Chad Slothower, MS, PE, CBI has joined NTM as a project manager in our Structures Group. Chad has 16 years of engineering experience in bridge design, inspection, and ratings and has worked on forensic analysis of buildings. He earned his MS degree in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997, and his BS in Civil Engineering in 1995, also from Penn State. Chad will manage NTM’s bridge inspection contracts and will serve as a project manager on bridge design projects. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Florida, Maine, and Virginia. He is a Certified Bridge Inspector and a member of several professional organizations.
On Friday, May 3, NTM employees enjoyed a night of bowling while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Organized by Big Sister and NTM designer Emily Bernzott, NTM raised $984.00 for this local organization. Marianna Dasher, Emily’s Little Sister, joined the bowlers for the evening. A fun time was had by all at ABC Lanes in Mechanicsburg.
As part of the Michael Baker Jr., Inc. Team, NTM’s Jeff MacKay, Paul DeBarry, John Yamashita, and Ryan Burrows entered the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! Competition – a national design competition to promote the creative, innovative use of green stormwater infrastructure in Philadelphia and other cities. The competition was sponsored by the Philadelphia Water Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Community Design Collaborative.
Each team had to focus its design on one of three sites in Philadelphia:
1. Warehouse Watershed – A warehouse and a city-owned vacant lot that offered possibilities for public-private partnerships and the revitalization of a high-vacancy, mixed-use residential/industrial district.
2. Retail Retrofit – A retail strip center that had the potential to play a more central role in the surrounding neighborhood through improved walkability, pop-up space for community events, and access to river recreation.
3. Greening the Grid – An historic neighborhood with an engaged community and a dense network of streets, alleys, roofs, and open space that offered possibilities for an array of small-scale interventions.
NTM was the only firm teamed with Michael Baker Jr. in this competition. Jeff, Paul, John, and Ryan helped the Michael Baker Jr. Team with design option number two, Retail Retrofit. They helped redesign the Gray’s Ferry Shopping Center to include more environmentally-friendly aspects, such as bioretention islands, porous pavement, roof rain water harvesting, planter boxes capturing roof runoff, and complete elimination of polluted runoff from entering the combined sewer system. The Michael Baker Jr. Team design placed in the top three finalists out of 13 designs in the competition, and the team was invited to present its project at the competition awards ceremony. The final selection was made on March 7, 2013, at the reception held in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
NTM Engineering President Donna Newell, MS, PE, CFM is now a member of the The Pennsylvania State University Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC). The IPAC is a select group of industry, government agency, and academia professionals who advise the College of Engineering on academic issues and on current engineering trends and future directions. IPAC is a forum where ideas are exchanged and recommendations are made, and it provides direct linkage and communications between the College and the engineering profession.
The 2013 IPAC features: Mr. John Blazosky, PE, The WHM Group; Dr. Michael S. Bronzini, Dewberry chair professor emeritus and research professor at George Mason University; Ms. Robyn Schilling Colosimo, assistant for water resources legislation for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters; Mr. Jack Diviney, senior vice president and regional director at Gannett Fleming, Inc.; Mr. Robert W. Felsburg, PE, IPAC vice chair and president of Felsburg Holt & Ullevig; Mr. Anthony Ferrucio, IPAC chair and divisional vice president at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.; Ms. Tracy L. Hollida, PE, assistant vice president of aviation service at Michael Baker Jr. Inc.; Mr. George Mezey, PE, president of P.J. Dick, Inc. & Trumbull Corporation; Mr. Richard Seitz, president of Alexander Building Construction Co.; and Mrs. Donna Newell, MS, PE, CFM, president of NTM Engineering, Inc.
Photo – front (left to right) Donna Newell, Jack Diviney, and Rick Seitz; back (left to right) John Blazosky and Robert Felsburg
Throughout the month of November, NTM joined Operation Sandy Claus to collect new, unwrapped toys, blankets, hats, and gloves for families who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The firm collected over 50 items, which ranged from blankets to children’s toys. Pennsylvania, along with New Jersey and New York, collected a total of 5,375 toys and over 1,000 blankets and winter wear, which were taken to Staten Island, New York, to be distributed through The Richard Gardner Jr. Memorial Toy Drive. Items were given to families in New York and in Southern New Jersey in mid-December. Operation Sandy Claus was created by a local mother who wanted to help the families affected by Hurricane Sandy. She, along with a group of friends, collected items throughout the Harrisburg area. Karen MacKay, wife of NTM’s Jeff MacKay was NTM’s donation leader, as well as for the Dillsburg area. Dillsburg collected 644 toys and 544 blankets, hats, and gloves for this great cause.
