Rochester Engineering Society Magazine August 2019

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August 2019

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Seeking Volunteer Mentors for “2019 Science Fair” At Dr. Walter Cooper Academy 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 Please consider volunteering. See page 7 for details...

Also in this issue:

After nearly 30 years Saturn comes to Life! - see page 8 for details

Kyoto Prize honors Ching Tang, Pioneer of OLED Technology

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5 • RES Technical Corner by Brett Eliasz, RES Director 6 • Dr. Walter Coop;er Academy thanks the RES Tutors... 7 • Seeking Volunteer Mentors for the 2019 Science Fair at

Dr. Walter Cooper Academy

8 • After nearly 30 years Saturn Comes to Life! 11 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 12 • Kyoto Prize honors Ching Tang, Pioneer of OLED Technology (cover) 13 • Get to the Point! - Editing Your Own or Others' Writing 14 • Opinion Article - Lake Ontario Flooding

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26-29 • News from Professional Firms

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 Rail Safety Consulting / LEE LOOMIS Retired / RICHARD E. RICE Erdman Anthony / MIKE kurdziel, PhD Harris Corporation / KENTON G. HINES Merrill Lynch / STEVEN W. DAY, PhD 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:

18-19 • Position Openings 20 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 20-21 • Engineers’ Calendar 22-25, 29 • Professional Firms - Employee News 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.....................33 • AFE Association for Facilities Engineering...........................................36 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers............................................40 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................42 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................37 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................41 • IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................38-39


• IES Illuminating Engineering Society....................................................44 • INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering..........................43 • IS&T Society for Imaging Science and Technology.............................34 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................32 • NYSATE New York State Association of Transportation Engineers....30 • RES Rochester Engineering Society..................................................2-11 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................31 • TERRA TERRA Science & Engineering Fair...............................................35


President’s Message

Joseph Dombrowski, PE Retired M/E Engineering RES President 2018 - 2020 Happy Summer! As I write this in early July, summer's warm weather has arrived at long last. The RES strategic planning has met to begin planning our future; stand by for more news. Lee Loomis has begun a Stem effort to initiate a Science Fair at the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy; please contact the RES office or see details on our website (; or contact Lee Loomos ( if you can help! Don't forget about our other Stem efforts such as E3 Fair, again, contact us at RES for more information! That's it for now, I will have house guests from Paris (yes, France) for all of August! It is a long story. Joe Dombrowski RES President

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Rochester History Continuing with the historical sampling of the earlier writings on behalf of the Rochester Engineering Society, the years following "The Great War," into and through the “Great Depression,” continued to be a time of reaching out for the maturing Society, both locally and nationally. The meeting minutes describe a series of technical discussions and presentations intended to broaden the technical horizons of the membership (especially the CE's, ME's and EE's). The RES affiliated itself with a number of National technical societies, adopted local Affiliated Societies, frequently held joint meetings with them and continued taking action on a growing list of public matters. Certain issues of standardization, some crucial to public safety, became the responsibility of the RES and its affiliates. In the pervasive economic downturn of the “Great Depression,” the magazine offered classified advertising for unemployed engineers, technicians and draftsmen and took other steps to try to deal with the crisis. Still, it continued its effort to shape the function, purpose and infrastructure of the City of Rochester, and beyond. World War again affected 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, and the Vietnam War has recently become a focal point. 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 3, 1970 (Annual Meeting, Rochester Yacht Club)

Attendance – 43. Following a, “…sumptuous steak dinner…” hosted by outgoing RES President, Alexander M. Beebee, Jr., RES Past Presidents Alexander M. Beebee, Sr. (’45), Evan Edwards (’66), C. Storrs Barrows (’29), Alfred Dasburg (’58) and Dr. Edward Kirkpatrick (’68), were introduced and recognized for their leadership contributions to the Society. In summarizing the accomplishments of the past year, President Beebee noted that the RES budget had been balanced, the Continuing Education Program for Members was well underway, the RES Civic Affairs Committee had been bringing RES talent to bear on a number on local civic problems, and plans were underway for a 1971 RES-sponsored Industrial Exposition. The formal meeting adjourned, and the group enjoyed “Soaring to Adventure,” a slide presentation on sailplane soaring, by Rochester sailplane pilot Edgar Seymour.

June 10, 1970 (Bard of Directors Meeting, Chamber of Commerce) The RES Auditing Committee reported that the Society

had ended the fiscal year with a slight budget surplus, due primarily to the more aggressive collection of membership dues. President Leavitt announced that he hoped to hold monthly Board meetings, for the 1970-71 year, in the early evenings, at his office at Taylor Division of Sybron. The Board voted to confer an Honorary Membership for Dr. Mark Ellingson, following his recent retirement, after 33 years as President of RIT. Similarly, the Board vote to confer an Honorary Membership for Harold O. Stewart, RES Past-President (’21), for his many years of service to the Society.

“The Rochester Engineer” (June 1970) This issue announced that the RES was moving ahead with plans to sponsor a professionallymanaged “Industrial and Engineering Exposition,” at the Rochester War Memorial, in 1971. Of even greater importance was the announcement that the RES Education Committee was developing 4 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2019

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

plans for an extensive program of continuing education for engineers, one that would require a full-time RES Director of Education. The RES also announced that it had acquired a twenty-three minute, 16mm movie, “Engineering – Challenge of the Future” for loan to interested individuals or groups. In its monthly meeting notes, the Monroe Professional Engineers Society (MPES) described a letter it had recently received from NYS Assemblyman William Steinfeldt, requesting that the MPES Civic Affairs Committee consider undertaking a project to determine the best means to develop an East-West highway, across Irondequoit. The MPES stated that it had considered this request and decided that they should not become involved in such detailed planning and engineering studies, and instead confine its efforts to ensuring that engineering activities are, “carried out by qualified engineers, in accordance with good engineering practices.”

July 9, 1970 (Executive Committee Meeting, RES Offices)

The Executive Committee voted to accept four new Regular Members and one Associate Member.

September 9, 1970 (Board of Directors Meeting, Treadway Inn (East Ave. at Alexander St.) The RES Building Codes

Committee reported that discussions had been held with the Rochester Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Builders Exchange and the Plumbing and Heating Contractors Association regarding urging the City of Rochester to adopt the NY State Building Code. It also reported that the City of Rochester’s Director of Buildings had responded with thirteen reasons why this code should not be used in the City. Convinced that they should pursue this matter, Edward Maybeck, Chair of the RES Building Codes Committee, said that the aforementioned group wanted to draft a reply, for presentation to the City Administration. The Board approved the expenditure of $50 as its share of the estimated $200 for the cost of this professionally-prepared response. The Board approved a recommendation for a change in the RES By-laws, stating that $2.50 of each member’s annual dues should be allocated to defray the expense of the member’s subscription to The Rochester Engineer monthly magazine. Luncheons Committee Chair, Lou Boehringer, reported that twenty-four weekly programs were planned for the 1970-71 year, including at least twelve that would deal with “conservation of the environment”. The Board approved a motion to pay one-half of the BC/BS family contract health insurance premium for the RES office secretary. The Board approved ten applications for Regular Membership and one application for Junior Membership. The Board approved applications by the Tau Bet Pi Association and the Construction Specifications Institute to become RES Affiliates.

