Rochester Engineering Society Magazine September 2018

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September 2018

Advancing the Field of Light Microscopy with 3D Superresolution Imaging and Tracking | 11 Double Helix Optics Transforms 2D Imaging into 3D Information Capture, Giving Us a Closer Look at the Molecular World

A 3D DH-PSF superresolution image of microtubules captures the detailed 3D information not seen in conventional 2D widefield imaging (left side); the bottom row shows magnified insets illustrating the image detail further, and the z depth is encoded in color (scale on the right). Images courtesy of Double Helix Optics.

Also in this issue: Save the Date - Friday, October 26


Tour of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester | 4

Advancing the Field of Light Microscopy with 3D Superresolution Imaging

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Volume 97, Number 3, SEPTEMBER 2018 (Electronic Only) 2,500+ Monthly Circulation (Quarterly Hard Copies, 11 issues electronically) ISSN 0035-7405

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

The web site for the Engineers’ Center is at: The deadline is the 10th day of the month prior to the issue. Unless otherwise stated, opinions expressed in this publication are those of contributors, not of the Rochester Engineering Society, Inc. Advertising information may be obtained by contacting the office of the Rochester Engineering Society or going to the website at Published every month but July. Yearly subscription is $20.00, (4 hard copies, 11 digital). You can sign up on the website for the subscription for digital copies only (free) and receive an email notice when posted. Go to to join the Rochester Engineering Society. Click on the individual membership and you can submit your application on-line. Board of Directors: OFFICERS: President JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI, PE M/E Engineering / First Vice President GREG GDOWSKI, PhD University of Rochsester / Treasurer ANDREW C. HIRSCH Retired / Second Vice President MICHELLE SOMMERMAN, PE Bergmann Associates / Past President MICHAEL V. TRIASSI Javlyn, Inc. / EIGHT DIRECTORS: CORNELIUS (NEAL) ILLENBERG PE Retired / LEE LOOMIS Retired / RICHARD E. RICE MJ Engineering / ADAM CUMMINGS, PE Town of Ontario / DANIELLE WALTERS MKS Instruments / DOREEN EDWARDS Rochester Institute of Technology / BRETT ELIASZ, PE Bergmann Associates / DIRECTOR DENNIS ROOTE, PE CDE Engineering & Environment, PLLC / Administrative Director LYNNE M. IRWIN Rochester Engineering Society / e-mail:

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4 • Save the Date: Friday, October 26th. Tour the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester 5 • RES Scholarship Application Information 7 • The Rochester City Schools Moderinaztion Program... ...Means Big Improvements for Dr. Walter Cooper Academy 8 • Get to the Point! - Presentation Phobia (1): From Power Point Poison to

Standing Ovation

10 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 11-13 • Advancing the Field of Light Microscopy with 3D Superresolution Imaging and Tracking (cover) 14-15, 48 • Position Openings 16 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 16-18 • Engineers’ Calendar 19 • Get IT Done - Surf's Up 20-25 • Professional Firms - Employee News 26-27 • News from Professional Firms 28 • FE Civil Exam Review Course Offered by Civil Engineering Technology at RIT 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 are also on the website:

news of the...

• ABCD AAssociation for Bridge Construction and Design............30-31 • AFE Association for Facilities Engineering...........................................34 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers............................................35 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................41 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................29 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................33 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................43


• IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................38-39 • INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering..........................37 • IS&T Imaging Science and Technology...................................................42 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................36 • NYSATE New York State Association of Transportation Engineers....32 • RES Rochester Engineering Society.................................................... 2-7 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................44 • TERRA TERRA Science & Engineering Fair...............................................40


President’s Message

Joseph Dombrowski, PE M/E Engineering RES President 2018 - 2019 Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the great weather this summer. Summer has found the RES busy planning for upcoming events. We have had a board opening for a while, and two folks stepped up to volunteer to fill the vacancy. The current board, at its regular meeting of 8/22 selected Dennis Roote, President of CDE Engineering and Environment, PLLC to fill the void. Dennis is not a stranger to the RES, having worked with us before often. Many thanks to the people who stepped forward to be considered and welcome aboard Dennis. The president, and the first and second vice presidents (who are destined to be president eventually) held a strategic planning session hosted by Greg Gdowski at U of R on 7/18. The outcomes involve some homework for the executives and the Board; we agreed to create a list of duties of the RES board members and their committees, update the Constitution and Bylaws to eliminate some clumsy and outdated items (found at and investigate lengthening the terms of at least the executive officers to two years from one year as a way of increasing efficacy. Any other suggestions would be helpful; feel free to let us know what you would propose. I will use this forum to report on our progress.

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RES News Save the Date!

Friday, October 26, 2018 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm The Rochester Engineering Society will offer a

Tour of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester

Limit: 50 People

Cost: $10 for RES & IEEE Invididual Members; $25 for Non-members Reservations: ADVANCE PAID RESERVATION REQUIRED!

A reservation form will be on the RES Calendar.

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester is a unique national resource for research and education in science and technology. LLE was established in 1970 as a center for the investigation of the interaction of intense radiation with matter. The National Nuclear Security Administration funds LLE as part of its Stockpile Stewardship Program. The OMEGA Laser Facility stands 10 meters tall and is approximately 100 meters in length. This system delivers pulses of laser energy to targets in order to measure the resulting nuclear and fluid dynamic events. OMEGA's 60 laser beams focus up to 40,000 joules of energy onto a target that measures less than 1 millimeter in diameter in approximately one billionth of a second. At LLE scientists continue to research what will one day become a vast source of power using the ocean's ample storehouse of potential energy.

The tour of the LLE is a RES event you won’t want to miss! Please save the date (October 26th) on your calendar today! A map and additional details will be on the website calendar. 4 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER SEPTEMBER 2018

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RES Scholarship Application Information The Rochester Engineering Society (RES) is an umbrella organization for engineering societies in the Rochester area. The goals of the society are: to advance the art and science of engineering for the general public welfare in Monroe County and the adjoining counties; to foster in practicing and prospective engineers excellence as professionals, as citizens, and as individuals; and, to promote communication and cooperation among all branches of engineering. Multiple scholarships, sponsored by a variety of organizations and administered through the RES, are awarded annually from $1,000 to $1,500 each to recognize outstanding engineering, engineering technology, science or technology students. These are merit-based scholarships. Scholarships from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) require applicants be student members of their respective organization. Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following qualifications: 1. Be an undergraduate student in good standing who has completed two years/or achieved Junior standing in an ABET-accredited engineering, engineering technology, science or technology program. 2. Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent) or better. 3. Plan to continue engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET accredited program in September 2019. Scholarship recipients will be individually notified by February 1, 2019, announced at the RES Gala on April 13, 2019 and funds will be mailed ~August 1, 2019. 4. Be a resident of Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, or Wyoming Counties of New York or enrolled in an ABET accredited engineering, engineering technology, science or technology curriculum in a college in those counties. The Rochester Chapter of IEEE allows applicants from Corning and Alfred sub-chapters. 5. Not be a previous recipient of this scholarship. Application: Applicants must submit the six required items listed below. All items must be submitted together. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all the necessary data are submitted by the deadline in one package and will be immediately disqualified from judging, with no further follow-up, if these instructions are not followed. The applicant should notify those persons supplying reference letters that timely response is critical. Reference letters may be submitted in individually sealed envelopes within the application package. Deliver, mail or email to all items by December 1, 2018 to: The Rochester Engineering Society, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607.

Required Data and Instructions 1. Certificate of Interview from a member of the Scholarship Committee - Request an appointment for interview by sending an email to the Scholarship Chairperson, Michelle Sommerman, PE, at In your email, include your full name, phone number, and the day(s) and time(s) you are available for an interview. Attach your resume to the email. Contact Michelle Sommerman at 585-498-7896 if you have not received a reply within three days. The interviewer will provide a certificate that the interview was conducted after September 1, 2018 and before Novemberber 30, 2018 (the interview deadline). 2. Transcript - Official copy of applicant’s current transcript showing grades for the entire enrollment in current school and if a transfer student, courses taken and accepted from his/her prior college or university. 3. Resume - The same resume the applicant would use if applicant were applying for employment. Be sure to include the following information: name, permanent address, school address, college, degree and program, anticipated date of graduation, and any professional society memberships. 4. Applicant’s Letter - A letter written by the applicant addressed to the Chairman of the Scholarship Award Committee of the res scholarship application

Rochester Engineering Society. This letter shall not be more than one typewritten page in length and should discuss the applicant’s position with respect to the following: a. Why the applicant is studying engineering and chose his/her particular field. b. Why the applicant is applying for the scholarship. c. The applicant’s involvement in professional society activities, the leadership positions held and describe active involvement in other extra-curricular activities. d. Statement that the scholarship will be used in engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET-accredited program in September 2019 should an award be presented. 5. Reference Letter #1 - Letter from the applicant’s faculty advisor in his/her current school. This letter should indicate the applicant’s standing in the class relative to other students, his/her course load and involvement. 6. Reference Letter #2 - Letter from a current or former employer who is not a relative, OR, a professor of engineering, science or technology in whose class the applicant has been or is presently enrolled SEPTEMBER 2018 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 5

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.

