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Please plan to join KC ASCE for their Annual April Awards Luncheon and visit from Society President-Elect Robin Kemper, , PE, LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE on ASCE Society Initiatives and Vision. This meeting is scheduled to be held at Brio Tuscan Grille in the Plaza.

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Robin A. Kemper, PE, LEED AP, F.SEI, F.ASCE and ASCE President-elect has over thirty-five years of diverse and extensive structural engineering experience in design, analysis, and forensics, focused mainly on buildings. Robin currently is a Risk Engineer with Zurich North America. She works for both the Professional Liability and Construction Properties Risk Engineering Groups providing technical support to construction project policies, developing best practices, and investigating losses on construction projects. Robin has a passion for Engineering Ethics and since 2011, in her spare time, Robin has given over 20 presentations to various engineering groups.

Robin is a licensed Professional Engineer in six jurisdictions, and a Fellow of both ASCE and the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute. She has been active in ASCE since college, was President of both the Central Jersey Branch and the New Jersey Section of ASCE, and was District 1/Region 1 Director on the Society Board of Directors. Robin also served on the Board of Direction of Engineers Without Borders, and the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her alma mater. She is currently a member of the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Boards for Rutgers University and the College of New Jersey.

Robin loves to travel, seaside vacations, and her family. She and Chris have been married for 37 years; they have two wonderful daughters and two great son-in-laws, and Robin loves playing with the newest member of the family, grandson Jonah.


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Please plan to join KC ASCE and KSPE Eastern for their monthly February Luncheon presented by Bob Lambrechts (Partner at Lathrop and Gage) on Ethics for Professional Licensure. This meeting is scheduled to be held in Overland Park, KS.

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Bob has filed nearly 600 patent applications in the United States, and over 400 patent applications in foreign jurisdictions. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s schools of law and engineering for over 24 years, and in his practice, he brings knowledge gained through a rich and varied background to help clients develop strategies for maximizing their patent portfolios.

Prior to joining Lathrop Gage, Bob served as a senior automation engineer from 1983 to 1987 with the Allied Signal Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. From 1991 to 1995, Bob served with the U.S. EPA in the Region VII office as a special assistant to the Regional Administrator, he has served over 27 years as a Reserve Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and he currently serves as the U.S. Navy’s Campus Liaison Officer for the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

As an intellectual property lawyer, Bob has substantial experience in preparing patent applications for medical devices, safety equipment, machine tools, building components, environmental control systems and automation equipment. He is often called upon to provide clients with legal opinions on infringement issues and patent validity,and he assists clients with licensing of intellectual property and protecting their intellectual property rights.


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Please plan to join KC ASCE and EWRI for their monthly January Luncheon presented by Matt Davis, MPA (Project Coordinator) and Josh Boehm (Development Manager) on Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority. This meeting is scheduled to be held at Cafe Trio by the Plaza.

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The Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority (RIRCA) was established to manage and maintain the Rock Island Corridor, which Jackson County acquired in the spring of 2016.

The 17.7-mile corridor stretches from Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums south through Raytown and into Lee’s Summit. Transforming a portion of the Rock Island Corridor into a shared use path will commence immediately. Corridor planning and design will focus on preservation of the national rail network corridor’s integrity, most notably the railroad corridor’s unencumbered continuity, and on multi-modal transportation options as the corridor remains available for freight service.


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KC ASCE and SWE Team up for 3rd Straight Year giving back with Harvesters

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the KC Section teamed up with the Society of Women Engineers in Kansas City to give back on Saturday November 4th at Harvesters. This is the third year the groups combine to support our local Kansas City community and this year, once again the groups had 20 volunteers.

The group sorted through frozen foods and divided them into meat, non-meat, bulk, bread/desserts, frozen meals, among others.

After almost 2 hours of volunteering, the groups gathered at Waldo Pizza to share lunch together and continue networking. During lunch, Becca Brader (SWE KC President) and Mike Winckler (KC ASCE President) spoke about upcoming events for both organizations.

We are already looking forward to the 4th Annual Harvesters Volunteering Event!


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Thank you to our ASCE members supporting this exciting project in Olathe in support of Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports. Very similar to a project the KC ASCE YMG completed two years ago in Shawnee Mission Park Shelter No. 6 – this time around ASCE helped build a wooden – ADA ramp for 4 young men with disabilities so they could enjoy their backyard in Olathe, KS.

This is the second project ASCE Kansas City Section has completed with Friends of JCDS this year. Earlier this year, we supported them with painting inside this home so it could be ready for move-in for the 4 residents.

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ASCE KC Section hold Annual Elections and transitions leadership for 2017-2018

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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KC ASCE Geotechnical Committee holds Annual Conference

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

1-Kansas-Briaud-Observation Method-short-18April2017


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

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

6-Overprediction of liquefaction_Kansas City ASCE 2017

7-Wendland ASCE KC April 2017


10-KC Geotech 2017 – CAMDEM MO

Nicholson – Fountain Slide

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Flyer for Tournament – Engineer‘s Club Spring Golf Tourney 2017

Engineer‘s Club Spring 2017 Sponsor Form

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017



Plaza III Steakhouse

4749 Pennsylvania Ave.

Kansas City, MO  64112



11:30 Registration / Networking

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Presentation



$30 per person – Members

$25 per person – Students

$0 per person – Life Members, and Award Recipients



Filet Mignon or

Grilled Breast of Chicken or

Grilled Atlantic Salmon


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



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.


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


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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