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Government and Policy Update
Updated January 2020, please visit our Government and Policy Update Page for the latest government policy updates!
Once you catch up on the happenings in Harrisburg, PLEASE contact your elected officials and let them know your opinion. It is as easy as one click and one email away: Contact your elected official.
If you would like more information, or would like help writing your message, please contact ASCE Philadelphia’s Government Affairs Team: Ann Tomalavage, Bob Wirght, or Spencer Finch.
Delco's 2020 Engineer of the Year - Carol Martsolf
January 2020 - The Delco Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) is pleased to announce Carol Martsolf as the 2020 Engineer of the Year. The award is given each year to a candidate who resides or is employed in Delaware County or Southern Chester County, and is evaluated against a rigorous criteria including professional achievement and contributions to community.
Since 2013, Martsolf has been the Director of Urban Engineers’ Training Institute - the national, corporate-wide training function of Urban Engineers, including programs for clients. Martsolf has developed over 150 technical courses for PDHs for engineers and has issued over 15,000 PDH credits to students. She currently chairs The Council on Standards Development for the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
A graduate of Temple University, and a licensed Professional engineer (PA) with 26 years of experience, Martsolf found a passion for helping others, and switched gears into Training and Development midway in her career. Her enthusiasm and passion for engineering is exemplified through her work, and her involvement both within her community and in the engineering world.
As Region 2 Governor of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), she also serves to provide ASCE with leadership in all matters of diversity and inclusion within the civil engineering community.
A long-time resident of Lansdowne, and Chairing the Lansdowne Environmental Advisory Council, she advises the Borough on ways to conserve resources, and strive for a 100% renewable energy future. The Council has been a great way to combine her interest in the environment and nature, and give back to the community.
When not busy with her work, and serving on countless committees, Martsolf enjoys exercising, is a four-time marathon runner, and enjoys renovating her home in Lansdowne with her daughter Catherine.
Martsolf will be recognized during the nation’s celebration of Engineers Week at a banquet on Feb 20, 2020 at the Concordville Inn, (780 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, Pa).
Eastern Regional Younger Member Council (ERYMC) 2020
January 2020 - As you may know, the Philadelphia YMF is hosting the 2020 MRLC from January 31st - February 1st at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel. We're looking to build some excitement throughout Region 2 via social media so we're asking that if your Section has a Facebook account, please like the ERMYC 2020 Page and/or share the "sneak peek" video. There are ERYMC 2020 Twitter and Instagram accounts set up as well.
2018 PA Infrastructure Report Card Category of the Month: Passenger Rail
The Northeast Corridor Commission has identified there is a $38 billion backlog in State of Good Repair needs to the Northeast Corridor.
Much of Pennsylvania’s passenger rail infrastructure is over 80 years old and is in need of on-going repairs and/or replacement. Passenger rail agencies have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to safety with advancement of Positive Train Control (PTC) installation within the federally mandated deadlines, which will help prevent major accidents and save lives. When Act 89 was passed in 2013, passenger rail agencies were quick to respond with additional construction to rebuild the system and explore longer term efforts to increase capacity. The demand for passenger rail service continues to grow across Pennsylvania and should be studied further, particularly in the western part of the state, to maximize ridership opportunities. Continued funding is needed to improve existing infrastructure and provide expanded service throughout the state.
2018 Report Card for Pennsylvania’s Infrastructure Has Been Unveiled!
The eighteen categories of infrastructure earned an overall grade of "C-". You can learn more, and read the full report, by visiting http://www.pareportcard.org/.
Leaders Call for Federal Infrastructure Investment
November 2019 - On November 1, Section Past President and PA Report Card Co-Chair Cathy Farrell was invited to a press event with local dignitaries and public officials to highlight the need for passage of a comprehensive federal infrastructure package. This bipartisan call for increased funding that will support union jobs, strengthening of the middle class, and continued environmental health and safety, was conducted at the Cornwells Heights SEPTA Regional Rail station in Bensalem, abutting I-95 and the nearby Delaware River.