June 5, 1968 (Special Meeting of the Board of Directors, U of R Faculty Club) The Board approved four new Regular Membership applications, one Associate Member application and one Student Membership application.

June 5, 1968 (RES Annual Meeting, Hoyt Hall, U of R)

Attendance – 37 The Membership hear reports of the Society’s activities for the preceding year, in the five identified areas of service in which engineers can contribute to the welfare of the community. It was reported that the Society’s budget-to-actual deficit was at its lowest point in several years and that, while there was still an outstanding $16,000 demand note indebtedness to Lincoln Rochester Trust Company, the Kate Gleason Fund had increased significantly in its market value. The candidates for RES Officers were introduced to the membership, and a motion to approve their election was approved unanimously. New RES President, Dr. Edward Kirkpatrick, then introduced Prof. Hans Christensen of RIT who gave a color-slide presentation on modern silversmithing and design.

June 26, 1968 (Board of Directors Meeting, Colonial Hotel)

The Board approved one new Regular Membership and one Junior Membership. A proposed budget was presented and, following extensive discussion of its detail, it was decided to ask the Treasurer to return next month with a revised budget. The Executive Secretary reported that the Surety Bond for qualified officers of the RES was due for renewal. After considerable debate, the Board approved a motion to not renew the Surety Bond. The Board approved a motion to accept the additional insurance coverages proposed by the Administrator of the RES Group Insurance Program.

“The Rochester Engineer” (June 1968)

An article in this issue, “Crossbar Provides Wide-Band Switching,” describes a new type of switching equipment developed by James L. Cunningham, Son & Company of Rochester. Established in 1838, the Cunningham Company has a long history of producing a variety of quality products, including automobiles, lawn mowers, 6 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER SEPTEMBER 2018

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

garden tractors, and now an instrumentation-type cross-bar switch for a broad field of industry applications. Fifty-three men have completed the “Basic Management Concepts” evening seminar course, conducted by the RES. The RES Affiliate of the Month was the Rochester Section of the Instrument Society of America. Chartered in 1948, the 215 member Section is part of a 19,000 member national society. It promotes the advancement of the art and science of instrumentation, research to advance standard practices, and the free exchange of ideas among its members, and with allied technical societies.

July 12, 1968 (Special Meeting of the Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce) The Board approved one new Regular Membership.

“The Rochester Engineer” (July - August 1968)

Traditionally, the July-August issue of The Rochester Engineer served as the Society’s Directory, listing the Officers, Directors, Affiliates, their Leadership and the entire membership of the RES. While it did not contain any technical articles or notifications, it did include a detailed “Review of RES Year," for the previous year.

September 4, 1968 (Board of Directors Meeting, Colonial Hotel)

The Board approved five new Regular Membership applications. RES Membership Committee Chair, James Clark reported that his Committee would be expanding their scope to include subcommittees to approach potential Participating Companies, additional Affiliates, Sustaining Members and Regular Members. RES Education Committee Chair, James Richardson, announced that the September issue of The Rochester Engineer would feature an extensive listing of continuing education opportunities for engineers. The Board approved a salary increase for its Executive Director of $750/year, and an increase of $360/year for the RES Office Secretary.

“The Rochester Engineer” (September 1968)

This issue featured a message from the RES President, Edward T. (Ted) Kirkpatrick, entitled, “Continuing Education, and Its Three Principle Factors.” These factors are: a desire to maintain proficiency, sufficient course offerings within the community, and support by employers, including communications, encouragement, time availability and financial reimbursement. (To Be Continued) 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 Rochester City Schools Modernization Program… …Means Big Improvements for Dr. Walter Cooper Academy

Dr. Walter Cooper Academy’s temporary home (until Summer 2020), 180 Ridgeway Ave., Rochester, NY 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. Dr. Walter Cooper Academy is next in the RSMP… Beginning this Summer (2018), it will undergo a two-year renovation to receive a new classroom wing, gym and fully reconstructed classroom facilities, including mechanical/electrical/plumbing. Students at #10 School will be temporarily relocated to the Campus of the former John Marshall High School, at 180 Ridgeway Avenue, for the 2018-19 & 2019-20 school years. They will be returning to their newly renovated facility, 353 Congress Avenue, in September of 2020. The RES Tutoring Team plans to continue its valuable support for our Scholars, as they move through this transition. We will still have a number of Scholars who will 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. We have scheduled a “Tutor Information Meeting” for Thursday, September 27th, 6:00PM – 7:00PM, at the John Marshall Campus, 180 Ridgeway Avenue. This will be for “veteran” tutors, and anyone interested in joining the RES Tutoring Team. Come and hear about our plans for helping our Cooper Scholars in the 2018-19 school year. We are building our Tutoring Team, for the 2018-19 school year… We have been giving “Lunch & Learn” presentations in several Rochester area firms and professional groups, to inform and inspire prospective new tutors. We plan to “hit the ground, running”, this Fall, and we need your support...Can we schedule a presentation with your firm, work group, church or family, sometime this Summer? Even just two hours a week of your time can make a big difference in the life of a Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Scholar… 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


Get to the Point! Presentation Phobia (1):

From Power Point Poison to Standing Ovation Every day engineers and technicians are being called upon to stand up and say a few words about their work. On paper, this sounds straightforward, but to those who have to make the presentation it can be a traumatic experience. Much of their nervousness can be reduced (it can seldom be entirely eliminated, as any experienced speaker will tell you) if they learn a few simple public speaking techniques. In the next several articles, I’ll present the Three Ps of Presentations: Plan, Prepare, and Practice. This article will focus on the most common mistake presenters make: not taking the time to plan.

Establish the Circumstances Before you begin, your first step is to understand the circumstances affecting your presentation. You must have answers to the following questions: 1. Who will be in my audience? To focus your presentation properly and use appropriate terminology, you need to know whether your audience contains technical people who have experience in your field, managers who only have a general appreciation of the subject, or laypersons with very little or no technical knowledge. 2. What will they know already? If you are to avoid boring your listeners by repeating information they already know, or confusing them by omitting essential background details, you need to find out how much they know now about your subject, or will have been told before you address them. 8 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER SEPTEMBER 2018

3. How long do you have for the presentation? Find out how long you have been given. The answer will directly influence how much depth you can give the topic. Do you need to simply give the highlights, or can you provide details? There is nothing more stressful than having 40 minutes of content and finding out too late that you only have 10 minutes to present. 4. Where is the presentation taking place? Identify whether the location is in your company’s board room, at a client’s site, or in a large conference size meeting room. You will also need to find out what equipment will be available and what you should carry with you. For example, do you bring your own computer and projector? What about a flipchart or white board?

Determine Your Audience’s Needs We have all sat through boring, long-winded presentations that seem to have no direction. We are in the audience and wonder “What does this have to do with me?” Yet there are other presentations that seem to be tailored specifically to the group. How does the speaker do this? The major problem with many presentations is that the content is speaker-focused rather than audiencefocused. This is an easy trap to fall into. When asked to give a presentation, most inexperienced speakers jot down everything they know about the subject. This is a big mistake. What happens then is that the presentation becomes just that: everything they know about the subject and not what the audience needs to know about the subject.

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List Audience Questions The best way to make your presentation audiencefocused is to start by identifying your audience (this is similar to the way you determine your reader in a written document). You need to know the type of person who will attend your presentation, the level of knowledge and interest they have in your topic, and what they will do with your information. Once you know your audience, list as many questions as you can that they may ask about the topic. Try for at least 15 questions. This will help you identify the areas to address and the audience’s concerns before you prepare your content. Now you can answer the audience questions before they even ask them. This turns your presentation from a speaker-focused presentation (“This is everything I know about this topic.”) into an audience-focused presentation (“Here are the answers to your questions on this topic.”). Most audience questions evolve from fears or concerns. Here are some examples:


1 to 2 minutes


3 to 5 key points


1 minute

This structure works for all types and lengths of presentations. If you have only 10 minutes or if you have 90 minutes, all you do is expand the Body. But never go over 5 key points; you will overwhelm your audience.

