Rochester Engineering Society Magazine October 2019

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October 2019 Precollegiate STEM - The Future of YOUR Discipline!

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Feature article: Cardiovascular Simulations Can Revolutionize Point of Care Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease! Introducing CardioFAN: A Novel Platform for Arterial Network Simulations - 18

Also in this issue:

RES Kickoff Event: Thursday, October 17th - Engineers after Work at the Memorial Art Gallery - Advance Paid Reservations Required - 4 Seeking Volunteer Mentors for "2019" Science Fair" at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy - 11 RES Call for Nominations for 2019 Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year and Engineers of Distinction - 5 RES Scholarship Information Now Available - deadline Nov. 30 to apply - 7

Precollegiate STEM - The Future of YOUR Discipline! (cover article) Page 14

The Rochester Engineer Published since 1922 by


Founded March 18, 1897

Volume 98, Number 4, OCTOBER 2019 (Electronic Only Copy) 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:


Cardiovascular Simulations Can Revolutionize Point of Care Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease! (feature article) Page 18

4 • RES Kickoff Event - Oct. 17 - Engineers After Work at the MAG 5 • Call for Nominations for 2019 EOYs, YEOYs, and EODs 6 • RES Program - Nov. 6 - Tour at OptiCool Technologies 7 • RES Scholarship Application Information 9 • RES Technical Corner by Brett Eliasz, RES Director & Kathleen Connolly

10 • A New Focus for the RES Tutoring Team...STEM 11 • Seeking Volunteer Mentors for the "2019 Science Fair" at

Dr. Walter Cooper Academy

12 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 13 • Get to the Point! - Where Did That Come From?

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14 • Precollegiate STEM - The Future of YOUR Discipline (cover)

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23-25 • Engineers’ Calendar

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 • Cardiovascular Simulations Can Revolutionize Point of Care

Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease! (feature)

20-21 • Position Openings 22 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 26-28 • Professional Firms - Employee News 29 • News from Professional Firms 45-46 • Directory of Professional Services 46 • Directory of Business Services 47 • Affiliated Societies and Corporate Members of the RES Membership Application and Advertising Rates are also on the website:

news of the... • ABCD Association for Bridge Construction and Design...............33-35 • AFE Association for Facilities Engineering...........................................37 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................42 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................40 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................41 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................31 • 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.............................36 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................32 • RES Rochester Engineering Society..................................................2-12 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................30 • TERRA TERRA Science & Engineering Fair.........................................cover


President’s Message

Joseph Dombrowski, PE Retired M/E Engineering RES President 2018 - 2020 Planning for the upcoming Gala in April 2020 is underway and we are contemplating adding additional awards from affiliates at the event; contact me if you have any thoughts. We also announced the Call for Nominations for the 2019 Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year, and Engineer of Distinction awards. General information, and initial and final forms are now available on the RES website. Please be sure to let your peers know about these awards or send in a nomination yourself! With October now here we are also ramping up our activities. We have a program committee that is busy making plans for the membership with interesting programs and tours. Our first program is Thursday, October 17th at the Memorial Art Gallery. Details and reservations are available on the RES website (and page 4 in this issue). I hope to see you there! The second program is a tour at OptiCool Technologies in Webster on Wednesday, November 6th. Details are being finalized as I write this and reservations will be available on the RES website soon as well. Feel free to contact me at with any ideas! Joe Dombrowski RES President res news - president’s message


RES October Program Come Join The Rochester Engineering Society for our 2019-2020 kickoff event,

Engineers after Work at the Memorial Art Gallery, Bausch and Lomb Parlor on Thursday, October 17, 2019

RES kicks off its program year on October 17 with this chance to network, learn about the upcoming program year; and meet our affiliate members. The price includes admission to the Memorial Gallery and light hors d'oeuvres. Cost:

$15 (Cost includes admission the MAG and light hors d'oeuvres)


Cash Bar


Bausch and Lomb Parlor, Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607


6:00 to 8:00 pm

Reservations: ADVANCE PAID RESERVATION REQUIRED! Go to and click on the calendar and go to October 17th. Click on the meeting and make your reservation. The Memorial Art Gallery, opened in 1913, is considered one of the finest regional art museums in the country. The building has undergone expansions in 1926, 1968, and 1987. Its permanent collection of 12,000 works spans 50 centuries of world art. In addition, MAG is one of the few university-affiliated art museums in the country that also serves as a public art museum.

Its current exhibit is "Rochester Americana: The Watercolors of Karal Ann Marling"


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Call for Nominations Donald P. Nims, PE 2018 EOY

Past Engineers of the Year 11 years...(first awarded 1963)

Donald P. Nims, PE Martin E. Gordon, PE Diane M. Trentini Robert L. Clark, Jr., PhD Lalit Mestha, PhD Maureen S. Valentine, PE Sergio Esteban, PE Brian J. Thompson, PhD Gary W. Passero, PE Kevin J. Parker, PhD Satish G. Kandlikar, PhD

2019 Engineer of the Year

Brett Eliasz, PE 2018 YEOY

Past Young Engineers of 2019 the Year -11 years... Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year

(first awarded 2007)


2019 Engineers of Distinction

Brett Eliasz, PE Emily M. Smith, PE Matthew T. Sidley Danielle Benoit, PhD John Papponetti, PE Courtney E. Reich, PE Clement Chung, PE Sherwin Damdar Michael J. Walker, EIT Nathan Gnanasambandam, PhD Venkatesh G. Rao, PhD

The RES Board of Directors introduced a streamlined nomination form. A simple initial form allows an individual or organization to nominate a candidate. The RES committee will then contact the nominator if the candidate progresses to the next phase. At that point, a final form will be used to gather essential details from the nominator and candidate which will be used to determine our award recipients. The RES will select and recognize the 2019 Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year (and Finalists for Young Engineer of the Year), and Engineers of Distinction Awards in a variety of public venues and media during the weeks before the Gala. The Award recipients will be introduced on Saturday, April 18, 2020 during the Gala at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Visit our website at and click on Call For Nominations, or call 585-254-2350 ( to request a nomination form.

The following information is described:

Eligibility for Nomination Awards Criteria

Deadline for Preliminary Nominations - Monday, December 9, 2019 Deadline for Final Nominations - Monday, January 6, 2020 res news - call for nominations


RES/AFE November Program Come Join The Rochester Engineering Society (co-sponsored with Association for Facilities Engineering) for our November Program

Tour at OptiCool Technologies on Wednesday, November 6, 2019


$10 for Tour Only; $25 for Tour and Dinner

Tour Location: 855 Publishers Parkway, Webster, 14580 Dinner Location: Flaherty's Three Flags Inn, 1200 Bay Road, Webster 14580 Time:

