Rochester Engineering Society Magazine April 2020

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April 2020

118th RES Annual Gala has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Crisis The Board of Directors is in discussions at print deadline on how we will proceed forward to honor our award recipeints and sponsors. We will contact the sponsors and award recipients with details as soon as they become available (and on the website at We hope everyone stays safe and healthy!


Feature Article: An Insight on Photosensitizers and their carriers for Photodynamic Therapy

Also in this issue: Save the Date: 2020 Engineering Symposium in Rochester which has been re-scheduled to Tuesday, September 22nd | 14 Location still at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center; Registration will re-open around August 1st.

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118th RES Annual Gala has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Crisis The Rochester Engineer Published since 1922 by


Founded March 18, 1897

Volume 98, Number 10, APRIL 2020 (A board decision was to have this issue Electronic Only - will not print as scheduled)

Thank you to our sponsors and award recipients | 7


4 • Notice to all RES Members - Nominations for 2020-2021

2,500+ Monthly Circulation (Quarterly Hard Copies, 11 issues electronically) ISSN 0035-7405

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

The web site for the Engineers’ Center is at: The deadline is the 10th day of the month prior to the issue. Unless otherwise stated, opinions expressed in this publication are those of contributors, not of the Rochester Engineering Society, Inc. Advertising information may be obtained by contacting the office of the Rochester Engineering Society or going to the website at Published every month but July. Yearly subscription is $20.00, (4 hard copies, 11 digital). You can sign up on the website for the subscription for digital copies only (free) and receive an email notice when posted. Go to to join the Rochester Engineering Society. Click on the individual membership and you can submit your application on-line. Board of Directors: OFFICERS: President JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI, PE M/E Engineering / First Vice President GREG GDOWSKI, PhD University of Rochsester / Treasurer ANDREW C. HIRSCH Retired / Second Vice President MICHELLE SOMMERMAN, PE Bergmann Associates / Past President MICHAEL V. TRIASSI Javlyn, Inc. / EIGHT DIRECTORS: CORNELIUS (NEAL) ILLENBERG PE 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:


5 • RES Annual Meeting - Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6 • RES Award Recipients & Thank you go the Gala Sponsors 7 • RES Technical Corner by Brett Eliasz, RES Director 8 • RES History - November - December 1971 9 • How Do You Arm a STEM Teacher with real-world application examples? Put an Engineer in the classroom! 10 • Temporarily Suspending the Work of the RES Tutoring Team... 11 • Dr. Walter Cooper Academy 2020 Science Fair Postponed Due to

RSCCOVID-19 Response

12 • Get to the Point! - Presentation Phobia (2): From Power Point Poison to Standing Ovation 13 • Get IT Done- Remotely Interesting 14 • 2020 Engineering Symposium in Rochester - New Date: Sept. 22 15-17 • Position Openings 18 • News from Professional Firms 19 • Feature Article: An Insight on Photosensitizers and their carriers for Photodynamic Therapy 21 • Continuing Education Opportunities (PDHs) 21-22 • Engineers’ Calendar 16-17, 20 • Professional Firms - Employee News 37-38 • Directory of Professional Services 38 • Directory of Business Services 39 • Affiliated Societies and Corporate Members of the RES Membership Application and Advertising Rates are also on the website:

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• ABCD Association for Bridge Construction and Design...............28-29 • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers............................................26 • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers....................................................34 • ASPE American Society of Plumbing Engineers....................................32 • EA Electrical Association.......................................................................36 • GVLSA Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association.............................23

• IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.................30-31 • IES Illuminating Engineering Society....................................................25 • INCOSE International Council on Systems Engineering..........................35 • MPES Monroe Professional Engineers Society......................................24 • RES Rochester Engineering Society..................................................2-11 • SWE Society of Women Engineers........................................................27 • TERRA TERRA Science & Engineering Fair...............................................33


President’s Message

Joseph Dombrowski, PE Retired M/E Engineering RES President 2018 - 2020 It is near the end of March as I write this, and I see in Rochester (I am in Orlando, Florida as I write this) it is snowing and hopefully spring will arrive soon. Our RES board meeting for March 27th is scheduled to take place online as many of us are doing now. We have many decisions to discuss with the cancellation of many events including the 118th RES Gala. Be sure to verify any events on the calendar before attending as many are getting cancelled or postponed. We have held a few programs this year and hope to continue to do so once things get back to a normal schedule. Be sure to learn about these programs on our website and calendar, and in our magazine, The Rochester Engineer. As mentioned, the RES Board will be meeting virtually on Wednesday to review the safest time to hold an event to honor many of our award recipients. We are considering doing a special presentation at our Annual Meeting at the end of May. In all likelihood, we may have no choice but to also cancel the Annual Meeting. The Engineering Symposium (PDH Fest) has been rescheduled to September 22, 2020. The registration will re-open around August 1st. With the cancellation, Chris Debries, Symposium Chairman emailed the res news - president’s message

people already registered the option of a refund or keeping their registration active for September. When additional details are available, details will be on the website at As part of the year-end end process, we have a slate of officers that we will be introducing and voting on at the Annual Meeting scheduled for May 27, 2020 at the RMSC. See the next page for those names and details. Our tutoring and Science Fair efforts at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy were thrown into a tizzy with the recent layoffs instituted by the Rochester City School District. With the COVID-19 crisis the Science Fair this June has also been cancelled. If you have any concerns or input, or would like to volunteer feel free to contact the RES via the website at or me directly at jdombrowski3@ As always, I hope to see you at one of our RES events, or the Symposium on September 22, 2020.

