72nd Annual Engineering Banquet: "Legacy of Olympia Bridge Engineering"

Thank you for joining the Saint Martin's University Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering community for the 2024 Engineering Banquet.

"Legacy of Olympia Bridge Engineering" Friday, February 23, 2024 5:30 p.m. Norman Worthington Conference Center 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Keynote speakers
Photos of Chester Werts

Chester Werts, PE, SE, P.Eng.
Senior Professional Associate
Senior Design Principal, NW Major Bridge Lead
HDR, Olympia, WA
Chester Werts completed his Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and his Master of Science degree in structural engineering from Stanford University and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer in multiple states as well as a P.Eng. in Canada, with over 34 years of experience in the design and construction of complex highway, transit and pedestrian bridges. He has served in lead design roles on many significant structures including the segmental approach structures for the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program, Engineer of Record for the LAWA Automated People Mover project, and currently Structures Lead for the Don Valley Crossings segmental bridges as part of the new Ontario Line in Toronto.

Photo of Michael Lamont

Michael Lamont, PE, SE, P.Eng.
Principal Professional Associate
Major Bridges Technical Director
HDR, Olympia, WA
Michael Lamont received his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1991, is a registered professional engineer in 13 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces, and is also a registered structural engineer in Washington and Oregon, with 32 years of experience. Mike has extensive complex bridge engineering experience across North America, including cable-stayed bridges, concrete and steel arches, segmental box girders, and complex bridge load rating. He has served as superstructure design leader on two award winning signature cable-stayed bridge projects, each delivered using design-build. He recently led HDR's design of the iconic cable-supported I-395 Signature Bridge in Miami, and had design roles on many major long-span bridge projects nationally and in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


2019 PNW ASCE/AISC Conference – A huge success!

Saint Martin’s University hosted the 2019 PNW ASCE/AISC Conference, regional civil engineering competitions, the weekend of April 12-14. The event drew over 400 students from 20 universities and colleges across the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington, and the province of British Columbia. It was the culmination of years of careful planning and coordination by a team of students, faculty, Saint Martin’s staff and community leaders. Student teams vied against each other in the concrete canoe competition, held out at Lacey’s Long Lake. They also competed in technical paper presentations, environmental engineering challenges, a surveying competition and the steel bridge construction challenge.

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China programs

Saint Martin’s University has two joint programs in China: North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering (NCIAE) and Zheijiang Tongji College of Science and Technology (ZTCS&T). On January 22, 2019 our campus had a visit from a delegation from Tongji to solidify this specific program. We will accept Civil Engineering students at Tongji College in the joint program beginning in fall 2019. Also in fall 2019, Tongji plans to send visiting faculty members to Saint Martin’s for three-month visits to begin collaborations with Saint Martin's partner faculty for team teaching. Tongji faculty will observe our classes and begin course planning with Saint Martin's faculty. In May 2020 and May 2021, Saint Martin's faculty will travel to China for three weeks to team teach Civil Engineering courses. For the NCIAE partnership, Saint Martin’s will be sending the following faculty to teach mathematics, physics and engineering courses from May 16-June 7: School of Engineering’s Dr. David Olwell (Dean of HIMSE), Dr. Corrie Walton-Macaulay (CE), Dr. Shawn Duan (Chair, ME), Dr. Rico Picone (ME/MME) and College of Arts & Science’s Dr. Cameron Sweet (Mathematics) and Stephen Parker (Physics). We wish them all a safe and productive adventure!

Saint Martin's wins National Big Beam again!

A team of Saint Martin’s students won first place in the national 2018 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Big Beam Competition. PCI’s 2018 Big Beam Competition included entries from colleges and universities across the U.S. This is the second consecutive year that Saint Martin’s students have placed first in this competition. The beam was constructed with the help of the team’s sponsor Concrete Technology Corporation (CTC) of Tacoma. Dr. Jill Walsh, assistant professor of civil engineering, served as the team's advisor. Team members included captains Joel Rodgers and Jarad Roschi, and Luis Camacho Placencia, Turner Kreman, Carthney Laukon, Jesse San Nicholas, Tyler Sloan and Chase Weeks. They were recognized on February 28, 2019 at the PCI Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Engineering Banquet and Awareness Day

Our 67th Annual Engineering Banquet was held on February 22, 2019. This annual event celebrates members of our professional engineering community and societies, and Saint Martin’s students, alumni, faculty and staff. We hosted 115 attendees at this fun and informative event. This year’s keynote speaker was Jeff Peacock, President and CEO of Parametrix, a major civil engineering firm company founded by Waite Dalrymple, a current member of Saint Martin’s Board of Directors. On February 27, 2019, The Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering hosted over 150 students from eight high schools for Engineering Awareness Day. They started the morning with a brief orientation from Dean David Olwell, including these remarks, “Our engineering school is where we form engineers. We teach them and test them on the body of knowledge, we require engineering ethics instruction, we prepare students for licensure exams, and we model and teach about the duty to the public.” Then the students were put into smaller groups and toured through six of eight stations where they saw demonstrations in areas including environmental, robotics, gaming, concrete testing and computer-aided design.

ASCE Regions 8 & 9 Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders

Dr. Jill Walsh and five HIMSE students; Hanna Hoffman, Sarah Howsden, Jillian Leonard, Victoriya Polishchuk and Tyler Sloan attended the ASCE Regions 8 and 9 Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders (WSCL) in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 8-9. The WSCL was just one part of the Multi-Regional Leadership Conference, providing an incredible opportunity for members of all levels to network with ASCE leadership and attend leadership seminars and workshops to ensure chapter success. The conference hosted over 400 attendees from 10 states.

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