 14 (online). For more information visit: STRATUS2016/

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Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting Details at

Friday, November 18

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

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Up to 6 PDH Credits

28th Annual Fall Bridge Conference

Friday, November 4

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

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IEEE EDS Activities in Western NY Conference Place: Louise Slaughter Hall, RIT Time: 10:30 am to 5:00 pm For details visit:

Place: Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo Cost: Members $120; Non-members $150 (does not include membership); Students $35; Late Fee $25 (applied to registrations after 10-30-16). Registration: To register, visit the RES website at and click on the calendar and go to Nov. 18. Additional questions or information on the conference contact Mark Laistner PE, or 585-364-1610.

Thursday, November 10

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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IEEE Senior Member Elevation Seminar Presenter: Jean Kendrick Place: UofR Goergen Hall, Computer Classroom #102, 1st floor. Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm For details visit: Reservations: Contact Jean Kendrick at

Thursday, November 17

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

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Agile Systems Engineering Speaker: Dr. Richard Turner, Research Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology Place: 7 hosts available. See page 28 for details or go to the website at ChapterSites/finger-lakes/chapter-home. Time: Meetings begins at 6:00 pm and ends approximately 7:30 pm. If you need details or have any concerns contacting a host email Kevin Devaney at

The RES website ( has a calendar of events for this month's meetings and meetings that are received or updated after print deadline. Please refer to the website for updated information. If you wish to be listed in the calendar please send details to

campus news


Micro Instrument Corporation Visited by Finger Lakes STEM Hub Summer Institute “Students” On August 10, 2016 Micro Instrument Corporation was visited by Jon Kriegel (Finger Lakes STEM Initiative) and a group of engaged educators from area middle schools. It was exciting to “show off” Micro’s shop to the very people who will be training the young men and women that may someday become our next Apprentices! These dedicated education professionals are as devoted to the future of their students as Micro Instrument Corporation is to our Apprentices. Micro is proud of the engineering solutions we provide our clients on a daily basis and we realize full-well how our mechanical, electrical, project management and applications engineering groups make our company better. For these disciplines, a formal college

education is essential; however, as was discussed during the visit, college is not for everyone. Acquiring a professional trade can be a very rewarding alternative for some students. Students that display strength in math or science or possess the creativity to build things with their hands can sometimes struggle in other areas of the classroom. They may be marginal students at a university, but exceptional students for learning a trade. In many instances, trades are the most needed professions today. Micro Instrument Corporation was founded in 1944 and is one of the oldest “job shops” in the area. Residing on Emerson Street for the majority of that time, Micro currently employs over 90 people and we presently have 9 students enrolled in our Apprenticeship programs.

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Being a tool maker isn’t for everyone. At the beginning, students work in the shop performing some pretty mundane tasks; however, students feature article


are constantly being trained and will eventually perform more sophisticated work. Students are trained on all the equipment in our shop. Ultimately, they get hands-on experience to decide what trade they would like to pursue. Some opportunities at Micro include building machines, working in the precision machining group, being a part of our CNC Department or working in controls. Apprentices attend night school for four years on a part-time basis, while completing 8,000 hours of training in Micro’s shop. Upon completion, students receive a certificate of completion from the New York State Department of Labor and become Journeyman. The cost of schooling is reimbursed by the employer and qualified students enrolled in the Apprenticeship program receive pay the entire time. Successful candidates can be four years ahead of their college bound peers in social security payments, 401(k) contributions, earnings and best of all; this can be accomplished without needing a student loan. Additionally, working for a company like Micro provides exciting opportunities to work on projects like the Mars Rover, the James Webb Space Telescope, the F35 Fighter Jet, as well as several lifesaving medical device programs.

COCOA - This is used to test part of the James Webb Space Telescope.