Joe Dombrowski RES President


Notice to All RES Members NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE ROCHESTER ENGINEERING SOCIETY Published pursuant to Article IX, Section 1 of the Constitution Pursuant to Article VII, Section 9 of the Bylaws to the Constitution, the Nominating Committee of, Mike Triassi, chair and Joseph Dombrowski, PE, co-chair reported a slate of officers for the 2020-2021 RES year. Selected by the Nominating Committee for the designated offices are: PRESIDENT (2020-2022) GREG T. GDOWSKI, PhD Executive Director, Associate Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester

DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2022) DANIEL WEAVER Mechanical Engineer Optimation Technology, Inc. Directors who will continue in office until the expiration of their terms are: DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2021) RICHARD E. RICE, Eng. Facilities Business Development Erdman Anthony DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2021) NEAL J. ILLENBERG, PE Principal Engineer, Rail Safety Consulting

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT (2020-2022) MICHELLE SOMMERMAN, PE Project Engineer - Mechanical Bergmann

DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2021) KENTON G. HINES Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT (2020-2022) DENNIS ROOTE, PE Owner, CDE Engineering & Environment

Past President who will serve as a member of the Board of Directors, pursuant to Article VIII, Section 2 of the Constitution is:

TREASURER ANDREW C. HIRSCH Retired DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2021) BRETT C. ELIASZ, PE Disipline Leader - Electrical Bergmann DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2022) STEVEN W. DAY, PhD Department Head, Biomedical Engineering Rochester Institute of Technology DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2022) NANCY CRAWFORD Senior Program Manager Optimation Technology, Inc. DIRECTOR (Term Ending 5/31/2022) MIKE KURDZIEL, PHD Director, Engineering, L3Harris 4 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2020

PAST PRESIDENT (2020-2022) JOSEPH DOMBROWSKI, PE Retired M/E Engineering, P.C. Pursuant to Article IX, Section 2, of the Constitution, additional nominations may be made by a petition signed by at least 10 VOTING members. Such a petition, together with a written acceptance from each nominee, must be filed with the RES Administrative Director no later than 12:00 noon on May 8, 2020. If there are additional nominations, ballots will be mailed to all members in good standing and ELIGIBLE to vote by May 15, 2020. If there are no other nominations received, the election will be by a voice vote at the annual meeting to be held at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Respectfully submitted, Lynne Irwin Administrative Director

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RES Annual Meeting

Save the Date!

RES Annual Meeting Subject to change depending on COVID-19 crisis.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Rochester Museum & Science Center In the Bausch Auditorium 657 East Avenue Rochester, NY Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm Cash Bar/Cheese & Crackers Reception (5 to 6 pm) Learn About RES Activities Network and Meet Engineers in the Community RES Update Briefing Board and Officer Elections Meet new and continuing officers and directors for the the fiscal year 2020-2021. You will hear a few words from outgoing President Joseph Dombrowski, PE and incoming Greg Gdowski, PhD, 1st Vice President

This meeting is free (Cash Bar), but a reservation is required. Go to the RES Website, A link will be on the home page when plans have ben finalized. res news - annual meeting


The 2019 Award Recipients are:

Susan Houde-Walter, PhD 2019 Engineer of the Year

Brian C. Boorman 2019 Engineer of Distinction

Richard Booton 2019 Engineer of Distinction

Daniel J. Rusnack, PE 2019 Young Engineer of the Year - Finalist

Leonard Zheleznyak, PhD 2019 Young Engineer of the Year - Finalist

Nick Vamivakas, PhD

2019 Young Engineer of the Year

Richard J. Buckley 2019 Engineer of Distinction

Jon M. Kriegel 2019 Engineer of Distinction

William N. Furman 2019 Engineer of Distinction

Christopher D. Mackey 2019 Engineer of Distinction

Janet C. Ibarluzea 2019 Engineer of Distinction

Jannick P. Rolland, PhD 2019 Engineer of Distinction

We continue thank you to those who had committed in sponsoring the 118th RES Annual Gala! DIAMOND







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Technical Corner This month we will go over the difference between Switchgear and Switchboards as this vocabulary is often misused and interchanged. There are definitions in Article 100 of the NEC. But the main difference is the type of breaker that is installed in them. The 3 main types of breakers are: Molded Case Circuit Breakers (MCCB)-(sealed type)-you can’t open or replace anything internal-if there is a problem or failure the breaker must be replaced. Ratings between 15-3000A. Removal or addition of this type to a panel or switchboard should only be done with the panel de-energized. Connects to panelboards and switchboards. 80% or 100% rated. Insulated Case Circuit Breakers (ICCB)-(semi-open type)-a type of MCCB that has some qualities of a PCB. Ratings between 400-5000A. Can be installed in switchboards or switchgear as fixed or drawout type. They are designed with ability to access replaceable parts such as contacts. 80% or 100% rated. Usually rated at higher short circuit currents than MCCBs. Power Circuit Breakers (PCB)-(open type)- connected to the bus in a drawout design, allowing the breakers to be withdrawn partially or fully while the entire switchgear is powered on. PCBs have numerous components that can be inspected and replaced, such as contacts, pole assemblies and arc chutes. Ratings between 800-5000A. Only 100% rated. PCBs are tested and rated to higher short circuit currents than MCCBs or ICCBs. Another difference between MCCBs, ICCBs and PCBs is in the short time regions of their respective Time Current curves. Essentially, PCBs have higher short time ratings, which along with the ability to eliminate the instantaneous range, allows PCBs to “wait” for breakers further downstream in the distribution system to trip and isolate faults.