Bill Syme, the author and developer of TUFLOW software, visited NTM Engineering on Friday, October 26. After meeting with the USACE in Washington, DC, Bill visited NTM to learn more about our 2D hydraulic studies using TUFLOW. He presented the latest advances in TUFLOW software and various project applications to our water resources staff.
A native of Australia, Bill has 25 years of experience working on riverine, estuarine, and coastal studies, of which most have been in the flood hydraulics field. He has successfully managed and led a wide range of flood studies in Australia and overseas. Bill developed the TUFLOW 2D/1D hydrodynamic modeling system in 1989. Today, he manages the TUFLOW software operations and provides specialist flood modeling and management advice. NTM has experience with TUFLOW and utilizes the software for 2D floodplain modeling.
This story’s photo features: front row left to right – Francisco Aguirre, Dylan Shannon, Chuck Sacavage, Bill Syme, Donna Newell, Emily Bernzott, Bethany Kavulich, and Jeff MacKay; back row left to right – John Yamashita, Jade Fertich, Ben Stodart, and Lino Magnelli.
NTM Engineer Lino Magnelli, PE, presented “Water Resource Engineering?” to about 24 students from the York Suburban Middle School, as part of a community outreach program. Lino’s presentation gave an overview of what exactly water resource engineering is and how it falls under the civil engineering “umbrella.” The goal was to be informational, educational, and motivational to encourage early awareness of potential career paths in the civil engineering field. Lino described what civil engineers do, explained the role that changing technology plays in the profession, stressed the importance of water resources in engineering as related to transportation projects (e.g., bridge replacements), and overviewed the type of projects that NTM performs.
The kids were interested in the topic and asked Lino many questions. So, the presentation turned interactive and was very positive. Please read the “thank you” letters to Lino at www.ntmeng.com/images/letters.pdf – they will make you smile!
NTM Engineering President Donna Newell, MS, PE, CFM and Designer Francisco Aguirre, EIT, CBI will present “CVST Susquehanna River Bridge – Using a Calibrated Two-Dimensional Hydraulic Model to Assess Impacts in a Floodway” at the 2012 National Hydraulic Engineering Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, August 30, 2012. The presentation will describe NTM’s Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) 2D Model project for PennDOT District 3-0 in Northumberland and Union Counties, through which NTM performed the hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of a proposed 4,500-foot bridge crossing over the West Branch Susquehanna River. NTM performed a 2D hydraulic analysis to model the flooding impacts of the proposed piers in the floodplain. NTM was also involved in coordinating with the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the FEMA Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) requirements.
Also on August 30th at the Conference, Donna Newell will present “2011 Flooding in Pennsylvania: Preparation, Response and Recovery.” This presentation will review the August 2011 Hurricane Irene and September 2011 Tropical Storm Lee events and the extensive damage to transportation infrastructure caused by the storms’ flooding. Ms. Newell will discuss the preparation before the storms, the storm event impacts, and the response and recovery to reopen PennDOT roads and bridges.
Hosted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (DOT), this year’s National Hydraulic Engineering Conference’s theme is “Flow Near, Under, and Over Roads: Optimizing Highway Hydraulics.” The Conference runs August 28-31, 2012, and features sessions on various hydraulic engineering topics, including scour, stream stability, water quality, etc. Presenters range from state and local practitioners to consultants and university researchers, and attendees from state DOTs, federal and local government agencies, universities, and engineering consultants will gather to discuss hydraulic engineering and its challenges and solutions.
On May 1, 2012, at the ACNB Corporation Annual Meeting of Shareholders at its Gettysburg headquarters, NTM President Donna Newell, MS, PE, CFM was elected to a three-year term on the ACNB Corporation Board of Directors. Newell is a senior engineer and one of the founders of NTM Engineering, Inc., a civil engineering firm located in Dillsburg. She has more than 16 years of civil engineering experience and specializes in hydrology and hydraulics. Along with her consulting engineering experience, Ms. Newell develops and instructs professional development seminars on topics related to water resources. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
“It was an honor to be asked to serve on the Board of such a well-respected company,” commented Newell. ACNB Corporation, headquartered in Gettysburg, is the financial holding company for the wholly-owned subsidiaries of ACNB Bank, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Russell Insurance Group, Inc., Westminster, Maryland. Originally founded in 1857, ACNB Bank serves its marketplace via a network of 19 retail banking offices located throughout Adams County, as well as York County and Cumberland County. Russell Insurance Group, Inc. offers a broad range of commercial and personal insurance lines with licenses in 36 states, including Pennsylvania and Maryland, through offices in Westminster, Carroll County, and Germantown, Montgomery County, Maryland.
