2019 April Newsletter Print

President's Report

Peter NarsavageCentral Ohio  Section Members:

If you contacted your state senator or representative about the importance of infrastructure funding, THANK YOU! The Ohio Legislature finally agreed to an increase in the motor fuel tax, and it will go into effect this summer. (I am also happy to hear my next car will not have to have a front license plate.) More good news, the media is reaching out to the Central Ohio ASCE section for information about infrastructure, and it promises to be a continuing conversation.

Our March luncheon with the ASCE President-Elect K.N. Gunalan (Guna) went very well. He was interested in our thoughts on the organization of the society and what we as a section wanted to see from our national organization. I also attended Geo-Congress 2019 where I had a chance to speak with the ASCE director of member services, Curtis Nunley. They have made some significant changes to the information management systems at ASCE, and it should really help members and sections alike.

Finally, every year we look to grant two awards - the Outstanding Civil Engineer of Central Ohio and the Outstanding Section Member of ASCE Central Ohio. I would love to hear who you think is deserving of one of these awards. Please send me your nominations.

Peter Narsavage, P.E.
President – ASCE Central Ohio Section
[email protected]

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Lunch Meeting


April 17, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


$20.00 ASCE member
($5 Late fee)

$15.00 ASCE life member
($5 Late fee)

$10.00 ASCE student
($5 Late fee)

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)
($5 Late fee)

Register before Friday, Apr 12, 2019 to avoid late fees.


Camp Mary Orton Lodge
7925 N High St
Columbus, OH 43235



NOTE EARLIER TIMES - Registration will begin at 11:00 AM. Lunch will begin at approximately 11:40. The program will begin at 12:00 PM. Deadline for registration is April 12 at 4:00 PM. Registration is required. Late registrations may be accepted if space is available and will be assessed a $5 surcharge. Walk ins may not be accepted. Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Contact [email protected].  


Congressman Troy Balderson currently serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the 116th Congress. Congressman Balderson will review his priorities for the T&I Committee and give us an update on infrastructure related issues such as the Highway Trust Fund, a new surface transportation bill, FAA and WRDA bills, funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and more.


Congressman Troy Balderson — Representative for Ohio's 12th Congressional District

Congressman Troy Balderson was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives on September 5, 2018 and represents Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. Troy currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; House Science, Space, and Technology Committee; as well as the House Small Business Committee and its Innovation and Workforce Subcommittee, for which he serves as Ranking Member.

A lifelong Ohioan, Troy was born and raised in Muskingum County and graduated from Zanesville High School. He attended Muskingum College and The Ohio State University, and worked on the family farm and for his family-owned automotive dealership before pursuing a career in public service.

Troy was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2008 and was appointed to the Ohio Senate in 2011. Troy was reelected to the Ohio Senate twice and served as chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. During his time in the Ohio Senate, Troy voted to cut taxes by $5 billion, eliminate Ohio’s deficit, and replenish the state’s rainy-day fund.

As a principled conservative, Troy supports protecting life, Second Amendment rights, and ensuring Ohio’s job creators have the tools and resources they need to grow their businesses. As the operator of a family-owned farm, Troy has seen firsthand the damage that government overregulation and burdensome red tape can have on small businesses. He believes government plays a key role in creating the environment for economic growth and prosperity.

An avid runner and cyclist, Troy has completed multi-day adventure races that also involve whitewater rafting and climbing, and finished a 600-mile hike through the Rocky Mountains.

Troy currently resides in Zanesville and has one son, Joshua. He has served as an elder at the First Christian Church in Zanesville.


Lunch buffet of salad, chicken picatta, roasted pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, sides, fresh rolls, assorted cookies and brownies, and drinks.


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

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Luncheon Recap

National President-Elect K.N. Gunalan (Guna) gave us a thought provoking presentation about "Engineering the Future" and how we design our world for future population growth. Prior to the luncheon we were provided with a guided tour of the SMART Columbus Experience Center to learn more about current and future development of connected and autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and other projects coming out of Columbus' SMART Columbus initiative. It was a very informative opportunity that is open to the public, including availability of test drives of various electric vehicles. In addition, the autonomous shuttle loop utilizes the adjacent street, and we were able to take a ride through the city. During our trip, the shuttle operated autonomously 93% of the trip, even in the rain.

The SMART Columbus Experience Center is a very informative opportunity open to the public in our own back yard. We encourage you to check it out.


