Rochester Engineering Society Magazine October 2017

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A Wild Design | 10

Giraffe feeding station in the new Africa Barn

29th Annual Fall Bridge Conference Friday, November 17, 2017 - 6 PDH Credits | 38 & 39 Also in this issue:

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Volume 96, Number 4, OCTOBER 2017 (Electronic only) 2,500+ Monthly Circulation (Quarterly Hard Copies, 11 issues electronically) 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 administrative 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, (4 hard copies, 11 digital). You can sign up on the website for the subscription for digital copies only (free) and receive an email notice when posted. Go to to join the Rochester Engineering Society. Click on the individual membership and you can submit your application on-line. Board of Directors: OFFICERS: President MICHAEL V. TRIASSI Optimation Technology, Inc. / First Vice President JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI, PE M/E Engineering / Second Vice President GREG GDOWSKI, PhD University of Rochsester / Treasurer FAHRETTIN (FAZ) BAY LaBella Associates DPC / Past President JON KRIEGEL Retired / EIGHT DIRECTORS: CORNELIUS (NEAL) ILLENBERG PE Retired / LEE LOOMIS Retired / RICHARD E. RICE MJ Engineering / ADAM CUMMINGS, PE Town of Ontario / DANIELLE WALTERS Harris Corporation/ DOREEN EDWARDS Rochester Institute of Technology / MICHELLE SOMMERMAN, PE Bergmann Associates / TBD Administrative Director LYNNE M. IRWIN Rochester Engineering Society / e-mail:

A Wild Design (cover) Page 10


Introducing the Rochester Inventors Group (feature) Page 13

4 • RES Scholarship Application Information

5 • RES Call for Nominations - 2017 Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year, and Engineers of Distinction

7 • RES Tutoring Team at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy has begun lining up tutors for the 2017-18 School Year

8 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 9 • Get to the Point! - Editing Your Own or Others' Writing 10 • A Wild Design (cover) 12 • Get IT Done - Re-Inventing Your IT Department 13 • Introducing the Rocheter Inventors Group (feature) 14 • News from Professional Firms 15 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 15-17 • Engineers’ Calendar 18, 28 • Campus News 19-21 • Position Openings 19-20, 22-26 • Professional Firms - Employee News 27 • What's News: FE Civil Exam Review Course Offered at RIT 29 • Career Options in Engineering - Explorer Post 801 42-43 • Directory of Professional Services 44 • Directory of Business Services 45 • Affiliated Societies and Corporate Members of the RES Membership Application and Advertising Rates are also on the website:

news of the...

• ABCD Association for Bridge Construction and Design...............40-41 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers............................................37 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................34 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................38 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................43 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................35


• IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................30-31 • IES Illuminating Engineering Society....................................................42 • INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering..........................39 • IS&T Imaging Science and Technology...................................................32 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................32 • RES Rochester Engineering Society............................................. 1-8, 29 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................36


President’s Message

Michael Triassi, EIT Optimation Technology RES President 2017 - 18 It is the perfect time to submit a candidate for nomination as Engineer or the Year or Young Engineer of the Year. This is a tradition of the Rochester Engineering Society that dates back to 1963 and its recipients include a highly respected group of technical and business leaders in the Rochester community. For the sake of space a partial list of award recipients back to 1987 is shown below. There are 15 Professional Engineers, 14 PhDs, a Dean of Engineering from RIT, and many presidents and CEOs of engineering firms.

Engineers or the Year (2016-1987) 2016:Diane M. Trentini 2015:Robert L. Clark Jr. PhD 2014:Lalit Mestha PhD 2013:Maureen S. Valentine PE 2012:Sergio Esteban PE 2011:Brian J. Thompson PhD 2010:Gary W. Passero PE 2009:Kevin J. Parker PhD 2008:Satish G. Kandlikar PhD 2007:Harvey J. Palmer PhD PE 2006:Thomas C. Mitchell PE 2005:Sophie V. Vandebroek PhD 2004:Neville F. Rieger PhD D.Sc. PE 2003:Cornelius Illenberg PE 2002:G. Michael Morris PhD 2001:William C. Larsen PE 2000:Kenneth G. Budinski 1999:Salvatore A. LaBella PE 1998:Duncan T. Moore PhD 1997:Jay M. Eastman PhD 1996:Walter Cooper PhD 1995:Edward Maybeck PE 1994:Michael Triassi PE 1993: John M. Davis PE 1992:Edwin P Przybylowicz PhD 1991:Erwin G. Loewen PhD 1990:William K. Pollock PE 1989:William J. Stolze 1988:Donald J. Bergmann PE 1987:Keith W. Amish PE res news - president’s message

Our most recent Engineer of the Year helped form a Young Engineer of the Year award in cooperation with the Kate Gleeson foundation. The list of awards recipients since its start in 2007 is shown below. They were all below the age of 40 and demonstrate exceptional engineering acumen as company managers and PhDs.

Young Engineers or the Year

2016:Danielle S. W. Benoit 2015:Matthew Thomas Sidley 2014:John M. Papponetti, PE 2013:Courtney E. Reich, PE 2012:Clement Chung, PE 2011:Sherwin A. Damdar 2010:Michael J. Walker, EIT 2009:Nathan Gnanasambandam, PhD 2008:Venkatesh G. Rao, PhD 2007:Vishal Monga, PhD Nominate an Engineer or Young Engineer for consideration this year! More information about the EOY and YEOY nomination process can be found online at (Nominations are due by Dec 11th). The family of the last EOY shown in the list, Keith Amish, recently funded an RES scholarship in his name to recognize outstanding students. This is another great tradition of the RES and a reminder to also consider sending an application to engineering, engineering technology, science and technology students that have completed two years, maintained a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA, and plan to continue forward to an ABET accredited degree and live locally. Please review the application at We hope to see you all at next year's Rochester Engineering Society Gala to recognize EOY, YEOY, and scholarship winners. Celebrating Engineering, Mike Triassi


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, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be individually notified by February 1, 2018, announced at the RES Gala on April 14, 2018 and funds will be mailed during August, 2018. 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, 2017. 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, 2017 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, Michelle Sommerman, PE, 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 Michelle Sommerman at 585-498-7896 if you have not received a reply within three days. The interviewer will provide a certificate that the interview was conducted after September 1, 2017 and before October 30, 2017 (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 2017

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, 2018 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 - scholarship application


Call for Nominations 2017 Engineer of the Year 2017 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year and

2017 Engineers of Distinction A few 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 award recipients. The RES will select and recognize the 2017 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 14, 2018 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 11, 2017 Deadline for Final Nominations - Monday, January 8, 2018 res - call for nominations


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.

September 7, 1966 (Board of Directors Meeting, University

Club) The Board approved applications from the Rochester Chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers and from the Rochester Section of the American Welding Society for Affiliation with the RES. Chair of the Evening Programs Committee, John Wheeler, reported that several plant visits were being arranged for the 1966-67 year. Reporting for the RES Luncheons Committee, Dr. Kirkpatrick announced that all of the RES luncheons, for the balance of 1966, had been scheduled. On behalf of the recentlycreated Engineers’ Center Committee, Alexander M. Beebee Jr. reported on an overture from RIT for obtaining a barn on the RIT Henrietta property and for the sharing dining room, classroom and parking facilities, and the potential of this for an “RES Engineers’ Center.” He indicated that three sub-committees were at work in surveying interest among local engineering and technical organizations, studying facilities requirements to meet their needs and assessing means of meeting the financial requirements of such a facility.

“The Rochester Engineer” (September 1966)

The popular and successful RES Evening Seminar Series, along with the instructors, was announced, including “Matrix Methods for Engineering Analysis” (K.J. Saczalski, RIT), “Efficient Reading” (Dr. A.B. Herr, RIT), “Written Communications for Engineers” (E.L. Francis, General Dynamics/Electronics) and, “Critical Path Planning” (John M. Zabkar, General Dynamics/Electronics). This month’s segment of “Our Affiliates,” a series of articles describing the RES Affiliates, highlighted the Rochester Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Established in 1923, and comprising eight counties, the Rochester Section became an Affiliate of the RES in 1926. It was announced that RES Luncheon Series would be resumed on a weekly schedule; now on Wednesdays, to avoid conflicts with several other organizations. The first two programs would include “The Story of Pollution Control,” 6 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2017

A Sampling from the Archives of the Rochester Engineering Society...1897 - 1966 by Lee M. Loomis

by William Steinfeldt, 23rd Ward Supervisor and “The Strasenburgh Planetarium,” by Ian McClennan, Director. RES Past-President, Dr. John W. (Jack) Graham, announced that he would be leaving the U of R to become the 11th President of Clarkson College of Technology, effective immediately. Editor’s note: Dr. Graham’s formal inauguration would be scheduled for Clarkson College’s Commencement Weekend, June 2-4, 1967, when he would present, (later-to-become RES Past-President), Lee Loomis with his B.S. in mechanical engineering.

