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Emergency Repair of Bridge 1-813

On Wednesday March 1st, the Delaware Section is teaming with the Delaware Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for a follow-up presentation looking back at the initial emergency situation, data collection, design, construction, and lessons learned.  The event will start at 5:00pm and be held at the Composites Manufactruing Science Laboratory, Room 106 on the University of Delaware Campus.  The cost for the event is $10 for members and $15 for non-members of ASCE or ASME and students are FREE.  The price includes1 - 2 PDH's (depending on the length of the presentation) and a light dinner.  You can reserve your space now by emailing langleyt2@asme.org. The deadline for RSVP's is February 28, 2017.  See the event page for more information!


UD Basketball Social

The Delaware Section is teaming with the Delaware Section of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for our 4th annual UD Basketball Social.  The social will be held at T.G.I.Friday's (accross from the arena) with the University of Delaware Men's basketball team taking on Drexel University at the Bob Carpenter Center to follow.  The cost for the event will be $10 per professional and $5 per student.  The price includes the game ticket, light appetizers and cash bar.  You can reserve your space now by emailing deasce.rsvp@gmail.com. The deadline for RSVP's is February 13, 2017.  See the event flyer for more information!


Delaware Military Academy - Athletic Dome Construction Tour

On January 31, 2017, come get a close up look at the construction of Delaware's only monolithic concrete dome structure which will be used to house a basketball court and other support facilities for athletics.  The construction of this 26,363 square foot building is ongoing as they are actively shotcreting the dome around the inflated support.  This event is FREE for all members and attendees will earn 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for attending this event. More information including mandatory safety items that need to be brought as well as registration can be found by clicking on events in the ribbon at the top of the screen or by clicking here.

Announcements

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.