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  • 29-Nov-2018 11:21 AM | Lynne Irwin (Administrator)

    Well, the weather has definitely changed and in my opinion not for the better; colder wetter and rainier now but it did not appear to dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic throng of trick or treaters I had last night.

     We had a tour of the U of R's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) on October 26th (many thanks go to Greg Gdowski for setting it up, and Lynne for the name tags!). The tour was fascinating and the reception after the tour provided a splendid opportunity for camaraderie with our fellow engineers! Hopefully it was the first of many events RES will hold.

    Planning has begun for the RES Gala and the Engineering Symposium next April; if you have any input, please contact us via the RES.

    Also we recently made some minor modifications to the RES bylaws (removing some anachronisms, allowing the use of email for voting by the membership, removing some age old typographical errors and removing the names of several specific sub committees whose names have changed or whose activities have been subsumed by other groups); the current bylaws are on the RES website at: 

    That's all for now. Hopefully when you read this, snow will still be a long way off around here, but I suspect it won't be.

    Joe Dombrowski

  • 06-Nov-2018 8:50 AM | Lynne Irwin (Administrator)

    Another busy month moving firewood at home in anticipation of the colder weather which will be arriving soon (such joy!). And the RES office finally has its HVAC restored! Lynne is very happ! We have also made progress toward updating our bylaws.

    This has been another busy month for RES; planning has started for the Terra Fair Science Fair planned for Rochester on March 16, 2019 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center; I am very proud to report that RES has had several members step up to assist with the effort, please see for further details, it isn't too late to  join the effort!

    I would like to mention the RES website:; it is full of recently updated information such as applications for the Young Engineer of the Year, Engineer of the Year, volunteer and scholarship opportunities as well as upcoming events. We have many worthwhile activities as well as news of our upcoming events (such as the Gala in April 2019) that you can participate in.

    By the time you read this we will have our very informative tour of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester on Oct. 26; a fascinating gem in our own back yard!

  • 26-Sep-2018 10:53 AM | Lynne Irwin (Administrator)
    Hot enough for ya? It was when I wrote this at the beginning of September.

    For your information, Dennis Roote has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors of RES! He is a welcome addition, please join me in congratulating him to our august group. I am certain he will add his inestimable wisdom to the Board.

    We have a tour of the U of R's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) set up for 4:30 pm on October 26th (many thanks go to Greg Gdowski for setting it up!). Please see the RES website ( for further details and to register. The tour promises to be fascinating as well as providing an opportunity for camaraderie with your fellow engineers!

    Terra Fair is looking for volunteers to assist with a "science and engineering fair" in Rochester scheduled for The Rochester Museum and Science Center in March of 2019. See their website for further details.

    That's all for now. Hopefully when you read this, snow will still be a long way off, at least around here.

    Joe Dombrowski, 2018-19 RES President

  • 30-Aug-2018 12:32 PM | Lynne Irwin (Administrator)

    Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the great weather this summer.  Summer has found the RES busy planning for upcoming events.

    We have had a board opening for a while, and two folks stepped up to volunteer to fill the vacancy. The current board, at its regular meeting of 8/22 selected Dennis Roote, President of CDE Engineering and Environment, PLLC to fill the void. Dennis is not a stranger to the RES, having worked with us before often. Many thanks to the people who stepped forward to be consideredand welcome aboard Dennis.

    The president, and the first and second vice presidents (who are destined to be president eventually) held a strategic planning session hosted by Greg Gdowski at U of R on 7/18. The outcomes involve some homework for the executives and the Board; we agreed to create a list of duties of the RES board members and their committees, update the Constitution and Bylaws to eliminate some clumsy and outdated items (found at and investigate lengthening the terms of the officers to two years from one year as a way of increasing efficacy. Any other suggestions would be helpful; feel free to let us know what you would propose. I will use this forum to report on our progress.

  • 30-Jul-2018 12:30 PM | Lynne Irwin (Administrator)

    Hot enough for ya? Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the great weather.  Although it is summer, it has been a busy time for RES; aside from some mundane chores (like new bank signatures) and two monthly board meetings, we have been busy planning some activities for later this year (details to come as plans get firmed up) and holding a strategic planning session hosted by Greg Gdowski at U/R (more details on the outcomes later).

    There is a pressing need your RES has, a chair for Programs and Meetings. We are envisioning one or two annual meetings of either a social or educational nature. We have many possibilities, contact and venue that can be made available to you. If you can lend assistance to this task please contact the RES. We would be forever grateful!

    This month’s issue features a story on the new railroad bridge over the Genesee River at Portageville near the southern end of Letchworth State Park. Hopefully you will enjoy the article as I did. It is an impressive structure. I found the bridge to be a fascinating mixture of history, modern construction techniques and environmental concerns. Controlled blasting is a bonus and always gets my attention.

    Joe Dombrowski
    RES President

  • 06-Jun-2018 12:54 PM | Lynne Irwin (Administrator)
    I'd like to thank everyone for the opportunity to be the RES president for 2018-2019. We have a very diverse group and I'd like to make certain we provide opportunities for all to participate; after all, this is not my organization but it belongs to the members, be they individuals or affiliates. I have spent the last three years learning about the group, I will continue to look for input wherever it can be found, especially the RES Membership Survey.

    And we are always looking for other input and direction.

    There are many things to do, among which are filling some gaps, namely on the Board of Directors (I believe we are looking for a Director for one year, please contact us if interested; we can always find something for a willing participant to do.

     I also would like to solidify the position of our very generous sponsors for the near term and explore the possibility of more exclusively "networking" or family events such as Red Wings or Amerks Games or a family event at Seabreeze or Darien Lake.