October 5, 1966 (Board of Directors Meeting - U of R

Faculty Club) The Board approved an application from the Rochester Chapter for Metals to become an Affiliate of the RES. The Engineers’ Week Committee reported that Walt Disney had declined their invitation to become the keynote speaker at the upcoming, 1967 dinner, so they were now open to suggestions for alternatives. The Board approved an increase to seven cents per issue to Affiliate members, to offset the cost of switching to ThirdClass mailing of the magazine. The Budget and Finance Committee reported that it was planning to develop a long-range plan for solving the RES’ financial problems. Meanwhile, the Board granted the Treasurer permission to borrow an additional $2,000 to cover current operating expenses.

“The Rochester Engineer” (October 1966)

In additional to previously mentioned programs on Pollution Control and the Planetarium, it was announced that the RES Luncheon Series topics and speakers would include “The Growing Foreign Automobile Industry” (Charles C. Park – Gleason Works), “Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory” (Harold S. Tolley – PR Manager), and, “Design & Engineering Features of the Xerox Tower” (Paul H. Van Wert – Xerox, Corporate Facilities Planning). The two-part October RES evening program was announced as “Electrical Sealed Heaters” and “Prediction of Glass Properties by Computer,” and would include a tour of the Pfaudler Technical Center. This month’s featured RES Affiliate was the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Established in 1889 as the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, it began as a society and technology dominated by telegraphy engineers. By 1911, the pioneers of wireless telephony, then called “radio,” spun off and formed the separate Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). Having each grown into technically diverse organizations, often with dual members, in 1962 these two institutes merged to form a single group with multiple foci, the IEEE. 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 current economic crises, 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 - Tutoring Team The RES Tutoring Team at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy has begun lining up tutors for the 2017-18 School Year

RES Director, Michelle Sommerman of the Bergmann Associates Tutoring Group, receives a “Thank You” from Dr. Cooper, at the School’s “Thank You Reception” for RES Tutors The RES Tutoring Team is preparing for the 2017-18 school at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy. Twenty-one RES Tutors have been working with our learners at #10 School. Eighteen of these tutors are from Bergmann Associates. Assembled into three teams (X, Y & Z), each of these tutors volunteers once a month for a two-hour assignment. The result is an equivalent three regular tutors, working every week with our students. Several full-time (two hours, once a week) tutors have also continued their assignments.

An RES Tutoring Team Informational Meeting, held on Thursday, September 14th, at the School, was attended by many returning and some prospective new tutors. We are continuing to build our Tutoring Team, for the 2017-18 school year. Please consider requesting, completing and returning an RES Tutoring Team Application. Or consider this…We have been giving “Lunch & Learn” presentations in several Rochester area firms and professional groups, to inform and inspire prospective new tutors. We have “hit the ground, running”, for the next school year, and we 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, or 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


RES News How do you arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom!

In the 1990’s, Eastman Kodak Company jumped the gun, starting a family of STEM initiatives, years before the Government coined the STEM acronym. The name of these programs was the 21st Century Learning Challenge (TCLC), and at our peek, we were 1500 engineers and technicians, visiting Rochester City School Classrooms, twice a week for two-hour visits, during the entire School Year. This effort continued for nearly ten years, and not only pre-dates our recent STEM excitement level, but delivered support on a scale we have yet to match.

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Many of the volunteers in these programs were, and still are, members of the Rochester Engineering Society (RES). In the intervening twenty-five years, many have retired, or are about to retire. That makes them even more available as STEM Coaches, than they were as Kodak employees.

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The RES is working to put technical people in K-12 Classrooms, throughout the Greater Rochester area, as STEM Coaches. Their presence will:

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Help the Teacher stay current with our ever-changing technology. Provide real-World Application Examples, making whatever is being taught, real enough to be worth remembering. Support the teachers with not only the delivery of STEM concepts, but perhaps more importantly, the design and delivery of STEM related hardware.

Last year we had six STEM Coach, doing Classroom Visitation at School #3. That was so successful that RCSD is interested in expanding this program to involve nine STEM Coaches this year.

The RES is specifically seeking Retired, Technical people, (Engineers, Technicians, Machinists, Entrepreneurs or anyone whose work would allow them to visit during School hours), as STEM Coaches. We currently have more than 30 Coaches, and are connecting them with 13 Rochester-area Schools. “This is a life-changing experience!” For more information contact: Jon Kriegel   585-281-5216 RES Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer STEM Coach Please visit: 8 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2017

Get to the Point!

Editing Your Own or Others' Writing As technical people who write we are often called upon to read, review, or edit writing. This might be something you wrote or something someone else has written. Remember that editing is not proofreading. The difference is in a thorough edit you are not just looking for typos and grammar issues. Your task is to make sure the document is readable, understandable, and usable: It must meet the objectives. Surprisingly, it is actually more difficult to edit your own words and to take a fresh look at your own writing. Too often, when we read our own words, we read what we wanted to write rather than what we actually wrote. Here’s a checklist to serve as a starting point and to keep your edit focused. You can use it yourself or pass it on to the people you ask to edit or review your work. We pose questions rather than list topics because it encourages a response.

• Focus

Is the focus right?

• Information

Is the information correct?

• Language

Is my language effective?

• Have I directed the information to the primary reader? • Have I summarized the key point(s) in an opening statement? • Are the important points clearly visible? • Will the primary reader be able to read all the way through without becoming lost? • Have I considered secondary readers who also may read the document? Will they understand it? • Is it accurate? • Is it complete? • Is all of it relevant (for the particular reader)? • Have I checked all numerals and cross-references? • Is my writing clear and unambiguous? • Have I eliminated wordy expressions? • Have I used the active voice wherever possible? • Have I used personal pronouns (where appropriate)? • Have I checked for spelling errors and typos (both using a spell checker and physically, line by line)?

• The Bottom Line Have I kept it as short as possible, yet covered the topic in sufficient depth?

• Does it meet the readers’ needs? • Would I want to receive what I have written? • What reaction will it evoke from the intended reader (the reader who will act, react, approve, or decide what action to take)? • Is that the reaction I want?

In my classes I often discuss the writing process and POWER writing. This stands for the stages in the process: Plan, Organize, Write, Edit, and Rewrite. After the edit stage you must go back and revise the document which may include adjusting the structure, language, and content of the document. Make sure you leave time in the schedule for a thorough edit and the rewrite stage.

get to the point

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A Wild Design By: Amanda Koneski Giraffe feeding station in the new Africa Barn Site engineering can be fairly straightforward much of the time, however detailed it may be. But it’s not often that engineers must consider the effects of cherry trees to a giraffe’s diet, or the pH of local limestone to a rhinoceros’s hooves. Designing the $13 million first phase renovations and expansion to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY has proven to be a unique, wild venture for the architects and engineers working on this gamechanging project for the County of Monroe (NY). Norm Gardner, CPG, is a Principal Associate at Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) with nearly 28 years of experience. Before this project, he never shipped in granite from Massachusetts for the foot comfort of an African animal. “We had to adapt our design to accommodate a different species,” said Gardner, adding that the project has been the most fun challenge in his career. Gardner credits some of the success of the project so far to subconsultant WDM Architects, who specialize in zoological design. The firm has been instrumental in animal exhibit design and animal holding details, and has experience designing zoos all over the world. Throughout the renovation, both firms concentrated on the safety, happiness, and health of the animals. “Phase one includes the construction of a brand-new Africa exhibit, a new home for animals including a snow leopard, rhinoceros, and orangutan, an aquarium and aviary, and a new-construction Café,” explained Maria Mazurek, AIA, a CPL Architect managing the project. Somewhat of the less glamorous phase, it will also cover demolishing old zoo buildings, abatement, and strict land use parameters.

with imported sod, safe, edible trees, and a special feeding station where Zoo guests can hand-feed the giraffe. After much flora and fauna research led by the expertise of subconsultants WDM Architects, Satchell Engineers, and Dixon Studios, CPL has designed the enclosures to look like natural animal habitats, with secret features that make the animals feel right at home. These include heated rocks, tucked-away caves for hiding and resting, water features including mini waterfalls and spray rocks, and decorative and themed retaining walls for safety. Designers also considered that many exhibits are to be year-round, so animal and human alike will be comfortable even during the colder winter months. In replacement of the existing Eagle’s Landing (the Zoo’s modest food establishment), a two-level, 9,000 square foot Trail Side Café building will house a new restaurant with ample indoor and outdoor seating that will double as a banquet hall for special events, a new catering kitchen, and an entertainment zone outside near the playground. “Seneca Park Zoo is looking at this project from a growth perspective,” said Jason Streb, AIA, CPL Project Architect. “They are preparing for an increasing number of guests, not only as Zoo visitors, but guests to the restaurant and event center as well, keeping comfort and functionality in mind.” Besides animals, the Zoo will enjoy an addition of a trolley that will run from the current entrance to the extended north end, making it easier for guests to move around the linear park. This trolley will utilize existing roads, making little environmental and economic impact to the Zoo and the neighboring Seneca Park – a historic park designed by the famous American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

