Rochester Engineering Society Magazine April 2019

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April 2019

Come Celebrate the future engineers of Rochester

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Join us for a night of celebration, networking and entertainment! >$25,000 in scholarships to be awarded! Silent Auction by Memorabilia for Charities, LLC Details and tickets at

Ashley Doerzbacher returns to host the Gala!

Come and Congratulate the Award Recipients

Donald P. Nims Jr., PE 2018 Engineer of the Year

Brett C. Eliasz, PE

2018 Young Engineer of the Year

Jessica F. Bull, PE

2018 Young Engineer of the Year - Finalist

Jonathan A. Terrance

2018 Young Engineer of the Year - Finalist

Caroline R. Wheadon, EIT 2018 Young Engineer of the Year - Finalist

Carl W. Eller, PE

2018 Engineer of Distinction

James A. Kaniecki, PE

2018 Engineer of Distinction

Steven M. Longway, PE

2018 Engineer of Distinction

Richard F. Rappa, PE

2018 Engineer of Distinction

Also in this issue:

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Location again at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center; Early registration is by April 1st.

The Rochester Engineer Published since 1922 by


Founded March 18, 1897

Volume 97, Number 10, APRIL 2019 (Printed & Electronic Copies) 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 Erdman Anthony / ADAM CUMMINGS, PE Town of Ontario / DANIELLE WALTERS MKS Instruments / DOREEN EDWARDS Rochester Institute of Technology / BRETT ELIASZ, PE Bergmann Associates / DENNIS ROOTE, PE CDE Engineering & Environment, PLLC / Administrative Director LYNNE M. IRWIN Rochester Engineering Society / e-mail:


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4 • Notice to All RES Members - Nominations for Fiscal Year 2019-2020

5 • RES Annual Meeting - Wed. May 22 7 • RES Technical Corner by Brett Eliasz, RES Director 8 • Have You Ever Participated in a Science Fair?... 9 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 10 • 117th RES Annual Gala - Saturday, April 13th (cover) 12 • The Limited Monopoly® - Patent Marking Has Gone Virtual - Or Has It? 14 • 2019 Engineering Symposium in Rochester - Tuesday, April 23 16 • Get to the Point! - Communication in a Technical Environment 18 • Seeking Volunteer Mentors for 2019 Spring Science Fair 19 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 20-21, 23 • Engineers’ Calendar 22 • Position Openings 24-25, 27 • Professional Firms - Employee News 26-27 • News from Professional Firms 45-46 • Directory of Professional Services 46 • Directory of Business Services 47 • Affiliated Societies and Corporate Members of the RES Membership Application and Advertising Rates are also on the website:

news of the... • ABCD Association for Bridge Construction and Design...............28-30 • AFE Association for Facilities Engineering...........................................36 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers............................................40 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................44 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................35 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................37 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................31

• IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................38-39 • IES Illuminating Engineering Society....................................................43 • INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering..........................41 • IS&T Society for Imaging Science and Technology.............................34 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................32 • RES Rochester Engineering Society........................................... 2-10, 18 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................42 • TERRA TERRA Science & Engineering Fair...............................................33


President’s Message

Joseph Dombrowski, PE M/E Engineering RES President 2018 - 2019 Will this winter ever end? I am officially tired of it! Planning is underway for the RES Gala April 13th and the Engineering Symposium April 23rd; further information is on the RES website at: As always if you have any input, please contact us via the RES. I'd also like to remind everyone that the Rochester Engineering Symposium will be held at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Further information is available at either or Planning is underway for our next fiscal year (beginning June 2019). We have several director openings; if you have a desire to fill one of them, please contact us by email, The Science Fair in Rochester at the Rochester Museum and Science Center was held on March 16, 2019. See for more details. RES has made a cash donation, and several RES members have volunteered to help the effort. The RES is still in the midst of renegotiating its lease for office space with the Rochester Museum and Science Center. If anyone has any advice to offer, please contact us by email, That's all for now. Stay warm! And see you at our events.

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Notice to All RES Members NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE ROCHESTER ENGINEERING SOCIETY Published pursuant to Article IX, Section 1 of the Constitution Pursuant to Article VII, Section 9 of the Bylaws to the Constitution, the Nominating Committee of, Mike Triassi, chair and Joseph Dombrowski, PE, co-chair reported a slate of officers for the 2019-2020 RES year. Selected by the Nominating Committee for the designated offices are: PRESIDENT JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI, PE Senior Engineer M/E Engineering, P.C. FIRST VICE PRESIDENT GREG T. GDOWSKI, PhD Executive Director, Associate Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester SECOND VICE PRESIDENT MICHELLE SOMMERMAN, PE Project Engineer - Mechanical Bergmann TREASURER ANDREW C. HIRSCH Retired DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2021) RICHARD E. RICE, Eng. Facilities Business Development Erdman Anthony DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2021) DENNIS ROOTE, PE Owner, CDE Engineering & Environment DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2021) NEAL J. ILLENBERG, PE Principal Engineer, Rail Safety Consulting

Directors who will continue in office until the expiration of their terms are: DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2020) TBA Rochester Institute of Technology DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2020) BRETT C. ELIASZ, PE Disipline Leader - Electrical Bergmann DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2020) TBD

DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2020) LEE M. LOOMIS Senior Engineer RG&E (retired) Past President who will serve as a member of the Board of Directors, pursuant to Article VIII, Section 2 of the Constitution is: PAST PRESIDENT MICHAEL V. TRIASSI, EIT Javlyn, Inc. Pursuant to Article IX, Section 2, of the Constitution, additional nominations may be made by a petition signed by at least 10 VOTING members. Such a petition, together with a written acceptance from each nominee, must be filed with the RES Administrative Director no later than 12:00 noon on May 8, 2019. If there are additional nominations, ballots will be mailed to all members in good standing and ELIGIBLE to vote by May 15, 2019. If there are no other nominations received, the election will be by a voice vote at the annual meeting to be held at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Respectfully submitted, Lynne Irwin Administrative Director

DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2021) KENTON G. HINES Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch 4 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

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RES Annual Meeting Save the Date!

RES Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Rochester Museum & Science Center In the Bausch Auditorium 657 East Avenue Rochester, NY Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Cash Bar/Cheese & Crackers Reception Learn About RES Activities Network and Meet Engineers in the Community RES Update Briefing Board and Officer Elections Meet new and continuing officers and directors for the the fiscal year 2019-2020. You will hear a few words from President Joseph Dombrowski, PE This meeting is free (Cash Bar), but a reservation is required by Wednesday, May 15th. Go to the RES Website, A link will be on the home page. res news - annual meeting


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, and now Vietnam War, growth economy.