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Spring Technical Seminar


May 02, 2019
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


$100.00 ASCE Member
($30.00 Late fee)

$120.00 ASCE Non-Member
($30.00 Late fee)

$45.00 Student Ticket
($30.00 Late fee)

$90.00 Government Employee
($30.00 Late fee)

Register before Tuesday, Apr 30, 2019 to avoid late fees.


The Ohio State University, Hitchcock Hall
2070 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210




Please plan to attend our 2019 annual Spring Seminar. This year the topic will focus on geotechnical and seismic engineering, with expert speakers from across the nation. Earn up to 6 PDH credits.


Prof. Youssef Hashash, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Prof. Jonathan P. Stewart, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE – University of California Los Angeles
Prof. Daniel E. Pradel, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE – The Ohio State University


Time Presentation



Registration with Coffee and Assorted Breakfast Items



Introduction - Prof. Daniel E. Pradel, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE – The Ohio State University
  • Why should we consider seismic demands for sites in OH and neighboring states
  • 1985 Mexico City Case history and its applicability to soft clay sites in, e.g., OH
  • Examples of high vulnerability in OH, e.g., hydraulic fill dams, old unreinforced brick structures, etc. (exemplified by the 2016 Pawnee, OK earthquake)
  • How should we approach geotechnical earthquake engineering designs (road map)



Seismic Characterization - Prof. Jonathan P. Stewart, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Seismic hazard
  • Demands for design
  • 2018 seismic maps (to be published around April)



Break - Coffee, Water, and Soft Drinks



Site Specific Ground Motions - Prof. Youssef Hashash, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Overview – Amplification functions versus ground response analysis
  • Site characterization and subsurface investigation methods
  • 1D ground response analysis (DEEPSOIL primer)



Lunch: Buffet – Blackwell Inn



Liquefaction - Prof. Jonathan P. Stewart, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
  • Analysis by simple methods (e.g., Idriss)
  • Strength for post-liquefaction analyses



Slope Stability - Prof. Daniel E. Pradel, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE
  • Newmark hypothesis
  • Simplified rigid block analyses (e.g., Bray)
  • FEM advantages and advanced analyses, e.g., FLAC



Break - Coffee, Water, Soft Drinks, and Assorted Snacks



SSI - Prof. Jonathan P. Stewart, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
  • Intro to SSI (including racking concept for walls)
  • MO approach vs SSI for earth pressures



  • Professional practice issues
  • Round table / questions


Happy Hour – OSU Faculty Club


Engineers, structural designers, construction managers, city officials, regulatory professionals, and others interested in learning more about current geotechnical and seismic design practices.


Everyone is invited to a happy hour after the seminar at the OSU Faculty Club. ASCE will be sponsoring your first drink of the afternoon. 


If you have any questions, please contact Jon Sterenberg at [email protected]resourceinternational.com.

Register before April 15, 2019 to avoid late registration fees! 

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Legislative Update

Thank you all for your calls, emails, and support of H.B. 62. Earlier this week the Ohio Legislature passed H.B. 62 (Transportation Budget). The following major changes were included in the approved bill:

  • 10.5 cent increase in motor fuel tax effective 7/1/19
  • 19 cent increase in diesel fuel tax effective 7/1/19
  • Fees for electric vehicles set at $200 and Hybrid vehicles at $100
  • Removal of front license plate by July 1, 2020
  • Does not index the motor fuel tax to inflation


ASCE was an active member in the FOR Ohio Coalition, and the following statement was released by FOR Ohio - 

“Our Coalition expresses deep appreciation to the Governor, leaders of the General Assembly and many legislators of both parties in the House and Senate for reacting quickly and decisively to news of a looming crisis in state and local transportation funding.

“The bipartisan agreement up now up for floor votes in the House and Senate will help ODOT avoid a crippling financial shortfall, fund needed maintenance and provide funding for priority highway improvement projects.  The motor fuel tax adjustment will also provide welcome increases in funding for local roadways — the first such increases in funding for local jurisdictions since the last Ohio motor fuel tax adjustment in 2005.

“Our coalition believes a higher increase, with an indexing provision to offset the effects of inflation, would have been even better for Ohio in the long run, but there’s no question that today’s significant bipartisan package to increase roadway support and additional funding for public transit is a very positive outcome for our state’s economy and the day-to-day lives of our citizens.”


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On Tuesday March 12th and Wednesday, March 13th, 258 ASCE members from 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico, arrived on Capitol Hill to advocate for infrastructure and the civil engineering community. Seven members from Ohio, including 3 from the Central Ohio Section,  made visits to Senators Brown and Portman, Representatives Beatty, Stivers, and Balderson, as well as 6 other Ohio Representatives.