"The expansion of the Seneca Park Zoo is one of the most highly anticipated projects in our community,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive. “With new exhibits and educational opportunities on the horizon, Clark Patterson Lee is an integral partner in making our vision for the Zoo a reality. I could not be more excited for this expansion and I want to thank the design and construction team on the great work already underway.” The new Africa barn will be the largest building on site at a hefty 15,000 square feet, with two smaller adjacent buildings that will hold meal prep for the animals and a gift shop. The Zoo will welcome a giraffe summer of 2018, who will enjoy a custom enclosure 10 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2017

Rendering of Planned Trailside Café cover article


CPL faced unique design challenges with this project. An unusually rainy summer softened already wet soil, creating stormwater management issues. Since the existing soils were unsuitable, several thousand cubic yards of good soil replaced the existing for a better foundation. Monroe County planted new sod, which will begin to naturally grow next spring. The topography of the existing site was also a challenge. With the Zoo located on a hill, the new buildings had to be designed to work into the slope, not against it, to better utilize the space provided.

Africa Barn Elevation Africa Barn 3D Render

Gardner, Mazurek, and Streb all agree the most difficult part of the project was the long, narrow boundary of the Zoo. Designers took careful consideration of the park’s boundaries to minimalize disruption to not only Olmsted’s park, but to the neighboring home owners as well. The firm plans to upgrade retaining walls across the zoo for added security and noise-diluting for those neighbors. “We enjoyed getting acquainted with these unusual and interesting challenges and learning more about zoology,” said Mazurek. “It’s been a pleasure to work on this project, and I look forward to seeing how it turns out.” “This is an exciting project that will continue to advance the Zoo in its mission to inspire our community to connect, care for and conserve wildlife and wild places,” said Larry Sorel, Zoo Director. “Working closely with talented design and construction professionals has given us the ability to translate our vision for the Zoo into the reality of habitats for the animals in our care and for the experiences we provide our guests.” Phase one will conclude late next summer, leading into the $44 million phase two of the master planning process. Phase two will include a new, large tropic exhibit and a renovated main entrance with guest services, educational buildings, and much more. “Seneca Park and Seneca Park Zoo are some of the best

kept secrets in Rochester,” said Gardner. “We hope this renovation will motivate people to reconnect with our parks, and benefit the community as well as the care and love of these wild animals.” “We are fortunate to work on many inspiring projects that enrich communities and make a genuine difference for residents. It’s extremely rewarding to our entire team at CPL,” said Todd Liebert, AIA - Clark Patterson Lee’s CEO. q Amanda Koneski is the Marketing Coordinator at Clark Patterson Lee


DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM: • Clark Patterson Lee • LeChase Construction, LLC • WDM Architects • Satchell Engineers • Dixon Studios


The Phase 1 improvements to the Seneca Park Zoo encompass approximately five acres.

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deliver? Think hard about that.

what we’ll attempt to answer today. Remember who your customer is. It is likely that your department When and how.

customers are internal although your external customers gets you closer to the revenue stream and closer to the revenue is always a good thing.

When should you re-invent yourself? Sometimes I’m asked when you should re-invent your business. A good question and the answer is always. Life is serendipitous and you never know when that opportunity will present itself. A few years ago a local hospital presented Entre with a challenge. It was during the H1N1 virus outbreak and the hospital recognized the need to continuously remind its nurses and physicians to wash their hands after touching a patient. A possible solution the hospital realized was to control all the screensavers from a single application dashboard and create graphic screensavers to

Listen to your people. What are they saying that begins with…"you know what we should do.” Listen to your competitors. What are the best parts of what they’re doing that can enhance your department. And finally, there’s another form of listening often overlooked. Reading. Hmm…I hope this helped. Think About IT

remind staff of the importance of hygiene. So we built that hospital a screensaver centralized dashboard and then we had an internal de-brief as is our custom. During that de-brief we had an epiphany. Like many epiphanies it came in the form of a question. Could you create a screensaver that did not go away by touching the keyboard or mouse? Could you? Because if you could, you could create not only a screensaver but you could put a hyperlink on a screensaver. With the ability to hyperlink on a screensaver you allow the user to click and

André Godfrey is President, Entré Computer Services,

get more information – right on their centrally controlled monitor. Today that product is called eScreenz and there are users everywhere. In businesses all over country as well as hospitals in New York, Florida, 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2017

get IT done

Introducing the Rochester Inventors Group The Rochester Inventors Group holds their meetings on the second Saturday of each month (except November Veterans Day). The meetings are held at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Avenue, downtown Rochester, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Science/History Division, 3rd floor of the Bausch & Lomb building - meetings are FREE and open to the public. Mr. Andy Willoughby and Fred Buja are on the board of directors from the RIG and attended the August RES Board of Directors meeting to give them the background details on their group. It used to be that Rochester NY - Monroe County had more Patents per capita than any other county in the United States. We are in 5th place now. The Rochester Inventors Group's purpose is to help others who have ideas and inventions get through the process of taking an idea from the drawing board - to a prototype - to an invention - to a finished product - getting copyrights, trademarks and patents. We've been through it and want to share our wisdom with others who are beginning the process (it's not that hard with a little guidance) and to see it can be fun and rewarding. This month speakers is Andy Willoughby (see my invention and other discoveries I have made at and Fred Buja talking about trademarks and patents, taking an idea all the way through prototyping, testing, patent search, and patent manufacturing. Come join us on Saturday, October 14th with your questions and ideas!

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News From Professional Firms Optimation Technology News Optimation Surpasses Two Years Without a Lost Time Incident

Optimation recently announced that it has surpassed two years without a lost time incident. The company’s previous record was 673 days and includes all employees’ labor hours. A lost time incident is an Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recordable incident in which an employee is unable to return to work following an accident while on the job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics runs reports on safety statistics every two years and documents a report on national injury rates. The following statistics show the impact of a safety milestone such as two years without a lost time incident for the industry: High Risk Industry • Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in 2015, 21% - or one in five were in the construction industry. • Since 2011, rates of injury remain highest among mid-sized private establishments. These establishments typically employ 50-249 workers. Injury Free and Productive • Of those who were non-fatally injured on the job in 2015, half required time off from work to recover from those injuries. • Higher rates of injury equate to a less productive workforce, decrease in revenue generation, increased worker’s comp payouts and higher insurance premiums.

received the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system certification. The ISO standard specifies requirements for organizations of any type to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide services and products that consistently meet client requirements and aim to enhance customer satisfaction through application and improvement of the quality management system. “We have been continuously registered to ISO-9001 for over 20 years. But the new standard provided changes and upgrades to our quality system. We are proud to have passed the audit without any non-conformities,” said Bill Pollock, Optimation president and CEO. Founded in 1985 as a systems integrator, Optimation has been registered to ISO-9001 since 1994. Since acquiring skilled trades service groups from Eastman Kodak Company in 2006, Optimation has developed into a provider of complete industrial and manufacturing solutions from conceptual design to fabrication, installation and maintenance. “The use of a certified quality system has enabled us to continuously improve our operating systems and processes,” said Pollock. “Internal and external audits help provide consistency and uniformity of our products. This is a benefit to both our own employees as well as our clients.” q

“Our tradesmen and engineers work not only at our own fabrication shop, but also in factories and manufacturing facilities of dozens of our clients. They encounter new challenges and new risks on a daily basis. Our employees continue to be trained for and plan for ways to work safely in each of these environments,” said Bill Pollock, Optimation president and CEO. “To reach two years without incident is an amazing accomplishment and one worthy of celebration. It reflects not only in the safety of our work, but also the quality of the results it brings to our clients.”