“The Rochester Engineer” (November 1969)

In his monthly address, President Beebee discussed attributes of the RES that would allow it to provide continued engineering education, association with other engineering leaders, civic affairs involvement, a relevant publication, clerical and office functions and an Engineering Center. The November RES Luncheon program included “The Elections and What they Mean” by Howard Hosmer (News Director, WHEC-TV), “Biology and the Exploration of Mars”, by Dr. Wolf Vishniak, (U of R), “Deafness and Communication”, by Dr. Robert Frisina (RIT, National Technical Institute for the Deaf ) and “Mechanization of the Postal Service”, by Joseph P. Capuano (Asst. Post Master, Rochester, NY). The RES announced its co-sponsorship of a joint meeting of AIA, ASHRAE, Consulting Engineers Council, ASCE, ASME and MPES, to have a tour of the nearly-finished, One Marine Midland Plaza, hosted by Edward F. Nier (Marine Midland Bank), Dr. Fazur R. Kahn (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Architects & Engineers), and Charles DeBenetittis (Tishman Realty & Construction Company).

December 3, 1969 (Board of Directors Meeting, Country Club of Rochester)

It was reported by President Beebee that he and others were working on scheduling a promotional presentation on the RES, to the Industrial Management Council (IMC). A motion from the previous Board meeting, regarding payment of RES dues was restored to the agenda. With the removal of the element of “imposition of late-payment penalties”, the motion was passed, unanimously. Applications from seven new Regular Members and four new Junior Members were approved.

“The Rochester Engineer” (December 1969)

Reaching out to the RES Membership, the RES Career Guidance Committee announced the formation of two-man teams who, along with volunteer consultants from the Rochester Council of Scientific 6 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

A Sampling from the Archives of the Rochester Engineering Society...1897 - 1970 by Lee M. Loomis

Societies (RCSS), would be visiting area high schools for the purpose of establishing a closer liaison with school career counselors and science teachers, determining the school’s needs for career guidance, and acquainting school personnel with available career information. This Committee was seeking RES and Affiliate Member volunteers to join these teams. Depending on response to this request, activities such as “Engineer for a Day” (ie. shadowing), science & engineering presentations at the junior high school level and career opportunities for engineering technicians (requiring less than four-years of schooling) would also be explored. (Editor’s note: How much does this sound like a 1960’s version of STEM?!?).

January 7, 1970 (Board of Directors Meeting, RES office)

The Board approved eleven new Regular Member applications and one Associate Member. The Board approved a petition by the Rochester Section, Illuminating Engineering Society to become an Affiliate of the RES. While the Board heard a financial report on the recent repayment of $7,500 of the Society’s outstanding loan, it also approved a motion to “re-borrow” $3,000 to carry on operations for this current month. The Board approved a motion to raise the RES Secretary’s salary by $500 per year, effective December 1969. The RES Civic Affairs Committee reported receiving a request from Rochester General Hospital for assistance in reviewing its electrical power and X-Ray equipment requirements. The Board approved the formation of an RES subcommittee for that purpose.

“The Rochester Engineer” (January 1970)

The cover photo of this issue featured the unique, new Zeiss projector that had just been installed in the Star Theater at the Strasenburgh Planetarium. A luncheon program for RES Members, entitled “From Horoscope to Telescope”, in the Star Theater, was announced. Other programs in the January RES luncheon series included, "NY State Construction Progress Report," by Bernard Perry, NYSDOT Regional Engineer, “Lasers and Holography”, by Kenneth A. Snow, Head of Applied Research at Bausch & Lomb, “The ‘Boob Tube’ with an IQ”, by Raymond J. Hasenauer, Manufacturing Manager at Computer Consoles and “Lunar Photography – Close Up”, by George T. Keene, Supervisor of the Photo Science Group, Research & Engineering, Kodak Apparatus Division. The NYS Society of Professional Engineers announced that the State Education Department would be adopting the National Council of Engineering Examiners’ examination for Professional Engineers, pursuant to recently adopted NYS legislation. Subsequent articles in this series will describe the RES' continuing outreach to other technical societies as it considered its role in this and the larger community, along with more of the activities of the RES as it moved to be of greater service to its membership, especially those suffering from current economic crises, and adopted a greater role in shaping the future of the City and its environs. Noted also, will be the contributions made by RES members in the struggle to meet the challenges coming out of World War II, as well as a hoped-for period of post-war growth and prosperity. These articles will also feature an impressive array of RES activities in support of post-war re-emergence of Rochester area industry. We welcome your questions and comments on this series.

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Technical Corner

This month’s article focuses on one of the most important and often misunderstood concepts: Grounding in the electrical system. Some nice illustrations shown below dictate the ground fault current path back to the source. You will notice that the ground path gets back to the source transformer through the ground conductor when there is a neutral to ground bond at the transformer. If the neutral to ground bond occurs at the main distribution panel, which is most often the case, the ground current flows back to the source through the neutral conductor eliminating the need for an equipment ground in most service entrances. It is a very important concept to understand that the ground conductor is there to provide a low impedance path back to the source, thus resulting in increased current which is required to trip a breaker. You will see in the TC curve below that low-level faults can occur and seemingly “sit there” and not trip the upstream breaker resulting in a dangerous touch hazard. Example: The main switchboard or MDP in a high-rise building is rated at 4000A with a 4000A main circuit breaker. The new tenant in the building will require a 400A circuit out of this switchboard that has no physical space to mount a breaker/fuse. Therefore, a tap must be made within this MDP and shall feed a 400A fused disconnect switch. The tap conductor length will not exceed 10’. What size wiring and equipment grounding conductor should be provided for this 3PH, 4W connection? The phase and neutral conductors may be the same-#600kcmil and not #500kcmil. This is due to NEC Section 240.21(B). When utilizing a tap rule, using the next size up rule depicted in NEC 240.4(B) does not apply, so using #500kcmil, which are rated for 380A per 75-degree column cannot be used. #600kcmil are rated for 420A per 75-degree column which is greater than the 400A fuse in the disconnect. Alternatively, 350A fuses could be placed in the fused disconnect (next std. size lower per NEC 240.6(A)) if circuit loading allows it, which would permit the #500kcmil cabling. The equipment grounding conductor must be sized per NEC table 250.122 as the overcurrent protection upstream is 4000A. This equates to a #500kcmil. Please note that under no circumstance shall the equipment grounding conductor be larger than the phase/neutral conductors serving the equipment as per NEC 250.122(A) and 250.122(G). Conclusion: We need to make sure that we are adequately providing the appropriate ground conductors in the right places at the right size in order to trip the upstream breaker to avoid any potential touch hazards in an electrical system. Hopefully this article finds you well and can be used as a reference for your project needs. If anyone would like to contribute to the RES magazine and add an article or would like to request information on a specific topic (not limited to Electrical) just email me at As always, any comments are appreciated…! Thank you for reading. Images Credit: Mike Holt Brett Eliasz, P.E., LEED AP BD+C , RES Director

