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Women in ASCE Cover includes several Kansas City Section Civil Engineers

How many members of the Kansas City Section can you spot in the latest ASCE News insert? If you get Civil Engineering Magazine, you received the insert this month to coincide with Women’s History Month. There are a lot of good conversation starters in there. While we have come a long way as a profession, we still have work to do.

Congratulations and thank you to the women representing ASCE and Kansas City! Jennifer Jacka-Taylor, P.E, ENV SP Nicole Tauheed Kim Pemberton, PE Sheryl Gallagher Sam Kevern  Please tag anyone I missed!

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ASCE Kansas City March Joint Luncheon with APWA

On March 20th 2018, the ASCE Kansas City Section held their monthly meeting with APWA KC Metro Chapter. The meeting was a resounding success with over 110 attendees! The success could be attributed to the great planning from Committee Chair Morgan Race, PhD, PE and trying a new location in a Brazilian Steakhouse, or a very relevant technical topic for civil engineering and public works practitioners. Thank you to all those who attended and thank you to our Speaker George Tannoury, P.E. from Terracon Consultants, Inc.

We look forward to April’s Annual Celebration Luncheon coming up in three weeks!

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Please plan to join KC ASCE and APWA KC Metro Chapter for their monthly March Luncheon presented by George A. Tannoury (Geotechnical Department Manager at Terracon Consultants, Inc.) on Cement Modified Soil for Pavement Applications . This meeting is scheduled to be held at Porto do Sul Brazilian Stakehouse in Overland Park, KS.

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Event Sign Up:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=nj4vwaoab&oeidk=a07ef4g9bc0f52dddb8

Presentation Abstract:

For many years, the ability to stabilize soil for pavement base material relied heavily on the use of Fly Ash, a bi-product of energy generation from coal-fired power stations. But more recently, new regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has impacted the availability, and expense, of Fly Ash, making it costly for DOTs and public entities to use for the base layer under pavement. With natural gas being a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly alternative to coal, Fly Ash supplies may continue to decrease while prices increase.  Cement Modified Soil (CMS) provides a better, cost-effective alternative.

 

Speaker: George A. Tannoury, P.E. (Geotechnical Department Manager – Terracon Consultants, Inc.)

George A. Tannoury, P.E. continues to serve as geotechnical department manager with Terracon Consultants (Wichita Office) since 2015 and is the engineer of record on a wide spectrum of projects including wind turbine projects, refinery structures, power plants, grain storage elevators/bins, bridges and highways.  Mr. Tannoury has two Master of Science degrees in civil engineering (The University of Balamand – 2001 and The University of Nevada Reno – 2007) and is currently pursuing his Ph.D.  in geotechnical engineering “Evaluation of Microcraking for Cement Modified Soil” at the University of Kansas.

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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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Region 7 Newsletter – March 2017 now available!

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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2017 ASCE and APWA KC Metro Chapter Joint Luncheon

Please join us Wednesday, March 15th with ASCE and APWA KC Metro Chapterto to learn about Implementing Envision for More Sustainable Public Infrastructure Projects

DATE: Wednesday, March 15th 2017

TIME: 11:30am – 1:00pm

LOCATION: Californo’s (4124 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64111)

MENU: Parmesan Chicken, Roasted Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Small Garden Salad

COST: $25

SPEAKER: Andy Sauer, Burns and McDonnell

Envision is a sustainability rating system that has been adopted by many cities, including Kansas City, Missouri, as an evaluation process to plan, design, and construct more sustainable public infrastructure projects. Envision is a rating tool, similar to LEED that can be applied to infrastructure projects for the purpose of comparing improvement alternatives beyond just costs. Envision can also provide an overall process for evaluating infrastructure programs or for the development of capital improvement plans. This presentation will provide an overview of the Envision rating system, the project verification process, and an example of applying Envision at a program level.

RSVP Here through the APWA website, or Email Joe Burgett at jburgett@gbateam.com .

Upcoming Monthly Meetings:

  • Tuesday April 11th –  Awards Luncheon at Plaza III, Society President-Elect Kristina Swallow as Speaker & Recognition of Life Members
  • May is the ASCE KC Section “kickoff” meeting. Date TBD
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Project of the Year and Engineer of the Year Awards!

Civil Engineering “Project of the Year”

The award will be given to the project that is most exceptional in the Civil Engineering design aspects in at least one of the following categories:
 New or innovative technologies, design, or construction.
 Creative Solutions
 New or refined methodology applied to the Project to enhance sustainability

APPLY HERE

 

Civil “Engineer of the Year”
The selection will be based the candidate who best meets one or more of the following criteria:
 Exemplary professional conduct in a specific outstanding instance in 2016;
 Established reputation for professional service;
 Significant contribution toward improving the professional aspects of civil engineering education;
 Professional guidance of qualified young persons who would seek civil engineering as a career, or professional development of young civil engineers in the formative stages of their careers.

APPLY HERE

 

Submittals for both will be accepted beginning January 9, 2017 and shall be delivered prior to 4 PM on February 9, 2017.

 

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Kansas City Section attends Multi Regional Leadership Conference in Minneapolis!

The Kansas City Section attended the Multi Regional Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, MN from February 3rd through February 4th, 2017. The KC Section attendees had the opportunity to expand their knowledge about ASCE Initiative, ASCE Resources, Leadership Styles, Building Trust within your Organization and in the Workplace and Network with ASCE Leaders across the Central United States. Among the highlights included a pre-screening of DREAM BIG, listening to President-Elect Kristina Swallow, curling and exploring downtown Minneapolis. Get ready for next year’s conference in Omaha on January 26-27, 2018!

 

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Is Graduate School in the Horizon for 2017? Check out Missouri S&T!

Looking to advance your career starting in 2017? Consider enrolling in the distance learning Graduate and Certificate degrees offered by Missouri University S&T! 

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ASCE KC Section is recognized by University of Kansas School of Engineering

Last Fall, the KC Section was recognized by the KU School of Engineering as one of their Engineering Industry Partners. During this event, the School of Engineering highlighted the Innovations and Research ongoing in their Lawrence campus. The KC Section is proud to support the University of Missouri – Kansas City and the University of Kansas in Lawrence through the annual fundraising efforts of Geotechnical Committee within the Kansas City Section.

https://engr.ku.edu/engineering-industry-partners

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