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Education Opportunities

Monday, October 16

Wednesday, October 18 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, American Society of and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 34 Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Life Safety Dampers (Fire and Smoke) – 1 PDH Pending Speaker: Travis Kreft from Greenheck Dampers Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester Time: 12:00 noon with buffet lunch served. Reservations: Details on the website at

Wednesday, October 18

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) p 37 Managing Outflows and Water Levels in Lake Ontario 1 PDH Pending Speaker: Frank Sciremammano, PhD, PE, Principal, F-E-S Associates, and Member of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board. Place: TBD – check events for more information and reservations. Time: Dinner at 6:00 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm

Valves 101 – 1 PDH Approval Pending 1 PDH Approval Pending

p 38

Speaker: Randy Schafer, Watts/WMS Sales Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Gates 14606 Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm (please arrive by 11:50 am) Cost: $20 (member or guest), check or cash at the door. Reservations: Contact Dave Jereckos, 585-341-3168 or email by Monday, Octoberber 16th.

Friday, November 17

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

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29 Annual Fall Bridge Conference – 6 PDH Credits th

Place: Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, NY Registration, sponsorship, advertising, & exhibitor details are on page 38 & 39 of this issue or go to and click on the ABCD Conference registration. Additional information: Contact Ron Centola, PE, 585-259-20432 or Bill Rugg, PE at 716-989-3334.

To post continuing education opportunities on this page please contact the Rochester Engineering Society, 585-254-2350, or email:

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.

Tuesday, October 3

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Rochester Section Excom Meeting Place: Jade Garden Buffet in South Town Plaza, 3333 W. Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY Time: 11:45 am – 1:00 pm Cost: $5 for members, $3 for students. Details at

Friday, October 6 p 31

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

p 30

Photonics: Plasmonic Sensing Using Nanoscale Thin Films Speaker: Mariam Deutsch, NSF SMR Program Director of Physics Place: GLE-2255, Time: 1:30 pm Details on the website:

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Engineers' Calendar, continued Saturday evening, October 7

Tuesday, October 17

Genesee River Bash – River Romance Event Place: Port of Rochester Terminal Building, 1000 North River Street, Rochester. Time: 5:30 to 10:00 pm Contact Genesee River Watch for details:

Speaker: Robert Radley, LC LEED AP BD+C, M/E Engineering Place: Bergmann Associates NEW office, Tower 280 (formerly Midtown Tower), 280 East Broad Street, Suite 200, Rochester Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Cost: $30 (includes lunch). Registration: and click on the Education page, or contact Diane Montrois at 585-254-8010 or

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

Genesee River Watch

Wednesday, October 11 Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T)

p 42

The In’s & Out’s of Rendering Using Lighting Software

Wednesday, October 18

p 32 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) p 37

Escape from Flatland: Multi-dimensional Imaging Coming Soon to a Radiology Department Near You Speaker: Ian Yorkston, Carestream Health Place: Room 1275, Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT Campus. Parking available in the F lot. No meeting reservations are required. Time: 6:00 pm

Managing Outflows and Water Levels in Lake Ontario 1 PDH Pending

Friday, October 13

Wednesday, October 18

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

p 39

Systems Engineering Professional Development Day (SE-PDD) The 11th Annual INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference is being held in Minneapolis from Oct. 11th to the 14th. On Friday, they are hosting a video broadcast Professional Development Day. The Finger Lakes Chapter is participating as one of the nine remote sites, hosted at SRC in Syracuse. Topics planned include: SE Fundamentals, SE Risk Analysis, Learning from Nature’s Methods, MBSE Deployment, and Feature-Based Product Line Engineering. For more information, please see the SE-PDD website: or contact Kevin Devany,

Monday, October 16

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 34 Life Safety Dampers (Fire and Smoke) 1 PDH Approved Speaker: Travis Kreft from Greenheck Dampers Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester Time: 12:00 noon with buffet lunch served. Reservations: Details on the website at


Speaker: Frank Sciremammano, PhD, PE, Principal, F-E-S Associates, and Member of the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board. Place: TBD – check for more information and reservations. Time: Dinner at 6:00 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

p 38

Valves 101 – 1 PDH Approval Pending

Speaker: Randy Schafer, Watts/WMS Sales Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Gates 14606 Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm (please arrive by 11:50 am) Cost: $20 (member or guest), check or cash at the door. Reservations: Contact Dave Jereckos, 585-341-3168 or email by Monday, October 16th.

Wednesday, October 18

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

Annual Livingston County Dinner Meeting

p 35

Place: Yard of Ale, Piffard, NY Time: 6:00 pm Details will be available at

Wednesday, October 18

Electrical Association (EA)

p 43

Hazardous Locations Seminar – Educational Series

Place: Local 86 Union Hall, 2300 East River Road, Rochester Time: Pizza and soda at 4:30 pm; Program from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Contact EA at 585-382-9545 or online at

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Thursday, October 19

Tuesday, November 14

TBD Place: 7 hosts available. See page 35 for details or go to the website at Chapters/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

Organic LED (OLED) Lighting Design Language & Implementation Speaker: Cheryl English, President, 2017/2018 IES North America Place: TBA Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Cost: $30 (includes lunch). Registration: and click on the Education page, or contact Diane Montrois at 585-254-8010 or

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

p 39

Thursday, Friday, October 19-20 p 31

STRATUS Workshop Place: RIT campus – Louise Slaughter Hall Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Co-sponsored by: Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Registration and details at: event/2017-stratus-workshop-registration/. Early (online) registration deadline is October 6th.

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Photonics: Single Crystalline Semiconductor Nanomembrane-based Fast Flexible Electrics & Optoelectronics Speaker: Professor Jung-Hun Seo, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo Details on the website:

Friday, November 10

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41st IEEE EDS Activities in Western New York Conference Place: University Gallery & Web Auditorium, James E. Booth Hall, RIT Time: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Lunch will be served for those that pre-registration at

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Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

p 35

Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting Place: 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue, Rochester Time: Board of Directors meeting at 6:00 pm Details will be available at

Friday, November 17

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Friday, November 10

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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Thursday, November 16

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

2017 (20th) Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop Place: RIT – SLA Bldg. 078 Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm The workshop comprises both oral and poster presentations. Visit org/m/46812 for details.

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Friday, November 17

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

p 40-41

29th Annual Fall Bridge Conference – 6 PDH Credits Place: Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo Registration, sponsorship, advertising, & exhibitor details are on page 38 & 39 of this issue or go to and click on the ABCD Conference registration. Additional information: Contact Ron Centola, PE, 585-259-20432 or Bill Rugg, PE at 716-989-3334.

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 OCTOBER 2017 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 17

Campus News When radio galaxies collide, supermassive black holes form tightly bound pairs RIT contributes to study published in "Nature Astronomy"

A study using multiple radio telescopes confirms that supermassive black holes found in the centers of galaxies can form gravitationally bound pairs when galaxies merge.

Gravitational-wave Observatory. The black holes were approximately 29 and 36 times the mass of the sun and collided 1.3 billion light years away

The paper published in the Sept. 18 issue of Nature Astronomy sheds light on a class of black holes having a mass upwards of one million times the mass of the sun. Supermassive black holes are expected to form tightly bound pairs following the merger of two galaxies.

“A supermassive binary generates gravitational waves with much lower frequency than the characteristic frequency of stellar-mass binaries and its signal is undetectable by LIGO,” Merritt said.

“The dual black hole we found has the smallest separation of any so far detected through direct imaging,” said David Merritt, professor of physics at Rochester Institute of Technology, a co-author on the paper. The supermassive black holes are located in the spiral galaxy NGC 7674, approximately 400 million light years from earth, and are separated by a distance less than one light year. The study was led by Preeti Kharb, from the National Center for Radio Astrophysics at Pune University in India and co-authored by Dharam Vir Lal, also at Pune University and Merritt at RIT. “The combined mass of the two black holes is roughly 40 million times the mass of the Sun, and the orbital period of the binary is about 100,000 years,” Merritt said. A class of smaller black holes form when massive stars explode as supernovae. A collision of stellar mass black holes led to the landmark discovery of gravitational waves in 2015 using the Laser Interferometer

To simulate a highly sensitive detector, the researchers used a method that made radio telescope arounds the world work together as a single large telescope and achieved a resolution roughly 10 million times the angular resolution of the human eye. “Using very long baseline interferometry techniques, two compact sources of radio emission were detected at the center of NGC 7674; the two radio sources have properties that are known to be associated with massive black holes that are accreting gas, implying the presence of two black holes,” Merritt said. The galaxy hosting the binary supermassive black hole loudly emits radio waves. The detection confirms a theory predicting the presence of a compact binary in a radio galaxies bearing a “Z” shape. “This morphology is thought to result from the combined effects of the galaxy merger followed by the formation of the massive binary,” Merritt said. q

RIT now among the top 100 universities in the nation New ‘U.S. News’ ranking cites many academic strengths and affordability