HVAC, plumbing, auto mechanic, construction, tool maker or electrician are all trades that need good people to fill the ranks. Today, we would like to reach out to all our local education professionals to reiterate what we already know – college is not for every student. Please encourage your students and children to consider a trade that he or she may find interesting and challenging. There are exciting educational opportunities outside of college for those who wish to learn a trade. Apprentices become Journeymen in our on-sight Machine Shop

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October Newsletter, 2016 Executive Committee Chair: Greg Gdowski Vice Chair: Dave Krispinsky Treasurer: Bill Fowlkes Secretary: Ray Ptucha Awards: Jean Kendrick Communications: Greg Gdowski Newsletter: Anh Karam PACE: Alex Loui Univ. of Rochester Chapter: Wendi Heinzelman RIT Chapter: Gill Tsouri Chapters,Council,&Groups COMMSOC/AES: Nirmala Shenoy CS, CIS: Bo Yuan EDS, CSS: Sean Rommel EMBS: Cristian Linte GRSS: Emmett Ientilucci LIFE: Mark Shrader APS, MTTS: Gregory Pettis Photonics: Bruce Smith PES, IAS: Jean Kendrick SPS: Nathan Cahill

Section Chair report: As we enter the fall please be sure to come to one of 3 workshops we have planned by 4 of our Chapters in the upcoming months. Late in October we will also be visiting a new substation at the University of Rochester! I hope to see you at one of the many events listed below! Best regards, Greg Gdowski, Rochester Section Chair Celebrating the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884 This year’s theme is: Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow. IEEE Day 2016 will be celebrated on October 4, 2016. More details can be found at:

IEEE Annual Election for 2016 – Elect officers that serve on the top-tier IEEE governing bodies. Balloting started on August 15. All ballots must be received by 1:00 pm EST on October 3, 2016. To learn more about the candidates, visit: This year we have our long-time R1 leader, Charles Rubenstein, on the ballot for IEEE USA President! (

National and Regional Awards to Rochester Engineers!

IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award – Recognizes • Outstanding contributions in the field of consumer electronics technology to Steven J. Sasson – President, Steven J. Sasson Consulting LLC. Citation: “For designing and building the first digital still camera." IEEE Region 1 Award – Recognizes • Alexander C. Loui (Rochester) Technology Innovation Award for significant contributions & technical leadership of the UofR - IEEE Student Branch • Wendi B. Heinzelman (Rochester) Outstanding Teaching in an IEEE area of Interest Award. For outstanding support & leadership of the UofR – IEEE Student Branch

Grant Opportunity!

Rochester Council of Scientific Societies Notice of Science/Math Minigrants Deadline: Oct. 31st The RCSS Minigrant provides a means for math and science teachers to supplement their standard funding. Up to $250.00 can be requested. Applications will be judged on the basis of relevance to science and math, on lasting impact on students and/or class room facilities, and other aspects, such as: innovation and creativity, new teaching concepts, long term usefulness, numbers of students served, plans to share results with others. RCSS accepts applications for Minigrants from teachers in primary and secondary schools. For more information, visit:


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October Newsletter, 2016

STRATUS 2016 Workshop: Systems and Technologies for Remote Sensing Applications Through Unmanned Aerial Systems October 28th, 8:00am – 5:00pm, Louise Slaughter Hall, RIT Topics (UAS-Related) • 3D and Multi-view Imaging • Analysis Techniques • Applications • Technologies • Imaging Systems • Platforms • Sensors • Sensors Early (online) registration deadline is October 14th For more information, visit:

40TH IEEE EDS Activities in Western NY Conference. Nov. 4th, 10:30am – 5:00pm, Louise Slaughter Hall, RIT

The focus of this conference is to bring engineers and researchers together to share information on a wide variety of topics related to microelectronic devices and systems. The conference will be a joint event technically co-sponsored by the Electron Devices Society and the Photonics Society of the IEEE Rochester Chapters. For details visit:

Invited Speakers: Michael Shur, RPI, “Physics and limiting mechanisms of ultrafast response of field effect transistors” Yiquan Wu, Alfred University, “Optical and Photonic Transparent Ceramic Materials” Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, SUNY Polytechnic Institute Siddharth Rajan, Ohio State University Want to present a poster at this meeting? Abstracts must be received by October 28th. Please contact: Dr. Karl D. Hirschman, ( or Dr. Jing Zhang (

2016 IEEE Western NY Image and Signal Processing Workshop Nov. 18th, 8:00am – 5:00pm, Louise Slaughter Hall, RIT

The Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop (WNYISPW) is a venue for promoting image and signal processing research in our area and for facilitating interaction between academic researchers, industry researchers, and students. The workshop comprises both oral and poster presentations. For details visit: Call for submitting papers, visit: Full Paper Submission Deadline: October 24, 2016 If you have any questions, contact Raymond Ptucha Final Submission Deadline: November 01, 2016 at 585-797-5561 or email to Notification of Acceptance: November 11, 2016

Other Events!

Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 4:30 pm The Power and Energy/Industry

Applications Society will take a tour of the new University of Rochester Substation on Kendrick Road, and the Cogen Plant on Elmwood Avenue. Location: University of Rochester Substation, 500 Kendrick Road, just south of I-390 overpass. Please park across the street at the Facilities Office parking lot, 271 East River Road. RSVP to: Jean Kendrick, email: Space is limited to 25 people! Register today!

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, 5:30-7:00 pm IEEE Rochester Section will host a Senior Member Elevation

Seminar. All Members interested in submitting an application for Senior Member Status should attend. (Please register for this event!) Location: UofR Goergen Hall, Computer Classroom #102 on the 1st floor, with Jean Kendrick as presenter. For details, send email to: ieee news



Upcoming Chapter Meeting Events • Thursday, October 20, 2016: October Chapter Meeting

 Dr. Michael Pennock, Assistant Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology

Defense Acquisition: A Tragedy of the Commons

Defense acquisition programs are notorious for their cost overruns, schedule delays, and performance shortfalls. While there are likely numerous contributing factors to this state of affairs, one frequently cited cause is the overreliance on immature technology. Dr. Pennock will talk about his recent work, in modeling how acquisition programs work. It reveals that when differing stakeholder interests come into play, the program suffers from a classic tragedy of the commons. This work has implications for the policy makers, managers, and engineers that are responsible for developing and deploying defense systems.

• Thursday, November 17, 2016: November Chapter Meeting  Dr. Richard Turner, Research Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Agile Systems Engineering

Dr. Turner performs research in lean and agile methods, and the interface between software and systems engineering. He is a principal investigator at the Systems Engineering Research Center, a university-affiliated research center sponsored by the DoD. He teaches courses in software engineering, systems engineering and systems acquisition. In this talk, he will present the results of his latest research in agile systems engineering methods.

• Meetings begin at 6:00 pm and run to approximately 7:30 pm

 Please RSVP with your local host – a list of local hosts and their contact information is below; if there are any issues contacting one of them, or there are any other questions or concerns, please contact Kevin Devaney at

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Ithaca Syracuse University Xerox Rome, NY North Syracuse, NY Lockheed Martin MST Rochester, NY

Wesley Hewett at, Cornell University, Rhodes Hall Dr. Young Moon at, 220 Link Hall Charles Rizzolo at Bruce Rubin at Kevin Devaney at, SRC, 6225 Running Ridge Rd., 13212 Shirley Kupst at, Owego, NY Rick Zinni at, Location TBD


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Rochester Chapter

Society for Imaging Science and Technology Website: Save these Tentative Dates (Venue & Topics/Speakers TBA): Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - RIT Student Presentations Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our meetings are held at 6:00pm in Room 1275 of the Carlson Center for Imaging Science on the RIT campus. Everyone is welcome to attend. Parking is available in the F lot, just north of the building. No meeting reservations are required. Venue ideas requested – we are soliciting input regarding other possible venues for our meetings.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Image-based Ground Weather Characterization by Al Randt and Sharon Lunt, Harris Corporation


and analyzing performance of silver-halide based

Helios® weather analytics from Harris

imaging systems. She joined Harris Corporation

Corporation is a product meant to provide fast

in 2004 (at the time IT&T Space Systems)

and accurate local ground weather intelligence

where she’s worked in the area of image quality

to assist organizations with real-time decision

characterization and image metric development

making. Helios® analyzes imagery from thousands

for remote sensing systems.

of existing public and private video cameras using a combination of machine learning and


traditional image science to identify and classify

Al Randt, with a BS in electrical engineering from

changes in weather conditions. An overview of

Clarkson University and an MBA from University

the overall architecture, the technical challenges

of Rochester’s Simon School worked for Xerox

of creating analytics from existing camera

Corporation for 13 years leading development

networks, and the types of analytics currently

teams in product quality and software engineering

implemented will be provided.

process improvements for their digital front end controller for high volume publishing printers.