Tour - 4:30 to 6:00 pm (No food or drink) Dinner - 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Reservations: ADVANCE ONLINE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY NOON, OCTOBER 31st! Go to and click on the calendar and go to November 6h. Click on the tour or tour/dinner to make your reservation. “OptiCool Technologies delivers the most advanced data center cooling solution on the market for an immediate impact on capacity, efficiency, and your bottom line. Unlike conventional cooling, OptiCool provides close-coupled cooling at the heat source. This superior refrigerant-based system is low-maintenance and fully adaptable. The Cool Door system attaches directly to the rear of the rack, supporting a variety of heat load and redundancy configurations. The complexity and costs of air-flow management are history. OptiCool is transforming data centers with a quantum improvement in cost management, capacity, and efficiency. With innovative precision cooling solutions, OptiCool can help you make the quantum leap forward in data center design.” OptiCool is committed to saving energy costs while delivering best in class data center cooling. More specifically, we can: • Reduce the data center cooling energy usage up to 90% • Reducing the 'cooling footprint' within the center up to 90% • Allow you to scale rack densities from 3kW to 30kW+ • Eliminate the need for additional construction and high maintenance costs • Capitalize on existing energy rebates and reduce a center's carbon footprint 6 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2019

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RES Scholarship Application Information The Rochester Engineering Society (RES) is an umbrella organization for engineering societies in the Rochester area. The goals of the society are: to advance the art and science of engineering for the general public welfare in Monroe County and the adjoining counties; to foster in practicing and prospective engineers excellence as professionals, as citizens, and as individuals; and, to promote communication and cooperation among all branches of engineering. Multiple scholarships, sponsored by a variety of organizations and administered through the RES, are awarded annually ($1,500 each) to recognize outstanding engineering, engineering technology, science or technology students. These are merit-based scholarships. Scholarships from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) require applicants be student members of their respective organization. Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following qualifications: 1. Be an undergraduate student in good standing who has completed two years/or achieved Junior standing in an ABET-accredited engineering, engineering technology, science or technology program. 2. Have an overall grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0 (or equivalent) or better. 3. Plan to continue engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET accredited program in September 2020. Scholarship recipients will be individually notified by February 1, 2020, announced at the RES Gala on April 18, 2020 and funds will be mailed ~August 1, 2020. 4. Be a resident of Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, or Wyoming Counties of New York or enrolled in an ABET accredited engineering, engineering technology, science or technology curriculum in a college in those counties. The Rochester Chapter of IEEE allows applicants from Corning and Alfred sub-chapters. 5. Not be a previous recipient of this scholarship. Application: Applicants must submit the six required items listed below. All items must be submitted together. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all the necessary data are submitted by the deadline in one package and will be immediately disqualified from judging, with no further follow-up, if these instructions are not followed. The applicant should notify those persons supplying reference letters that timely response is critical. Reference letters may be submitted in individually sealed envelopes within the application package. Deliver, mail or email to all items by December 2, 2020 to: The Rochester Engineering Society, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14607.

Required Data and Instructions 1. Certificate of Interview from a member of the Scholarship Committee - Request an appointment for interview by sending an email to the Scholarship Chairperson, Michelle Sommerman, PE, at In your email, include your full name, phone number, and the day(s) and time(s) you are available for an interview. Attach your resume to the email. Contact Michelle Sommerman at 585-498-7896 if you have not received a reply within three days. The interviewer will provide a certificate that the interview was conducted after September 1, 2019 and before Novemberber 30, 2019 (the interview deadline). 2. Transcript - Official copy of applicant’s current transcript showing grades for the entire enrollment in current school and if a transfer student, courses taken and accepted from his/her prior college or university. 3. Resume - The same resume the applicant would use if applicant were applying for employment. Be sure to include the following information: name, permanent address, school address, college, degree and program, anticipated date of graduation, and any professional society memberships. 4. Applicant’s Letter - A letter written by the applicant addressed to the Chairman of the Scholarship Award Committee of the scholarship application information

Rochester Engineering Society. This letter shall not be more than one typewritten page in length and should discuss the applicant’s position with respect to the following: a. Why the applicant is studying engineering and chose his/her particular field. b. Why the applicant is applying for the scholarship. c. The applicant’s involvement in professional society activities, the leadership positions held and describe active involvement in other extra-curricular activities. d. Statement that the scholarship will be used in engineering, engineering technology, science or technology studies in an undergraduate ABET-accredited program in September 2020 should an award be presented. 5. Reference Letter #1 - Letter from the applicant’s faculty advisor in his/her current school. This letter should indicate the applicant’s standing in the class relative to other students, his/her course load and involvement. 6. Reference Letter #2 - Letter from a current or former employer who is not a relative, OR, a professor of engineering, science or technology in whose class the applicant has been or is presently enrolled. OCTOER 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 7

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.

“The Rochester Engineer” (November 1970)

At the first meeting of Explorer Post #523, sponsored by the Todd Division of the Burroughs Corporation, and held at Erdman Anthony Engineers, Walt Peter and Jim Barton of the RES High School Guidance Committee introduced Don Brodsky and John Phillips, the Post’s new Advisors to some twenty-five young men and their parents. While the visitation & tours for the first several meetings had already been planned, they made it clear that it would be up to the young men to decide for themselves which aspects of engineering and representative manufacturers they might want to visit, for future meetings and tours. The RES Luncheon Series would continue with the following presentations planned for November: “What Happened at the Polls?” by Howard Hosmer, news director at WHEC, Channel 10, “Science and Technology on the Outside Looking In,” by Dr. Robert G. Loewy, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the U of R (Dr. Loewy was chief scientist at the US Air Force, 1965-66), “My First Six Months as City Manager,” by Julian H. Orr, thirty-year public service Veteran, recently hired to manage Rochester’s municipal affairs, and, “New Trends in Housing Construction,” by Charles E. Eastwood, Production Coordinator, Stirling-Homex Corporation. Editor’s note: As a direct result of its illicit business accounting practices, StirlingHomex Corporation would later file for bankruptcy, in 1972, and become a legendary “business case” for MBA students across the country. The NYSDOT announced several position vacancies for engineers at DOT and the Thruway Authority; starting salaries were advertised at $10,959 - $13,249 with a planned 6% increase in the Spring of 1971.

December 2, 1970 (Board of Directors Meeting, Taylor Instrument, Division of Sybron) Membership Chair, Alexander

M. Beebee, Jr., presented three new Regular membership applications, and then reported that RES membership had reached 699, including Regular (590), Associate (13), Non-Resident (26), Honorary (14), Sustaining (33), Junior (free – 16), Junior (paying – 29) and Emeritus (8). Jack Schickler, Chair of the Publications Committee, reported that solicitation letters to over one hundred local industries, offering


A Sampling from the Archives of the Rochester Engineering Society...1897 - 1971 by Lee M. Loomis subscriptions to The Rochester Engineer had elicited a disappointing “zero” responses. Roger Kober, Chair of the Engineers Week Committee, reported that Dr. Donald Marlowe, vice president for administration at American Catholic University, had agreed to be the keynote speaker at the February 1971 event.