Tell Your Story Three Times Another way to view this structure is the TELL-TELLTELL method. You have to tell your audience what you have to say three different times in three different ways: Tell 1: Tell your readers what they most need to hear:

the key points. Then outline briefly the main

topics you will cover.

 How will we do this?  Will it be expensive?

Tell 2: Tell all the details associated with the key

 Who will be responsible for what?

points, in the same order you mentioned them

in Tell 1.

 How long will it take?  What needs to be done to complete the task?  What experience do you have in this field?

Organize Your Information Once you have identified your audience and listed their questions and concerns, you are ready to start structuring your presentation content. In their book The Short Road to Great Presentations, (IEEE Press and Wiley-Interscience, 2003), Peter and Cheryl Reimold introduce a formula for structuring a presentation. They call it the Universal Presentation Structure which is especially helpful for technical professionals who relate well to formulas:

get to the point

Tell 3: Sum up by briefly repeating the key points, and

possibly offering a recommendation.

In my next article, I’ll discuss the second P, Prepare.

© 2018, RGI Learning Lisa Moretto is the President of RGI Learning, Inc. For 24 years she has helped engineers improve their oral and written communication skills. Visit or call (866) 744-3032 to learn about RGI’s courses. SEPTEMBER 2018 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 9

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: 10 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER SEPTEMBER 2018

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Advancing the Field of Light Microscopy with 3D Superresolution Imaging and Tracking Double Helix Optics Transforms 2D Imaging into 3D Information Capture, Giving Us a Closer Look at the Molecular World In 2017, a new optics, photonics and imaging (OPI) accelerator program called Luminate was launched in Rochester, NY. The most promising company—and winner of Luminate’s $1 million award—is Double Helix Optics. Its patented Light Engineering™ technology turns 2D imaging into 3D information capture, allowing scientists to see—for the first time—nano-sized structures in their entirety. Their technology enables scientists to see the world at its smallest, and holds the potential to accelerate the pace of disease research and drug discovery. The company’s precision 3D information capture capabilities also can be applied outside of healthcare and life sciences, including in industrial inspection, robotics and machine vision. The technology was originally developed in the lab of company co-founder, Dr. Rafael Piestun, at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Since then, Double Helix set up its headquarters in Boulder, and developed its first product, the SPINDLE®, which brings a new set of 3D and 4D imaging capabilities to the world of optical microscopy.

Figure 1: Double Helix Optics’ SPINDLE® gives the ability to easily capture and analyze 3D images of cellular structures down to the single molecule level.

Changing the Way Scientists See the Molecular World Light microscopy has been an indispensible tool for the study of biology, medicine and materials science for more than 300 years for its ability to obtain quantitative and visual data. The resolution of light microscopy has been limited though by a physical property of optics known as the Diffraction Limit of Light to imaging approximately 200 nm in the axial dimension (x,y) and 500 nm in the lateral dimension (z). Yet many of life’s organisms are smaller than the achievable resolution of traditional light microscopy and, until recently, appeared as blurred images. Figure 2: 3D super-resolution image of microtubules in a Cos7 cell using Double Helix SPINDLE Before: Conventional 2D image. After: same sample imaged using Double Helix SPINDLE. This image shows a depth of 3 microns, encoded in color. Courtesy of Double Helix Optics.

A newer technique, super-resolution microscopy, addresses this issue by offering high axial (x,y) resolution. But range is still an issue, making it difficult to see structures beyond 2D. Some super-resolution microscopy methods have been developed to allow for obtaining high-precision 3D images; however, they require custom built microscopes, optics and software that are not accessible to most researchers. Double Helix Optics’ Light Engineering technology overcomes these limitations, enabling imaging with 10x-improved precision and in 3 dimensions. The company’s patented double helix point spread function (DH-PSF) technique modifies the point spread function of the microscope such that, instead of an Airy disc, the image of each point source is in the form of two well-separated lobes1. These cover article


lobes rotate around the midpoint of the object and the rotation provides axial (depth) information. The center point between the two lobes indicates the lateral (x,y) position of the object. With this simple modification, researchers can obtain more data with more accurate information to directly capture and measure 3D information and 4D movements down to the level of the individual molecule inside the cell. The company offers this groundbreaking technology in an easy-to-use upgrade modular subsystem called the SPINDLE. The SPINDLE easily integrates with most scientific microscopes and cameras to enable 3D nanoscale imaging and tracking. Its design also allows for the easy insertion of a library of phase masks to match the precision depth imaging requirements of the customer. When combined with the company’s 3DTRAX™ software, researchers can inexpensively and seamlessly integrate the technology into their existing workflows, and apply the capabilities of 3D nano-scale imaging immediately within their experiments.

Already enabling new discovery

Although new to the market, the technology is already leading to new discoveries. Several peer-reviewed journal articles demonstrate the technology’s benefits in diverse applications, from the study of dementia to the movement behavior of biomolecules. At the University of Colorado, Roy Parker’s lab used the SPINDLE to help interrogate the properties of stress granules. These growths are associated with ALS and dementia. By identifying the full structures of these granules and understanding their composition—including potentially toxic RNA and protein aggregates—they are learning how these properties might become altered in neurodegenerative diseases.2

Figure 3: 3D reconstruction of the nuclear lamina of a HeLa cell, depth encoded in color. Using two masks designs from the Double Helix phase mask library—the double helix-psf and the tetrapod-psf—in conjunction with light sheet and epi-illumination. Double Helix Light Engineering enables visualization of the whole cell and cellular sub-structures throughout the entire cell volume with very high precision. Courtesy of Nature Communications, Jan 9, 2018 (from article: 3D single-molecule super-resolution microscopy with a tilted light sheet)

In another study, the lab of Nobel Laureate and Stanford University Professor, W.E. Moerner, used the Double Helix PSF in conjunction with another engineered PSF (called the tetrapod) to study full mammalian cells. Gustavsson and colleagues created a technique called TILT3D3 to enable deep 3D imaging with improved 3D spatial resolution at large axial volume and reduced photobleaching. This has allowed the scientists to image and reconstruct structures of whole mammalian cells, including mitochondria and the nuclear lamina.

Beyond imaging, Double Helix’s SPINDLE is an invaluable tool in the study of 3D particles and particle tracking. Wang, Wu and colleagues used the SPINDLE to observe the movement of 3D molecules through liquid.4 They were able to visualize and measure the effects of long-range electrostatic interactions on biomolecule dynamics and, for the first time, see molecular hopping and binding. This kinetic information will aid in the development of pharmaceutical purification processes and the tracking of biomolecules across time and medium. The company is currently working with researchers at the University of Rochester, as well, to use the SPINDLE 3D imaging system to advance their disease discovery efforts.

Extracting More Data in More Ways

Double Helix’s Light Engineering can be applied beyond the molecular world to extract new data through precision-depth imaging and measurement of objects—from nanometers to centimeters in size. This opens up additional possibilities for application and discovery beyond life sciences. One example is in other areas where 3D nano-imaging and particle tracking are instrumental, such as material science. Double Helix’s technology can enable visualization of material structures, fluidity and other properties to gain new insight into particle dynamics and to better understand and predict the performance of a material (metal, semi-conductors, ceramics, polymers, nanomaterials, etc.) in any given application. 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER SEPTEMBER 2018

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The technology can also move industrial inspection and robotic systems to 3D enabling visualization of miniscule defects and other functional flaws in manufactured products — from microchips to pixels. In addition to improving quality control, the level of nanoscale accuracy will save time, cut costs, increase throughput, and help track Quality Assurance. With potential such as this, the company is looking to push the limits of 3D imaging to transform both research and industry. Their immediate focus is with life sciences, but its broad vision extends far beyond microscopy. To support growth, the company has established a second office in Rochester with the intention of extending its current manufacturing and design operations locally. The company is also partnering with Rochester-based firms to integrate its technology into their product lines to enable advanced 3D imaging and object capture. With the Luminate investment and support, Double Helix is demonstrating what can be achieved when early-stage companies have access to the resources vital to supporting technology development, commercialization and market adoption. q S.R.P. Pavani and R. Piestun(2008). Highefficiency rotating point spread functions. Opt Express, Vol. 16, Issue 5, pp. 3484-3489


S. Jain et al. (2016). ATPhase-modulated stress granules contain a diverse proteome and substructure. Cell, Vol. 154, Issue 3, pp. 487498.