Al joined Harris Corporation in 2012 (at the

Dr. Sharon Lunt graduated with a PhD in

time Exelis Inc) where he became technical

physical chemistry from California Institute of

product manager for the Helios product.

Technology and then worked for Eastman Kodak Company developing component technologies for is&t news



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Rochester Chapter

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers Rochester ASHRAE website:

President's Message

We kicked off the 2016-2017 ASHRAE program year on Monday, September 19th with our annual Clambake at the Burgundy Basin Inn. Thank you to everyone that attended. Aaron Hilger, President of ROBEX presented on the State of the Construction Industry in Rochester with the Economic Development Grants. It was a great presentation to learn more about how Rochester continues to grow. On August 18-20, 2016, Chris Walter (Delegate) and I (Alternate) attended the ASHRAE Centralized Regional Conference (CRC) for Region I hosted by the Rochester Chapter. The conference was very informative for us to have another successful year. Society President, Tim Wentz was in attendance and delivered his Presidential theme: Adapt Today To Shape Tomorrow. His message focused on three directives. First is to adapt ASHRAE resources to help expand member knowledge and develop the visionaries of tomorrow. Second is to adapt ASHRAE investments to energize chapters and engage members. Third is to adapt ASHRAE technology to produce an immediate, direct benefit to members and society. I personally had the pleasure to spend some time talking to Mr. Wentz and feel that we as a chapter can support his Presidential message.


October ASHRAE Meeting (PDH pending)

Monday, October 17, 2016 Location:

City Grill 384 East Ave, Rochester

Time: 12 PM with Buffet Lunch served Cost:



Mike DeWein, Leidos Engineering


Highlights of the New Energy Code

Please RSVP by noon Thursday, October 13th to Tim Duprey,

Please continue to check out our website at for information on upcoming chapter meetings, current officer list and contact information, chapter newsletters, and more! Also take a minute and like us on Facebook at www.!/ ashraerochester. Jeffrey Close, P.E. 2016-2017 President, Rochester Chapter 32 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

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Rochester NY Chapter

Independent Entrepreneurs Council

"The Junction of Technology, Manufacturing & Business Development"

Chairman/Moderator Ralph Kraft R. Kraft, Inc 585-621-6946 Program Director Robert Lewis AdviCoach 585-385-2087 Treasurer Richard Blazey Business Metamorphosis LLC 585-520-3935

Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed Monthly Breakfast Series Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Location: NeighborWorks - 570 South St. (corner of Averill St.), Rochester, NY 14620 Time: Registration - 7:30 - 8:00 am Presentation: 8:00 - 9:30 am Registration Required: There is NO charge for this presentation. Reservations are required by Friday, C.O.B., October 14, 2016. Make reservations via David Bassett, 585-793-9726 or

Topic: Patenting Do's & Don'ts. "Tips to Effectively Patent Your Invention" Presenter: David Bassett, President, Bassett IP Strategies

Web Master Richard Blazey Business Metamorphosis LLC 585-520-3935 Community Outreach: Dave Bassett Bassett IP Strategies 585-739-9726 Lee Drake OS Cubed 585-765-2444 Dennis Roote CDE Engineering & Environmental PLCC 585-330-6986

Abstract: OK. You’ve come up with a great idea that’s going to set the world on fire. How do you protect your idea so you can monetize that idea? Getting a patent could be a great tool. But there are some ‘do’s and don’ts’ that you should know before you try to get a patent. At this talk, you will get the following: An overview of the patent system and a (brief ) overview of what other intellectual property protection tools are available; some ‘do’s’ that are usually necessary to get a patent; AND some ‘don’ts’ that an inventor needs to avoid to keep from making their own invention un-patentable. Please come to my talk to learn about the patenting system. Whether patenting is new to you or you already have a large portfolio to your name, you will learn more about inventions and protecting them. Biography: Dave has been a Patent Agent registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office since 2004 and has experience in optics, acoustics, mechanical, business method, computer, chemical, and biomechanical utility patenting and design patenting. Dave has experience with a wide range of services practicing before the US Patent and Trademark Office including filing provisional patent applications, non-provisional patent applications, patent cooperation treaty applications, assignment agreements, patent issuance fees, and successful patent prosecutions.

