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.
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.
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 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.
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
Under the sponsorship of the ASCE Central Ohio Section, the 2013 High School Career Day took place on Tuesday, April 23. Beth Meek, Emily Wieringa and Carolyn Merry organized the event.
Central Ohio Section Members,
I wanted to update the section on the accomplishments of this year’s central Ohio board. We have made some significant improvements to our section member benefits. I hope you have enjoyed them or plan to enjoy them in the future. Here are some of the items we’ve accomplished this year:
Every family and business needs infrastructure to thrive– from your road to work, to your internet, to the pipes bringing clean water to your house. In a new app format, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure puts the most comprehensive and clear reference available on America’s infrastructure in your pocket. Complete with videos, state profiles, and interactive content, this app shows how your state’s infrastructure is doing and what needs attention.
ASCE at the national level is developing information, advice and processes for the local sections and branches to bring ASCE members up to date on sustainability in CE projects, a sort of toolkit for sustainable design concepts (see website referenced above). I am working with the national ASCE committee on communication aspects of sustainable engineering to assist in this effort.