Rochester Engineering Society Magazine May 2018

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MAY 2018

Join Us At The

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 the 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 is on the home page.

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Thank you to our 2018 Gala Sponsors and a few photos from the Gala.

The Rochester Engineer Published since 1922 by


Founded March 18, 1897

Volume 96, Number 11, MAY 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. 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 ANDREW C. HIRSCH Retired 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:


A Few Photos From the 116th Annual Gala - Pages 6 & 7


4 • Notice to Members. 2018-2019 RES Nominations Notice 5 • RES Annual Meeting - Wed. May 30 6 • A Few Photos From the 116th Annual Gala 8 • Thank you to our Sponsors of the 116th Annual Gala

10 • RES Tutoring Team News 11 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 12 • Get to the Point! - US Government Must Use "Plain Language" 13 • Position Openings 14 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 14-15 • Engineers’ Calendar 16-18 • Professional Firms - Employee News 19 • News from Professional Firms 20 • What's News - How to Capitalize on Gender Diversity in the Engineering Workplace 37-38 • Directory of Professional Services 38 • Directory of Business Services 39 • Affiliated Societies and Corporate Members of the RES Membership Application and Advertising Rates are also on the website:

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• ABCD Association for Bridge Construction and Design...............26-27 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers............................................25 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................34 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................24 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................33 • IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................30-31

• INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering..........................29 • IS&T Imaging Science and Technology...................................................32 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................28 • NYSATE New York State Association of Transportation Engineers....36 • RES Rochester Engineering Society........................................... 1-10, 18 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................35 • TERRA TERRA Science & Engineering Fair.........................................22-23


President’s Message

Michael Triassi, EIT Javlyn, Inc. RES President 2017 - 18 April is a busy time at the Rochester Engineering Society. It includes two of our most popular events. By the time this article is published, the Symposium, sometimes nicknamed "PDH fest", will have occurred with its larger venue at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center and a record number of attendees, approximately 500 engineers. Just ten days earlier, many of you were in attendance at the RES Gala. These two events embody the "Promoting and Celebrating Engineering" efforts of the society. The festivities at the Gala illustrate the spectrum of "old" and "new" that makes up our engineering community. We observed the long standing tradition of having the city and county formerly proclaim it "Rochester Engineering Society Day". This happens just after perusing baskets for the more recently established Silent Auction organized by the Society of Women Engineers in the lobby area. There is the gleam and anticipation found in the faces of the scholarship winners and their families as they make plans to begin new career paths as engineering students. These students are able to witness the accomplishments of engineers who are well established in their fields being recognized for their accomplishments as Engineer of the Year recipients or finalists. They see emerging a young engineer honored by the Kate Gleason Award. As with every good tradition, we cannot forget the efforts of our previous award recipients and past leadership. The October president's message listed past award recipients, so at this time I would like to recognize past presidents back to and including Dick Rice and Lee Loomis, who was in attendance as an award recipient. Many of these individuals remain active in the ongoing efforts of the society. Past Presidents full begins starts in 1897 1978 Richard E. Rice 1979 George G. Landberg 1980 Lee M. Loomis 1981 James Sterlace 1982 Peter C. Oppelt 1983 Brian J. Thompson 1984 John R. Hoff 1985 Raymond J. Hasenauer 1986 Anthony H. Palermo 1987 Peter W. Sullivan 1988 Keith T. Knox 1989 Michael A. Triassi

1990 Ronald Mead 1991 Carol Richardson 1992 James Y. Oldshue 1993 Neal J. Illenberg 1994 Jacob Guter 1995 Lewis Gurley 1996 Susan Banovic 1997 Paul E. Petersen 1998 John F. Schmitt 1999 Jacob Z. Schanker 2000 Thomas C. Mitchell 2001 Salvatore A. LaBella 2002 Robert R. Prescott 2003 Jon M. Kriegel 2004 Donald P. Nims Jr.

2005 Harvey Palmer 2006 Barry F. Quinn 2007 Diane M. Trentini 2008 Harvey Palmer 2009 Wendy Smith 2010 Lisa Moretto 2011 Susan Weibel 2012 Lee M. Loomis 2013 Edward Hensel 2014 Mary B. Steblein 2015 Adam Cummings 2016 Jon M. Kriegel

Thank you all for building the framework that the society has used to carry forward. At the end of this month a new board will be instated. Members please join us at the Rochester Museum and Science Center on May 30th starting at 5:00pm for the RES Annual Meeting. Mike Triassi RES President res news - president’s message


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

TREASURER ANDREW C. HIRSCH Retired 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 DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2020) LEE M. LOOMIS Retired, RG&E


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

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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 is on the home page. res news - annual meeting


A few candid photos from the Gala - Saturday, April 14, 2018 To view more photos go to


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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.

