2106 Award Spotlight: PEC’s Project of the Year, New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

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PEC Project of the Year:
New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

PEC Project Engineering Firms:
Savin Engineers, P.C.
CDM Smith

The Long Island Sound is an estuary that serves numerous local communities and the regional economy by providing boating, fishing, swimming and sightseeing. The sound is a vital water body that provides a home for numerous species of aquatic life to breed, nest and nurse.  Due to concerns over poor water and aquatic quality, significant efforts have been made toward identifying pollutants and other issues that impact the sound and developing plans to mitigate them.

Water quality studies have been performed and nitrogen has been identified as a principal factor limiting the water quality of the Long Island Sound. Excess nitrogen levels in the Long Island Sound stimulate phytoplankton growth, which in turn blocks light and prevent growth of submerged aquatic vegetation, destroying the habitat of different fish and shellfish. When the phytoplankton die and decay, available oxygen is then depleted. Thus, dissolved oxygen concentrations fall below the needed levels for the survival of aquatic organisms. [Read more…]

NYC DEP Chief Engineer to Present an Overview of DEP’s Capital Maintenance Projects on April 14th at the joint ASME – NYSSPE event at the National Grid Center in Brooklyn NY.


On Thursday evening, April 14th, 2016, Joseph Olewnicki, P.E., Chief Engineer of the Division of Capital Maintenance of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection will present an overview of the engineering operations and Capital Maintenance projects throughout the City of New York. In this presentation, Mr. Olewnicki will outline DEP’s operations in the City and in particular what the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment does, as well as discuss several capital and maintenance projects. There are still a limited number of seating remaining for this 1-PDH presentation.

Click here for details and registration information.

Joseph Olewnicki, P.E., manages the Division of Capital Maintenance for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment at DEP. The Bureau of Wastewater handles and treats all sewage for the 5 boroughs of NYC as well as operates and maintains 14 sewage treatment plants, 6 sludge dewatering facilities, 3 CSO facilities, 2 aeration facilities, 98 pumping stations, 500+ outfalls and 138 miles of sewage interceptors. The engineering program run by this division is responsible for capital projects that maintain wastewater handling and treatment systems and include both planned upgrades and emergency response.

In addition to the above presentation, there will be a 1-PDH presentation by Savin Engineering which will include [Read more…]

NYSSPE’s Suffolk Chapter President Jaclyn Peranteau Recognized for Excellence in Civil Engineering


In honor of National Women’s History Month, the Town of Brookhaven has recognized Prime Engineering’s Founder and Principal Jaclyn Peranteau for excellence in her endeavors in the Civil Engineering design field.   A ceremony will be held on March 24th at 7:00pm at Brookhaven’s Town Hall Auditorium to honor the excellence of her achievements. [Read more…]

Former NYC DDC Deputy Assistant Commissioner and NYC DOT Director of Roadway Design, Walter A. Zimmerman P.E. Honored for his Distinguished Engineering Career.

PEC’s 2016 Project of the Year

Awards-Certificate - Walter Zimmerman - Online version

Walter A. Zimmerman P.E. was recently honored and received The New York State Society of Professional Engineers Certificate of Excellence for his distinguished career as a professional engineer in official positions of several agencies of the City of New York, including his service as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction, Director of Roadway Design at the NYC Department of Transportation and Supervising Engineer of the Bureau of Topography at the office of the Borough President of the Bronx.  Mr. Zimmerman was also honored for his exemplary dedication in supporting the engineering profession as past-president of the Rockland and Bronx Chapters of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE).