Switchgear -Larger and requires front and rear access and clearance. More expensive than switchboards. Often rated > 600V. -Have individual compartments for breakers to contain resulting energy in a short circuit event. -Ability to have drawout breakers. -Applications include manufacturing or process facilities with round-the-clock operations, data centers, and telecommunication switching sites, airports, convention centers or skyscrapers.

Switchboard -Smaller and only requires front access and clearance. Less expensive than switchgear. Usually rated < 600V. -Applications include basic office and commercial buildings, K-12 schools, warehouses or retail facilities.

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


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 1971) Despite delays in reaching consensus within several of its subcommittees, the “Operation RESOURCE” Task Force presented its Interim Plan, in this issue. The key recommendation was the immediate procurement of industrial grade shredders, to be placed at the current solid waste transfer stations, or at strategically located points, so that only shredded trash would be transported to landfills. “Although the ultimate disposal plan adopted by the City and the County may make use of more sophisticated processes (incineration, pyrolosis, or composting, for example) the time that would be required to place any of these processes in operation precludes recommending any of them for a near-term solution”, the subcommittee said. The report continued, “Principle reasons for recommending shredding of solid waste include reduced objectionable odors, vermin & insects, fires, blowing of paper, volume reductions due to greater density of waste product, enhanced settling of landfill volume, and reduced requirement for landfill covering during off-hours.” On their way to making these recommendations, members of the subcommittee visited sites, and interviewed operating personnel, toward improving their understanding of the options for successfully dealing with municipal solid waste. Upcoming RES Luncheon programs were announced, including; “Who Voted How – And Maybe Why”, by Howard Hosmer, WHEC Channel 10 News, “Electro-Mechanical Shutters”, by Andrew W. Vincent, Vincent Associates, “Engineering and Engineering Education – Programs and Prospect for the Seventies”, by Dr. Richard A. Kenyon, Dean, RIT’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, and “The Impossible We Do Today”, by Dr. Erwin G. Lowen, Bausch & Lomb Corporation. This issue also reported that a 188 page report, “A Metric America – A Decision Whose Time Has Come”, by the US National Bureau of Standards, has recommended the creation of one Federal Agency to oversee this conversion, a project estimated to take approximately ten years to complete. December 1, 1971 (Board Meeting, Bausch & Lomb) The Board heard a report from RES Director, John Schickler, Chair of the RES 75th Anniversary Committee. It included plans for a professionally-developed, three-day exhibition at Midtown Plaza, 8 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2020

A Sampling from the Archives of the Rochester Engineering Society...1897 - 1971 by Lee M. Loomis

“Technology Trip”, showing how the goals of our society can be achieved through the successful application of engineering and technology. Normally held in February of each year, the annual RES Engineers Joint Dinner would instead be delayed and become the lead-off event in this April 27 – 29, celebration of the Society’s 75th Anniversary. The Board approved a budget of $20,000 for this event, to be recovered by donations from Rochester industries that employ engineers. Following a presentation to a group of Monroe County Legislators, Edwin Anthony reported that the final report on this operation would be delayed to early 1972. Mr. Anthony also reported that some 65 boys and their parents had attended a “special interest” meeting for this year’s RES Explorer Post, implying another successful year for this program. Reporting on the RES Luncheon Committee, Roger Kober announced that Eastman Kodak President, Jerry Zornow had tentatively agreed to speak at the January 1972 RES Luncheon, provided that he would be seen by an audience of at least 400 people. Roger Kober also remarked that several special measures, including advanced ticket sales, would have to be taken to ensure this level of attendance. Edwin Anthony reported that the City of Rochester was seeking candidates for Commissioner of Public Works, and that he wanted to form an ad hoc RES committee to interview City Manager Kermit Hill, and to review this appointment with him. By common consent, the Board approved the formation of such a committee. “The Rochester Engineer” (December 1971) “Delays in the presentation of the final report of 'Operation RESOURCE' should not occasion any dismay”, instead, the community has gained a feeling of satisfaction that a body of unbiased, competent professionals is now involved in the solution of the solid waste problem.” These are the words that accompanied the announcement that it would take a “few more weeks” to reach a solid waste disposal plan for the City and County that will be ecologically sound and economically feasible. An interim plan has been presented. The final, long-term plan will require even greater study, including built-in flexibility, to take advantage of new developments in the field of solid waste management. Meanwhile, it makes sense to continue to recycle all the materials for which recovery channels now exist, and are operating (paper, bottles & cans). New RES Luncheon presentations were announced; “Historic Waterways of New York State”, by Arnold Barben, President of the Canal Society of New York State, and, “Pure Waters for Monroe County”, by G. Richard Sutherland, Director, Monroe County Division of Pure Waters. The RES’ newest Affiliate, the Rochester Chapter of the American Institute of Plant Engineers was featured in this issue. Founded in 1915, in Boston, this organization has grown to 121 Chapters, with over 5,000 members. They have been instrumental in the nationwide development and adoption of municipal codes, the licensing of stationary engineers, air conditioning operation and sewer codes. 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 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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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


RES News - Tutoring Team Temporarily Suspending the Work of the RES Tutoring Team...