November 2, 1967 (Special Meeting of the Board of Directors – RES Offices, 55 St. Paul Street). The Board

approved the membership applications for four regular members and one associate member.

“The Rochester Engineer” (November 1967)

The weekly RES Luncheon Series this month included “Systems Analysis of Environmental Pollution” by Dr. George Berg, U of R, “Photography – The Complete Data Collector” by Prof. William Shoemaker, RIT, “Photofabrication” by Donald R. Spear, EKCo and “A New Master of Science Program for Engineers in Industry” by Dr. Richard F. Eisenberg, U of R. Along with the announcement of a special evening tour of Mixing Equipment Company for RES members, this issue featured an extensive article on the science of fluid mixing in municipal waste treatment. The article expounded on the importance entrainment of oxygen in the wastewater and the proper mixing of suspended solids. It further addressed the importance of defining the characteristics of the waste, contact stabilization modification, qualitative measurement of dissolved oxygen and types of aeration. Experimentation with these factors was being regularly demonstrated to municipal officials and design engineers in a new performance test tank at Mixco’s Mt. Read Blvd. facility. This months’ featured RES Affiliate was the Rochester Chapter of the Society of Reproduction Engineers, populated predominantly by engineers in the reprographic industry. Project Manager Ernest E. Mohr (EKCo) for the proposed RES Engineers’ Center presented a progress report laying out the basic reasons for the 9,000+ engineers in the greater Rochester area to support this plan. He described the growing need for continued professional development in the various engineering disciplines, the importance of determining the existence of already-existing facilities, the organization and function of an engineers’ center and the required characteristics of such a facility. With this in mind, he announced that the previously considered option of utilizing a barn-type facility on the RIT campus would not be pursued any further. In a separate article, Dr. E.T. Kirkpatrick (RIT’s Dean, College of Applied Science), provided a reading list of books on the history of res news - history

A Sampling from the Archives of the Rochester Engineering Society...1897 - 1968 by Lee M. Loomis

the engineering profession; while not required reading in an already crowded RIT engineering curriculum, he suggested that these volumes would provide insight for engineers into the humanisticsocial aspect of their profession.

December 6, 1967 (Board of Directors Meeting – Colonial Hotel, Empire Blvd.) The Board unanimously

approved ten new Regular Membership applications, and one Junior Member. The RES Education Committee announced that it was planning a course on Basic Engineering Management, consisting of six lectures by different authorities on the topic. The Publications Committee announced that the American Society for Metals (ASM) was having its membership receive “The Rochester Engineer” for a trial period of three months, and studying the possibility of combining its own publication with the RES magazine. The suggestion of initiating an “Engineer of the Month” feature in the magazine, was discussed and discarded, due to opposition from several RES Directors.

“The Rochester Engineer” (December 1967)

Wallace E. Wilson, former General Manager of Rochester Products Division, now Vice President of General Motors, was announced as the keynote speaker for the February 22, 1968, Engineers' Joint Dinner. “Design Parameters of Filtering Systems” by Edward J. Ackley, Director of Engineering & Research, Dollinger Corporation was this month’s cover article. The article described Dollinger’s capabilities in macro and micro filtration of gasses and liquids. The featured RES Affiliate fro this month was the Rochester Chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. Founded in 1948, the AIIE claimed over 15,000 members, in 160 Senior Chapters and 65 University Student Chapters.

“The Rochester Engineer” (January 1968)

This month’s RES Luncheon topics were announced as “State Construction – Review & Forecast” by Bernard F. Perry, PE, NY State District Engineer, “Robert E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant – A Progress Report” by John E. Arthur, Project Engineer, RG&E, “Rochester’s Plan for Action” by Ann B. Taylor, Director of Planning, City of Rochester, “Engineering Education – Clarkson’s Commitment to Tomorrow” by Dr. Richard Kenyon, Assoc. Dean, Graduate School, Clarkson College of Technology, and “Engineering for Tomorrow’s Traffic” by Eugene L. Simm, Director of Traffic Engineering, City of Rochester. The January RES Plant Tour was announced; “Plasma-Plating”, at Heany Industries, Scottsville, NY. 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.


