October Newsletter

Ladies and gentlemen, the October Newsletter has arrived. Click here to learn about the latest in ASCE and what to expect from the future with a special forward from our new president!


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October Meeting with UMKC and YMG

Please join us Tuesday, October 20th, with ASCE-UMKC and ASCE-YMG to enjoy learning about floating liquefied natural gas plants and Chipotle. Brian Schmidt will be our speaker.

DATE: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

TIME: 6:00pm

LOCATION: UMKC Diastole (2501 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64110)

SPEAKER: Brian Schmidt of Black & Veatch

Click here to register today! You must register by October 16th at 3:00pm if you would like food.

Brian E. Schmidt is currently the energy chief engineer at Black & Veatch.  In his role, he is accountable for energy engineering processes, engineering interfaces with other energy processes, incorporating continuous improvement and lessons learned for engineering processes, and resolution of project engineering issues.  The chief engineer is also accountable for the engineering risk management for proposals and projects.  The chief engineer’s roles and responsibilities are global.  Prior to this role, Schmidt was the director of project controls within Black & Veatch’s energy business. In this role, Schmidt was responsible to ensure that planning, scheduling and cost control was implemented on all Energy Division projects. This included recruiting staff, professional development, training, mentoring, policy and procedure development and implementation, budgeting, and general management of the Project Controls Department.  Prior to the project controls role, Schmidt was the chief civil / structural / architectural engineer of energy. Primary responsibilities included business process ownership of civil / structural / architectural processes, development of a technical training program, development, preparation and maintenance of engineering guides, standards, specifications, templates, standard details, information technology, and third party software,  Six Sigma projects, quality control, supplier technical qualifications, and global office technical development.  Schmidt is experienced in the development of project schedules, cost reporting, and cost forecasting.  Schmidt is also experienced in the design of site work, foundations, reinforced concrete, and structural steel, and in the preparation and administration of material handling equipment, general construction, and superstructure contracts. Schmidt has been involved in structural steel and reinforced concrete design of various material handling structures, coal fueled power plant structures, combined cycle and combustion turbine structures, SCR structures and ductwork, and structural modifications for CEM systems.

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The Kansas State University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-KSU) is working with a rural community in Guatemala to build an elementary school. This presentation will focus on the progress of the project, as well as lessons that have been learned about encouraging community ownership and cross-cultural interaction. Click here to learn more about EWB-KSU.

DATE: Tuesday, September 1st, 20

TIME: 11:30 Social/Registration

12:00 Meal

12:30 Presentation

LOCATION: Matt Ross Community Center (8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS 66204)

SPEAKER: Danny Preut of KH Engineering Group

Click here to register today!

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Golf for Guatemala

The K-State chapter of Engineers Without Borders will be hosting a golf fundraiser next Saturday (May 2nd) at Deer Creek to raise funds for the construction of a single-story school in Guatemala. Although this is a busy time of the year, we would like to invite you to participate and support our project in Guatemala. To find out more information you can go to our website at Golf for Guatemala.

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SWE-KC Meet and Greet

Society of Women Engineers: SWE-KC Meet and Greet

Please join SWE-KC and ASCE’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee on Wednesday, April 8th on the rooftop at the Well (7421 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO 64114) for a happy hour Meet and Greet hosted by Kaeisha Akinmoladun. Some appetizers will be provided; and we will have door prizes. All members of APWA, KCWIT, WTS and NSBE are also welcome to attend. We will be there rain or shine!

DATE: 4/8/2015 (Wed 5:30PM – 7:30PM)

LOCATION: The Well Rooftop (7421 Broadway St, Kansas City, MO 64114)




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April Newsletter

Please see the link below for this month’s section newsletter and information about several exciting upcoming events.

April 2015-3

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Blue River Watershed Association

Blue River Watershed Association

Mark your calendars April 25th, Blues River Night our annual friend-raiser is coming to town! Drinks, live music & dancing, live auction, and the best darn food you’ve had in a long time! You won’t want to miss it and you’ll be supporting one the great environmental nonprofits in the area! For more information: Brwa.net

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February Meeting with KSPE

Date: February 24, 2015

Location: Cinzetti’s
7201 W. 91st. Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

Meal: Italian Buffet with sandwiches, pasta, pizza, salad, desserts, & drinks

Time: 11:00 – 11:30 Check in and networking
11:30 – 12:30  Lunch Buffet
12:30 – 1:30   Speaker

Cost: $20 for Members/Guests

Topic: Hyatt Skywalk Collapse & Skywalk Memorial

Speaker: Sol Koenigsberg, Bill Quatman, Brent Wright

RSVP: To Cheri Schoenhals at cschoenhals@gbateam.com by Friday February 20, 2015

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The 2015 MATHCOUNTS Missouri Western Chapter competition is quickly approaching and we are in need of volunteers to help the day run as smooth as possible.  For those of you that are not familiar with MATHCOUNTS, it is a competition for 6th-8th grade students giving them an opportunity and incentive to test and showcase their math skills (for more information, visit www.mathcounts.org).  

This year’s local competition includes 9 schools and a total of 75 students.  
The competition will be held on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at Burns & McDonnell facilities.  We are in need of volunteers for morning, afternoon or all day shifts to help with various activities throughout the day.  If you are interested and available to help, please reply to dvap@hntb.com by January 28th, 2015.  Shortly after your response, you will be receiving a sign-up sheet to indicate times and activities with which you are willing to help. 

Thanks in advance!

Derek Vap, P.E.
MATHCOUNTS Coordinator
Western Chapter Secretary

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January Newsletter

Please see the link below for this month’s section newsletter with information about several exciting upcoming events as well as our previous newsletter.

January Newsletter

October Newsletter

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