  • 01-Mar-2018 7:08 AM | Greg Gdowski (Administrator)

    It is with a sad heart that the Rochester Engineering Society mourns the loss of one of its own.  Barry Quinn, a warm individual, past president, and friend of the society passed on February 10th.  Barry's spirit for voluntarism included 20+ years of service with NYSATE (including selection as Transportation Engineer of the Year), E3 Fair (an Engineering fair funded by local engineering societies) and a great passion for the RES scholarship program. Based on the recommendation of the family, RES has made a donation in Barry's memory to the Czeutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation.

    It is appropriate that we get ready to acknowledge our newest scholarship award recipients.  Michelle Sommerman, the current Scholarship chairperson, and the Scholarship committee have made selections on eight new recipients.  They will be celebrated at our upcoming GALA on April 14th along with the awards for the 2017 RES Engineer of the Year, 2017 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the year, two Finalists for the Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year, and four Engineers of Distinction.  A special thank you goes out to the teams that help to interview, review, and select our award recipients.

    If you have never attended or it has been a while since you have been to the RES GALA, please consider joining us this year.  There are great things in store for this year's event.  The popular silent auction is back, Ashley Dorzbacher will be the MC again, and we continue to make the event lighter and more lively. Check out the details on the RES website, along with the many great sponsors for the Gala this year!

    Remember to get your ticket for the RES GALA at the Riverside Convention Center on April 14th.  See more information at or email

    Mike Triassi
    RES President

  • 30-Jan-2018 8:20 AM | Greg Gdowski (Administrator)

    The RES website has a had a redesign!   As part of the team that originally moved our site to Wild Apricot, some time has passed since it was chosen as our hosting platform.  There has since been a massive shift to responsive designs in websites and the RES has become increasingly more online oriented with the birth of our electronic edition of Rochester Engineer magazine.    Greg Gdowski has taken the initiative to change the site's theme to one called Kaleidoscope Redwood that I am certain you will find more friendly to navigate.  

    As far as new features…

    Responsive Design

    The site is now mobile friendly.  This means the menus and content will change appearance to look better on your phones and tablets.    We know that many of you are heavy users of mobile devices. 

    Visually appealing

    Hopefully you will find the layout easier on the eyes.   The content is bordered by colors to help make it easier to transition from section to section.   Some of the subpages are in better shape than others so please stay tuned.  By all means, look down past my ugly mug on the home page to Ashley Doerzbacher's photo for a more pleasing experience.   We couldn't be happier to have her as this year's host for the Gala.

    Content Rich

    The site features more regularly updated content from recent months.  In addition to past magazine editions and an electronic calendar, there are Gala sponsorship updates, a "Today" message, popular historical minutes from Lee Loomis, and much more. 

    A special thanks goes out to those of you that took the opportunity to fill out the Rochester Engineering Society's survey.   We have over 100 responses.   Since the holidays may have been hectic for many of you, we will leave the survey open for a while longer.   If you have not already done so, please take this chance to complete your responses.

    Survey link….

    Thank you for taking time for the Rochester Engineering Society

    Mike Triassi

  • 11-Jan-2018 4:04 PM | Greg Gdowski (Administrator)

    As we all prepare our new year resolutions, the Rochester Engineering Society is gathering feedback from its membership on to how better to serve our engineering community. This includes several critical items as we make changes going forward.

    How is it best to communicate with our members? Our website has been in place for many years and could use a facelift. The hosting server we use has responsive design templates that would make it behave better on mobile devices but we are not sure if that is enough. We have not used emails very frequently to help keep down the steady stream of emails that everyone needs to parse out.  Should we email more? Is it time for social media?  Which one do you prefer? Could we make it easier to keep you aware of the many engineering events in our community by tweeting or using our LinkedIn site?

    The Rochester Engineer magazine is one of the more popular badges of the RES. What feature do you like best?  Affiliate News, Articles, Employee News, Job Postings? Now that 7 of the issues are electronic copies, are there other things that would make it more valuable?

    Can you give us grades on our most popular events, including our annual Gala dinner and the Symposium for PDH credits? How can they be more entertaining or more useful?  Should we provide other networking sessions? Are PDH credits needed to make them be more attractive?

    Please take the time to fill out our survey and we will work to make it happen.

    HERE IS A LINK ADDRESS FOR THE SURVEY or go to the RES Webite and clink on the link.

    Happy New Year, Mike Triassi

    RES President

  • 11-Dec-2017 5:40 PM | Greg Gdowski (Administrator)

    This month’s issue features a story on the emergence of Rochester as a hub for imaging and audio technologies.  The success of this kind of effort requires the collective efforts of business, government, academic and private resources.  It is my hope that engineering leadership within our area can get fully behind technology growth initiatives. The attractiveness and the long term viability of Rochester as this type of hub certainly depends on the type of training and STEM development fostered by activities of the Rochester Engineering Society and its affiliates.

    In this regard, RES welcomes our newest affiliate, Terra Rochester Finger Lakes (https://www.terraed. org). Terra organizes events, fairs, and symposia to provide STEM solutions to educational issues, and offers platforms for students and educators to learn from one another.  Encouraging our youth to pursue STEM through these efforts and the work of our many RES tutors helps prepare students for the advanced degrees at our local colleges.  In turn, engineering graduates from our local colleges have been the driving force for our local engineering firms and technology companies.  It finishes the cycle when we can do our part to promote technology growth here in Rochester.  RES is grateful to its corporate members and welcomes others to join us in promoting engineering in Rochester.

    Enjoy your holidays,

    Mike Triassi

RES President

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