RES News - Tutoring Team Rochester City Schools Modernization Program… …What it means for Dr. Walter Cooper Academy The Rochester City School District occupies fifty school buildings (37 Elementary Schools and 13 Secondary Schools). Nearly half are more than 75 years old. These schools have been in need of major upgrading, not only to improve maintenance, but it is also important that the ever-changing instructional demands of the District’s school programs are met, including maintaining low class size, providing Pre-K classrooms, creating labs for computers and other technologies, expanding Special Education rooms, and providing space for school-based health centers and Student and Family Support Centers. The Rochester Schools Modernization Program (the “RSMP”) was created by New York State Legislation

in 2007 to help bring Rochester’s learning environment into the 21st Century and provide students with facilities that are comparable to neighboring suburban districts. Construction on the RSMP began in the summer of 2012 with School 17, School 50, Charlotte High School and Franklin High School, followed by School 58. A second group of projects broke ground in 2013 including: School 28, School 5, East High School, and Edison Technology Campus. School 12 was completed last summer. The modernization of Monroe High School is still underway. Next September, students from School #16 will be returning from their temporary location to occupy their newly modernized facility at 321 Post Ave., one-half mile North of our Dr. Walter Cooper Academy (RCSD School #10).

This means that Dr. Walter Cooper Academy is next in the RSMP…


What will be changing at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy (RCSD School #10)? New classroom wing, gym and fully reconstructed facilities, including mechanical/electrical/plumbing.

When will the construction begin? Summer 2018

Where will the students be during construction? Students at #10 School will share the former John Marshall High School Campus, along with Clara Barton School (RCSD #2), at 180 Ridgeway Ave.

When will the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy students return to their School? September 2019

What will be the impact, next school year, on the RES Tutoring Team? The Administration and Faculty at #10 School are hopeful that the RES Tutoring Team will be willing to continue its valuable support for our Scholars, as they move through this transition. We will still have Scholars who need some of that “extra” support with their reading, spelling, math, science and social studies, the kind of help that only comes with the regular, personal attention they receive from our Tutors. The distance from downtown Rochester to the Marshall Campus is about the same as to the 353 Congress Avenue school site. The Marshall Campus is readily accessible from Lake Avenue, Ridge Road West (Rte. 104), and/or the I-390 North Expressway. There’s adequate, off-street parking on/ near the Marshall Campus.

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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. 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.

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: res news - stem bridges


Get to the Point!

US Government Must Use "Plain Language" Say what you want about the US Government and some of the decisions they make, but finally, here’s one that makes sense and will affect all of us. After decades of government discussion spanning several administrations, “The Plain Writing Act of 2010” was signed by President Obama and went into affect in October 2011. What does this mean to us? Federal agencies are required to write clear, concise, and complete information that the general public can understand. The US is not the first nation to promote this; Britain, Portugal, South Africa, and Sweden have been doing this for years. Finally, the bureaucratic government organizations are catching up with what technical writers (and RGI) have been promoting for a century! The law goes as far as banning certain words. Here’s an example of some of the words the must be eliminated from the government language:

practicable promulgated pursuant thereunder commencing

in accordance with herein precluded heretofore evidenced

I am particularly excited about the mandate that the documents use the first person and active voice when possible. For years, I have been promoting both techniques in my courses and articles. So now, the Government, will become more “human” and refer to themselves as “we” and the citizens as “you”. Government agencies will also be replacing “Is it requested...” with a simple “Please”. Take a look at what the result will be: Before: Before an individual can be determined eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, it must be established that the individual is not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. Revised: You can get financial help from Disaster Unemployment Assistance if your job was lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the Unites States. Before: Timely preparation, including structural and nonstructural mitigation measures to avoid the impacts of severe winter weather, can avert heavy personal, business and government expenditures. Experts agree that the following measures can be effective in dealing with the challenges of severe winter weather.


Revised: Severe winter weather can be extremely dangerous. Consider these safety tips to protect your property and yourself. Although this statement, taken directly from the guidelines, is humorous, it certainly brings home the point to the federal document writers: "Federal writers are not supposed to be creating great literature. You are communicating requirements, how to get benefits, how to stay safe and healthy, and other information to help people in their lives. While there is no problem with being expressive, most federal writing has no place for literary flair. People do not curl up in front of the fire with a nice federal regulation to have a relaxing read.” So what does this mean for engineers? For those of you who work for or with government agencies, your writing will be expected to be shorter, more direct, and use simple words. Engineers are at fault too. Take a look at this: Before: This proposal is made subject to the General Conditions of Service attached hereto. If you are in agreement with this proposal, kindly sign below indicating your notice to proceed and acceptance of the terms and conditions stated herein. Revised: This proposal corresponds to the attached General Conditions of Service. To proceed with the project, we need your signature below, which indicates your acceptance of the outlined terms and conditions. For the rest of us, we might actually understand the government information we read. I use to say “You don’t want to write like a stuffy, bureaucratic government agency.” Perhaps, in the near future, I’ll have to change my example. For more information about Plain Language and the laws visit

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Position Openings

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Education Opportunities

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


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.