With the layoffs and realignments, due to the recent RCSD budget crisis, our School has lost a significant portion of its faculty. These departing teachers have recently been replaced by others who were similarly displaced from their own original positions, at other schools. With the resultant disruption in classroom instructional consistency, the Leadership at DWCA has decided to suspend the use of RES Tutors, for the balance of the 2019-20 school year. This has been done in the hope of allowing the “new” teachers to develop closer relationship with their students, and to intensify their focus on improving the reading, math and science scores of our Cooper Scholars. We have every expectation that the RES Tutoring Team will be asked to resume its work, next Fall, when our School returns to its newly renovated campus, at 353 Congress Avenue, in City’s Nineteenth Ward. When that happens, we will once again need the dedicated service of our current RES Tutors and, no doubt, additional tutors, working with the teachers and students, in support of the NY State Science Curriculum. 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 was it that 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 will continue to build our RES Tutoring Team, now for the 2020-21 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 Spring? Even just two hours a week of your time can make a big difference in the life of a Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Scholar… Questions??? Reach out to RES Past President Lee Loomis and the RES Tutoring Team at…Rochester Engineering Society (585) 254-2350, via website:, or via email:, (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text)

RES TUTORING TEAM, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS... • When will the RES Tutors begin working? We expect to begin during the week of October 19th, 2020 • What is the schedule for the teaching of science (at each Grade level)? Mornings… Mid-Day


3 Grade (9:50AM – 10:30AM)

Kindergtn (12:50PM – 1:30PM)

2nd Grade (2:30PM – 3:10PM)

6th Grade (10:30AM – 11:10AM)

1st Grade (11:45AM – 12:15PM)

4th Grade (1:30PM – 2:10PM)

5th Grade (12:50PM – 1:30PM)


• Will Tutors be working (exclusively) inside the class rooms? Yes, they will be supporting the teachers & assisting the students, during and following the science lessons. They will be working in the classrooms, with small groups of students (3 – 5), and (occasionally) with individual students • Will there be week by week DWCA “Science Lesson” schedules for the school year? Yes, the teachers, at each Grade level, will provide this information for the tutors • What if I cannot begin tutoring until after the October 28th “start date”? You may become an RES Tutor, and begin whenever your schedule allows; we can "fit you in" to our tutoring schedule.


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RES News - Tutoring Team Dr. Walter Cooper Academy “2020 Science Fair” Postponed due to RCSD COVID-19 Response In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, and motivated by a concern for the collective health and well-being of our community, the Rochester City School District (RCSD) has closed all Rochester public schools, for the foreseeable future. Regardless of how soon this closure might end, it will have seriously disrupted the educational process at our School. I have consulted with the Administration at Dr. Walter Cooper Academy, and we have decided to postpone “2020 First Annual Dr. Walter Cooper Academy Science Fair” until further notice. Hopefully, we will be able to resume our support for, and involvement in this important educational opportunity for our Cooper Scholars, next Fall. As you may recall the Rochester Engineering Society (RES) was invited to help establish a new tradition, back in the late 2018-19 school year. The School-Based Planning Team, and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), including parents, teachers and administrators, requested the support of the RES in developing a Winter-Spring 2020 science fair at #10 School. In response, we recruited a small team of Volunteer/Mentors (V/M’s) to work with nine identified Cooper Scholars (Grades 4 – 6), to prepare them for a Science Fair. We are hopeful that these Volunteer/Mentors will again be available when we resume the development of our Science Fair in the Fall of 2020. Please bear with us (Grrrr…), as we continue to seek and develop ways to expose our Cooper Scholars to the many fascinating aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) in their futures. If you think you might be able to make room in your schedule to help with this effort, please reach out to RES Directors, Lee Loomis ( or (585) 738-3079 (mobile & text) or Jon Kriegel ( or (585) 281-5216, for more information, and to volunteer for this important, potentially life-changing opportunity.

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Get to the Point!

Presentation Phobia (2): From Power Point Poison to Standing Ovation In a previous article I presented the concept of the Three Ps of Presentations: Plan, Prepare, and Practice. In the planning stage, you must establish the circumstances around your presentation, determine your audience’s needs and interest, and organize your information. In this article, I’ll discuss how to prepare your content. Peter and Cheryl Reimold, in their book The Short Road to Great Presentations, (IEEE Press and Wiley-Interscience, 2003), introduce a formula for structuring a presentation. They call it the Universal Presentation Structure which is especially helpful for technical professionals who relate well to formulas.


1 to 2 minutes


3 to 5 key points


1 minute

Using the RAMP in the Introduction is the best way to establish yourself as a confident, interesting speaker.

Select Key Points

In your second TELL, the Body, you identify three to five key points to address. These evolve from the list of questions your audience may have. Although you may have identified 15-20 questions, you’ll see a pattern form and be able to group several questions under one key point. For example, How much will this cost?, Is this expensive?, and What is our budget for the project? all can be addressed under the key point Cost Factors. Use the Pyramid Method to structure each key point. State your key point and follow it with supporting information. Remember that to be convincing you need to provide facts and evidence.

This is often called the TELL-TELL-TELL method.

Capture Audience Attention

In your first TELL, the Introduction, you must accomplish four goals: 1. Establish Rapport with your audience 2. Grab the audience’s Attention 3. State your Main message 4. Outline your Plan The Reimolds define this as your RAMP and allow you only 1 to 2 minutes. This is when you have your audience’s full attention. Don’t waste the opportunity by reciting dull information such as your name, the title of your presentation, or your purpose. You can let an opening slide provide that information. Building Rapport is as easy as smiling, connecting with your audience by telling them you are excited to be with them, or greeting them at the door when they come in. This warms them up to you and encourages them to listen to you. Use an Attention Getter that relates to your main message. A joke, an apology, or a thank-you is dull and you risk offending someone. Instead, try a statistic, a photo, or a word of caution. You need to find something that relates to your main message and grabs the audience’s attention. Make sure your Main Message is direct. This isn’t a time to be wishywashy. If you have a plan that can reduce costs by 40%, then say that. If your proposal shows you can alleviate the stormwater issues in a new commercial area, then state that right up front. Your audience will appreciate this and pay more attention to your presentation now that they know what your purpose is and what the topic has to do with them. End your Introduction with a Plan. This is your road map for your presentation. It shows your audience that you are organized and what they can expect next. It also reminds you of your own structure and helps you stay on track. We encourage you to add a slide into your presentation showing your plan (or write it on a chart or board) and also to speak it. 12 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2020

You vary the number of key points you present based on the amount of time you have to speak. If it is just a short 10 minute presentation, stick to only three points. If you have more time you stretch it to five points. Don’t be tempted to add more than five points if you are given a longer amount of time. Rather than overloading your listeners with too many points, you can go into greater detail and depth for the five selected points.

