Board of Directors

President

Christopher J Nye
S&ME, Inc.
e-mail: cnye@smeinc.com

Chris obtained his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University, and has nine years of experience in civil and geotechnical engineering. Chris spent six years with ExxonMobil providing technical expertise for capital projects across their global network of refineries and chemical plants. Projects included soil improvement, excessive differential settlement, construction vibration near sensitive structures, slope stability, flood protection levees, crane foundations, lining technologies, marine terminal engineering, and blast resistant structural design.

After returning to the Midwest, Chris joined S&ME as a Project Manager providing subsurface investigations and geotechnical design services for oil/gas clients, commercial buildings, water and wastewater facilities, transportation projects, and industrial infrastructure. He has significant experience in forensic evaluations of landslides, and providing design recommendations for construction and/or stabilization of earthen slopes. Chris’ experience also includes ground improvement techniques including vibrocompaction, preloading, lightweight fill, reinforced earth, and soil stabilization, and design of both temporary and permanent earth retention systems including sheet pile, soldier pile and lagging, and drilled pier walls.

Chris has been a member of ASCE for 12 years, is a past Vice President of the OSU Student Chapter, and is a member of Chi Epsilon. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Ohio, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

1st Vice President

Veysel Firat Sever
American Structurepoint, Inc.
e-mail: fsever@structurepoint.com

Education

PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering (Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana)
MS in Civil/Hydraulic Engineering (Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, Turkey)
BS in Civil Engineering (Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)

I have 14 years of industry, and three years of academic (Graduate Research Assistant) experience in water and wastewater engineering. I have been working as a consulting engineer for the past nine years. My overall experience spans four states and two countries. As a part of my past experience, I have participated in and led teams for providing design, construction administration, and construction phase services of water and wastewater facilities (pipelines, treatment plants, and pump stations). Additionally, I conducted research on the use of polymeric liners in the rehabilitation of water and wastewater pipelines under three grants and led a project team for ISO 9000 quality assurance/quality control certification.

I have been a steward of the American Society of Civil Engineers for the past seven years via serving on Branch and Section Boards. I also serve as an Associate Editor for the ASCE’s Journal of Pipeline Systems and was a Technical Co-Chair of the ASCE Pipelines conference in 2015. I truly believe in the usefulness of this great organization for engineers that are determined to achieve continuous personal and professional growth.

I am married and we have a 5-year old son. My spare time interests include spending time with family, reading, watching movies, traveling, attending social events, volunteering for charity organizations, and getting exercise.

2nd Vice President

Zach Stolarsky
e-mail: zach.stolarsky@korda.com

Zach obtained his BS in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University and has 4 years of experience in the civil engineering field. Zach is a Bridge/Transportation engineer at Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc. and works in the transportation group serving ODOT, County, City, and other public agency clients on highway, bridge, survey, and right of way projects. Experience also includes site development and public works projects for the private sector and public agencies, including project development from preliminary design to final design and through construction.

He is a past president of the Younger Members Group of the Central Ohio Section

Treasurer
Matthew P Baxendell
e-mail: baxenbuckeye@gmail.com

Secretary

Harold Patrick Karnes
Strand Associates, Inc.
e-mail: patrick.karnes@strand.com

Patrick Karnes is a graduate of Ohio University with a BS in Civil Engineering and began working as a consulting engineer for Strand Associates, Inc. upon graduation. He has nine years of experience primarily in municipal engineering. Patrick has served clients throughout the state on a wide array of design projects including local road and sidewalk design, sanitary sewer design, waterline design, bridge hydraulic modeling and design, and stormwater modeling, storm sewer design, and stormwater management. Patrick serves as a project manager, the Municipal Discipline Coordinator for the Columbus, Ohio office, and Director of Operations for the Columbus, Ohio office.

Patrick was a member of ASCE in college and has continued his involvement throughout his professional career. He is currently serving as the STEM Expo Chair and has served the Younger Member Group treasurer, vice-president, and president.

Member- at- Large

Brooks Mycal Vogel
e-mail: brooks.vogel@korda.com

Brooks obtained his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton and has 14 years of experience in the civil engineering field. Brooks is a partner at Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc. and leads the transportation group serving ODOT, County, City, and other public agency clients on highway, bridge, survey, and right of way projects. Experience also includes all phases of project development on civil, infrastructure, and public works projects for the private sector and public agencies, including project development from preliminary design to final design and through construction. Project manager on transportation and bridge projects, coordinating client communications as well as in-house staff and sub-consultants. Leads new project pursuits and technical project approach submittals. In addition to ODOT training, involvement with all types of projects provides familiarity with various project development processes and procedures.

Specialties: Complete development of roadway design including urban and rural roads, streets, highways and bikeways, utilities, maintenance of traffic and traffic control, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, stormwater management, water lines, erosion and sediment control. Project services also include scheduling, cost estimating, specifications, environmental coordination, environmental document preparation, and permit applications.

Newsletter Editor

Brooks Mycal Vogel
e-mail: brooks.vogel@korda.com

Brooks obtained his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton and has 14 years of experience in the civil engineering field. Brooks is a partner at Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc. and leads the transportation group serving ODOT, County, City, and other public agency clients on highway, bridge, survey, and right of way projects. Experience also includes all phases of project development on civil, infrastructure, and public works projects for the private sector and public agencies, including project development from preliminary design to final design and through construction. Project manager on transportation and bridge projects, coordinating client communications as well as in-house staff and sub-consultants. Leads new project pursuits and technical project approach submittals. In addition to ODOT training, involvement with all types of projects provides familiarity with various project development processes and procedures.

Specialties: Complete development of roadway design including urban and rural roads, streets, highways and bikeways, utilities, maintenance of traffic and traffic control, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, stormwater management, water lines, erosion and sediment control. Project services also include scheduling, cost estimating, specifications, environmental coordination, environmental document preparation, and permit applications.

Website Editor

Peter A Narsavage
e-mail: peter@narsavage.org

Peter has a BCE degree from the University of Detroit and a Masters degree in geotechnical engineering from The Ohio State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

Peter is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Geo-Institute, and the Deep Foundations Institute. He has been the website editor for the Central Ohio Section of ASCE since 1995.

Peter worked for an engineering consulting firm for 11 years in Columbus, and then joined the Ohio Department of Transportation where he served as the state construction geotechnical engineer for ODOT. In that position, he was responsible for writing specifications, training, and construction assistance for issues related to earthwork, foundations, and retaining walls. Peter is now part of the team at E.L. Robinson Engineering, where he specializes in geotechnical and geostructural engineering.

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