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Engineers’ Calendar Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Wednesday, May 16

Society for Imaging Science p 31 and Technology (IS&T)

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. Register at:

Monday, May 7

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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Joint PACE/TEMS: Autonomous Vehicles and Technologies Place: RIT, Bldg. 9-James E Gleason Hall, room number GLE-2255 Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm Reservations: No charge. Register at:

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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.

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Thursday, May 17

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)


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General Membership Meeting / Finger Lakes Dinner Presentation on Ground Control Planning, LA Region Imagery Acquisition Place: Finn’s Tap Room & Party House, 14 Railroad Street, Victor, NY 14564 Time: 6:00 pm Details: continuing education calendar | engineers' calendar

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Wednesday, May 30

Thursday, May 17

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

Rochester Engineering Society (RES)

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 29 of this issue or contact Kevin Devaney at

Thursday, May 17

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

Annual Dinner Meeting & Bridge Awards

Place: Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, 6492 East Main Street Road (SR5), Stafford, NY Time: Open bar & hors d’oeuvres at 5:30; 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,

Annual 18-Hole Scholarship Golf Tournament

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 14

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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Grey Systems Theory

Friday, May 18


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Place: Webster Golf Course – East Course, 440 Salt Road, Webster, NY Time: Registration, Lunch and Social Hour at 12:00 to 1:15 pm. 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.

Monday, May 21

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

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20th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing

Place: Terry Hills Country Club, 5122 Clinton Street Road, Batavia, NY Time: Registration and lunch (Halfway House) begin at 11:30 am; Shotgun start at 12:45 pm; Keg beer one hour before dinner; Dinner at 6:00 pm; awards following dinner. Cost: $100 per person (includes lunch, golf with cart, keg beer, dinner); $35 for dinner only; $150 Hole Sponsorships available. Reservations: Reservations by Friday, June 8th. Contact Mike Barrett, email:, 716-688-0766. A golf tournament reservation application is available on page 27.

Thursday, June 21

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

Speaker: Steve Bruce, Lockheed Martin Time: 6:00 to approximately 7:30 pm Reservations: There are 7 host sites available. Details are on page 29 of this issue or contact Kevin Devaney at

Friday, August 10

p 34 The New York State Association of ASHRAE Picnic / Golf Tournament Transportation Engineers (NYSATE) Place: Ravenwood Golf Course, 929 Lynaugh Road, Victor, NY

Time: Golf registration – 9:30 to 10:45 am; Shotgun Start at 11:00 am; Picnic from 4:00 (cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres from 4:00 to 5:30 pm) to 7:30 pm. Dinner is catered by Dinosaur Bar B Que. Reservations: No tickets will be sold or distributed at the door. Tickets will be mailed to you or you can pick up at R.F. Peck Company. Reservation deadline is May 14th. Additional details and ticket purchase details are on the website at engineers' calendar

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Save the Date: NYSATE Summer Picnic at the Red Wings (Rochester Red Wings vs. Charlotte Knights)

Place: Walk of Fame Café at 6:00 pm. Tickets coming soon!

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Professional Firms Employee News Clark Patterson Lee Welcomes Two Hires in Rochester Clark Patterson Lee (CPL), a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, welcomes two new hires to its Rochester team: Nick Binnert as civil engineer and Courtney Ter-Velde as interior designer. In his new role, Binnert will be responsible for land development projects, site plan design and review as well as stormwater design. He joins the CPL team full time after interning with the firm while earning his civil engineering degree at Rochester Institute of Technology. Nick Binnert

will be responsible for the development and production of space planning, FFE packages, custom millwork design and interior construction documentation. She joins the CPL team with more than 5 years of professional experience and most recently served as interior designer at Edge Architecture. Ter-Velde Courtney Ter-Veide has an associates degree in sociology from Las Angeles Valley College, an associates degree in interior design from Monroe Community College, and a bachelors degree in interior design from Rochester Institute of Technology. q

As interior designer, Ter-Velde

Jeremy Gworek, PE, Joins CHA as a Project Engineer CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), a highly diversified, full-service engineering and construction management firm, announces Jeremy Gworek, PE, has joined the firm’s general structures group as a project engineer in its Rochester office. Jeremy has more than nine years of structural engineering design experience as a technical and managerial leader working on projects of various size and across multiple markets. He earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo. q Jeremy Gworek, PE

LaBella Announces Two New Appointments to Vice President LaBella Associates announces two new appointments. Thomas A. Pavone, PE, director of program management has been appointed to vice president. With 38 years’ experience, Tom has program management expertise in gas and electric utilities. Recent projects include assisting with program development and staffing for various programs at Avangrid. Thomas A. Pavone, PE