Wrap it up With a Conclusion

The third TELL is your Conclusion. This is your chance to summarize what you just told your audience. In The Short Road to Great Presentations the Reimolds suggest you say the words “To summarize” or “In conclusion” to peak audience attention. Your listeners may have dozed off in the middle of your presentation and this is your clue that you are almost finished. In just one minute, you briefly restate your main message and key points. Don’t add in any more details and never go over the minute.

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get IT done Remotely Interesting — André Godfrey

I cannot speak as to where we are with the Corona Virus. I am writing this on March 12, 2020 and I don’t know when you are reading this. However, whenever you are reading this article, I am certain that the situation continues to be in flux. Bravely though I have a prediction that as you are reading this, the place where you are employed is in the process of employing or testing out the deployment of remote work scenarios. Actually, that is precisely what I am doing at this moment and will be doing the remainder of the week to self-demonstrate how well the entire team can function without physical interaction. This will not be a permanent situation but it is an excellent exercise against this circumstance and future events that force us all to reconsider what constitutes a workplace. If I was at Entre Computer Services right now I would be walking the halls. That’s what I do and I justify the constant invasion of the employees work environment by calling it ‘management by walking around’. Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman used the term in their book In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies. It has benefits such as visibility of leadership and getting a general sense of office mood and immediately mitigating the rare crisis. I don’t see how I am going to do that from afar unless we install security cameras throughout, and I would find that far to invasive and ‘big brotherly’. I don’t know how I can duplicate ‘walking around’ from home but here are the tools I am using to communicate. Email: Email is the #1 way to communicate to fellow employees. It is well-documented that email has severe limitations but with all that it has tremendous benefits. It is ubiquitous both internal and to the outside world. We can write it, re-write it, edit our communication, and include photos, graphics, and, attachments...on almost any device. As I said #1. Microsoft Teams: Very interesting. I have the contacts of all the internal people that with whom I normally get IT done

interface. I have asked them all to load Microsoft Teams on their computers as well as on their mobile devices. The biggest difficulty appears to be whether they are available. While Teams says they are available, they frequently are not. It is really only telling me that their devices are available. Still, when we connect, both the audio and the visual are adequate. It is a bit distracting if they are on their mobile device since it presents as an unusually close, close-up. You end up talking to their nose sometimes. VPN (Virtual Private Network): Almost all of my apps are immediately available via the cloud, but there are some that are not. For those proprietary applications and for additional security I use a VPN. Speed can be an issue here. You need adequate bandwidth to mimic the at-work experience and if you are unprepared, the usefulness of this tool may suffer. eScreenz™: This is an invention of our own but it has enjoyed national success and is a tool we internally use to communicate bigger management messages. eScreenz™ allows me to use screensavers, digital displays, and mobile devices to give our people graphic clickable images on topics that require urgency or need to be in the forefront of all employees. This Corona Virus crisis that caused me to work remotely is of great concern. To close, I hope you are all reading this article in good health and safety wherever you might be. Think About IT

André Godfrey is President of Entre Computer Services


Save the NEW Date for the:

2020 Engineering Symposium in Rochester

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Courses available in: Civil, Electrical, Lighting, Mechanical, HVAC, and Plumbing.

SAME LOCATION AS LAST YEAR: Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center 123 East Main Street, Rochester, NY Time: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm $140 Advance Registration (Plan to go back online ~August 1st) $20 Student Registration $170 AFTER September 1, 2020 and at the Door Registration will re-open online at about ~August 1st

The Monroe Chapter of NYSSPE, in accordance with ADA compliance, will make every attempt to provide reasonable accommodations for those requiring additional services to participate in our educational programs. If you should require such services, please contact Lynne Irwin at the Rochester Engineering Society ( or 585-254-2350) to request support by August 31, 2020.


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CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT The New York State Department of Transportation is continuously recruiting engineering candidates at all levels, entry level through Team Leader. To apply, visit the New York State Department of Civil Service website at https://, select Engineering Positions, specifically Civil/Transportation Exam Series, which includes Engineer Trainee, Assistant Engineer, and Professional Engineer 1. For general inquiries, please email

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Save the Dates Annual Engineering Symposium in Rochester Re-scheduled to Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Rochester Riverside Convention Center Additional details will be posted on the RES website: Registration will re-open around August 1st.


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Professional Firms Employee News Passero News

Passero Associates Welcomes Director of Entitlements & Permitting Zina Lagonegro, EIT, ACIP Passero welcomes Zina Lagonegro, EIT, AICP, who joins the civil department as director of entitlements & permitting. Zina provides experience and knowledge of land use regulations, including the facilitation of land use permitting and of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA); urban planning and design; site development, site plan review, and subdivision regulations to advance the goals of the development community.

administrative approvals.