Armed with everyday civil engineering experiences, issues briefings from the ASCE Government Relations team, and insight from keynote speakers, Fly-In attendees met with over 330 congressional offices on Wednesday afternoon. They advocated for a 25-cent per gallon motor fuels tax increase to help fix the Highway Trust Fund, fully appropriating key infrastructure programs in FY2020, and urged Members of Congress to follow ASCE’s Principles for Investment as they draft a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Prior to educating Capitol Hill on the importance of and urgent need for infrastructure investment, ASCE members received advocacy tips and tools from notable guests. During Tuesday’s programs members heard from Brad Fitch, CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), while Neil Pedersen, Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board shared details from their latest study “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System.”

During Wednesday’s advocacy session, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) provided insights on what legislators hope to hear from constituents and the current status of a federal infrastructure package before heading out to make visits to Members of Congress.


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Keep an eye out for your ballot for the annual elections for board positions for the Central Ohio Section, delegates to the Ohio Council of Local Sections, and Section Member and Civil Engineer of the Year awards. You will recieve an email with a link to our new online voting system. All voting is strictly confidential.

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Social Media

Follow US on Instagram @centralohioasce 

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Columbus Crew Game

You are invited to join the ASHE Joint
Association Columbus Crew Game
versus DC United!
Tickets are $20 for members and
guests/family, $30 for non-members.
This is block seating with other members
in the Lower Sideline (Yellow).

Sign up soon as tickets are limited! 


For more information contact Tom Less at [email protected]


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Section Awards

In preparation for the upcoming awards, we are seeking nominations for the categories described below.

OUTSTANDING CENTRAL OHIO SECTION MEMBER - Presented by the Central Ohio Section, this award is presented annually to an outstanding member of the Central Ohio Section. For a list of past winners, click HERE. To nominate an individual, please contact any board member or email [email protected]. General Requirements:

1. Member of Central Ohio Section in good standing.

2. Has made a significant contribution to the Section through participation in the activities of the Section.

3. Promotes a good image of the Section and its members through their participation and example.

OUTSTANDING CIVIL ENGINEER OF CENTRAL OHIO – Presented by the Central Ohio Section, this award is presented annually to an outstanding civil engineer who doesn’t have to be an ASCE member. For a list of past winners, click HERE. To nominate an individual, please contact any board member or email [email protected].

General Requirements:

1. Practices or teaches civil engineering in Central Ohio.

2. Must have made a significant contribution to civil engineering profession during the last year.

3. One who exemplifies the public image and perception of the civil engineer and its profession.


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Save the Date

Join us for a rousing game of laser tag at Lazer Kraze Lewis Center!  

Who: Joint  ASCE Younger Member and ASCE main section event

I've invited you to fill out a form:


ASCE Laser Tag Event Registration


Thursday, April 25th, 7:30pm 
Lazer Kraze
459 Orange Point Dr Ste B, Lewis Center, OH 43035



Space is limited to 20 participants so reserve your spot now, more information to come!


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The 6th annual Central Ohio STEM (Science Technology Engineering, and Math) Expo, presented by the Central Ohio Section of ASCE, was held on March 2, 2019 at Whitehall High School. The STEM Expo is a free educational outreach event for students in kindergarten through 8th grade which taught students concepts in the STEM fields through fun and interactive activities and exhibits. This year students built bridges with various materials, learned about runoff in sand tables, battled robots, saw concrete float, fired a pneumatic cannon, and touched a real human brain among many others. This year we had approximately 250 students attend the Expo. The STEM Expo Planning Committee wants to thank all of the exhibitors, the sponsors, OSU ASCE Student Chapter, and the attendees for making the Expo such a success. The STEM Expo Planning Committee includes the flowing ASCE members: Matt Decker, Andrew Gort, Justin Wilkinson, Tom Less, Phil Hinson, Sean Herman, Keith Knuppel, Kevin Bakalar, Carlos Vazquez, Scott Tourville, Jennifer Rivera Marsh, Evan Mickey, Rich Irwin, Jordan Gort, and Patrick Karnes.

Stem Expo 2019 - Overall View                     Stem Expo 2019 - Image 2


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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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Ohio Legislative Day

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Program Details


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

  • Check-in begins at 8:00 AM
  • Seminar:  8:55 AM-2:45 PM
  • Legislator visits begin at 2:45 PM


Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square 
75 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 365-4500   1-800-325-3535
Driving Directions 

Suggested Parking: The Sheraton is across from the Ohio Statehouse.  There is valet parking at the hotel.  Options include:  parking in the Statehouse underground garage, at the Huntington Center Parking Garage entering from Capital Street (off of Front Street) or Columbus Commons Parking Garage off 3rd or Rich Streets.  Additional parking options may be found by clicking HERE.  Bring payment for parking.