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 and the the Korean Conflict, as well as a hoped-for period of postwar 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 sizing of grounding electrode conductors and equipment grounding conductors. Starting with definitions: A grounding electrode conductor (GEC) connects the equipment grounding conductors and grounded conductor (neutral), to earth at the source of a separately derived system.

• These should land on the Neutral bus in a panelboard. • Should never be larger than #3/0 copper. • Sized per table 250.66

An equipment grounding conductor (EGC) is the green ground conductor ran with branch circuiting. It connects metal parts of equipment to the grounded conductor (neutral) and/or GEC where the Neutral to Ground Bond, via main bonding jumper, takes place.

• EGC should land on the ground bar of a panel board. • EGC to be sized per table 250.122

There are some exceptions to the above…here are some: • The Neutral to Ground Bond-otherwise known as the Main Bonding Jumper- is the only place where the conductor could be larger than #3/0 copper o Think-this is the most important connection and can be the largest • The GEC connected to a ground rod in the ground should never be anything other than a #6 copper, no matter what table 250.66 says. • The GEC connected to a concrete encased electrode or UFER ground should never be anything other than a #4 copper, no matter what table 250.66 says. • The GEC connected to a ground ring should never be anything other than a #2 copper, no matter what table 250.66 says. Example: 4-#4/0 (A, B, C, N) are fed from a utility transformer and land in a new main distribution panel (MDP) within the building. The intent is to have the Neutral to Ground bond (Main Bonding Jumper) take place within the MDP. The intent is to ground to building steel, a single ground rod outside of the building and a concrete encased electrode otherwise known as a UFER ground. Size the Neutral to Ground main bonding jumper, and the GEC for the ground rod, building steel and concrete encased electrode. The Neutral to Ground Main Bonding jumper is sized per table 250.66 as well as the GEC to steel. From the phase conductors we come up with #2 copper. The GEC to the ground rod is a #6 and the concrete encased electrode is #4. 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. Brett Eliasz, P.E., LEED AP BD+C , RES Director res - technical corner


RES News - Tutoring Team Dr. Walter Cooper Academy thanks the RES Tutors…

Dr. Cooper and Principal Clyburn, with Tutors from the Bergmann & LaBella Teams On June 13th, the Faculty and Staff of Dr. Walter Cooper Academy, along with Dr. Cooper, himself, hosted a luncheon, honoring the RES Tutors, at the John Marshall Campus. This is the temporary home of #10 School, while its Congress Avenue facility is being completely renovated. During this past school year, the RES Tutoring Team has given over 300 hours of their time to supporting the process of “learning to read and reading to learn.” We have become an integral part of the learning process at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy. The classroom teachers provide each of our Tutors with a daily plan for each of the students with whom they are working. The process is quite simple; tutors could be supporting teacher-conducted classroom lesson activities, working with small groups of two or three students, or (more likely) working with just one student at a time, on a prescribed learning exercise. We are beginning to build our Tutoring Team, for the 2019-20 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 have “hit the ground, running,” and we need your support...Can we schedule a presentation with your firm, work group, church or family, sometime this Summer, or Fall? 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) 6 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2019

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RES News - Tutoring Team Seeking Volunteer Mentors for “2019 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 School-Based Planning Team, and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), including parents, teachers and administrators, has requested the support of the Rochester Engineering Society in developing a Fall 2019 science fair at #10 School. The scope of this request includes… • Teachers will introduce the requirements of the science fair to their classes, early this Fall. • 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 late Fall 2019. • RES Volunteer Mentors will begin helping the Students get prepared for the Fair during the week of October 14th, and then meeting twice each week with their Students, for the next five weeks. This will allow Students and Mentors 10 – 12 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 five 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 Volunteer Mentor.

Please contact RES Director, Lee Loomis ( or (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text) for more information, and to volunteer for this important, potentially life-changing opportunity.

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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


Kyoto Prize honors Ching Tang, pioneer of OLED Technology by Bob Marcotte



Professor emeritus Ching Tang has received the Kyoto Prize, Japan's highest private award for global achievement, in recognition of his groundbreaking work in developing highefficiency OLED technology. (University of Rochester photo / Brandon Vick)


or his pioneering work in developing thin-film, light-emitting technology now widely used in computers, smartphones, and televisions, University of Rochester professor emeritus Ching Tang will receive the Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global achievement. Tang, a professor of chemical engineering, is being honored for “Pioneering Contributions to the Birth of High-Efficiency Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) and Their Applications.” OLEDs use luminescent organic materials to make their own light. As a result, they are thinner, lighter, more energy efficient, and provide superior brightness and color compared to traditional liquid crystal displays (LCDs). The Kyoto Prize, awarded since 1985 by the Inamori Foundation, is given in three categories—advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy—to “those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind.” Each laureate receives a medal and prize money of 100 million yen (about $920,000 US). Past laureates include Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, John Cage, and Pierre Boulez. “Dr. Tang invented the basic structure of OLEDs to drastically raise their efficiency on the basis of academic studies on organic materials. His pioneering works have enabled the practical use of OLEDs and their applications and constitute a clearly outstanding contribution to the fields of materials science and electronics,” the Prize committee states. Tang developed the OLED technology while working as a research scientist at Eastman Kodak Co. With Steven Van Slyke, Tang applied an organic heterojunction 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2019

diode he invented to various applications, leading to the creation of OLEDs. Tang is also credited with a number of key innovations leading to the commercialization of the new technology, including the development of robust luminescent materials, novel color pixelation methods, fabrication processes for the manufacture of OLED displays, and the adaptation of technology for highdefinition OLED displays. This helped spawn a multi-billion dollar industry for advanced lighting and displays. The OLED display market is expected to grow to $58 billion in 2025, according to a 2018 market research report by IdTechEx. Widely recognized as a leader in the fields of organic electronics and photovoltaics, Tang joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester in 2006. He now spends most of his time at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, but he maintains close ties with Rochester. Tang received the prestigious Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 2011. Other awards include the Eastman Kodak Innovation Award (2000), the Jack Rajchman Prize of the Society of Information Display (2001), the Carothers Award of the American Chemical Society (2001), the Rochester Law Association Inventor of the Year Award (2002), the Humboldt Research Award (2005), the IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award (2007), the Eduard Rhein Award (2013), the Optical Society’s Nick Holonyak Jr. Award (2014), the IEEE Nishizawa Medal (2017), and the NEC C&C Prize (2018). He was also inducted in the US National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2018. q











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Get to the Point!

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

* Focus

Is the focus right?

* Information

Is the information correct?

* Language

Is my language effective?

* The Bottom Line

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

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Have I directed the information to the primary reader? Have I summarized the key point(s) in an opening statement? Are the important points clearly visible? Will the primary reader be able to read all the way through without becoming lost? Have I considered secondary readers who also may read the document? Will they understand it? Is it accurate? Is it complete? Is all of it relevant (for the particular reader)? Have I checked all numerals and cross-references? Is my writing clear and unambiguous? Have I eliminated wordy expressions? Have I used the active voice wherever possible? Have I used personal pronouns (where appropriate)? Have I checked for spelling errors and typos (both using a spell checker and physically, line by line)? Does it meet the readers’ needs? Would I want to receive what I have written? What reaction will it evoke from the intended reader (the reader who will act, react, approve, or decide what action to take)? Is that the reaction I want?

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

© 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. AUGUST 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 13

Opinion Opinion articles are the opinions of author's alone and not the opinions of the RES, the board or the advertisers.