Accelerating Emerging Technologies through Luminate NY With its rich history, world-class universities, NYS optics, and over 150 optics technology companies, Rochester is globally recognized as the industry’s leader. Luminate NY is strengthening this reputation by offering the world's largest business accelerator for startup companies in the optics, photonics and imaging (OPI) industries. Administered by NextCorps (formerly High Tech Rochester) and located at Sibley Square, the accelerator selects ten promising companies each year from hundreds of applicants. From January through June, the cohort participates in Luminate’s comprehensive program. They work through customized curriculum to strengthen and advance their business planning, fine tune their sales models, and address technology and manufacturing requirements. In addition, they were provided with lab facilities, and university and mentoring resources locally and within the global OPI ecosystem.

Double Helix Optics Wins Luminate: (LR) Vincent Esposito, Finger Lakes Regional Director, Empire State Development; Leslie Kimmerling, CEO, Double Helix Optics; Tom Battley, Executive Director, RRPC and New York Photonics; Dr. Sujatha Ramanujan, Executive Director, Luminate

As a final step, on June 28, at the Light Tomorrow with Today Demo Day, the 10 companies competed for a total of $2 million in follow-on funding, provided through the Empire State Development Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative. Boulder, CO based Double Helix Optics (see article) won the competition, along with $1 million. Intelon Optics Inc. was awarded the second-place prize of $500,000 for its Brillouin Optical Scanner System (BOSS), which uses laser light to measure the biomechanics, or stiffness, of tissues inside the body. Positive Science was named third place winner securing, $250,000 for its head-mounted eye tracking and behavioral analysis systems. Fourth place was awarded to Think Biosolution, which received $250,000 for its wearable devices and software platforms using QuasaR technology to measure the users' heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen saturation, heart rate variability, temperature, movement and location.


A.K. Gustavsson et al. (2018). 3D singlemolecule super-resolution microscopy with a tilted light sheet. Nat Commun, Vol 9, Issue 1, p. 123.


D. Wang, H. Wu et al. (2017). Threedimensional tracking of interfacial hopping diffusion. Phys Rev Lett, Vol. 119, p. 268001.


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The more than 600 attendees at the event also had an opportunity to vote for their favorite company. The Audience Choice award for $10,000 went to Molecular Glasses, Inc. for its creation of a new class of materials capable of reducing power consumption in mobile applications, providing higher display resolution, and reducing costs by enabling lower-cost manufacturing processes. Applications are now being accepted for Round II of Luminate through Sept. 24, 2018. Companies earning one of the ten available slots in the next cohort will receive a minimum investment of $100,000 and major investments of up to $1 million. To learn more and apply, go to SEPTEMBER 2018 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 13

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Sr Water/Wastewater Engineer Hunt is searching for a Sr Water/Wastewater Engineer with a minimum 8 years of experience, to join our municipal engineering team in our Horseheads/Corning office. This new team member will work on a variety of vital projects focusing in water/ wastewater market throughout upstate New York and the northern tier of Pennsylvania. Our team offers a hardworking, fast-paced environment, with a focus on high caliber work while balancing employee work-life relationship over the long term. Opportunities for growth within our company are available based on performance, communication skills and teamwork capabilities. A qualified candidate for the Sr Water/Wastewater Engineer position must have: • • • • • • • • • • •

Eight (8) or more years of experience with a minimum of 5 years with municipal water and wastewater experience. Work with and manage clients to determine needs and provide solutions. Communication and management skills to provide technical knowledge to other members of our full-service team in upstate New York and the northern tier of Pennsylvania. Design and construction experience for distribution/ wastewater collection systems, pump/lift stations, water supplies, water/wastewater treatment plant facilities, and storm water systems. Manage execution of projects with other engineering disciplines and office personnel. Develop projects from inception to completion. Prepare construction packages (including all deliverables) for the engineering, procurement, and construction of water/ wastewater systems for clients. Perform comprehensive engineering calculations and analysis and use design software to solve complex challenges. Bachelor's degree in Civil, Environmental Engineering or related field of study. Current PE License in New York State, or ability to obtain a New York PE within one year of hire Strong written and verbal communication skills.

At HUNT, we focus on building relationships with clients and communities to advance and protect the interests of their organizations over many years. Salary commensurate with experience and talent. Benefits package includes holidays, vacation, health insurance, FSA, life insurance, 401(K) plan and continuing education support. HUNT is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Hiring bonus offered of $5,000 Job Type: Full-time Sr Water/Wastewater Engineer Experience: Municipal water and wastewater: 5 years Please email resumes to

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Education Opportunities Wednesday, October 10

Wednesday, September 19 American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

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Speaker: Randy Schafer, WMS Sales Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates) Cost: $20 (member or guest), check or cash at door. Time: Noon to 1:30 pm (please arrive by 11:50 am). Reservations: To Dave Jereckos (585-341-3168), or by September 14th.

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Place: Burgundy Basin Inn Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Cost: Members - $45 through 9/30, $55 after 10/1; Nonmembers - $80 through 9/30, $90 after 10/1. PDH fee: $25 For more information contact co-chairs: Tom Button, email – or Mark Laistner, email – NYSATE website:

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, September 11 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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Rochester Section Excom Meeting Place: Tandoor of India, 376 Jefferson Road, Rochester. Time: 11:50 am – 1:00 pm Cost: Buffet lunch is $5 for all members. Reservations:

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Thursday, September 13 Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA) Board of Directors Meeting/Webinar Place: TBD Time: 6:00 pm Details:


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Cost: $30 per person plus $7.50 per dozen clams (no limit, pre-order as many dozen as you want). Reservations: Tickets must be purchased by September 9th. No tickets sold at the door. See page 33 for a registration form or go to

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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Thirty Years in the Making – Roc the Riverway


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Speakers: Thomas Hack PE, Managing Engineer, City of Rochester and Kevin Kelley, AICP, Associate City Planner, City of Rochester Place: Rochester, NY. Details will be forthcoming along with the parking information. Time: Cash bar/socal hour begins at 5:30 pm Cost: ASCE Members $35, Non-members $50, Students $10. Payment at the door via check or cash, or Paypal (on-line). Reservations: Make reservations at

Place: Webster Columbus Center, 70 Barrett Drive, Webster Time: Doors open at 4:30 pm with beer and soda (cash bar available); Clambake buffet (3 dozen Little Neck Steamed Clams per person) at 5:30 pm. Reservations: Contact Karen at 585-382-9545 for tickets - All tickets must be purchased in advance. Discount if purchased before Aug. 24th. Additional details on page 33.

Wednesday, September 19

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) Tour at Preserving The Past, LLC, 2290 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610

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Speaker: Taylor Whitney Time: 6:00 pm. Dinner following the tour at Pomodoro Grill, 1290 University Avenue. Comment: Most attendees will be standing, so please let us know in advance if a seat is needed!

Wednesday, September 19

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Thermostatic Control and Legionella Prevention 1 PDH Credit Pending

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Speakers: Panelists – members of FLC Board and System Engineering Professionals from Academia Place: Rachel’s at the Sheraton on the Syracuse University Campus Time: 5:00 to 8:00 pm Reservations: Contact Rick Zinni at rzinni@gmail as soon as possible if interested and more details will be forthcoming. The date may change depending on interest.

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Speaker: Randy Schafer, WMS Sales Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates) Time: Noon to 1:30 pm (please arrive by 11:50 am). Cost: $20 (member or guest), check or cash at door. Reservations: To Dave Jereckos (585-341-3168), or by September 14th.

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Engineer Alley at UB Bulls Football: UB Bulls vs. ARMY Black Knights (Tailgate party starts 3 hours before kickoff) Costs: UB Engineering Alumni $15 (friends $20); UB Engineering Alumni Tailgate only $7 (friends $12). Register: Register by September 19th at – Questions? Call 716-645-2133 or your professional organization. Email: Engineers' calendar continued on page 18...