What's Included?
Seminar, materials, light breakfast, box lunch and a certificate of completion

Continuing Professional Development Hours

OSPE programs are designed to meet the requirements for Ohio’s continuing professional development (CPD) law and State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors (State Board of Registration) rules.  For Ohio licensees, the State Board of Registration determines the acceptance of individual courses for CPD credit. The State Board of Registration does not preapprove any courses or course providers.  OSPE programs are also designed to comply with the law in KY, NC and WV.  Be sure to consult those states’ licensing authorities.  This program also meets CPD requirements in many additional states.  There are 5 CPD hours associated with this program. Professionals should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  Be sure to sign your attendance card so that your attendance may be verified in case you are audited by the State.
By registering for this program you acknowledge that your photographic image may be taken for publication purposes.
State Employees - Great News!
State of Ohio exempt employees are eligibile for reimbursement on conference, seminar and training events through the Employee Development Fund.  For details, e-mail [email protected]

Legislative Visits Are Encouraged

Following the program, you will have the opportunity to visit with State legislators to talk about passing laws that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and help engineers do their work.  OSPE will make the appointments on your behalf.  You will be assigned to a "Team Captain" who will escort you to your destination and guide you through the meeting process.  

Cancellation Policy & Substitutions Registrants may withdraw from the event with full refund less $25 processing fee provided OSPE is notified in writing at least 72 hours prior to the event's start.  After that time, registrants are responsible for the full registration fee.  Substitutions of attendees may be made at any time although nonmember differential rates will apply if a nonmember replaces a member. 

Schedule and speakers are subject to change.


Pam McClure 
Ohio Society of Professional Engineers 
[email protected]


Ohio Engineers Legislative Day 

Ohio Statehouse

There are up to 5 Continuing Professional Development Hours associated with this seminar.


8:00 am
Coffee & light breakfast provided

8:55 am
Steve Day, PE, President, OSPE
Joe Warino, PE, PS, FNSPE, VP, OSPE Legislative & Government Affairs

9:00 am
Welcome ODOT Director / Plans for ODOT
Jack Marchbanks, PhD, Director, ODOT

9:45 am
Insights on the Legislature from a Professional Engineer’s Perspective
Louis W. Blessing, III, PE, State Representative, Ohio House, District 29

10:15 am
10-Minute Break

10:25 am
A Detailed Analysis of Bills that Affect Engineering Practice (with Advocacy Training)
Matt Whitehead, Vice President, Governmental Policy Group, Inc.

11:25 am
5-Minute Break

11:30 pm
Lunch & Speaker
Why Should Engineers Be Involved in Public Policy?
Aaron Castelo, CAE, Director, State Government Relations, American Society of Civil Engineers 

1:00 pm
Deconstructing an Engineering College's Place in a Research University
Dennis Irwin, PhD, PE, Dean, Russ College of Engineering & Technology, Ohio University

2:00 pm
Coal-Fired Power Plant Basics & Overview
Paul Jackson, PE, Asset Manager, Buckeye Power

Power Generation in 2019:  How the Transmission Grid & Energy Markets
   are Adapting to Changing Technology
Ben Wilson, PE, Manager, Power Delivery, Buckeye Power 

2:45 pm
Legislative Visits Begin


Welcome ODOT Director / Plans for ODOT

Participants will learn:

  • The Outcome of the Biennial Transportation Budget
  • Status of Ohio's Resources and the Condition of our System
  • Our Ability to Fund and Maintain Ohio's Transportation System Including Traffic Safety Devices and the Nation's 4th Largest Interstate System and 2nd Largest Inventory of Bridges
  • The Challenges of Increased Fuel Efficiencies & Electric Vehicles
  • Public Safety Considerations
  • Working with Local Partners
  • Priority Projects

Jack Marchbanks, PhD, Director, Ohio Department of Transportation

Dr. Marchbanks served as assistant director in business and human resources for ODOT from July 2017 until his appointment as director by Governor Mike 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.  He is a former member of the Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC).  Dr. Marchbanks earned his PhD from Ohio University. He also holds an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a master’s degree from Clark-Atlanta University. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton, with a bachelor’s degree in political science.


