Rochester Engineering Society Magazine April 2018

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APRIL 2018

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Save the Date: 2018 Engineering Symposium in Rochester - April 24th | 12 NEW LOCATION - Rochester Riverside Convention Center; Early registration is by April 2nd

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116th Annual Gala - Register Today! (cover)


Founded March 18, 1897

Volume 96, Number 10, APRIL 2018 (Electronic & Printed Version Available) 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.


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4 • Notice to Members. 2018-2019 RES Nominations Notice 5 • RES Annual Meeting - Wed. May 30 6 • 116th Annual Gala - Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available - Register Today!

9 • RES Tutoring Team at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy is well into the 2017-18 School Year

10 • The Limited Monopoly® - Time Keeps on Slippin' - The Torsion Pendulum Clock - Memories of the Past 12 • Announcing the 2018 Engineering Symposium in Rochester

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:

14 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom!

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 TBD 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 / BRETT ELIASZ, PE Bergmann Associates / Administrative Director LYNNE M. IRWIN Rochester Engineering Society / e-mail:


15 • Get to the Point! - Managing Technical Professionals: Communcation and interpersonal skills

16 • Get IT Done - A Salute to Women in IT 17, 23, 32 • Campus News 18-19 • Position Openings 20 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 20-22 • Engineers’ Calendar 19, 24-28 • Professional Firms - Employee News 28-29 • News from Professional Firms 45-46 • Directory of Professional Services 46 • Directory of Business Services 47 • Affiliated Societies and Corporate Members of the RES Membership Application and Advertising Rates (Page 44) are also on the website:

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• ABCD Association for Bridge Construction and Design.....................31 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers............................................43 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................41 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................40 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................30 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................39

• IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................36-37 • IES Illuminating Engineering Society....................................................34 • INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering..........................35 • IS&T Imaging Science and Technology...................................................38 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................33 • RES Rochester Engineering Society............................................. 2-9, 17 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................42


President’s Message

Michael Triassi, EIT Javlyn, Inc. RES President 2017 - 18 The results of an RES survey have been gathered. Thank you to those who gave us feedback. There were 114 responses with 30 that identified as RES members, 65 as affiliate members, and 19 as corporate members. Here is what you had to say.

STEM opportunities and Professional networking (happy hour, picnic, etc) where of medium interest

Overall Approval 68% are likely to recommend RES to a friend or colleague. Feedback on Magazine features

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Employment opportunities 30.70%

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RES Event Feedback PDH events, Seminars by VIPs, and Site Tours all had very significant interest

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The communications feedback items suggest we are more of a news oriented society with a lean toward website consumption. Some of the event feedback items had more interest than others but none had significant negative feedback. These results will help the board identify its priorities and work to serve the engineering community better. Mike Triassi RES President

RES Gala Activities Feedback Award Ceremony and Networking have the most interest Dinner Format and Silent Auction were of medium interest Entertainment was of the least interest

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Notice to All RES Members NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE ROCHESTER ENGINEERING SOCIETY Published pursuant to Article IX, Section 1 of the Constitution Pursuant to Article VII, Section 9 of the Bylaws to the Constitution, the Nominating Committee of, Jon Kriegel, chair and Michael Triassi, EIT, co-chair reported a slate of officers for the 2018-2019 RES year. Selected by the Nominating Committee for the designated offices are: PRESIDENT JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI, PE, LC Senior Engineer M/E Engineering, P.C. FIRST VICE PRESIDENT GREG T. GDOWSKI, PhD Executive Director, Associate Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester SECOND VICE PRESIDENT TBD


DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2020) DOREEN EDWARDS Dean, KGCOE Rochester Institute of Technology DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2020) BRETT C. ELIASZ, PE Disipline Leader - Electrical Bergmann DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2020) DANIELLE WALTERS Electrical Engineer MKS Instruments

Directors who will continue in office until the expiration of their terms are: DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2019) RICHARD E. RICE Director of Project Development MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, PC DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2019) MICHELLE SOMMERMAN, PE Discipline Specialist - Mechanical Bergmann DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2019) NEAL J. ILLENBERG, PE Retired, Alstom Signaling, Inc. DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2019) ADAM CUMMINGS, PE Town Engineer, Town of Ontario Past President who will serve as a member of the Board of Directors, pursuant to Article VIII, Section 2 of the Constitution is: PAST PRESIDENT MICHAEL V. TRIASSI, EIT Javlyn, Inc. Pursuant to Article IX, Section 2, of the Constitution, additional nominations may be made by a petition signed by at least 10 VOTING members. Such a petition, together with a written acceptance from each nominee, must be filed with the RES Administrative Director no later than 12:00 noon on May 16, 2018. If there are additional nominations, ballots will be mailed to all members in good standing and ELIGIBLE to vote by May 23, 2018. If there are no other nominations received, the election will be by a voice vote at the annual meeting to be held at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Respectfully submitted, Lynne Irwin Administrative Director

DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2020) LEE M. LOOMIS Retired, RG&E 4 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2018

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RES Annual Meeting Save the Date!

RES Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Rochester Museum & Science Center In the Bausch Auditorium 657 East Avenue Rochester, NY Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Cash Bar/Cheese & Crackers Reception Learn About Exciting RES Activities Network and Meet Engineers in the Community RES Update Briefing Board and Officer Elections Meet new officers and directors for the the fiscal year 2018-2019 You will hear a few words from outgoing President Mike Triassi, EIT and incoming President Joseph Dombrowski, PE This meeting is free (Cash Bar), but a reservation is required by Wednesday, May 23rd. Go to the RES Website, A link will be on the home page. res news - annual meeting



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Rochester History Continuing with the historical sampling of the earlier writings on behalf of the Rochester Engineering Society, the years following "The Great War", into and through the “Great Depression”, continued to be a time of reaching out for the maturing Society, both locally and nationally. The meeting minutes describe a series of technical discussions and presentations intended to broaden the technical horizons of the membership (especially the CE's, ME's and EE's). The RES affiliated itself with a number of National technical societies, adopted local Affiliated Societies, frequently held joint meetings with them and continued taking action on a growing list of public matters. Certain issues of standardization, some crucial to public safety, became the responsibility of the RES and its affiliates. In the pervasive economic downturn of the “Great Depression”, the magazine offered classified advertising for unemployed engineers, technicians and draftsmen and took other steps to try to deal with the crisis. Still, it continued its effort to shape the function, purpose and infrastructure of the City of Rochester, and beyond. Soon, war would again affect the Society, taking away many of its leaders while providing opportunities for others to step forward to fill these vacancies. In an effort to provide even greater perspective on the happenings and concerns of the day, a synopsis, featuring selected items from "The Rochester Engineer" has become an integral part of this series. The Second World War and the Korean Conflict are now history. These experiences have changed the face and, no doubt, the future of the community. The Rochester municipal leadership and the industrial community have become immersed in the cold-war, growth economy.

