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  • The Pittsburgh Professional Engineer Page 1 February 2008

    February 2008

    Mathcounts Countdown at Robert Morris University

    This year the Mathcounts competition moved to a new venue. It was held at the Sewall Center at RMU. The construction

    being done at the University of Pittsburghs Benedum Auditorium made it impossible to continue the competition there.

    The new location and the staff at RMU provided excellent support for the Chapter Mathcounts Committee.

    This year a total of 31 schools registered for the competition, 30 schools, and 173 total students competed. Pictures of the

    overall competition, the top team winners and the top six individual winners can be viewed on the Pittsburgh Chapter web

    site, courtesy of great picture taking by Tom Schwartzmier and his daughter Alex.

    The schools began arriving at the Sewall Center at 7:20am on Saturday morning. As the competition was not scheduled to

    start until 8:15, they seemed excited and anxious. As Joe Boward, the morning moderator, began the morning

    announcements and instructions, the scene changed to one of concentration and a readiness to start with the Sprint Round,

    30 intense questions to be answered in 40 minutes. The proctors picked up the answer sheets from the Sprint Round and

    began distributing the first set of questions for the Target Round. The competition continued. The proctors for Mathcounts

    this year were primarily volunteer faculty from the engineering staff at RMU, headed by Dr. Winston Erevelles, Dean of the

    School of Engineering, Math and Science. They did a wonderful job in keeping the distribution, collection and monitoring

    of the activity moving on time.

    After the completion of the Sprint, Target and Team rounds, lunch was provided for all in attendance. Thanks to Tom and

    JoAnn Weber for their work in getting the food ready for 173 hungry teenagers.

    The Countdown Round began with a hitch, the power point presentation disappeared but thanks to the hard work of Dr.

    Erevelles and members of his staff, a new presentation was created from paper copies and the Countdown Round could

    continue. The delivery of the questions to the arena provided some suspense in the ongoing competition between the top

    ten individuals for the top four positions.

    From the feedback from students and coaches alike, the Mathcounts

    competition this year was a GREAT SUCCESS. The Mathcounts

    Committee and its chair,

    Virginia Dailey, are looking

    forward to successive years

    and activities at RMU. There

    is even talk of an RMU

    scholarship being offered for

    the top individual.

    The Pittsburgh Professional Engineer http://www.PittsburghPE.Org

    E-mail PSPE@PittsburghPE.Org Published by: The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers 337 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    P. 412-391-0615 F. 412-261-1606

    First Place Team

    Winchester Thurston School

  • The Pittsburgh Professional Engineer Page 2 February 2008

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Celebrates National Engineers Week

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, invites you to participate in their activities in

    honor of National Engineers Week, which is being celebrated February 17 23. 2008. The purpose of the week-

    long event is to increase awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession. During the week, engineers

    will be participating in a variety of activities to help create an interest in engineering, math and science. The

    focus is on sharing the importance of engineering with young people to encourage them to consider engineering

    as a viable career option. All the high schools in Allegheny County have been invited to participate, and we have

    been invited as well.

    On Wednesday, February 20, the Pittsburgh District is offering a workshop at the Pittsburgh Engineer

    Warehouse and Repair Station on Neville Island. There will be an overview of water resource engineering in the

    Pittsburgh region, the Army and Corps of Engineers missions around the world with emphasis on Iraq, and a

    presentation on one of the more challenging construction projects within the District, the Emsworth Dams

    Rehabilitation Project. A tour of the Emsworth Locks and Dam will follow.

    On Thursday, February 21, a workshop will take place at the Charleroi Locks and Dam at Monessen. A

    tour of the site will follow.

    To participate, please email your name and affirmation of U.S. citizenship to Reyman R. Branting, P.E.

    (Bernardi11@comcast.net) or call 412/486-0530 with that information no later than Monday, February 11. Non-

    citizens should contact Mr. Branting as soon as possible to apply for a waiver. Please specify which events you

    wish to attend Neville Island workshop, Emsworth Tour, Charleroi Workshop and Charleroi Tour. You are

    welcome to attend one or all. Directions and/or maps will be provided.

