Archive for January, 2012

Call for Volunteers: MATHCOUNTS

The 2012 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  This year’s local competition includes 10 schools and a total of 100 students! 

The competition will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2012 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus (a different location than last year).  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 by January 20th, 2012.  Shortly after your response, you will be receiving a sign-up sheet to indicate times and activities with which you are willing to help. 

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ASCE January Meeting

Environmental and Water Resources Institute of Kansas City Joint Meeting with Kansas City Section ASCE

Date:  Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Location:   Plaza III Steak House

                  4749 Pennsylvania   Kansas City, MO    64112


Time:  11:30 a.m. Social

           12:00 p.m. Lunch

           12:30 p.m. Presentation

Meal:      Steak, Salmon or Chicken, (Vegetable is Chefs Choice)

Cost:       $35.00 per person (For Students and Engineers between jobs, $17.50). Please make checks payable to ASCE.

RSVP to:  Tom Simmons at  by Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Seating is limited to 100 so please RSVP soon to reserve your place.

TOPIC: “2011 Missouri River Flood and Silver Jackets”

Speakers:    Brian Rast, Project Manager and Planner, US Army Corps of

Engineers, Kansas City District

For additional announcements and more information about KC EWRI visit:

Topic – 2011 Missouri River Flood and Silver Jackets”

“Come see aerial photos of the 2011 flood on the Missouri River and learn how flood forecast inundation maps are becoming the Information Age’s tool for risk informed decision making.”

Speaker:    Brian Rast, P.E CFM, PMP

Mr. Rast has been a project manager and planner in the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Kansas City District, Planning Branch, since 2004.  He has worked as a hydraulic engineer and civil site development, since 1993.  He received a BS in Civil Engineering with a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Kansas State University in 1994.  In 2004 he earned his MS in Engineering Management from the University of Kansas.  He completed advanced training from the Institute for Water Resources’ Planning Associates Program in 2007.  He is a Professional Engineer in Kansas.  He is a Certified Floodplain Manager and a Project Management Professional.  He manages Civil Works water resource projects in flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, emergency streambank stabilization, and watershed planning.  As a Silver Jackets coordinator for the Institute for Water Resources, he is involved with state-level hazard mitigation in Kansas & Missouri, and under this program, he is conducting the Wildcat Creek Silver Jackets pilot project, which includes flood forecast inundation mapping with a partnership with other state and federal agencies. 

 Also, Please take a moment now to update your Outlook Calendars with the upcoming meeting date: EWRI Luncheon Meeting – March 7, 2012. Topic to be announced

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