July 13, 1967 (Special Meeting of the Executive Committee – RES Offices, Chamber of Commerce) The Executive Committee approved seven new member applications. August 2, 1967 (Board of Directors Meeting – Colonial Hotel, Empire Blvd.) The Board discussed and approved four RES Evening Plant Tours for the coming year: Stromberg-Carlson, Farrell Corp., Taylor Instrument Companies and the new RIT Campus in Henrietta. It was also suggested that articles in the RES magazine be scheduled to publicize and coincide with these plant visitations. The Board approved a number of revisions to the By-Laws, to be publicized to the membership, and then adopted at the September Board meeting. Project Manager Ernest Mohr reported that the Engineers’ Center Project was on schedule, with sub-committee leaders already in-place. The Education Committee reported that it planned to present a special “Education Issue” of the RES magazine, promoting continuing education opportunities for engineers. On a second, related matter, he discussed plans to have the RES offer two courses in the Fall, one on “Economic Factors in Engineering Management” and another on “Simulation.” The Board approved an application from the Rochester Chapter, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) to become an Affiliate of the RES. “The Rochester Engineer” (July-August 1967) Along with a presentation of the officers and directors of the RES, this issue presented photos and a listing to the officers of the fifteen RES Affiliate Societies and a listing of eighteen RES Participating companies. Included also was a summary of the previous year’s RES activities and accomplishments, and a complete presentation of the Society’s Constitution and By-Laws. September 6, 1967 (Board of Directors Meeting – Colonial Hotel, Empire Blvd.) In response to a presentation by RES Membership Committee Chair, Orlando J. Feorene, the Board approved five new individual member applications, along with the application of the Rochester Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to become an Affiliate of the RES. The Board approved revisions to the RES By-Laws, 8 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2018

A Sampling from the Archives of the Rochester Engineering Society...1897 - 1967 by Lee M. Loomis

including the following: Life Membership threshold is set at 65 years, establishment of “Membership Qualifications” - licensed engineers and architects, graduates of accredited engineering programs, fouryear baccalaureate programs in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, architecture or land surveying (having practiced for at least four years), and personal development and professional competence. The revised By-Laws also established and Associate Member status, the “grandfathering” of all current members’ status, and an Admissions Committee to oversee the membership approval process. It was announced that Wallace Wilson, VP of General Motors Corp., would be the speaker at the RES Joint Engineers’ Dinner on February 22, 1968. In celebration of National Engineers’ Week, an engineering exhibit, sponsored by the RES, would be featured at Midtown Plaza. “The Rochester Engineer” (September 1967) Introduced with a feature article by Ernest E. Mohr, manager of the RES Engineers’ Center Project, this issue featured a comprehensive presentation of the continuing education opportunities for engineers and other technical professionals, available in the greater Rochester area. This listing included over 85 courses, offered by over 20 local presenting agencies and institutions. It was announced that Mr. Mohr would lead off the RES Luncheon Series with “The Engineers’ Center – Where We Are Today,” followed by Dr. Leroy Good, President of Monroe Community College, Dr. E.T. Kirkpatrick, dean at RIT and Harold J. Brennen, director of RIT’s School for American Craftsmen. The featured RES Affiliate, for this month’s issue, was the Rochester Section of the 18,000 member American Welding Society. “The Rochester Engineer” (October 1967) This issue presented those elements of the recently-revised RES ByLaws that described changes in this governing document of the Society. The great significance of this was the establishment, after 70+ years, of criteria for membership in the RES, making it a truly professional organization. Announcement was made of the addition of the Rochester Chapter of ASHRAE and the Rochester Section of SMPTE to the RES Affiliates list. These two organizations would be represented at RES Board meetings by Henry F. Betz and William J. Schmitt, respectively. November 1, 1967 (Board of Directors Meeting – Colonial Hotel, Empire Blvd.) The Board received reports that this year’s average attendance of 25 at RES Luncheons has been insufficient to support this activity. A decision was made to utilize a “telephone committee” to inspire greater attendance. It was also reported that the first in a series of RES Evening Plant Tours was “a dismal failure,” when only two RES members showed up for the tour at Stromberg-Carlson. The Board will be re-studying this program. 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 postwar re-emergence of Rochester area industry. We welcome your questions and comments on this series.

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RES News - Tutoring Team The RES Tutoring Team at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy is well into the 2017-18 School Year

Our newest RES Tutor, Mike Garrett, from Frank Lill & Sons, gets into a math lesson with two of Mrs. Herkamp’s Fifth Graders The RES Tutoring Team is continuing its good work in the 2017-18 school year at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy. Twenty RES Tutors have started working with our learners at #10 School. Fifteen 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 fulltime (two hours, once a week) tutors have also continued their assignments, and one new tutor who has begun her first assignment. We now have ten equivalent tutors, already working with our Scholars at #10 School, and there are six more assignments that still need to be filled, including Kindergarten (2) and Fifth Grade (4). Won’t you please consider volunteering, and/or reaching out to a friend to join you? 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


The Limited Monopoly® Time Keeps on Slippin’… The Torsion Pendulum Clock – Memories of the Past by Robert Gunderman, PE and John Hammond, PE

An Indelible Memory For those of us old enough to remember the Steve Miller Band, the remaining words to the verse “Time Keeps on Slippin’” are so indelibly etched in our minds that they almost appear as text along with the accompanying music and easily recognized synthesizer “space intro” to the song “Fly Like an Eagle.” Memories are like that, a small suggestion is usually all that is required to let your mind compose a picture of the past, often complete with audio. While music is a powerful trigger of that memory recall process, images often do the same thing. The torsion pendulum clock, also known as the anniversary clock or 400 day clock, is one of those images to many people. If you don’t remember the name, you will surely remember someone, maybe an aunt, uncle, or grandparent, that had one in their house (usually on a mantle or shelf ). The anniversary clock was a glass domed mechanical clock that had 3 or 4 pendulum balls at the bottom that rotated back and forth. Once you have seen this unique clock, you will not forget it. The Torsion Pendulum A torsion pendulum or torsional pendulum is a mechanical oscillator, typically a disc or similar mass suspended from a torsion wire. The torsion wire does 10 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2018