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RES News - Tutoring Team Have You Ever Participated in a Science Fair?... Do you remember your first science fair? How did you select the topic of your display? Did you have any help in making that choice? Did you have help with your “research”, or were you pretty much on your own? Would it have been better, to have had help, then? The School-Based Planning Team and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy have invited the RES to help with the development of the “First Annual”, Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Science Fair. The PTO has developed a step-by-step plan for the Kick –Off, Student Selection and Exhibition portions of our 2019 Science Fair. This plan begins when the teachers of our 3rd – 6th Graders introduce the concept of a science fair to their students on Friday, April 26th. On this day, they are hoping that RES Volunteer-Mentors would be willing to provide several exhibits of various technologies, designed to stimulate the students’ curiosity, so that groups of students can then visit these displays and hear about the various principles of science that they represent. Having seen these exhibits, the students will then be offered the opportunity to participate in the science fair by submitting an application, by Monday, April 29th, expressing their interest, and agreeing to complete the required work. The following week, RES Volunteer-Mentors will meet with a small group of students, during their 40 minute science blocks (classes), to help them choose a phenomenon, plan their investigation and design the presentation of their findings for the fair. Homework might be given, as needed. For this first-time attempt, participation will be limited to a total of about 26 students. Twice-weekly meetings of RES Volunteer-Mentors and their assigned students, in preparation for the fair, will begin during the week of May 6th, and continuing for the next six weeks, with the fair scheduled for the week of June 10th. Science blocks (40 minute classes) occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9:50AM and 2:55PM as follows:

Grade 3 (age 8 yrs) – 11:00AM – 11:40AM Grade 4 (age 9 yrs) – 1:30PM – 2:10PM Grade 5 (age 10 yrs) – 2:15PM – 2:55PM Grade 6 (age 11 yrs) – 9:50AM – 10:30AM, 12:30PM – 1:00PM, and 1:30PM – 2:10PM

Remembering how much science meant to you, as a young student, won’t you please consider volunteering for this important opportunity to support our Scholars at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy?!? You can become the “help” these young people need. 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) 8 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

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

In the 1990’s, Eastman Kodak Company jumped the gun, starting a family of STEM initiatives, years before the Government coined the STEM acronym. The name of these programs was the 21st Century Learning Challenge (TCLC), and at our peek, we were 1500 engineers and technicians, visiting Rochester City School Classrooms, twice a week for two-hour visits, during the entire School Year. This effort continued for nearly ten years, and not only pre-dates our recent STEM excitement level, but delivered support on a scale we have yet to match. Many of the volunteers in these programs were, and still are, members of the Rochester Engineering Society (RES). In the intervening twenty-five years, many have retired, or are about to retire. That makes them even more available as STEM Coaches, than they were as Kodak employees. The RES is working to put technical people in K-12 Classrooms, throughout the Greater Rochester area, as STEM Coaches. Their presence will: • • •

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

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

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



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The Limited Monopoly® Patent Marking Has Gone Virtual - Or Has It? By Robert Gunderman, PE and John Hammond, PE

Patent Marking- The Basics The patent statutes for many years have required patented articles to be marked as such. Although many variations exist, the essential elements are simply that the patented article should be marked with the word “Patent” or the abbreviation “Pat.” together with the number of the patent. Variations include adding the country, such as “U.S. Patent” and then the number of the patent, indicating that the patent is a design patent (although the D designation in the patent number is usually sufficient), indicating that there are other patent(s) pending, etc. A quick walk through a Big Orange or a Big Blue home improvement store will reveal more products marked in this way than Carter has Liver Pills1. There are also penalties for false marking, marking a product with an expired patent in an attempt to ward off the competition, or otherwise not providing truthful and constructive notice to the public of your patent rights.

Failure to Appropriately Mark If an article is not appropriately marked or there are no markings whatsoever, effective notice is not given to the public, and such a failure may preclude the recovery of damages for infringement until such time as effective notice is given. Effective notice may be in the form of proper markings, a written notice, or filing an action for infringement. Simply put, the cost to not properly mark can be significant in terms of lost revenue and the inability to enforce patent rights, both of which are strong motivators to mark your products.

Along Comes the America Invents Act (AIA) The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law on September 16, 2011, resulting in sweeping changes to the 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

U.S. patent system. Among these changes was an amendment to 35 U.S.C. §287(a), the section of the law that defines how constructive notice is given to the public that an article is patented. The amendment allows patented articles to either be physically marked or “virtually marked.” Virtual marking provides an alternative to physical marking where the article is instead marked with the word “patent” or the abbreviation “pat.” followed by an internet address that associates the patented article with the number of the patent.

The Reasoning Behind Virtual Marking The virtual marking amendment was proposed by Congress as a way for manufacturers to save the ongoing expense associated with changing tooling, product materials, packaging, etc. as new patents issue and old patents expire. Instead of new tooling and inventory updates to indicate a patent number change, the manufacturer can now simply update a web site with the current patent information. Another reason given for the virtual marking amendment is to facilitate the effective marking of small products.

How to Implement a Virtual Marking Program On the surface, it seems straightforward. Simply mark all of your patented products with the words “patent www.companyXYX. com/patents”, but of course, chose your own web address that takes the user to a page that lists your patents. There are many examples of companies that have implemented virtual patent marking, but strangely, virtual marking is still not the runaway success that would have been expected like most things that are Internet based. While in 2014 the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a report to Congress (as was required the limited monopoly

as part of the AIA) concluding that “virtual marking has likely met its intended objectives of reducing manufacturing costs and facilitating public notice in certain situations,” many companies are still hesitant to implement a virtual marking program.

Should the patent number come first with the products listed below each number? What about adding information about the product to the contents of the website or adding advertising? What about links to other Internet locations? How accessible does the patent information need to be?

Some Areas of Concern Court cases and guidance from the USPTO are two ways in which patent laws are further defined. There is not currently a lot of guidance from either area. The virtual marking statute says simply: “…by fixing thereon the word “patent” or the abbreviation “pat.” together with an address of a posting on the Internet, accessible to the public without charge for accessing the address, that associates the patented article with the number of the patent, or when, from the character of the article, this cannot be done, by fixing to it, or to the package wherein one or more of them is contained, a label containing a like notice.”2 So without further guidance from court decisions or the USPTO, interpreting this language, although seemingly straightforward, is not. For example, what constitutes an “address of a posting on the Internet”? Does a QR code or a bar code qualify, or must the address be readable by a human instead of a machine even though a web address requires a computer to transform the web address into the desired information (the patent number(s))? There are other challenges as well. What is to be considered “accessible to the public without charge for accessing the address”? Can a company require the public to register on the website before providing the required patent information? What about requiring personally identifiable information in order to access the address? Is that considered a charge, or is a charge purely a monetary charge? There are also privacy and security issues. With the prevalent use of cookies, a record can be kept of who is accessing the web address and what information they are retrieving. Does this concern limit proper notice to the public of the patented article, as the public may be hesitant to engage in accessing the provided internet address over privacy and security concerns. And the implementation details continue. What is to be considered proper association of the patented article with the number of the patent? Should each product be listed with their associated patent numbers directly below, in a table of sorts? the limited monopoly

A simple and straightforward implementation of a virtual marking program “should be” trouble free, but like all things Internet, complexities exist, a few of which are mentioned above. An awareness of these complexities is important, but should not be a reason to avoid implementing a virtual marking program. Ensuring that the information associating product with patent number is both easy to access and kept current are simple yet extremely important concepts, should your company be considering a virtual marking program.