“The Rochester Engineer” (December 1970)

In his message this month, RES President, G. Robert Leavitt, cited a recent RES Luncheon address by Dr. George Berg of the U of R entitled, “Raising and Taming Environmental Hazards,” and invited area engineers to consider joining the RES as a means of having a positive impact on environmental issues currently being addressed by the Society. The December RES Luncheon series was announced as: “The RG&E and our Environment,” by Robert W. Gilkinson, RG&E’s chief environmental engineer, “Past, Present and Future of FIGHTON, Inc.,” by Bernard Gifford, president of this new Rochester manufacturing operation, and, “ Progress Report on State Construction,” by Bernard F. Perry, PE, regional director at NYSDOT. The Rochester Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an RES Affiliate, announced receipt of a grant from the NYS Council on the Arts which would allow them to hire an Executive Director, Ms. A. Margaret Taylor. Her responsibilities would include public information, education, urban involvement and professional recognition. The featured RES Affiliate this month was the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Founded in 1948, it was comprised of professional members and industry members. Its goals include attract all architects and engineers to membership, and have all firms subscribe to the Uniform System of standards application. Dr. Richard A. Kenyon, RIT Mechanical Engineering Department Head, was announced as a new RES member. Dr. Kenyon received BSME from Clarkson College of Technology, his master’s degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from Syracuse University. He would later become the 36th President of the RES.

January 6, 1971 (Board of Directors Meeting, Taylor Instrument, Division of Sybron) A review of the monthly RES

financial report resulted in a extended conversation regarding the poor rate of return from the Kate Gleason Fund. Primarily comprised of Kodak common stock, it current rate of return was less than 2%. Discussions, including the hiring of a professional investment manager, liquidating a portion of the fund to pay off current RES debt, and investing the remainder in securities with a higher yield, resulted in the matter being referred to the Financial Committee for further review, and a recommendation at the next Board meeting. The Board accepted three new Regular Members and one Junior Member. The Board approved a motion authorizing the Exposition Committee to proceed with plans for a Fall 1971 event, to be held at the Rochester Community War Memorial. It was also announced that the Civic Affairs Committee had offered its support to the City on the matter of solid waste disposal.

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

via Kathleen Connolly, NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional at Bergmann Often as designers and engineers, we can get so overwhelmed with project deadlines and deliverables that we don’t have enough time to familiarize ourselves with policy changes that are being proposed. While being familiar with policy is not critical to completing our day-to-day responsibilities, being familiar with them can give us a competitive edge. When passed, these policies can affect the trajectory of the market and being familiar with them can give us a preview of the skillsets and knowledge that will be valuable in upcoming years. By acknowledging the impact these policies can have on the market, we can pursue continuing education opportunities that will better prepare us to be equipped with the proper skillset to tackle the upcoming challenges. For this month’s article, we will focus on new legislation that was passed in New York State, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). Passed by the state Senate on June 20, 2019, the goal of this Act is to have a net-zero emission economy by 2050. With this goal in mind, the Act calls for 70% of electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 and 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040. In addition to this, by 2050, the Act also requires that NY reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions by 85% from 1990 levels. To get to 100% carbon-free, the remaining 15% can come from carbon offsets or carbon removal. This Act is one of the most comprehensive and far reaching bills addressing climate change that has been implemented in the United States to date. The mandate to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is groundbreaking and includes all sectors of the economy. This means transportation, building, industrial, commercial and agricultural sectors, as well as electrical generation and imported fuels will be affected. In order to reach these revolutionary goals, The Act lays out four major provisions: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Mandate of Net-Zero Emissions Integrate Renewable Energy into the Electric Sector Create a Climate Action Council and Scoping Plan Create a Climate Justice Working Group to Focus on Disadvantaged Communities

The Climate Action Council is tasked with creating a scoping plan that will put together recommendations for reducing emissions in all sectors of the economy. The Climate Action Council (CAC) will be made up of 22 members which include subject experts and government representatives. The CAC has two years to put together the initial scoping plan and then has the opportunity to update the plan every five years. This plan will be incorporated into the states energy plan and will help guide the actions of the regulatory agencies which distribute grant funding and implement new policies. The Climate Justice Working Group will advise the Climate Action Council to make sure disadvantaged communities will reap the benefits of this new net-zero economy as well. The Act specifically states that disadvantaged communities must receive at least 35% of the states investments in climate and clean energy. This group is also focused on improving air quality in these communities. While the impact of this Act is not yet visible, it is clear it will have far-reaching effects. Once the scoping plan is completed the market should start seeing changes to adapt to the new regulations and policies set forth to help reach the net-zero mandate. In the meantime, individuals and businesses can start contemplating, preparing and planning to best position themselves for success in this future net-zero economy. 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 beliasz@ As always, any comments are appreciated…! Thank you for reading. Brett Eliasz, P.E., LEED AP BD+C , RES Director res - technical corner

Kathleen Connolly, NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional at Bergmann OCTOER 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 9

RES News - Tutoring Team A New Focus for the RES Tutoring Team…

…Support for the NYS Elementary Science Curriculum – 2019-20 The Administration and Faculty at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy are asking the RES Tutoring Team to take part in an increased focus on the NYS Elementary Science Curriculum, in our work with our “Cooper Scholars”, this year. To that end, our Tutors will be working with Teachers and Students, during and after the twice-a-week science lessons, in support of the scientific principles being taught, at ALL Grade levels. Tutors will be supporting the science lessons, as they are being taught. Following the lessons, they will then be working with small groups of students to help them understand the scientific concept(s) presented, and then with individual students, as needed. All of this will occur inside the science classroom, with teacher supervision available, if necessary. Does this sound interesting to you, or maybe to some of your friends? Could you see yourself supporting the presentation of science curriculum to students, ages five to eleven? Who showed you how science could “make a difference” in your life? Could you help introduce someone to science, yourself? Do you think you can make room in your life for this important challenge? We are continuing to build our RES 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, your work group, your church or family, sometime this 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)


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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 early November 2019. • RES Volunteer Mentors will begin helping the Students get prepared for the Fair during the week of September 30th, 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.

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The RES is specifically seeking Retired, Technical people, (Engineers, Technicians, Machinists, Entrepreneurs or anyone whose work would allow them to visit during School hours), as STEM Coaches. We currently have more than 30 Coaches, and are connecting them with 13 Rochester-area Schools.

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“This is a life-changing experience!” For more information contact: Jon Kriegel   585-281-5216 RES Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer STEM Coach Please visit: 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2019

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Where Did That Come From? Ever wonder about the origins of certain phrases and clichés? We say or write these words and know what they mean but not where they came from. I usually encourage technical writers to avoid using these phrases because when we work in a global environment, where some of our audience may be working in a second language, the meaning may be lost in the translation. I recently rediscovered a book in my library that explains how these phrases came about. Let me share some of my favorites: In a Nutshell: We use this to mean we are summing something up in a few words. Thousands of years ago important documents were carried around in walnut shells which would then be bound and kept waterproof. The idea of having something “in a nutshell” means a shortened version that still covers every main point. Sounds like what we use the Executive Summary for these days. Eavesdroppers: These are people who deliberately try to overhear what others are saying. Centuries ago, in England, the houses had no gutters or drains but rather the roof extended far beyond the walls. The rain would drip off the roof. The area between the dripping rain and the wall was called the “eavesdrip” or “eavesdrop”. This area also served as a shelter for people to stand out of the rain. They could hear what was being said inside the house and thus became known as “eavesdroppers”. Off the Cuff: This is when someone speaks without using notes or with little preparations. In Victorian times, men wore shirts with stiff, detachable collars and cuffs. To create the impression that they were speaking from the heart, politicians wanted to be able to address an audience without a visible script or notes. To aid their memory, they would write keywords on their shirt cuffs. This allowed them to appear very prepared and more articulate, when they were speaking “off the cuff”. To Bank on Someone: We use this to refer to someone we rely upon or completely trust. Before modern banks, people kept their wealth either on them or in a hidden away safe place. In medieval Venice, men would set up benches in the main squares and would trade world currencies that passed through the city. These men were universally trusted and relied upon. The system was an early form of world banking and the Venetians were regarded as people who could be “banked upon”. The Italian word for bench is “banco”. get to the point

To Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: This refers to someone who has taken on more than they can manage. This phrase is traceable back to the 1800s and the popular habit of chewing tobacco. At that time, tobacco was produced is lengths and similar to offering someone a cigarette from a pack, men would offer others a “bite” of tobacco. The greedy would take such a large bite that they were unable to chew it properly, and then keep some for later. Hence, out of annoyance came the admonition “don’t bite off more than you can chew”. At the Drop of a Hat: We use this phrase to indicate something will be done immediately. This comes from the 19th Century when sporting referees would raise their hat in the air to alert competitors to get ready. They would then drop the hat to signal the start of the event. This tradition was common in boxing and horseracing, which were said to begin at the drop of the hat. Across the Board: This means to include everyone or everything, all encompassing. This too, comes from 19th Century horseracing. Large boards would be used to display the odds on a horse placing first, second or third in a race. One strategy was to bet an even amount of money on one horse to finish first, second or third. This was known as n “across the board bet”. A Deadline: We know this term all to well. It is the final date or time that a task is due. I’ve found two origins for this. Originally it was used in a prisoner of war camp during the American Civil War. Rather than wire and fencing, a certain camp simply painted a white line around the perimeter. Any prisoner crossing the line was shot dead, hence the term “deadline”. We don’t like to associate that with our business deadlines. However, newspaper writers have long had a limited period of time to submit an article before the copy went to print. If they missed the timing, their story was considered old or dead by the following day’s print run. This makes the term fairly literal: dead line.

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Feature Article Cardiovascular Simulations Can Revolutionize Point of Care Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease! Introducing CardioFAN: A Novel Platform for Arterial Network Simulations by Yashar Seyed Vahedein, RIT Engineering PhD Candidate

Cardiovascular diseases remain the number one factor for loss of life among humans in the 21st century. According to American Heart Association, every 39 seconds 1 American dies from heart disease or stroke, and the direct and indirect costs for treatment are estimated to total more than $316 billion in US and $863 billion globally. However, there is still hope! Modern medicine and disease diagnostics are evolving drastically. Nowadays, disease diagnosis not only requires experience-based knowledge of the medical practitioner, it also utilizes the accurately engineered biomedical devices and test procedures to monitor health, predict abnormalities and treat the patients. This has led to a new era for accurately engineered biomedical devices and patient-specific diagnostics and testing. Some of the common types of cardiovascular diseases are arterial aneurysm, arterial narrowing (stenosis), and hypertension. Historically invasive clinical tests were used to diagnose these problems. For instance, for aneurysms, if your doctor is concerned that you have one in your brain, you may get a CT scan or an invasive test called an angiogram. During this process, the doctors inject dye into an artery in an arm or leg, which then travels to your brain. An image of your brain is then taken. The dye will intensify the picture contrast in CT image and make it easier for your doctor to see potential problems. In case of a patient with stenosis, one of the arteries around the heart (i.e. coronary arteries) might have become narrowed. The diagnostic process is even more invasive here. The doctor inserts a long and narrow tube, called catheter, into your arteries or veins to reach the coronary arteries in order to measure local vital signals (blood pressure, cardiac output, etc.). The signals are used to assess if the person needs further treatment. Merits of replacing these clinical methods by more accessible and less invasive techniques or using them as a last resort is clear; the patients with cardiovascular problems are constantly suffering from the painful testing procedures and the high costs for each of these tests.

Clinical catheter insertion (left) and cardiovascular simulation based pressure measurements (center + right). In Laboratory of Applied Nonlinear Mechanics (LANMech), we are trying to close the gap between the clinical tests and in-situ patient care by utilizing biomechanical and biofluidics simulations, allowing us to optimize the design of sophisticated devices and novel algorithms for diagnostics purposes. The aim is to provide novel algorithms for noninvasively monitoring patient’s cardiovascular health and analyze their physiological signals, such as blood pressure and cardiac output to detect possible abnormalities or changes. These algorithms need to be patientspecific, thereby we also need to have a process to easily calibrate them for each patient. This way each individual patient can continuously monitor their cardiovascular health, and in case of seeing abnormal behavior, the patient 18 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2019

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can contact their physician and send them the reported signals to get initial feedback. For the past 4 years, we have been working on this novel open source algorithm, titled CardioFAN, to noninvasively measure blood flow, pressure and cardiac output all over the patient’s cardiovascular system in normal, active and sick patients. In the past, one of the main challenges that used to hinder advances in generating a digital twin for cardiovascular system was the inaccuracy of predictions, and long computational times, when compared to clinical measurements or experimental setups mimicking the actual geometry and physiology. With extensive testing and optimization of our physics-based algorithm, we made sure that given the mechanical properties of a patients vascular network and their heart function are known, it is possible for the simulation to correctly predict the blood pressure and flow signals during a complete heartbeat, i.e. cardiac cycle.

Comparison of the computational (red + blue) vs clinical (black) values for blood pressure, flow and vessel area Beating of the human heart imposes a large surge of blood into his arteries. This results in the local expansion of arteries to compensate for the sudden increase in blood pressure. When the heart stops pushing blood into the system the arteries deflate in the second part of the heart cycle, and the cycle repeats itself. This generates a blood pressure pulse which travels all over the body with a certain speed. Some clinicians use the time that it takes for this pulse to arrive to specific body parts for diagnostic purposes. The advantage of CardioFAN is in its capability to capture complete mechanical behavior of blood flow and blood vessel wall, while keeping the computational times short. This allows us to calculate the speed and time of pulse propagation. Each patient has a different combination of speed of pulse propagation, high/low blood pressure values and their heart can pump a specific amount of volume at each beat. We developed new techniques to calibrate our algorithm for each individual patient and therefore we can predict the combination of these values continuously. The new technology enables a path for measuring blood pressure and cardiac output without the need for catheters. Combined with the sensors in wearable devices, CardioFAN can be implemented in device software to enhance measurement capabilities from only heart rate to providing blood pressure, cardiac output and speed of pulse all over the body. This new field in medicine is getting a lot of momentum for the level of accuracy that it provides while providing easy to access preliminary in-situ physiological data for both patients and medical doctors. It uses physics-based measurements that help the patients to continuously monitor their blood pressure and cardiac output, while allowing practitioners to decide the next steps in treatment or surgery with a stronger level of confidence. q Yashar Seyed Vahedein is a doctoral candidate of the RIT engineering PhD program and a doctoral research assistant at Mechanical Engineering Department of RIT, developing computational models of circulatory system for disease diagnostics purposes. He received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering with the thermal fluidics focus from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2015, where he was conducting research on optimizing the carbon nanotube manufacturing process outcomes using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. During his time as a MS student he also worked as a Graduate research and teaching assistant. Prior to that, He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Azad University of Tehran – Central Branch in 2011, and he worked at Roshd Sanat Co. from 2011 until 2013 as an R&D mechanical design engineer. feature article


