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Bronx Chapter and Borough President Diaz to Celebrate Bronx Engineering Achievements

Posted by GEng on May 02, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items, Featured, Local Events, News

To help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Bronx as a County in 2014, the Bronx Chapter of NYSSPE has been compiling a list of Engineering achievements associated with our Borough. In meetings with Borough President Reuben Diaz Jr. and his staff, the BP has expressed enthusiasm for this project that is expected to culminate in an exhibition in the Bronx County Courthouse Rotunda.

The Bronx Chapter’s team for this project is composed of Chapter President Jack Kleinfeld and chapter members Ed Sawchuk, Peter Piechicniski, and Gee Eng. A paid intern has been hired to provide research and documentation for the project. To date, $1200 in donations have been promised. Additional donations and help with the project is needed – if you wish to make a donation or contribute in any way – please contact Jack.

Here’s a partial list of the Engineering Achievements that are being considered for inclusion in this project. with brief notes about them.  Confirmation of inclusion in the list is subject to further research.

Hall of Justice

Kingsbridge Armory — Largest Armory in the country, maybe the world. New plans for ice skating rink.

Valentine-Varian House — First use of certain materials.

Yankee Stadium — both the new and the original “House that Ruth Built”.

Grand Concourse — Urban planning concepts, usage of underground pass ways under intersections with major cross streets, Art-Deco buildings.

Cross-Bronx Expressway — Much maligned but vital link for I-95.

NYC Water Supply System — Bronx components include the Jerome Park Reservoir/Pumping Station, Filtration Plant, and valve chambers.

Croton Aqueduct/Highbridge — One of the first supplies of drinking water in NY and still working.

Arbor House — Energy efficiency, LEED Platinum certified.

Bronx Subway System — use of innovative underground railway system.

Triboro Bridge — and all the other significant bridges connecting to other boroughs as well as intra-boro.

Orchard Beach — a Robert Moses creation that is a completely man-made beach.

Sound Engineering — technical advances that were part of the birth of hip hop in the Bronx.

Estey Piano Company — Oldest known piano factory in the Bronx. The Bronx was the piano manufacturing capital of the United States.

The Lorillard Snuff Mill — Tobacco manufacturing, example of the Bronx River used for industry.

Concrete Plant Park — Site of a concrete plant (1940-1987) – contaminated soil remediation and plans to use the silos for power generators.

Bronx Zoo Lion House — Renovation and reconstruction that earned LEED Gold standing.

New York (Bronx) Botanical Gardens — Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Cast iron structured green house. Complex heating and cooling systems. — Invention of Puffed Grains, initial development of the methods that lead to puffed wheat and puffed rice as breakfast cereals.

Mill Pond Park Powerhouse — first to receive gold LEED in New York.

Montefiore Medical Center — Energy innovations, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system.

Jordan L. Mott — Steel manufacturing in what is now Mott Haven. Patent for use of anthracite coal in steel manufacturing

Highbridge — Oldest standing bridge in the city being renovated for use as pedestrian park.

Van Cortlandt Park — Storm water treatment Comfort Station. 3D Laser scanning to provide topographic and utility image.

Lehman Day Care — Conservation of energy.

Suggestions are encouraged for other Engineering Achievements to be included. The achievements do not have to be structures or infrastructure. We are hoping to identify patents developed by individuals or business operating in the Bronx.

As part of Bronx Week (May 8 – 18, 2014) activities, there will be trolley tours of Bronx neighborhoods. This list with appropriate commentary will be made available for the tours. The ultimate goal with the list is to create an exhibit. The final form of the exhibit has not been determined – but may include a website, a museum quality exhibit for the Courthouse Rotunda or Bronx Museum or elsewhere, a video program, or an old fashion paper publication. The ultimate result will depend on financial and human resources available to carry out the project. Please help by making a donation or getting involved.



Mathcounts in the Bronx Competition Feb 11, 2014

Posted by GEng on February 04, 2014  /   Posted in Bx Items, Featured, Local Events, MathCounts

Mathcounts in the Bronx Competition Feb 11, 2014


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Mathcounts competitors at the 2013 New York State competition at RPI.