not extend along its length, but is free to twist or rotate about its longitudinal axis. As the torsion wire twists, the suspended mass will in turn rotate along a horizontal plane that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the torsion wire. The suspended mass is imparted with a torque to start the pendulum, and as the torsion wire twists, it begins to resist further deformation and develops a restoring torque that seeks to restore the torsion wire to an untwisted state. A torsion wire has a torque constant similar to the spring constant defined in Hooke’s law. So the action of a torsion pendulum can be expressed as a simple harmonic equation. When a torsion pendulum is imparted with movement (such as from a clock mechanism), it will oscillate torsionally at a fixed frequency that is dependent on the torque constant of the wire and the moment of inertia of the suspended mass. …And the Clock Behind It So enter the torsion pendulum clock. Based on the properties of a torsion pendulum, the torsion pendulum clock or anniversary clock keeps time based on the predictable properties of the torsion pendulum. This type of mechanical clock has a long slender torsion wire with three or four balls attached to a spoke like arrangement attached to the wire. The suspended balls rotate clockwise and then counterclockwise, a type of twisting rather than the limited monopoly

swinging pendulum. The clock is spring wound, and a series of gears imparts a periodic torque to the top of the torsion wire to keep the wire and suspended balls in oscillation. This very predictable oscillation controls the movement of the clocks hour and minute hands. Torsion pendulum clocks use very little energy to keep the wire and mass oscillating, and came to be known as “400 day clocks,” as many can run for more than a year on a single winding. The term “anniversary clock” also came into common use, as clocks were often given as gifts to commemorate an important occasion such as an anniversary or a birthday. The clock owner would be reminded to wind the clock simply by remembering the special occasion. A Short History of the Clock The Torsion Pendulum Clock was invented and patented by American Aaron Crane in 1841. While torsion pendulum clocks appeared as early as 1841, they began their popularity when the German Anton Harder also invented the torsion pendulum clock in 1879, allegedly independent of inventor Crane. Production of the torsion pendulum clock started around 1881 in the Black Forest region of Germany. August Schatz founded the Wintermantel company there, which later became the Jahresuhrenfabrik company. This company licensed a patent granted to Harder, but in 1887 the patent was left to expire, and various German companies soon began producing the torsion pendulum clock. Companies such as Kieninger & Obergfell (Kundo), Schatz, Gustav Becker, Lenzkirch and Kienzle & Junghans all produced torsion pendulum clocks housed under a glass dome. The industry grew and expanded greatly. They proliferated in America after World War II when returning American servicemen acquired them as souvenirs from their time in Europe. The clocks were an exquisite example of mechanical engineering, and were also delicate and did not always keep good time. The torsion spring, for example, was sensitive to temperature variations. These 400 day the limited monopoly

clocks therefore needed adjustment and maintenance, and the growth of these clocks also saw the growth of clock shops to service and adjust them. The suspended balls, for example, can be adjusted inward or outward to adjust the time keeping of the clock. Like most inventions, improvements came with time. Charles Terwilliger invented a temperature compensating torsion wire that further advanced the technology of this most unusual time keeping instrument. Where are They Today? Anniversary clocks can still be found in antique shops, estate sales, and of course eBay. They will also turn up occasionally on Craigslist. They can be found in various states of repair, and are considered a collectible. There are still some clock shops and enthusiasts that specialize in repairing and selling anniversary clocks, so a small yet lively market still exists for these clocks. They are a thing of engineering beauty worthy of display. If you are lucky enough to come across one of these clocks, enjoy the time lost beauty of their mechanicalness – batteries or charging cable not required. PHOTO CREDIT: “KUNDO Anniversary Clock Needing Repair”. Copyright 2018. Robert Gunderman. Authors Robert D. Gunderman P.E. (Patent Technologies, LLC www.patentechnologies. com) and John M. Hammond P.E. (Patent Innovations, LLC www.patent-innovations. com) are both registered patent agents and licensed professional engineers. Copyright 2018 Robert Gunderman, Jr. and John Hammond Note: This short article is intended only to provide cursory background information, and is not intended to be legal advice. No client relationship with the authors is in any way established by this article. In keeping with our educational mission, you can now search for your favorite patent law topic of interest at www. APRIL 2018 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 11

Announcing the

2018 Engineering Symposium in Rochester

Earn up to 7 PDHs Sponsored by Rochester's Technical and Engineering Societies and RIT

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Courses available in: Civil, Electrical, Lighting, Mechanical, HVAC, and Plumbing.

NOTE NEW LOCATION Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center 123 East Main Street, Rochester, NY Time: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm $140 Advance Registration $20 Student Registration $170 AFTER April 2, 2018 and at the Door Registration is online at

The Monroe Chapter of NYSSPE, in accordance with ADA compliance, will make every attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for those requiring additional services to participate in our educational programs. If you should require such services, please contact Lynne Irwin at the Rochester Engineering Society ( or 585-254-2350) to request support by April 2, 2018.


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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.


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.

I p I i c r i f l t a p n m a a t

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

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.

T o t c a c s Y e s

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.

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“This is a life-changing experience!” For more information contact: Jon Kriegel   585-281-5216 RES Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer STEM Coach Please visit: 14 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2018

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Get to the Point!

Managing Technical Professionals: Communication and interpersonal skills The following article describes an issue many engineering teams face but don’t handle very well. Keep in mind that RGI “puts the P in the PE” and we can help improve your interpersonal communication skills.

By Tuna B. Tarim. (Reprinted with permission.) Past President, IEEE Technology Management Council Manager, WW Design Automation, Analog Design Services, Texas Instruments, Inc. In previous articles, I have implied that communication and people skills are a must have for technology managers, and I even mentioned that hearing the following from managers is not uncommon: “It’s not the technical work that’s challenging, it’s the people stuff!” The “stuff” that is being referred to here are the typical “people behavior” you see in your teams: “John is in a mood today, keep your distance from him”, “can someone tell Shirley that she speaks too loud in her cubicle and I can’t focus on my work?”, “Matt talks about religion at work and it offends me because I’m an atheist; he needs to stop talking about religion in the work place”, “Thelma took all the credit to the work that I did and now everyone thinks she came up with that idea”, … How many of you managers, have come across complaints such as these at work, and what have you done about them? The answer better not be “nothing, I don’t have time to deal with this childish behavior, I have work to do”. The truth is, dealing with this “childish behavior” is part of your job. While for an accomplished technologist the technical challenges are fun to deal with and the more challenging the issue is the more fun it becomes, the accomplished technologist who does not have the necessary communication and people skills to manage the team will struggle to deal with the “people behavior” listed above. Your team members are real people and real people have emotions, emotions that you need to learn how to deal with so your team can function properly. Communication and interpersonal skills go hand in hand and technology managers need to improve their skills for both! You need to learn how to communicate because your comments carry more meaning then they used to now that you are a manager. Always avoid gossip and always have your facts straight. Learn how to listen and learn how to be quiet, and realize that the two are not the same thing. get to the point

Improving your communication skills will also help with your interpersonal skills: Your interpersonal skills will help you build relationships, not only with your own team members but also with people outside your organization. These interpersonal skills will also help you deal with the negative people in your team. Negative people can poison your entire organization very quickly if not dealt with carefully and urgently. Interpersonal skills will also help you deal with conflict within and outside your organization. Even if you are lucky enough that you have never had to deal with conflict in your team, this skill might come in handy one day. One critical aspect of being a manager is to know how to give performance feedback – both positive and negative – to your team members. We dedicated one of the previous articles to providing performance feedback and it is important to know that having the interpersonal skills will be very helpful in successful delivery of performance feedback, or any kind of feedback for that matter. This feedback will help set direction for your team members and help them towards success in their careers so never underestimate the power of good communication and interpersonal skills. As managers, we always need to be conscious about setting an example for our team members. Learning to better communicate and interact with people will be tremendously helpful in doing so. Good communication within the team paves the way for listening to and understanding each other, avoiding misunderstandings, and creating a fun environment to work in. And when people enjoy their work environment the possibilities are endless.