LaBella announces the appointment of Tim Webber, PE


Timothy Webber, PE

to vice president. Tim currently serves as regional manager for civil engineering services in Rochester. Twenty one years of experience in the field has afforded Tim expertise in civil engineering for both public and private entities, with a specialty in athletic facility design. Tim’s recent projects include the Pittsford Parks athletic fields, YMCA’s regional campus for healthy living, and campuswide improvements for Clarkson University. q professional firms employee news

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SWBR recently converted to a Design Professional Corporation (D.P.C.) through New York State Department of State. As a result, both licensed and non-licensed professionals have an opportunity to become shareholders at the firm. Traditionally, only licensed professionals were eligible for this opportunity. There are now 50 shareholders at SWBR. “The shareholders at SWBR are critical to the success and growth of our team” said Tom Gears, president and CEO. “With this role, they will have a voice and voting rights regarding strategic initiatives at mid-year and year-end shareholder meetings, will be eligible to serve on the Board, and will benefit from the increasing value of our firm.” The firm's latest shareholders, announced earlier this year, are: Caitlin Ellis, AIA, Associate/Project Architect has been with the firm for three years and is an expert in educational design. Her most recent work includes being a designer on the team for RIT MAGIC Spell Studios, SUNY Cortland Corey Union ground-floor renovation, and several Brighton Central School District projects. Lisa Fingar, CPSM, Associate/Marketing Manager has been with the firm for 21 years and is the Marketing Department Manager, overseeing all marketing, PR and sales support for the firm. Corina Folts, CID, Associate/Interior Designer has been with the firm for over three years. She’s most recently been on the team for the McQuaid Jesuit STEM addition, RIT Global Village expansion, SUNY Cortland Corey Union, and the award-winning U of R Genesee Hall. professional firms employee news

Chris Goldan, Associate/Communications Manager has been with the firm for five years. His recent accomplishments include managing the SWBR rebrand, designing the Kodak Center Marquee, and designing the new College at Brockport Wayfinding System. Jodi Mason, CID ASID, Associate/Interior Designer has been with the firm for 10 years and specializes in interior designer for senior living and education. She’s recently completed projects for St. John’s Meadows, Cloverwood Senior Living, and the Brighton Central School District Council Rock primary school. Joe McNinch, Associate/Project Designer/ BIM Group Leader has been with the firm for six years. In addition to being a designer on the teams for Durand Senior Apartments, Freedom Commons, and Gateway Lofts, he was recently promoted as the firm’s BIM Group Leader. Kyle Morris, AIA, Associate/Project Architect has been with the firm for two years. Based out of our Syracuse office, he has recently designed projects for Rescue Mission’s Crossroads and Gifford Commons and the Kirkhaven Long-Term Care kitchen and dining renovation. David Newton, Associate, Construction Administration Manager has been with us for 12 years. As our Construction Administration Manager, he’s involved with numerous projects and works closely with the design team, the client, agencies, and contractors. Some of his recent work includes Evergreen Lofts, DePaul Joseph L Allen Apartments, Cornerstone Apartments and the Frances Apartments. Diana Kalvitis-Pannone, CID, Associate/ Interior Design Manager has been with the firm for 26 years and was recently promoted to the Interior Design Department Manager.

Some of her recent work includes interior design for RIT MAGIC Spell Studios, Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center, DePaul Wheatfield, and the North Rose-Wolcott Central School District. Don Pannone, Associate/Senior Project Manager has been with the firm for 32 years. Don is an expert in all aspects of design for advanced manufacturing, clean technology industry, laboratories, optics, corporate, food service, retail, and higher education projects. He’s currently serving as senior project manager on the teams for AIM Photonics, JMA Wireless, and several other industrial and corporate clients. Sheri Seitz, CDA, Associate/Finance Manager has been with the firm for 34 years. In her role as Finance Department Manager, she supports all aspects of the firm’s accounting and is continually working to improve profitability and analyze business opportunities. Dylan Smith AIA, Associate/Project Architect has been with the firm for two years. He assists with all phases of the design process, primarily on higher education, affordable housing, and municipal projects. Part of our Syracuse office, he’s currently a designer for the Rescue Mission and Cornell CVM Research Tower project teams. Keith Sylvester, Associate/Chief Information Officer has been with the firm for 20 years and oversees and manages all IT systems for the firm. Pauline Vieira, Associate/Administrative Department Manager has been with the firm for three years. She supports the leadership of the firm and manages the Administrative staff. q