Among the speakers at this event were Congressmen Brian Fitzpatrick and Brendan Boyle, former Congressman Ryan Costello, SEPTA General Manager (and Section Member) Jeffrey Knueppel, and community leaders. In addition to lifting up the need for federal mass transit investments, speakers discussed the necessity of improving local drinking water systems and wastewater treatment, bolstering high-speed rail, modernizing schools and the state’s electrical grid, rebuilding roads and bridges, investing in local airports and ports, and increasing flood resilience.
In her remarks, Cathy noted, “Most of us take infrastructure for granted in our daily lives – the systems that deliver clean water to our taps, prevent our neighborhoods from flooding, provide essential mobility and process our trash once it’s picked up from the curb. Infrastructure moves our economy – when the power goes out, we’re not working, when the roads are congested people aren’t earning or shopping. As civil engineers, we urge an all-hands-on-deck approach that will involve state, local and federal governments to take action, to increase investment in infrastructure and to make it priority number one.”
The press conference was hosted by Build Together as the first stop in its nationwide listening tour growing grassroots support for federal infrastructure investments by elevating local impacts across the country. The tour launches on the heels of new polling and focuses group findings, which show an overwhelming majority of swing-state voters support a robust federal infrastructure plan, including 91% of voters polled in Pennsylvania.
Haven’t received your copy of the ASCE Philadelphia Section’s Centennial Book yet? Don’t miss out on your chance to order while supplies last. Preview pages from this book, as well as order the book by visiting our Centennial Book page!
Thanks to Our Section Sponsors - Starting Our 29th Season!
When we first rolled out our sponsorship program at the start of the 1991-92 season, a total of nine “pioneer” firms participated:
- BCM Engineers Inc.
- Lippincott Engineering Associates
- National Timber Piling Council
- Pennoni Associates, Inc.
- Pickering Corts & Summerson, Inc.
- The RBA Group
- Reutter Engineering
- Temple University
- J. Richard Weggel, PhD, PE
Some of these sound familiar, some are no longer. This season, we have begun our 29th year of the Section Sponsorship program. Thus far, 12 companies have committed to be participate for this season. We extend our special and collective THANKS to each sponsor for their financial commitment and support.
As a sponsor, your business card will appear in each edition of THE NEWS from October through May. Sponsor logos are displayed in a special Sponsors section of our website. Additionally, we provide direct links to sponsors’ own websites so prospective employees can review all available and up-to-date positions. We also offer sponsors the opportunity to have a “spotlight” article in an edition of THE NEWS.
If you would like to join, renew or come back after a few years away, we look forward to bringing you into the Section Sponsor fold. All this could be yours for a mere $300 for the season.
Please contact Bob Wright at email@example.com for more details.
Special Offer on ASCE webinars for Philadelphia Section Members
Did you know that as a Philadelphia Section member you get a discount on ASCE National Webinars? Plus some of the registration fee comes back to help fund other Section activities!
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President's Message - January 2020
As we prepare to take on new adventures in 2020, let’s take a moment to reflect on a great 2019. Below are some highlights from the past year:
- Section and Tech Groups presented over 20 PDH worthy technical events
- Held panel discussion on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Ethics
- Hosted tours of SEPTA Elwyn line construction, American Street construction, Ben Franklin Bridge, and Philadelphia International Airport
- Met with government officials to share 2018 PA Report Card
- Section and Tech Groups awarded over $10,000 in scholarships
- Section members won numerous regional awards
- Teamed with Free Library of Philadelphia to run STEM programs for 2nd-5th graders
- YMF continued its positive impact on K-12 students with various outreach activities
- Served the community through the Schuylkill River Trail cleanup, Wissahickon Trail cleanup, Life do Grow service event, and Adopt-A-Highway program
- The Section expanded social media presence; Search “ASCE Phila” in LinkedIn
- Expanded Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) focus by providing D&I Insight at every dinner meeting
In addition to our volunteers, I want to thank all of you for your continued support of the Section throughout the year.
Looking ahead to 2020, keep an eye out for great events and initiatives, such as:
- Multi-Region Leadership Conference (ERYMC 2020)
- Diversity & Inclusion focused programs
- Reviving the ASCE Philadelphia Section mural
Along with a joyous holiday season, I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2020!
Kazi M. Hassan, PE
President, ASCE Philadelphia Section