February Newsletter – Celebrating Engineers Week

February 14, 2023

Happy Engineers Week!

Engineers Week 2023

Engineers Week, held February 19-25, 2023, is an opportunity to call attention to how engineers make a positive impact on our world. At BETA, we are proud of the efforts we’ve made to improve the communities where we live and work — from designing safe and sustainable solutions to mentoring young engineers considering our field of work. We embrace this year’s Engineers Week theme of “creating the future” and continue our role of providing innovative solutions to global challenges that impact future generations.

President of the Southeastern New England Section of ITE, Justin Curewitz, PE, PTOE

Justin Curewitz, PE, PTOE, President of the Southeastern New England Section of ITE

Justin Curewitz, PE, PTOE was recently inaugurated as President of the newly formed Southeastern New England Section of ITE. Justin is a licensed professional engineer with over 10 years of experience in transportation and traffic engineering. Justin has been involved in a variety of projects including traffic signal design, pedestrian/bicycle accessibility studies, and traffic impact assessments during his tenure with BETA.

As President, Justin plans to focus on the establishment and growth of the new section with increased student outreach, events, and member involvement. Good luck to Justin as he takes on this important new role!

Why is it important to integrate Stormwater Management into your existing projects?

Stormwater management

The unfunded requirements of the MS4 program can be staggering for communities and are only going to increase. But a little extra coordination can save time and money by addressing requirements in current projects. Stormwater management is a critical tool to help communities build resilience towards future conditions by offsetting runoff generated from more precipitation, managing higher flow rates and volumes associated with larger storms, and preventing pollutants from entering our waterways. 

Communities are dealing with routine stormwater flooding because current regulations are not keeping pace with changing conditions – both in terms of new development and changing weather patterns. Using simple techniques can provide co-benefits of ecosystem services and stormwater management, building resilience to climate change and supporting local and state sustainability goals. BETA is assisting several municipalities by incorporating Low Impact Design and Stormwater Control Measures into their projects, thereby proactively addressing existing and potential stormwater-related issues. With the incoming ARPA, BIL, Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and other grant programs, now is the time to consider planning for future stormwater management requirements. Contact BETA to see how we can assist your municipality with finding the right funding and solution for your stormwater management needs.

Welcome our newest Employee Owners

Jonathan Chidekel, BETA Staff Scientist

Jonathan Chidekel was recently added to BETA’s environmental group as a Staff Scientist in our Worcester office.

Jonathan joins BETA from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he was an Assistant Integrated Pest Management Technician. This experience gave him exposure to assessing, researching, and testing plants and pests – providing a valuable foundation of knowledge as an environmental scientist.

Eric Beaudry, Engineering Designer

Eric Beaudry joins BETA’s Lincoln, Rhode Island traffic group as an Engineering Designer.

With Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from UMass Dartmouth, as well as two years of prior professional experience, Eric brings his knowledge from traffic impact studies, signalized intersections, safety improvements, and traffic capacity projects to our diverse group of transportation engineers.

Do you want to become an employee-owner?

We are currently looking for talented staff across many of our disciplines in offices throughout New England. BETA will challenge you with interesting work and offers the potential for growth and advancement. Browse our current job openings.

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