Lake Ontario Flooding (May 16, 2019) - There have been three major flooding events on Lake Ontario. They occurred in 1952, 1973 and 2017. All were man-made or substantially man-made. The latest control plan, Plan 2014, issued at the end of 2016, has placed the lake in jeopardy not only today but also in the future. Plan 2014 must be repealed and replaced.

Background: All of the problems currently on Lake Ontario began as far back as 1902. In 1902 and 1903 the Canadian Government built a dam in a section of the St. Lawrence River called the Gut. From 1903 to 1952 the Gut Dam influenced and altered the levels of Lake Ontario. In 1952 the water level of Lake Ontario reached an all-time high of about 248.5 feet above sea level because of the Gut Dam. For the first time in recorded history the South Shore of Lake Ontario experienced devastating flooding. As a result, the U.S. Government prevailed upon the Canadian Government to remove the Gut Dam. Work to eliminate the dam began in October of 1952 and was completed in January 1953. The 248.5 level was not a natural level. It was man-made by the existence of the Gut Dam. Therefore, it should not and cannot be used to determine a natural high level for Lake Ontario. Because of the devastation caused by the flooding, U.S. citizens engaged in a class action lawsuit against the Canadian Government. Sixteen years later the U.S. citizens collected merely pennies on the dollar.

by Gary B. Gustafson, PE

Bolton, a veteran of the 1952 flooding, and a long-time, astute recorder of lake levels, alerted the public to the impending flood dangers posed by the excessive local basin supply. Sure enough, in March of 1973 the Lake Ontario shoreline experienced overwhelming flooding at about 248 feet above sea level. The flooding lasted for months. This is the reason why better monitoring and accommodation of the local basin supply is necessary. Currently both the 1958DD* and 2014 plans generally assume an 80-20 ratio between upper lake and local basin supplies. Consequently, the plans don’t accommodate for significant fluctuations in the local basin supply. Property rights along the water splits the beachfront property between the government and private owners. The dividing line is the mean high-water line (MHWL). This flexible border depends on shifting sands, tides and sustained water levels. The state usually owns the property seaward of the MHWL. As high waters persist, more erosion takes place causing the MHWL to consume more private property. After the 1973 flooding a class action law suit, Ketchum and Switts vs. United States of America and Power Authority of the State of New York, CIV-87105T, alleging an illegal taking action. Essentially this is where private property is taken by the state without due process and compensation. This law suit, although legitimate, never was culminated due to a lack of funding

In 1959 the St. Lawrence Seaway Project went in to operation under control plan 1958D. This plan generally controlled the water levels of Lake Ontario in the upper two-foot range of approximately 244 to 246 feet above sea level. This level range accommodated both the power generation and shipping interests, but it also increased Lake Ontario shoreline erosion. Shoreline property owners, called Riparians, were continually losing shoreline property due to erosion. Once property is below water, it is owned by the government.

Now control Plan 2014 has replaced 1958DD. Taking the 1952 high and asserting that it’s a natural occurrence is bogus data. This serves environmental interests but is extremely detrimental to riparians. Under Plan 2014 a control range of approximately six feet was adopted (241.3 to 248.5 feet above sea level). (Quoted levels are from IJC chart “Regulation Plan 2014 for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.”) Plan 2014 Criteria H4 has the highest monthly mean level of Lake Ontario at a shall not exceed 248.46 feet for the month of May. A copy of Criteria H4 is listed below:

In June of 1972 Hurricane Agnes came charging up the Eastern Seaboard and dumped an unprecedented amount of water in the Lake Ontario drainage basin. In December of 1972, Harry

“H4. The regulated monthly mean level of Lake Ontario shall not exceed the following elevations (IGLD85) in the corresponding months with the supplies of the past as adjusted.


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Lake Ontario Level IGLD1985 Month Meters

January 75.26 February 75.37 March 75.33 April 75.60 May 75.73 June 75.69 July 75.63 August 75.49 September 75.24 October 75.25 November 75.18 December 75.23


246.92 247.28 247.15 248.03 248.46 248.33 248.13 247.67 246.85 246.88 246.65 246.82�

It is known that levels approaching 248 feet signal imminent disasters. Now, in 2017, flooding on the Lake Ontario shoreline reached greater than 249 feet above sea level (officially it was stated as 248.72 feet). Plan 2014 failed to respond in a timely manner to the increases in supply. Plan 2014 keeps the possibility of high-water disasters in perpetuity. It is obvious that Plan 2014 has in it preprogrammed disasters. The lake level range is too broad and there are no swift ways to correct miscalculations. A reasonable estimate of the 2017 disastrous carnage levied upon the New York shoreline of Lake Ontario by Control Plan 2014 is in excess of one and a half Billion dollars. This estimate includes but is not limited to breakwall construction and reconstruction which can run as high as 1,000 dollars per foot; tree loss and cleanup which can cost up to thousands of dollars per tree; property loss, mold remediation, damage to houses in some cases involving total reconstruction; losses to lake dependent businesses; property assessment reductions and subsequent tax losses; infrastructure losses such as road damage; significant sewage and water system problems; and local community expenses incurred fighting the flood. Therefore, since the flooding of 2017 (unlike naturally occurring and devastating events) is totally man-made, plan 2014 must be repealed and replaced. Close scrutiny of existing historical data makes it very clear that plan 2014 controls the lake at unnatural levels. The six-foot range is totally unnatural. The history of manipulation of Lake Ontario levels bears this out. Unless Plan 2014 is repealed and replaced, the devastation and destruction of property that high Lake Ontario levels cause will be a repeated and common occurrence. This is irrational! opinion article

Conclusion: The general outline for the replacement plan is as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Go back to the natural 4-foot cycle range of 242 to 246 feet above sea level. Develop anticipatory control algorithms to deal with input water supply fluctuations from the upper lakes. For example, the time constant from Lakes Michigan and Huron to Lake Ontario is about one year. That means the water levels seen on these upper lakes will appear on Lake Ontario one year later. By monitoring and reacting to these lake levels, Lake Ontario can accommodate the increases or decreases in supply and avoid flooding. Improve the monitoring and prediction of local basin water supply. Significantly increase response time to changes in outflow from Lake Ontario to minimize both downstream and shoreline flooding. This means, improve the speed and quality of IJC decisions.