The “Mathcounts in the Bronx!” competition is scheduled for the Faculty Dining Room in the MusicBuilding at LehmanCollege on Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 from 3PM to 7PM.


The competition  is the national Mathcounts program to stimulate interest in mathematics among middle school students (grades 6, 7, and 8). The program provides materials supporting math clubs and other math related school activities and provides the framework for a national mathematics competition similar in structure to the National spelling Bee.


Participating schools this year are CIS 303, Horace Mann Middle School, MS223 School of Finance and Technology, Twin Parks Upper/I.S.229, and Riverdale Country School. The top three schools from the Bronx competition will advance to the New YorkState competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY  on March 15, 2014. The top four competitors at the NYS competition will advance to the National Finals in Orlando on May 9, 2014.

The Bronx Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers sponsors and organizes the annual Mathcounts competition for Bronx middle schools students. LehmanCollege provides the space for the competition. And all the work to make it happen is done by volunteers.


More volunteers are needed to help run this and future competitions. No math skills are needed of the volunteers.  If you are able to help, please contact Gee Eng at mathcounts@BxNSPE.org.


Why should you help?


The headlines tell the story. American students are falling behind their global competitors in the critical areas of math and science. As politicians and educators debate the issue, the trend continues to be negative. To reverse this trend, more of us need to get involved.


Supporting Mathcounts is one way to get involved. Learn more about the program at www.mathcounts.org. Find out if your local schools participate in Mathcounts and other math enrichment programs. If not, demand that they do participate. And then volunteer to support the ongoing activities.


While Mathcounts is the prime focus of this article, two other local programs with similar objective deserved to be mentioned. The New York Math Circle (www.nymathcircle.org) provides a math enrichment program to supplement  math education. There is a tuition – so consider sponsoring a deserving student with financial hardship.


Another worthy program is SPMPS – Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving.  SPMPS is geared to provide math enrichment to  deserving students in underserved NYC public schools. The program is free for students who are accepted. If you are mathematically inclined, you can volunteer to be a mentor. Otherwise, you can make a donation at their website so they can serve more students (http://www.artofproblemsolving.org/spmps/)


And of course, Mathcounts in the Bronx on Feb 11, 2014. Hope to hear from you.


Gee Eng, PE


PDH Seminar at DORMA, Dec. 10, 2013

Posted by BxNSPE on December 05, 2013  /   Posted in CE Credits, Local Events

DORMA is hosting a continuing education seminar as described below.  It’s approved by AIA for continuing education credits and, as such, is also approved for NYS PEs.

Contact DORMA directly as per below.


ADA Tips for Designing Hotels in the Big Apple


Learn more here or Register Now!

Sponsored by: Steven Winter Associates Inc. and DORMA


Tuesday, December 10th
5:30pm Wine & Snacks Reception
6:00pm to 7:15pm Presentation


DORMA Design Center
1040 Avenue of the Americas
22nd Floor
New York City


Further questions

Call 347/271-1160 or send an email to designctr@dorma-usa.com

PDH Seminar at DORMA, Dec. 18, 2013

Posted by BxNSPE on December 05, 2013  /   Posted in CE Credits, Local Events

DORMA is hosting a continuing education seminar as described below.  It’s approved by AIA for continuing education credits and, as such, is also approved for NYS PEs.

Contact DORMA directly as per below.


Scan to BIM – Restoration and Conservation

DECEMBER 18, 2013

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Using Autodesk essentials we’ll provide some engaging visuals and an introduction to laser scanning, processing, post processing, indexing and establishing your point cloud in the Revit model. You’ll see how hybrid views can be used to display areas of deficiencies; and get advice on visibility graphics, clipping boxes and modeling techniques. Perhaps most importantly, learn how to use in applications to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Building Department, owner or building management, Finally see how the point clouds can be used for fabrication of historically significant elements–terracotta cornices, building ornamentation, and more.



