What is an Engineer?  That was the question Michelle Madzelan asked 30 energetic students attending the Bright Side STEM camp. Answering her own question, she said, “An engineer is me!”

Madzelan, is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), and a Senior Transportation Manager at ELA Group, Inc, based in Lititz, PA. She and a licensed landscape architect (RLA) from ELA Group, Hugh Cadzow, Principal and Project Manager, volunteered to teach, inform and inspire the students for “Engineering Day”.

The two week-long day camp, held at the Bright Side Opportunities Center in Lancaster, PA, was for students entering 5th through 8th grade, gave the students the opportunity to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) related fields.

The Center, an outgrowth of Bright Side Baptist Church in Lancaster, PA,  is an independent non-profit social service facility that  offers a wide variety of health, social service and educational programs for people of all ages.  After school care and tutoring are offered for kindergarten through middle school aged children throughout the school year. There are after-school programs and Wednesday night programs throughout the year. In the summer, there are summer day-camps for youth.

Madzelan and Cadzow expanded the definition of Engineer and Landscape Architect throughout the day using technology and hands on activities.

During her presentation Madzelan emphasized how engineers can change the world. “Engineers dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and build things that matter. They are changing the world all the time. Engineers use math, science, design and technology to solve problems, make things work and improve people’s lives. “

Teamwork and communication were among the skills she emphasized.

Madzelan was happy to spend the day with the students. It was an opportunity to share her passion for her profession.  “It opens their minds to what they could do- something interesting and engaging. I want them to see all their options for professions.”

After Madzelan led the lively group through an activity, a counselor apologized for the noise.  Madzelan replied that she was happy with the chatter – she had asked the students to think about the principles and ideas she had presented and wanted their feedback. The students were enthusiastic and had lots of opinions about their experiences during “Engineering Day”.

Cadzow’s part of the day covered the profession of landscape architecture. Students were educated about what a Landscape Architect does, and they were surprised by all of the interesting places Landscape Architects design – including city centers, school campuses, parks, plazas, housing developments and even theme parks. Cadzow stressed that this profession protects the natural environment by designing living areas that are environmentally safe.

Building a Bridge

The culminating activity for the day was to Build a Bridge. The challenge—use only an egg carton, 8 sheets of newspaper, 4 paper clips and 3 feet of tape to build a structure at least 10 inches tall that could support “vehicle load”.

The “vehicle” was a soup can, that would be rolled across the bridge. An additional test for bridges that were able to support the first soup can vehicle’s weight was to see if the bridge could support a much larger vehicle, a “truck”. The truck also doubles as a 29 ounce can of soup.

The students asked for more tape. Madzelan wouldn’t give it to them even though one student pointed out that,  “You have a big roll of tape up there”. She explained, “Part of the exercise was figuring out how to work with limited resources. It’s all about being creative and working with what you have.”

The project used only recycled materials.  They talked about recycling and what that means for the project and for the world.

The students weren’t left completely on their own, Madzelan did give some structural advice, “A piece of newspaper only weighs a gram or two, yet when it’s rolled up it can help support a load that weighs several pounds. Strength is created by rolling paper into cylinders and cylinders are incredibly strong because they disperse stress evenly throughout their entire shape.”

The project was a success and Madzelan was happy to report that four of the groups produced creative, functional designs that were indeed able to support the soup can traffic; two supported the “car”, and two supported the heavier “truck” load.

What can an engineer do?

Closing the day, Cadzow and Madzelan explained, in a broad sense, what an engineer can do and how engineers work with landscape architects to, “Change the world and make a difference. Among many other pursuits, engineers develop systems that save lives, prevent disease, reduce poverty, and protect our planet.”

Through this fun day, “engineered” by Cadzow and Madzelan, the students have new ideas of what they could be, what they could do, and the difference they could make in the world.


By day, Wayne Hummer works as an Account Manager at ELA Group, Inc. By night (and afternoon) Hummer is the Warwick High School boys lacrosse Head Coach, and this year, the Lancaster Lebanon League Coach of the Year in boys lacrosse.

