As I write this we have just suffered the indignation of the polar vortex!
Planning has begun for the RES Gala (April 13) and the Engineering Symposium (April 23); further information is on the RES website at: http://www.roceng.org. As always if you have any input, please contact us via the RES.
I'd also like to remind everyone that the Rochester Engineering Symposium will be held at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Further information is available at either http://www.engineeringsymposiumrochester.com/ or http://www.roceng.org.
Future events are in the planning stage which will be a combination of a "technical" tour and a networking opportunity. Stand by for details and please consider joining us!
Plans are well under way for the Science Fair in Rochester at the Rochester Museum and Science Center on March 16, 2019. See www.terrfairs.org for more details.
In the way of the mundane, the RES is in the midst of renegotiating its lease for office space with the Rochester Museum and Science Center. If anyone has any advice to offer, please contact us.
That's all for now. Stay warm! And see you at our events.
As I write this right after the start of the New Year, the weather has definitely changed and in my opinion not for the better; definitely colder now. Hopefully everyone had a good holiday season.
Planning has begun for the RES Gala and the Engineering Symposium April 13 2019; further information is on the RES website at: http://www.roceng.org. As always if you have any input, please contact us via the RES.
I'd also like to remind everyone that the Rochester Engineering Symposium (impolitely called by me the PDH fest) will be held at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Further information is available at either http://www.engineeringsymposiumrochester.com/ or http://www.roceng.org. I was pleased to see that my request for teachers in a previous addition did not go unheeded; thank you Jeff Gardiner.
That's all for now. Stay warm! And see you at our events.
Well, the weather has definitely changed and in my opinion not for the better; colder wetter and snowier now.
I hope you all had a happy thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!
Planning has begun for the RES Gala and the Engineering Symposium in April; if you have any input, please contact us via the RES. Please note that the silent auction, traditionally run by The Society of Women Engineers will not be run by them this year as the key person behind the effort has moved on to another job out of town. The Gala Committee is grappling with how to continue this tradition. It has been an important source of scholarship funds.
There is an effort afoot to increase the RES volunteering effort for STEM volunteering efforts. Please see www.stem-bridges.org for more information.
Also in STEM, planning is well underway for the Terra Fair Science Fair in Rochester at the Rochester Museum and Science Center March 16th 2019 I am particularly proud of all the participation of RES members! I suspect it is not too late to volunteer, see https://terrafairs.org/ for more details.
That's all for now.
Well, the weather has definitely changed and in my opinion not for the better; colder wetter and rainier now but it did not appear to dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic throng of trick or treaters I had last night.
Planning has begun for the RES Gala and the Engineering Symposium next April; if you have any input, please contact us via the RES.
Also we recently made some minor modifications to the RES bylaws (removing some anachronisms, allowing the use of email for voting by the membership, removing some age old typographical errors and removing the names of several specific sub committees whose names have changed or whose activities have been subsumed by other groups); the current bylaws are on the RES website at: http://www.roceng.org/Constitution-&-By-Laws
That's all for now. Hopefully when you read this, snow will still be a long way off around here, but I suspect it won't be.
Another busy month moving firewood at home in anticipation of the colder weather which will be arriving soon (such joy!). And the RES office finally has its HVAC restored! Lynne is very happ! We have also made progress toward updating our bylaws.
This has been another busy month for RES; planning has started for the Terra Fair Science Fair planned for Rochester on March 16, 2019 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center; I am very proud to report that RES has had several members step up to assist with the effort, please see https://terrafairs.org/ for further details, it isn't too late to join the effort!
I would like to mention the RES website: http://roceng.org/; it is full of recently updated information such as applications for the Young Engineer of the Year, Engineer of the Year, volunteer and scholarship opportunities as well as upcoming events. We have many worthwhile activities as well as news of our upcoming events (such as the Gala in April 2019) that you can participate in.
By the time you read this we will have our very informative tour of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester on Oct. 26; a fascinating gem in our own back yard!
For your information, Dennis Roote has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors of RES! He is a welcome addition, please join me in congratulating him to our august group. I am certain he will add his inestimable wisdom to the Board.