Zina holds a B.S. in civil engineering technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an A.A.S. in mechanical engineering technology from Monroe Community College. She is a New York State Department of Education Engineerin-Training, and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is also a Zina Lagonegro, EIT member of the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute, and she holds Zina comes to the firm from the City of Rochester, certifications in Erosion & Sediment Control, Stormwater where she recently retired as manager of zoning. In Management, and Stormwater Pollution Prevention that position, she was responsible for administering Plan (SWPPP) preparation and review. Zina is also the Rochester zoning code, and the oversight and knowledgeable with the New York State Uniform Fire management of three land use boards and two advisory Prevention and Building Code. boards, the site plan review process, and several Continued on page 17... 16 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2020

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Passero Associates Welcomes Zina......continued As director of entitlements & permitting, Zina will:  Coordinate the review of the development concept plans and regulations for new planned development districts  Develop and monitor project schedules and entitlement deadlines  Oversee site plan review  Assist developer clients in achieving their goals using her knowledge of urban planning and land use concepts, procedures, and best practices In her spare time, Zina can be found cheering on her daughter at track meets and listening to her son play in the school Jazz band. Zina and her husband are Rochester natives and are raising their twins with a love for travel, adventure, nature, sports and music. Zina enjoys cooking and she is a car enthusiast. q

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Bergmann Commemorates 40th Anniversary With Yearlong Celebration Bergmann is celebrating 40 years of providing architecture, engineering and planning services to clients across the nation. To kick off a yearlong series of activities, Bergmann unveiled a commemorative logo, which can be viewed on the firm’s YouTube channel, as well as a theme for its 40th year that reflects on the firm’s history while looking ahead to the future: “Inspired People. Inspiring Design.” Throughout the year, Bergmann’s social media channels will share stories of inspiration that spotlight people and projects from each office. Special 40th anniversary engagement opportunities for employees will also take place throughout 2020. “Every day, our team members find inspiration in a variety of sources that lead to unique solutions, whether it’s designing new workspaces, taking a new approach 18 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2020

with community planning initiatives, or solving a transportation challenge,” said Pietro (Pete) Giovenco, President and CEO. “We take great pride in celebrating our people, their creativity and the impact they have on our clients and communities, especially at this important milestone in our company’s history.” Donald J. Bergmann, P.E., who passed away on December 25, 2019, founded Bergmann Associates in 1980. The firm was a product of his vision for a new approach in consulting engineering, one tailored to client relationships and full-service solutions. The firm started as a civil and transportation design company with a handful of employees, and over four decades has grown to a full-service firm with more than 400 employees in 15 locations across the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. q

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An Insight on Photosensitizers and their carriers for Photodynamic Therapy by Poornima Kalyanram Cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. According to WHO, cancer causes 1 in 6 deaths every day. It is estimated that by 2020, 1.9 million new cancer cases will be detected, according to WHO. The most common treatment methods include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. These techniques are invasive and non-specific to cancer cells. The aggressive nature of these treatments causes a destruction of healthy cells resulting in an immunocompromised individual. Therefore, there exists a need for alternative therapies that are both potent and does not interfere with the quality of living. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is an approved alternative remedy in the treatment of cancer. PDT is a two-step process, which are elucidated as follows and illustrated in Fig 1.

Figure 1: Steps involved in PDT i) ii)

Application of the photo-responsive drug or the photosensitizer (PS) to the affected area via injection or topical ointments ii) Irradiation of the affected area with light of a particular wavelength to produce singlet oxygen (1O2) from the cellular molecular oxygen, which results in cell death. This treatment is minimally invasive (for insertion of needles and tubes in certain cases) and target specific.

The scarring associated with the exposure to laser light is minimum and temporary. The efficacy of PDT depends on the photosensitizer (PS) and the wavelength of irradiation of the laser light. Widespread research is on to optimize the potency of PDT and newer PS are being approved by FDA. One such PS is Riboflavin-5-phosphate. The structure of Riboflavin-5-phosphate is shown in Fig 2a.

Figure 2 a) Structure of Riboflavin-5-Phosphate; b) Schematic of Liposome

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Professional Firms Employee News SWBR News

SWBR Announces New Principal Tim Zigarowicz, AIA, Senior Associate Promoted to Principal SWBR announced that Tim Zigarowicz, AIA has been promoted to a principal of the firm. Zigarowicz has more than 20 years of architecture experience and has been with SWBR since 2004, most recently serving as senior associate.

“He leads by example and deeply cares about the needs of our clients and team, always providing the very best for our firm.”

In addition to his market rate and affordable housing expertise, Zigarowicz is committed to sustainable design Zigarowicz manages several of the firm’s practices, with a specific interest in high-profile affordable and supportive passive house principles. These principles housing clients. He currently has are used to design a building to meet the approximately 400 units of independent highest level of energy efficiency while and affordable housing in construction achieving maximum air comfort. He is across New York State. He served as studying to become a Certified Passive the project manager on the recently House Consultant in 2020. Zigarowicz completed Golisano Autism Center, which Tim Zigarowicz, AIA received an Associate in Applied Science provides support services from multiple in architectural engineering technology agencies for patients diagnosed with from SUNY College of Technology at Alfred and a autism spectrum disorders in the Rochester area. Bachelor Professional Studies in Architecture from University at Buffalo. q “Tim’s dedicated leadership style coupled with his extensive housing expertise makes him a truly trusted advisor and partner,” said Principal Joe Gibbons, AIA. An Insight on Photosensitizers, continued... Riboflavin-5-phosphate, also referred as vitamin B2, is a potent antioxidant and is used as a supplement in chemotherapy due to its anti-carcinogenic properties. In addition to the anti-carcinogenic properties, riboflavin has also reported as a potential photosensitizer for PDT. The photosensitive property of riboflavin has been investigated in eliminating tumor, ocular and skin and bacterial infections. However, the hydrophilic nature of riboflavin causes rapid clearance of the drug in the blood stream and lowers the intracellular absorption, thereby, reducing its therapeutic efficacy. Encapsulating riboflavin can help increase the circulation in the body. To this end, liposome-based carriers are researched upon to encapsulate riboflavin and prolong the extent of circulation in the body. Liposomes are self-assemblies of lipid molecules as shown in Fig 2b. They are amphipathic in nature i.e. the lipid molecules consist of a hydrophilic head and a hydrophobic tail. The lipids that make up the bilayer have both a hydrophilic head group and a hydrophobic tail, which self-assemble to give rise to an aqueous core. Liposomes are used as carriers in drug delivery systems. Hydrophobic drugs can be entrapped in the bilayer and hydrophilic molecules are encapsulated in the aqueous core. Currently, we encapsulated riboflavin in these liposome carriers and tested the potency of these carriers in cancerous cell lines. Fig.3 is a schematic representation of liposome carriers releasing riboflavin in the presence of light. We found out that these carriers can damage 78% of cancerous cells. Research is needed to produce economical stable carriers having a long shelf life, which would decrease the costs associated with Photo dynamic therapy and help in patient compliance. q Poornima Kalyanram is a PhD Candidate in Figure 3: Schematic showing liposome carriers releasing riboflavin when Engineering (Healthcare Track) in Rochester shown light Institute of Technology 20 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2020

