ASCE Fox River Valley Branch Newsletter November 2019
As summer turns into winter (apparently, fall has been cancelled this year), the ASCE Fox River Valley Branch has been busy. Below is a summary of some of the activities we've been involved with in recent months, as well as a preview of what you can look forward to for the remainder of 2019 and into 2020:
2019-2020 Branch Officers
The new Fox River Valley Branch officers began their positions in September, and are as follows:
President - Brad Severson
Vice President and Outreach Coordinator - Joe Zellmer
Secretary/Treasurer - Jennifer Liimatta
Branch Directors - Daniel Witter, Luke Siebert, and Seth Johnson
Young Member Group President - Seth Johnson
Find Your Inspiration
Joe Zellmer, Luke Siebert, Ben Coopman, and Tim Tomlanovich represented the ASCE Fox River Valley Branch with a booth at the Find Your Inspiration event on November 4th and 5th. This event is organized by the Greater Green Bay Chamber and was held at the KI Convention Center. Find Your Inspiration is a two-day event bringing businesses together with students, parents and community members to spark career conversation through engaging activities and inspires the youth in our community to find a path to success. The first night of the event brought in high school students and parents to explore over 60 exhibits featuring a wide range of careers. The second day saw over 3,600 area 8th grade students to experience careers in an engaging format.
Our ASCE booth allowed students to test their design abilities with a bridge building app. They were also able to try their hand at bridge construction by building bridges and testing their structures with rocks.
Great job representing ASCE Joe, Luke, Ben, and Tim!
UWGB STEM Innovation Center Tour
On Wednesday, November 6th, the Fox River Valley Branch held a joint meeting with the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE) at the new STEM Innovation Center on the UWGB campus. The $15 Million STEM Center is a unique collaboration between UWGB, Brown County, and the non-profit Einstein Project. Some of UWGB’s Mechanical Engineering courses and labs are currently held in the building, and its use will continue to increase by UWBG’s growing engineering department as the project is completed.
The tour was hosted by Professor John Katers, Dean of the College of Science Engineering and Technology and Professor Patricia Terry, Director of the UWGB Engineering Technology program. Twenty-five ASCE members, WSPE guests, and UWGB students and faculty attended the tour and enjoyed pizza afterwards. Thanks Professor Katers and Professor Terry for the great tour!
2020 Spring Technical Conference Planning
The Fox River Valley Branch is hosting the WI Section 2020 Spring Technical Conference. The conference will be held on April 3, 2020 at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan. Matt Dahlem is the chair of the committee and is assisted by committee members Seth Johnson, Brad Severson, Ryan Trzinski, Phil Verville, and Joe Zellmer.
The planning committee is excited to announce that preliminary speakers for the event include Ryder Cup director, Jason Mengel, as well as the Wisconsin DOT Secretary-designee, Craig Thompson. The WI Section’s Technical Committee chairs will be searching for additional speakers in the upcoming months. If anybody is interested in presenting at the conference, please contact the appropriate technical committee chairs, who are listed at the bottom of this website: http://sections.asce.org/wisconsin-section/contacts