© 2017, RGI Learning Lisa Moretto is the President of RGI Learning, Inc. For 23 years she has helped engineers improve their oral and written communication skills. Visit or call (866) 744-3032 to learn about RGI’s courses. APRIL 2018 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 15


IT Done

A Salute to Women in IT by Andrè Godfrey In upstate New York I have been fortunate to make some small contributions to the field of information technology. Mostly it’s a by-product of being around since the early 1980s. Just surviving in the industry all these year’s allows me a bit of kudos. But founding the Technology Woman of the Year Award is the thing of which I’m proudest. I’ve told the story before but I’ll tell it again. In truth, it wasn’t me who founded the award. The now defunct Association for Women in Computing (AWS) met at my company, Entre Computer Services, in 1999 and asked me for ideas as to how to increase membership. I suggested an award breakfast honoring a woman in IT, a scholarship, and that Entre would sponsor the event. The AWS did not like the idea. But, the Women’s Council of Rochester, specifically Denise Pieratti, heard about my idea, liked it, and put together the first event. It took off from there and became the most prestigious award for IT women in the area, and twenty years later is more illustrious than ever. Sadly, Denise passed away a few years ago but I’ll never forget her enthusiasm and her determination to make the event a reality. I’m happy to say that the event Denise helped shape was an immediate success and soon after was taken on by AWS. In subsequent years AWS rolled into Digital Rochester, and DR has embraced the award as a signature event. It has continued to flourish under DR’s umbrella. This year over 300 IT professionals will gather for breakfast at Locust Hill CC on April 26th to honor the to-be-named recipient from a number of worthy nominees. If you’re in Information Technology I urge you to be a part of that celebration. As mentioned earlier, Digital Rochester, the nonprofit centerpiece of the Rochester technology community, hosts the event which will be held at Locust Hill Country Club. Go to to become a sponsor or get tickets. This year’s keynote speaker is Carey Anne Nadeau. She is the Founder and CEO of Open Data Nation, a social benefit company that transforms open data into reliable predictions that mitigate risks to public health and safety. This looks exciting! 16 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2018

Now, you may be wondering what the purpose behind this award is aside from deserving acknowledgement. The TWOY Award is an award designed to recognize, celebrate, and make visible the achievements of women in high technology fields. Through this award, women who work in these professions are encouraged to stay in the Greater Rochester area, mentor young women, and contribute to the economic growth of the region. Past recipients include Jeanne Casares, CIO of RIT - Garland Nichols, VP of Information Security at Xerox - Amy Carey, IT Director at Rochester Regional Hospital and Ewa Pigna, Chief Technology Officer of Lenel. This year, an additional category has been created for those who have fewer than five years in an individual contributor or leadership role and the winner will be titled the 2018 Emerging Technology Professional Woman of the Year (TWOY). Where do our nominees come from? They come from you. Co-workers or senior management, who want to recognize women that meet the criteria of being exceptional in a technical field and who also gives back to the community, are encouraged to make a nomination. So that’s the story and a small salute to the late Denise Pieratti and the contribution she made that became mine. Think About IT

Andrè Godfrey is President, Entrè Computer Services,

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Barry Francis Quinn Colonel, Army Ret. Honeoye Falls - Barry Francis Quinn, 71, passed away in his home on Saturday, February 10, 2018. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute in Barry's memory to the CreutzfeldtJakob Disease Foundation or to a charity of their choice.

He gave so much to so many. You will be missed my friend!

Campus News

RIT alumnus Steven Van Slyke inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame Steven Van Slyke, a Rochester Institute of Technology alumnus, has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for co-inventing the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED. Digital display screens—from smartphones and smart watches to computers, high definition and ultra-high-definition televisions—use the flexible light-emitting technology for improved image quality, power efficiency and battery life. Van Slyke and Ching Tang, also among this year’s inductees, invented the new organic material and the first OLED device at Eastman Kodak Co. in 1987. Van Slyke graduated from RIT in 1988 with an MS in materials science. He is the chief technology officer at Kateeva Inc., which specializes in ink-jet printing manufacturing equipment for the mass production of OLED displays. He was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate for his invention in 2014. q

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Professional Firms Employee News Taher Kamruddin Joins MRB Group's Growing Engineering Team Taher Kamruddin recently joined MRB Group as a civil engineer, further expanding the firm’s Rochester office. Taher has years of experience encompassing structural design, large commercial facility design, municipal transportation facilities, master planning and other municipal projects. These Taher Kamruddin projects have included project scope definition, topographic and boundary surveys, production of bid packages including drawings and specifications, submittal review, and construction observation. position openings | professional firms employee news

Taher is a graduate of the University of Toronto. His extensive collegiate fieldwork and post-university experience provides him with diverse capabilities that will serve clients across many disciplines. "We're very excited to have Taher joining the MRB Group team and contributing to our energetic and client-centric environment," said President Ryan Colvin. “Taher’s previous experience working with communities makes him a great asset to our clients,” Colvin stated. “His interest in community growth will make him a great member of our engineering team.” q


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Continuing Wednesday, April 18

Education Opportunities

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

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Master Mixing Valves 1 PDH Approval Pending Speaker: Rick Cota, Leonard Valve 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 Wednesday, April 13th. 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 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, April 3

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Rochester Section Excom Meeting Place: Tandor of India (Across from South Town Plaza), 376 Jefferson Road, Henrietta, NY 14623 Time: 11:45 – 1:00 pm Cost: $5 for members, $3 for students. Details at 20 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2018

Monday, April 9

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, p 37 and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 41 Refrigeration Night. Presentation and tour TBD Details and reservations on the website at

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Wednesday, April 11

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

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Light & Health: From Science to Application – 1 CEU Speaker: Mariana G. Figuerio, PhD, Light & Health Program Director, Lighting Research Center Place: Rick’s Prime Rib, 898 Buffalo Road, Gates Time: Noon Cost: $30 (includes lunch) Registration: Register for this event on the ‘Education’ page at or contact Diane Montrois at 585-254-8010 or

Thursday, April 12

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope Speaker: ASME Distinguished Speaker, Jon Kriegel Place: NextCorps (formerly HTR) facility, 260 E. Main Street, Suite 6000, Rochester, NY Time: 7:00 pm Details and reservations

Thursday, April 19

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

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Wednesday, April 18

Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T)

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RIT Student Program: Tiger Analytics – Imaging Science Meets Ice Hockey; and Real Time Infant Tracker Cam (RIT Cam) Speakers: RIT Students: - Ethanl Poole, Jared Gregor, Kathleen Oram, and Ryne Roady. Place: Room 1275 in the Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT Campus. Time: 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Comments: Parking is available in the F lot, just north of the building. No meeting reservations are required.