Hannah Sebastian DeMayta, BIM Department Manager, CSA Group

Raul Mayta, Project Associate, Rand Engineering and Architecture


DORMA Design Center
1040 Avenue of the Americas, 22nd Floor, NYC

Wednesday December 18, 2012
5:45pm – Reception and Snacks
6:15pm to 7:15pm – Presentation


Reserve your space

Email designctr@dorma-usa.com or call 347/271-1160

Multiple PDH Seminars at DORMA, Tuesday Dec. 17, 2013

Posted by BxNSPE on December 05, 2013  /   Posted in CE Credits, Local Events

The following is information from DORMA about an all day session of seminars.  These are approved by AIA for continuing education.  They are creditable for NYS PE continuing education as well.

Contact DORMA directly as per below.



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Earn Last Minute AIA Credit Hours
at DORMA’s Design Center in NYC

Earn those last minute AIA credit hours at the DORMA Design Center. We’ll serve snacks and take care of the AIA details for you.

DORMA Design Center
1040 Avenue of the Americas, 22nd Floor, NYC

Tuesday December 14, 2012
8 am to 7 pm

Schedule 8am –

Interior Glass Wall Systems


Presenter: Wendy Talarico, DORMA



Operable Partition Walls


Presenter: Jim Kaiser, Modernfold Styles



Understanding Electrified Hardware


Presenter: Wendy Talarico, DORMA



Revolving Door Systems


Presenter: David Hessel, Crane Revolving Doors



ADA Basics, Codes & Architectural Hardware


Presenter: Wendy Talarico, DORMA



Reserve your space

Call 347/271-1160 or email designctr@dorma-usa.com

Innovations in 3D Printing at DORMA Design Center Oct. 2, 2013

Posted by BxNSPE on September 25, 2013  /   Posted in CE Credits, Local Events

The following is an announcement of a continuing education seminar that was issued by DORMA Design Center.  The continuing education accreditation is through AIA.  The “practice” reference in the body is for architectural application.





Innovations in 3D Printing

We’ll take a look inside the 3D printing world, technically and philosophically, to give you a clear picture as to why it is important in your practice. Learn how design firms are using 3D printing to study form and complex geometries, as well as to produce site models, floor plans, and building plugs. Separate yourself from the competition by presenting design ideas in a new way.

Justin Levitz, Director of 3D Technologies for NRI

Thursday, October 2nd
5:30pm Reception & Snacks
6:00pm Presentation

DORMA Design Center
1040 Avenue of the Americas
22nd Floor
New York City

Register Now!
Send an email to designctr@dorma-usa.com
or call 347/271-1160

ASME Metropolitan Section Meeting Sept. 19, 2013

Posted by BxNSPE on September 16, 2013  /   Posted in CE Credits, Local Events

The Metropolitan Section of ASME has announced the following meeting for September 19, 2013.  Contact them directly, as per below, if you are interested in attending.



Date:                                            THURSDAY, September 19, 2013

Time:                                  Registration and Dinner   5:30 – 6:15 PM

Program:             6:15 to 7:30 PM

Where:                      COOPER UNION UNIVERSITY located at 41 Cooper Square  

                     Between 6th & 7th Streets on Third Ave, N.Y.


Speaker:        Dr. Stacey Sullivan


Subject:       “The Effect of Micro-textured CoCrMo-carbide Surfaces on the Attachment and Viability of Osteoblast-like MG63” – Wear of total joint replacement (TJR) articulating surfaces is a major concern in the orthopaedic community and the improved wear performance of implantable materials is of great interest.  All foreign particles generated within the body, have the potential to initiate an inflammatory response.  In this presentation, Dr. Sullivan discusses the challenge of designing a biocompatible material couple with no friction and no wear, and the creation and testing of various CoCrMo-carbide surfaces to determine biocompatibility.

Cost:                Free to all Student Members and Members, $20.00 for all other attendees – to be paid at door by cash or check only.

Note:  Due to building security requirements, ALL attendees whether paying or not MUST pre-register by Tuesday, September 17, 2013, so that security passes can be arranged.  You can register by calling or e-mailing Ed Ecock at edwardeco@aol.com or phone 718-702-2271.


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