Position Openings

ONTARIO COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS JOB OPENINGS Supervisor, Bureau of Wastewater Management Ontario County is seeking applicants to provide management and overall operational control of three sewer districts and a wastewater treatment plant servicing 4,300 customers in the Canandaigua and Honeoye Lake areas. Oversees a staff of 11 operators, mechanics, maintenance personnel and a junior engineer. The supervisor works closely with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Works in development review, establishing the Capital Improvement Program and administering same. Salary: Range starts at $77,911 per year Qualifications: Natural Sciences or engineering degree and related experience in wastewater systems with supervisory experience

Civil Engineer Ontario County seeks applicants to plan, design and monitor field work for the construction of roadway, bridge, and drainage projects for the maintenance and improvements of the County’s transportation system. Manage and administer federal and state aid projects, including consultant selection and oversight. Provide technical supervision over junior engineers and aides. Reports directly to the engineering group leader. Salary: Range starts at $75,067

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, civil/construction technology plus two years relevant experience. Possession of a NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) certificate within 1 year of appointment.

In addition to yearly step salary increases, the County offers a competitive benefit package and retirement planning options. For both of these positions refer to the job specifications available on the Ontario County website at the Human Resources page. Submit a Civil Service application directly to the Department of Human Resources. Permanent appointment pending successful completion of a civil service exam, to be held at a later date. 20 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2019

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Save the Dates 118th RES Annual Gala

Saturday, April 18, 2020 Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Annual Engineering Symposium in Rochester Tuesday, April 28, 2019 Rochester Riverside Convention Center Additional details will be posted on the RES website: position openings


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Continuing Wednesday, October 16

Education Opportunities Thursday, November 14

New York State Association for Transportation Engineers (NYSATE)

2019 Transportation Professional of the Year Lunch (Congratulations Matt Oravec) and 1 PDH Session: Rochester's Water System - What lies below.

Speaker: Patricia Bergin Bedard, PE, Manager of Water Production, Rochester Water Bureau Place: Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford Time: PDH Session from 10:30 am to 11:30 am; Lunch at noon. Reservations: Contact Jessica Commisso, Jessica.commisso@ Checks must be received by October 9th at noon to guarantee a reservation. Make checks payable to NYSATE Section 4.

Wednesday, October 16

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

Monroe Professional Engineers Society (MPES)

Speaker: Neville W. Sachs, PE Place: RIT Campus Center, Room 2610, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 Cost: MPES/NSPE Member - $25; Non-member - $30; Student - $5. Dinner will be provided. Registration: Advanced registration on the RES website, and click on the calendar tab and go to November 14. Additional questions can be directed to Arthur Rearden at 585-451-0121 or

Friday, November 15

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TBD 1 PDH Credit Approval Pending

Speaker: TBA 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: By October 11th to Dave Jereckos (585-341-3168), or

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31 Annual Fall Bridge Conference Earn up to 6 PDH Credits

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Place: Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, NY Registration: Conference sponsorship, advertisement and exhibitor registration begins October 1st. Visit and sign up to attend or be a sponsor, advertiser or exhibitor beginning October 1st at For additional information contact Mike Davidson PE, (716-289-5976) or David Jenkinson PE, (585-364-1634).

Monday, October 21

American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 42 Performance Based Procurement for Outstanding Energy Performance – 1 PDH Credit Pending Speaker: Paul Torcellini, Distinguished Lecturer Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Time: 12:00 Noon, Lunch Buffet. Presentation starts approximately 12:30 pm Reservations: Reservations on the website at

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Engineers’ Calendar

The engineering societies are encouraged to submit their meeting notices for publication in this section. The deadline for submitting copy is the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication. Please email to: The meetings offering PDHs are highlighted in blue. Details about the meeting and affiliate (if in this issue) are on the corresponding page listed next to the affiliate name.

Tuesday, October 1

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Wednesday, October 9

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EXCOM Meeting Place: Tandoor of India, 376 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 Time: 11:50 am to 1:00 pm Registration links for our events are at: Vtools# 203988

585-546-4656 or

Friday, October 4

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Western New York Image and Signal Processing Workshop

Place: Canandaigua Winery, 203 North St., Canandaigua, NY 14424 Dinner Location: Nolan’s on Canandaigua Lake, 726 South Main Street, Canandaigua Time: 5:30 pm Cost: $25 for members; $30 for non-members. Reservations: Contact Phil Masters by October 8th,

Wednesday, October 16

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TBD – 1 PDH Credit pending approval

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Speaker: TBA Place: Valicia’s Ristorante, 2155 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY Important dates: Paper submissions are due by September 6th, Poster 14606 (just north of Route 31, Gates) submissions are due by September 13th. Early bird registration closed Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm (please arrive by 11:50 am). September 20th. Cost: $20 (member or guest), check or cash at door. For details: Reservations: Reservations by October 11th to Dave Jereckos Use (585-341-3168), or Place: RIT Campus, Building 78 (Louise Slaughter Hall).

Index to submit papers, and register on IEEE’s VTools website:

Saturday, October 5

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

Engineer Alley at UB Bulls Football (UB Bulls vs. Ohio Bobcats) Time: Tailgate at 12:30 pm (kickoff at 3:00 pm) Cost: Details on costs is on page 30 of this issue. Event includes ticket, food, drinks, giveaways, lawn games and more under our tailgate tents in front of Bissell Hall. Registration: Register by September 27th at: Engineering.buffalo. edu/football. Questions? Call 716-645-2133 or your professional organization (Organization sponsors: UB Alumni, ASCE, NACE, IEEE, NYWEA, APWA Erie-Niagara Chapter, and ABCD). Email:

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Wednesday, October 16 Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T)

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Algorithm Development of Hyperspectral Data for the Automatic Characterization of Materials in Illuminated Manuscripts

Speaker: Tania Kleynhaus Place: Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Avenue, Room 214. Time: 6:00 pm No meeting reservations are required.

Wednesday, October 16

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

The Lighting Design Objectives (LiDO) Procedure

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Hosts: Paul & Kim Mercier, Lighting Design Innovations Time: 12:00 noon Place: Rick’s Prime Rib, 898 Buffalo Road, Gates, NY 14624 Cost: $30 per person includes lunch. Reservations: Registrations must be received by Friday, October 11th. Register and pay for this event on the website at You may also RSVP via email to Calendar continued on page 24... OCTOER 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 23

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Thursday, October 17

Wednesday, October 16

New York State Association for Transportation Engineers (NYSATE)

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

2019 Transportation Professional of the Year Lunch (Congratulations Matt Oravec) and 1 PDH Session: Rochester's Water System - What lies below.

Livingston County Dinner Meeting

Speaker: Patricia Bergin Bedard, PE, Manager of Water Production, Rochester Water Bureau Place: Burgundy Basin Inn, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford Time: PDH Session from 10:30 am to 11:30 am; Lunch at noon. Reservations: Contact Jessica Commisso, Jessica.commisso@ Checks must be received by October 9th at noon to guarantee a reservation. Make checks payable to NYSATE Section 4.

