The Erie-Niagara Chapter of the NYSSPE recently broke another attendance record with its most heavily attended chapter event ever. Two hundred five (205) engineers, vendors, and speakers attended a four track 7 PDH seminar series as part of the final day of the region’s Engineers Week Celebration. The seminar series was held on February 26th at Grapevine Banquets in Depew, New York and 25 seminars were offered to attendees, including a seminar over the lunch hour, with keynote speaker Sarah Piecuch, CWB who presented on Cost Effective Engineering Techniques for Environmental Benefit. Included in the 205 attendees were thirteen new NYSSPE members who took advantage of the Chapter’s new member promotion.
In the evening, there was a separate dinner banquet where the chapter annual awards were presented. The chapter awarded the following honorees:
Engineer of the Year, member Kevin R. Drozynski, PE, customer facilities engineer with National Grid;
Engineering Manager of the Year, member Joseph S. Frandina, PE, director of construction management for the Buffalo Bills;
Young Engineer of the Year, member Rosaleen B. Nogle, PE, an associate engineer with the Buffalo Sewer Authority;
Engineering Educator of the Year, Andrew S. Whitaker, Ph.D., PE professor and chair in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo;
Basinski-Wohler Distinguished Service, member Richard J. Kotecki, PE, retired engineer from the NYSDOT and immediate past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Buffalo Chapter;
Citizen of the Year, Thomas P. Dee, president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.
Chapter Immediate Past President Ed Szpala, PE served as master of ceremony for the awards dinner. An enjoyable and informative 1 PDH seminar by former chapter Young Engineer of the Year, Steven Rinalli, PE, on the redevelopment of Buffalo’s waterfront, was given to conclude the evening.
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