These are logical and well-thought out conclusions. There must be a serious and quick response to the repeal and replacement of Plan 2014. Gary B. Gustafson, P.E. 49-year resident on Lake Ontario Survivor of 1973 and 2017 flooding RES Individual Member since 1965 *Plan 1958D with deviations or 1958DD for short refers to the release rules as practiced, including regulation plan releases and deviations. q

RES also notes that if you would like another view there is an article entitled Answers sought on cause of high Lake Ontario waters from the "Watertown Times" at stories/answers-sought-on-cause-of-highlake-ontario-waters/article_a7054b9050e0-57cd-a5f3-007c0caa396e.html AUGUST 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 15

The Limited Monopoly® Section 101 Patent Law Reform – an Abstract Idea? by John Hammond, PE and Robert Gunderman, PE 35 U.S.C. § 101 – A Primer

For inventors, a revered section of the U.S. Constitution is Article One, section 8, clause 8, which states, “The Congress shall have Power…To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." This is often referred to as the Patent and Copyright Clause of the Constitution, and is the bedrock of intellectual property protection in the form of copyrights for authors, and patents for inventors. Patent law in the United States is set forth in Title 35 of the United States Code. The first section of 35 U.S.C. is Section 101, which defines what patentable subject matter is: “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.” The four classes of patentable subject matter are thus clearly presented by this definition. But there are exceptions: a patent cannot be granted of subject matter that falls under a “judicially recognized” exception, i.e., an exception defined by a court decision. The three exceptions are laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas. The first two exceptions are quite clear, and well accepted. For example, it seems reasonable that although Watson and Crick figured out the structure of DNA, they could not obtain a patent on it. Where trouble has arisen is in the last exception – the abstract idea. Ponder that briefly. You have an idea. Is it abstract? Or is it non-abstract? How do you know? At the earliest stages, aren’t all ideas inherently abstract, until the details to execute them are worked out? At what point in the inventive process does an idea graduate from being abstract to non-abstract, and matures into an invention, and thus patentable subject matter? For many inventions that are essentially “physical” things – material compositions, mechanical/electrical/optical machines, 16 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2019

articles, and processes of using them – it seems intuitive when such inventions extend beyond an abstract idea and become physical, and should thus be considered patentable. But for other inventions, the decision is far from simple. We’ve entered an age of incredible technological change, with amazing advances in artificial intelligence, life sciences, and communications, to name a few. Underlying these advances are often software programs, the computers (machines) that execute them, and the physical machines and other devices that the computers control. Particularly with software and computer technologies, at what point does an abstract idea become concrete?

Alice in Chaosland

In 2014, a major decision was issued by the Supreme Court in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International1. The issue in dispute was whether claims for a computer-implemented, electronic escrow service for facilitating financial transactions were merely abstract ideas, and therefore not patentable. Prior to the SCOTUS ruling, the case had worked its way up through federal District Court in D.C., and through the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, with rulings being made and then overturned, and judges having widely divergent opinions. The Supreme Court ruled that the patents were invalid because the claims were drawn to an abstract idea, and implementing the claims by using a computer was insufficient to transform that idea into patentable subject matter. While the Court’s ruling did not specifically mention software, the case has become widely viewed as applicable to software patents, and business method software patents in particular. Also conspicuous in the ruling, by its absence, was clear guidance on when a patent claim is merely an abstract idea. In principle, following a Supreme Court ruling, the lower courts should then have sound case law upon which to base future rulings. In addition, the USPTO should have clear direction on examining patent applications with regard to Section 101, and determining whether claims are patent eligible, and patent practitioners should know how to draft claims that pass muster the limited monopoly

under Section 101. Perhaps most importantly, businesses and inventors in cutting edge tech fields should have confidence with investing time and money to pursue patents, and further confidence that any patents that may issue will be strong enough to withstand litigation, and strong enough to discourage would be infringers.

proposed legislation addresses inter partes review (IPR) and postgrant review (PGR) proceedings used to challenge patent validity at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board under the America Invents Act of 2011, and the unintended consequences of IPR and PGR in weakening patent protection in the U.S. (That is a sore subject as well, and a topic for an entirely separate column.)

Things have not worked out that way. On one hand, there has been a general consensus that many business method software patents should not have been granted, and should have been found invalid. Post-Alice, hundreds of such patents have since been invalidated in federal District Court. Additionally, the USPTO has issued far fewer business method patents since the Alice ruling. On the other hand though, the effect of Alice has spilled over into many other technical fields, including artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, image processing, biotechnology, and medical diagnostics and treatments. These are all critical fields in the present innovation economy, and most share a common feature in that they are software-based and computer-implemented.

Section 101 reform is also a topic for lawmakers. Lobbying from all sides has been intense. Independent inventor associations and small business organizations are advocating for strong limits (or elimination) of IPR and PGR, and revisions to Section 101 that will lead to clarification of the abstract idea issue. The FANGs would prefer to keep the status quo. Although they have accumulated substantial patent portfolios, they also know their own histories, and that major future innovations will likely come from small companies that they themselves were not so long ago. So not having to license or acquire the patents of pesky disruptors, and instead, being able to challenge them easily in the USPTO or in court would suit them just fine.

Federal court rulings on patents and patent applications where abstract ideas are at issue have been inconsistent, difficult to understand, and in conflict with each other. The USPTO has had to repeatedly revise and reissue its “Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance” on how patent examiners must evaluate claims to assess whether they are directed to an abstract idea and thus not patent eligible. In summary, we may have arrived at a point where 21st century technology is not that well served by 20th century law. This uncertainty, without further definition and guidance from the judicial branch of government, could even have a chilling effect on the willingness of investors and entrepreneurs to take risks in starting and growing companies in emerging tech fields. The past 20 years have taught us that the big breakthroughs may not be from the Fortune 100, but rather the FANGs2 in their early stages. Clear and strong patent rights will continue to ensure that the future will have more of this major wealth creation that is vital to our economy. Unfortunately, it appears unlikely that there will be any further rulings in the Supreme Court that will provide clarity on the abstract idea issue.

Congress to the Rescue?

Lately, Congress has been doing plenty of promoting, but unfortunately, promoting the progress of science by securing to inventors the exclusive right to their discoveries has been sorely lacking in recent years. Nonetheless, it is an obligation of Congress to address these patent law issues. Five years after the Alice ruling, the early stages of legislation have finally begun. In March Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) and Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced the Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act in the House of Representatives. Additionally, legislation of the same name co-sponsored by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), and others is pending in the Senate. Most of the the limited monopoly

Reviews on the initial proposed revisions to Section 101 have not been encouraging to inventors and small tech startups, with some saying that the revisions will likely make things worse. Since then, further changes are being considered, and on July 9th, Senator Coons and Rep. Stivers reintroduced the STRONGER Patents Act in both the Senate and the House in a bicameral hearing that was to include “other co-sponsors, inventors, university representatives, and tech industry supporters of the legislation.” It remains to be seen what, if any, legislation will be enacted into law. We are hopeful that the STRONGER Patents Act, unlike the America Invents Act, will actually live up to its name. But we’re waiting to be impressed.3 1. Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 573 U.S. 208, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). 2. Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google. 3. Paraphrasing Allan Quatermain in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. To browse the entire searchable library of prior issues of The Limited Monopoly® from 2005 to present, visit GRAPHIC CREDIT: “A Tangible Object Containing Abstract Ideas Sprinkled With Some Magnetics”. Copyright 2019. Robert Gunderman. Authors John M. Hammond P.E. (Patent Innovations, LLC and Robert D. Gunderman P.E. (Patent Technologies, LLC www. are both registered patent agents and licensed professional engineers. Copyright 2019 John Hammond and Robert Gunderman, Jr. 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.


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Professional Firms Employee News LaBella Associates Announces Recent License Certification LaBella Associates announced a recent Professional License Certification. Jonathan Spurr, PE has recently passed the NYS Engineering Licensing Exam to become a licensed Professional Engineer. Jon has been with LaBella since March 2015, focusing mainly on site design and athletic field projects. Jon has evaluated, designed, and assisted with construction administration for a number of K-12 Capital Improvement Projects at Districts including Spencerport, North Tonawanda, Monroe BOCES, Webster, Syracuse, and Rush Henrietta, to name a few. He has also been involved in municipal site design projects such as West Webster Fire District Station #1 and higher education projects including the Nazareth Performing Arts Center. q Jonathan Spurr, PE

Stantec expands Environmental Services team in Rochester Steven Campbell has joined Stantec, a leading global design and engineering firm, as a senior environmental project manager in its environmental services practice. Based in the firm’s Rochester office, Campbell brings over 30 years of experience in regulatory compliance and planning, brownfield redevelopment, and project management.

new regulations. His regulatory background and experience working with various types of manufacturing processes provides him with an exceptional understanding of the challenges clients face with compliance requirements.

