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2016 Central Ohio ASCE Awards

2016 ASCE award winners

At our May Luncheon, the Central Ohio Section of ASCE recognized our 2016 award winners for Outstanding Civil Engineer of the year and Outstanding Section Member.

2016 Outstanding Civil Engineer
William (Bill) Shaw, PE, PS
Hocking County Engineer

2016 Outstanding Section Member
Thomas Less, PE

Carlos Vazquez also presented certificates to two new ASCE life members, Jim Siebert and Greg Mooney.

ASCE Central Ohio Section Supports Water For People

Water for People Award

ASCE Central Ohio Section donated a portion of the proceeds from our successful Spring Seminar on Water Quality to Water For People by sponsoring their annual fundraiser at the Boat House at Confluence Park.

Water For People is a nonprofit that is dedicated to improve sanitation and provide safe drinking water in developing countries. Water For People was founded in 1991 by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and you can find out more about this organization at their website,

Ohio Department of Health Small Wastewater System Designers List

The Ohio Department of Health is preparing a listing of Consulting Engineers qualified and interested in design of small on-site sewage treatment systems in Ohio. The Central Ohio Section of ASCE is forwarding this notice to members at the request of ODH. If you or your firm is interested in being placed on this list, please contact:

OSU Masters Level Structures Courses

The Ohio State University Department of Civil, Environmental & Geodetic Engineering announces the introduction of structures graduate-level courses beginning at 4:00 PM that may be of interest to Central Ohio working professionals. These courses start in the Spring semester of 2015 and include:

  • CIVILEN 7330 Earthquake Engineering
  • CIVILEN 7332 Advanced Behavior and Design of Metal Structures

Additional information may be found the University’s College of Engineering website at

Carolyn Merry, PhD, 1950-2014

Carolyn Merry

June 4, 2014

With great sadness we share the news that Dr. Carolyn Merry was involved in a traffic accident Tuesday evening and did not survive.

Carolyn was an extremely active member of the Central Ohio section of ASCE. She helped coordinate our annual Civil Engineering Career Day, introducing dozens of high school students to the profession. She was a major contributor for the ASCE STEM Expo this year, introducing elementary and middle school students to the fascinating challenges of civil engineering. She spent many years as a section board member, and served as section president in 2002-03. She was also an active delegate in the Ohio Council of ASCE.

Her involvement in ASCE and the civil engineering profession has been extensive and transformative. As a long time professor of Civil Engineering and former department chair at the Ohio State University, Carolyn has been personally involved in shaping an entire generation of civil engineers. She was always willing to help the younger engineers and students. Carolyn was a significant contributor both in the collegiate and professional environment and she was highly supportive of the Columbus Pro-Musica chamber orchestra and the arts in Central Ohio. She will be greatly missed.

Her efforts have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Central Ohio ASCE “Outstanding Section Member” in 2003-04 and the “Outstanding Civil Engineer of Central Ohio” in 2013. Not only was she a great colleague but a dear friend to many of us.

Please keep her family and her husband Bob Redfield in your thoughts and prayers.

2014 Award Winners

Robert Lawler - 2014 Central Ohio Outstanding Civil Engineer, and Mike Romanello - 2014 Central Ohio Outstanding Section Member

Central Ohio Outstanding Civil Engineer
Robert Lawler, P.E., has been named the Central Ohio Outstanding Civil Engineer for 2014.

Outstanding Section Member
Michael Romanello, P.E. has been named Outstanding Section Member for the Central Ohio Section of ASCE in 2014.

Civil Engineering HS Career Day - 2014

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Under the sponsorship of the ASCE Central Ohio Section, the 2014 High School Civil Engineering Career Day took place on Thursday, April 24. Beth Meek (S&ME), Emily Wieringa (Columbus Zoo) and Carolyn Merry (OSU) organized the event. A welcome reception was held at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University.

Kevin Carpenter (ASCE) discusses Ohio's roads and bridges on the radio

Kevin Carpenter was interviewed on a local radio program in Central Ohio, All Sides with Ann Fisher, about the state of Ohio's roads and bridges, and ASCE's infrastructure report card. Kevin is a member of ASCE, a former Region 3 governor, and past president of the Central Ohio ASCE section. Ann Fisher asked him about Ohio's bridges, and he described the reasons why ASCE rated them a C- and the challenges faced by the Ohio counties in funding bridge maintenance and replacement projects.

You can listen to the recorded program on WOSU's website.

Civil Engineering reference books at the Columbus Main Library

Civil Engineering Reference Books

Late last year, the Central Ohio Section bought a number of civil engineering reference books and donated them to the Columbus Library for public use. The titles are as follows:

  • Minimum Design Loads (7-10)
  • Design of Marine Facilities for Berthing, Mooring
  • FRP Composite Connections
  • Foundation Engineering Handbook
  • Trenchless Technology Piping
  • Civil Engineer's Handbook of Professional Practice
  • Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (5-11 & 6-11
  • Urban Stormwater Controls