Chicago Chapter and Collaborative Events

Upcoming Events

APWA City Branch
January PDH Luncheon

Future of Chicago Union Station
Erik Cempel
Amtrak Infrastructure Planning Manager
at Chicago Union Station
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Banquet Entrance
50 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

ISPE Members are invited to join APWA at their monthly PDH luncheon.   
Attendees are eligible to receive 1.0 PDH Credit for attending.
Amtrak's Chicago Union Station (CUS) is the nation's 3rd busiest rail station, and the busiest in Chicago.  In 2012, the City of Chicago completed a CUS master plan which identified 14 specific improvements to improve circulation and safety, increase train and passenger capacity, enhance customer experience, and improve intermodal connectivity.  These were further advanced to preliminary design, and now Amtrak and its partners are currently looking for opportunities to move individual projects to full design and eventually construction.
Amtrak has also initiated a Master Development Program at its major stations to attract world-class developers, investors, architects and engineers to maximize the value of Amtrak's portfolio of real estate assets at and around its largest stations.  CUS is the first of our stations to embark on this public-private partnership.
The presentation will summarize both of these immense undertakings. 
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Past Events

Joint WTS/ISPE/APWA/ITE Chicago Chapter Holiday Party
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Main Dining Room
135 W. Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602

5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.


We welcome you to catch up with friends and colleagues and make new connections at our annual holiday gathering. Let's mix and mingle in a relaxed environment and kick-off the holidays together! Registration includes two drink tickets, appetizers, and of course good company and conversation. See you there!
ISPE members $40, Students $20, Non-members $60

PDH Event - Illinois Legislators' Panel

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Banquet Entrance
50 W. Randolph
Chicago, Illinois 60601
11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.

  • Key legislative leaders -- from both sides of the political aisle - will join us for a panel discussion covering infrastructure funding, licensure and other issues important to engineers and architects.  All are important decision-makers sitting on major committees and representing Chicago and surrounding areas. Engineers, Public Works Directors, Planners and Architects won't want to miss this engaging discussion about what's really going on in Springfield.  Kim Robinson, Ex. Dir. of ISPE, will chair the event and get the ball rolling.  Each legislator will offer his or her thoughts about issues confronting design professionals in Illinois.  We expect a robust Q & A session, so bring your questions!
  • APWA is working with ISPE, SEAOI and AIA, among other professional organizations,  to inspire mutual interest across disciplines and licenses and we anticipate over 100 attendees.
  • One PDH will be awarded to attendees.

March PDH Luncheon

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.

North Suburban Chapter Special Event

ISPE North Suburban Chapter

Special event - Neutrinos, Fermilab, and the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility

will be presented by Elaine McCluskey, SE, PE, PMP and/or Tracy Lundin, PE of the Fermi Lab on January 10, 2018.

The meeting will be held at the Tap House Grill in a private room, 56 W. Wilson St., Palatine, IL  60067.

If you are coming from downtown Chicago or anywhere along the Metra NW line, the Tap House Grill is within two blocks of the Palatine train station. There is plenty of parking. Doors open at 6 pm, light dinner ordered from 6:15 until 7pm, presentation to begin about 7:15 pm.

The meeting cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Student cost is $10. (cash and checks only) The meal is included in the cost. Drinks are responsibility of the individual.

November PDH Luncheon

APWA City Branch November PDH JEP (Jardine Educational Program) Talk

What is New with Ductile Iron Pipe

PresenterMr. Paul Hansen, P.E., Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA)
Topic SummaryThe discussion will provide an update on what is new with DIPRA.  Topics will include sustainable features of ductile iron pipe,  SMaRT certification, pressure class, wall thickness design, trenchless applications and corrosion research.

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Location: Jardine Water Filtration Plant
1000 East Ohio Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Cost: No cost to attend in the spirit of collaboration among the following professional societies:
APWA City Branch, ISPE, and the City of Chicago

Additional information**No walk-up registrations will be permitted.**
Due to JWPP security protocols, you MUST be registered by November 6, 2017. You MUST bring a State Issued I.D to gain entry into the Jardine Facility. Talks start promptly at noon, so please arrive 15 minutes before to account for getting through security.
Please note that this is a "brownbag" event (no food will be provided)


August PDH Talk

APWA City Branch August JEP (Jardien Educational Program) PDH Luncheon

Presentation on "Public Works & Engineering in Australia"
followed by a Panel Discussion with Local PW Leaders  

Date: Friday, August 18
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Petterino's (Banquet Entrance), 50 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL
Cost: $55
Event provided by AWPA City Branch


Design & Installation of Precast Concrete Drainage Systems 
March 30 @ 8:00 am - 4:40 pm
Presented by the Illinois Concrete Pipe Association

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 8:00 AM - 4:40 PM in Lisle, Illinois
Each attendee will receive a certificate for 8 PDH

Speaking on the Roles, Responsibilities & Risk Considerations of the 21st Century Engineer
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Patricia Galloway, an internationally known civil engineer, and first woman president of ASCE. 