Pig Roast & Steamers Place: Genesee Valley Park “Round House Lodge” Cost: $50 per person (includes 3 dozen steamed clams per person, pig roast and pulled turkey, salads, beer and soda). Reservations: Contact Ken Carr, Asbury First UMC, kcarr@ or 585-271-1050 by September 12th. Advance tickets only. You can resister online at engineers' calendar

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Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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2018 Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop Place: RIT, Louise Slaughter Hall, Bldg. SLA/078. Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, October 10

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NYSATE Mini-Conference – Rochester Up to 6 PDH Credits Place: Burgundy Basin Inn Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Cost: Members - $45 through 9/30, $55 after 10/1; Non-members - $80 through 9/30, $90 after 10/1. PDH fee: $25 For more information contact co-chairs: Tom Button, email – or Mark Laistner, email – NYSATE website:

Thursday, October 18

American Public Works Association (APWA) Genesee Valley Branch Lunch Meeting

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Tour of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester Place: UR, LLE Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm Cost: TBD Reservations: Limit 50 people. Go to the RES website at or email with name(s), company, phone # and email.

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Speaker: Sheriff Todd Baxter Place: Town of Henrietta Website:

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Thursday, October 18

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get IT done Surf's Up

- André Godfrey Soon, if it has not already happened, an IT consultant will schedule a meeting to see you and the topic of the meeting will be Digital Transformation. Take the meeting. Digital Transformation is the broad amalgam of IoT, edge computing, BI descriptive analytics and all the other cool things that are about to happen within your business or within your competitor’s business. This is one tsunami of a technical wave that you don’t want to find yourself left somewhere in the backwash. Surf’s up everyone! From time to time there’s a bit of hyperbole in what I have to say but if you follow me at all you probably know that I am a cautious if not timid technologist and a slow adopter waiting for technologies to mature before recommendation or implementation. Don’t wait for this one. The early innovators are likely to ‘win big’. Business and IT leaders who get out in front will build a commanding lead over stragglers in not only early adoption but in understanding how secondary and tertiary improvements may build on that lead. As per usual there was a stat that caught my eye and it was from the Gartner Group where the growth of IoT foresees a growth of device data sources from 11 billion in 2016 to over 50 billion is 2020. That’s every vehicle, TV, public camera, Alexa and Siri, Furbo, refrigerator and toaster, you and me and the King and I… et cetera et cetera et cetera. Rarely in history has there been such a perfect storm. Not since the 19th century days of railroad, oil, telegraph, telephone has converging technologies met to reshape America. Only this time it’ll be global. In no particular order, here are players to consider. You have Big Data and the new methods in which we can now handle large and complex data. The enormous success in using Big Data in understanding consumer get IT done

preferences, in studying disease in the medical community and proactively preventing crime are obvious successes. Machine Learning where computers are given the basics of instruction and its ability to approach a specific task using various approaches such as regressions, classifications, clustering and anomaly detection it will arrive at a solution. We’ve seen Machine Learning morph into Deep Learning with new tool sets such as image, text and sound recognition algorithms. Very soon the Tower of Babel we live in will have real time translators and facial recognition eyeglasses. Chess and checkers have long since ceased to be challenges. All of this will use the newest available infrastructure in Wi-Fi and mobile (5G) connectivity. It’s all there right now and waiting for those smart people in your organization to move from the world of reports (Descriptive Analytics) to analyzing why something happened (Descriptive Analytics) to figuring out what will happen next (Predictive Analytics) to the best of all worlds (Prescriptive Analytics) where we know exactly what to do to get the desired result. So where to start and where to look? In sales/ marketing you’re likely to look at the customer experience, in HR you’re going to look for ways that management can maximize the employee experience, in operations it may be efficiencies and inventories and from the C-Level the concentration may be on innovation and growth. Think about IT.

Andrè Godfrey is President, Entrè Computer Services,


Professional Firms Employee News Erdman Anthony Hires Senior Structural Engineer Erdman Anthony has hired Ken Wojtkowski, PE, as a senior structural engineer in the Buffalo office’s transportation core business. The Amherst resident has a bachelor of technology degree in civil engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master of engineering degree in civil engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has close to 35 years of experience in transportation engineering and is licensed as a professional engineer in New York and Pennsylvania. q Ken Wojtkowski, PE

LaBella Associates Announces New Hire and a Recent Professional License Certification Laura Wadhams, PE has recently passed the NYS Engineering Licensing Exam to become a licensed Professional Engineer. She has been with LaBella for 4 years and specializes in site plan preparation, conceptual site layouts, grading and stormwater management design, athletic field design, utility design, drainage calculations, SWPPP report preparation, and project cost estimation. Laura works with a Laura Wadhams, PE variety of clients including higher education, K-12, and municipalities. John R. Standinger has joined the firm as the manager of construction services in the transportation division. John has over 30 years of professional experience in construction management in civil, structural, building, electrical and

mechanical construction. John has managed a variety of numerous projects in the City of Rochester and other municipalities in New York State, including work on a range of facilities from roads, bridges, river fronts and parking garages to buildings, water spray parks, trails, play structure parks and ball fields. John is a graduate from Tompkins Cortland Community College with an associate’s in applied science degree in construction technology and the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science in civil engineering technology. John is a former Veteran having served in the US Army Corps of Engineers. q John R. Standinger

Foit- Albert Associates, Architecture, Engineering and Surveying, PC Announces New Addition Foit-Albert Associates, Architecture, Engineering and Surveying, PC announced a recent addition to the firm. Hillary Chiarella, EIT has joined the firm as an engineer in the Buffalo office. Ms. Chiarella has three years of professional experience, most recently as a wastewater engineer with AECOM. Hillary earned a bachelor of science, environmental engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and was recognized as a UB Engineering Alumni Association Leader in Excellence, 2016. In addition, she is an Engineer in Training (EIT) and a member of the Active New York Water Environment Association. q Hillary Chiarella, EIT 20 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER SEPTEMBER 2018

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SWBR Welcomes Six New Team Members to Growing Firm

Benjamin Blades

Brandon Holley

Gabrielle Marino

Joshua Greenaker

SWBR announced that six new team members have joined the firm. The following professionals will be part of the growing team, located on East Main Street, downtown Rochester.

Brandon Holley interned at the firm last summer and winter. He recently graduated with a bachelor of architecture from SUNY Alfred and will officially join the firm’s workplace studio team.

Benjamin Blades served as a co-op while a student at Rochester City School District’s Robert Brown High School of Design and Construction. He attended SUNY Alfred and continued to work with SWBR during summer and winter breaks. Blades accepted the role as project designer and will support the firm’s education studio.

Project Designer Gabrielle Marino earned her bachelor of architecture from SUNY Alfred in May. She was a resident assistant at Alfred for three years and has a passion for community service that aligns with the firm’s mission and culture. Joshua Greenaker brings experience with historic preservation and adaptive reuse to help SWBR’s housing studio. He

Sarah Latona

Charles Lomino III

received his bachelor of architecture from SUNY Alfred in 2016. Sarah Latona earned her bachelor of science in architectural technology from SUNY Alfred this May. She was a resident assistant and head resident assistant at Alfred and has a passion for public speaking. SWBR will be Latona’s first career in the A/E industry and she will work in the education studio. Charles Lomino III, a recent graduate of Clarkson University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering, serves as the firm’s newest structural designer. q

CHA Promotes Staff and Announce Professional Engineering Licenses Earned CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), a highly diversified, full-service engineering and construction management firm, announced the promotion of three staff, and PE licenses earned in its Rochester office. Amy Corcoran, PE, has been promoted to assistant project engineer III in the civil engineering group. Amy works in the site design area of civil Amy Corcoran, PE engineering, specializing in site layout and utility design. In her five years at the firm, she has assisted with design plans for a large variety of projects as well as engineer’s estimates and SWPPP inspections. Amy received her bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University. Amy recently passed a principles and professional firms employee news

practice of engineering exam to now be a Professional Engineer (PE). Jessica Bull, PE, CEM, has been promoted to project engineer IV in the mechanical and energy group. Jessica has performed detailed energy audits and Jessica Bull, PE evaluated potential energy conservation measures for the past five years. Jessica received her BS and ME in mechanical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jessica recently passed a principles and practice of engineering exam to now be a Professional Engineer (PE). Joshua Vogt has been promoted to engineer II in the mechanical group. Josh joined the firm in 2017 as a project

engineer. His responsibilities on projects for industrial and commercial clients frequently involve the design of pipe and pump, energy Joshua Vogt management, exhaust, heating and cooling, mechanical, and power generation systems. Bob Schaefer, PE has passed a principles and practice of engineering exam to now be a Professional Engineer (PE). Bob is an assistnat project engineer III in the aviation department. Bob joined the firm in 1999 and has 20 years of experience in the design and management of aviation projects for county departments of aviation and medium/small hub airports. He earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Clarkson University. q


Professional Firms Employee News Greenman-Pedersen News Tokarczyk joins GPI as Director of Construction Services Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. welcomes Douglas Tokarczyk, PE to its Western New York operations where he has been named director of Construction Services. He is currently managing construction services for the Amherst Canalway Trail extension in Niagara County and the Bethlehem Steel Shoreline Trail linking Lackawanna and the City of Buffalo. Both projects are scheduled for completion this fall.