GRAPHIC CREDIT: “Nothing Virtual About Raking Leaves”. Robert Gunderman. 1 A nearly obsolete expression dating back to Carter’s Liver Pills, formulated as a patent medicine in 1868 by Samuel J. Carter of Erie, PA. (A patent medicine in this case has nothing to do with patents, but rather is an elixir, tonic or liniment of unproven effectiveness and whose contents were not completely disclosed. Think snake oil.) 2 35 U.S.C. §287(a) Authors Robert D. Gunderman P.E. (Patent Technologies, LLC www.patentechnologies. com) and John M. Hammond P.E. (Patent Innovations, LLC www.patent-innovations. com) are both registered patent agents and licensed professional engineers. Copyright 2019 Robert Gunderman, Jr. and John Hammond Note: This short article is intended only to provide cursory background information, and is not intended to be legal advice. No client relationship with the authors is in any way established by this article. In keeping with our educational mission, you can now search for your favorite patent law topic of interest at www.


Announcing the

2019 Engineering Symposium in Rochester

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Courses available in: Civil, Electrical, Lighting, Mechanical, HVAC, and Plumbing.

SAME LOCATION AS LAST YEAR: Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center 123 East Main Street, Rochester, NY Time: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm $140 Advance Registration $20 Student Registration $170 AFTER April 2, 2019 and at the Door Registration is online at

The Monroe Chapter of NYSSPE, in accordance with ADA compliance, will make every attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for those requiring additional services to participate in our educational programs. If you should require such services, please contact Lynne Irwin at the Rochester Engineering Society ( or 585-254-2350) to request support by April 1, 2019.


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Get to the Point!

Communication in a Technical Environment The most important skill a technical professional has is the ability to communicate. This is what will set you aside from the rest and differentiate one consultant or firm from the others. I say this having spent my career helping engineers, geoscientists and technicians improve how they communicate but before you consider me biased, note that in 1944, WJ King stated, in his book, The Unwritten Laws of Engineering, that the chief obstacles of the success of individual engineers or of groups of engineers are of a personal and administrative rather than a technical nature.” I include geoscientists and technicians here too.

I want to offer you three other aspects of communication that are just as important. • Listen to what is being said • Understand your audience • Determine the best medium

Listening Skills

In his TED Talk “Five Ways to Listen Better”, Julian Treasure states we are losing our ability to listen. The “noise” around us has made us immune to the conversations. To avoid this, we use earbuds to remove the distraction, which isolates us and further hinders our listening skills. Just like the muscles in our body, we must exercise our listening to improve. Simply practicing being quiet or noticing the noises or conversations around us can fine tune our listening.

And in 1928: SA Harbarger, in his book English for Engineers printed on page 1, Chapter 1 “An engineer’s greatest asset is his ability to write and speak correctly, elegantly and vigorously. He cannot employ anyone to talk for him….or to prepare his reports…”. I apologize to women; back then they We can also adapt or flex the way we listen. For example, never imagined females in the technical fields. consider these five types of listening. So what is communication? The root comes from the Latin word “Communicare” meaning to make common or to share. Communication is defined, by the Oxford Dictionary, as “The imparting or exchanging of thoughts, opinions and information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.” I suspect that anyone reading this magazine or who is remotely connected to a technical profession, certainly has ideas, opinions, and information. To be a true professional and a valuable team member, subject matter expert, or consultant, you must “make common” and exchange. I consider that skill technical communication. My degree from an engineering university is in Technical Communication. I had to take engineering courses yet my engineering friends never had the time or requirement to take communication classes. However, to succeed, the technical professional must effectively communicate every single day. Without this skill, brilliant ideas are lost because they are not shared, or they are lost in an unorganized or cluttered message. There are books and courses on how to write and speak, but 16 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

Listening to Learn: Informational Listening to Understand Emotions: Empathetic Listening for Pleasure: Appreciative Listening for Evaluation: Critical Listening to Build Relationship: Rapport

Different situations and personalities require us to listen differently. Informational and Critical listening are required in technical environments but to truly understand your audience (which is our next key skill) you need to learn Empathetic and Rapport listening. When you exercise empathetic listening you pay attention to your audience’s emotions: frustration, disappointment, excitement. When solving a problem (which often is the scope of work for technical professionals) the best way to succeed is to resolve a pain. You can’t just listen to collect facts. Your ability to listen is an asset to your research phase, your conflict resolution skill, and your reputation as a team player.

Understand your audience

Too often technical professionals don’t distinguish between “need to know” and “nice to know” details and end up overwhelming their audience. Only include what your get to the point


audience needs to be able to decide, understand, or act. The rest of the facts can be left out. To determine what to include, analyze who you are communicating with: — What is my purpose for communicating? — How much does my audience know about this subject? — What do I expect the audience to do with this information? — Is this audience technical or non-technical? — Is there more than one person? — What questions will my audience have about this topic? Now all you need to do is make sure you have answered the questions. For example, if you are writing a proposal, I’m fairly confident your audience will ask: What are you going to do? When will you do this? How much will this cost? Remember, although you are originating the communication, it is all about the audience. If they don’t understand your message, the whole effort is wasted.

Determine the best medium

We have several communication tools to choose from but some work better in certain situations. Just because you are comfortable with one doesn’t mean it is the best for the situation or for your audience. Here are some considerations: Email — This is the most used tool and I’m not sure we can function without it. — We can send to multiple people and send large attachments. — It keeps a history which can be handy if we forgot what was decided. — Because we read it when we want to, it is easier to manage our time. This also allows us time to think about our response. — Some messages require voice and facial expressions to be fully understood and we lose that with email. — Email can be placed in the wrong “hands” and may cause conflict or hurt feelings. — There are some facts that you might not want kept as a history and email holds us accountable. Text Messages — A quick text is useful when the message is short and you don’t have time or desire for a long email or phone call. get to the point

— People working in remote locations are more likely to receive a text than an email or call. — Photos and videos can be quickly sent to help explain conditions. — Be careful with the auto correct tool because the wrong message could be sent. — Tone is lost on cryptic text messages and may cause misunderstandings. — Make sure that the people you are texting are comfortable with this tool; it can be frustrating if the speed varies between parties. Phone Calls — If a topic leads to multiple questions and other topics, a phone call is much more efficient. — Sometimes a message requires tone of voice which the phone allows. — If building relationship (empathetic listening) a phone call is best. — People may avoid the phone because a phone call may be unexpected, a person may be caught off guard and not know the answers. — If not managed well, a conversation can go off topic and take too much time; another reason people avoid this tool. So, do I think communication is important to technical professionals? Absolutely. A technical person who cannot “share or exchange ideas, opinions, and information” will end up crunching numbers in the basement. However, a technical person who communicates, by listening, understanding the audience and selecting the right medium, will be a valuable team member and be invited into boardrooms. Because communication is a skill, you can learn the concepts and practice techniques.