Rochester Institute of Technology is now among the top 100 universities in the nation, having jumped 10 places in the “National Universities” category, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings. RIT, which just last year moved into the top “National Universities” category due to its rapid increase in research and Ph.D. graduates, this year ranked 97th out of 311 universities in this prestigious category, which includes some of the nation’s best known colleges and universities. These top universities “offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and Ph.D. programs, and emphasize faculty research,” according to U.S. News. “This ranking affirms what I’ve been saying all along: RIT is on a steep trajectory from greatness to preeminence,” said RIT President David Munson. “I’m very proud of everything our students, faculty and staff have done to help us achieve this milestone recognition, making us one of the top few universities that is working at the intersection of technology, the arts and design.” The 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report Best College also cited strong rankings for RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering and Saunders College of Business. And the university was cited on lists for “A Focus on Student Success” for its internship programs, “Great Schools, Great Prices,” and “High School Counselor Top College Picks.” This is the 35th year that U.S. News has issued these “Best College” ranks. Up until last year, RIT had been listed among “Regional 18 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2017

Universities.” Overall, U.S. News cites 1,374 four-year colleges and universities in various categories. The rankings are based on several categories, with the most weight given to graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources and student selectivity. In this year’s ranking, RIT was: • Tied for 39th among national universities in a national survey of “High School Counselors Top College Picks.” • 41st among national universities for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” The calculation compares a school’s academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. • Tied for 61st among engineering colleges programs where the highest degree is doctorate. • Tied for 64th among 141 undergraduate business programs. • Among 20 universities that have excellent programs that encourage students to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to work in the real world through closely supervised internships or practicums, or through cooperative education. RIT has one of the largest and oldest experiential cooperative learning programs in the country. Last year, more than 4,400 RIT students completed nearly 6,000 work assignments with nearly 2,300 employers coast to coast and abroad. To see the full U.S. News national university rankings, go to rankings/national-universities. q

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Professional Firms Employee News

Brabant to Direct MRB Group's Planning Team MRB Group President Ryan Colvin recently announced that Lance Brabant, CPESC, has been promoted to Director of Planning Services. Brabant has been with the firm, serving a number of the firm’s municipal clients, since 2005. He received his degree in environmental planning and design from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Brabant works closely with client communities, providing local governments with support for planning and environmental review processes. His specialized expertise includes the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), New York State Phase II Stormwater requirements, environmental best practices including green technology and sustainable infrastructure, and the Municipal Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4) permitting process. Lance Brabant

With tremendous hands-on experience and expertise in municipal zoning, codes, development regulations and planning board activities, Brabant is a trusted resource to numerous planning boards who rely on his ability to simplify proposed projects and identify their impacts. As director of planning, he will lead a team of professionals and coordinate the firm’s strategic planning services. “Lance’s impressive capabilities have earned him recognition from the clients he serves. With this promotion, we also recognize his leadership,” said Colvin, who added that Brabant will continue to work directly with client communities. “We are confident he will further build and strengthen the team and its array of services,” Colvin stated, “now that planning is more important to local governments than ever before.” According to Colvin, the current climate for municipal operations requires critical thinking, and a strategic approach. “With the pressure on municipalities to be more efficient and cut spending, MRB Group’s assistance in long-term planning helps communities preserve critical infrastructure and assets at the lowest possible cost,” he concluded. q professional firms employee news | position openings


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Shawn Bray Joins MRB Group MRB Group President Ryan Colvin recently announced that Shawn Bray, PE, has joined the firm’s Rochester team. An expert in aviation planning, engineering and design, Bray also comes from a strong municipal background having direct experience in town and county public works operations. A graduate of RIT with a degree in civil engineering technology, Bray was recently responsible for managing the planning and capital project needs for more than 30 airports in New York, Vermont, and Connecticut. He also has been involved in numerous multi-million dollar highway projects, utility studies, tunnel designs, and traffic studies. Shawn Bray, PE

“Shawn will no doubt be a strong contributor to the continued growth in our Rochester team,” Colvin said. “His project management success in the airport industry demonstrates impressive capabilities that translate well to our municipal clients,” Colvin continued. He cited Bray’s proven ability to manage highly visible, complex projects while meeting strict FAA regulations and project timelines. "Our client communities depend on MRB Group to make sure they are fully compliant with regulatory agencies. When external funding sources require additional reporting, there’s even greater accountability,” Colvin stated. “We look for engineering professionals with the ability to cut through redtape, execute plans with precision, and complete projects on time. That’s what attracted us to Shawn, and Shawn to MRB Group,” he concluded. q 20 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2017

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Position Openings


Rochester Institute of Technology, Kate Gleason College of Engineering Mechanical Engineering ANTICIPATED START DATE: Mid-January, 2018 for spring positions


THE UNIVERSITY AND ROCHESTER COMMUNITY: RIT is a national leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have chosen to attend RIT. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With approximately 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. RIT offers a rich array of degree programs in engineering, science, business, and the arts, and is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. RIT has been honored by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” for four years. RIT is a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation site. RIT is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples by our membership in the Upstate NY HERC. Rochester, situated between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, is the 79th largest city in the United States and the third largest metropolitan area in New York State. The Greater Rochester region, which is home to over one million people, is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity, with a population comprised of approximately 16% African and Latin Americans and another 7% of international origin. It is also home to the largest deaf community per capita in the U.S. Rochester ranks 3rd among the best metropolitan regions for “raising a family" by Forbes Magazine; 6th among 379 metropolitan areas as “Best Places to Live in America” by Places Rated Almanac; 1st in Expansion Management Magazine’s ranking of metropolitan areas having the best “quality of life in the nation”; and is among Essence Magazine’s “Top 10 Cities for Black Families.” THE COLLEGE/ DEPARTMENT: The Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE), one of the nine RIT colleges, is the nation’s premier career-oriented college of engineering. The KGCOE student body consists of almost 3,000 undergraduate and over 600 graduate students. RIT's mandatory cooperative education program is the 4th oldest and 5th largest in the world; with over 2000 co-op placements for engineering students at 500 different companies each year. KGCOE faculty are active in many research areas falling under five broad focus areas: Transportation, Energy, Communications, Healthcare, and Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering. Research takes place across engineering disciplines and often involves other colleges at RIT, local health care institutions, and major industry partners. The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Department is the largest academic department in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, with a headcount of over 900 students in first year through graduate programs. ME offers Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and undergraduate options in Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Energy and the Environment, and Bioengineering. At the graduate level, ME offers Engineering and Microsystems PhD Degrees, Master of Science and Master of Engineering Degrees, and an Advanced Certificate in Vibrations Engineering. The ME Department consists of several award-winning faculty, who conduct leading externally-funded research in advanced manufacturing, aerodynamics, automotive systems, functional materials, microfluidics, nanobiotechnology, renewable and sustainable energy, robotics, space vehicle systems, and tribology. DETAILED LECTURER JOB DESCRIPTION: The Mechanical Engineering department at Rochester Institute of Technology has two open Lecturer positions. The successful candidates will teach courses, supervise student design teams, advise students, and participate in other departmental and college duties such as serving on committees. The successful candidates will be expected to teach and develop core mechanical engineering courses and laboratories in accordance with their area of expertise. Applicants should have the ability to support department laboratories, core courses, and upper level option courses. Lab courses include: Engineering Mechanics Laboratory, Engineering Design Tools, Engineering Measurements Laboratory, Engineering Applications Laboratory, Materials Science Laboratory, and Strength of Materials Laboratory. Representative core courses include: Statics, Strength of Materials, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer. Faculty members are expected to engage in continuous personal professional development. We seek applicants with a strong commitment to engineering education, student mentoring, and who are focused on the success of students both inside and outside of the classroom. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering; • Strong commitment to working with students, teaching excellence and hands-on laboratory-based instruction; • Excellent communication skills; • Demonstrated aptitude for instruction and development of instructional materials HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at, search openings, then Keyword Search: 3244BR Required Application Documents: • Curriculum Vitae or Resume; • Cover Letter addressing the listed qualifications; • List of References To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 31, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found. DETAILED TENURE TRACK JOB DESCRIPTION: The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) invites applications from leaders in their field looking to join a diverse, vibrant community of teacher-scholars as tenure-track faculty. Duties include building an externally-funded research program, advising graduate students, teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses, developing technical and graduate electives in accordance with his/her area of expertise, supervising undergraduate student design teams and performing other professional duties. We seek an individual who: • can create and sustain a successful research program; • is dedicated to excellence in teaching and student success; • can contribute to the growth and development of one or more of the department’s curricular options The successful candidate will be committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect diversity and pluralism, innovation and flexibility, and teamwork and collaboration. Select to view links to RIT’s core values, honor code, and diversity commitment. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a Ph.D. in a related field; • Strong written and oral communication skills HOW TO APPLY: Apply online at Keyword Search: 3236BR. Applicants must submit the following: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vita, (3) a document, (3-pg limit), containing research and teaching statements describing personal contributions and future plans, along with a commitment to diversity and (4) names and contact information for 3 references. To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by October 31, 2017. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.

