Chicago Chapter ISPE

PDH Luncheon
March 27, 2018
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Roditys Restaurant in Greek Town

You are invited to join fellow engineers for the Chicago Chapter ISPE's March PDH Luncheon. Guest speaker for this event will be Alan Phelps, a water/wastewater infrastructure engineer with Baxter & Woodman, Inc. with a strong passion for international development work, specifically through water supply projects.

Wema Children's Centre and Highway Academy is a boarding school and orphanage for local children in a village in Western Kenya. With the help of Wema Children, Inc. and a local contractor, the school received a water borehole which would provide them with clean drinking water. Unfortunately, soon afterward, the well became contaminated, infecting 50 children with typhoid. The well had to be decommissioned. The following year, Alan Phelps met a friend of Wema's medical director. Alan followed up with the connection, learned about the issue at Wema, and put the project through Engineers Without Borders' Engineering Service Corps program. After spending a year building a team and working with Wema Children, Inc. and the local school directors, the EWB team designed a water treatment solution and traveled there to successfully implement the design. This success, however, was also met with significant challenges from inception all the way to implementation. Learn how a group of mostly strangers became a determined engineering team, most who have never worked in Africa before, that managed to overcome each technical and cultural challenge that persisted all the way until the last day of construction and ultimately arrived at a successful implementation.

Allen Pheleps has a BS/C&EE from UIUC and MS/CE from the University of Minnesota. He has held several active leadership roles in the Engineers Without Borders Chicagoland Professional Chapter including the lead role for the Wema Well Repair Program and helping the Wema Children's Centre with ongoing water supply needs and an exciting new solar power initiative.

Cost to attend is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Attendees are eligible to receive 1 PDH. We look forward to your participation in this event.

Also, all registered attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a bottle of wine generously donated by an ISPE member. Additional entries may be purchased for $1 and will benefit the charity fund of ISPE Chicago, which makes contributions to MATHCOUNTS, Future Cities, and a scholarship for a local college or university engineering student.

Meet the 2017-2018 Board!
(l-r) Robin Pelsis, Joy Schaad, PE (VP, Chapter Rep), Joel Feinstein (Treasurer/Secretary), Laura Drumm (Chapter Rep), John "TEX" Mick II, PE,           F-NSPE,  F-ITE, Keith Peltason (President), not pictured: Adam Hardy, PE (VP), Mark S. Glochowsky (VP), Myesha McClendon.

About Chicago Chapter

The Chicago Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) is a professional association representing the interests of engineers in Chicago from all fields of practice. ISPE is a state society member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). ISPE consists of licensed professional engineers, licensed structural engineers, licensed land surveyors, engineer interns, graduate engineers, and engineering students. NSPE, ISPE, and the Chicago Chapter all work to promote the engineering profession at the national, state, and local levels. Because of our diverse membership we often seek to collaborate with other organizations to serve our common member base and increase networking opportunities.

The Chicago Chapter aims to provide quality professional development and network building events in the greater Chicago area. Many events are over the lunch hour or immediately after work hours, focusing on a variety of engineering related topics and frequently offering professional development hours (PDH).

The Chapter also supports the Chicago Region MATHCOUNTS competition, provides scholarships to engineering college students, and distributes awards to local engineering firms for significant project achievements.
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