Campbell joins Stantec from a respected regional civil and environmental engineering firm, where he served as business development director/ In his role at Stantec, Campbell will environmental division director. In this provide expertise to continue the expansion role, he managed the firm’s Investigation of environmental compliance services for and Remediation Group, Natural Resources industrial and manufacturing clients. He Steven Campbell Department, and Asbestos Department. will also support delivery of a broad range He also completed environmental and of environmental services including site safety audits for a variety of industrial and government clients investigation and remediation for both the public and private requiring compliance assistance in wastewater treatment, sectors. hazardous waste management, air emissions compliance, storm water management, emergency spill response, SARA Title III, Campbell brings extensive experience in all phases of and state cleanup programs. During this time, he also worked compliance planning, including focused knowledge of the as an adjunct environmental professor at Rochester Institute of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Superfund Technology teaching environmental remediation and corrective Regulations. He started his career at U.S. Environmental action for over 15 years. Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, DC where he received two years of in-depth regulatory training Campbell is a graduate of The College at Brockport, State to support his role as a senior information specialist. In this University of New York. q position, he assisted industry and governmental agencies with hazardous waste compliance and clean-up programs, developed and instructed RCRA training programs, and supported writing


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Bergmann Employee News Bergmann Hires Michelle Scott as its New Controller

Michelle Scott, CPA, has joined national architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann as controller. She’ll oversee business operations and financial activities across practice groups to ensure the firm is in compliance with all contracts, tax codes and regulations Scott works out of Bergmann’s Rochester, New York office. An accounting professional since 2001, Scott has held a series of increasingly-responsible positions. She most recently served as director, corporate controller at HealthNow New York, Inc., where she was a key member of the corporate finance leadership team.

Michelle Scott, CPA

Scott holds an MBA in accounting from St. John’s University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Canisius College.

Bergmann Hires Senior Project Engineer

Steven Ketch, PE has joined the firm as a senior project engineer in the Northeast Infrastructure group. Ketch will act as the lead highway designer on transportation proects. Before becoming to Bergmnn, Ketch worked for Popli Design Group as a highway design manager. He has a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Lafayette College.

Two Bergmann Employees Newly Elected to the Board of Directors

Two employees were elected to the Board of Directors for the privately held, fully employeeowned, national architecture, engineering and planning firm, Bergmann. At the annual shareholder meeting in early June, Rick Chelotti, PE, senior vice president of operations, was re-elected to the board and Andrew Hart, RLA, ASLA, commercial practice leader, was selected to represent the interests of the firm’s more than 100 employee shareholders. They will each serve a three-year term. “I look forward to both Rick and Andrew’s contributions as board members as they have already given so much to Bergmann throughout their careers,” said Pete Giovenco, president/CEO and chairman. “I offer my congratulations to them on their election and my gratitude to the entire board for providing ongoing strategic leadership to the firm.”

Rick Chelotti, PE

Andrew Hart, RLA

Chelotti has been with the firm for the entirety of his 19-year career and served for two previous terms on the Board of Directors. He helped grow the firm’s Midwest operations from two employees to more than 70 professional and support staff in Ohio and Michigan in the Infrastructure and Architectural markets. Highly regarded for his technical expertise, Chelotti brings extensive experience on design-bid-build and design-build projects that range from minor arterial rehabilitation to large scale, complex urban interstate/interchange projects. Chelotti holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and is an active member of the American Council of Engineering Companies serving on the Board of Directors and cochairing the Practice & Procedures Committee. Hart too started his career at Bergmann. In his 27 years with the company, he’s managed landscape architecture projects ranging from small-scale public park design and detailing to largescale commercial projects. Hart is a first-time board member. He currently serves as a treasurer member of the New York State Council of Landscape Architects and is a past president of the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Hart holds an AAS in architecture from SUNY Delhi College of Technology and a bachelor of landscape architecture from SUNY College of environmental Science and Forestry. He also earned his project leadership certification from Cornell University. q AUGUST 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 23

Professional Firms Employee News Beardsley Architects + Engineers Employee News Beardsley Architects + Engineers

Beardsley also announced that

announced that Alexandra A.

John Phillip C. Beyel, PE,

Henderson, E.I.T., has joined the

structural engineer, has earned his

firm as intern civil engineer.

professional engineering license in the State of New York. He is a

Alexandra A. Henderson, EIT

Alexandra graduated from SUNY

graduate of Syracuse University and

College of Environmental Science

the University of South Carolina

and Forestry in 2019 with a

and has been employed by the firm

degree in environmental resources

since 2014.

engineering. During her time at SUNY-ESF, Alexandra travelled

John Phillip C. Beyel, PE

to Peru to create a new rainwater filtration system and provide

Mr. Beyel is currently providing structural engineering services for

additional water resource management assistance. Alexandra will

projects for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Anheuser-Busch, and

be working on projects for governmental, municipal, and state

the Village of Groton. q


SWBR Names Board Members and New Associate SWBR announces the election of Steven Rebholz, AIA, and Matthew Weber, PE, to its board of directors and the promotion of Jessica Wade, AIA, to associate. Board members’ responsibilities include the implementation of corporate procedures and controls, and formulation of overall business plans, operations, market objectives and strategies. SWBR’s board comprises the president and six members elected by shareholders. Principal and Chief Operations Officer Rebholz was re-elected to the board. His primary focus is on K-12 education projects, making him an expert at managing the State Education Department process. In addition to his architecture license, Rebholz is a certified asbestos project designer and construction specifier and was also

recently awarded the President’s Award by Rochester’s chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. He received his bachelor of architecture from the University of Notre Dame. As senior associate and structural engineer, Weber, who joined the firm in 2009, designs creative structural solutions on all project types, including industrial, K-12 and higher education, and affordable housing. He’s a talented and collaborative designer, known for solving open-ended problems. His recent projects include Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC Spell Studios, The Wegman Family Science and Technology Center at McQuaid Jesuit, and DePaul Carriage Factory Apartments. He graduated from Clarkson University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering.

dedicated leaders of the firm,” President Tom Gears, AIA, said. “I’m pleased with their election to our board and look forward to their contributions.” Wade, who recently earned her New York State architectural license, manages construction projects from conceptual design through construction completion for the firm’s housing studio. Her responsibilities include ensuring design meets clients’ specifications and that projects are on time and on budget. She earned her bachelor of science in architecture from the University at Buffalo and her master of architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology. q

“Steve and Matt are established and


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BME Associate Employee Earns PE Congratulations to Rebecca Glitch, our newest licensed Professional Engineer! BME Associates is proud to announce that Rebecca Glitch successfully passed the Professional Engineer’s exam in May, earning her Professional Engineering License in New York State. Rebecca has been with the firm for over 6 years; she started as an intern prior to graduation from Syracuse University. She has been the engineer on numerous site development projects throughout the region and is responsible for working through the approval and permitting process with municipalities and agencies for each project.