© 2019, 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. APRIL 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 17

Seeking Volunteer Mentors for 2019 Spring Science Fair At Dr. Walter Cooper Academy The RES has been invited to help establish the first annual, Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Science Fair. The SchoolBased Planning Team, including parents, teachers and administrators, has requested the support of the Rochester Engineering Society in developing a Spring 2019 science fair at #10 School. The scope of this request includes… • Teachers at Grade Levels 3 - 6 will introduce the requirements of the science fair to their classes, later this Spring. • Students will be invited to volunteer to participate in this assignment, and they will agree to complete the required work. • RES Volunteer Mentors will meet with small groups of students, twice a week, at the school, during their daily, 40 minute science instruction block. • The RES Volunteer Mentors will help the Students select a “scientific phenomenon” they would like to investigate, guide them in planning their investigation, and help them design their presentation and findings for the Fair. Homework for the Students, in support of this effort, will be a distinct possibility. • The Dr. Walter Cooper Academy 2019 Science Fair will be scheduled, at the School, for early June 2019. • RES Volunteer Mentors will begin helping the Students get prepared for the Fair during the week of May 6th, and then meeting twice each week with their Students, for the next six weeks. This will allow Students and Mentors 12 – 14 days to work on their investigation/presentation. The RES is seeking Volunteer Mentors to support this Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) activity. Unlike our RES Tutoring Team, this involves only a short-term commitment of approximately six weeks. Volunteer Mentors will be working with Students who have expressed a desire to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math. These Students are motivated! Do you think you might consider making room in your busy lives to support our “Cooper Scholars” as they develop habits that will help them achieve new levels of learning, focused on a brighter future? Then volunteer to become an RES Mentor. Please contact RES Director, Lee Loomis (leeloomis46@ or (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text) for more information, and to volunteer for this important, potentially life-changing opportunity.


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Education Opportunities

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 44 Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Legionella Colonization and Amplification 1 PDH Approved Presented by: Felix Perriello, Alliance Environmental Group Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Cost: $25 per person Time: 12:00 noon – lunch buffet. Reservations: Reservations at

Wednesday, April 17 American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

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Pressure Control Solutions for Potable Water 1 PDH Credit Approved Speaker: Chris Wolak, Victaulic Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates) Time: 12:00 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 djereckos@ by April 12th.

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Tuesday, March 26

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

Emergency Lighting Inverters - 1 AIA Credit Speaker: Steven Surges, Northern Regional Sales Manager, Myers Emergency Power Systems Place: Rick’s Prime Rib, 898 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624 Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Cost: $30 per person (includes lunch). Reservations: Register for this event ASAP on our ‘Education’ page at or contact Diane Montrois at 585-254-8010 or

Wednesday, March 27

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Creating “Snack Bags” for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester Place: Barton & Loguidice, 11 Centre Park, Suite 203, Rochester, NY 14614 Time: 6:00 pm All are welcome to join us in decorating and packing the bags. Bring your favorite beverage and we will supply the snacks. Please donate and RSVP to the event on our website,

Wednesday, April 2

Electrical Association (EA) Electri…FYI! Tri-Annual Tradeshow Place: The Dome Arena. More than 100 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest and greatest in the electrical world…everything from tools to lighting to the next greatest gadget. Time: 2:00 to 7:00 pm Cost: Free of charge for attendees. Exhibitors can find pricing at For more information call 585-382-9545.

Monday, April 8

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 44 Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Legionella Colonization and Amplification – 1 PDH Approved Presented by: Felix Perriello, Alliance Environmental Group Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Cost: $25 per person Time: 12:00 noon – lunch buffet. Reservations: Reservations at

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Tuesday, April 9

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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EXCOM Meeting

Place: Rochester Institute of Technology, Louise Slaughter Hall (Bldg. 78) Time: 2:30 to 3:30 pm, just prior to the Joint Chapters Meeting.

Tuesday, April 9

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

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2019 Joint Chapters Meeting

Keynote speaker: John Kriegel Place: Rochester Institute of Technology Time: 4:00 pm Reservations are required to attend the dinner and keynote presentation. Details are on the website.

Wednesday, April 10

Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T)

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Effects of Substrate, Ink and Target Line Width on Line Quality

Speaker: Mihir Ravindra Choudhari Place: Gates Public Library, Community Space A, 902 Elmgrove Road, Gates Time: 6:00 pm No meeting reservations are required. Additional details on page 34.

Thursday, April 11

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Presentation on the Development of one of the largest YMCA Developments

Place: YMCA, 2300 West Jefferson Road (enter the site from Clover Street). Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm Cost: ASCE members $30, nonmembers $40, Students $10. Reservations and additional details at

Saturday, April 13

Rochester Engineering Society (RES)

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117th RES Annual Gala Silent Auction, Awards, Networking & Entertainment See page 10 for details or go to the website:

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Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T)

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Pressure Control Solutions for Potable Water 1 PDH Credit Approved

Speaker: Chris Wolak, Victaulic Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates) Time: 12:00 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 April 12th.

Thursday, April 18

Speaker: Joe LaBarca Place: Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Avenue, Irondequoit, NY, Room #216. Time: 6:00 pm No meeting reservations are required. Add'l details on page 34.

Thursday, May 16

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

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Annual Dinner Meeting & Bridge Awards

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

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Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting Place: 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue, Rochester Time: 6:00 pm. GVLSA website:

Thursday, April 18

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

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Introduction to TopoFusion

Speaker: Michael Robinson, American University Place: 4 host sites. Details are on page 41 or contact Kevin Devaney at Time: Meetings begin at 6:00 pm and run to approximately 7:30 pm Reservations: Contact the host person at the host site list on page 41.

Place: Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, 6492 East Main Street Road, Stafford, NY Time: Open bar & hors d’oeuvres at 5:30; Dinner at 6:30 pm. Bridge award presentations and the introduction of the 2019-2020 officers and directors. Costs: Members-$40, Non-members-$50, Full Time, Students-$25. Registration: Contact Mike Davidson by May 8th with your dinner choice (10 oz. Prime Rib of Beef, Chicken Almond, Baked Salmon, or Vegetarian Lasagna), or call 716-289-5976.

