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President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

The Central Ohio section is excitedly preparing for our Virtual March Luncheon scheduled for March 18. Dean Ringle will be speaking about real-world application of ethics laws and standards. It should be a great presentation.

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.

It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since COVID became a topic of daily discussion and cancellations began. It has been a year of many changes and pivots. People pivoted in their professional lives to working from home or hybrid schedules, or had to pivot to a completely different work life with masks and distance if they couldn't work from home. People had to change their personal lives to accommodate kids taking classes at home and to limit face-to-face interactions with family and friends. We as a Section also had to pivot to virtual meetings and luncheons. I want to commend the Board of the Central Ohio Section for all the work they did over the past year to continue to serve our members and provide you the value you expect from the Section. As we move into year number two of COVID, I am very hopeful this spring will be another time of change and pivot to vaccines, in office work, and more in-person programming. I am hopeful that by the fall we are ready to begin some in-person meetings. Only time will tell, but I am very excited about this potential and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Stay well!


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

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


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Lunch Meeting


March 18, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Registration Deadline: March 17, 2021
11:55 PM
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Virtual Meeting



The virtual room will open at approximately 11:45 AM. The presentation will begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is March 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Registration is required. Contact [email protected]


Theory versus practice. Classroom versus real-world. Many times, those tasked with following ethics laws, standards or codes are given theoretical, classroom type examples not applicable in the much more complex, nuanced world we live and work in.


Dean C. Ringle, P.E., P.S.  Executive Director of the County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO)

Mr. Ringle is Executive Director of the County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO). Prior to joining CEAO, he worked at the Franklin County Engineer’s Office for more than 36 years, with the last 17 years serving as the Franklin County Engineer. He serves on the boards of the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and the OSU Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering Advisory Board.


A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the program. This CPD hour will count toward the Ohio Board of Registration for Professional Engineers requirement for ethics. 


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$10.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)

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ASCE Resume Workshop

ASCE Resume Workshop

Starts:  Mar 22, 2021 9:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Mar 26, 2021 5:00 PM (ET)
Community:   Career By Design


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When & Where

Mar 22 - 26, (ET)


Want to turn those job applications into job interviews? It’s all about crafting the perfect resume. The way you present your work history isn’t just important; it can be the crucial reason you get that call back for an interview. And the ASCE Resume Workshop can help.

The workshop will be a live thread in ASCE Career by Design from March 22 – March 26. All submitted resumes will be reviewed by coaches and receive a response by March 29 on the thread.

*** You must be an ASCE Member for your resume to be reviewed. If you register to the event, we will send you a reminder when the thread is open. 

The team of career coaches brings a diversity of experience and wealth of knowledge to the process. 

Meet the ASCE Resume Workshop coaches: 

Daniel Bressler, E.I.T., Structural Project Engineer
Best Resume Tip? Think of your resume objectively. If you were looking to hire, would you hire you?
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? You create your own outcomes.
Anything is possible if you keep the end goal in mind and break down your tasks into quantifiable objectives.

Doug Cantrell, P.E., PMP, Preservation and Repair Engineer
Best resume tip? 
Use bullet points and effective headings to organize your resume.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? 
It’s not a mistake, unless you make it twice.

Joyce Lin, EIT, Civil/Transportation Engineer
Best resume tip? Quantify your responsibilities as much as you can (we like to see the impact/results of what you did) and don’t be afraid to own up to your task (never say “assisted”)

Best career advice ever received? Make sure you understand what you’re doing and why, instead of just doing the task. Think about if what you’re designing and calculating makes sense because engineers make mistakes too.

Edith Martinez‐Guerra, PhD, PE, Research Environmental Engineer
Best resume tip: Keep it concise. Don’t necessarily group accomplishments by categories but group them under each position or degree (s).
What's the best career advice you've ever received? Having a mentor can make a great difference in your career.

Kathryn Little, EIT, Water Resources Engineer
Best resume tip? Keep it clear. Many recruiters may not spend more than a glance at it if it’s too cluttered or poorly formatted.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? Look for a job that is a good fit, but if a job doesn’t turn out the way you hoped, you can still learn from the experience and then use it as a steppingstone to a better one.
Nicolai Oliden, P.E., Project Engineer and Office Manager
Best resume tip: 
Become so desirable, or network so well that you don’t need a resume.
What’s the best career advice you've ever received? 
“You don’t get paid by the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to that hour” –Jim Rohn. This has made me continually focus on what value I’m bringing to my job each day and finding ways to always improve.

Danielle Schroeder, EIT, CBSI, Associate Bridge Engineer
Best resume tip? Experience in the past should be written in past tense. If it is present experience, use present tense.

What's the best career advice you've ever received? The best career advice I ever received was from a Drexel Alumnus and the advice was to apply for the BS/MS Accelerated Degree program at my university. To be able to graduate with both my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Civil Engineering in five years was difficult, but it made it so much easier for me to stand out when I was searching for my first full-time job and I might not have applied to the program if it wasn't for that advice! Generally speaking, I recommend that you connect with alumni from your school, preferably one who studied the same major as you as they have some great advice for you that is specific to your school! 

Christopher Seigel, P.E., M.ASCE, Civil Engineer
Best Resume Tip? Let your resume “tell the story you want to tell about yourself.” This includes organizing your information in a certain way, and including specific information tailored to each opportunity you are pursuing.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? Choose a career that you care about, that interests you, or that you believe in. You will likely spend a lot of time in it. To quote Alan Watts: “This is the real secret of life ‐ to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

Heidi C. Wallace, P.E., M.ASCE, Professional Engineer
Best resume tip: Make it organized in a way that information can be found at a glance
What's the best career advice you've received? Apply to companies with the kind of company culture and atmosphere you want to work in

Jennifer Sloan Ziegler, P.E., Ph.D., ENV SP, Engineer
Best resume tip? Keep your resume clean – balance white space and text.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? You need to know what you know. You need to know what you don’t know. And you need to learn to ask for help.





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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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