Upcoming Events

Strategies For Small Business Conference When: Wendesday, October 26, 2016 Where: Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport – 175 Jefferson Rd – Henrietta NY 14623 Time: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM To Register: visit Co-sponsored by Independent Entreprenuers Council

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Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association Website:

Year 2016 Officers President Roy B. Garfinkel, LS Vice President Jared R. Ransom, LS Secretary Robert J. Avery, LS Treasurer Michael A. Venturo, LS

Board of Directors

October 2016

2014-2016 Clifford J. Rigerman, LS Joseph J. Hefner, LS 2015-2017 Jeffrey A. Tiede, LS Scott E. Measday, LS 2016-2018 Justin M. Roloson, LS Douglas W. Magde, LS

John F. Gillen, LS, ex officio

Tentative 2016 Meeting Dates Thursday, October 20 Livingston County Dinner Yard of Ale, Piffard, NY

Thursday, November 17 BOD & General Membership Meeting

Thursday October 20 Livingston County Dinner Yard of Ale Piffard, NY

Thursday November 17 Board of Directors Meeting Professional Affiliations • • •

New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors, Inc. National Society of Professional Surveyors Rochester Engineering Society


and General Membership Meeting

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Genesee Valley Branch

American Public Works Association Website:

Geoffrey Benway, PE, Genesee Valley Branch President Genesee Valley Branch Serving Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne County

2017 APWA Conference Have a unique product or interesting project that you would like to present to public works professionals from all over NY State? The 2017 Conference will be held in Rochester, NY in March 22- 24, 2017 and is a perfect venue to educate all kinds of public works personnel.

Genesee Valley Branch News At the last Board of Directors meeting, our Treasurer (Peter Vars) noted that the GVB is in a good financial position with cash reserves for emergency and operational needs. The Board is looking at various ideas to further the mission and involvement of our younger members. This may include starting a scholarship fund, providing financial support to younger members for attending the APWA Chapter Conference, or funding a membership for RIT students. Got an idea…email me!

2016 Awards Banquet It is never too late to start thinking about projects and people to nominate for an APWA Award. The application forms will be made available on the GVB APWA website for an easy download. This also saves the Branch money in reduced copying costs and postage. Be on the watch for a “Save The Date” email for the banquet. For those that are not members (I can’t imagine why you would not!), please send me your email address and you will be added to our email blasts for events, training, sponsorship, and banquet information. We will not share your information with anyone!

2016 Presidential Election By the time you read this, we will be heading into the home stretch for the Presidential elections. I have voted in every election since I turned 18 but can never remember an election like this! I can’t (won't) suggest a candidate as I can’t choose the lesser of two evils. I can only hope that you agree with me that we need to support public works in funding road, water, sewer, and other utility work projects. This is our bread and butter! I would also like our candidates to discuss easing some of the regulatory restrictions on public works. Hopefully, each candidate develops a more civil attitude and offers us realistic solutions to the needs of America. Be sure to check out the candidate’s position on public works issues. But most of all….good luck figuring it out! Ugh!! The American Public Works Association ( is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 29,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, and has an office in Washington, D.C. with 63 chapters throughout North America.