Rebecca Glitch, PE

Congratulations to Rebecca for this accomplishment. We are proud to have her as part of the BME team! q

MRB Employee News Colvin continued. “That is precisely what our local governments need during this challenging time,” he stated.

Mark Bailey, Engineer-in-Training, has joined MRB Group. President Ryan Colvin, PE, announced Bailey’s addition to the firm’s Rochester office, where he will support both water and wastewater teams as a project engineer.

Colvin believes that municipal leaders often struggle with environmental stewardship, and associate those mandated responsibilities with higher costs and increased property taxes. He says his firm’s planning board support includes a much needed focus on economic and community development in partnership with preserving assets.

Bailey is a 2015 graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with a bachelor of science in environmental resources engineering. He is currently working on his master of science in that field through his studies at SUNY at Buffalo. “Mark has a number of impressive projects that he has completed, including engineering support for brownfield cleanups in the Rochester area,” said Colvin. “His concentrated studies have also focused on water quality issues, and he has worked closely with the DEC (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation),” said Colvin, noting that Bailey co-authored the publication entitled Sustainable Developer Guidance for the City of Rochester, a document intended to support development efforts that align with the City’s environmental goals. “Mark has demonstrated a unique ability to translate regulatory guidelines into strategies for best practices for communities,”

“We help communities turn the scenario around, and create development guidelines that protect environmental assets while attracting developers,” said Colvin. “Sustainability has to be planned in practical terms, including the importance of remaining financially stable for the longterm,” Colvin continued. “MRB Group’s blend of engineers, planners, and economic development professionals can help communities get the balance right,” he said. “We’re pleased to add Mark Bailey to our growing team, and continue to develop our staff into a well-rounded and experience-based resource for local governments,” Colvin concluded. q

CHA Employee News CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), a highly diversified, full-service engineering consulting firm, announces Jessica Chambers has joined the firm as manager of design technology integration. She will be responsible for advancing the firm's technology services, leveraging her past work as a senior-level BIM implementation consultant with oversight of technology adoption within the architecture, engineering and construction industry. She has 15 years of experience in managing and executing design integration, project management, and business operations, including team management and service offering expansion. She received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University. q professional firms employee news


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CHA Consulting Company News CHA Consulting, Inc. Acquires Wolverton & Associates, Inc. Georgia acquisition strengthens Southeast presence in transportation, power and utilities CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA), a highly diversified, full-service engineering consulting firm recently announced that it has acquired Wolverton & Associates, Inc. (Wolverton). Wolverton is a full-service transportation and civil engineering firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. “CHA’s partnership with Wolverton will create added depth to our teams thus bringing immediate value to our clients and fueling our growth across the Southeast. Wolverton’s vision and values mirror CHA’s, and we share a strong commitment to elating clients and inspiring employees,” said Michael Carroll, CHA’s President & CEO. Wolverton Founder & CEO, Jay Wolverton, said, “The Wolverton team is very excited to join CHA. The opportunities for collaboration with the CHA team will enhance our clients’ experience, while access to a broader platform will benefit the growth and professional development of our staff. Our shared commitment to quality, excellence, and trust make CHA the ideal partner for Wolverton.” “Wolverton brings CHA exceptional leadership and talent in the transportation, traffic, land development, land surveying, and power/utility sectors, providing us with great opportunities for combined accelerated growth in these markets within the growing Southeast region,” stated CHA’s Chief Strategy Officer Jim Stephenson. CHA and Wolverton will work closely together to ensure a seamless transition for Wolverton’s clients. During the integration period, the two firms will also work together to maximize the expertise, best practices, and experience of both firms. A first step in the integration process is a branding change for Wolverton. Wolverton will be known as Wolverton & Associates, a CHA Company effective immediately. AEC Advisors LLC ( initiated the transaction and served as Wolverton’s financial advisor.

PDT Architects is Now CHA Architecture, P.C. - CHA Affiliate Rebrands and Launches New Website CHA also announces its affiliate, PDT Architects, has rebranded as CHA Architecture. CHA’s award-winning, full-service architecture arm has also launched a new website at PDT Architects was acquired by CHA Consulting, Inc. in 2017. The name change and rebranding is intended to further reinforce to the market the full-service capabilities CHA can now offer to our clients. This branding change completes the full integration of the companies and aligns the architecture studio with the CHA brand. CHA Architecture’s highly creative staff will continue to serve its clients with excellent design services, and will also offer the resources of a large, full-service engineering firm to meet its clients’ many needs. “Our team is inspired by our new name and redesigned website,” said Brian Curley, CHA Architecture’s lead. “This branding and alignment with CHA will support our team’s approach to serving clients with extensive resources from across all of CHA and throughout CHA’s entire geographic footprint.” 26 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2019

“Branding our outstanding architecture team under CHA reaffirms our aspiration to elate our clients by offering them a truly one-stop-shop for all their design needs,” said Michael Carroll, CHA President and CEO. “Under our stronger, united brand and integrated service portfolio, we will continue to responsibly improve the world we live in.” “The rebranding of our architecture organization to fully integrate with CHA provides clarity to the market that we are one team united in our commitment to providing quality services that aim to exceed our clients’ expectations,” said Chief Strategy Officer Jim Stephenson. CHA Architecture’s new website was redesigned to showcase CHA’s focus on architecture and its talented staff and their passion for great design that improves the built environment. The new website includes resources for clients and potential clients, including photos of many of the buildings and spaces the team has designed. The website also provides information about career opportunities available at CHA Architecture and throughout all of CHA. q news from professional firms

Bergmann News Bergmann Acquires Syracuse-based William Taylor Architects

William Taylor Architects has joined forces with national architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann. The William Taylor team will merge with Bergmann’s Syracuse, N.Y., office and will work as part of the firm’s Northeast Buildings division. This new collaboration allows Bergmann to expand its architectural capabilities across a variety of industries both regionally and nationally. “For more than 35 years we’ve served clients across the country, completing projects in the educational, municipal, commercial and industrial fields with the utmost integrity,” said William Taylor, president, William Taylor Architects. “We’re excited for a new chapter and to continue providing our services as part of the Bergmann team.” Bergmann has an established presence in the Central New York region with an office in downtown Syracuse which employs eight professionals. The acquisition adds four new employees to the team. In addition, Bergmann has multiple offices across New York state, the Midwest (Michigan and Ohio), and the mid-Atlantic region (with offices in Pennsylvania and Florida). “Whether it be through new hires, adding more office locations, or acquiring firms that expand our capabilities and resources, we’re always looking for ways to better serve our clients and strengthen Bergmann,” said Andrew Raus, Bergmann vice president, Northeast Buildings. “We believe the team from William Taylor Architects will be a valuable addition to our architectural practice in New York state and beyond.” q