On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, NTM Principal Jeffrey MacKay, MS, PE, CPESC will discuss notable design guidance changes in the 2012 PA DEP E&S Manual in a joint venture luncheon seminar hosted by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP). The program takes place from 11:45AM-1:30PM at the C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center on the Harrisburg Area Community College campus. Attending engineers will receive one PDH credit for the luncheon seminar. For more information or to register, please go to http://www.wtsevents.org/chapter/Central-PA/.
On Monday, May 7, 2012, NTM Director of Watersheds and Geospatial Technologies Paul DeBarry, PE, PH, D.WRE will present “Stormwater Retrofits: Working with What You Have” as part of a Municipal Stormwater Management Workshop, being held to help municipalities, municipal engineers, and community planners implement new cost-effective stormwater management practices. This day-long program was developed in partnership among the Penn State Extension, Cumberland County Conservation District, Cumberland County Planning Department, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership, and USDA Forest Service. By participating in this workshop, participants will learn about new field techniques and how well they are working. Engineers will also receive PDH credits.
Other program topics and speakers are: Stormwater Issues: Impacts on Water Quality and Flooding – Vincent Cotrone, Urban Forester, Penn State Extension; Sustainable Design and Best Management Practices for Urban/Suburban Stormwater – Robert G. Traver, PhD, PE, D.WRE, Professor & Director, Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering, Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership; Overview of Stormwater Ordinances – Dr. Bill Elmendorf, Associate Professor of Community Forestry, Penn State University; Cost Effective, Green Stormwater Management – Vincent Cotrone, Urban Forester, Penn State Extension; Cumberland County Stormwater Management Plan – Act 167 – Jeff Kelly, AICP, Assistant Director, Cumberland County Planning Department; and Stormwater BMP Tour – Vince McCollum & Brian Jaymes, Cumberland County Conservation District.
The program is taking place at the Cumberland County Extension Office in Carlisle.
Newell, Tereska & MacKay (NTM) Engineering, Inc. recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. On December 11, 2006, NTM president Donna Newell, MS, PE, CFM co-founded the civil engineering firm in Dillsburg with John Newell, MEng, PE, CBI; Rachel Tereska, MS, PE; and Jeffrey MacKay, MS, PE, CPESC. NTM specializes in water resources design, bridge design and inspection, and engineering instruction. The firm’s core services are hydrologic and hydraulic studies, waterway permitting, stormwater design and permitting, technical course development and training, and transportation and bridge engineering.
“We were thrilled when our staff surprised us with a large river rock engraved with our firm’s name and year of establishment to celebrate our anniversary,” noted NTM President Donna Newell. “As company principals, we are very proud of NTM and realize that our success is based on the contributions of all of the staff. It is rewarding to realize that our employees are as proud of NTM as we are.”
Since its incorporation in 2006, NTM’s technical expertise, professional reputation, and management skills have been integral to the company’s early success and growth from three employees to 23. The firm’s clients include PennDOT and its Bureau of Project Delivery and various Engineering Districts across the Commonwealth, the Philadelphia Water Department, Allegheny County, Franklin County, the Delaware River Port Authority, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, other government agencies, and over 50 engineering firms and private clients.
NTM prides itself on meeting client schedules and providing quality deliverables and is known throughout Pennsylvania as a water resources specialist. In August 2011, NTM received an Annual Premier Award for Client Satisfaction from PSMJ Resources, Inc., an architecture/engineering/construction industry management consulting firm. The Premier Award honors firms that provide their clients with top quality communications, impressive performance, and cost-effective solutions.
NTM Engineering president Donna Newell, PE, CFM, accepted a Premier Award for Client Satisfaction from PSMJ Resources at the PSMJ Breakthrough 2012 Conference. The award was presented by PSMJ Resources' Frank Stasiowski, FAIA, CEO and founder, and David Burstein, PE, director of consulting and education, at an awards ceremony on October 6 at The Westin Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
NTM Engineering was one of eight firms selected to receive the 2nd Annual Premier Award for Client Satisfaction from PSMJ Resources, an architecture/engineering/construction (A/E/C) industry management consulting firm. The Premier Award, presented in partnership with DesignFacilitator, a web-based tool for client feedback collection, honors A/E/C firms that provide their clients with top quality communications, impressive performance, and cost-effective solutions.