Douglas Tokarczyk, PE

Doug joins us after serving as acting Buffalo Division Director for the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) where he was responsible for management and oversight of all capital construction contracts, construction inspection, bridge maintenance and inspection, highway maintenance and plowing, equipment maintenance, toll systems and ITS maintenance, building facility maintenance, service area, toll, traffic and towing operations, emergency operations, and coordination with other transportation agencies and partners. Prior to his tenure with the NYSTA, he held key positions with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

Zollitsch promoted to Vice President and Director of Land Planning Kenneth Zollitsch, LEED AP has been promoted to vice president and director of land planning for GPI’s Western New York operations. Ken has managed and designed residential and commercial development projects, environmental assessments and impact statements, zoning code production, and trail designs over his13 years with the firm. He holds a master’s degree in urban Ppanning and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from The State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Kenneth Zollitsch

Highly respected by his peers and clients, he has guided dozens of successful projects for developers and owners throughout the region, while mentoring staff in the Land Planning Department. He will continue his efforts in Western New York, seeking to expand and diversify his client base and services offered. q

Popli Design Group Announces Four New Hires Popli Design Group (PDG) announces the hiring of Debora Ledtke as accountant I, Eric Thompson as senior manager of highway design, Grant Tinker as junior electrical engineer, Katy Rasmussen as marketing assistant,. Debora Ledtke

Eric Thompson, PE

Ledtke joins the team with over eight years of experience working as an accounting clerk for a construction management company. She holds a degree from Finger Lakes Community College. Thompson will be overseeing the highway design department. He comes as a licensed professional


engineer with 34 years of experience working in highway design and project management. Thompson earned his bachelor’s degree from Clarkson College of Technology.

Grant Tinker

Tinker will assist the MEP engineering division. He recently graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology. Rasmussen joins the marketing team after recently earning her bachelor’s degree in communication from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota. q

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CPL Welcomes Four New Hires in Rochester CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, welcomes four hires to its Rochester team: Nathaniel Piscitelli as architectural designer, Melissa Zender as junior civil engineer, Ethan Hagel as junior electrical engineer and Edmund Cannon as transportation engineer. In his new role, Piscitelli will assist the architectural team with all aspects of design, including drafting, 3D modeling and client presentations. Prior to joining, he served as an architectural intern at Foit Albert Associates while earning a bachelor of architecture from Alfred State College of Technology. Nathaniel Piscitelli

Melissa Zender

Ethan Hagel

Edmund Cannon

In her new role, Zender will assist the civil engineering team with a variety of project types, including land development, site plan design and stormwater design. Prior to joining as a full-time team member, she served as an intern while attending college. Zender earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. As junior electrical engineer, Hagel will work with the electrical engineering team to implement electrical designs into REVIT and AutoCAD, as well as conduct field work to account for existing electrical layouts. Prior to joining, he served as an electrical designer engineer and CAD coordinator at M/E Engineering. Hagel has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Binghamton University. As transportation engineer, Cannon will focus on transportation planning, bridge design, traffic engineering and streetscape design. With more than three years of professional experience, he most recently served as a fiber design engineer for Fibertech Lightower. Cannon has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska at Anchorage. q

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Professional Firms Employee News MRB Group Employee News Shaun Logue Earns Promotion Shaun Logue, a member of the Planning Team since 2015, has earned a promotion to senior planning associate. “Working primarily to assist planning boards with review of proposed development projects, Shaun has established himself as a trusted resource to our municipal clients,” said Colvin. “His knowledge of municipal planning processes has been extremely beneficial to community leaders, who appreciate his background in operations. He understands the impacts of proposed development,” Colvin continued. “Shaun’s ability to bring into focus any long-term operational costs for a local government makes his planning perspective that much more valuable to budget officers,” Colvin stated. “This is one of the most important things we can do for our municipalities who are reviewing plans and proposals,” he concluded. Shaun Logue

Logue joined the firm’s planning team after working for several years as director of Zoning, Building and Code Enforcement for the City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he established many initiatives to improve the permitting process for prospective developers, creating a climate to support economic growth. Logue graduated from SUNY Albany with his masters degree in urban and regional planning. He gained first-hand knowledge of applied land use planning, zoning, permitting, and code enforcement while working in a number of public sector environments. “I have enjoyed working with MRB Group’s client communities and helping them support good development,” said Logue. “It’s exciting to see the positive impacts of successful planning, especially when it contributes to the strength and vitality of an entire community,” he said. Maggie Nearing Earns NYS Licensure Maggie Nearing successfully completed all seven exams required by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and is now a Licensed Architect in New York State. NCARB represents the licensing boards of all 50 states, maintaining standards of professional excellence in the Architecture industry. “We are extremely proud of Maggie’s achievement,” said Colvin, who noted that she is an accomplished contributor to the architecture team at the firm.

Maggie Nearing

“It’s no surprise that Maggie was successful in surpassing the requirements. She is knowledgeable and focused,” he continued, “and we are fortunate that she decided to join MRB Group and provide her talents to our clients.”


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Nearing joined the firm in 2014 as an architectural designer and is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a masters in architecture. Currently, her work with clients focuses on planning / programming and construction administration. "The relationship between architecture and its ability to support the people who live and work within it is the key to sustainability," said Nearing. “I chose to work at MRB Group because of the entire team’s dedication to client support, and my ability to contribute to that goal,” she stated. In addition to her New York State Licensure, Nearing is a LEED AP Certified Professional and maintains memberships with the American Institute of Architects. Campos Joins MRB Group’s Architecture Team Roberto Campos, AIA, CPHC, recently joined the architecture team at the firm’s Rochester location. He is a licensed Architect accredited by the American Institute of Architects and a Certified Passive House Consultant, providing expertise on design principles used to attain quantifiable, rigorous levels of energy efficiency. An award-winning architect, Campos has completed a number of designs and managed projects in the Syracuse and Rochester areas. His design of the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, earned him a design award from the American Institute of Architects. “We are fortunate Roberto chose to work with us at MRB Group,” said Colvin. “Not only will our growing architecture team benefit from his creative approach to design, but our clients will appreciate his project management experience and attention to detail.” Roberto Campos, AIA

“We were certainly impressed with his portfolio and his ability to transform creative ideas into architectural plans,” Colvin continued. “However, it takes much more than design capability to provide great support to clients, and we believe Roberto’s accomplished body of work demonstrates a focus on client needs - and practical implementation,” Colvin said. Campos received early training and accreditation while in Santiago, Chile, where he worked as a registered architect. After relocating to the Finger Lakes area, he served as lead architectural designer, and project manager, eventually becoming an architectural consultant in Rochester. At MRB Group, he will support a growing team, working with both commercial and municipal clients on a number of projects including court and municipal facilities, public works / utility buildings, park facilities, retail establishments, and medical offices. As a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), Campos can provide design options to clients considering energy efficiency. “The term ‘Passive House’ is not just a residential design concept,” said Campos. “Its principles can generate longterm cost savings and a substantial return on investment for a variety of structures, including commercial and municipal buildings,” he stated. “I look forward to helping clients consider the benefits of this new, science-based approach to design,” Campos said. q professional firms employee news


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SWBR Serves as Architect of Record for Cornerstone Pointe Apartments

Senior Living Community Now Open for Community SWBR served as the architect of record for Greece’s new $14.3 million senior-living community. The 66-unit facility is officially open for seniors 62 and older. The nearly 70,000-square-foot community is located on a 4.4-acre site. There is a mix of 59 one-bedroom units and seven twobedroom units. Half of the units will serve frail elderly households enrolled in Medicaid. A select group of units are fully accessible and move-in ready for people with mobility impairments and feature lowered countertops and cabinets in the kitchens and bathrooms, and roll-in showers. Three units will accommodate residents with vision or hearing impairments, featuring horn/strobelight units, doorbells tied to chimes/lights, and visually distinct electrical outlets and switches. The first floor features a manager's office, supportive services office, sitting room, computer work stations, community room and patio. The project meets New York’s Medicaid Redesign Team’s goals by expanding lower-cost community-based supportive housing alternatives to high-cost Medicaid paid nursing home or emergency room care. The project contracts with Rochester Regional Health to refer frail elderly residents to the community. The site is adjacent to Long Pond Senior Housing, a 54-unit Cornerstone project completed at the end of 2015.