Bergmann Receives 2019 Design Excellence Award from AIA

Bergmann won the Grand Honor Award for its part in designing the University at Albany Campus Center. Working in partnership with design architect William Rawn Associates, Bergmann provided the architectural, interior design and engineering services for the campus center expansion, including 65,000 square-feet of additions and the complete renovation of 40,000 existing square-feet. The Grand Honor Award was presented as part of the 2019 Design Excellence Awards at the Rochester Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Centennial Celebration. A panel of jurors from AIA chapters across the Northeast selected nine projects by local firms to receive awards this year. The panelists looked for projects in which architectural design was creatively used to address barriers including distinctive architectural elements and historic structures. “We thank AIA Rochester for its recognition of our design work at SUNY Albany and congratulate the chapter on 100 years of supporting local architecture professionals,” said Andrew Raus, Bergmann vice president, Northeast Buildings. “Architects play an essential role in advancing our cities and we look forward to the next century of inspiration and collaboration with our colleagues through AIA Rochester.” The design of University at Albany’s reimagined campus center works in harmony with the existing historic campus structures, serving as a vibrant and active centerpiece for students, faculty and visitors alike. The project included a new multi-purpose auditorium, reconfiguration and design of multiple food service venues, new dining spaces, renovation of the existing bookstore, reconfiguration for a new central stair and the addition of much-needed student centered activities spaces that encourage social interaction and flexibility in their use. q news from professional firms | advertiser


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SWBR Recognized with Three Design Awards from AIA Rochester

SWBR has been recognized for three projects by the Rochester chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA Rochester’s annual Design Excellence Awards honors excellence and achievement in design, sustainability and innovation. Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC Spell Studios was recognized with a Merit Award and McQuaid Jesuit Wegman Family Science and Technology Center received a Design Award. Rochester City School District John Walton Spencer School No. 16 received the prestigious Mayor’s Award, which is given to projects that exemplify design excellence within the city limits. MAGIC Spell Studios, which opened fall 2018, is RIT’s center for media, arts, games, interaction and creativity. It is the first of its kind effort in higher education and the convergence of digital media disciplines, including film, animation, game design and development. The new McQuaid Jesuit Wegman Family Science and Technology Center houses 10 classrooms and computer labs, a student life area complete with outdoor commons, campus ministry rooms, and an atrium that serves as a collaboration space for students. SWBR’s modernization of John Walton Spencer School No. 16 preserved significant character and important historical features, while the additions emphasize advancements in technology and education. SWBR accepted the awards at the annual Design Excellence Awards gala on June 14 at Arbor at the Port.

SWBR Wins National Web Design Award SWBR was recently recognized with a 2019 American Web Design Award from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) and will be featured in its prestigious American Web Design Annual magazine, which is available on newsstands and online.

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The American Web Design Award is a highly respected and anticipated annual showcase of the power of design to enhance online communications and experiences. Since its inception, the award has been one of the industry’s most prestigious design communications competitions. The SWBR website was selected from more than a record of 1,500 entries. “The professional recognition comes at a good time for us,” said Chris Goldan, SWBR communications manager. “This is another sign that our rebrand strategy has been successful.” GDUSA, a news magazine for graphic designers and other creative professionals, has been judging national design competitions for more than 50 years. Winners receive prominent features in GDUSA’s magazine and website, which boasts 100,000 visitors a month. 28 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER AUGUST 2019

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SWBR Recognized with Interior Design Award SWBR has been recognized with a 2019 Professional Design Award by the American Society of Interior Design New York Upstate/Canada East Chapter for its work on Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC Spell Studios. Recognized in the Large Commercial category, MAGIC Spell Studios is RIT’s center for media, arts, games, interaction and creativity. The center provides professionalquality studios and groundbreaking new technologies for the next generation of entrepreneurs in digital gaming, film and animation. Its vibrant, colorful and whimsical interior was designed to stimulate, motivate and inspire students’ creative culture. Video-game and film-inspired designs can be found throughout the building. The annual awards presentation will take place Sept. 20 in Troy, New York. SWBR was also recently named one of the top three interior design firms in Rochester Business Journal’s 2019 Reader Rankings. q

Barton & Loguidice Nationally Recognized as “Best Firm to Work For” For the Second Year in a Row Barton & Loguidice (B&L), an engineering, planning, environmental and landscape architecture firm with over 270 employees throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, for the second year in a row has been named one of the “Best Firms To Work For” nationally in both the Multidiscipline and 200+ Employee categories according to the Zweig Group – a leading industry research and benchmarking firm. The 2019 “Best Firm To Work For” award recognizes the top architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental, geotechnical, landscape architecture/planning and multidiscipline firms in the US and Canada. Firms were comprehensively evaluated based on their firm culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development and more – from both the management and staff perspectives. “Given that a record number of firms applied for this industry distinction, we are keenly aware of the correlation between this award and the continued hard work and dedication of our employees,” said President and CEO of Barton & Loguidice John F. Brusa, Jr. “It’s their efforts that provide a culture of excellence - making B&L one of the best places to work and an employer of choice.” “Being named as a national “Best Firm To Work For” is a powerful statement.” said Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens. “With recruiting and retention being the number one challenge for AEC firms, this award provides a great platform to promote culture and employee experience, offering these firms a strong competitive advantage.” q

Professional Firms Employee News C&S's Rochester Office Continues to Grow C&S’s growing Rochester office welcomes two new staff members to our transportation practice. Ken McClenathan is a construction inspector/resident engineer with over 25 years of experience on New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), Locally Administered Federal Aid (LAFA), and locally funded projects. Brian Arthur, EIT is a recent Rochester Institute of Technology graduate from the civil engineering technology program. After interning on various rail projects, Brian was hired full-time in May. q

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Monroe Professional Engineers Society A Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers 657 East Avenue, Rochestter, New York 14607 Dedicated to Professionalism in Engineering in the Interest of Public Safety and Welfare 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

Officers & Board of Directors for 2019-2020 Operating Year July 1st marked the beginning of the 2019-2020 operating year for MPES. This includes some changes to the officers and board of directors for the engineering society. The 2019-2020 board consists of the following: Officers serving 2nd year of their two-year term: Christopher V. Kambar, P.E (president), Dr. Arthur C. Reardon, P.E. (president-elect), Scott Wolcott, P.E. (vice president) Officers re-elected to the 2019-2020 term: Martin E. Gordon, P.E. (secretary), Michael O. Ritchie, P.E. (treasurer) Past presidents servings 2nd year of their two-year term: David C. Roberts, P.E. and Christopher R. Devries, P.E. Directors serving 2nd year of two-year term: Joseph Dombrowski, P.E. (director #4), James Drago, P.E. (director #5), Neal J. Illenberg, P.E. (director #6). Directors elected to the 2019-2021 term: Barry J. Dumbauld, P.E. (director #1), Robert K. Winans, P.E. (director #2), Doug Strang, P.E. (director #3)

PE Day is coming August 7th! On Wednesday August 7th, 2019, professional engineers, AEC firms, and organizations that employ PEs will raise awareness of the profession with social media posts and videos using hashtag #LicensedPEDay. Professional Engineers Day has grown tremendously, with more NSPE members, partner organizations, engineering firms, engineering schools, and even the public celebrating the event each year.

A message from the president: I’ve enjoyed my first year as the president of the Monroe Professional Engineering Society and I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished in the past year. We will continue to promote engineering and our professional licenses in the coming year. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Summer and we will see you again in the Fall.