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Professional Firms Employee News Clark Patterson Lee Welcomes Five Hires in Rochester

Brittany Nowicki

Christian Perry

Clark Patterson Lee, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, welcomes five hires to its Rochester team: Brittany Nowicki as junior interior designer, Christian Perry as architectural designer, Bruce Billings as construction project manager, Christian Martinez as architectural designer and Michael Heberle as junior mechanical engineer. In her new position, Nowicki is responsible for project relines, product and finish specifications, and creating project presentation boards. She joins Clark Patterson Lee

officially after serving as an intern for the past year while completing her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Outside of the office, Nowicki is an International Interior Design Associate member of the Rochester Chapter. As architectural designer, Perry will work on health care projects through their various stages, including planning, design, development, and construction documentation and administration. He joins the Clark Patterson Lee team from Ewing Cole, where he spent two years

Bruce Billings

as a designer. Perry earned his bachelor’s degree from Alfred State College in Science and Technology. Outside of the office, he is the co-founder and board president of Little Angels of Honduras, a not-for-profit that works to reduce infant mortality in Honduras.

Christian Martinez

Billings is active in his community, serving as a member of the Perry Rotary Club and village planning board, and previously as mayor and volunteer fire department chief.

In his new role, Billings is responsible for construction management, contract specification reviews and job inspections. He has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry, serving as a carpenter with Local 85.

In his new position, Martinez is responsible for all aspects of architectural design including drafting, 3D modeling, presentations for clients and working with the construction team. He joins the firm after serving as a research intern for the past year at Performative Praxis Lab where he conducted research for a state funded mobility study for the city of Syracuse.

Outside of the office,

Martinez earned his

Michael Heberle

bachelor’s degree in architectural studies from Hobart College and his master’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University. As junior mechanical engineer, Heberle will assist the engineering team on renovation and new construction projects. Prior to joining the firm he served as energy engineer at CJ Brown Energy, facilities engineer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and design engineer at Freedom Solar. Heberle has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo. q

LaBella Announces New Hires LaBella Associates announced the hiring of Jeffrey Young and Melissa Gross.

Jeffrey Young

Jeffrey Young has joined as a junior bridge engineer for the transportation division and will be working out of the Rochester office. He recently graduated from the University of Connecticut. He specializes in bridge design and engineering.


Melissa Gross has joined as a junior mechanical engineer for the building engineering division and will be working out of the Rochester office. She previously worked as a mechanical intern for building engineering division. Melissa specializes in HVAC, plumbing and fire protection. q Melissa Gross professional firms employee news

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Growing Firm SWBR Welcomes Four New Team Members in Rochester SWBR, formerly SWBR Architects, welcomes four new team members to the growing firm at its headquarters in the city of Rochester: Project Architect Beatriz Machado, Architectural Designers Robert Kocher and Liz Kirchhoff, and Administrative Assistant Kandice Federico.

Beatriz Machado

Robert Kocher

Liz Kirchhoff

As project architect, Machado brings a diverse background in architecture, interiors, furniture, and graphic and product design to the firm’s housing studio. A Brazilian native, she received her bachelor’s degree in architecture and urbanism from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, before moving to the U.S. to earn her master’s degree from Illinois Institute of Architecture in Chicago. As architectural designer, Kocher contributes to the design team by using his past professional experiences in designing educational projects at previous design firms. Currently, he’s working on several lab renovation projects that focus on optical engineering and mechanical engineering. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from The Catholic University of America. As architectural designer, Kirchhoff will support SWBR’s housing design team to create graphics and 3D images and drafting construction documents, mainly on multifamily housing projects. She earned her bachelor of science in architectural technology from SUNY College of Technology at Alfred.

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Federico joins with over 10 years of administrative experience. She supports the firm’s team with various business agreements, technical documents and proposals, and manages workload for multiple projects. q professional firms employee news | advertisements


Professional Firms Employee News GPI Adds Landscape Architect to Local Operations Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., welcomes John Reddington, RLA to its Western New York operations. John has 19 years of experience in site planning and project management, bringing a wide range of project experience to GPI. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio, and his master of landscape architecture degree from State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Prior to joining GPI, he was involved in a variety of projects in the Upstate New John Reddington, RLA York region, including campus design, waterfront improvement projects and resort and hotel developments; as well as residential development, golf course facility improvements, and municipal master planning and design. Sustainability has been a major component of John’s work throughout the past decade, as he has consulted on numerous LEED projects in the University, resort and municipal business sectors. He has provided site planning and landscape architectural consulting services to six SUNY campuses over the past 3 ½ years. Mr. Reddington adds a landscape architecture component to GPI’s WNY projects and will support business development efforts in the region. John will be based in Rochester, supporting the Buffalo, Jamestown, and Rochester offices. q

Pathfinder Announces New Hire Anson Howland has joined Pathfinder Engineers & Architects as mechanical engineer. Howland is a recent graduate of the University of Rochester, with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He completed two summer internships at the firm. q

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Watts Announces Several Promotions Watts Architecture & Engineering (Watts), a full service, multi-disciplined architecture and engineering firm located in downtown Buffalo’s Cobblestone District, announced several promotions within the firm: Rick Pettis, PE, MEP/FP department manager, was named principal; Marie Carone, AIA, project architect/ project manager was named senior associate; Joe Hallmark, PE, senior electrical engineer, was named senior associate; Brad Sendlak, PE, civil engineer, was named senior associate; and Jason Mock, PE, mechanical engineer was named associate. Rick Pettis, PE, principal has over 29 years of experience in electrical engineering and design and has been with the firm for one year. Mr. Pettis currently manages the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection (MEP/FP) department. Rick Pettis, PE He is responsible for overseeing all MEP/FP design work and also managing various projects. Mr. Pettis is licensed as a Professional Engineer in over 20 states and received his bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering from Ohio University. Marie Carone, AIA, LEED® AP, senior associate has over 17 years of experience as an architect and has been with the firm for 8 years. She is currently a project manager in architecture department and is responsible for various projects in the Marie Carone, AIA Western New York area and beyond. Ms. Carone is also the inhouse sustainability consultant, responsible for guiding projects and teammates towards gaining LEED® certification. Ms. Carone is registered as a Licensed Architect in New York State and received her master’s of architecture from SUNY at Buffalo. Joe Hallmark, PE, senior associate has over 27 years of electrical and mechanical engineering experience and professional firms employee news

has been with the firm for 14 years. Mr. Hallmark is a senior electrical engineer and project manager in the MEP/FP department and is responsible for managing the electrical design portion of projects. His experience includes designing Joe Hallmark, PE power distribution, fire alarm systems, data systems, exterior lighting systems and street lighting design. Mr. Hallmark is licensed as a Professional Engineer in New York State and received his associate’s of science in engineering science at Jamestown Community College. Brad Sendlak, PE, senior associate has over 14 years of civil and structural engineering experience and has been with the firm for 14 years. Mr. Sendlak is a senior civil engineer and project manager in the civil engineering department, responsible Brad Sendlak, PE for preparing plans, specifications and reports for a range of projects including both facilities and streets and highways. Mr. Sendlak is licensed as a Professional Engineer in New York State and received his bachelor’s of science in civil engineering, and his master’s of business administration from SUNY at Buffalo. Jason Mock, PE, associate has over 13 years of experience in mechanical engineering and has been with the firm for two years. He is a senior mechanical engineer and project manager in the MEP/ FP department, responsible for the Jason Mock, PE design of mechanical, HVAC and plumbing systems and upgrades for a variety of projects. Mr. Mock is licensed as a Professional Engineer in New York State and received his bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering from SUNY at Buffalo. q


Professional Firms Employee News Passero Associates News Passero Associates announced the following new employees have been hired at the firm. We also are proud to announce the election of employee Dustin Welch to vice president of a local organization. NEW EMPLOYEES

Leah Segerlin

Leah Segerlin joins as an airport engineer on the Northeast Aviation Services Team. Ms. Segerlin holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Her previous position at the firm was as a construction inspector/ construction manager (CI/CM) intern. Joey Evershed comes to the firm as business operations analyst. Mr. Evershed holds an MBA from St. John Fisher College with a concentration in management. He also holds a bachelor of science in business administration and finance from SUNY Brockport. Mr. Evershed also completed several internships with Hammer Packaging, worked for Wegmans, and helped run a successful landscaping business.