RES News The Rochester Engineering Society welcomes Merideth Leubner to the Rochester Engineering as a Regular Member at the March Board of Directors Meeting. Merideth is a native of the Southern Tier of NY, and received her MSEE from Alfred University. Prior to that she studied photography in Boston, fell in love with the physics of light and began a journey that culminated in much research in the world of semiconductors, specifically robotic vision. Although this has branched out into other areas of electrical and software engineering, Merideth Leubner she is still passionate about her roots in photography and image science. Her love for technology can only be matched for her love of all things outdoor including hiking, climbing, skiing, kayaking, and spending time in the ADK and White Mountains. q

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Michael St. John, PE, Promoted to Vice President at Erdman Anthony Erdman Anthony’s board of directors announces the promotion of Michael St. John, PE, to vice president. St. John joined the firm in 2004 and has 20 years of experience in the engineering field. Since 2013, he has served as core business unit leader of one of the firm’s largest operating groups. Under his leadership, the facilities engineering and design services group has excelled at serving clients throughout the United States. Michael St. John, PE

“Mike is a terrific member of our leadership team. He is committed to excellence and models our values as he leads his group to deliver outstanding solutions for our client partners,” said Curt Helman, PE, Erdman Anthony president and CEO. St. John has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and is a professional engineer in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. The Pittsford resident is also a LEED® Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Manager. q 18 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER MAY 2018

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IBC Engineering Earns ACEC New York 2018 Engineering Excellence Award IBC Engineering, an engineering consulting firm specializing in innovative design building systems, recently announced it has earned an ACEC New York 2018 Engineering Excellence Gold Award for engineering design services they provided for the Pine Grove Middle School Additions and Alterations project in the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District. Specifically, the company designed mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering systems to support an 118,000 square foot renovation and 12,000 square foot addition at the Middle School located in East Syracuse, NY. Branded as a “Greater, Greener Grove” and said to be “The School of the Future,” this project focused on fostering innovation, energy efficiency, improved air quality for increased level of cognitive function and flexibility. To determine how to best meet the demands of 21st Century teaching methods and exceed requirements for creating a student’s optimal learning environment, IBC Engineering utilized state-of-the-art analysis tools to determine the following factors.

• Energy efficiency • Optimum light levels • CO2 concentrations • Background noise • Advanced technology systems

This helped the entire project team to better understand how energy efficiency and indoor air quality can work together. By creating positive improvements in air quality, flexible learning spaces were able to be incorporated throughout the building design. These pieces are critical to fostering student concentration and learning in ways needed to acquire the skills necessary for being successful in our changing world. “Research has shown elements like air quality and lighting have a direct impact on one’s productivity and ability to retain information,” explained Daniel K. Fox, Partner and Director of news from professional firms

Engineering. “This goes for both adults and children, which is why it was so critical we took the time to gather information about the existing facility from the school staff, students and the community to see what areas needed improvement prior to beginning the design process. Ultimately, I know I speak on behalf of our whole company when I say we’re grateful to be in a position where we can have a direct, lasting impact on the younger generation. With today’s world becoming faster paced and even more technology centric, it’s absolutely critical youth is enabled to learn in the most efficient way possible.” “We’d also like to send a big thank you to the District and King + King Architects,” added Fox. “The goals of this project would not have successfully been met without their efforts.” The ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards are presented to projects that encompass both the public and private sector in the following categories: studies, research, and consulting services; building/ technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and storm water; water resources; transportation; energy; industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities; and special projects. Each year, over 60 member firms submit projects that are judged on a rigorous set of criteria, which includes complexity, innovation and value to society. These projects are judged by a panel of industry experts, which includes military and government officials, ACEC National and International leadership, educators from college and university engineering departments, and leadership from other organizations dedicated to the built environment. Awards are distributed based on the average scores received by these judges and are assigned one of four levels (in ascending order): Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. The top-rated Diamond award that is designed and built entirely within New York State will earn the Empire Award. All awards were recognized at the ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Gala on April 7, 2018 in New York City. q MAY 2018 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 19

