President's Message

Patrick KarnesCentral Ohio  Section:

Welcome to 2020-2021 Central Ohio ASCE year! I would like to thank the membership for allowing me to serve as the President of the Section this year. I would like to thank Brooks Vogel for his leadership through what turned out to be a very interesting year for the Section and world at large. Through his leadership we were able to change our mode of delivery and still hold our luncheons and Spring Technical Seminar. The rest of the Board also deserves a big “thank you” as well for their assistance in the past  year. I would also like congratulate our newest Board members Manu Bhatt (Member-at-Large) and Tom Lyden (Secretary).

 In June we held the annual Golf Outing which was a big success. Thanks to Jim Pajk and the Younger Member Group for putting it together, the sponsors for their continued support, and the golfers for attending. In August we held a virtual luncheon on the Southside MEGA Fix at which Steve Fellinger or ODOT and Randy McClellan of JMT informed attendees about the massive planning and coordination required to design and construct the project which will reshape the transportation infrastructure along I-71 on the south side of the Columbus. In September our virtual luncheon was delivered by Steve Ferryman of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency who provided information about Ohio EMA and their programs for hazard mitigation.

 Keep your eyes open for an invite to our October Virtual Luncheon tentatively scheduled for October 22. We plan to offer a presentation on the City of Westerville Uptown Project related to design challenges, construction challenges, and public outreach.

 I am excited about the year to come. Though it does not appear that right now we will be able to come together in-person as we have done in the past I think that we will still be able to provide a lot of value to our members in the way of technical luncheons and seminars. Adversity creates opportunity and this has created an opportunity for the Section to rethink our mode of operation and creatively find ways to benefit all members. I believe we are finding ways to do that and I am excited to be a part of our continued innovation.


H. Patrick Karnes, P.E., ENV SP

President – ASCE Central Ohio Section
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Phone: 614-835-0460