The Kansas City Section held their Annual Elections and elected four (4) new Directors on Thursday, May 11th 2017.

We thank the service of President John Blancett pictured below with HNTB and Treasurer Valerie McCaw (not pictured).

Mike Winckler (City of Independence, MO) will serve as President for 2017-2018.

Below are the new Board of Directors with ASCE for 2017-2018.

Kansas City Section of ASCE Board of Directors 2017-2018

Mike Winckler   President

Ozzy Bravo          President–Elect

Mo Ibrawish       1st Vice President & Treasurer

Ernie Longoria   2nd Vice President & Secretary

Stephen Stinger Director III

Chad Johnson    Director II

Meagan Malloy Director I

Paige Snow         Associate Member Director

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This morning (5/3/17), despite the rainy weather, the Missouri and Kansas ASFPM (Association of State Floodplain Managers) hosted our 5k run on the Riverfront Heritage Trail. This run was the first year of the ASCE Kansas City Section – Annual Kiosk Run, to celebrate engineering in Kansas City and the landmark ASB Bridge. The participants ran from Berkley Park to the Kit Bond Bridge, then back under the ASB Bridge, by the ASCE Kiosk, to Broadway Bridge, and back. The winner was Glenn Heistand with the Illinois State Water Survey, with a time of 20 minutes ~21 seconds. Congratulations Glenn and thank you ASFPM, Raceday Timing Solutions, Cody Porter, Jason Schneider, Tom Jacobs, and the other volunteers. We look forward to piggy-backing onto some other engineering conference next year, to perpetuate this annual event!

Thanks, ASCE KC Section President – John Blancett

     

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The Kansas City Geotechnical Committee, under the leadership of Dick Vaeth (Black & Veatch) held their Annual Geotechnical Conference. The event was held at Black & Veatch’s Ruisch Auditorium in Overland Park, KS with almost 100 attendees. Every year, the committee puts a great program together in collaboration with the AEG and UMKC. This year, the Keynote Speaker was Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud from Texas A&M University presenting on The Observation Method of Bridge Scour. Additionally, the conference had 15 Gold and Silver Sponsors, and 5 graduate students from KU and Kansas State participated in a student poster competition.

Please see here the KC Geotechnical Annual Conference : ASCE Program APR17_V4

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3-GEOPHYSICAL METHODS FOR SCREENING AND INVESTIGATING UTILITY WASTE LANDFILL SITES IN KARST TERRAIN 042017

4-Stuedlein – Axial-Lat-Tor Drilled Shafts – For Release

5-DFI Report – Kansas City Geotechnical Conference – April 2017 – final

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7-Wendland ASCE KC April 2017

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10-KC Geotech 2017 – CAMDEM MO

Nicholson – Fountain Slide

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On April 11th the Society President-Elect Kristina Swallow visited Kansas City, where she met with the UMKC Student Chapter of ASCE; took a tour of the Linda Hall Library with Eric Ward and Benjamin Gross, and at our Annual Awards Luncheon meeting at the Plaza III restaurant she presented various and Life Member awards, and spoke on ASCE’s three (3) primary Initiatives: Raising the Bar, Sustainability, and the Grand Challenge.

Pictured with Engineer of the Year Award Recipient: Sheryl Gallagher, P.E., D.GE.

Pictured with the Project of the Year Award Recipients from : City of Grandview, MO and Burns and McDonnell – Transportation Design-Build Project.

Pictured of Life Member Honorees during Luncheon

 

Pictured with UMKC Student Chapter Award Winners

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On Wednesday March 29th, over 12 ASCE Volunteers from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in Kansas City arrived at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. There, they provided mentoring to at least one hundred college students attending the 43rd Annual National Society of Black Engineers Convention in Bartle Hall.

The event titled “Conversations with Civil Engineers” has become an Annual event during this convention and is led by Lisa Black (ASCE Society level) and Bob Evans, P.E., F.ASCE. Thank you to Nicole Tauheed from DuBois Consultants for providing KC ASCE with the local leadership during the event.