Hummer has been coaching boys lacrosse for the past eight years, two at Lancaster Mennonite High School as an assistant and six at Warwick High School as the head coach. A player before a coach, Hummer played at Warwick, a Captain of the squad for its inaugural season (2003), and one season (2003-2004) at Elizabethtown College.

This is Hummers second stint as “Coach of the Year”. He received the honor for the 2014 season at Warwick as well.

Part of the corporate culture at ELA is giving back to the community, in a variety of ways. Hummer is a prime example of efforts made by employees to give to the local community.

Hummer appreciates the flexibility allowed to him by ELA, working around his lacrosse practice and game schedule.

“Many thanks go to ELA Group, Inc. for providing the flexibility in work schedule that allows me to coach. Before I started coaching Boy’s lacrosse, I volunteered as a wrestling coach at the high school, and ELA has always encouraged me in my coaching endeavors,” Hummer explained.

Adding, “As a coach, I need to focus on team and human development above the “win/loss column”, and that is just an extension of ELA Group’s corporate culture. One core value for Warwick Boy’s Lacrosse is to “always be building” just like it is at ELA. So not only has ELA provided time to coach, they provide quite a bit of the inspiration as well.”

ELA Group congratulates Hummer on this honor and on his continued coaching efforts.


ELA Group, Inc., Engineers and Landscape Architects, of Lititz, State College and Butler, PA is pleased to announce the addition of five employees to their team of Engineers and Landscape Architects.

Ms. Aigul Allison joined the team of Engineers as a Project Engineer in the Lititz, PA, corporate headquarters. Ms. Allison brings 15 years of experience in civil engineering with specialties in land development, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, stream restoration, and wetland mitigation. Ms. Allison earned her Master of Science in Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in Water Resources, Hydrology and Hydraulic.

Mr. Edward Ostrowski, a Registered Landscape Architect, joined the Lititz team of Landscape Architects as a Senior Project Manager. The Reinholds, PA resident brings 22 years of Civil Engineering and Landscape Architecture experience to the firm, with expertise in Project Management, SIT Design/Grading, Stormwater Management, Erosion and Sediment Control, NNPDES Permitting and Landscape/Site Amenity Design.

Mr. Ostrowski earned his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Stormwater Quality (CPSWQ), and a Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI). He is the President of the Cocalico Creek Watershed Association and a member of American Society of Landscape Architects.

Mr. Thomas W. Devenney, EIT, began his journey with ELA Group by interning with our Water Resources Department at both our Corporate and Central PA offices. After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems Engineering, Mr. Devenney joined our Water Resources Department in the Lititz Office as a Project Engineer. His experience continues in water and wastewater engineering design. As a 2013 Warwick graduate and PIAA fifth-place medalist in the heavyweight division, and a former football player and graduate of PSU he loves to give back to our communities by mentoring current Warwick High School football players and wrestlers as a volunteer coach.

The Central PA office in State College, PA welcomed Mr. Jesse S. Chencharick to their team. Mr. Chencharick will fill the role of Engineer-In-Training. Mr. Chencharick earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology and Engineering Geology from Lock Haven University. His work experience includes geological/hydrological surveying and analysis.

ELA Sport, a division of ELA Group, located in Butler, PA added Mr. Jacob A. Rodgers as Sports Facility Design Technician. A native of the Butler area, Mr. Rodgers brings CAD design experience and permitting experience to his work. Jacob earned an AAS degree in Computer Aided Drafting Technologies from Butler County Community College.


As partner of ELA Group, an Engineering and Landscape Architectural firm, Grant W. Hummer, P.E. has been involved in many different types of projects in Warwick Township. As the Township Engineers for over 20 years, Hummer and ELA Group have reviewed and developed plans for many municipal and land development projects in the area. But Hummer, a Lititz resident for over 30 years, does much more than review plans. He is deeply involved in making plans and donating time and energy to projects that make Warwick Township a better place to live.