Thursday, October 17

Rochester Engineering Society (RES)


Engineers after Work at the Memorial Art Gallery Networking, learn about upcoming programs and meet our affiliate members. Place: Memorial Art Gallery, Bausch and Lomb Parlor, 500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm Cost: $15 (cost includes admission to the MAG and light hors d’oeuvres). Cash Bar. Reservations: ADVANCE PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Go to and click on the calendar and go to October 17th. Current exhibit is “Rochester Americana: The Watercolors of Karal Ann Marling.”

Thursday, October 17

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

Introducing Systems Engineering in Commercial Companies

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Time: 6:00 pm Additional details at

Monday, October 21

American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 42 Performance Based Procurement for Outstanding Energy Performance – 1 PDH Credit Pending Speaker: Paul Torcellini, Distinguished Lecturer Place: City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Time: 12:00 Noon, Lunch Buffet. Presentation starts approximately 12:30 pm Reservations: Reservations on the website at

Tuesday, October 29

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

Tour of University at Buffalo Civil Engineering Labs

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Place: University at Buffalo, Civil Engineering Labs & Facilities Time: 12:30 pm to ~2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. Additional details on meeting location and parking will be forthcoming. For more details or to reserve your spot, contact Todd Swackhamer, PE,

Wednesday, November 6

Rochester Engineering Society (RES) Co-sponsored with Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)

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Speaker: Ben Levitt, Strategy Consultant, Technology Strategy Partners Time: 6:00 pm to approximately 7:30 pm. RSVP with your local host (see INCOSE page in the RE publication) or contact Rick Zinni,




Place: OptiCool Technologies, 855 Publishers Parkway, Webster Dinner: Flaherty's Three Flags Inn, 1200 Bay Road, Webster 14580 Time: 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Dinner from ~6:30 to 8:00 pm Cost: Tour Only - $10; Tour and Dinner - $25 Reservations: ADVANCE PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED by NOON, OCTOBER 31st! Go to www.roceng. org and click on the calendar and go to November 6th.

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Thursday, November 14

Monroe Professional Engineers Society (MPES)

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Failure Analysis – 1 PDH Credit (Limit of 30 Attendees) Speaker: Neville W. Sachs, PE Place: RIT Campus Center, Room 2610, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623 Time: 5:30 pm Cost: MPES/NSPE Member - $25; Non-member - $30; Student - $5. Dinner will be provided. Registration: Advanced registration on the RES website, and click on the calendar tab and go to November 14. Additional questions can be directed to Arthur Rearden at 585-451-0121 or

Friday, November 15

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

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31st Annual Fall Bridge Conference – Earn up to 6 PDH Credits

Place: Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, NY Registration: Conference sponsorship, advertisement and exhibitor registration begins October 1st. Visit and sign up to attend or be a sponsor, advertiser or exhibitor beginning October 1st at For additional information contact Mike Davidson PE, (716-289-5976) or David Jenkinson PE, (585-364-1634).

Thursday, November 21

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

Board of Directors, General Membership Meeting

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Time: 6:00 pm Place: 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 Additional details at

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Professional Firms Employee News Bergmann News

Bergmann Adds Talent to Northeast Building Division in Rochester Office Laura Gregor has joined national architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann as an assistant project manager in the Northeast Buildings division. Gregor will primarily be responsible for managing individual projects, assisting co-workers with managing large scale projects, client contact and communication, project budgeting, proposal writing for the Environment + Energy Practice specifically on the contamination and remediation side. Before joining Bergmann, Gregor was employed by Lu Engineers as an environmental scientist in Rochester. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from SUNY Geneseo and a masters in public health (tailored to environmental health) from Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical University. q

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SWBR Employee Receives New York State Architectural License and Welcomes New Architectural Designer SWBR announced that Erik Reynolds, AIA, recently received a New York State Architectural License from the New York State Education Department. Reynolds, who was promoted to Associate earlier this year, is responsible for building design, project coordination, and construction administration in the firm’s Housing studio.

Requirements for this licensure include a minimum degree requirement of a bachelor’s degree in architecture and at least five years of work experience under a licensed architect. Reynolds completed seven New York State exams to receive his license and holds a bachelor of science in architecture from SUNY Alfred State College.

Erik Reynolds, AIA

SWBR also announced its newest team member, Architectural Designer Sana Shanob, Associate AIA. As part of the firm’s Housing studio, Shanob assists project architects through all project phases, starting from preliminary design through construction administration.

She credits her interest in painting and drawing and Sana Shanob, Associate love for math and science for helping her discover a passion AIA for architecture. She earned a bachelor of architecture from Calicut University, India and a master of architecture (Advanced Design) from Manipal University, India. q

Beardsley Architects + Engineers News Brown Joins Beardsley Architects + Engineers

Beardsley Architects + Engineers announced that James L. Brown, R.A., AIA, NCARB, has joined the firm as Architect and Capital Region Principal. With his experience balanced between construction and design, he brings a comprehensive approach to architecture. Beardsley’s entry into the Capital Region represents both a commitment to existing clients in the area, and a growing commitment to the region. James L. Brown, RA, AIA

James (Jace) is a national award-winning architect with nearly two decades of experience in the allied disciplines of architecture, construction, real property development, and interior design. He joins the firm from Phinney Design Group where he served as vice president/creative director. While at Phinney, he was the lead designer, architectural project 26 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2019

manager, and owner's representative for the William Boyd Center in Hague, NY, a 45,000 sf mixed use hotel, conference, dining, and retail facility at the core of the historic Silver Bay campus on Lake George, NY. Jace’s experience also includes work in commercial projects, including master plans for churches, hotels, golf courses, ski resorts, and the Saratoga Racecourse, which involve both new construction and historic preservation. He has designed numerous custom residential properties throughout the Saratoga Springs, Adirondack, and Lake George regions, as well as urban commercial and residential developments throughout the Capital District. “We’re privileged and excited to have Jace join our team. We look forward to using his experience and talents in both architecture and the construction community to help the firm grow in the Capital Region,” said Joseph S. Kime, P.E., president of Beardsley. q professional firms employee news

Admar News

ADMAR Welcomes New Project Implementation Manager ADMAR, the largest independently owned construction equipment rental and sales company throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, announced the hire of Edward Butka as project implementation manager in its corporate office. In his new role, Butka will be responsible for the implementation and ongoing management of the firm’s corporate enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. He will also develop and integrate business systems and leverage technology to improve business performance. Edward Butka

Butka has more than 30 years of experience in business. He joins the team from Paychex, where he served a tenure of 17 years, most recently as IT analyst. Prior, he was manager of training operations at Sutherland Global Services and spent time in the hospitality industry in various management positions. Outside of the office, Butka is active in his community and serves as executive committee member for the St. Rita Fiesta. He is also involved with Webster Little League and Webster Athletic Association Travel Baseball. Butka earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Florida International University and his master’s degree in service quality management from Rochester Institute of Technology. q

