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2020 February Newsletter Print

President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

Happy soon-to-be Engineers Week! We are pleased to have 2020 ASCE National President-Elect Jean-Louis Briaud join us not only for the T.H. Wu lecture at OSU, but also for an ASCE sponsored reception after the lecture. This is a great opportunity to meet Dr. Briaud to learn more about his and ASCE’s goals, and to network with fellow Central Ohio Section members. Both events are free to attend, but we do request registration to both the T.H. Wu lecture and reception.

We are also finalizing our 7th Annual Central Ohio STEM Expo to be held Saturday, February 29 in Worthington. Free for students in grades K-8, this is one of our great outreach events and a fantastic opportunity to engage with young potential engineers to get them excited for engineering. We encourage you to bring your children, grandchildren, extended family, neighbors or any child for this fun and educational event. You can find more information and register HERE.

As we start preparing for warmer months ahead, we are always looking for opportunities to engage our members. One of our focus areas is on providing tours of interesting projects or engineering related facilities. If you are involved in a project or are affiliated with an engineering facility and would be willing to open it for a member tour, please reach out to us. These are great educational (and entertainment!) opportunities for members young and old.

Thank you!

Brooks Vogel
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section
[email protected]
[email protected]
Phone: 614-487-1650


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Lunch Meeting


February 20, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Registration Deadline: February 10, 2020
5:00 PM
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Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center
10561 Sawmill Parkway
Powell, OH 43065
Venue website


2020 Central Ohio Engineers Week Luncheon

Columbus Regional Airport Authority

Registration will begin at 11:00 AM. Lunch program to begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is February 10 at 5:00 PM. Advanced registration and payment is required. Late registrations may not be accepted.

Registration questions, contact our coordinator for this event,

Brian Moore
100 E. Campus View Blvd., Suite 230, Columbus, Ohio
Phone: (614) 747-6036
Email:  [email protected]
Checks Payable to APWA Central Ohio


Topic: Engineers: Pioneers of Progress

Each year in Central Ohio, we celebrate the work of Professional Engineers by observing National Engineers week, a celebration dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce.

This year we will be hosting an in depth presentation on the CRAA current expansion and the engineering profession. Join fellow engineering colleagues and students for an excellent networking and mentoring opportunity, as well as a delicious meal during the presentation.

We hope to see you there!


Nathan Lee Roy Harris

Nathan Lee Roy Harris, Graduate School, The Ohio State University

Nathan Lee Roy Harris, a second-year graduate student at The Ohio State University (OSU), Department of Engineering Education (EED), has been recently awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). The NSF GRFP is a highly prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students who show immense promise as researchers and leaders in STEM fields.

He recently graduated cum laude from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, obtaining a Bachelor’s in Computer Science as a Gates Millennium Scholar. Nathan’s roots run deep in the Scarlet and Gray, and he is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the university. He is the fourth generation of his family to attend The Ohio State University—a tradition from which he draws strength and that he is honored to continue.

Nathan is passionate about giving back to his community. Upon receiving the Gates Millennium Scholarship, he founded the “Claiming My No Debt College Education College Preparedness” Workshop which focuses on providing resources to students (grades 5-12), parents, and guardians to help prepare them for the financial, social, medical and emotional aspects of post-secondary education and entrepreneurship. Nathan currently serves as the Youth Minister at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, appointed by the late Dr. Charles Edward Booth. He is a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) where he has been an active member for over 10 years. Nathan has always recognized that he is his ancestors’ wildest dreams and the work that he seeks to accomplish both honors those dreams and looks forward to future generations.  

Building upon his history and experience, and through three internships at Google, Nathan realized there was a need to increase the representation of underrepresented people in tech spaces. As a result, his NSF Fellowship research focuses on broadening participation in STEM and the impact that summer K-12 Computer Science programs have on influencing students pursuits of computer science and engineering careers.  


Shannetta Griffin, PE

Shannetta Griffin, PE, Chief Commercial Officer, Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Columbus, OH

Shannetta has more than 30 years of transportation industry experience in planning, designing, constructing, managing budgets and coordinating with stakeholders on various projects, including multiple transportation facilities with an emphasis on aviation. As Chief Commercial Officer of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority – which operates passenger-focused John Glenn International, cargo-focused Rickenbacker International and general aviation airport Bolton Field – Shannetta oversees total revenue generation, including passenger and air cargo development, airline and tenant affairs, concessions management, parking and ground transportation, real estate and the country’s seventh largest foreign-trade zone.

When first arriving at the Columbus Regional Airport Authority in 2017, Shannetta drove capital planning, development and business diversity as Chief Development Officer. Many of the diversity success stories she led resulted in the organization receiving the 2019 Inclusion Champion Award from Airports Council International-North America.

To her credit, the Indianapolis Airport Authority received the same award from ACI-NA in 2016 when Shannetta was their Senior Director of Planning and Development. Shannetta is passionate about diversity and inclusion and believes that leveraging the strengths and resources of multiple partners leads to creating bigger wins and opportunities for all involved. Wherever her career path leads, she devotes herself to her life purpose of advancing women and minorities in transportation and mentoring youth to become professionals in the field. Along the way, she willingly shares her philosophy: “It’s not about the numbers, but the lives you change!”


