2019 March Newsletter Print

Lunch Meeting


March 21, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


$20.00 ASCE member (advance registration)
$25.00 ASCE member (at the door)

$15.00 ASCE life member (advance registration)
$20.00 ASCE life member (at the door)

$10.00 ASCE student (advance registration)
$15.00 ASCE student (at the door)

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member) (advance registration)
$30.00 Guest (not an ASCE member) (at the door)


Hyatt Place Columbus - The Grandview Yard
795 Yard Street
Columbus, OH 43212



Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch program to begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is March 18 at 10:00 AM. Registration is required. Late registrations may be accepted if space is available and will be assessed a $5 surcharge. Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Contact [email protected].  


Join us with National President-Elect and learn about "Engineering the Future"


K.N. Gunalan (Guna), Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, D.GE. - ASCE President 2020

K.N. Gunalan (Guna) is vice president of alternative delivery at AECOM, based in Salt Lake City, UT. Previously, he was a vice president for Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Guna has managed large complex infrastructure projects, providing technical advice on civil, structural, geotechnical, pavement, and materials issues on a variety of projects around the world. His collaborative approach has contributed to many successful programs and projects ranging from a few thousand dollars to more than 3 billion dollars.

He has been active in ASCE for many years, including leadership roles as Region 8 director (2009-2012), Region 8 governor (2005-2007), Utah Section president (2002-2003), and Texas Section High Plains Branch president (1992). He served as the chair of ASCE’s 2014 Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, Panama, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. Most recently, he served as a governor for the Geo-Institute and was a member of the steering committee for the 2017 ASCE India Conference.

Guna has been married for 35 years to Duru. They have a son, Kabilar, and a daughter, Pallavi. He loves to read, travel, and learn about new cultures.


Good Morning Breakfast (without waking up early!!) - Pancakes with syrup, whipped cream and Chef's choice of fruit topping, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, sausage, assorted juices, assorted yogurts, cold cereal with milk, breakfast breads with butter and jelly, coffee, and tea.


A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the program.

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Legislative Update

FOR Ohio Update--February 25, 2019

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, Governor DeWine and his Administration committed to addressing Ohio’s transportation funding problem and included an 18-cent increase in the state motor fuel user fee in their two-year Transportation Budget proposal. The increase would take effect on July 1, 2019.  In addition, the fee would be indexed to the Consumer Price Index annually. 

ACEC Ohio testified in support of increased transportation funding at the House Finance Committee last Wednesday (ACEC Ohio House testimony 2.20.19) and will testify again this week  in support of the Govenor's proposal for a motor fuel user fee increase with indexing. Bergman Testify

Our coalition must maintain a strong show of support as this proposal moves through the legislature. With a short time frame to consider the state Transportation budget, it must be passed by the end of March, both Representatives and Senators need to hear from you. Please contact your legislators, either by phone, email or letter, asking them to support the DeWine Administration’s transportation funding proposal.  

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Social Media

Follow US on Instagram @centralohioasce 

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Meeting Schedule

Date Topic Group Location Coordinator
November 15, 2018
ODOT Portsmouth Bypass ASCE Hampton Inn Scioto Downs Brooks Vogel
December 20, 2018
Hyperloop ASCE Boathouse at Confluence Park Brooks Vogel
January 24, 2019
Engineers Without Borders &
OSU/OU Student Presentations
ASCE/EWB Varsity Club Basement
278 W. Lane Ave
Columbus, OH 43201
Dave Pritchard
February 21, 2019
Engineers Week Luncheon All TBD E-Week Committee
Sat. March 2, 2018 ASCE Central Ohio STEM Expo All Whitehall HS ASCE
March 21, 2019
ASCE National President-Elect ASCE Hyatt Place Columbus - The Grandview Yard
795 Yard Street
Columbus, OH 43212
Brooks Vogel
April 17, 2019
Legislative Update ASCE TBD Brooks Vogel
May 2, 2019 Spring Technical Seminar ASCE OSU Hitchcock Hall Jon Sterenberg
May 23, 2018
Buckeye Lake Dam ASCE Eagleview at Blacklick Woods Metro Park Brooks Vogel
June, 2019
Planning Meeting All TBD Jon Sterenberg
June 21, 2018
Day Event
23rd Annual Golf Outing ASCE Darby Creek Golf Course Jim Pajk


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Bridges Photo Contest

  • Bridges Inspire:

    The American Society of Civil Engineers is looking for striking photographs of bridges, taken in the United States or abroad, that highlight design and engineering achievements of civil engineers.

    Contestants must be individuals over 18 years of age or engineering firms, and they must be the creator or owner of their submitted photographs. Contestants may enter up to 5 photos. Each individual photo may not be entered in more than one category and must be watermark free. Cash prizes will be awarded, and all submissions are eligible for inclusion in our next Bridges Calendar.

    Judges will recognize two winners in each of the seven categories:

    • All Bridges
    • Small Town/City Bridges (in towns with populations less than 100,000)
    • Historic Bridges (in service before 1967 and historically important to the country/region where it is located)
    • Pedestrian Bridges
    • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images
    • Black & White Images
    • ASCE Student Members

    In addition, 12 photographs will be selected as finalists for the Viewer’s Choice Award, which will be voted on by the general public.

    To enter, contestants must complete the online entry form below and upload the photographs as directed. Details about the contest, including eligibility requirements and category descriptions, are available in the 2019 Official Rules.

    Questions? Please email us at [email protected]

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Northeast Ohio Infrastructure Report Card

Every four years, America’s civil engineers provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s infrastructure in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Infrastructure Report Card. Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card examines current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigning grades and making recommendations to raise them. The most recent report card gave the infrastructure of the United States a cumulative grade point average of D+.

In 2016, the Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) initiated a similar effort focused on Northeast Ohio (NEO), forming the NEO Infrastructure Report Card Committee. For nearly 18 months, its members volunteered their time and expertise to visit public officials, examine various sources of data, and participate in monthly progress meetings. The committee included professional engineers from the private, public and academic sectors. Case Western Reserve University civil engineering students also assisted in the effort. Our findings about each infrastructure category we studied were peer reviewed by experts in the appropriate field and by ASCE.

Northeast Ohio’s Infrastructure has received a cumulative GPA of D+, a composite score of the seven key infrastructure categories evaluated. This report provides context and explains how the committee arrived at this grade.


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Younger Member Group Events

Please join the ASCE YM Group in welcoming the ASCE National President-Elect, K.N. Gunalan (Guna), Ph.D., PE, F.ASCE, D.GE to Columbus! This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with the National President-Elect and get to know his global perspective of the civil engineering industry.  


The happy hour will take place on Wednesday, March 20th at Eddie George’s Grille in Grandview Yard (775 Yard Street, Columbus) from 5:00 to 7:30pm.

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