Thursday, April 19

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

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General Membership and Board of Directors Meeting Place: 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Time: General Membership Meeting at 6:00 pm; Board of Director’s Meeting at 7:00 pm Details: Engineers' Calendar, continued on page 22

Grey Systems Theory Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest, Prof. of Mathematics & Systems Science at Slippery Rock University Time: 6:00 to approximately 7:30 pm Reservations: There are 7 host sites available. Details are on page 35 of this issue or contact Kevin Devaney at

Wednesday, April 18

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

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Master Mixing Valves 1 PDH Approval Pending Speaker: Rick Cota, Leonard Valve 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 Wednesday, April 13th.

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Engineers’ Calendar, Wednesday, April 25

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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Power & Energy/IAS Tour of New RGE Substation Place: Transmission Substation 262, Corner of Mt. Hope Avenue and Hamilton Street. Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Reservations: Contact Jean Kendrick at for mandatory details.

Wednesday, May 16

Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T)

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Materials of Construction Test: Insuring the Use of Safe Materials in Photo Books Speakers: Joseph LaBarca, Pixel Preservation International Place: Room 1275 in the Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT Campus. Time: 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Comments: Parking is available in the F lot, just north of the building. No meeting reservations are required.

Thursday, May 17 Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

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Finger Lakes Dinner Place: Finn’s Tap Room & Party House, 14 Railroad Street, Victor, NY 14564 Time: 6:00 pm Details:

Thursday, May 17 International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

Thursday, May 17 Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

Place: Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, 6492 East Main Street Road (SR5), Stafford, NY Time: Open bar & hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 pm; Dinner at 6:30 pm. Cost: Members - $40; Non-members - $50; Full Time Students - $25. Dinner choices are: 10 oz. Prime Rib of Beef, Chicken Almond, Baked Salmon or Vegetarian Lasagna. Reservations: Contact Mike Davidson by May 9th, 716-289-5976,

Friday, May 18

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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Annual 18-Hole Scholarship Golf Tournament

Place: Webster Golf Course – East Course, 440 Salt Road, Webster, NY Time: Registration, Lunch and Social Hour at 12:00 noon. Shotgun start at 1:30 pm. Dinner will be served following the tournament. Cost: $95/person includes lunch, driving range, 18 holes, cart, and dinner. Register: To register or sponsor a hole, contact Josh Rodems at 585-427-8888 or Reservations and payment due by May 4th.

Wednesday, May 30 RES Annual Meeting

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Annual Dinner Meeting & Bridge Awards

Rochester Engineering Society (RES)

Research Gone Agile Speaker: Dr. Rosa Heckle, Mitre Corporation Time: 6:00 to approximately 7:30 pm Reservations: There are 7 host sites available. Details are on page 35 of this issue or contact Kevin Devaney at

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RES Update Briefing, and Board and Officer Elections Place: Rochester Museum & Science Center, Bausch Auditorium, 657 East Avenue, Rochester Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm – Cash bar & cheese/crackers. Reservations: This meeting is free (cash bar) but a reservation is required by May 23rd. Go to the RES website at

Thursday, June 21

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Space Fence Radar

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Speaker: Steve Bruce, Lockheed Martin Time: 6:00 to approximately 7:30 pm Reservations: There are 7 host sites available. Details are on page 35 of this issue or contact Kevin Devaney at

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Campus News Life-like Limbs Millions of people in impoverished countries need prosthetics. Helping to meet that need is Jade Myers, an RIT alumna and lab manager at the RIT Access Technology Prototyping Lab. Myers has also done work as a research associate with LimbForge, an international nonprofit designing culturally appropriate and affordable 3D-printed prosthetic devices. 
 Myers told the story of Danie, a young girl she met during a trip to Haiti, where the health care system is stretched amid poverty and the lingering effects of a 2010 earthquake and a recent hurricane. The situation can be dire for individuals who have lost limbs—and as a result, their livelihoods. 
 Danie was 13 when the earthquake hit, destroying her home and killing her mother. Danie’s arm was pinned under a concrete wall. It was hours before neighbors attempted a rescue, and she ended up amputating her own limb to free herself. It would be days before she received care at a make-shift hospital. 
 Myers fit Danie with a forearm prosthetic. She has kept in touch with the young woman over the years, watching her successfully rebuild her life. 
 Limb Forge, made up of developer-researchers such as Myers, evolved from the earlier e-Nable initiative. Limb Forge creates 3D-printed prosthetics, but with newer materials and more sophisticated, life-like designs, in a process that’s faster and more cost-effective than traditional manufacturing. Several engineering and industrial campus news

A. Sue Weisler Research associate Jade Myers 3D prints prosthetic devices that are distributed 
in impoverished countries through the nonprofit company Limb Forge

design students created an elbow joint with improved flexibility. Another group tests prosthetics resistance to heat, UV light and moisture. The company makes available computer programs for clinicians to input measurements to configure and produce limbs of proper dimensions with varying skin tones.
 As part of the company’s global outreach, training to use the program and printers is included. Myers helped train clinicians at Haiti’s Healing Hands Clinic to use the six 3D-printers donated by Limb Forge.
 “3D technologies have the potential to solve a world problem that has been in existence for so long. But, now we can actually do something to change that,” she said. “I know this could work, and it’s my responsibility to make it work—and I have seen firsthand how it has changed Dani’s life.” q


Professional Firms Employee News M/E Engineering, PC Rochester Office Continues to Grow M/E Engineering, P.C., located at 150 North Chestnut Street, Rochester, NY has added new members to its growing staff of professionals:

Chad Leonard

Dan Lynn

Ethan Hagel

Chad Leonard joins the electrical group as a senior designer and splits his time between the Rochester and Syracuse offices. Chad brings more than 15 years of experience with both design and project management of academic, health care, industrial, municipal, and commercial facilities projects. He has a thorough knowledge of technical criteria, standards, codes, and contractual procedures. He is especially familiar with how these items apply to the design, specification, and construction of mechanical and electrical building systems. Dan Lynn recently joined as a senior designer in our electrical group. Dan has over 25 years of experience in the design of electrical systems. Dan's expertise includes engineering for electrical power systems, fire alarm systems, high voltage substations and lighting. Dan has worked on various projects for governmental, educational, healthcare and commercial clients including design/ build projects. At the firm, he is responsible for the electrical design of educational facilities, with a focus on K-12 projects.

