Engineer's Workshop: Engineering Sustainability

Start Date
Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 8:30 am
End Date
Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 3:30 pm
Event Contact Name
Laurie Laird
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Engineer's Workshop: Engineering Sustainability
Continuing Professional Development Workshop for Practicing Engineers (6 CPD's available, 2 of the 6 hours in Ethics)

Sustainability has become an essential concern in all facets of life. Engineers are at the forefront of addressing this matter of great societal interest. Join us for a look at the sustainability of  water and energy. Presenters will share expertise from both the bird’s eye view and from up close. Topics include the relationship between water and energy, smart water meters, sustainability in the transportation industry, and electric vehicles. 

Course Outline/Agenda
8:00 a.m.   Registration
8:20 a.m.   Welcome
8:30 a.m.   Ethics for Engineers, Part 1 - John Greenhalge-Executive Director, Ohio Board of Engineers and Surveyors
9:20 a.m.   Break
9:30 a.m.   Ethics for Engineers, Part 2 - John Greenhalge
10:20 a.m.  Break
10:30 a.m.  Charging Ahead with Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - Michael Chow, PE, BSEE '92-President, Metro CD Engineering
11:20 a.m.   Break
11:30 a.m.   Using Smart Water Meters to Improve Water Insfrastruture Management - Dr. Emily Berglund-Professor, North Carolina State University
12:30 p.m.  Lunch (provided), McIntosh Center
1:30 p.m.    Engineering Sustainable Energy - Foster Clark, BSEE '99-Business Development Manager, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
2:20 p.m.   Break
2:30 p.m.   Turn off the Lights to Save Water - Dr. Lauren Logan-Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University
3:20 p.m.   Closing Remarks, Evaluations, Distribution of Certificates

John Greenhalge, Executive Director, has been with the State Board of Registration since 1998. Mr. Greenhalge has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and an MBA from Ashland University. He has served on numerous national committees for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) including the Committee on Law Enforcement, the NCEES Leadership Task Force and the Member Board Administrators Committee. John will bring an update from the state board and document the effects from the board’s implementation of required ethics training. He will also share some case studies, and field questions from attendees.

Michael Chow, P.E., BSEE ‘92 is President and Founder of Metro CD Engineering in Columbus. Mr. Chow is a LEED Accredited Professional and has worked on over 70 LEED projects including the ONU JLK Engineering Building. He serves on the ONU Engineering Advisory Board and the ONU Board of Trustees. Mr. Chow has authored numerous engineering articles and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine. Mr. Chow has owned and driven an Electric Vehicle (EV) for over 7 years and driven over 130,000 miles. His presentation will provide an overview of the EV charging stations (also known as EVSEs), the process employed to find suitable locations, and the infrastructure needed to support them.

Dr. Emily Berglund is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr.  Berglund earned her B.S. and M.S in Civil Engineering at University of Kentucky, and her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from NC State. Her research focuses on improving the sustainability and security of water resources. She is an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Water Resources and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in water resources engineering and systems analysis for civil engineering. Dr. Berglund’s talk will focus on the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) - an emerging revolution in the water industry, providing utilities a new set of tools to solve operational issues for water distribution systems. Hourly data collected at smart meters at the account level can provide new insight about water consumption to support the development of models and water demand management

Foster Clark, BSEE ’99 is a Business Development Manager for Marathon Petroleum Corporation. In addition to his ONU degree, Mr. Clark has an MBA from Bowling Green State University. He joined Marathon Petroleum Corporation in 1999 and has worked in many engineering and supervisory positions throughout the country. Mr. Clark's presentation will focus on the development of sustainable energy, especially but not limited to the field of transportation. This presentation will focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with the evolution of the energy industry, as well as how Marathon Petroleum Corporation is positioning itself in the evolving energy landscape. 

Dr. Lauren H. Logan, is Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at ONU. She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering  & Geology from Ohio University; an MS in Biology from Purdue; and a Ph.D. in Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability from the University of Illinois. Dr. Logan’s presentation will focus on the interrelationship between water and energy, the energy-water nexus. This nexus embodies a "wicked problem" in that you cannot solve energy problems without also solving water problems, and vice versa. Furthermore, incorporating biology into the energy-water nexus can aid decision-makers in identifying tradeoffs and more effectively assessing and managing aquatic ecosystems, water resources, and energy infrastructure. 

General Information
Date and Time:  Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Location:   McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio
Cost:  $150 ($140 for ONU Alumni). Fee covers course materials, break refreshments, lunch, certificate.
Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend, please notify us by October 6, 2022 for a full refund. After this date there is a $25 administration fee for cancellations. Participants may enroll substitutes any time before the course starts.
CPD Credits: Participants earn 6.0 hours of continuing professional development (CPD). Two of the six hours are for Ethics.
Accommodations: Overnight lodging is available at the Inn at Ohio Northern University. For reservations call 419-722-2500.

Want to register? Click HERE.

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Lori Goldsmith
Executive Administrative Assistant
College of Engineering


Laurie Laird, BSME '86
Director of Corporate & Alumni Relations
College of Engineering