Greenman-Pedersen News GPI Rochester is Growing Strong

GPI’s local office continues to expand with the addition of three new employees this summer. Since moving our Rochester operations within the City limits in 2017, the office has been fortunate to experience a very healthy growth trend. The move and subsequent growth has allowed our staff the proximity and flexibility to respond to our local clients’ needs while developing local talent right here in our favorite city. Through hard work and dedication to the region we now offer a staff of six licensed professional engineers, a professional landscape architect, and several junior engineers all focused on infrastructure development and maintenance. Our team is proud to be managing projects for the NYSDOT, NYPA / NYS Canal Corporation, MCDOT, the Village of Fairport, and SUNY Upstate Medical to name a few of our key clients. Recently, GPI was named to all the upstate New York regional LDSA lists, which includes Regions 4, 5 and 6 in Western New York. Together with our colleagues in professional firms employee news

Buffalo and Jamestown, our team is guiding local municipalities through the New York State and Federal Aid process for transportation projects. Our most recent hires expand capability in bridge and roadway design: David Askinazi, PE comes to GPI with 30 years of transportation related experience, primarily service municipal clients in Monroe and Genesee David Askinazi, PE Counties. A graduate of SUNY Alfred and Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering technology, Dave has been project manager and primary designer for numerous local roads and bridges, following most through construction to completion. He is active in ASCE, NYSATE, and APWA; as well as serving as little league coach in

Fairport and as an adult leader for a local Boy Scout troop. Dave will serve as the transportation project manager in the Rochester office. Clay Young

Clay Young, a Rochester native and recent graduate of SUNY at Buffalo, having earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering; and Samantha Samantha Diltz Diltz, who also recently graduated with a bachelor of science in civil engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. Samantha is also a Rochester native. Both Clay and Samantha will work on transportation projects under Dave’s direction. q


Professional Firms Employee News LaBella Associates News

LaBella Associates Announces New Leadership Team LaBella Associates, a leading multidiscipline design firm, announces the appointment of a new leadership team, effective January 1, 2020. Steve Metzger has been appointed Chief Executive Officer; Jeff Roloson has been appointed President; and Mike Winderl has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Together, alongside current Chief Financial Officer Robert Pepe, the team will be responsible for stewarding the firm’s next generation of steady growth and fostering LaBella’s award-winning workplace culture. As a part of this planned succession, current CEO Sergio Esteban and current President Robert Healy will take on new roles as Firm Principals. They will continue to support client relationships, business development and community relations, and will maintain their current board positions as Chairman and Treasurer, respectively. “Steve, Jeff and Mike have been working alongside us for more than a decade and are extremely well-prepared to step into their new roles. Each of them has served on the Board of Directors and contributed to long-term strategic planning and visioning for the firm,” said Sergio Esteban. “They are proven leaders with deep understanding of and commitment to LaBella’s culture and vision.” “I speak for both Sergio and I when I say that we’re excited to focus on community and client relationships in our new roles as Firm Principals, while being available to advise and support our new leadership on the next phase of growth and innovation at the firm,” added Robert Healy. Steve Metzger brings a strong background in civil engineering and more than 25 years of experience to the role of CEO. He currently serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and is charged with directing investments in technology and firm infrastructure to support LaBella’s growth in all regions. Steve also chairs the IT, Safety, and Quality Management 28 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2019

teams within the organization. “I am proud to be named CEO of LaBella,” said Steve Metzger, incoming CEO. “While no one can step into Sergio’s shoes and lead exactly as he does, I share his deep commitment to our company’s values and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead and represent our company in the community.” Jeff Roloson brings decades of architecture and engineering experience to the role of President. Currently, he serves as the firm’s Director of Architecture and is charged with the management of more than 125 architectural professionals and over $14.5 million in revenue. Jeff has served continuously on the Board of Directors since 2013. Mike Winderl brings experience as both an engineer and manager to the role of Chief Operating Officer. He currently serves as Director of Buildings Engineering, which comprises 115 professionals and $15 million in revenue. In that role, he oversees business development, as well as the engineering component and staff coordination of single and multidiscipline projects, including structural, mechanical, electrical, energy, plumbing and hydropower services. He has served continuously on the Board of Directors since 2012. “We cannot thank Sergio and Bob enough for the leadership, dedication, passion, and enthusiasm they have provided to the firm throughout their distinguished tenures with the company,” said Rob Pepe, CFO. “Part of that leadership has been to develop a strategic transition plan that allows for a seamless hand off of our executive roles. We are optimistic and excited for the next chapter of LaBella with Steve, Jeff and Mike at the helm.” LaBella has grown from its initial entrepreneurial roots in 1978 to a full-service firm with more than 800 employees across more than 20 offices. q

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KAI Designs Unique Shade Solar Canopy for Saint Louis Zoo historic and varied campus.”

KAI Design has created a unique solar canopy for the Saint Louis Zoo that provides much-needed shade for visitors, absorbs light and generates power. The solar panel shade canopy, officially called Williams Family Solar Pavilion, provides shelter for a 2,200-square-foot dining area at a prominent location in the zoo. During the planning process for a retail renewal program in the heart of the zoological park, the project team recognized an opportunity Photo Credit – Tom Paule to greatly expand the amount of sheltered outdoor dining area. “The prominence of the location presented a unique opportunity and demanded ambitious aesthetic goals,” said Carl Karlen, Design Principal at KAI and Senior Designer on the project. “The canopy overlooking the central lagoon is highly visible to the millions of annual visitors, many of whom will sit in its shade enjoying their meals. It will also host important after-hours events as a source of additional revenue. The generosity of a sponsor elevated the possibilities for a distinctive architectural solution adding to the fabric of the

Discussions on sustainability and LEED certification goals yielded the decision to include electrical power generated on-site from a solar power array. Design challenges included integration of technical requirements and aesthetics of the solar array itself (a steep 20-degree panel slope, exposed wiring and connections and an industrial appearance). “The strategic location of the structure was selected to avoid disruption to seating and other uses,” said Karlen. “LEED requirements for power generation and lighting spillover, and harmonization of the new structure with the existing naturalistic context were also considered.” The final architectural design allowed for inclusion of extensive custom artwork engraved into the Corten steel structure, which features aquatic life located throughout the park. Power UP installed the panels and KAI Build was the general contractor on the project. q


The New Golisano Autism Center is Now Officially Open Following two years of planning and construction, a ribboncutting ceremony was held Thursday, September 12 to officially open the new Golisano Autism Center. The innovative one-stop autism hub offers a multitude of educational, social, recreational, and therapeutic supports and services for children and adults. Open 12 hours daily, seven days a week, the Center is a collaborative community of more than fourteen autism service providers, led by founding partners Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp, and CP Rochester. The new 33,000 sq. ft. building is named for Tom news from professional firms

Golisano, philanthropist and Chairman of Paychex and the Golisano Foundation Chairman. Mr. Golisano donated $3 million toward the launching of the Center in May 2017. SWBR served as the architect of this project. “Given the importance of this project, the SWBR team was humbled to be selected as designer of The Golisano Autism Center,” said Design Director Rob Simonetti, AIA. “We have taken this project to heart and were passionate about creating a supportive, unique, and fun environment for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.” q OCTOER 2019 The ROCHESTER ENGINEER | 29


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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

Upcoming Events 2019 October 17, 2019

Livingston County Dinner Meeting - 6:00 pm Details to follow...