NTM Engineering was recently awarded PennDOT’s Bureau of Project Delivery H&H Services contract to develop preliminary hydrology and hydraulic (H&H) reports. This five-year, $2 million contract will be for projects assigned on an as-needed basis, and assignments may include preparing final H&H reports; providing design review assistance for H&H designs and related activities; updating or revising PennDOT design, construction, and inspection manuals and documentation; developing or preparing revisions to bridge design and/or construction standards; and providing training on complex technical issues.
NTM previously performed such services for PennDOT and earned a well-documented reputation for providing exceptional statewide service through design manual and strike-off letter policy and procedure reviews, H&H report and waterway permit quality assurance reviews, and technical course development and instruction. The NTM Team for this new H&H Services contract also features engineers, environmental specialist, and surveyors from Gannett Fleming, Inc., Michael Baker Jr., Inc.; and McTish, Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
NTM Engineering is one of eight firms selected to receive the 2nd Annual Premier Award for Client Satisfaction from PSMJ Resources, Inc., an architecture/engineering/ construction (A/E/C) industry management consulting firm. The Premier Award, presented in partnership with DesignFacilitator, a web-based tool for client feedback collection, honors A/E/C firms that provide their clients with top quality communications, impressive performance, and cost-effective solutions.
As a civil engineering firm that specializes in water resources design, bridge design and inspection, and engineering instruction for public and private sector clients, NTM prides itself on meeting client schedules and providing quality deliverables.
"In our industry, client satisfaction should always be your #1 priortity," says Frank Stasiowski, FAIA, founder and CEO of PSMJ Resources. "The results these winning firms received clearly indicate a passion for client care and a commitment to excellent service delivery. This award proves that these firms are among the best in the industry at keeping their clients happy, and I applaud their commitment to understanding the importance of client satisfaction."
Premiar Award participants for 2011 included several dozen firms from the United States and Canada, including many with international offices. The firms ranged in size from 15 to over 3,000 employees and included architects, engineers, environmental consultants, and others--creating a diverse cross-section of professional services. Winners were selected based on both the quality of feedback received and the quantity of replies. Feedback quality is measured by score and also by consistency and the ability to avoid abnormally low scores. The average evaluation of these award-winning firms as a group centered in the "Exceeded Expectations" reply range, thus making them significantly more client-focused than other firms. None of the eight award winners had a single score below "Acceptable."
In celebration of this achievement, PSMJ Resources will formally recognize the Premier Award winners at its Breakthrough 2012 Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on October 6-7, 2011.
NTM staff enjoyed a relaxing picnic lunch at Logan Park, near the firm’s office in Dillsburg, PA.
On Sunday, April 3, NTM Engineering raised $485 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region fundraising campaign by bowling. NTM’s bowlers included Jeff MacKay, Tammy Monaghen, Chuck Sacavage, and Cheryl Puglia. Overall, the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event raised almost $10,000 for the local organization.
NTM Engineering’s President Donna Newell, PE, CFM, has been named one of our region’s “25 Women of Influence” for 2011 by the Central Penn Business Journal. Ms. Newell was selected as a member of this elite group of women due to her significant career accomplishments, leadership and mentoring skills, and community involvement. An independent panel of judges reviewed the nominations and scored them according to each woman’s professional and personal achievements.
Donna Newell is a principal owner and the president of NTM Engineering, a women-owned business enterprise (WBE) that specializes in water resources, structural engineering, and engineering course development and instruction. She has over 15 years of civil engineering experience, specializes in hydrology and hydraulics, and is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida. Donna also served as an adjunct professor for The Pennsylvania State University, and she currently works extensively with PennDOT’s Bureau of Design as a water resources consultant and specialized engineering course developer and instructor.
Since starting NTM in December 2006, Donna’s own technical ability, professional reputation, and management skills have been integral to the company's early success and growth from three employees to 24, in only four years. The firm is actually prospering through the recession, and Donna and her staff continue to share their knowledge and expand NTM’s technical training to reach more of Pennsylvania’s engineering community.
Donna is also involved in her community, raising money for charities such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and organizing care packages for our troops in the Middle East. NTM was one of the top 36 Pennsylvania firms honored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves with a Seven Seals Award, for the firm’s support.
As a Women of Influence award recipient, Donna will be featured in a video presentation at the Women of Influence event on May 16th and in the May 20th issue of the Central Penn Business Journal.
The Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) honored NTM Engineering with a Seven Seals Award on September 16th at the 2010 Employer Awards Luncheon, held at the U.S. Army War College at the Carlisle Barracks. The ESGR Seven Seals Award represents the official gratitude from all seven National Guard and Reserve branches and is bestowed upon employers who support the men and women serving in the Guard and Reserve. NTM engineer Captain Charles Sacavage recently served from October 2009 through May 2010 with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard 201st Red Horse Unit, with six of those months of service in the Middle East.
