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2021 February Newsletter Print

President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

I really enjoyed our January Dinner meeting with both the Ohio University and Ohio State University student chapters. Both chapters have faced challenges this year with coordination and member engagement to name a few. However, both have also found ways to address the challenges and have had successful years. The skill of adaptability they have developed this year will serve them well in their professional careers. Please keep them in mind as you and your organizations look for interns/co-ops and full-time employees. These ASCE members are students that understand the value of not only their education, but involvement in additional activities. This drive for doing "more than required" will surely carry into their careers and demonstrates they are exactly the candidates for hire for which we all are searching. If you would like to get in touch with members of the ASCE student chapters please reach out to us through the website or me directly and we can connect you to them.

We will not have a luncheon conducted by ASCE in February as it is the annual E-Week luncheon conducted by all the engineering organizations. The E-Week luncheon will be held virtually this year on February 25 at 12 PM. The title is "Imagineering Tomorrow" and will feature Mandy Bishop of Smart Cities and Joanna Pinkerton of COTA. Details and a link for registration has been sent to all members and can be found on our website.

As a reminder, if you aren't able to make it to one of our virtual luncheons a recording is available on our YouTube channel. The channel is called Central Ohio ASCE. You can connect to our YouTube channel on the Central Ohio Section website by clicking the  icon on the homepage. We encourage you to subscribe for access to recordings of past virtual luncheons.

As we move into February we are beginning to plan for Board elections in the spring. If you are interested in getting more involved with the Chapter please reach out to me or any of the other Board members to discuss opportunities. 


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

President – ASCE Central Ohio Section
[email protected]
[email protected]
Phone: 614-835-0460


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Lunch Meeting



February 25, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Free to attend

Registration required.


Virtual Meeting



The virtual room will open at approximately 11:45 AM. The presentation will begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is February 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Registration is required. For event questions contact Greg Boyer (Contact information below)


2021 Engineers Week Virtual Luncheon

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.

Event Registration:

We hope to see you online!


Jack Marchbanks, Ph.D.

Jack Marchbanks, Ph.D., Director Ohio Department of Transportation

Jack Marchbanks served as Assistant Director for Business & Human Resources for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) from July 2017 until his appointment as Director by Gov. DeWine in January 2019.

In his role as Assistant Director, he was responsible for the overall management of the department’s 5,000 employees and the development of its $3.3 billion budget. He provided strategic direction to the statewide administrators of the agency’s finance, human resources, information technology, legal, and communications divisions, as well as the opportunity, diversity and inclusion programs. His duties also included service as a voting member of the State Infrastructure Bank and fiduciary oversight of federal fund transfers from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Federal Rail Administration.


Mandy Bishop. P.E.

Mandy K. Bishop, PE, SI, Smart Cities – City of Columbus

Mandy serves as Deputy Director of Public Service assigned as the Smart Columbus Program Manager.  Mandy joined the City of Columbus in July 2017. She uses her 22 years of industry experience with an emphasis on complex project management to lead the delivery the USDOT, Vulcan and American Climate Change Challenge transportation actions and programs. Mandy also oversees Finance, Human Resources and Vision Zero for the department. Prior to joining Columbus, Mandy was a consultant with GPD Group and served in a number of roles including as the staff lead for the Governor’s 21st Century Priorities Task Force and later as Deputy Director of Planning for ODOT.

Mandy holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from THE Ohio State University and is a Registered Ohio Professional Engineer and Surveyor Intern. Mandy is also a WTS International and ASHE member.

Joanna Pinkerton, P.E.

Joanna M. Pinkerton, PE, President/CEO Central Ohio Transportation Authority

A licensed professional engineer with a history of implementing solutions to capitalize on Ohio’s rich legacy of transportation, manufacturing and technical resources, Pinkerton joined COTA in April 2018.

She previously served in roles at the state’s top automotive technology institutions – Honda, Ohio State University and Transportation Research Center Inc., where she was chief operating officer. She also served in leadership roles at the Ohio Department of Transportation and in Union County, which is home to the state’s first connected vehicle corridor, the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor.



Registration is free for students. Please register on the link provided.



You can sponsor this event. To arrange a sponsorship, please contact our coordinator:

Greg Boyer
BG Engineering Group
5910 Wilcox Place, Suite C, Dublin, Ohio 43016
Phone: (614) 615-6499
Checks Payable to ABCD Central Ohio Chapter 



A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued for those who request it. Attendee is reposnsible to determine if the event meets CPD requirements.

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Luncheon Recap

For the January meeting, we got to hear updates from the student chapters of The Ohio State University, led by Dan Rinehart and Danny Vazquez, and Ohio University, led by Liz Myers.  These student chapters are pushing through the world of virtual meetings, and have had very successful years despite the circumstances.  Miles Hebert, P.E. and Mariah Anderson, P.E. with EMH&T then presented on the Cannon Drive Roadway and Levee Project.  The levee is a vital component in the protection of the OSU campus and Wexner Medical Center.  Part of the presentation included a bird's eye view of a recent storm using drone footage in which we were able to see the effects of the new levee south of John Herrick Drive.  Even in this high water scenario, the east side of the levee remained dry.  Now, the University is on to Phase 2, which is under design.  It was a great presentation. 


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Meeting Schedule

Month Topic Organizations Presenter Location
Thursday, August 20, 2020 ODOT South Mega Fix  ASCE & ASHE Steve Fellinger (ODOT) & Randy McClellan (JMT).  Virtual 
Thursday, September 17, 2020 OEMA - Emergency Management  ASCE  Steve Ferryman Virtual 
Thursday, October 22, 2020 Westerville Uptown Improvement Project  ASCE TBA  TBA
Thursday, November 19, 2019 Smart Columbus ASCE  Mandy Bishop & Andy Wolpert (COC Smart Columbus)  TBA
January 21, 2021 Dinner Meeting-Student Chapters - (OSU) ASCE Miles Hebert PE,CFM, LEED Green Associate - Director, Water Resources Engineering - EMHT Virtual
February 21 -27, 2021 E-Week All

Mandy Bishop, PE,SI - Smart Cities - The City of Columbus                Joanna Pinkerton, PE - The Central Ohio Transit Authority

Thursday, March 18, 2021 Ethics Topics ASCE Dean Ringle  Virtual
Thursday, April 15, 2021 Crew Stadium Virtual Tour  ASCE / WTS TBD Virtual 
Thursday, May 20, 2021 Awards Luncheon  ASCE  TBA Virtual

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