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Joe Kellenberger joins as civil engineer. Mr. Kellenberger holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering technology. His previous position with the firm was as a civil engineering intern, where he has been actively involved in an array of site development projects and SWPPP inspections. EMPLOYEE ACCOMPLISHMENT

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Dustin Welch, AIA, project architect at the firm, has been elected as vice president of ACE Rochester. ACE Rochester is the local affiliate of a national non-profit organization that pairs high school students interested in careers in architecture, construction, and engineering with professionals in the industry. The mentors participate in a seven-month program, during which the students are introduced to various aspects of each career while simultaneously creating two projects, which are presented at the annual ACE Rochester fundraiser and celebration. Find out more at Mr. Welch has served as an ACE mentor for the past three years, and has served on the Board of Directors for a little over a year. Mr. Welch is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Rochester Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He is a seasoned professional and has been involved in a wide variety of residential, institutional and commercial projects during his tenure with Passero Associates. He holds a masters of architecture from the University at Buffalo and has work experience in 2D and 3D Revit modeling and BIM management including existing conditions, design development, and construction documents. q


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Campus News Overcoming obstacles: RIT engineering student competes in finals of ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Jonathan Alexis takes on the demanding mental and physical challenges in the NBC telecast from Las Vegas

Ninja warriors need to have strength even in their fingertips. Jonathan Alexis, an electrical engineering student from Rochester Institute of Technology, brings that strength plus speed and a big dose of humor to Season 9 of the acclaimed national competition, American Ninja Warrior. He is a finalist and among a group of competitors on the NBC program that will swing from rings and grips, leaping from platforms and equipment toward a $1 million prize. “It’s a rush. On the course, it’s adrenalin,” said Alexis, who spent the summer competing in qualifying matches in Cleveland. For the 2017 competition, he was one of 70,000 people who applied for the few coveted spots in regional events. Only 15 competitors from each the regional qualifiers in six U.S. cities go on to the finals in Las Vegas that begin this September. They compete in four stages of rigorous, timed challenges, many modeled after the popular Japanese show Sasuke. Obstacles vary from platform ladders suspended over pools of water that must be scaled using only upper body strength to the final 75-foot rope climb called Mt. Midoriyama that athletes must climb in under 30 seconds.

“Competitors do not see the course before they compete. They like to keep us removed from this, but we call ourselves ninjas so we are always peeking,” he said laughing. As an experienced competitor, Alexis participated for the first time in 2015, during Season 7 with his father, Jonathan Alexis Sr. “It was a blast because our first year we didn’t know too many people, so it was good to have someone with you going through the experience. A big part of my story was how much he was an idol and how I looked up to him in his fitness. He would always coach me in different sports when I was younger and teach me martial arts. It was really cool. He is very fit at 50,” said Alexis, a native of Waterville, Maine. This fall, Alexis is beginning his fifth year in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering studying robotics. He was a member of the university’s intercollegiate track team and Parkour Club. Parkour is a popular and dynamic training discipline that mixes multiple activities such as running, climbing and balancing challenges similar to a military obstacle course. The American Ninja Warrior competition consists of similar challenges.


Alexis has also become more comfortable with the television environment of bright lights and vocal fans at an exciting competition that has more than 6 million viewers a week. At one point during a competition, while wedged between the “I-Beam Gap,” he waved and winked light-heartedly at fans, all captured on one of the overhead cameras. But the American Ninja Warrior competition is as much a personal challenge as it is a physical challenge to Alexis. It aligns with his personal philosophy that individuals are capable of overcoming obstacles through initiative, perseverance and the ability to adapt well. “For me, I see the ninja competition as similar to a parkour philosophy – being able to move efficiently through the environment or whatever obstacles there are,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be a physical thing either. Some of the obstacles we face in our lives, in different capacities, our ‘ninja ability’ is the ability to endure through them, to overcome them.” The finals of American Ninja Warrior aired at 8 p.m. on Mondays on NBC beginning Sept. 4. q

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Career Options in Engineering Explorer Post 801 — Richard Repka Do you have high school aged children? Are they contemplating the age old question “what do I want to do when I grow up?" Are they available on Thursday’s during the cold dark nights of Winter? If so, the RES might be able to help them decide on a career path. Each year the RES sponsors “Career Options in Engineering” with Explorer Post 801. The post runs from January to March, every Thursday night from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and is open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. Students hear about a typical day in the life of an engineer - from engineers. Students learn about engineering education, about the perks of being an engineer and even about some of the trials an engineer might experience. This is not about slick power point presentations, but more show and tell, with a smattering of advice from the heart. Here is a brief outline of where we went last year: Chemical Engineering at RIT Mechanical Engineering at the Gleason Works Structural/Highway Engineering with the DOT and Bergmann Associates Nuclear Engineering at Ginna Microelectronic Engineering at RIT Aeronautical Engineering at RIT Imaging Science with help from Harris Software Engineering at RIT Electrical Engineering with help from the IEEE Biomedical Engineering with students at the U of R Computer Engineering at D3 Engineering

Open registration is Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 PM at the Boy Scouts of America office at: 2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, Rochester, NY 14623. The program is open to boys and girls. If you would like more information, please contact Richard Repka at or the RES at (585-254-2350). res explorer post



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Society for Imaging Science and Technology Website: 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. Meeting Schedule Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Escape from Flatland: Multi-dimensional Imaging Coming Soon to a Radiology Department Near You by Ian Yorkston, Carestream Health Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - Topic to be announced, speaker is Jennifer Jae Gutierrez, Executive Director, Image Permanence Institute, RIT Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - RIT Students Program Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Venue ideas requested – we are soliciting input regarding other possible venues for our meetings.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Escape from Flatland: Multi-dimensional Imaging Coming Soon to a Radiology Department Near You by Ian Yorkston, Carestream Health Abstract: Like most film-based imaging modalities, medical projection x-ray has undergone dramatic changes in the last decade. Digital medical x-ray detectors have introduced a host of new imaging capabilities into the traditional radiology department. This talk will review the detectors and the advanced, multidimensional imaging they enable.


Biography: Ian graduated from Edinburgh University with a PhD. in experimental nuclear physics and moved to the University of Michigan to work on the development of amorphous silicon-based detector technology for medical imaging in 1989. He joined the Kodak Research Labs in 1997 to continue his work bringing amorphous silicon based x-ray detectors into mainstream clinical use. He has more recently been involved in the development of new clinical applications, such as cone beam CT systems development, that are enabled by these new detectors. Ian currently works in the Research and Innovation Lab at Carestream Health.

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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 2017-18 Officers: President David Roberts, PE, President-elect Chris Kambar, PE, Vice President Arthur Reardon, PE, Secretary Martin Gordon, PE, Treasurer Michael Ritchie, PE, Membership Chair Arthur Reardon, PE

Get Ready to Catch the Next Wave – Interview with James T. Scancarello, P.E. As we were wrapping up the election process for the 2017-2018 MPES officers, I was able to connect with MPES-member James (Jim) Scancarello. Mr. Scancarello had recently retired from a 40-year career as a professional engineer, thus I asked if I could interview him about his reflections on the engineering profession with regards to current and future challenges. Mr. Scancarello attended Clarkson University and earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1977. Coincidentally, Jim met his future wife in calculus class while attending Clarkson. Within a year of graduation, Jim completed his Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) certification and went on to earn his PE license in 1984. He said that the PE license was always on the horizon: “For any kind of career advancement, a civil engineer needs their license. With PDH requirements, you send a message that you are keeping up with technology.” He would eventually go on to complete his master of science in education. Jim’s career would see many changes and new opportunities and take him to various locations. When it came to the motivation for career changes, he says: “Most decisions were not in regard to what was best for my career, rather what’s best for my family.” Jim started his career with Sear-Brown Associates, in Rochester, NY, working on general structural engineering projects. In the early 1980’s he joined Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, a national leader on investigations of catastrophic failures. This was a period when forensics engineering was in its infancy. Jim developed expertise in determining why failures occurred and helping engineering professionals to learn from past mistakes. This experience would serve him well later in his career. In the mid 1980’s, the family moved to Potsdam, NY, based on a relocation assignment for Mrs. Scancarello, who had become a mechanical industrial engineer for General Motors. Thus Mr. Scancarello rejoined Sear-Brown Associates (later known as the SearBrown Group) in their Canton, NY office. In this role Jim would manage the local bridge inspection program for NYSDOT Region 7 for several years. Jim was able to utilize his forensics engineering background while investigating several bridge collapses in NY State and served on a task force for underwater bridge inspections. In 1996, the Canton office of Sear-Brown closed. While offered the opportunity to relocate to Denver, Jim felt that the best option for his family was to stay in the Potsdam area. This led to the beginning of Jim’s teaching career as a full time instructor for civil engineering technology at SUNY Canton. In 2002 he joined Atlantic Testing Lab, from where he would eventually retire. In his role as a senior engineer at Atlantic Testing Lab, Jim worked on vibration monitoring as well as wind turbine foundations. Nearly all the wind turbine foundations built in Western NY from 2006 to 2016 were designed by Mr. Scancarello. In 2011, the family decided to return to the Rochester, NY area where Jim had grown up and started his career. Mr. Scancarello joined NSPE in 1986, serving as president of the St. Lawrence-Franklin Chapter for nearly 10 years. He spent 8 years coordinating the Mathcounts competition in his area (he still participates in supporting Mathcounts to date). Jim says that he sees NSPE as a vehicle to come together as a community in dealing with issues facing the engineering profession. Jim reflects on the challenges in retaining members in the engineering society. He notes that fewer companies are offering financial support for membership in professional societies, thus resulting in a negative impact on overall membership. When asked about the challenges facing the engineering profession today, he noted political, economic, and profitability influences. He hopes that decision makers will value the input of engineers. In looking back over the past 40 years as a professional engineer, Jim says he has no regrets. His career path was unpredictable, but he let it unfold and evolve and he was very happy with the results. Speaking to the next generation of professional engineers, he says “The world will change. Be prepared. Sharpen the stone.” When thinking of the ups and downs over the course of an engineer’s career, Jim says is a lot like surfing. “Catch a wave, when it’s over, it’s over. Paddle out and catch the next one.”