Insights on the Legislature from a Professional Engineer's Perspective

Participants will learn:

  • Update on Tyler's Law - Regarding Amusement Ride Inspections
  • Update on House Bill 159 - Indemnity Provisions in Professional Design Contracts Related to Public Improvements
  • Insights from the Ohio House Primary and Secondary Education Committee
  • Why Engineers Should Run for Office

State Representative Louis W. Blessing, III, PE, Ohio House of Representatives, District 29

Representative Blessing is serving his 4th term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 29th Ohio House District, which includes portions of western Hamilton County.  With an extensive background in electrical engineering, he works as an engineer at Super Systems, Inc., in Cincinnati.  Previously, he worked at Duke Energy and Nova Engineering.  He earned a BA in mathematics and a BS in electrical engineering at the University of Cincinnati.  The Representative is a licensed PE and a member of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.


A Detailed Analysis of Bills that Affect Engineering Practice
(with Advocacy Training)

Participants will learn:

  • Occupational Licensure Reform Trends Around the Country & Ohio
  • Details about Tyler's Law (Rep. Blessing)
  • Details about Senate Bill 1 (Sens. McColley & Roegner) & House Bill 115 (Reps. Riedel & Roemer) - Reducing Regulatory Restrictions
  • Details about Senate Bill 7 (Sens. Lehner & Hackett) - Temporary State Occupational Licenses for Military & their Spouses
  • Additional Bills Affecting Engineering Practice
  • Includes Managerial Training for Working with & Educating Members of the Ohio General Assembly on Engineering Policy Initiatives

Matt Whitehead, Vice President, Governmental Policy Group, Inc.

Mr. Whitehead is a graduate of Xavier University with a degree in political science and minors in business and peace studies.  Prior to joining Governmental Policy Group & RH Resources, Matt served as the legislative liaison for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, conducting legislative affairs including Controlling Board requests, bill monitoring, testimony preparation and presentation. With Matt’s nearly two decades of extensive experience in the development of public policy, he has worked on a variety of topic areas that touch virtually every aspect of state government.

Why Should Engineers Be Involved in Public Policy?

Participants will learn:

  • The important issues facing the profession right now
  • Changes in the licensure environment & the need for infrastructure investment
  • Review why input from engineers is important in these policy areas
  • Provide resources & tools for engineers to get involved

Aaron Castelo, CAE, Director, State Government Relations,
American Society of Civil Engineers

Mr. Castelo is the director of State and Local Government Relations for ASCE, and has more than 20 years of experience in state government relations, most of it with professional and trade associations based in Washington, D.C.  In his role at ASCE, Castelo oversees the association’s program to engage ASCE’s local Sections in efforts to influence state governments on issues affecting civil engineering and to advocate for ASCE priority issues at the state level.  He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area State Relations Group.  Mr. Castelo is a graduate of Indiana University with a double major in journalism and political science.  He has an MA in political science from Ball State University, and he is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management.


Deconstructing an Engineering College's Place in a Research University

Participants will learn:

  • How authority is delegated at a research university
  • What resources are available and how is the split of resources among the colleges and other units determined
  • How a mismatch of authority and resource allocation can cause confusion
Dennis Irwin, PhD, PE, Dean, Russ College of Engineering & Technology, Ohio University


Dean Irwin joined Ohio University in 1987, coming from the aerospace/defense industry. In 2002 he became Dean of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.  In July 2019, he will retire as one of the longest serving deans in the history of the Russ College, Ohio University and likely the state.

Coal-Fired Power Plant Basics & Overview

Participants will learn:
  • Describe several processes at the plant involved in meeting environmental rules
  • Be able to describe overview of the market 


Paul Jackson, PE, Asset Manager, Buckeye Power                      


Mr. Jackson graduated in 2007 with a BS in engineering physics from The Ohio State University.  He became a PE in 2013.  He has worked in the Power Industry for 12 years, first at American Electric Power and now at Buckeye Power.



Power Generation in 2019:  How the Transmission Grid
& Energy Markets are Adapting to Changing Technology


Participants will learn:

  • Understand how the transmission grid influences energy markets, and vice versa
  • Understand the benefits and limitations for solar, wind, and energy storage

Ben Wilson, PE, Manager of Power Delivery, Buckeye Power

Mr. Wilson graduated from Ohio University in 2003 with a BS in chemical engineering.  He received his PE registration in 2008.  Ben completed an MBA from Clarion University in 2018.  He has worked in the Power Industry for 10 years, first at American Electric Power followed by Buckeye Power.


Legislative Visits
Following the program, you will have the opportunity to visit with State legislators to talk about passing laws that protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and help engineers do their work.  OSPE will make the appointments on your behalf.  You will be assigned to a "Team Captain" who will escort you to your destination and guide you through the meeting process.

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