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2021 May Newsletter Print

President's Message

Central Ohio  Section:

I am excited for the upcoming Crew Stadium tour event with WTS International scheduled for the afternoon of May 11. All ASCE members are invited to this event which will be an in-person, outdoor event. Attendees will be asked to follow COVID protocols. Please sign up soon as we expect this event will fill up quickly. It will be great to be able to have our first in-person event in a year and will be good to see some people that we haven't been able to see in person for so long.

The Younger Members Group (YMG), led by acting President Justin Wilkinson and acting Vice President Andrew Gort, is also exploring in-person events in the summer. The YMG has, like most groups, had to forego in-person events for the last year and is excited to see everyone again. If you are 35 years old or under you are eligible to join the group for their events. In the past events have included an escape room, laser tag, brewery tours, Habitat for Humanity, and many happy hours! YMG is a great opportunity to meet other engineers in the early stages of their career just like you and create a network of engineers that you will have for the rest of your career. The YMG was my first interaction with ASCE after college and through that group I have gotten to know a lot of great people and had a lot of fun along the way! If you are interested in joining the YMG mailing list so you can be informed on all the YMG happenings, you can do so through the "Younger Members" tab on the Central Ohio Section website. I hope all of you that are eligible will sign up!

The Central Ohio ASCE YouTube channel is going strong. 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. If we can get to 100 subscribers, it may offer more opportunities to serve our members through the YouTube platform.

Be on the lookout for the ballot for election of the 2021-2022 Central Ohio Section Board. We appreciate your time, vote, and contribution to shaping the future of the Section.

Thank you and get outside and enjoy some of this great spring weather!


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



May 11, 2021
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Burns and McDonnell Building
530 West Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215




Join Central Ohio ASCE & WTS Columbus for this exclusive, members only event. Be one of the first to tour the new Columbus Crew stadium! Hosted by HNTB, we will be granted an exclusive tour of the new site while under construction. Social distancing and other guidelines will be followed. Registration is limited! 

We will be offering 2 tour groups: 4:00pm and 6:00pm.  Please register for only one event time. Opening remarks will be offered at the beginning of each session.  Three tour groups will be offered at each session with staggered starts to allow for proper distancing. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.  Food trucks and networking opportunities will be available throughout the evening. 


This is an active construction site. Participants must meet the following requirements:

  •  Active WTS Columbus or Central Ohio ASCE member

  • 18 years or older

  •  You must provide your own safety equipment – required items include safety glasses, hard hat, long pants, high visibility safety vest, hard soled/closed toe shoes or boots and a mask or face covering

  •  Signed waiver

  •  You must be able to walk on uneven terrain, climb stairs and navigate the active work zone

If you do not meet the above requirements, access to the site will be denied.

Contact with any questions. 


Sarah Lee - Associate Vice President and Ohio Office Leader at HNTB

Ms. Lee is an Associate Vice President and the Ohio Office Leader at HNTB. Prior to joining HNTB, she worked in the infrastructure and transportation industry providing contract management, policy analysis, with focus on administrative law as well as equity, diversity and inclusion. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and a graduated of Capital University Law School. 


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

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This is your link to vote for next year's officers of Central Ohio ASCE.

2021-2022 Election of Officers (click here to access)

Election for next year's officers of the Central Ohio Section of ASCE. Please vote by May 14, 2021.

Below is a brief biography for each of the candidates.


Candidate: Jonathan Sterenberg

Jon Sterenberg obtained his BS in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern University and his MS in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University. 

Jon has 16 years of consulting experience in geotechnical, pavement, construction inspection and materials testing.  He serves as the Director of Geotechnical Services for Resource International, managing and conducting subsurface investigations, laboratory testing and soil analysis, groundwater, infiltration testing and construction materials evaluation. He provides shallow and deep foundation recommendations, slope stability analyses, designs of retaining systems, soil nail walls, cofferdam systems, and groundwater dewatering systems. Jon provides design of flexible, rigid and composite pavements and performs pavement evaluations using non-destructive testing methods.  Jon is a registered professional engineer in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. 

Jon has served ASCE as a student, assisting with the steel bridge competition at ONU, and as a younger member, serving as president of the Central Ohio ASCE Younger Members group. 

Jon is married with three children. 

1st Vice President

Candidate: Peyman Majidi

Peyman Majidi obtained his BS in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern University and his MS in Civil Engineering from University of Toledo. He is a licensed professional in Ohio and has 4 years of consulting experience in geotechnical, pavement, construction inspection and materials testing.  He serves as project engineer for Resource International, managing projects from proposal stage to project close out. He provides shallow and deep foundation recommendations, slope stability analyses. A life-long learner and an avid chess player, when he’s not working you can find him working alongside volunteers for humane causes.


Candidate: Maegan Nunley

Maegan Nunley graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Following graduation, Maegan moved to Texas and worked in both the public and private sectors there. She has over 7 years of experience in the water resources sector with specialization in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling. Her project experience includes drainage impact studies, floodplain revision studies, stormwater master planning, and design of drainage infrastructure, such as detention/retention ponds, storm sewers, channel improvements, stormwater pump stations, and levee improvements. Maegan is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Ohio.

