Chicago Chapter and Collaborative Events

Upcoming Events

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.

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend by e-mail: wwheine @, or telephone 847 991-5974...please leave a message

Past Events

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.  

Click Here for more details

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).