Ethan Hagel, a recent graduate of the University of Buffalo, joins as a design engineer in our electrical group. Ethan holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. His work involves technical design and engineering for a variety of commercial, educational and municipal facilities. He is currently working on projects at several K-12 campuses including Penfield, Brighton and RCSD. 24 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2018

Kristopher Campbell

Melique Butler-Elliott

Kristopher Campbell recently joined as a design engineer in our electrical group. Kris graduated from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He is responsible for the electrical design of educational facilities, with a focus on K-12 projects. Currently, Kris is working on projects at Victor Central School District and Windsor Central School District. Melique Butler-Elliot has accepted a full time position after completing an internship with M/E. A graduate of the Edison Tech STEM School, Melique worked part time with the firm while attending Monroe Community College. He recently obtained his associates of applied science in mechanical engineering. He has joined the Rochester office plumbing/fire protection group as a designer and is currently working with our K-12 team.

Nolan Jessop joins the firm as a design engineer in our plumbing/ fire protection group. Nolan graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology. He is responsible for the design of Nolan Jessop plumbing/fire protection systems for manufacturing, housing and health care projects. Currently, Nolan is working on projects for Conifer Realty, the DePaul Group and Corning. Avery Sandler joins the firm's HVAC group as a design engineer. Avery obtained his masters of science in mechanical engineering and completed two bachelor of science degrees, one in mechanical engineering and one in renewable energy engineering, from Alfred University. He is responsible for the design of mechanical systems for institutional, educational and professional firms employee news

health care projects, and is currently working on projects at Syracuse University and SUNY Fredonia.

Avery Sandler

Meghan Pauly joins the administrative group as an administrative assistant. Meghan has an associate of arts degree in business administration and has over twelve years of administrative experience. Meghan's main responsibilities include maintaining administrative procedures for the office, as well as assisting project managers with project coordination. q

Meghan Pauly

SWBR Welcomes Landscape Architect and Urban Designer to Growing Firm

William M. Price

SWBR announced its newest team member: William M. Price, landscape architect and urban designer. Price will help lead the firm’s landscape architecture and urban design projects, oversee research and ‘thought innovation,’ as well as new project development. Specific projects will include site planning and design for private commercial development, public waterfront and historic preservation projects across the city, region, and state.

Price has extensive experience in design and entitlements for waterfront and historic preservation projects. When asked what excites him most about the future of architecture, Price shared, “People moving back into urban areas, like cities, town centers and villages, and helping create communities that are interesting and vibrant.” He received a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a bachelor’s in environmental design from the University of Massachusetts. Outside of SWBR, he serves as the chairman of the Town of Brighton Planning Board and is a board member of the Community Design Center of Rochester. q

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Professional Firms Employee News Passero Associates Announces Promotions and Award Recognitions

Richard Wehner, AIA

Dustin Welch, AIA

Tim Harris, PE

Matt Newcomb

Passero Associates promotes Associate and Senior Project Architect Peter Richard Wehner, AIA, LEEDŽ AP BD+C to manager of the architecture department. He is a seasoned veteran with over 30 years of work experience in architecture, construction, and design-build. Peter is an expert in renovations, with a focus on historic renovations, and has designed many award-winning renovation projects. Peter also has extensive experience in public and municipal projects and excels at the administration of separate prime contracts. He serves as a Town Councilman for the Town of Irondequoit, teaches professional practice in the Graduate School of Architecture at Rochester Institute of Technology, and is a Board Member of the New York State American Institute of Architects, representing the Rochester area. Peter holds a master of architecture degree and a bachelor of arts degree in design from Clemson University in South Carolina. Dustin Welch, AIA, project architect, has been named American Institute of Architects Rochester’s Emerging Architect of the Year. This award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers. Dustin received the award at the annual AIA Rochester meeting. In addition to his many


Matthew Nissen, PE

Justin Vollenweider, AIA

contributions here at Passero, Dustin is vice president of ACE Rochester, and is a member of the AIA Rochester Board of Directors. He is a seasoned professional and has been involved in a wide variety of residential, institutional and commercial projects. He holds a master of architecture degree 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. Tim Harris, PE has been promoted to senior project engineer in the civil engineering department. Mr. Harris has over ten years of experience in various aspects of engineering design on municipal, commercial, private and institutional projects, including obtaining municipal and other agency approvals and permits. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a volunteer firefighter.

James Boughtin

Matt Newcomb has been promoted to senior project engineer in the civil engineering department. Mr. Newcomb has over twelve years of experience on residential, commercial, and institutional projects. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an associates in architecture from the State University of New York at Alfred. professional firms employee news


Matthew Nissen, PE has been promoted to the position of senior project engineer in the airport department. Mr. Nissen has over ten years of experience in engineering design, CAD design, site design, and aviation design. He has served as design engineer and construction inspector for a wide range of projects at airports across eastern New York, including the Albany International Airport. His project experience includes construction inspection, municipal, airport, residential, commercial and institutional project design and management. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Emily Connors

Justin Vollenweider, AIA, CSI-CDT has been promoted to project architect III. Mr. Vollenweider is a seasoned professional and has been involved in a wide variety of residential, institutional and commercial projects during his ten-year tenure with the firm. He holds a bachelor of science degree in architectural technology from Alfred State College, is a Licensed Professional Architect in New York, a Construction Documents Technologist (CDT), as certified by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), and is a Member of AIA Rochester and NCARB. James Boughtin has been promoted to job captain II in the architecture department. Mr. Boughtin is a seasoned professional and has been involved in a wide variety of residential, institutional and commercial projects during his ten-year tenure with the firm..

Emily Johns

Thomas Button

Emily Connors has been promoted to architectural designer level 3. She has over three years of experience on a wide variety of architectural projects, including work for municipal, recreational, multi-family residential, commercial, educational and institutional clients. Ms. Connors received her BS from Alfred State University in architectural technology and spent a semester abroad in Sorrento, Italy at the Santa'Anna Institute-Sorrento Lingue. She also holds a master of historic preservation degree from the University of Maryland, where she graduated with honors and was recognized as both the Outstanding Graduate Student and Outstanding Graduate Assistant in Historic Preservation for 2015. She is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects. Emily Johns has been promoted to architectural designer level 3. She has over five years of experience on a wide variety of architectural projects, including work for municipal, recreational, multi-family residential, commercial, educational and institutional clients. Ms. Johns holds a BS in architectural technology from Alfred State College. Thomas Button has been promoted to architectural designer II. Mr. Button has three years of experience on a wide variety of architectural projects, including work for municipal, recreational, multi-family residential, commercial, educational and institutional clients. He completed his master of architecture degree with a specialty in sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earned his bachelor of science degree in architectural technology at Alfred State College of Technology, and his AAS degree in architectural drafting and design from Finger Lakes Community College.