SWBR Recognized for Graphic Design Efforts by National Industry Leader SWBR was recently recognized for its new corporate identity program that has won an American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA and will be featured in GDUSA’s prestigious “American Inhouse Design Annual,” available on newsstands and online.

and premier showcase for outstanding work done by in-house designers and departments. The pieces selected were picked from over 5,000 entries and demonstrate that the best of inhouse design is about creating solutions and adding value to our commerce and our culture.

“The leadership and team at SWBR are proud to be recognized for our graphic design efforts,” said Tom Gears, AIA, president and CEO of the firm. “We are creating beautiful and meaningful design for our clients every day. To take a step back and focus on our own design, brand and identity is important and has played a large role in the success of our business over the past two years. I appreciate the time and thoughtfulness our team put into creating an elegant brand and identity for the firm.”

“We are honored to be acknowledged by Graphic Design USA, the gold standard of in-house design,” said Chris Goldan, communications manager. “This award recognizes the hard work and creativity our amazing team puts forth each day.”

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Graphic Design USA, a news magazine for graphic designers and other creative professionals, has been judging national design competitions for more than 40 years. Winners receive prominent features in GDUSA’s magazine and website, which boasts 100,000 visitors a month. q news from professional firms

CPL Acquires Engineering Firm Morris Associates The Poughkeepsie & Hudson, NY locations will be CPL’s 14th & 15th offices Architecture, engineering, planning firm CPL has expanded its footprint in the Hudson Valley with the acquisition of Morris Associates. Morris Associates’ principals Raymond Jurkowski, P.E. and Peter Setaro, P.E., along with their team of 31 design professionals, will join CPL September 4, 2018. Morris Associates, Poughkeepsie’s largest municipal engineering firm, was established in 1970 as a municipal engineering, planning and survey firm, and serves clients primarily in the Hudson Valley. CPL was founded in 1975 in Rochester, NY and with the new Poughkeepsie and Hudson locations, becomes a 390-person full-service design firm with 15 offices including Rochester, NY; Buffalo, NY; Albany, NY; Jamestown, NY; Olean, NY; Newburgh, NY; Binghamton, NY; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC, Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; and two in Atlanta, GA. The two firms’ service offerings are complementary with award winning project portfolios. CPL and Morris have both been leaders in municipal, infrastructure and site design, and will now combine forces to continue serving clients in the two firm’s overlapping markets - from the Adirondacks to Westchester County. Morris Associates’ clients will benefit from deepened bench strength and expanded design expertise including Transportation Engineering, Architecture, Civil/Municipal Engineering, Landscape Architecture and survey services. The Morris and CPL teams will immediately be integrated into ongoing project work in mutual markets. Several of CPL’s notable Upstate / WNY projects include the design of the new $260 million Sands-Constellation Critical Care Center addition for the Rochester Regional Health System (Rochester, NY); the $57 million Seneca Park Zoo Expansion (Rochester, NY); and the new $50 million National Comedy Center (Jamestown, NY). In the Hudson Valley region, CPL’s prominent work includes the $80 million renovation/expansion of the Orange County Government Center (Goshen, NY); the City of Kingston Washington Avenue Sewer project; Newburgh Enlarged City School District-wide renovations and new CTE (Career, Technology & Education) High School Building; Spackenkill Union Free School District-wide renovations and new turf field & stadium; and the Town of New Windsor – Replacement of Lake Road Bridge over MetroNorth Railroad. Morris Associates’ notable regional projects include Columbia County Sewer District #1- Commerce Center interconnection; Town of Greenport Water District Improvements Phase 3A Watermain replacement; Town news from professional firms

of Poughkeepsie - Arlington Sewer Treatment Facility upgrades/ reconstruction, Town of Lloyd - Highland Water District Treatment Facility Improvements: Dutchess County Law Enforcement Center and Justice and Transition Center, Daley Farms 137 lot residential development Town of Lagrange. It is anticipated that the Poughkeepsie office will grow by ~15% over the next 18 months dependent on backlog and new business initiatives. Quotables: “Not only do our two firms complement each other in terms of practice disciplines, but there are also amazing synergies in company culture and values - with a focus on work-life balance, client success and community involvement. We recognized the fit from the very beginning.” - Todd Liebert, AIA, Chief Executive Officer; CPL “We take a thoughtful approach to our strategic acquisitions. We focus a lot of energy on our talent recruitment, our client-centered care and maintaining a fun, productive company culture. We warmly welcome the Morris Associates team and clients to the family.” – Rick Henry, PE, Vice President; CPL “We look forward to continuing, and in many cases enhancing, our work and involvement in the Poughkeepsie and Hudson communities; while also bringing additional resources to our clients throughout the Hudson Valley.” - Peter Setaro, PE, Partner: Morris Associates “We view this as a great opportunity for both our employees and clients alike. Individually, both Morris Associates and CPL already have strong reputations and portfolios in the Hudson Valley, so combining forces in the region makes a great deal of business sense.” – Ray Jurkowski, P.E., Partner; Morris Associates “The merging of CPL and Morris Associates with 90 years of comprehensive design work, along with their combined resources and growth potential provides exciting opportunities for Poughkeepsie and the entire Hudson Valley region.” – Mayor Robert Rolison, City of Poughkeepsie q



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RIT’s Civil Engineering Technology program, within the College of Applied Science and Technology is now offering a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Civil Exam Review Course for the civil engineering professionals. Passing the FE exam is the first step in the process leading to the Professional Engineers (PE) license. All eighteen (18) different exam topics will be covered.

FE Civil Exam Review Course Offerings for Fall and Spring 2018-19 For 13 weeks of evening class option (Fall 2018): Starts on September 11th with last day of class is on 14th of December 2018 with no class during thanksgiving week (November 19 to 23). For 13 weeks of evening class option (Spring 2019): Starts on January 22nd with last day of class is on 19th of April 2019, FE Civil Exam Review Course Structure  Hands-on Problem solving in every class with some theory but mostly based on FE Reference Handbook from NCEES.  Over 70 hours of intensive in-person teaching and practicing to ensure that the attendees fully grasp all the topics.  A very fast-paced course with 13 weeks of evening classes.  This course is designed to supplement at-home studying and there will be no mandatory take-home assignments. Some part of every week and most part of last two weeks will be devoted for sample tests with problems similar to FE Exam to check individual progress towards the preparation of actual test.  Deep-learning (engaging heart, mind, body and soul) initiative will be taken by a single instructor teaching all the topics by engaging all attendees in active learning and participation to unlock their potential.  Fee for the review is set to be $1049.  Group discount: For a group of 5 or more will receive a discount of $99 per person.  Guarantee of passing: Students will be allowed to sit for maximum of three full scale 6 hours mock tests (OPTIONAL) at their suitable time set with the instructor at the end of 13 weeks of classes. If the student receives 85% or more in mock tests but doesn’t pass the FE, will be allowed to attend the next course absolutely free.  Class meeting time: Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm and Friday from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Registration deadlines are 10 days before the start of the course.  All classes will be held in RIT campus. Note: Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate the requirement from large group enrollment. Same applies for class meeting time.

For additional information or to register, please contact: Greg Evershed, Director of Corporate Engagement RIT College of Applied Science and Technology


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President/Education Chair: JENNIFER WENGENDER, P.E., CPD CPL 205 St Paul Blvd Rochester, NY 14604 585-454-7600

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Vice President Technical: DAVE JERECKOS IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590

ASPE Convention and Exposition is in Atlanta this year. Check out information on the ASPE website for the event September 28-Octobter 3. The Rochester Chapter is planning to sponsor one current member in good standing travel and registration expenses to attend the event. Let me know if you are interested prior to Aug 28 when early bird registration closes.

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, PC 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 Altherm, Inc. 255 Humphrey St. Englewood, NJ 07631 551-486-9556 Newsletter Editor: CHRIS WOLAK Victaulic Fairport, NY 14450 484-350-1954

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Summer has passed as fast as it arrived. Time really does fly when you are having fun……or working hard!!

