Welcome to the Delaware Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers

2017 Crab Feast

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 4:00pm

Join the Delaware Section on Tuesday, September 12th for our most popular event of the year! The event will begin at 4:00pm and be held at the Pavilion in the White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, DE.  The cost for this event is $35 (prepaid) or $40 (day of event) for professionals and $15 for students.  Price includes crabs, barbeque foods, and beverages.  You can reserve your space now by emailing deasce.rsvp@gmail.com.  The deadline for RSVP's is Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  See the event page and the event flyer for more information!

Dream Big Premiere

Tuesday, September 19th

The Delaware Section is proud to announce that we will be screening a premiere of Dream Big: Engineering our World, a film developed in part by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  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 you on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, you will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow. 

In partnership with the University of Delaware, this feature film will be premiered in DE at the Trabant Theatre with 2 separate showings at 5:00pm and 7:00pm.  There will be a social from 6:00pm to 7:00pm between showings which all attendees are invited to attend.  This event is FREE to attend however donations will be accepted at the door in order to help defray the cost of the event. You can select the showtime you wish to attend by RSVP'ing here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asce-delaware-section-presents-dream-big-tickets-37060231149


Special Offer on ASCE webinars for Delaware Section Members

Did you know that as a Delaware Section member you get a discount on ASCE National Webinars? Plus some of the registration fee comes back to help fund other Section activities!

Live Webinars: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2125/c/79

ASCE's live webinars provide cost-effective training for large and small groups. Use Promo Code WEBDELSEC to secure your preferred rate.

On-Demand Webinars: http://mylearning.asce.org/diweb/catalog/t/2135/c/79

ASCE's on-demand webinars provide real-world knowledge and convenient delivery to fit your demanding schedule. Use Promo Code WEBDELSEC to secure your preferred rate.


ASCE Remembers

Please join ASCE Delaware as we offer our condolences to 2 of our own Fellow Members who recently passed away. Per the ASCE membership discriptions; "ASCE Fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 3.5% of ASCE members." The accomplishments of Dr. Dennis Mertz and Dr. Bangalore Laskshman will be celebrated for years to come and the void left in the Civil Engineering Community by their passing will be challenging to fill.  Additional information about a memorial service for Dr. Mertz to be held on UD’s Newark Campus can be found here:  http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2016/september/in-memoriam-dennis-mertz/

Dr. Dennis Mertz (7/3/1953 – 8/12/2016)

Dennis R. Mertz, professor of civil engineering and director of the Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering at the University of Delaware, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at Christiana Care Hospital. Prof. Mertz, who lived in Newark, was 63.  A service celebrating his life will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts on UD’s Newark campus. The doors will open at 4:15 p.m. A reception will follow.

Mertz was born in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1953. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Lehigh University, where he conducted research under the advisement of John Fisher. The results of his work greatly impacted today’s design and evaluation procedures with regard to fatigue of steel connections.

After completing his Ph.D., Mertz went to work for Modjeski and Masters, a major bridge design firm, where he contributed to the design and rehabilitation of numerous important bridges. While at Modjeski and Masters, together with John Kulicki, Mertz was the co-principal investigator of National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 12-33, “Development of a Comprehensive Bridge Specification and Commentary,” which led to development of the current AASHTO LRDF Bridge Design Specifications, the guidelines by which virtually all bridges in the U.S. are designed.

Mertz accepted a position at UD as an associate professor in 1992. He founded the University’s Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering, and he was the founding editor of ASCE’s Journal of Bridge Engineering. He published extensively in the field of bridge engineering and helped numerous states and foreign countries to develop and revise their bridge design specifications.  Mertz won numerous awards for his work, including most recently the 2016 John A. Roebling Award, awarded for lifetime achievement in bridge engineering. A beloved teacher, Mertz was an avid wine enthusiast and pet lover. He and his wife, Madelyn, enjoyed spending time at their second home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

In addition to his wife, Mertz is survived by his brother, Richard, and sister-in-law, Ann of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Contributions in memory of Prof. Mertz can be sent to: University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St, 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716.  Checks should be made payable to the “University of Delaware.". Please include Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering/Dennis Mertz when making your contribution.

Dr. Bangalore T. Laskshman (6/8/1934 – 9/16/2016)

Obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delawareonline/obituary.aspx?n=bangalore-t-lakshman&pid=181496531&fhid=30260

Dr. Lakshman was a Life Member of The American Society of Civil Engineers since 1999 and was also a Member/Fellow of ASCE. Bangalore was a member of the Delaware Section and named the 2010 ASCE Delaware Section Civil Engineer of the Year. Dr. Lakshman's passion for Civil Engineering led him to found the BTL Foundation which has funded scholarships for numerous Civil Engineering students. Bangalore was a University of Delaware Distinguished Alumni and the Delaware Engineering Society's 1993 Engineer of the Year. His contributions and generosity to our industry will be missed for years to come.