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore has been promoted to civil engineer II within the civil engineering department. Matthew holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Florida State University. He has over two years of experience with the civil engineering department, working on a variety of residential, commercial and industrial development projects. q professional firms employee news


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The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Names LaBella Associates A Winner of the Rochester 2018 Top Workplaces Award This is the Fifth Consecutive Year the Firm has been Recognized

LaBella has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. “Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.” LaBella represents one of a handful of companies that have made the list for five consecutive years since the awards were established. In those five years, the company has grown from approximately 250 employees to the 650 employees that work for the firm today. Maintaining the company’s culture throughout the growth has been a coordinated effort, LaBella President Robert A. Healy said. “Even though we’re growing quickly, we continue to stay true to our core values. We hold each other accountable for our values and we hire people that reflect them.” The secret to making the list five years in a row? “Transparency, openness to new ideas, empowering and trusting our people,” says Healy. “We’re grateful our employees have continued to affirm our company is a great place to work.” “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.” q

Professional Firms Employee News Dan Duprey, PE Celebrates 30 Years at CPL CPL President & COO, Dan Duprey, P.E. is celebrating his 30th anniversary with the firm and has been an instrumental driver in the firms’ growth, successes and internal culture building. A transportation engineer by trade, Duprey has served a leadership and board role at CPL since 2004. Since its founding in 1975, the company has blossomed into a 330 person, formidable architecture/engineering/ planning firm with 13 offices in four states. “When you walk in the door at work each morning, it should feel like you’re walking into your own house,” he said, adding that 28 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2018

camaraderie and collaboration were the keys to a successful, inviting culture. With strong community ties, Dan is a regular at many functions and events around town. Find him in the summer months on the links and in winter on backwoods snowmobile trails. Dan attended Tri-State University where he obtained a B.S. in civil engineering. Originally from Cicero, NY, Dan currently lives in Victor, NY with his wife Mary. q

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Bergmann's Tower280 Corporate Headquarters Earns USGBC® LEED Certification National architecture, engineering

systems; energy-efficient, heat-

and planning firm Bergmann has

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Campus News Making Waves Nate Barlow and Steve Weinstein are making waves. 
 This year they began making and using 3D-printed models of mathematical equations to illustrate wave systems and other fluid dynamics concepts as part of their research. They’re also using the models in undergraduate math classes. 
 “Implementing 3D-printed items helps make visual some of the complex math solutions we create in research. It also appeals to those students who may have trouble seeing surfaces in our classes,” said Weinstein, a professor of chemical engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. He and Barlow, assistant professor of mathematics in the College of Science, are research partners leading the Asymptotics and Wave Instability Group, modeling wave phenomena to understand how growing waves could impact manufacturing processes or how sound waves, or turbulence, affects aircraft, for example. 
 The faculty had a eureka moment more than a year ago when a student in the wave lab produced several 3D-printed models of wave dispersion, such as three-dimensional images of ripples on a pond. 
 “Who would have thought to connect these things and in such a unique way? This is going to help a lot of students visualize, in 3D, in a way they could not do before,” said Weinstein.


A. Sue Weisler Professors use 3D-printed models such as these to demonstrate mathematical equations and concepts in undergraduate courses.

Barlow uses a series of models for his math course, Boundary Value Problems. 3D-printed models are designed in MATLAB illustrating multiple dimensions—height, speed, time—variables used when solving differential equations. Students view model sequences of individual, three-dimensional features representing a comprehensive view of the solutions over time. Students pair boundary conditions with the printed objects or assemble a series of models to illustrate different physical concepts. 
 “3D printing is probably the most novel method for bringing thought to life,” he said. 
 Weinstein agreed. “To do the kind of math that we do, we have to visualize the entire shape of a space in order to come to some conclusions about math that is very esoteric, yet practical. You can’t visualize time, but when you stretch out time in this way, you can visualize it as something like a 3D object
. Isn’t that wicked?” q

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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 Past Presidents: Chris Devries, P.E., Joseph Dombrowski, P.E. Directors: Barry Dumbauld, PE, Robert Winans, PE, Ann Ziki, PE, Jim Drago, PE, Neal Illenberg, PE


For middle- and high-school students considering their future career options, it can be difficult to understand what an engineer actually does and whether it is the right career path for them. The annual TSA-TEAMS event tries to help students experience engineering first hand. The TEAMS acronym stands for Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science. The 2018 event featured the theme: “Engineering the Environment.” The competition is broken into three parts: (1) An Essay section that takes place prior to the event, asking students to propose a solution to a modern engineering challenge; (2) A multiple choice competition on the day of the event, where teams of up to 8 students attempt to solve short engineering challenges; (3) A design-build experiment where the teams attempt to build various mechanisms or structures from basic supplies to meet a specific engineering challenge. The 2018 TEAMS event was held on March 3 at the FLCC Victor Campus. Four teams competed, representing two schools: Allendale Columbia and McQuaid Jesuit. The multiple choice question round is graded onsite and the top teams receive trophies for their efforts. Allendale Columbia Team with their tower For the previous two years, McQuaid Jesuit has been able to take the first place title. This year, Allendale Columbia was able to eclipse McQuaid by a narrow margin of just one point. The design-build event featured a tower to be built to simulate a concentrated solar reflector. Students’ projects were judged by the final height of their towers, the speed at which they were able to build them, and the most efficient use of their materials. Two of the teams’ towers are shown in the images included here. The design build portion will be scored by the national office. The results will be posted on the TSA-TEAMS website in the next few weeks ( In addition to the competition, students in attendance benefitted from a presentation about the engineering profession and a question-answer section conducted by members of the Monroe PE Society. While we had 4 teams this year, we could easily accommodate more. To find out how your school can participate, please reach out to MPES using the contact information listed below.

McQuaid Jesuit Team with their coach and their tower

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

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



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Upcoming Chapter Meeting Events • Thursday, April 19th, 2018: April Chapter Meeting

 Dr. Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest, Prof. of Mathematics & Systems Science at Slippery Rock University

Grey Systems Theory

Grey systems theory is a new methodology that focuses on the study of problems involving small samples and poor information. It deals with uncertain systems with partially known information through generating, excavating and extracting useful information from what is available.