We have a tour of the U of R's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) set up for 4:30 pm on October 26th (many thanks go to Greg Gdowski for setting it up!). Please see the RES website (www.roceng.org) for further details and to register. The tour promises to be fascinating as well as providing an opportunity for camaraderie with your fellow engineers!
Terra Fair is looking for volunteers to assist with a "science and engineering fair" in Rochester scheduled for The Rochester Museum and Science Center in March of 2019. See their website https://terrafairs.org for further details.
That's all for now. Hopefully when you read this, snow will still be a long way off, at least around here.
Joe Dombrowski, 2018-19 RES President
Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the great weather this summer. Summer has found the RES busy planning for upcoming events.
We have had a board opening for a while, and two folks stepped up to volunteer to fill the vacancy. The current board, at its regular meeting of 8/22 selected Dennis Roote, President of CDE Engineering and Environment, PLLC to fill the void. Dennis is not a stranger to the RES, having worked with us before often. Many thanks to the people who stepped forward to be consideredand welcome aboard Dennis.
The president, and the first and second vice presidents (who are destined to be president eventually) held a strategic planning session hosted by Greg Gdowski at U of R on 7/18. The outcomes involve some homework for the executives and the Board; we agreed to create a list of duties of the RES board members and their committees, update the Constitution and Bylaws to eliminate some clumsy and outdated items (found at http://roceng.org/Constitution-&-By-Laws) and investigate lengthening the terms of the officers to two years from one year as a way of increasing efficacy. Any other suggestions would be helpful; feel free to let us know what you would propose. I will use this forum to report on our progress.
Hot enough for ya? Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the great weather. Although it is summer, it has been a busy time for RES; aside from some mundane chores (like new bank signatures) and two monthly board meetings, we have been busy planning some activities for later this year (details to come as plans get firmed up) and holding a strategic planning session hosted by Greg Gdowski at U/R (more details on the outcomes later).
There is a pressing need your RES has, a chair for Programs and Meetings. We are envisioning one or two annual meetings of either a social or educational nature. We have many possibilities, contact and venue that can be made available to you. If you can lend assistance to this task please contact the RES. We would be forever grateful!
This month’s issue features a story on the new railroad bridge over the Genesee River at Portageville near the southern end of Letchworth State Park. Hopefully you will enjoy the article as I did. It is an impressive structure. I found the bridge to be a fascinating mixture of history, modern construction techniques and environmental concerns. Controlled blasting is a bonus and always gets my attention.
And we are always looking for other input and direction.
There are many things to do, among which are filling some gaps, namely on the Board of Directors (I believe we are looking for a Director for one year, please contact us if interested; we can always find something for a willing participant to do.
I also would like to solidify the position of our very generous sponsors for the near term and explore the possibility of more exclusively "networking" or family events such as Red Wings or Amerks Games or a family event at Seabreeze or Darien Lake.
It is with a sad heart that the Rochester Engineering Society mourns the loss of one of its own. Barry Quinn, a warm individual, past president, and friend of the society passed on February 10th. Barry's spirit for voluntarism included 20+ years of service with NYSATE (including selection as Transportation Engineer of the Year), E3 Fair (an Engineering fair funded by local engineering societies) and a great passion for the RES scholarship program. Based on the recommendation of the family, RES has made a donation in Barry's memory to the Czeutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation.
It is appropriate that we get ready to acknowledge our newest scholarship award recipients. Michelle Sommerman, the current Scholarship chairperson, and the Scholarship committee have made selections on eight new recipients. They will be celebrated at our upcoming GALA on April 14th along with the awards for the 2017 RES Engineer of the Year, 2017 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the year, two Finalists for the Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year, and four Engineers of Distinction. A special thank you goes out to the teams that help to interview, review, and select our award recipients.
If you have never attended or it has been a while since you have been to the RES GALA, please consider joining us this year. There are great things in store for this year's event. The popular silent auction is back, Ashley Dorzbacher will be the MC again, and we continue to make the event lighter and more lively. Check out the details on the RES website, along with the many great sponsors for the Gala this year!
Remember to get your ticket for the RES GALA at the Riverside Convention Center on April 14th. See more information at www.roceng.org/RES-Gala or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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