November 21

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

Board of Directors 2016-18 Douglas W. Magde, LS Douglas Churchill, LS 2017-2019 David L. Standinger, LS Daniel T. Hickok, LS 2018-2020 Timothy T. Odell, LS Matthew R. Palmer

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Livingston County Dinner Meeting

October 17, 2019 6:00 PM Details to follow

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November 21, 2019 6:00 PM Professional Affiliations  New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors, Inc.  National Society of Professional Surveyors  Rochester Engineering Society

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Monroe Professional Engineers Society A Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers 657 East Avenue, Rochestter, New York 14607 Dedicated to Professionalism in Engineering in the Interest of Public Safety and Welfare 2018-19 Officers: President Chris Kambar, PE, President-elect Arthur Reardon, PE, Vice-President Scott Wolcott, PE, Secretary Martin Gordon, PE, Treasurer Michael Ritchie, PE, Membership Chair Arthur Reardon, PE Past Presidents: David Roberts, PE, Chris Devries, PE Directors: Barry Dumbauld, PE, Robert Winans, PE, Joseph Dombrowski, PE, Jim Drago, PE, Neal Illenberg, PE, Douglas R. Strang Jr., PE

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PDH PROGRAM: FAILURE ANALYSIS NEVILLE W. SACHS, P.E. ABSTRACT: Mr. Sachs will discuss and provide information on general failure analysis. Including: 1. Defining the type (root cause analysis, root cause investigation, or component failure analysis) of failure analysis and what the possible savings are in a typical process plant. 2. The procedure(s) used in the component failure investigation and the need to be accurate, if there is to be further analysis. 3. Provide examples of how to approach each of the types of analysis. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, Mr. Sachs has spent many years deeply involved with maintenance, machinery reliability, and failure analysis. In the mid-1980’s he joined with Philip Salvaterra to form Sachs, Salvaterra & Associates, Inc. a consulting group providing technical support services directed toward improved plant and machinery reliability. Then, in 2014 Mr. Sachs returned to private practice. He has conducted thousands of failure analyses and hundreds of failure analysis classes across North America and Europe and is a frequent speaker for both regional and national programs. He has written the textbook “Practical Plant Failure Analysis, a Guide to Understanding Machinery Deterioration and Improving Equipment Reliability”, (with a second edition recently published) two other books on specific areas of failure analysis, contributed significant sections to three books by other authors, and has written over seventy technical articles and papers for US and European magazines and journals, primarily on failure analysis and equipment reliability. A Professional Engineer, he is also an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist, and has received the RMLA (Rocky Mountain Lift Association) award for Outstanding Contribution to the Ski Industry. In his spare time, he’s a ski patroller and Outdoor Emergency Care instructor. Together with his wife, Carol Adamec, an accomplished artist, they thoroughly enjoy skiing, tandem bicycle touring, hiking, kayaking, and ten grandchildren.

Date / Time: Thursday, November 14, 2019 / 5:30pm Location: RIT Campus Center - Room 2610 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623 Cost: MPES/NSPE Member: $25.00 | Non-Member: $30.00 | Student: $5.00 (Dinner will be provided) 1 PDH - (Limit of 30 People)

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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 OCTOBER 2019

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Our meeting locations have changed and additional details will be available starting with the November issue. The October meeting location will be at the Irondequoit Public Library, Room 214. Please make a note that there is a hard stop at 7:00 pm, as the next group has the room then. No meeting reservations are required.

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.

Meeting Schedule: October 16, 2019 - "Algorithm development of Hyperspectral

Wednesday, October 16, 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 36 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER OCTOBER 2019

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

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 are completing her Ph.D 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 Ph.D research involve creating novel algorithms to classify pigments in works of art in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington. is&t news


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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 Dave Gooding Inc. 173 Spark Street Brockton, MA 02302 585-794-8845 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 Newsletter Editor: CHRIS WOLAK Victaulic Fairport, NY 14450 484-350-1954

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Back to school….back to work…Back to ASPE technical lunch meetings! We are still looking for speakers to fill our monthly lunch presentations. If you have a plumbing or fire protection topic you are interested in hearing or if you would like to offer to speak to our group, please contact any of our board members. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month now through May. We have a few ASPE jackets left to give away. If you are a member of Rochester ASPE, attended meetings last season and didn’t quite get to 5 meetings, we are continuing our promotion and you may still be eligible for a jacket. Please see Al Smith at our next meeting and he can let you know if you are on the list. The jackets are perfect for the coming fall weather! We hope to see you at our next meeting. Thanks. Jennifer Wengender, P.E., CPD Rochester Chapter President

Meeting Notice – Save the Date Topic: TBD Speaker: TBA Date:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


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


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

Credits: 1 PDH - pending approval Cost:

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

RSVP: To Dave Jereckos (341-3168), or by October 11th. (Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society)


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The annual Centralized Regional Conference (CRC) was hosted in Buffalo this year. This conference brought 100+ representatives from (15) regions across the Northeast together to have input into regional operations, receive training in the different leadership roles of governing the chapter and network with other chapters. Several of our Board Members and Committee Chairs were able to share ideas and experiences with other ASHRAE members from all over the northeast. It was exciting to learn more about how we can better serve the members of our chapter.


ASHRAE October Meeting - 1 PDH Pending Date:

Monday, October 21, 2019


12:00 noon, Lunch Buffet. Presentation starts approximately 12:30 pm

Location: Cost:

City Grill, 384 East Avenue, Rochester 14607 in Downtown Rochester $25 per person

Reservations: Reservations at Topic:

Performance Based Procurement for Oustanding Energy Performance. Presented by Paul Torcellini (Distinguished Lecturer)

Also, we kicked off our chapter meetings this year with a clambake at the Burgundy Basin Inn on Monday September 16, 2019. This year’s presentation topic was “FLX Forward: Regional Economic Developmental Update.” Vincent Esposito, of Empire State Development, provided an update on the economic growth in the Finger Lakes Region. 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 mike@airsystemsbalancing. com. Tom Streber, PE 2019-2020 ASHRAE President Rochester Chapter


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• Thursday, October 17th, 2019: October Chapter Meeting  Ben Levitt, Strategy Consultant, Technology Strategy Partners Introducing Systems Engineering in Commercial Companies Ben Levitt is a strategy consultant at Technology Strategy Partners, an MIT-based technology consulting firm. Prior to this, he worked for 12 years at Raytheon in a number of roles, including systems engineering and product management. Ben has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and an MS in Engineering Management from MIT. In his talk, Ben will share some of his firm’s experiences in introducing systems engineering processes in commercial companies.

• Thursday, November 21st, 2019: November 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: 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, Thomas Streber, PE, tstreber@ Email:

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

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.

Association for Bridge Construction and Design President, William Rugg, PE Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. Email:

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, Poojith Kalluru, Alstom Email: International Council on Systems Engineering, Finger Lakes Chapter President, Jack Riley 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: 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: 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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Rochester Institute of Technology, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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