Thursday, May 16

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA) General Membership Meeting / Finger Lakes Dinner

Place: TBD, Time: 6:00 pm, GVLSA website:

Thursday, May 16

Wednesday, April 24

Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) p 36 International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Tour of Gleason Works

Place: Gleason Works, 1000 University Avenue, Rochester, NY. Dinner location TBD Time: 5:30 pm Cost: Members - $25; Non-members - $30. Reservations: Reservations by Friday, April 19th to Ken Carr, 585-277-1655 or email to Payment can also be made on the website at

Friday, April 26

Electrical Association (EA)

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Cornell Student Chapter Report, International Workshop Highlights Speaker: Wesley Hewett, Cornell University Place: 4 host sites. Details are on page 41 or contact Kevin Devaney at Time: Meetings begin at 6:00 pm and run to approx. 7:30 pm Contact the host person at the host site list on page 41. Continued on page 23

Casino Night (to benefit the Kessler Burn Center at URMC)

Place: Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, Rochester, NY Time: 6:00 to 10:00 pm Cost: $50/ticket. Additional details on page 47. Purchase tickets on-line at or call 585-382-9545 (sponsorship opportunities available). enineers' calendar

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Friday, May 17

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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Annual 18-Hole Scholarship Golf Tournament

Place: Webster Golf Course – East Course, 440 Salt Rd., Webster Time: Registration from 12:00 to 1:15 pm; Shotgun start at 1:30; Dinner will be served following the tournament. Cost: $95/person includes lunch, driving range, 18 holes, cart, dinner and drink tickets. Reservations: To register or sponsor a hole, contact Josh Rodems, 585-427-8888 or Reservations and payment due by May 3rd. Additional details and registration form on page 40.

Monday, May 20

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

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2019 ASHRAE Picnic / Golf Tournament

Place: Ravenwood Golf Course, 929 Lynaugh Road, Victor, NY Reservations: Tickets need to be purchased by May 13th. Additional details are on the website at

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Professional Firms Employee News BME Associates News Announcing Two New Shareholders The owners of BME Associates D.P.C. announced the addition of two new shareholders: Rebecca Glitch and Dustin Bradley.

Rebecca Glitch

President Peter Vars states that the addition of both Rebecca and Dustin to the ownership team will allow them to bring their leadership and experience to the management of the firm. This in turn makes BME a stronger firm and improves our ability to provide quality management to both the company and our clients. Rebecca Glitch has over 5 years of experience in site design and is an active member and secretary of the Society of Women Engineers, Rochester Section. She holds the position of Collegiate Section Counselor, providing mentorship and networking opportunities for local colleges. Rebecca joined the firm in 2013. Dustin Bradley, CFM, has 5 years of experience in environmental services with a focus on wetland services, and is relied on for his technology skills and building relationships with State and Federal Agencies. Dustin joined the firm in 2014.

Dustin Bradley, CFM

Both individuals exemplify the leadership qualities of the firm and are a welcome addition to the ownership group. BME Promotes Bell to Survey Department Manager

Gregory Bell, PLS

The Board of Directors of BME Associates D.P.C. also announced the promotion of Gregory Bell, PLS, to survey department manager. Gregg will be responsible for coordinating land surveying activities with the needs of our engineering design teams, client and project management, and department oversight of both of BME’s Fairport and Geneva survey offices. Gregg has over twenty-two years of land surveying experience and has been with the firm for nineteen years. q

OTI Announces New Hires Optimation Technology, Inc. announces the following new hires. Anthony Attoma Senior E&I Designer 24 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

Ed Carrasquillo Senior Technician

Nicholas Hotto Control Systems Engineer

Austin Wheeler Drafter

professional firms employee news

Bergmann's Miles Appointed to International Waterways Council William Miles, PE, U.S. waterways principal at national architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann, was recently elected to the Inland Waterways International (IWI) Council. As a member of IWI and the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), Miles’s primary role will be to act as a liaison between the organizations. IWI supports the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide, while PIANC provides expert guidance and technical advice on issues pertaining to waterborne transport infrastructure.

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Chad Fikes, PE

Miles joined the IWI after attending his first World Canals Conference (an event organized annually by the IWI) in Rochester, N.Y., in 2000. Miles’s was selected in part due to his almost 30-year tenure in Bergmann’s national practice in waterways and navigation structures. Most recently, he managed the additions of tie-up wall replacements and hands-free mooring for the Welland Canal Locks in Ontario, Canada, the Emsworth Dam rehabilitation in Pennsylvania, the Chickamauga lock replacement in Tennessee, and the Lockport

“As an industry leader in the design of inland waterways, we feel that Bergmann employees have a responsibility to serve as active members of prominent international professional organizations such as IWI and PIANC, so our professionals can proactively support the industry and share best practices worldwide,” said Dave Thurnherr, PE, vice president, Northeast Infrastructure, Bergmann. “We salute Bill for his appointment to this important position and look forward to seeing the positive global impact he will make on waterways infrastructure.”

Miles will continue to play an active role in helping to plan World Canals Conferences (WCC). He has helped shaped conferences such as the events in Rochester, N.Y. (2010) and Syracuse, N.Y. (2017); Inverness, Scotland (2016) and Athlone, Ireland (2018). He looks forward to helping plan the 2020 WCC program in Leipzig, Germany, and the 2021 WCC in Washington County, Maryland, which will be hosted by the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association. q

SWBR Announces Leadership Promotions

Structural engineer manager promoted to principal, four become senior associates SWBR announces key promotions to its leadership team. Mark Kluczynski, PE, has been promoted to principal at SWBR. Diana Kalvitis-Pannone, ASID, David Phelps, AIA, Donald Pannone, Associate AIA, and Matthew Lupiani, AIA, have been promoted to senior associates. Principals at SWBR serve as the firm’s senior leadership team, responsible for client relationships, business objectives, strategic vision and overall growth for the firm. Senior associates support all aspects of client service and project management. NEW PRINICIAL

Mark Kluczynski, PE, LEED AP, BD+C, serves on the board of directors, has been with the firm since 1993 and in the profession for more than 25 years. He has managed the structural engineering group since 2000. As a structural Mark Kluczynski, engineer, he works on PE all project types and has contributed to notable and award-winning projects for clients such as Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Rochester City School District, DePaul, PathStone Corporation, Providence Housing, Evergreen Health, Fairport Library and Monroe County. “Our structural team has grown significantly with Mark’s leadership … he has developed a talented, entrepreneurial group of creative engineers who are integral to our mission — positively impacting people’s lives through professional firms employee news

meaningful design,” President Tom Gears, AIA, said. Mark received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He’s a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Structural Engineering Institute and the American Institute of Steel Construction. He’s also been an NCAA Division I football official since 2011. NEW SENIOR ASSOCIATES Diana Kalvitis-Pannone, CID, LEED Green Associate, ASID, has been with SWBR since 1987 and leads the interior design department. She works on all project types, including K-12 and higher education, senior living, libraries, Diana Kalvitis- theaters, churches, retail Pannone, CID establishments and industrial facilities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the College of Visual and Performing Arts (FIDER Accredited Professional Program) at Syracuse University. David Phelps, AIA, project manager, has David Phelps, managed several large, AIA complex projects for K-12 school districts in New York State, such as Victor CSD, Bloomfield CSD and Tri-Valley CSD. He has a bachelor’s