What's News How to Capitalize on Gender Diversity in the Engineering Workplace Communication. A skill that we begin using from birth. Yet, ironically, a skill that most of us still haven’t mastered. Especially with the opposite sex. Sure, we’ve all had fights with our significant others, but in the workplace, you can’t slam the door and walk away. Ethically. Ever since women began assimilating into the field of engineering, many companies have turned to scholars to study the most effective ways of communicating across genders. Surprisingly, little headway has been made to bridge the communication gap. In fact, “70% of mistakes in the workplace are a result of poor communication.” (Cole, 1993). An interesting study by economists from MIT and George Washington University found that offices of equally mixed genders averaged 41% higher revenue over all-male or all-female employees (Ellison and Mullin, 2014). Sara Ellison, lead researcher, references baseball when describing why: “A baseball team entirely composed of catchers could have high esprit de corps,” noting that a band of catchers could share experiences, equipment, or tips for handling knuckleballs, “but it would not perform very well on the field.” The catch? Ellison and Mullin observed that people are more comfortable and happier in homogenous work groups. In other words, men feel at ease around other men and women feel at ease around other women. Therein lies the rub, how can we maintain our job satisfaction while working in diverse engineering teams that have been proven to increase the bottom line? It’s no secret that men and women will always communicate differently. It’s inherent based on our upbringings and roles in society. The key is understanding those differences and, therefore, each-other. Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, has studied at length the two main differences between men and women in conversation. WOMEN Women often focus on empathetic relationship building, which Tannen dubs “Rapport Talk”. This method of communication seeks to establish a connection with others instead of proving one’s self, as men do. Women typically share personal feelings and focus on past experiences. In most cases women will avoid using direct or threatening communication in favor of taking turns while talking and not interrupting (Tannen, 1990). TIPS FOR INTERACTING WITH MEN • Make expectations clear (focus on specific tasks and firm dates) o For Example: “It would be helpful if you could run the analysis by Friday so I can focus on responding to the customer’s questions.” • Clarify whether you are venting vs. looking for a solution o For Example: “I’m having an issue on a project, but I just need to vent, can you listen?” • Eliminate subconscious cues that indicate submission o For Example: Poor posture and down cast eyes


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MEN Men, on the other hand, are typically direct in their discussions, which Tannen calls “Report Talk”. This is a focus on content and demonstration of knowledge about a subject. Men don’t typically share personal feelings but prefer to focus on events, sports, news, and facts. Tannen noticed men use jokes and stories to show status and power in groups (Tannen, 1990). TIPS FOR INTERACTING WITH WOMEN • Offer supportive feedback frequently o For Example: “Your input on the last design review was excellent, it brought to light several questions that I hadn’t thought of. Thank you.” • Share personal stories o For Example: “When I first interviewed with this company I wasn’t offered the position, but I’ve been here seven years now. Just goes to show you that you can succeed where you once thought you couldn’t.” • Reduce patronizing by not expressing ideas as absolutes, be open to other ideas o For Example: “I believe there are other ways we can solve this problem, does anyone have any other opinions on the matter?” It’s rewarding to feel understood, especially considering the different interests and motivations that drive men and women. True teamwork means all team members being open to new ideas, giving and receiving constructive criticism, and recognizing that each gender has a communication preference. When asked whether it’s easier in the workplace to work in groups of all-male, all-female, or a mixture, James Fisher, mechanical engineer, responded by saying: “All-male groups tend to display dominance and always try to one-up each other, personally, I tend to take over and just do most of the work. When women are involved, it stays more relaxed and social. So, it seems to me, a healthy mix is good.” Without the ability to understand each-other clearly, we stifle productivity and ultimately company growth. This isn’t to say that females should adopt the male way of communicating or vice versa, however there’s strong financial benefits to bridging the gap between our communication styles. Beginning with the tips above we can be better engineers, significant others, and people. Sources: Cole, Kris. (1993). Crystal Clear Communication: Skills for Understanding and Being Understood. Australia: Prentice Hall. Ellison, Sara Fisher and Mullin, Wallace P. (2014). Diversity, Social Goods Provision, and Performance in the Firm. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 23(2), 465-481 Mohindra, Vinita. (2012). Gender Communication: A Comparative Analysis of Communicational Approaches of Men and Women at Workplaces. IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science. 2. 18-27. Tannen, D. (1990). You just don't understand: Women and men in conversation. New York, NY: Morrow.

About the Author Diana Solt is an Engineer at Harris Corporation. She is also a graduate of the Communication and Media Technology Master’s program and Rochester Institute of Technology. MAY 2018 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 21


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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