• Thursday, May17th, 2018: May Chapter Meeting   Dr. Rosa Heckle, Mitre Corporation

Research Gone Agile

This presentation describes a case study on using an enterprise transformation process to enable agility in a research program. The Scaled Agile Framework was used as part of the solution. This presentation was previously given at the 2017 NDIA Systems Engineering Conference.

• Thursday, June 21, 2018: June Chapter Meeting  Steve Bruce, Lockheed Martin

Space Fence Radar

The Space Fence is a second-generation space surveillance system currently being built by Lockheed Martin. It is scheduled to go operational by the end of 2018. It is expected to be able to track over 200,000 space objects, including satellites and space debris.

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

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

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

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



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Rochester Chapter

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, April 18, 2018 - RIT Students Program

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - "Materials of Construction Test: Insuring the Use of Safe Materials in Photo Books," by Joseph LaBarca, Pixel Preservation International Venue ideas requested – we are soliciting input regarding other possible venues for our meetings.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 RIT STUDENT PROGRAMS:

Tiger Analytics: Imaging Science Meets Ice Hockey and Real Time Infant Tracker Cam (RIT Cam)


Tiger Analytics: Imaging Science Meets Ice Hockey

Science meets sport in this freshman-designed system which provides the RIT hockey team coaches with the critical data they need to propel the Tigers to victory! In this challenging project the students in the Freshman Imaging Project class are developing an imaging-based system to provide the RIT Men's Hockey Team with critical statistics that the coaches will use to improve both team and individual player performance. These technologies, primarily cameras, software, and displays, will be integrated into two major subsystems which can 1) track, identify, and characterize the actions of RIT hockey players on the ice, and 2) specify the location of the puck when goals are scored, thereby highlighting areas for goalie improvement. This presentation will cover the current status of the various elements of this system, show examples of the data that's been collected in a game setting, and give a sneak peek at the project's ImagineRIT exhibit. Presenters: Ethan Poole - Ethan is a first year student from Loudonville, NY. He graduated from Shaker High School with an advanced regents diploma with honors, and is currently majoring in Imaging Science and minoring in Russian. He is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and the Imaging Science Club. Jared Gregor - Jared is a first year student from Clifton Park,

NY. He graduated from Shenendehowa High School with an advanced regents diploma with honors, and is currently majoring in Imaging Science. He is a member of RIT's honors program and the Imaging Science Club. He plays intramural hockey and works on campus for dining services.


Real Time Infant Tracker Cam (RIT Cam)

RIT Cam is a "smart" infant monitor that goes beyond traditional live audio and video feeds to provide biometric information such as the infant's heart rate, breathing, and temperature. RIT Cam also uses pose recognition algorithms to identify the infant's position, so that an alert can be sent if the device detects an unsafe sleeping position. This additional information provides parents with peace of mind and enables them to keep better track of their infant's health. RIT Cam does not require any physical contact with the infant to gather this information. All data is extracted from imagery and audio collected from the device's RGB camera, infrared camera, infrared depth sensor, and microphone. First year graduate students from the Center for Imaging Science at RIT have spent the past two semesters developing this prototype smart infant monitor with support from KodakAlaris. Presenters: Kathleen Oram and Ryne Roady (Both RIT Imaging Science 1st Year PhD students)

Call for Nominations and Committee Assistance The Rochester Chapter Nominating Committee is starting to seek input for candidates to run in our 2018 election. We are also looking for individuals willing to make the short term effort of being on the Committee itself. Nominations will be considered for President, VP Programs, VP Membership, Recording Secretary and Treasurer, all of 38 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2018

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Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association Website:

Year 2018 Officers President Jared R. Ransom, LS Vice President Justin M. Roloson, LS Secretary Robert J. Avery, LS Treasurer Michael A. Venturo, LS Roy B. Garfinkel, LS, Ex-officio

Board of Directors

April 2018

2016-2018 Douglas W. Magde, LS Douglas Churchill, LS 2017-2019 David L. Standinger, LS Daniel T. Hickok, LS 2018-2020 Timothy T. Odell, LS Matthew R. Palmer Jonathan Navagh - Associates Representative

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April 19, 2018 6:00 PM General Membership Meeting 7:00 PM Board of Director's Meeting 40 & 8 Club 933 University Avenue Rochester. NY 14607

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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 Appointed AYP (Young Professionals) Liason: THOMAS GAMER, PE Erdman Anthony 145 Culver Road, Suite 200 Rochester, NY 14620 585-427-8888 Affiliate Liaison: TRAVIS JESSICK ALHERM, INC. 255 Humphrey Street Englewood, NJ 08631 551-486-9556 Newsletter Editor: CHRIS WOLAK Victaulic Fairport, NY 14450 484-350-1954

President's Message Happy Spring! Our golf outing is slated for Thursday June 14th at 10:00 am, Victor Hills. If you are interested in sponsoring a hole or entering a team, please contact any of the board members. Look for information on an ASPE Rochester Chapter summer picnic, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 25th. Bring the whole family!! ASPE Convention and Exposition is in Atlanta this year. Check out information on the ASPE website for the event, September 28-October 3. The Rochester Chapter is planning to sponsor one current member in good standing travel and registration expenses to attend the event. We will send out information on this soon. Jennifer Wengender, PE, CPD Rochester Chapter President

Meeting Notice – Save the Date Topic:

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


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)

Speaker: Rick Cota, Leonard Valve

Credits: PDH Approval Pending Cost:

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

Reservations: To Dave Jereckos, 585-341-3168 or by Wednesday, April 13, 2018.


(Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society)

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President’s Message Our meeting in March was on “Energy Flow and Measurements in Hydronic Systems” presented by Onicon. Thank you to everyone who attended. On Friday, February 23rd, 2018 the Rochester ASHRAE Chapter hosted it’s 1st Snow Day ski outing at Hunt Hollow. A special thank you to George Herman for putting together this great event. Also, thank you for all those who attended and contributed to the event. The Engineering Symposium in Rochester is scheduled for April 24, 2018 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. This event will offer multiple seminars that could total (7) professional development hours. ASHRAE is sponsoring (3) seminars. 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, P.E., CEM 2017-2018 President Rochester Chapter

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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: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, Bill Clark, PE, CEM Email: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Rochester Section Chairman, Steven Ivancic, University of Rochester 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:

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

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

Electrical Association Executive Director, Karen Lynch Email: President, Russ Corcoran, Landmark Electric, 585-359-0800. Email: Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association President, Jared R. Ransom, LS 585-737-6881 Email: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Inc., Rochester Section President, Pete Brinka. Email:

New York Water Environment Association Inc., Genesee Valley Chapter ( President, Bill Davis, 585-381-9250 Email: Sheet Metal & Air-Conditioning Contractor’s National Association-Rochester, Inc. Executive Director, Aaron Hilger 585-586-8030. Email:

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

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

Society of Women Engineers President, Marca J. Lam, RIT Email:

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