Maegan was also a member of ASCE in college and has continued membership and involvement throughout her professional career. Prior to moving to Columbus in 2018, Maegan served on the ASCE Houston Branch’s Younger Member Committee for two years and she is currently serving as the Central Ohio Section’s Secretary and Events/Membership Chair.

2nd Vice President

Candidate: Thomas Lyden

Thomas Lyden is a forensic engineering expert for Robson Forensic.  In that position, he provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving the design, construction and maintenance of roadways.

Prior to joining Robson Forensic, Thomas held various positions involving traffic engineering, transportation planning and design, maintenance operations, construction, and project management with the Ohio Department of Transportation and a Columbus area engineering consulting firm.  

Thomas has a BSCE from the University of Cincinnati, an MBA from the Ohio State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in 16 states and a certified Project Management Professional.  Throughout his career he has served in various leadership capacities with the Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Public Works Association, Transportation Research Board, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the City of Hilliard.  He is currently serving as the Central Ohio Section Secretary. 


Candidate: Nicholas Mill

Nick Mill is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a BS in Civil Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. Nick has 12 years of experience on a wide variety of project types throughout Ohio for municipal, county, and state-level clients. His experience includes construction administration, structural retaining wall and bridge design, water and wastewater treatment as well as collection/distribution, and roadway geometric design. Most recently, Nick took a position in 2018 at EMH&T as part of the Public Works group, which works directly with local municipalities to provide design and management assistance for all aspects of their infrastructure. Much of Nick’s work involves reviewing private development projects, designing storm- and wastewater conveyance systems, water distribution, and roadway reconstruction projects. Nick was involved in ASCE during his time at Ohio State, and was a member and sometime attendee of ASCE events afterward, but found that his time for “extra-curricular activities” dwindled after the birth of his first child in 2015. He was also a member of the Development Board for the Licking County museum “The Works” and was a part of their annual STEM Fest for several years, greatly enjoying the interactions with children of all ages during those events, and judging the annual toothpick bridge competition. Recently, Nick has been looking to get more involved with the Central Ohio engineering community to foster relationships and share expertise, as well as hopefully getting some additional involvement in youth and educational programming.


Candidate: H G Bhatt

Manu (H.G.) Bhatt is retired after more than 50 years of work in water and wastewater, solid waste and hazardous waste management, construction administration and quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC). He continues to take occasional consulting assignments in civil engineering and QA/QC.

Manu has two Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio. He is a former president of the Central Ohio Section, ASCE. He has authored more than 20 papers and articles and co-authored 3 books.

Closes: 2021-05-14

Thank you.

Central Ohio ASCE

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Annual Golf Outing

25th Annual ASCE Golf Outing


June 18, 2021
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM




Darby Creek Golf Course
19300 Orchard Road
Marysville, OH 43040



With spring soon upon us, it is now time to mark your calendars for the 25th annual ASCE Central Ohio Section Golf Outing to benefit the Younger Members Forum and the ASCE student activities at Ohio University and The Ohio State University. The outing will be held on June 18th at Darby Creek Golf Course beginning at 11:00 a.m. sharp (All golfers must be in their carts and ready to go by 10:40 a.m.). The event is the popular two-person mixed format (6 holes alternate shot, 6 holes best ball, 6 holes scramble). 

As always we are seeking sponsors.

Registration and payment will be online (coming soon).

Contact Jim Pajk at [email protected] or 614-359-8658 with any questions.

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Geo-Institute Events

April 28, 2021
The ASCE Geo-Institute has more than 50 local chapters throughout the United States and U.S. Territories. Our chapters provide essential values to our members and advances in the geo-profession. To find a chapter near you, please visit our website.
May 4
12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Louisiana Chapter
An Open Conversation About Sustainability for the Day-to-Day Geotechnical Engineer
Lawrence H. Roth, PE, GE, ENV SP - Vice President, Arcadis
Charlie Wildman, PE, PG – Geological and Geotechnical Engineer, Arcadis
The civil engineering community of practice must upgrade its knowledge, skills, and attitudes to implement civil infrastructure that is resilient, sustainable, and efficient in an environment affected by a changing climate.
Or call in (audio only): +1 213-379-9608
Phone Conference ID: 421 626 891#


May 13
Florida West Coast Chapter
Recent Applications of UAV in Geotechnical Engineering and Future Opportunities
G-I Speakers Bureau: Dimitrios Zekkos
1.0 PDH offered for Florida PE registered.
Registration opens soon, link will be posted on G-I events page
May 26
12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT
National Capital Chapter
Laterally Loaded Large Diameter Piles
Presented by Professor Jean-Louis Briaud, PhD, PE, DGE, Distinguished Member ASCE, ASCE President, Texas A&M
The cost is $10 per person.
Webinar is Free for students, faculty members and government staff. Please contact the chapter at [email protected] to receive webinar details directly.
June 17
9:00am EDT
Delaware Valley Chapter
Location: Kimberton Golf Club, 162 Ridge Rd, Phoenxville, PA 19460
September 27 - 28
Carolinas Geo-Institute Chapter
Location: Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
Geo-Congress 2023
Location and Theme Announcement
Find out the location and theme of Geo-Congress 2023 in today’s episode of Director’s Cut. G-I Director Brad Keelor interviews Yoga Chandran of HNTB about his time at UC Davis, traffic in LA, and a lot more!

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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, May 20, 2021 Awards Luncheon  ASCE  TBA Virtual

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