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Education Opportunities

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

Tuesday, September 22 (Re-scheduled)

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Understanding Natural Gas Regulators and Meters 1 PDH Credit pending approval Speaker: Ross McManus, McManus Gas 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).

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Place: Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main Street, Rochester Time: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm Cost: $140 Advance registration; $20 Student registration; $170 AFTER September 1, 2020 and at the door. Registration: Registration is now open at

Cost: $20 (member or guest), check or cash at door.

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Reservations: Reservations by April 10th to Dave Jereckos (585-341-3168), or

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

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

Tuesday, April 7

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

EXCOM Meeting

Thursday, April 16

Genesee Valley Land p 31 Surveyors Association (GVLSA)

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Board of Directors & General Membership Meeting

Place: Via Webex Time: 11:50 am to 1:00 pm Registration links for our events are at: Vtools#221270

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

Wednesday, April 15

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)

American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Understanding Natural Gas Regulators and Meters 1 PDH Credit pending approval Speaker: Ross McManus, McManus Gas 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: Reservations by April 10th to Dave Jereckos (585-341-3168), or continuing education calendar | engineers' calendar

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Time: Meetings begin at 6:00 pm to approx. 7:30 pm Reservations: Contact your local host or contact Kevin Devaney with any questions or concerns at

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Place: The Strathallan, 550 East Avenue, Rochester, NY Time: 6:00 to 10:00 pm Cost: $55/ticket Registration: Purchase tickets on-line at or call 585-382-9545. Inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

Time: Meetings begin at 6:00 pm to approx. 7:30 pm Reservations: Contact your local host or contact Kevin Devaney with any questions or concerns at

Tuesday, May 5

Annual 18-Hole Scholarship Golf Tournament

Electrical Association (EA)

p 36 International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Casino Night – to benefit the Kessler Burn Center at

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Wednesday, May 13

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Place: Terry Hills, 5122 Clinton Street Road (Rte. 33), Batavia, NY 14020 Time: Open bar and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 pm; Buffet Dinner at 6:30 pm; program to follow. Cost: Members - $40; Non-members - $50; Full Time Students - $25. You may pay at the door. Registration: Register by May 4th with Mike Davidson, 716-289-5976,

Thursday, May 14

Genesee Valley Land Surveyors Association (GVLSA) Finger Lakes Dinner

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) p 26 Place: Webster Golf Course – East Course, 440 Salt Road,

Place: On-line: via web conferencing. Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm Registration links for our events are at: Vtools 226198

Annual Dinner Meeting & Bridge Awards

Friday, May 29

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TEMS and PACE Meeting: Negotiating Conflict with Emotional Intelligence

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

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Time: Registration, lunch, and social hour from noon to 1:15 pm; Shotgun start at 1:30 pm. Dinner will be served following the tournament. Cost: Four-person Scramble Format. $95/person includes lunch, driving range, 18 holes, cart, dinner and drink tickets. Registration: To register or sponsor a hole, contact Josh Rodems, 585-232-5135 or Reservations and payment due by May 15, 2020. Website:

Thursday, June 18

Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD)

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Annual Golf Tournament

Place: Terry Hills, Batavia, NY

Monday, June 22

Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

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Annual Buffalo and Rochester Joint IES Golf Outing

Place: Stafford Country Club, 8873 Morganville Road, Stafford, NY 14143 Time: Shotgun start at noon; Lunch served starting at 11:00 am. Details at

Place: TBD Time: 6:00 pm Website:

Tuesday, September 22 (re-scheduled)

Monday, May 18

Place: Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main

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American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, Street, Rochester and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) p 34 Time: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm Annual Picnic / Golf Outing

Place: Ravenwood Golf Course, 929 Lynaugh Road, Victor, NY Time: Golf registration between 9:00 and 10:45 am; Shot gun start at 11:00 am. Picnic from 4:00 to 7:30 pm. Dinner catered by Dinosaur BBQ. Reservations: Reservations and details will be on the website at Reservation deadline is May 11th. 22 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2020

Cost: $140 Advance registration; $20 Student registration; $170 AFTER September 1, 2020 and at the door. Registration: Registration is now open at

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Year 2020 Officers President Justin M. Roloson, LS Vice President Matthew R. Palmer, LS Secretary Robert J. Avery, LS Treasurer Michael A. Venturo, LS Jared R. Ransom, LS, Ex-officio