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President: ALAN SMITH, P.E. IBC Engineering, P.C. 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590 Vice President Technical: DAVE JERECKOS IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590 Vice President Legislative: JENNIFER WENGENDER, P.E., CPD Clark Patterson Lee 205 St Paul Blvd. Rochester, NY 14604 585-454-7600 Vice President Membership: DOUG MEIER Twin”D” Associates 1577 Ridge Road West Suite 116B Rochester, NY 14615 585-581-2170 Treasurer: TERRY BROWN, CPD M/E Engineering, PC 150 North Chestnut Street Rochester, NY 14604 585-288-5590 Administrative Secretary: ADAM KRAMER IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590 Education Chairman: JENNIFER WENGENDER, P.E., CPD Clark Patterson Lee 205 St Paul Blvd Rochester, NY 14604 585-454-7600 Newsletter Editor: DAVID MYERS LaBella Associates, PC 300 State Street, Suite 201 Rochester, NY 14614 585-454-6110 Affiliate Liaison: ADAM FRENZEL Empire State Associates. 181 Bay Village Drive Rochester, NY 14609 585-602-0271

President's Message Membership pins for 2016-2017 are available for Chapter members that renewed their membership. Pins will be distributed at the monthly meetings, or contact me at The Chapter’s delegates for the 2016 Convention are Dave Jereckos, Adam Kramer, Dave Myers and myself. If there are any Society related items you would like your delegates to address at the Convention, please contact one of us by October 21st. The 2015 I-Codes and the 2016 NYS Uniform Code Supplement are the current New York State Codes, effective October 3rd. There are some significant changes from the previous 2010 NYS Codes. The 2015 IPC (International Plumbing Code) sizes storm drainage piping by flow rate (gpm) vs. roof area served. The 2015 IFGC (International Fuel Gas Code) no longer permits gas piping through building foundation walls. The 2010 FGC permitted penetrations through the walls if the pipe was sleeved and the annular space between the pipe and sleeve were sealed. Alan Smith, P.E. Rochester Chapter President

Meeting Notice – October 19, 2016 – Save the Date Topic:

Updates in Electronic Water Mixing Valves Speaker: Chris Anderson (EEmax)


Wednesday, October 19, 2016


12:00 noon - 1:30 pm (please arrive by 11:50am)


Valicia's Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Rochester 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates

Credits: 1.0 PDH Cost:

$20.00 (member or guest), check or cash at the door.


To Dave Jereckos, 585-341-3168 or by Monday, October 17th.


Future meetings: November 16th, December 14th. (Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society) aspe news


Monroe Professional Engineers Society A Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers 657 East Avenue, Rochestter, New York 14607 Dedicated to Professionalism in Engineering in the Interest of Public Safety and Welfare 2016-17 Officers: President David Roberts, PE, President-elect Chris Kambar, PE, Vice President Arthur Reardon, PE, Secretary Martin Gordon, PE, Treasurer Neal Illenberg, PE, Membership Chair Arthur Reardon, PE

MPES Announces New Scholarship MPES is pleased to announce the creation of a new scholarship fund: The David Lazzar Scholarship. The new scholarship is available to high school seniors from schools within the counties that comprise the Chapter’s region. Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, participation in scholastic and out-of-school activities, work experience, and volunteer/community service activities. The new scholarship is being sponsored by Mr. David Lazzar, P.E. Mr. Lazzar is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering. In 1981, he accepted a position as a designer with Erdman Anthony working on the Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Project for Monroe County. During the course of his 35-year career with Erdman Anthony, Mr. Lazzar steadily took on increasing responsibility as project engineer, project manager, highway department manager, Transportation Engineering Group manager and the Rochester office branch manager. Mr. Lazzar’s highway-design responsibilities included many large, local projects, like the “Can of Worms” reconstruction, Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge construction and the I-490 Western Gateway. More recently, he has focused on construction inspection services and has managed as many as 40 seasonal inspectors for construction projects across Upstate NY. Reflecting on his career in the engineering profession, Mr. Lazzar expresses deep gratitude for the opportunities that his college education made available. He is excited to be able to promote engineering education through this new scholarship, and he encourages young engineering professionals to learn new skills and to branch out in their fields. Mr. Lazzar resides in Webster, NY with his wife, Diane, of whom he says he would not have been successful without her support. The couple has two daughters and three grandchildren. With the addition of the Lazzar scholarship, there are now eight scholarships available through MPES. For a listing of these scholarships or to download application materials, please visit the MPES website: Active membership in the Monroe Professional Engineers Society is always encouraged. We are constantly striving to improve your membership, but we always need more help. If you would like to get more involved, or have questions or suggestions, please email me at or contact MPES through our website at David C. Roberts, P .E., President, MPES

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The Electrical Association of Western New York presents

Free Parking ~ Lunch Provided ONE DAY ONLY!