We are planning to meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month, starting again September 2018 through May 2019 for our monthly technical presentations. It is our goal to provide a PDH credit hour for each of our presentations. If you like to plan ahead and need PDH credits, pencil our meetings on your calendar! Jennifer Wengender, P.E., CPD Rochester Chapter President

Meeting Notice – Save the Date Topic: Thermostatic Control and Legionella Prevention Randy Schafer – WMS Sales Date:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. (please arrive by 11:50 am)


Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Rd., Rochester 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates)

Credits: PDH Approval Pending Cost:

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

RSVP: To Dave Jereckos (341-3168), or by September 14th. (Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society)



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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 2018-19 Officers: President Chris Kambar, PE, President-elect Arthur Reardon, PE, Vice-President Scott Wolcott, PE, Secretary Martin Gordon, PE, Treasurer Michael Ritchie, PE, Membership Chair Arthur Reardon, PE Past Presidents: David Roberts, PE, Chris Devries, PE Directors: Barry Dumbauld, PE, Robert Winans, PE, Joseph Dombrowski, PE, Jim Drago, PE, Neal Illenberg, PE, Douglas R. Strang Jr., PE

Legislation on Autonomous Vehicle Regulations At one time confined to the pages of science fiction novels or film, self-driving vehicles are on the cusp of becoming commonplace in our society and on our highways. S.1885: AV START Act, is a bill coming up for vote in the US senate with the stated purpose of “the development of highly automated vehicle safety technologies.” In the assessment of NSPE, “autonomous vehicles will have profound impacts on the public health, safety and welfare.” Therefore, professional engineers must be fully engaged in the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. It is the opinion of NSPE that the bill currently under consideration “fails to address the major safety, technological, and ethical challenges that have yet to be addressed and should be before deployment of these vehicles is considered.” NSPE is encouraging congress to address these issues before adopting the AV START Act. If you would like to see the most current legislative issues that NSPE is tracking, please visit the NSPE Legislative Action Center at: Sources:

NSPE Statement on Duck Boat Accident

Many were shocked to learn that the designer of the “duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake last week, killing 17 people and injuring several others” had no engineering training or professional certification. NSPE has corresponded with the Missouri Senate delegation emphasizing its “hope that state and federal agencies will seriously consider the importance of the professional engineering license for the design of boats and implement the necessary legal and regulatory changes to prevent future accidents.” Sources:

RIT offers FE Review Course for Civil Engineering Professionals If it has been some time since you completed your engineering curriculum, preparing for the FE exam can be a daunting challenge. This is why RIT is offering a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Civil Exam Review Course for civil engineering professionals. The course covers all the topics that are part of the FE exam and offers weeknight and weekend sessions for working professionals. The next class session will start on September 11. For details, visit or contact Greg Evershed at 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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Welcome to the ASHRAE 2018/19 program year! Our first meeting is the annual clambake, scheduled for Monday, September 17, beginning at 5 pm at the Burgundy Basin Inn. It begins as a social event with food and refreshments, as well as a fun opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle! The main program will follow, with Rochester EV Accelerator presenting, “Electric Vehicles for Widespread Adoption in Rochester”. The Rochester Chapter offices and committee chairs attended a planning meeting on August 8th, to review the monthly meeting calendar and special events, as well as to discuss the many committee activities slated for the year. Thanks for Tom Streber, our President-elect and Program Chair, the program scheduling is well underway, but any topics you have for consideration would be welcome. Please reach out to Tom at tstreber@ By the time this is published, I and other members of the Rochester Chapter will have attended the ASHRAE Region 1 centralized regional conference (CRC) in Jersey City, NJ August 16th-18th. The conference brings together all 15 chapters in our region for input into ASHRAE operations, training in the various committee leadership roles, as well as to network with other chapters. Next month’s newsletter will report any pertinent items discussed at the regional and society level of ASHARE. Please check out our website at ashrae news or on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/ashraerochester/. Hope to see you all at the clambake in September. As always, please invite a friend or colleague.

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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. NOTE:

THE SEPTEMBER TOUR IS AT PRESERVING THE PAST, LLC, 2290 EAST AVENUE, ROCHESTER, NY 14610. 6:00 pm start time. Most of us will be standing so please let us know in advance if a seat is needed. Dinner afterward is at Pomodoro Grill, 1290 University Avenue.

Meeting Schedule September 19, 2018 - Tour by Taylor Whitney, Preserving The Past, LLC, 2290 East Avenue, Rochester. October 17, 2018 - "Person Re-Identification Using Overhead View Fish-eye Lens Cameras," by Research Scientist Wencheng Wu, PhD November 14, 2018 - Topic to be determined. Speaker is Don Williams, Image Science Consultant. Venue ideas requested – we are soliciting input regarding other possible venues for our meetings.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 6:00 PM Tour at Preserving The Past, LLC, 2290 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14610 Taylor Whitney, President and founder Abstract: Archival Standards for Preserving AudioVisual Collections President and founder, Taylor Whitney established her company, Preserving The Past, LLC in 1997 after working in film preservation on major motion pictures for several years. The company specializes in photograph, film, video and audio preservation working with content creators, businesses, institutions and families to preserve their heritage according to preservation standards. Her interactive presentation will include a tour of her East Avenue facility, an exploration of the significance of preserving cultural collections, the chemical properties of original elements that lead to deterioration, the problems we are facing with obsolete technology, knowledge and equipment. She will also discuss best practices in digitization, restoration and repurposing to ensure these assets will be available for years to come. Location: Preserving The Past, LLC is conveniently located at 2290 East Avenue in Rochester, NY between Clover & Winton in a complex called Council Rock Greens. Park in the back and enter in the middle of the three brick mansions. We are to the left of the staircase by the elevator on the ground floor. Biography: Taylor Whitney began her career “in the movies” on the set in film production, post-production, as Sr. Film Librarian specializing in Hollywood History and as Sr. Film Inspection Technician in film preservation in Hollywood, California before establishing Preserving The Past, LLC in 1997, to bring the same technology used on major motion pictures to private collections. In 2004, Taylor returned to school to earn a master of arts degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, (PPCM) at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in collaboration with George Eastman Museum in 42 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER SEPTEMBER 2018

Rochester, New York. Taylor is dedicated to keeping abreast of technology as it develops implementing state-of-the-art services, proven workflow and methodology and incorporating digital and traditional best practices. This commitment has differentiated her company enabling it to attract such prestigious clients as The Strong Museum of Play, University of Rochester Film and Media Studies, Ryerson University, Brighton Fire Department, country clubs, small businesses and families. Taylor believes in passing forward technical knowledge that, due to technological obsolescence, is waning. She offers presentations to community and preservation industry organizations on preserving artifacts and legacies according to preservation standards. She mentors archivists and librarians through the technical aspects of analogue-to-digital conversion helping them meet their business objectives. Her company employs up-and-coming archivists giving them the opportunity to learn collections management, digitization of obsolete media and cold storage specifications. She enjoys meeting with and advising young archivists and professionals on career choices, technology and entrepreneurialism. Taylor is on the board of RAFAS (Rochester Association of Film, Arts + Sciences), The George Eastman Museum Council, past Vice President of RAVA (Rochester AudioVisual Association), and involved in many associations dedicated to preserving our cultural heritage. The executive board of AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) awarded Taylor the 2013 Alan Stark Award honoring achievement in film preservation. Taylor was a 2017 finalist for the Digital Rochester Woman in Technology Award. Preserving The Past, LLC has offices in Rochester, NY and Los Angeles, CA with clients worldwide. is&t news


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

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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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October 18, 2018 General Membership Meeting / Livingston County Dinner 6:00 PM Location TBD

November 15, 2018 BOD / General Membership Meeting 6:00 PM 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607

Board of Directors Meeting / Webinar September 13, 2018 6:00 PM Location TBD

General Membership Meeting / Livingston County Dinner October 18, 2018 Professional Affiliations •

New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors, Inc.

National Society of Professional Surveyors

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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:

Association For Facilities Engineering, Rochester Chapter President, Dennis Roote, PE Email:

American Public Works Association Monroe County/Genesee Valley Branch Chairman, Peter Vars, PE Email:

Electrical Association Executive Director, Karen Lynch Email: President, Russ Corcoran, Landmark Electric, 585-359-0800. 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, Ronald Centola Prudent Engineering Email:

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

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Inc., Rochester Section President, Dan Rusnack 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 Women Engineers President, Marca J. Lam, RIT Email:

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, John Kaemmerlen, 585-475-2767 Email: International Council on Systems Engineering, Finger Lakes Chapter President, Jack Riley Email:

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