The Certificate of Excellence was presented by Mal McLaren P.E., Trustee of the Foundation for Engineering Education (FEE) and by Rudi O. Sherbansky P.E., New York City’s Regional Vice President of NYSSPE and Chair-elect of the PE’s in Construction Group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). The Certificate which is issued annually by NYSSPE’s Professional Engineers in Construction Group (PEC) to distinguished members of the engineering society, was also endorsed by the Chair of PEC, Kaitlin Sajduk P.E. and presented to Mr. Zimmerman on March 15, 2016. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Erie/Niagara Chapter Breaks Attendance Record for E-Week

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.

electrical track attendees

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. [Read more…]

The Westchester / Putnam Chapter of the NYSSPE Honors Local Engineers

The Westchester / Putnam Chapter of the NYSSPE held a wonderfully attended awards dinner and dance this past Friday at The Westchester Manor.  Each year, the Chapter celebrates National Engineers Week by honoring local engineers at their Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony.

Guest speakers for the event included Kevin J. Plunkett, Deputy Westchester County Executive, Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and our own Anthony Fasano, P.E., NYSSPE Executive Director. [Read more…]

Capital District Chapter of NAWIC to Host Annual WBE Showcase

ALBANY, NY (January 19, 2016) – On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, the Capital District Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), a non-profit organization serving women in the construction and related industries, will give New York State Women Business Enterprises (WBE) an opportunity to meet local contractors and state agencies at its Annual WBE Showcase at The Century House in Latham, N.Y.

Following Governor Cuomo’s 2014 mandate to increase statewide M/WBE utilization goals to 30% percent for all state contracts, it is crucial for businesses that are at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned, operated and controlled by women to get certified and market themselves as certified businesses. The annual Showcase will create an avenue for WBE’s to not only market themselves to representatives from state agencies, architects, subcontractors, owners, developers and engineers, but also give them a chance to network with other NYS WBE’s.

The Showcase will run from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Booths are available for $250 for NAWIC members and $350 for non-NAWIC members. To sponsor or participate in the Showcase, please register at www.nawicnycap.org or contact Eileen Venn at (518) 378-5330 or Eileenv@mechtest.com.

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The Passing of John F. Barden, Jr. – Former President of the Dutchess County Chapter

John F. Barden, Jr.
November 2, 1925 – December 20, 2015

Poughkeepsie – John Freeman Barden, Jr., age 90, of Poughkeepsie, passed away on December 20, 2015. He was born in Poughkeepsie on November 2, 1925, the son of John Freeman Barden, Sr. and Gertrude Swasey Barden. He was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School and received his engineering degree at Virginia Tech. John served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bennington. He was a retired Civil Engineer for the New York State Office of General Services.

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New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying – Board Meeting Summary – Saratoga Springs 11-13-15

Legislation Report

The legislature is out of session.  The next legislative session will start in January.  Legislation introduced in the upcoming session related to the design professions will be shared with Board members for their review and subsequent recommendation to the Department.

General Discussion

NCEES is seeking volunteers for the PE architectural engineering exam professional activities and knowledge study  to assist the organization in updating the PE AE exam. 

In 2005, a non-licensed Colorado architect, while running for political office called himself an “architect”.  The Colorado Board issued a cease and desist order requiring him to refrain from calling himself an architect.  The matter was litigated and the court ruled that he is permitted to continue to call himself an architect as long as he was not offering professional services.  In New York, the protected titles are “architect” and ‘professional engineer’. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Nominating Committee Announces 2016-2017 Officer Nominations

The NYSSPE Nominating Committee announced its slate of officer nominations to go to ballot in January 2016 during the Board Meeting at the NYSSPE Fall Conference.

Nominations are as follows:
President-Elect – James J. Kuhn, PE
Treasurer – Joseph Pasaturo, PE
Assistant Treasurer – John Sucharski, PE
New York City Regional Vice President – Rudi O. Sherbansky, PE
Northeast New York Regional Vice President – Ernest Gailor, PE
Western New York Regional Vice President – William Klepser, PE

Nominating Committee –
Long Island: Bruce Mawhirter, PE
New York City: Chris Petallides, PE
Mid-Hudson New York: James Yarmus, PE
Northeast New York: Mark Ritter, PE
Central New York: OPEN
Western New York: Ed Szpala, PE

Congratulations to all those nominated!

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