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President's Message

  • 11-Jan-2018 4:04 PM | Greg Gdowski (Administrator)

    As we all prepare our new year resolutions, the Rochester Engineering Society is gathering feedback from its membership on to how better to serve our engineering community. This includes several critical items as we make changes going forward.

    How is it best to communicate with our members? Our website has been in place for many years and could use a facelift. The hosting server we use has responsive design templates that would make it behave better on mobile devices but we are not sure if that is enough. We have not used emails very frequently to help keep down the steady stream of emails that everyone needs to parse out.  Should we email more? Is it time for social media?  Which one do you prefer? Could we make it easier to keep you aware of the many engineering events in our community by tweeting or using our LinkedIn site?

    The Rochester Engineer magazine is one of the more popular badges of the RES. What feature do you like best?  Affiliate News, Articles, Employee News, Job Postings? Now that 7 of the issues are electronic copies, are there other things that would make it more valuable?

    Can you give us grades on our most popular events, including our annual Gala dinner and the Symposium for PDH credits? How can they be more entertaining or more useful?  Should we provide other networking sessions? Are PDH credits needed to make them be more attractive?

    Please take the time to fill out our survey and we will work to make it happen.

    HERE IS A LINK ADDRESS FOR THE SURVEY https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y86K5H3 or go to the RES Webite and clink on the link.

    Happy New Year, Mike Triassi

    RES President

  • 11-Dec-2017 5:40 PM | Greg Gdowski (Administrator)

    This month’s issue features a story on the emergence of Rochester as a hub for imaging and audio technologies.  The success of this kind of effort requires the collective efforts of business, government, academic and private resources.  It is my hope that engineering leadership within our area can get fully behind technology growth initiatives. The attractiveness and the long term viability of Rochester as this type of hub certainly depends on the type of training and STEM development fostered by activities of the Rochester Engineering Society and its affiliates.

    In this regard, RES welcomes our newest affiliate, Terra Rochester Finger Lakes (https://www.terraed. org). Terra organizes events, fairs, and symposia to provide STEM solutions to educational issues, and offers platforms for students and educators to learn from one another.  Encouraging our youth to pursue STEM through these efforts and the work of our many RES tutors helps prepare students for the advanced degrees at our local colleges.  In turn, engineering graduates from our local colleges have been the driving force for our local engineering firms and technology companies.  It finishes the cycle when we can do our part to promote technology growth here in Rochester.  RES is grateful to its corporate members and welcomes others to join us in promoting engineering in Rochester.

    Enjoy your holidays,

    Mike Triassi

  • 11-Nov-2017 5:43 PM | Greg Gdowski (Administrator)

    Any of you that take advantage of the annual Symposium are aware of the service that Rochester Engineering Society in cooperation with multiple affiliate member organizations serve in what is sometimes referred to as a "PDH Fest".  It is a unique event that gives professional engineers a cost effective and convenient means to fulfill training requirements. The popularity of this event continues to swell with almost 400 attendees that come from for all over upstate New York.  It has now been moved to a larger venue at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. There is even a proposal under consideration to have a mini "half day" event to offer another training opportunity for our members. The coordination of a large event is something we can handle by use or our online registration service "Wild Apricot".

    For the last several years the RES has extended its ability to handle event registration by supporting the ABCD Fall Bridge Conference.  This is another large conference in Buffalo that is hosted by one of our affiliates, Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD), with hundreds of attendees.

    In recognition of ABCD's Conference this month we sought out and found a very interesting article on the Lyell Avenue Bridge Replacement.  I hope you find this article interesting and informative.  I know that I am grateful for the relatively low traffic delays we are fortunate to enjoy in Rochester NY and reading this article reminds me the amount of planning and effort that it takes to stay on top of transportation solutions. A shout out to Katherine B. Fragale and all our professional engineers for their great work.

    Mike Triassi

  • 11-Oct-2017 5:47 PM | Greg Gdowski (Administrator)

    It is the perfect time to submit a candidate for nomination as Engineer or the Year or Young Engineer of the Year.  This is a tradition of the Rochester Engineering Society that dates back to 1963 and its recipients include a highly respected group of technical and business leaders in the Rochester community.  For the sake of space a partial list of award recipients back to 1987 is shown below.  There are 15 Professional Engineers, 14 PhDs, a Dean of Engineering from RIT, and many presidents and CEOs of engineering firms.

    Engineers or the Year (2016-1987)

    2016:Diane M. Trentini
    2015:Robert L. Clark Jr. PhD
    2014:Lalit Mestha PhD
    2013:Maureen S. Valentine PE
    2012:Sergio Esteban PE
    2011:Brian J. Thompson PhD
    2010:Gary W. Passero PE
    2009:Kevin J. Parker PhD
    2008:Satish G. Kandlikar PhD
    2007:Harvey J. Palmer PhD PE
    2006:Thomas C. Mitchell PE
    2005:Sophie V. Vandebroek PhD
    2004:Neville F. Rieger PhD D.Sc. PE
    2003:Cornelius Illenberg PE
    2002:G. Michael Morris PhD
    2001:William C. Larsen PE
    2000:Kenneth G. Budinski
    1999:Salvatore A. LaBella PE
    1998:Duncan T. Moore PhD
    1997:Jay M. Eastman PhD
    1996:Walter Cooper PhD
    1995:Edward Maybeck PE
    1994:Michael Triassi PE
    1993: John M. Davis PE
    1992:Edwin P Przybylowicz PhD
    1991:Erwin G. Loewen PhD
    1990:William K. Pollock PE
    1989:William J. Stolze
    1988:Donald J. Bergmann PE
    1987:Keith W. Amish PE

    Our most recent Engineer of the Year helped form a Young Engineer of the Year award in cooperation with the Kate Gleeson foundation. The list of awards recipients since its start in 2007 is shown below.  They were all below the age of 40 and demonstrate exceptional engineering acumen as company managers and PhDs.

    Young Engineers or the Year

    2016:Danielle S. W. Benoit
    2015:Matthew Thomas Sidley
    2014:John M. Papponetti, PE
    2013:Courtney E. Reich, PE
    2012:Clement Chung, PE
    2011:Sherwin A. Damdar
    2010:Michael J. Walker, EIT
    2009:Nathan Gnanasambandam, PhD
    2008:Venkatesh G. Rao, PhD
    2007:Vishal Monga, PhD

    Nominate an Engineer or Young Engineer for consideration this year! More information about the EOY and YEOY nomination process can be found online at http://roceng.org/Recognition (Nominations are due by Dec 11th).

    The family of the last EOY shown in the list, Keith Amish, recently funded an RES scholarship in his name to recognize outstanding students. This is another great tradition of the RES and a reminder to also consider sending an application to engineering, engineering technology, science and technology students that have completed two years, maintained a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA, and plan to continue forward to an ABET accredited degree and live locally.  Please review the application at http://roceng.org/page-1702084.

    We hope to see you all at next year's Rochester Engineering Society Gala to recognize EOY, YEOY, and scholarship winners.

    Celebrating Engineering, 

    Mike Triassi

RES President

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