As always, we encourage active membership in the Monroe Professional Engineers Society. We are constantly striving to improve your membership but we always need more help. If you are interested in becoming an active member or have any questions, please email me at or contact MPES through our website at contactus/.

David C. Roberts, P.E., President, MPES

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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 2017-2018 ASHRAE program year on Monday, September 18th with our annual Clambake at the Burgundy Basin Inn. Thank you to everyone that attended. Thomas Lawrence, PhD from the University of Georgia presented “The Coming of Age of a Smart Grid and Smart Buildings.” Dr. Lawrence is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer that we were fortunate to have come visit us. It was very interesting to learn how the smart grid will interact with our buildings and systems. On August 17-19, 2016, Jeff Close (Delegate) and I (Alternate) attended the ASHRAE Centralized Regional Conference (CRC) for Region I hosted by the Long Island chapter. The conference was very informative for us to have another successful year. At the conference, the Presidential theme: “Extending Our Community” put together by Society President Bjarne Olesen was presented. His message focused on three directives. First is to extend our global community. Second is to extend our technological horizons. Third is to extend our value to members. The Rochester Chapter of ASHRAE will work to support these

directives this year through our chapter program and events. If you have any suggestions for how we can better serve you please let us know. 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!/ashraerochester. Bill Clark, PE, CEM 2017-2018 President Rochester Chapter


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Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association Website:

Year 2017 Officers President Roy B. Garfinkel, LS Vice President Jared R. Ransom, LS Secretary Robert J. Avery, LS Treasurer Michael A. Venturo, LS John F. Gillen, LS, ex officio

Upcoming Events 2017: October 18, 2017 - Annual Livingston County Dinner Meeting, Yard of Ale, Piffard November 16, 2017 - Board of Directors and General Membership meeting at the 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue, Rochester December 2017 – Annual Holiday Dinner Time and location T.B.D.

Board of Directors

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2015-2017 Jeffrey A. Tiede, LS Scott E. Measday, LS 2016-2018 Justin M. Roloson, LS Douglas W. Magde, LS 2017-2019 David R. Standinger, LS Daniel T. Hickok, LS Jonathan Navagh - Associates Representative

Wednesday October 18, 2017 Annual Livingston County Dinner Meeting Yard of Ale, Piffard, NY 6:00 pm

Thursday November 16, 2017 Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting at 6:00 pm Professional Affiliations •

New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors, Inc.

National Society of Professional Surveyors

Rochester Engineering Society

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President: JENNIFER WENGENDER, P.E., CPD Clark Patterson Lee 205 St. Paul Blvd Rochester, NY 14604 585-454-7600 Vice President Technical: DAVE JERECKOS IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590 Vice President Legislative: DAVID MYERS LaBella Associates, PC 300 State Street, Suite 201 Rochester, NY 14614 585-454-6110 Vice President Membership: DOUG MEIER Twin”D” Associates 1577 Ridge Road West Suite 116B Rochester, NY 14615 585-581-2170 Treasurer: ALAN SMITH, P.E. IBC Engineering, P.C. 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590 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 Affiliate Liaison: TRAVIS JESSICK aLTHERM, iNC. 255 hUMPHREY sT. eNGLEWOOD, nj 08631 551-486-9556 Newsletter Editor: Open - please contact a board member if you are interested.

President's Message Happy Fall! ASPE is always looking for new members, especially young engineers. If you are looking for a new way to get involved in the Industry, please consider attending one of our meetings or contacting one of our board members. We also currently have an open board position for Newsletter Editor and would love to have an IT savvy individual who could keep our website current as well. If you are interested, please let me know. Rochester chapter website: Society Website: Jennifer Wengender, PE, CPD Rochester Chapter President

Meeting Notice – Save the Date Topic:

Valves 101 Speaker: Watts/WMS Sales - Randy Schafer


Wednesday, October 18, 2017


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


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

Credits: PDH Approval Pending Cost:

$20 (member or guest), check or cash at door.

Reservations: To Dave Jereckos, 585-341-3168 or by Monday, October 16, 2017.

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• Friday, October 13th: Systems Engineering Professional Development Day (SE-PDD)

The 11th Annual INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference is being held in Minneapolis from October 11th to 14th. On Friday October 13th, they are hosting a video broadcast Professional Development Day. The Finger Lakes Chapter is participating as one of the nine remote sites, hosted at SRC in Syracuse. Topics planned for the SE-PDD Day include: SE Fundamentals, SE Risk Analysis, Learning from Nature’s Methods, MBSE Deployment, and Feature-Based Product Line Engineering. For more information, please see the SE-PDD website (, or contact Kevin Devaney (

• Thursday, October 19th, 2017: October Chapter Meeting

To Be Determined

We are still working on arranging a topic and speaker for this meeting.

• Thursday, November 17th, 2017: November Chapter Meeting To Be Determined

We are still working on arranging a topic and speaker for this meeting.

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

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

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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 Road, 13212 Shirley Kupst at, Owego, NY Rick Zinni at, Location TBD



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The In’s & Out’s of Rendering Using Lighting Software Presented by Robert Radley, LC LEED AP BD+C M/E Engineering A far reaching discussion of rendering software for lighting and its uses and limitations with several example applications.

Tuesday October 17 - 12:00 noon til 1:00 - $30 (incl lunch) Bergmann Associates NEW Office Tower 280 (Formerly Midtown Tower) 280 East Broad Street - Suite 200

Organic LED (OLED) Lighting Design Language & Implementation Presented by Cheryl English, President 2017/2018 IES North America An in-depth discussion of OLED technology including it’s technology, lighting design philosophy & design language and current application implementation.

Tuesday November 14 - 12:00 noon til 1:00 - $30 (incl lunch) Details TBA

Please register for these events ASAP on our ‘Education’ page
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Save The Date! Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Save The Date! 116th RES Annual Gala

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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 Public Works Association Monroe County/Genesee Valley Branch Past-Chairman, Geoff Benway Email: American Society of Civil Engineers, Rochester Section President, Christopher Sichak, PE Email:

Electrical Association Executive Director, Karen Lynch Email: President, Russ Corcoran, Landmark Electric, 585-359-0800. Email: Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association President, John F. Gillen, LS President, Roy B. Garfinkel, LS Email: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Inc., Rochester Section President, Pete Brinka. Email:

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

Imaging Science & Technology, Rochester Chapter President, David Odgers Email:

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

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

American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Rochester New York Chapter President, Jennifer Wengender, PE, CPD, Clark Patterson Lee, 205 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester, NY 14604. 585-454-7600. Email: Association for Bridge Construction and Design President, Mark Laistner, Popli Design Group 585-481-1239 Email: Association For Facilities Engineering, Rochester Chapter President, Matthews Knights, 585-924-2186 x221 Email:

New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 4 President, Howard R. Ressel, 585-272-3372. Email: New York Water Environment Association Inc., Genesee Valley Chapter ( President, Bill Davis, 585-381-9250 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:

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Rochester Section Chairman, Greg T. Gdowski, 585-275-2580 Email: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, John Kaemmerlen, 585-475-2767 Email: International Council on Systems Engineering, Finger Lakes Chapter President, Jack Riley Email: Monroe Professional Engineers Society President, David C. Roberts, PE Email:

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

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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. VJ Stanley

MRB Group

Erdman Anthony Associates

Optimation Technology, Inc. (Champion)

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce (RBA)

Passero Associates

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