degree in architectural engineering from Alfred State College and recently earned his certification as a NYS Code Enforcement Officer. Donald Pannone, Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate, has been with the firm since 1985. A leader in the firm’s workplace studio, he’s an expert in all aspects of design for advanced manufacturing, clean technology industry, Donald Pannone, laboratories, optics Associate AIA and retail projects. He attended Monroe Community College and is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. Matthew Lupiani, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, Syracuse office manager and project manager. Since joining SWBR in 2011, he has designed and managed all project types, with a particular focus on K-12, higher education, housing, Matthew Lupiani, AIA industrial and restaurant clients, including Auburn ECSD, Pastabilities Restaurant, Rescue Mission and Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. He has an associate’s degree in applied science in architectural engineering technology from Alfred State College, and a bachelor’s degree and master degree in architecture degrees from Tulane University. q


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Bergmann Awarded 3-Year New York OGS Architecture Contract National architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann has been awarded a three-year contract to provide architectural services to the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Design & Construction Group. The maximum value of this contract is $3 million for projects across New York state. Bergmann has been providing architectural services to OGS for more than 20 years. In the past, Bergmann completed multiple projects as part of an engineering and architecture statewide contract. For example, Bergmann provided design services for the roof replacement and exterior stair rehabilitation at the historic Empire State Plaza. One of the more significant recent Bergmann/OGS projects was the OGS Capital Milestones Child Care Center, where Bergmann provided architectural and structural engineering services, in partnership with Spring Line Design, for renovations to the 28,000 sq. ft. building. This project included a number of featured spaces such as classrooms for infants through pre-K, a multipurpose room and staff support spaces.

Gary Flisnik, Assoc. AIA

“We have a longstanding working relationship with the OGS Design & Construction team and are excited to continue our project support for the Project Management group in Albany,” said Bergmann Principal-in-Charge Gary Flisnik, Assoc. AIA, PMP. “We look forward to this opportunity to serve New York state over the next three years and provide the service, value and innovative designs that our clients have come to expect from working with Bergmann.”

Bergmann will support the OGS projects from five offices located in cities across New York—Albany, Buffalo, Horseheads, Rochester and Syracuse. A team of subconsultants will assist with specialty aspects of projects when needed. Projects within this contract will focus primarily on building enclosure and interior renovation work. q 26 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

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CHA Consulting, Inc. Acquires Daedalus Projects, Inc. of Boston CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA) announced that it acquired Daedalus Projects, Inc. (Daedalus), a project and construction management firm based in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. “Daedalus brings CHA experienced project and construction management resources that will accelerate growth in our PM/CM business and propel us further into the metro Boston market,” said Michael Carroll, CHA’s President & CEO. “This partnership is extremely positive for both companies. Our values and vision are well aligned, and I am confident

that the addition of Daedalus to the CHA team will further enhance our ability to serve our clients more fully with a broader set of services and capabilities.” “The Daedalus team is very excited about the future with CHA,” said Daedalus’ President, Richard Marks. “The partnership with CHA will provide our team with tremendous opportunities to provide our services to a greater breadth of clients. Our common commitment to excellence, quality, and client satisfaction make CHA the perfect partner for Daedalus.”

CHA and Daedalus will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for Daedalus’ clients. The two firms will also work to maximize the expertise, best practices, and experience of both firms. Daedalus joins the CHA family of companies, which include CHA Consulting, CHA Tech Services, CHA Canada, Novara GeoSolutions, American Fire, and PDT Architects. Matheson Financial Advisors, Inc. served as Daedalus’ advisor during this transaction. q

Professional Firms Employee News Barr, Rathbun, and Steed Promoted at HUNT Engineers & Architects as Board Highlights Strategic Plan

The appointment of two new vice presidents and corporate secretary comes just weeks after Chris Bond named president

Horseheads-based Hunt Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors (HUNT) continued to implement its leadership transition plan, electing Greg Barr and Darin Rathbun as Vice Presidents and Tim Steed as Corporate Secretary. On February 1, the firm had announced that Chris Bond had become president and Dan Bower Chief Executive Officer.

Greg Barr

Greg Barr is an Elmira resident and widely known for leading HUNT’s Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing group – one of the full-service firm’s mainstay disciplines. He joined the firm in 1996, and advanced quickly in both technical and corporate leadership roles. He became an owner in 2006, was added to the board of directors in 2010, and has marketed and served as principle in charge for many K12 projects. For his part, Darin Rathbun manages the Towanda office. He joined the firm in 2000, and

Darin Rathbun

advanced as a lead structural designer, before adding the development of our Pennsylvania presence. Darin became a principal in 2007, was voted to the Board of Directors in 2014, and has served as Corporate Secretary since 2015. Tim Steed of Pine City, NY leads their municipal group, covering a variety of water and waste water markets, as well as the site development. Steed joined the firm in 1999, and advanced both in leading the municipal work and corporate leadership, became an owner in 2008, and was added to

Tim Steed

the board of directors in 2014. He will be the new Corporate Secretary. q

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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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April 18, 2019 Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting: 6:00 pm 40 & 8 Club 933 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607

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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

Take the 2019 Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest Challenge! All current NSPE individual members through their NSPE state societies and chapters (including student chapters) are invited to participate in the 2019 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest. This year the winning entry will receive an award of $2,000, a certificate, and recognition in PE magazine. How to Participate NSPE’s Board of Ethical Review is furnishing you with two different fact situations to choose from regarding the ethics of engineers, or you can submit your own case! Please choose either of the two situations (or use your own case) and develop an essay, video, photo essay, poster, or PowerPoint presentation, which could include embedded videos/sound, etc., to demonstrate your understanding of the facts and the NSPE Code of Ethics. All entries must be received by Monday, April 15. The contest is named for NSPE’s former general counsel, who played a key role in the founding of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. Learn more about the contest rules and download the contest flyer. (

Highlights From the 2019 Federal Engineer of the Year Award Ceremony Major Justin Delorit, Ph.D., P.E., with the US Department of the Air Force's 8th Civil Engineer Squadron, was named NSPE's 2019 Federal Engineer of the Year Award (FEYA) winner on February 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. A panel of judges established by NSPE's Professional Engineers in Government selects the FEYA winner. Hailing from various federal agencies, departments, and military branches, the nominated engineers are evaluated based on factors such as engineering achievements, education, professional and technical society activities, awards and honors, and civic and humanitarian activities. Learn more about Major Delorit and see photos and video from the award ceremony (

Improving job site safety with drones Icons of Infrastructure Unmanned aerial vehicles are expanding possibilities for almost every industry. Better known as drones, these airborne robots can perform tasks that were once relegated exclusively to human labor and heavy-duty equipment. But they can also help mitigate safety issues associated with high-risk tasks in the construction sector. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, one out of every five workplace fatalities in the US occurs on construction sites. Here are some of the most effective ways in which drones can be used to increase job site safety and efficiency.