More information, including registration details, visit:

Note: This event is provided by ICPA, and is provided on this site as a service to ISPE members, as our members may be interested in this topic or obtaining PDHs.

Social and Networking Gathering

ISPE Chicago Chapter Social and Networking Gathering

March 28, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Fado Irish Pub
100 W Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654

Fellow ISPE members and ASCE IL YMG members and recently joined at Fado for an after work social event. Congratulations to the winner of a lovely bottle of red wine generously donated by
 John "TEX" Mick II, PE F-NSPE. We also presented Adam Hardy, PE a very special service award for his contributions as Chapter President from 2013-2016. Thank you, Adam!!!

JEP Talk PDH Seminars

Guided Boring Using Pilot Tubes - Variations of the Method and Case Studies 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Jardine Water Purification Plant
1000 East Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611 

Presented by: Mr. Jeff Boschert, President of the National Clay Pipe Institute 

Topic Summary: This presentation will explain the variations of this guided boring method in detail (two pass, three pass, powered head methods, and non-displaceable ground tooling), as well as briefly discuss in a case study manner, showing reasons the installation method was chosen, project statistics, and difficulties or challenges of numerous completed installations. 

No cost to attend in the spirit of collaboration among the following organizations: 
APWA, ISPE, IEEE, ASCE, ACEC, and the City of Chicago


Take-Off Talks PDH Brown Bag Seminar:
Runway Profile Analysis

Wednesday 2/15/17 
11:30AM to 12:30PM

O'Hare Airport Aviation Administration Building
10510 West Zemke Road, Chicago, IL 60666

In collaboration with Chicago Department of Aviation and other technical organizations, ISPE Chicago Chapter proudly sponsors a new brown bag PDH seminar series at O'Hare International Airport. This month's talk will feature an expert in profile analysis and how smoothness and roughness impact pavement response and ride quality.  

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Attendance will be limited and all attendees must register by 2/14/17 via the link below.  Seminar will start promptly at 11:30AM, please arrive a few minutes early.  One (1) PDH will be awarded.

Networking Event

Tuesday, October 25th
5 - 8 p.m.

Please join with fellow members and prospective members for an after work social event. Come prepared to mingle and bring a few business cards for expanding your network. All members and interested non-members are encourage to attend, but please RSVP in advance. Light appetizers will be provided. The first 25 participants will receive their first beverage for free.

Fado Irish Pub
100 W Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654

May JEP Talk

Evaluating Permeable Pavement Options 

Wednesday, May 11th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Presented by: J. Scott Mathie and Spancrete 

With the increased use of permeable pavement strategies being adopted by private and municipal clients, it is necessary that we understand how to assess the durability, performance, and maintenance required for these systems.  This session on evaluating permeable pavement options will provide an overview of the categories of permeable pavement, how these systems are typically used, pros and cons, and materials and equipment used for installation and maintenance.  We will learn how to evaluate life cycle factors, key considerations of proper subbase performance, and methods of infiltration.  Also, gain insight into important factors when evaluating void ratios, product strength, and product application.  

JEP Talks are unique opportunities to earn one free PDH while networking with peers during the lunch hour! Each month, a new topic and expert speaker will be offered covering an important industry issue. 

No cost to attend in the spirit of collaboration among the following professional societies: 
APWA City Branch, ASCE, ACEC, IEEE, ISPE and City of Chicago

Registration is limited to the first 30 registrants. 
**No walk-up registrations will be permitted.** 
Due to JWPP security protocols, you MUST be registered by May 9, 2016
You MUST bring a State Issued I.D. to gain entry into the Jardine Facility. Talks start promptly at noon, so please arrive 15 minutes before to account for getting through security. 
Please note that this is a "brownbag" event (no food will be provided).

Chicago Chapter Board (2015)

Jeff Rensing (ISPE President), William Bogdel (Member), Adam Hardy (President), Jose Garcia (Member At-Large), Monica Altenhoff (Vice-President/President Elect), Keith Peltason (Vice-President), Mark Glochowsky (Member At-Large), John 'Tex' Mick (Member At-Large), Joel Feinstein (Treasurer/Secretary) and Laura Drumm (Member At-Large). Not pictured Myesha McClendon (Mathcounts), Joy Schaad (Chapter Rep).