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 AUGUST 2019

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Annual Joint Technical Societies UB Tailgate Saturday, October 5, 2019 UB vs Ohio University

31st Annual Fall Bridge Conference Friday, November 15, 2019 at Millennium Hotel 2040 Walden Avenue Buffalo, New York 14225

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Society for Imaging Science and Technology Website:

Our meeting locations have changed starting this fiscal year. They are being held at the Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Avenue, Irondequoit, NY. The room # is 214. No meeting reservations are required. Meeting Schedule: September 18, 2019 - "Algorithm development of Hyperspectral data for the automatic characterization of

materials in illuminated manuscripts," by Tania Kleynhans Fall 2019 - Tour the Image Permanence Institute at RIT Venue ideas requested - we are soliciting input regarding other possible venues for our meetings.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Algorithm Development of Hyperspectral Data for the Automatic Characterization of Materials in Illuminated Manuscripts by Tania Kleynhans Abstract: Understanding the materials used in the creation of paintings, illuminated manuscripts and objects can improve conservation techniques and help provide evidence about the origin, techniques used, and authenticity. Significant headway has been made with non-invasive imaging techniques in the past decade. Hyperspectral imaging systems, initially used by the remote sensing community, have become more widely applied to conservation. Current pigment analysis and mapping of illuminated manuscripts involve significant manual input to create reflectance spectra maps. This research focusses on the development of algorithms that can create material maps from hyperspectral imaging with minimal user input. Algorithms to automatically select the endmembers (i.e. exemplar spectra) and classify the data accordingly have been applied. Figure 1 displays a material map where each color represents a specific known pigment used. This example used the Spectral Angle Mapper algorithm to find similarities between known spectra and the image data. Furthermore, abundance maps have been created from known spectra to display the combination of pigments used in a specific spot. This analysis used hyperspectral imagery acquired by Dr. John Delaney at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. The initial research focusses on one leaf of the Laudario’s of Sant’ Agnese: The Nativity with the Annunciation to the Shepherds, see Figure 2.

Biography: Tania Kleynhans worked as a Safari guide in Southern Africa for 15 years before returning to school to further her education. She received her bachelors degree in Mathematics and Operational Research from the University of South Africa, and an M.S. in Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently, Tania Kleynhans is an Associate Scientist at the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, RIT, and is completing her PhD part time. She works with various groups at the Center for Imaging Science, for example the UAV research (as pilot), Algorithm development for the Landsat Satellite series, and historical document imaging projects. Her PhD research involves creating novel algorithms to classify pigments in works of art in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Figure 1: Pigment map created by applying Spectral Angle Mapper classification to known pigment signatures

Figure 2: Laudario’s of Sant’ Agnese: The Nativity with the Annunciation to the Shepherds


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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:/AYP TRAVIS JESSICK Altherm, Inc. 255 Humphrey St. Englewood, NJ 07631 551-486-9556 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 Affiliate Liaison:/AYP PHILIP MURPHY Nu Flow of Upstate NY 140 Mushroom Blvd. Rochester, NY 14623 585-313-5098 Newsletter Editor: CHRIS WOLAK Victaulic Fairport, NY 14450 484-350-1954

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We had a busy spring hosting the Region 2 President’s meeting and had great turn out at our annual Golf Outing. Thank you for all the sponsors who helped make these events possible. Altherm Inc - Bock AO Smith (ESA) Clark Patterson Charlotte Pipe (ESA) EC4B Emerson-Swan Inc. Empire State Associates (ESA) ES Systems Ferguson Enterprises Globe Fire Protection Haws (ESA) Holby Valve IBC Engineering Kolstad Associates Labella

Lochinvar (WMS) Lubrizol M/E Engineering Murdock (WMS) Nu Flow Section 22 Saniflo (ESA) TS Brass (WMS) Twin "D" Associates V.J. Stanley Victaulic Viega (ESA) Watts Regulator (WMS) WMS Sales

Please note the adjustments in our board from the May elections. Have a great summer! See you at our meeting in September!

Jennifer Wengender, P.E., CPD Rochester Chapter President

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President's Message

I’m looking forward to the upcoming year as President of the Rochester Chapter of ASHRAE. I’ve been a member for over 25 years and have greatly benefited from the information, knowledge and relationships I gained during that time. I’ve been happy to give back to the Chapter by accepting a position on the Board of Governors and progressing through the Chapter’s officers’ positions over the past 6 years. I’d like to also thank Paul Kenna for leading the Chapter through a very successful year. I would also like to thank, in advance, the follow list of this year’s chapter officers, committee chairs and board of governors that volunteered their time to serve our chapter. Mike Benedict, President-elect & Program Scott Edwards, Treasurer Matt Kremers, Secretary & YEA Chair Paul Kenna, Immediate Past President & Nominating George Herman, Board of Governors (4th Yr.) & Membership Marjani Wilson, Board of Governors (3rd Yr.) & Government Advocacy Jeff Wiedrick, Board of Governors (3rd Yr.) & Chapter Technology Transfer Bret Fryover, Board of Governors (2nd Yr.) & Attendance Chris Bove, Board of Governors (2nd Yr.)



Zach Hess, Board of Governors (1st Yr.) & Research Promotion Chris Hartman, Board of Governors (1st Yr.) Jacob Hall, Historian Rob Hudson, Student Activities Al Rodgers, Awards & Recognition Bill Murray, Education Mark Kukla, Publicity Suzanne Zaleski, Newsletter Editor Jim Browe, Golf Outing & Picnic Jody McGarry, Valentine’s Dance Mike Nohle, Refrigeration Sam Scorsone, Refrigeration Tom Burke, Government Advocacy Steve Dear, Website Pete Bukowski, Online Buyer’s Guide & Business Cards I look forward to seeing you at our Clambake on September 16th! Planning for the 2019-2020 ASHRAE calendar year is underway. If anybody has any suggestions for monthly meeting topics or tours please contact our President-elect and Program Chair, Mike Benedict. He can be reached at Thomas Streber, PE, 2019-2020 President Rochester Chapter

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• Sunday, August 4th, 2019: Annual Summer Picnic  Robert Treman State Park, Noon to 4 PM Picnic to be held at Upper Pavilion at Robert Treman State Park. Chapter will provide meat, bottles of water, and charcoal for the grill. For more info, please contact Rick Zinni at

• Saturday, September 7th, 2019: Annual Dinner Meeting  The Statler, Cornell University campus, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Speaker, TBD This is our annual dinner meeting, held on a weekend in September. For more info, please contact Rick Zinni at

• Thursday, October 17th, 2019: October Chapter Meeting  Speaker, TBD Placeholder for our regular chapter meeting in October.

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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, Drazen Gasic, CPSWQ, CPESC, LaBella Associates. 585-402-7005 Email:

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association President, Jared R. Ransom, LS 585-737-6881 Email:

Monroe Professional Engineers Society President, Chris Kambar, PE Email: New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 4 President, Howard R. Ressel, 585-371-9280. Email: NYSATE has scholarships available for dependents of members who are or plan to enroll in a postsecondary university of accredited business or vocational school (undergraduate only). Some members may also be eligible. Information will be posed in the early spring at

New York Water Environment Association Inc., Genesee Valley Chapter ( President, Bill Davis, 585-381-9250 Email:

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, Thomas Streber, PE Email:

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Inc., Rochester Section President, Dan Rusnack Email:

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

Imaging Science & Technology, Rochester Chapter President, Bruce Pillman, 585-748-6006 Email:

Sheet Metal & Air-Conditioning Contractor’s National Association-Rochester, Inc. Executive Director, Aaron Hilger 585-586-8030. 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:

Society of Plastics Engineers, Rochester Section President, Brett Blaisdell Email:

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

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

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

Association for Bridge Construction and Design President, Ronald Centola Prudent Engineering Email:

International Council on Systems Engineering, Finger Lakes Chapter President, Jack Riley 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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