READ MORE ( 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

Christopher V. Kambar, President, MPES 32 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

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Our meeting locations have changed starting this fiscal year. They are being held at the Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Avenue, Irondequoit, NY. The May meeting is in Room #216. April meeting location is the Gates Public Library, Community Space A, 902 Elmgrove Road, Gates. No meeting reservations are required. Meeting Schedule: April 10, 2019 - "Effect of Substrate, Ink and Target Line Width on Line Quality," by Mihir Ravindra Choudhari

May 8, 2019 - Replay of paper from Technology for Digital Photo Fulfillment, by Joe LaBarca September 18, 2019 - "Algorithm development of Hyperspectral data for the automatic characterization of materials in illuminated manuscripts," by Tania Kleynhans Venue ideas requested - we are soliciting input regarding other possible venues for our meetings.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 6:00 pm "Effect of Substrate, Ink and Target Line Width on Line Quality" by Mihir Ravindra Choudhari Abstract:

This study is concerned with the image quality analysis of inkjet lines printed on substrates. ISO 24790 compliant lines are designed and printed on a substrate with a drop-on-demand inkjet printer. This study analyzes three print quality attributes of line: width, blurriness, and raggedness. The research used cyan, magnetic and standard inks to print the same design on various substrates having difference in gloss and texture. The chosen inks were measured using a rheometer to determine a viscosity range. The effects of substrate structural parameters, such as texture, finishing, weight and ink type on line quality, are discussed. The printed lines are measured using a Charged Coupled Device based device. The print attributes were measured, and statistical analysis was conducted. A Design of Experiment (DOE), with a 2 factor, 3 level design was implemented to analyze the result. Based on this analysis, it was observed that all substrates are having significant effect on all the three response variables. The best substrate for raggedness and line width conformity was Luster and the worst was canvas. 34 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

For blurriness, the best substrate was matte, and worst was canvas. Ink is having significant effect on raggedness and line width conformity and not significant effect on blurriness. Among the Inks, MICR behaves best for the raggedness and line width conformity, whereas standard ink behaves worst. All the inks behave similarly for blurriness, so they have no significant effect. Biography:

Mihir Ravindra Choudhari obtained his bachelors in electronics and tele-communications engineering at Savitribai Phule Pune University in India in 2015. He is currently pursuing his masters in print media at Rochester Institute of Technology, working keenly on the inkjet printing technology with focus on the inks used in graphic communication and how the print quality is affected because of the substrate texture. He is expected to complete his masters in the May 2018. Currently he is working as an engineering intern at Acelity, San Antonio,TX. As an intern he is helping the company's labeling team to improve their workflow efficiency. His interests include inkjet, materials included in inkjet, conductive printing, workflows in graphic communication, color management in graphic arts.

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President/Education Chair: JENNIFER WENGENDER, P.E., CPD CPL 205 St Paul Blvd Rochester, NY 14604 585-454-7600 Vice President Technical: DAVE JERECKOS IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590 Vice President Legislative: DAVID MYERS LaBella Associates, PC 300 State Street, Suite 201 Rochester, NY 14614 585-454-6110 Vice President Membership: DOUG MEIER Twin”D” Associates 1577 Ridge Road West, Suite 116B Rochester, NY 14615 585-581-2170 Treasurer: ALAN SMITH, P.E. IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590

President's Message

The Rochester ASPE chapter will be hosting the ASPE Region 2 Presidents meeting this coming June. Delegates from each of the ASPE chapters in the Region will be coming to meet and talk about activities from the last year. This sharing and personal interaction provides ideas to help strengthen each of our chapters. We will be reaching out to local area vendors to help us fund this event. In May, the Rochester ASPE Chapter will be voting for the Board to serve for the next two years. If any current ASPE members are interested in running for a position on the board, please contact me or any of our current board members. Pencil in ASPE annual golf outing. June 13, 2019 at 10:00am at Victor Hills Golf course. Hope to see you there! Jennifer Wengender, P.E., CPD Rochester Chapter President

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Administrative Secretary: ADAM KRAMER IBC Engineering, PC 3445 Winton Place, Suite 219 Rochester, NY 14623 585-292-1590


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President’s Message

In March we had the pleasure of having Dr. Stephanie Taylor, MD, an ASHRAE distinguished lecturer, present “HealthcareAssociated Infections and Hospital Indoor Air Quality.” Thank you, Dr. Taylor, and thank you to everyone who attended! On Friday, February 22nd, 2019 the Rochester ASHRAE Chapter hosted it’s 2nd Snow Day ski outing at Hunt Hollow. A special thanks to George Herman for putting together this great event. Also, thank you to the over 30 guests who attended and contributed to the event! The Engineering Symposium in Rochester is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. This event will offer multiple seminars that could total (7) professional development hours. ASHRAE is sponsoring (3) seminars. The ASHRAE annual golf outing and picnic is scheduled for Monday, May 20th. Jim Browe and Kacie Hoffman from RF Peck will again be hosting and arranging this fun filled event. Sponsorship opportunities and registration will be coming soon! Please continue to check out our website at www. rochester.ashraechapters. org for information on upcoming chapter meetings, current officer list and contact information, chapter newsletters, and more! Also take a minute and like us on Facebook at www.!/ ashraerochester.

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Paul Kenna, PE 2018-2019 President, Rochester Chapter 44 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2019

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Affiliated Societies of the Rochester Engineering Society American Consulting Engineering Companies of New York President, David J. Meyer, 585-218-0730 Email: American Public Works Association Monroe County/Genesee Valley Branch Chairman, Peter Vars, PE Email: American Society of Civil Engineers, Rochester Section President, Drazen Gasic, CPSWQ, CPESC, LaBella Associates. 585-402-7005 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

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New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 4 President, Howard R. Ressel, 585-371-9280. Email:

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

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Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association President, Jared R. Ransom, LS 585-737-6881 Email: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Inc., Rochester Section President, Dan Rusnack Email: Imaging Science & Technology, Rochester Chapter President, Bruce Pillman, 585-748-6006 Email:

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

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:

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Rochester Section Chairman, Sreeram Dhurjaty Email:

Alfred Steele Scholarship available to ASPE members and their immediate family. Applications due in January each year. Details at https://www.

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

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Society of Women Engineers President, Marca J. Lam, RIT Email: Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science & Engineering Fair Director, Mary Eileen Wood, 315-422-2902 Website: Awards and scholarships available. Visit the website for details.

Corporate Members of the Rochester Engineering Society Bergmann (Enterprise) BME Associates CHA Consulting (Champion) Clark Patterson Lee Erdman Anthony Associates Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce (RBA) Champion) Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

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