MPES Secretary, Martin E. Gordon, PE, DFE, Authors Article on Miami Bridge Collapse Despite our best efforts as engineers, design failures occur. In a best-case scenario, design flaws are caught and corrected during the design process. If not caught during design, testing and laboratory analysis may bring design issues to light. More costly are flaws that become apparent during the building or manufacturing process. Worse yet are failures that occur when the product or structure is in use by the consumer or general public. However, when designs undergo sudden, catastrophic failure, with injury or even loss of life, these are termed Engineering Disasters. Determining exactly ‘what went wrong’ in these situations often falls under the category of forensic engineering. According to one source, forensic engineering “is the investigation of materials, products, structures or components that fail or do not operate or function as intended, causing personal injury or damage to property.” MPES Secretary, Martin E. Gordon, PE, DFE, is certified as a forensic engineer by NAFE: the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (a chartered affinity group of NSPE). Gordon recently authored an article titled: How do forensic engineers investigate bridge collapses, like the one in Miami? on the news website The Conversation (see full article at The article was recently picked up by Scientific American. Mr. Gordon notes that forensic engineers are currently trying to determine why this bridge collapsed and how to prevent similar tragedies in the future. While not actively involved in the investigation, he notes that some basic common steps will be taken by the forensic engineering team. First, survivors must be rescued and victims must be recovered. Gordon notes that during this phase materials can be moved and evidence damaged, so the forensic engineers need to study the emergency response to the disaster in addition to the disaster itself. Forensic engineers will need to collect samples of the bridge materials in order to test the physical properties. They will also need to study drawings, plans, and calculations in order to compare this data against what was actually built. Additionally, they will need to study photographs and video of the collapse and piece together the “sequence of events and locations of key problems.” Gordon further notes that “putting that puzzle together is a key part of the forensic engineer’s role.” Gordon’s article provides a link to dashcam footage of the bridge collapse. He notes that the footage “seems to indicate that the initial failure was very close to the north end of the structure” and that a crack had been discovered near this end of the bridge a few days prior to the collapse. Gordon also notes that not all the questions considered will be directly engineeringrelated. Some may be logistical, such as why the road was reopened to traffic while the bridge was still under construction. If you are interested in learning more about Forensic Engineering, consider attending the NAFE summer meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo, NY to be held on July 27-29. Registration is open to all regardless of membership status and first time attendees get 50% off on registration. For additional information or to sign up please visit 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

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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, 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.

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Materials of Construction Test: Insuring the Use of Safe Materials in Photo Books Joseph E. LaBarca, Pixel Preservation International, Rochester, NY


The photographic industry has had a long-standing concern over the use of materials containing poly vinyl chloride (PVC) materials. This caution was warranted due to PVC materials and plasticizers causing damage to silver halide photographic prints in the 1970s and early 1980s, often from album covers and print storage sleeves, among others. Several international standards for safe storage of photographic materials specifically forbid the use of PVC-containing materials. However, as the photo book industry has grown, new imaging materials are now in use, such as pages produced with electrophotographic printing technologies. In addition the actual materials used in construction of the photo book itself have changed, including the use of modern PVC-containing materials. Given the historical concerns around the use of PVC, an extensive test was designed to explore a range of modern PVC-containing materials in combination with the typical range of imaging media in use today. This includes silver halide, electrophotographic, inkjet, and thermal dye transfer imaging systems. This paper will review the design, implementation, and results of this test, as well as provide recommendations and test procedures that can be used to determine the compatibility of photo book construction materials with various imaging systems.

Biography: Joseph LaBarca is a 19-year member of the ISO Technical Committee on Photography and is directly involved in the ANSI/IT-9 and ISO Working Group 5 Committees on color print stability and physical properties. After retiring from Eastman Kodak Company with over 34 years of continuous service Joe formed JEL Imaging Services in 2010 and Pixel Preservation International in early 2011, to provide consulting services to the imaging industry on image preservation, ISO standards, and image quality. He is a graduate of Bucknell University with a bachelor’s of science degree in chemical engineering and spent a large part of his career at Kodak in the research, development, and commercialization processes for Kodak Ektacolor papers and processing chemistry. This included extensive involvement in the image stability of color papers beginning in the early 1980s and continuing for the remainder of his career at Kodak. In 2004 Joe assumed the role of Technical Director, Image Permanence with responsibilities that included silver halide, inkjet, thermal dye transfer, and electrophotographic imaging systems. Joe has been a member of IS&T for over 28 years and was awarded Senior Membership in 2012. He has also been a member of the American Institute for Conservation since 2008.

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 32 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER MAY 2018

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On April 9th we held our final regular monthly meeting for the 2017-18 year. We are lucky to have some great local expertise in the area of refrigeration who were able to share with the chapter. Mike Nohle from Meier Supply Company spoke on Refrigerant Piping & Accessories Sizing and Best Practices and Ivan Rydkin from Daikin-America spoke on Designing Systems with New Refrigerants. Thank you, Mike and Ivan, for sharing your expert knowledge with the chapter. On Saturday April 14th, the Rochester ASHRAE Chapter was an Affiliate sponsor at The Rochester Engineering Society’s 116th Annual Gala Event. We were honored to participate in such a great event. The Engineering Symposium in Rochester was held on April 24th at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. This year 34 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER MAY 2018


Jeff Close did a terrific job putting together a slate of three HVAC presentations sponsored by ASHRAE. Thank you Jeff! Our final event of the year is our Annual Golf/Picnic scheduled for Monday, May 21st. If you are interested in participating or becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Jim Browe ( Please continue to check out our website at www.rochester. 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 ashrae news

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