    To wind up the week, plan to attend the Pittsburgh Chapter, PSPE, annual banquet at The Club at

    Nevillewood on Saturday. A reservation form for the event is enclosed.

    2007-2008 Chapter Officers President Virginia Dailey, P.E. President Elect Tom Weber, P.E. Vice President Dave Samek, P.E. State Director - David Briskey, P.E. 2005-2008

    Executive Secretary - Kevin Wiley, P.E. Treasurer - John A. Broscious, P.E. Financial Secretary - Reyman Branting, P.E. Immediate Past President Darryl Brogan, P.E.

    2007-2008 Chapter Directors Jeff Mazza, P.E. 2005-2008 Moe Rayan, E.I.T. 2005-2008 Vacant Position 2006 - 2009

    Brian Schull, P.E. 2006 - 2009 Kirk Thompson, P.E. 2007 2010 Joe Garlicki, P.E. 2007 - 2010

    Mathcounts Competition 1

    Corps of Engineers 2

    Engineers Banquet 3

    Apprenticeship Program 4

    Past Presidents

    Recogniation 5

    Apprenticeship Site Visit 6

    Mathcounts Pictures 7


  • The Pittsburgh Professional Engineer Page 3 February 2008



    Invites ALL Engineers and their guests to the Annual


    On Saturday, February 23, 2008 At The Club at Nevillewood, 1000 Nevillewood Drive, Presto, Pa. 15142

    Please join us for a wonderful evening of fellowship, great food

    and the presentation of the 2008 Engineers Week Awards

    Cocktails: 6:00 p.m. (Cash bar)

    Welcome & Presentation of Mathcounts Awards: 7:00pm

    Dinner: 7:30 pm

    Presentation of Awards: 8:30pm

    You may make your reservation by filling in the form below and mailing or faxing it to the Chapter office. You

    may also phone in all of this information to us. If you opt to make your reservation via e-mail, do not e-mail your

    credit card info. Payment may be made by calling in your credit card info, faxing this filled in form, or mailing

    this form with credit card info or enclosing a check. Cost of Dinner is $60.00 per person.

    Office Phone number (412) 391-0615 e-mail: PSPE@PittsburghPE.Org

    Office fax (412-261-1606) Mailing Address: PSPE, 337 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222

    Dinner Choice : Choose one of the following:

    ___ Chicken Romano, All White Meat Chicken Breast Battered in Egg and Imported Romano Cheese

    ___ Baked Stuffed Lemon Sole, with Canadian Snow Crab stuffing

    ___ Roast Tenderloin of Beef, with peppercorn sauce

    Name : ________________________________ Dinner Choice: _______________________________

    Name : ________________________________ Dinner Choice: _______________________________

    Payment Options:

    Credit Card: __ MASTERCARD __ VISA Card Number:____________________ Exp. Date________

    Name (as it appears on the credit card):_____________________________________________

    ___ Check enclosed payable to PSPE Pittsburgh Chapter & mailed to 337 Fourth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Directions: On Mapquest.com, enter this address: The Club at Nevillewood, 1000 Nevillewood Dr., Presto, PA 15142

  • The Pittsburgh Professional Engineer Page 4 February 2008

    Engineering Apprenticeship Passes Halfway Mark

    The Engineering Apprenticeship, a joint venture of the Pittsburgh Chapter, PSPE, and the Allegheny

    Intermediate Unit, has passed the halfway mark for the 2007 -2008 academic year.

    The Engineering Apprenticeship accepted 41 high school students into the program last fall. They were

    divided into groups of about eight students each, and assigned visits to various firms. The object of the

    Apprenticeships is not to sell the students on engineering, but to give them some base knowledge of the

    profession. Too many high school students are making career choices with little knowledge of what their chosen

    field really consists of and the demands it will make. Visiting working engineers on the job is the best way we

    have to help them learn about our profession.

    Visits have been made to Medrad, Inc., Pittsburgh Material Technology, Inc., Bombardier, Astorino,

    Michael Baker Corporation, Maglev, Inc., the Pittsburgh Water and Sanitary Authority Water Treatment Plant

    and to the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Student reports on two of t