The disciplines represented and discussed with the students included:

  • STRUCTURES
  • GEOTECHNICAL
  • WATER RESOURCES
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • ENVIRONMENTAL
  • CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
  • COASTAL/OFF SHORE
  • MUNICIPAL/URBAN
  • SURVEYING/GIS

 

The employers represented included: DuBois Consultants, HNTB, CTI & Associates, Inc., Black & Veatch, Burns and McDonnell, CFS Engineers, Terracon, George Butler and Associates, KCK Public Board of Utilities, Turner Construction, City of Independence, and VSM Engineering.

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Check out the Region 7 Newsletter for March 2017 featuring the Kansas City Section leaders. Included in this Edition we also get to hear from our Region Director Marsia Murphey-Geldert!

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Later this year, on August 4th, the Region 7 assembly will reconvene in Lawrence, KS! Ask any of the KC Section Directors if you are interested in attending!

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Meeting Sponsor:

Date:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 

Location:

Plaza III Steakhouse

4749 Pennsylvania Ave.

Kansas City, MO  64112

 

Time: 

11:30 Registration / Networking

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Presentation

 

Cost:

$30 per person – Members

$25 per person – Students

$0 per person – Life Members, and Award Recipients

 

Menu:

Filet Mignon or

Grilled Breast of Chicken or

Grilled Atlantic Salmon

 

Please RSVP no later than COB on Thursday, April 6th, 2017

 

Presentation: 

New Life Members

Engineer of the Year Award

Project of the Year

Outstanding Senior UMKC Student

Distinguished Senior UMKC Student

 

National President-Elect’s Vision for ASCE:

Our National (Society) President-Elect Kristina Swallow will present the direction of ASCE, in the upcoming year.  Our industry faces many challenges, and ASCE’s Strategic Initiatives of: Sustainable Infrastructure,  ASCE Grand Challenge, and Raising the Bar, are focused on addressing them.

Speaker:

Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV. SP., F. ASCE

Bio:

Leading a team of engineers responsible for delivering public works projects and planning the sanitary sewer collection system, Kristina has been with the City of Las Vegas since 2012.   She is responsible for negotiating design and construction contracts, reviewing progress of the work, coordination with public and private sector stakeholders, and responding to external comments or questions.  In addition, she advises on bicycle and pedestrian-related infrastructure, representing the City, as needed, at the Nevada Legislature, and participating in public meetings.

Prior to her current position, Kristina served as Senator Tom Udall’s lead on transportation policy.  She worked on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill and the development and passage of the MAP-21 surface transportation authorization bill.

Kristina has been active in ASCE since 1995, serving on various Society-level committees such as Program and Finance, and the Committees on Education, and Diversity.    She served as the Society’s appointed Governor on the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute until her election as ASCE’s 2018 President.

In addition to her professional activities, Kristina is active in her community.    She has served in leadership roles with the Junior League of Las Vegas, Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition, Engineers Without Borders, and serves on the Advisory Board to the University of Nevada Department of civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction.

Kristina earned her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1994 and a Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada in 2004.

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Here are our Region 7 Director Marsia Geldert-Murphey and KC Section Associate Director Ernie Longoria and KC Section Past President Sheryl Gallagher in Washington D.C. advocating for our Kansas and Missouri infrastructure! #asce2dc

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The American Society of Civil Engineers Kansas City Section and APWA KC Metro Chapter held their Joint Monthly Meeting with Andy Sauer from Burns and McDonnell presenting on Envision Sustainability. Pictured here are John Blancett and Rob Krewson, P.E. presidents of both Chapters introducing the speakers. Great event and attendance from both organizations! See you all in April for the Awards Luncheons for ASCE! Special thanks to our meeting sponsor – Oldcastle Precast!

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