Choice of Herb Crusted Chicken, Bacon Wrapped Maple Pork Loin, or Vegetarian entrees. Tossed Salad, Roasted Red Skin Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Coffee, Tea, and Dessert will also be provided.


This luncheon is not eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.


Registration is free for students. Please contact our coordinator for this event,

Brian Moore
100 E. Campus View Blvd., Suite 230, Columbus, Ohio
Phone: (614) 747-6036
Email:  [email protected]


You can sponsor this event. Online sponsorship page: E-Week sponsorship


$35.00 Guest

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Register HERE.


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Luncheon Recap

The Central Ohio Section traveled to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio for its annual January Dinner Meeting. Approximately 30 members and students attended the meeting. Those in attendance were treated to presentations from both the Ohio University and Ohio State University ASCE Student Chapters which summarized their various activities over the past year. Each of the chapters have been very busy with student engagement activities, fund raisers, conferences, and competitions. Thank you to both the Ohio University and Ohio State University Student Chapters.

Those in attendance also saw a presentation by Robert Heady, City of Athens Director of Public Works and City Engineer, on the City’s capital improvement plan and ongoing projects. The City currently has many ongoing projects to improve their infrastructure and has a five year capital plan in excess of $35 million. The City works closely with its staff and many partners to deliver projects for the benefit of the residents that will serve them now and into the future.

Special thanks to the Ohio University Student Chapter for its help with the facilities and catering for the meeting.


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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 free of watermarks. 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 Bridges (towns with populations less than 100,000)
    • Historic Bridges (in service before 1970 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 
    2020 Official Rules.

     Questions? Please email us at 
    [email protected]


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Structures Congress 2020

Registration Now Open

Register by  to secure the Early Bird (EB) Registration price!


Why Attend

Join SEI and more than a thousand of your peers from the U.S. and abroad for an excellent program of technical and professional learning, networking and fun social events!

Be inspired and challenged by keynote speakers:

  • Sarah Sladek, CEO of XYZ University on "[email protected]"
  • Ashraf Habibullah, CEO of Computers & Structures, Inc. on "Reaching New Heights in the Structural Engineering Profession"
  • Christopher Wodzicki, Engineering Services Director at BuroHappold Engineering, and Michael Gustafson, Business Strategy Manager at Autodesk on "Museum of the Future: Trends & Technologies Shaping the Future of Structural Engineering"

Interact with and learn from industry leaders, those that develop ASCE/SEI standards, and practice/academic experts on Building, Bridge, Career Development/Business & Professional Practice and more, and earn up to 13 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Special sessions include:

Make new connections for resources in the Exhibit Hall, and enjoy mixing at the Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE) Reception and CSI party Celebrating the Future of Structural Engineering. Bring your staff team and take advantage of the *NEW* Group discount for 5 or more from an organization. Encourage a student or young professional to apply for a scholarship to participate and get involved. 

Come early on Sunday to meet up with friends and colleagues. Join the *NEW* Service Project to create care kits for local homeless shelters, check out an SEI committee meeting, and enjoy the many St. Louis structural engineering landmarks and attractions. 

See you in St. Louis!
Glenn Bell, P.E., S.E., C.Eng, F.SEI, F.ASCE, SEI President 2020
Laura Champion, P.E., M.ASCE, Director SEI of ASCE

A special Thank You to Structures Congress Premier Sponsor Computers & Structures, Inc. for funding programming on leadership, innovation, career development, and more, to inspire and develop the next generation of SE Leaders, and advance the SEI Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering. 

Join the Conversation

Follow SEI on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn and join the conversation with #Structures20.


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Meeting Schedule

Month Topic Organizations Presenter Location
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Ethics Topics ASCE John Greenhalge, Executive Director, Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors Confluence Boathouse
Thursday, October 17, 2019 Building the SmartLane (I-670) ASCE & ECC Brian Toombs (Burgess and Niple), Zac Amnah (ODOT), and Brian Gable (ODOT) The Gahanna Sanctuary
Thursday, November 21, 2019 City of Columbus DOSD, DOW, and Rec&Parks Update ASCE John Newsome (DOSD), Danella Pettenski (DOW), and Jim Miller (Rec & Parks) Big Walnut Park Shelterhouse
Thursday, December 19, 2019 John Glenn International Airport ConRAC & Long Range Plans ASCE & SEAoO 94th Aero Squadron
5030 Sawyer Road
Columbus, OH 43219
94th Aero Squadron
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Dinner Meeting-Student Chapters - USACOE (Flood Resiliancy and Management) ASCE Robert Heady, P.E., P.S., ENV SP — Director of Public Works and City Engineer — City of Athens, OH Ohio University Baker Center - Multicultural Center
Thursday, February, 20, 2020 E-Week All

Nathan Lee Roy Harris, Graduate School, The Ohio State University

Shannetta Griffin, PE, Chief Commercial Officer, Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Columbus, OH

Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center
Thursday, March 19, 2020 Ohio EMA Mitigation Branch Overview ASCE Steve Ferryman (Mitigation Branch Chief, Ohio EMA) Bravo! Lennox Town Center
Thursday, April 16, 2020 I-71 South Side Mega Fix ASCE & ASHE TBD TBD
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Awards Luncheon & EWB Present  ASCE & EWB TBD TBD

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