When the COVID-19 restrictions began back in March, I never imagined this far in the future we would be cancelling our events. We, your ASCE Central Pennsylvania Board of Directors are working to provide you with the level of service you have come to expect. We are in the process of obtaining a Zoom license to provide opportunities to obtain PDH’s. Once we have that in place, we will establish a schedule of monthly virtual meetings with speakers. We hope that everyone will login and take advantage of this opportunities. Once the restrictions are lifted we will return to in-person meetings. In the meantime, watch your email for notices on virtual presentations.
Timothy Carre, P.E., M.ASCE
2020-2021 ASCE Central PA Section President
SECTION JOB POSTINGS, SPONSORS, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Job opportunities are available from sponsoring Engineering and Construction Firms, they can be viewed here.
2019 - 2020 Section Sponsors
The Section would like to extend our appreciation to this year's Section Sponsors, click here for more information.
A Message from the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science - Science Fair Judges Needed
The time has come to ask for your participation as a judge at the Region 4 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Fair. The fair will be held virtually for 2021. As a judge, you will be asked to review projects which have been submitted virtually. The students will be giving a verbal presentation along with the typical power point presentation. The presentation will be recorded and not a live presentation. Therefore, there will be no question and answer period with the students like there typically is at the regional fair. You will be able to judge the projects at your convenience during a specific time period (like a week) in February.
Judging volunteers are asked to register at www.pjasregistration.com to provide your contact information, and category preferences. Instructions for this process are attached and it will take only a few minutes of your time. Registration will ask you if you possess your clearances. Please just provide a checkmark for the clearances, however, it is NOT necessary to provide the number on your clearances you may just put an X in the box
If you have any questions or concerns with the registration process please contact Beth Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org or PJAS Region 4 Director Emily Tekely email@example.com. Please feel free to pass the information onto colleagues that may be interested in judging as well.
2018 PA Report Card in the News
Have you seen the 2018 PA Infrastructure Report Card in the news? The Report Card is designed as a simple tool to help residents, businesses, and policymakers understand the state of PA’s infrastructure. Sharing the Report Card findings through news articles like these are key to continuing informed conversations about how to improve our infrastructure.
Notable to the conversation, critical decisions are going to be made in the coming year on infrastructure. Given the impact COVID 19 has had on sources of revenue for planned infrastructure work, government agencies have needed to change their paradigms; therefore, certain recommendations made in the 2018 Report Card on how to raise the grades need to be revised as we move forward. For example, a decrease in commuting has resulted in lower gas tax revenues, tolls, and transit fares. These considerations will be expanded upon in the future Report Card with the current 2018 Report card as a benchmark.
Section Member Emily Bernzott Named 2020 ACEC/PA Young Professional of the Year
NTM Engineering, Inc. (NTM) is proud to announce that Ms. Emily Bernzott Emm, MS, PE is a recipient of the 2020 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Young Professional of the Year. The ACEC Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes accomplishments of young engineers who already have made significant contributions to the industry despite being in the early stages of their careers. The 2020 recipients will be honored at the ACEC’s Fall Conference. Read more about Emily here.
2018 PA Infrastructure Report Card Anniversary: Year In Review
Hard to believe, but ASCE is now 1 year removed from the release of the 2018 PA Report Card, click here for the Year in Review.
Report Card for Pennsylvania's Infrastructure Featured Category - Solid Waste
Although Pennsylvania’s daily per person solid waste disposal is over half a pound of trash less than our nation’s average, the rate of disposal is on the rise.
Pennsylvania’s solid waste consists of household trash as well as waste generated by construction, commerce and industry. The solid waste infrastructure including haulers, landfills, and transfer stations remains in fair condition. Landfill capacity is sufficient and counties are required by law to plan for a minimum of 10 years’ worth of disposal. Although Pennsylvania’s daily per person solid waste disposal is over half a pound of trash less than our nation’s average, the rate of disposal is on the rise. To counteract the increase, funding is needed to strengthen and grow municipal recycling universally across the Commonwealth. Safety issues and illegal dumping incidents serve as reminders that funding for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is necessary to protect the public and support safe handling, transport, disposal, and recycling practices.
***We will be featuring a category from the Report Card each month, so check back regularly.***
2018 Report Card for PA's Infrastructure Has Been Released!
All grades and supporting information can be found by clicking the image below.
The 2017 Report Card for America's Infrastructure Is Now Available, the Overall Grade... D+
Access the grades of all 16 Sectors by clicking the icon below.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World - ASCE's First Feature Film!
All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.
More information about the film can be found here.
The ASCE Central PA Section would like to Extend a Special Thank You to Our 2019 - 2020 Section Sponsors
Click on each company's business card for more information.