Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Moretrench Family Celebrates “Take your Child to Work” Day

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On April 28, 2016, the Rockaway office hosted our first official “Bring Your Child to Work” day.    We had a great turnout, hosting 29 children, ranging in age from 5 to 13 years old.  The day was packed with fun, games, treats and an introduction to Engineering practices.

The day kicked off with breakfast and an introduction to Moretrench from Executive Vice President Mike McHugh, followed by a tour of the office and shop.  During the tour, the children had the opportunity to see construction equipment up close.   They also visited their parent’s work area and took a photo with their parent as a souvenir.

Teamwork was the theme when groups were tasked with designing and building a bridge structure out of cardboard boxes or newspaper and masking tape.  The specifications were rigorous, but everyone was up to the challenge and the results were impressive.  We certainly spotted a future engineer or two!

Touring the shop in safety shirts, hard hats and safety glasses.

Touring the shop in safety shirts, hard hats and safety glasses.

After lunch with their parents, the children played a game of kickball outside.   The highlight of the day was when Rizzo’s Reptiles presented their various reptiles and small mammals.  They brought along an alligator, snakes, frogs…and a very large python.   “The show was a hit with the children,” said Joanne Muccione, who organized and ran the event along with volunteers Magda Nicosia, Michele Walther, Bev Bischer, Mike Fattorusso, and Doris Zwarych.  “Even some of our employees overcame their fear of reptiles and held the python!”

While this was the first time that Moretrench had hosted Take Your Child to Work day, it certainly won’t be the last.  Joanne said “due to the overwhelming success of the day, we are looking forward to hosting this event again in the years to come”.

Tunneling Fundamentals, Practice and Innovations

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Register now for the Colorado School of Mines annual short course in

Tunneling Fundamentals, Practice and Innovations

Golden, Colorado

June 20-23, 2016254

“Groundwater Control: Dewatering, Ground Freezing, and Ground Improvement”

by Moretrench Vice President of Engineering Paul Schmall

& Paul Madsen, Project Manager, Kiewit Infrastructure

Highlighting a number of projects undertaken jointly by Moretrench and Kiewit

 For more about the course content and registration details, go to

http://csmspace.com/events/tunneling/

 

Moretrench’s Joe Sopko Honored by Michigan State University

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Moretrench is pleased to announce that Director of Ground Freezing Joseph A. Sopko, Ph.D., P.E. has been  recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by  the College of  Engineering, MSU.  Joe received a Bachelor of Science (1980), a Master of Science (1983) and a Ph.D. (1990) in Civil Engineering from MSU and has dedicated his career to specializing in ground freezing technology.  He joined Moretrench in 2010, and has been instrumental in growing the company’s established ground freezing  market to also include Canada and South America.

Presentation of the Distinguished Alumnus plaque by Thomas F. Wolff,  Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Presentation of the Distinguished Alumnus plaque by Thomas F. Wolff, Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The formal presentation was made on May 7th, 2016 by Thomas F. Wolff,  Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.   As part of the award, Joe joined the faculty at the commencement  ceremony the following day.  The occasion was made even more special when  he was privileged to present his son, Joseph A. Sopko, III, with his B. S. diploma in Chemical Engineering.  “This was a great honor for me, my family and Moretrench,” notes Joe.  “Proud to see the family line of Spartans continue.”

A special moment as Joe presents his son, Joseph A. Sopko, III, a two-time Moretrench intern, with his B.S. diploma in Chemical Engineering .

A special moment as Joe presents his son, Joseph A. Sopko, III, a two-time Moretrench intern, with his B.S. diploma in Chemical Engineering .

Please join with everyone at Moretrench in congratulating Joe on this singular honor and important milestone in a distinguished career.