Wednesday October 19, 2016 9am-6pm The Dome Arena 2695 East Henrietta Road Henrietta, New York 14467

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Directory of Professional Services John E. Rooney


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Industrial Water Treatment Compliance Plans, Permits, and Reports Stormwater Design Management Compliance Auditing Civil/Site Design NPDES/Air/Solid Waste Engineering Environmental Design and Engineering Evaluation

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Save the Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017 115th RES Annual Gala New Membership Application and Advertising Rate Details are at 46 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2016

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Affiliated Societies of the Rochester Engineering Society American Consulting Engineering Companies of New York President, David J. Meyer, 585-218-0730 Email: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Rochester Section Chairman, Vincenzo G. Marcello, 585-422-0043. American Public Works Association Monroe County/Genesee Valley Branch Past-Chairman, Geoff Benway Email: American Society of Civil Engineers, Rochester Section President, Sam Anthony, PE Email:

Electrical Association Executive Director, Karen Lynch Email: President, Joseph Dombrowski, PE, LC, M/E Engineering, PC Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association President, John F. Gillen, LS Ex-Officio, Robert Hatch, 585-349-3750. Email: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Inc., Rochester Section President, Dwight Roth, Zeller Automation Email: Imaging Science & Technology, Rochester Chapter President, David Odgers Email:

New York Water Environment Association Inc., Genesee Valley Chapter ( President, Bill Davis, 585-381-9250 Email: Professional Services Management Association, Upstate New York Chapter President, Margaret Rathmell, SWBR Email: Refrigeration Service Engineers Society Executive Director, Kirstie Steves 585-313-8972, fax 538-6166, Email: President, Jim Allen, email: Sheet Metal & Air-Conditioning Contractor’s National Association-Rochester, Inc. Executive Director, Aaron Hilger 585-586-8030. Email:

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, Christina Walter Email:

Independent Entrepreneurs Council, Rochester NY Chapter Chairman, Ralph Kraft, 585-621-6946

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Rochester Section Chairman, Steven Ivancic, University of Rochester Email:

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Rochester Section Chairman, Greg T. Gdowski, 585-275-2580 Email:

Society of Plastics Engineers, Rochester Section President, Brett Blaisdell, Bausch & Lomb, 1400 North Gooaman Street, Rochester, NY 14609 585-338-5417, Email:

American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Rochester New York Chapter President, Alan Smith, IBC Engineering 585-292-1590. Email:

Institute of Industrial Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, John Kaemmerlen, 585-475-2767 Email:

Society of Women Engineers President, Jodi Carville, RIT, 585-475-7028 Email:

Association for Bridge Construction and Design President, Kevin H. Miller, PE 716-852-3211 Email:

International Council on Systems Engineering, Finger Lakes Chapter President, Jack Riley Email:

Association For Facilities Engineering, Rochester Chapter President, Matthews Knights, 585-924-2186 x221 Email:

Monroe Professional Engineers Society President, Christopher Devries, PE Email: New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 4 President, Howard R. Ressel, 585-272-3372. Email:

Societ of Manufacturing Engineers, Chapter 16 Chairman, John F. Schmitt, 585-581-1880

Corporate Members of the Rochester Engineering Society Bergmann Associates P.C. (Enterprise)

BME Associates

Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. IBC Engineering, PC (Champion)

LaBella Associates (Enterprise) M/E Engineering, P.C.

CHA Consulting (Champion)

TY-LIN International (Champion) Visron Design, Inc. V.J. Stanley Inc.

MRB Group (Champion)

Erdman Anthony Associates

Optimation Technology, Inc. (Champion)

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce (RBA)

Passero Associates

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Rochester Institute of Technology, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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