We have just been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Section & Branch Web Award from ASCE National. We launched our new website in September after retiring our old website which served the section for 5 years. The old website was awarded this same award in 2009. We are extremely proud of our new website and look forward to it serving the needs of the Section for years to come.
What’s new in the Mohawk-Hudson Section? In February, E-Week dominated most of the efforts for our members for what was again an extremely successful event, despite the snow storm. The SEI Group again sponsored and organized the student Model Bridge Competition at E-week. This event is so important because it raises awareness and excitement for civil engineering for students who many have had little exposure to engineering before. Thank you to the SEI Group and specifically Chris Lesher for all of your hard work, once again.
In March, the Younger Member Group revived its activities with a beer tasting event at the Saratoga Brewing Company. It was a great event to network and enjoy great beer and food. Thank you Ted Ranslow, our Younger Member Chair, for organizing!
This year’s Annual Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 30th at the Vista at Van Patten Golf Course in Clifton Park for the first time. It is a gorgeous location and we are excited to have this year’s Structural Engineering Institute’s Project of the Year presented for PDH credit! I would like to thank Dave Emerich for his hard work in organizing what is sure to be a great event. I hope you will join us.
Do you know or work with someone who is exceptional, that goes beyond his or her obligations to make our profession better? If so, the Mohawk-Hudson Section is looking for nominations for this year’s “Young Engineer of the Year” and “Engineer of the Year” awards. Please consider nominating someone to show how much their efforts are valued. The winners will be honored at our Annual Dinner.
Lastly, be on the lookout for information on our Annual Golf Outing from our Golf Chair, Walter Lippmann, to be held on Friday, July 11th at Airway Meadows. We hope that you will consider sponsoring and playing in the event to benefit our student scholarship. Recognizing local students who excel in and out of the classroom and who plan on becoming civil engineers enables us to help offset, even if just a little, the ever increasing costs of education. The golf outing is our primary fund raiser for the scholarship, which awards $1,000 each year for four years to the winner. This year’s winner will also be honored at our Annual Dinner on April 30th.
And just like that, my time as the Mohawk Hudson Section President is winding down to an end and will conclude at our Annual Dinner when I hand the gavel over to Dave Emerich, President-Elect. It has been a great year on the Board! In my 11-years serving the Mohawk-Hudson Section, first as Younger Member Chair, then as Secretary, and finally into the President-Elect position prior to becoming President, I have consistently been surrounded by genuine, hard working and entertaining individuals who are proud to be civil engineers and believe in raising awareness to and improving our profession. They make me want to be a better professional and person, and I look forward to continuing to work with this crew. I am thankful for all of their hard work and volunteering to provide quality events and benefits for our members.
As always, if you have suggestions for activities or events or want to become more involved, feel free to contact myself or any of our technical group or committee chairs. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Wolf’s 111 on Wolf Road in Colonie.