Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


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ESWP Membership News

We have rolled out a great deal for our young engineers…

ESWP offers an “Under-35” dues rate of $25 annually, with a limited time offer of  NO entrance fee ( a $55 savings!)  Now is the time to add ESWP to your professional network and expand your horizons.  Our Young Member Forum is gaining momentum by offering quality programs designed specifically with the young engineer in mind.  Click here:

“Best of IWC” Webinar Series continues…..

“Best of IWC” Webinar

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – 12:00noon-1:00pm

The “Best of IWC” Webinar Series continues….. view last year’s presentations to see the technical and educational information presented at the conference. All from the comfort of your computer and best of all, it’s free! and you earn 1 PDH.  Registration is required and limited.  There are two presentations, each lasting 25 minutes.

Register for the Webinar here

Webinar Papers and Presenters:

IWC 15-58 – Thomas E. Higgins, Ph.D., P.E., CH2M Hill, Jacksonville, FL

Title: Challenges in Flue Gas Desulfurization Physical/Chemical Wastewater Treatment for Mercury and Arsenic

Abstract: Electric utilities are facing a series of regulations that will likely require advanced treatment of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater.  The proposed Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG) of 2013 and water quality based effluent limits (WQBELs) will necessitate treatment of FGD water. The appropriate treatment technologies for meeting these limits will be driven by the pollutants regulated.  This presentation will focus on recent evaluations of physical/chemical treatment, with an emphasis on findings regarding mercury removal.

IWC 15-59 – Frank Sassaman, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, Warrendale, PA

Title: Treatment of FGD Wastewater in a Pilot Advanced Reactive Iron Media Wastewater Treatement System

Abstract: This paper focuses on the performance associated with the reduction of selenium. Reduction of mercury, arsenic, and numerous other trace heavy metals is also examined as well as the effect of hydraulic retention time, dynamic flow changes, influent chemistry changes, and response to typical real world upsets. Data will be specifically analyzed and discussed in association with meeting the pending ELG guidelines.

ESWP Young Member Forum highlights

Summer fun! The ESWP Young Member Forum combined forces with those of the ASCE, ASHE,  EWB, TBP and SAME in hosting a Summer Social on August 19. The event was held at the Pittsburgh Engineers’ Building and featured craft beers, and a special summer Sangria cooler, along with lots of great food. Each of the hosting groups provided a gift basket for door prize table, where attendees could try their luck at baskets of their choosing. Representatives from each of the hosting groups also previewed their upcoming continuing education activities. Keep an eye on the ESWP website for the next mixer, scheduled for the December holiday season. For more information on ESWP’s Young Member Forum, contact Outreach Coordinator Taylor Bombalski.

Young Members’ Organizing Committee

ESWP Scholarships awarded!

We received a high number of high quality ESWP member scholarship applications this year, leaving our panel of judges with some tough choices to make. Despite not being able to award all of the applicants, we would like to thank everyone for your interest in the program and for submitting your application. Remember that you may reapply in future years!  We are pleased to announce the awardees of the 2016 ESWP Members Scholarship: 1st Place, Varun Sharma, who will receive a $2500.00 award; 2nd Place: Garrett Smith, who will receive a $1250.00 award; and 2nd Place: Deidra Halapin, who will receive a $1250.00 award. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients, and we send best wishes to all of our applicants in reaching their education goals!

Graduating Engineers

Very promising news for graduating engineers as reported in the August 5 issue of the Pittsburgh Business Times…PBT reports on the local job market for engineers and the ways that local universities are preparing their students to fill these roles.  Best wishes to all our student members, and remember, ESWP is here to help!


ESWP presents a Continuing Education Fair

Need PDHs? ESWP will offer you the chance to earn seven credit hours on September 7 at our Continuing Ed Fair.  Visit our Events page to view the sessions presented in the Transportation, Environmental and Industrial tracks.  We have a great program with more than 20 different sessions to choose from, all in the convenient location of downtown Pittsburgh.  Reserve now as space is limited!


Michael Baker International offering P.E. License Review Course


For more than 20 years, Michael Baker International has prepared applicants to pass the Civil Professional Engineering Licensing Exam. Our comprehensive course emphasizes personalized instruction and practical application of principles covered by the exam. Our bi-annual course will begin on August 13, 2016 and continue for 10 Saturdays, ending on October 22, 2016 in Moon  Township, PA. The course will be offered in Irvine, CA in the spring.  More info can be found here.