Upcoming Events 2020 April 16, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting - 6:00 PM General Membership Meeting - 7:00 PM 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607 May 14, 2020 General Membership Meeting - 6:00 PM Finger Lakes Dinner Location TBD June 18, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting - 6:00 PM 40 & 8 Club, 933 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607

Board of Directors

April 2020

2018-20 Timothy T. Odell, LS Martin Gotwalt, LS 2019-2021 Gregory T. Pauly, LS Jeffrey A. Tiede, LS 2020-2022 Christopher T. Locke, LS David L. Standinger, LS David Zuber, LSIT - Associates Representative

Board of Directors & General Membership Meeting April 16, 2020 Time: BOD Meeting 6:00 PM General Membership Meeting 7:00 PM 40 & 8 Club

933 University Avenue Rochester, NY 14607

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Finger Lakes Dinner

Professional Affiliations  New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors, Inc.  National Society of Professional Surveyors  Rochester Engineering Society

May 14, 2020 Time: 6:00 PM Location TBD

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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 2019-20 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

MATHCOUNTS 2020 EVENT ENCOURAGES PURSUIT OF MATHEMATICS The Mathcounts 2020 event was held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at RIT’s Main Campus and was again a successful competition. We had a little less than 90 students compete this year and a total of 12 schools. The top three schools were: 1. Barker Road Middle School 2. The Alternative School for Math & Science 3. Calkins Road Middle School. The state competition was held Saturday, March 7th. See: for more details.

TSA/TEAMS: 2020 EVENT ENCOURAGES THE PURSUIT OF ENGINEERING Three teams attended: 9/10 Allendale Columbia, 11/12 Allendale Columbia and 11/12 McQuaid Jesuit. McQuaid dominated in the competition and will be judged by the national office. Their coach's name is Bix DeBaise. Their school has been competing in TEAMS for at least 10 years (back when it was called JETS actually). The team members are: Taiden Foryt, RJ Jacobson, Bryce Gunderman, Sam Brunacini, Carter Garlock, Gage Gardiner, and Brent Penwarden. The design build portion will be scored by the national office. The results will be posted on the TSA-TEAMS website in the next few weeks ( In addition to the competition, students in attendance benefitted MPES President-Elect, Dr. Arthur Reardon & FLCC Professor, Selim Araci, from a presentation about the engineering profession “Why help McQuaid Jesuit student team test their design-build mechanism. Become an Engineer?” and a question-answer section conducted by members of the Monroe PE Society. MPES President Christopher V. Kambar, P.E., President-elect Dr. Arthur Reardon and Past President Chris DeVries, P.E. provided a brief discussion on their specific Engineering disciplines. Students present indicated that they were interested in pursuing careers in engineering. To find out how your school can participate, please reach out to MPES using the contact information listed below. 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 24 | The ROCHESTER ENGINEER APRIL 2020

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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 Newsletter Editor: CHRIS WOLAK Victaulic Fairport, NY 14450 484-350-1954

President's Message

It’s official. NYS has adopted the 2018 ICC codes with NYS modifications and published a 2020 NYS Code. Check the NYS DOS website for additional information. The Engineering Symposium in Rochester will be Tuesday, April 28 this year. Look for additional information in this publication regarding registration. One of the presentations will be reviewing the major M&P changes for the new Code. In June we will have our annual golf outing. Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 11 at 10:00, Victor Hills. We will be looking for sponsors soon. If you are interested in participating in the tournament or sponsoring a hole, please contact any of our board members. We have an Affiliate Liaison position to fill on our board. IF you are a Vendor, a current member of the ASPE Rochester chapter and are interested in joining our board, please let me know.

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

Meeting Notice – Save the Date Topic: Speaker:

Understanding Natural Gas Regulators and Meters Ross McManus, McManus Gas

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. (please arrive by 11:50 am) Place: 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 April 10th. (Chapters are not authorized to speak for the Society)


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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers Rochester ASHRAE website:


President's Message Last month our meeting topic was “Water Cooled Chillers to Exceed ASHRAE Minimum by 50%.” Our presenter was Julian R. deBullet, an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer. Thank you to those who attended as turnout was very strong! Also, thank you to Blades, our new venue (1290 University Ave), as the service and food was great.

No tickets will be sold or distributed at the door! Tickets will be mailed to you or you can pick up at the R.F. Peck Company, Inc.

With the onset of COVID-19, we’ve all been affected and ASHRAE is no different. As result we will be canceling the meeting scheduled for April 20th. Thank you to Mike Nohle and Sam Scorsone for offering to present. They will be rescheduled later in the year. If interested, ASHRAE does offer “TechHour” presentations if you click on the following link professional-development/techhour-videos.

www.rochester. ashraechapters. org

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We are currently accepting applications for ASHRAE’s Technology Award. If you or your firm would like to be considered for this, please contact Jeff Wiedrick (Bergmann) or me for details. The deadline is April 1, 2020. Please continue to check out our website at www.rochester. for information on upcoming chapter meetings, current officer list and contact information, chapter newsletters, and more! Also take a minute and like us on Facebook at!/ ashraerochester. I encourage everyone to follow the guidelines placed by the CDC and health officials so we may get through this as quickly as possible and put all of this behind us. Please be safe and stay healthy. Tom Streber, P.E. 2019-2020 President Rochester Chapter


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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, Joshua T. Rodems, PE, Bergmann, Rochester, NY. 585-498-7944. 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:

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

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, Eric Brown Email:

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

New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Section 4 President, Paul J. Spitzer, PE, NYS DOT Region 4, Genesee Valley, 1530 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623. 585-272-4890. Email:

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

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

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

Monroe Professional Engineers Society President, Chris Kambar, PE 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:

Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Rochester Chapter President, Poojith Kalluru, Alstom Email:

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

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