NTM was one of the top 36 Pennsylvania firms honored with the Seven Seals Award. NTM has also been nominated for the prestigious Freedom Award, which is presented annually by the Secretary of Defense to the top 15 U.S. employers.
On November 18th, NTM water resources engineer Captain Charles Sacavage was selected as the 193rd SOW Wing Outstanding Airmen of the Year (Company Grade Officer). Award winners are nominated based upon: leadership and job performance with significant contributions to increased mission effectiveness; significant self-improvement efforts through off-duty education and/or professional development; and Wing or community involvement that contributes to the military or civilian community’s welfare, morale, or status. Captain Sacavage’s contributions included a recent deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, for which he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal.
On December 20th, Jade Fertich, PE will join NTM as a full-time engineer in NTM’s Water Resources group. Jade offers 14 years experience in highway, drainage, and hydrology and hydraulics design. He graduated with a BS in Engineering from Messiah College in 1996 and with a BS in Civil Engineering from Temple University in 2001. Jade is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia and is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
NTM Engineering Principal Jeffrey MacKay, MS, PE, CPESC and Technical Director of Geospatial Data Services and Watershed Management Paul DeBarry, PE, PH, D.WRE, and GISP were two of three featured instructors for recent offerings of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Low Impact Development (LID) Applications for Water Resource Management continuing education seminar.
Portland, OR / February 4-5, 2010
Baltimore, MD / July 15-16, 2010
Chicago, IL / September 23-24, 2010
Transportation agencies, the Department of Defense, and many large institutions are exploring LID due to its potential life cycle cost savings, superior environmental protection, and ability to leverage funds from other programs, such as maintenance budgets, to construct IMPs. This approach is useful for urban redevelopment and is being used in combined sewer overflow (CSO) control programs in large cities.
The two-day ASCE seminar focused on the engineering and technical issues associated with the planning, engineering, construction, and determining the effectiveness of LID.
Donna Newell and Rachel Tereska conducted the pilot offering of the “Advanced HEC-RAS and Scour Analysis” course at PennDOT in March. NTM developed and instructed the course, which is the final course in the H&H Professional Development Series. The course explores some of the more challenging issues that arise in hydraulic design. Topics include FEMA floodway modeling, special bridge situations, existing versus proposed modeling, structures near a downstream confluence, temporary construction conditions, and bridge scour analysis.
For more information on H&H courses, please contact NTM Engineering.
Jeffrey S. MacKay, P.E., CPESC, has been named Young Engineer of the Year by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council. This annual award recognizes outstanding individuals in engineering and engineering-related or technical disciplines. The awards presentation will take place during the annual Engineers Week Banquet, to be held on Thursday, February 18, 2010.
Mr. MacKay is a principal of NTM Engineering. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and holds professional engineering licenses in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. Mr. MacKay’s professional background has included a combination of teaching, research, and providing engineering consulting services for a variety of projects.
In 2010, Mr. MacKay will be a seminar instructor at the national level of ASCE in Portland, OR, and San Francisco, CA. The two-day seminar, Low Impact Development (LID) Applications for Water Resource Management, will focus on the engineering and technical issues associated with the planning, engineering, construction, and effectiveness of LID.
Additionally, Mr. MacKay serves as the Linear Projects Subcommittee Team leader for the current statewide committee review of the existing DEP Stormwater BMP Manual. The committee was formed to review the manual and make recommendations for future changes/updates to it. The committee is made up of stormwater professionals in Pennsylvania.
Rachel L. Tereska, P.E., has received an Alumni Achievement Award from The Pennsylvania State University. The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes outstanding career achievements among alumni 35 and younger. The award ceremony will be held April 9, 2010, at the University Park campus.
Ms. Tereska, a principal of NTM Engineering, earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and holds professional engineering licenses in Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania. Her consulting engineering experience includes hydrologic analyses, hydraulic design, and technical instruction.
Currently Ms. Tereska is leading the analysis of several two-dimensional (2-D) hydraulic modeling for complex stream and river environments. She is one of the few engineers in the state of Pennsylvania performing 2-D modeling, and NTM is one of the only firms to have developed 2-D models for PennDOT.
Ms. Tereska also serves as the project manager and one of the lead instructors for several of the H&H Professional Development Series courses that NTM Engineering developed for PennDOT’s Bureau of Design. This series involves the development of customized short courses related to H&H design and permitting of bridges and culverts for highway projects. Rachel is currently completing the development of the Advanced HEC-RAS and Scour Analysis Course, which will pilot in March 2010.