A new section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) was chartered June 1 in Lexington, KY.
It's called the Bluegrass section and joins the Derby City section as the second section in Kentucky; it's the seventh section in ASHE's Great Lakes region, which also includes Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Two members of GRW's transportation division were inducted as section officers as part of the chartering ceremony. Jay Main, EIT, was named Bluegrass Section Treasurer. Dawn Shroyer was named a member of the Bluegrass Section Board. All charter members who helped to cultivate the new section were also recognized.
Tim Robinson, PE, is another member of GRW's tranportation division who plays a leadership role with ASHE; he currently serves as Vice President of the Derby City Section Board of Directors.
ASHE leaders who came to Lexington to participate in the chartering ceremony included: Stan Harris, PE, ASHE Director - 2 Year and Triko Valley Section member; Tim Mathews, PE, ASHE New Sections Committee Chairperson and Georgia Section member; Larry Ridlen, PE, ASHE President and Middle Tennessee Section member; and Greg Dutton, PE, incoming ASHE President and Northeast Florida Section member.
Joseph Crabtree, PhD, PE, was the event's guest speaker. Crabtree is director of the Kentucky Transportation Center, which focuses on transportation research. KTC is based out of the Unviersity of Kentucky and forms strategic partnerships with FHWA and other transportation organizations as part of its mission.The purpose of ASHE, according to ASHE's national constitution, "is to provide a forum for members and partners of the highway industry that supports education, innovation and fellowship; promoting a safe and efficient highway system for mobility now and in the future."
Next on the agenda for the Bluegrass section: creating committees and planning events that bring various parts of the industry together to network and learn, including partnering with the Derby city section.