Over the past 35 years, Hummer has been on many boards and active in many associations including the YMCA, Lititz Community Center, Masonic Lodge 587, Camp Shand, Young Men’s Business League, MS Society and Lititz AMBUCS.

As part of Lititz AMBUCS, a group focused on creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities, Hummer’s most recent focus has been on Harmony Playground, an inclusive playground at Dean Saylor Memorial Park (formerly Linear Park). The playground project was organized by Lititz AMBUCS.

The playground is designed with equipment that is accessible to all children. The first to be installed, a Liberty Swing, is a large swing designed for children with disabilities. In all, there are ten pieces of accessible equipment, including a spring see saw, a glider and safety swings that allow children to swing high without falling.

Hummer and ELA Group employees donated time and services to the project. Landscape Architects at ELA Group drew up the plans for the playground and coordinated the construction with the township. Hummer personally helped with many of the fundraising activities alongside his son, Derek Hummer, who has been active in securing funding for the project.

With his three grandchildren, Hummer has enjoyed the park. Speaking about the park, he says, “It’s a park for everyone, nobody is excluded. All the kids can play together.”  And he smiles. “That’s what it’s all about.”


ELA Group, Inc. employees met for a Sunday walk, all for a good cause.  Leading the group was Grant Hummer, President Emeritus of ELA Group, Inc. and a longtime supporter of the MS Society.

The walk is a major fundraiser for the MS Society nationwide. Participants walk to raise donations. This year the local walk had a 1 mile and a 5k option.

Actively involved in the MS Society for over 25 years, Hummer has been on the local MS Society board and is currently a member of the National MS Society Board.

Hummer and ELA Group also work with the MS Society during the Christmas season. The employees “adopt” a family that the MS Society is working with and donate Christmas gifts, grocery gift cards and other necessities. “We all like to give back, and we make it fun, wrapping the gifts together in the lunchroom,” explains Hummer.


ELA Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Tyler E. Hill has earned his Professional Engineer License from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Hill is a Project Engineer with the Engineering and Landscape Architectural firm.

Hill joined ELA Group in 2015 after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Engineering with a Natural Resources Option and minors in Environmental Engineering and Off-Road Equipment Engineering. He is also a 2008 Warwick High School graduate.

Since 1996, ELA Group, Inc. has provided a wide-range of Engineering and Landscape Architecture solutions to both the private and public sectors. In addition to the corporate headquarters in Lititz, PA, they have offices in State College, and Butler, PA.

Through its collaborative project approach, ELA Group combines the design nature of Landscape Architects and the scientific nature of Engineers to yield project solutions that are innovatively conceived, creatively designed, and technically sound.


In furthering ELA Group’s succession plan, during its Annual Board of Directors and Shareholders Meeting, the transition to its new leadership team was completed, when the following Officers were elected: Charles R. Haley, Jr., PE, President and Shawn H. Loose, Treasurer. Cheryl L. Love, RLA, was re-elected to continue in her role as Secretary.

In assuming the role of President, Mr. Haley replaces Grant W. Hummer, PE, who has served as ELA’s President since 1997. Mr. Hummer will continue with the firm, serving as President Emeritus.

As officers of a mid-sized firm, Haley, Hummer, Loose, and Love will also continue to fulfill their roles in the day-to-day operations and management of their respective disciplines: Civil Engineering, Municipal Engineering, Traffic/Transportation Engineering, and Landscape Architecture.

In his twenty years at the helm of ELA, Mr. Hummer steered the firm toward achieving its mission and vision as a multi-disciplined consulting firm. More importantly, Mr. Hummer was and will continue to be the embodiment of the firm‘s culture: upholding high ethical standards; assuring client satisfaction; building trusting, personal relationships with clients; highly-valuing the firm’s employees; and, developing a strong sense of community. In his new role, Mr. Hummer will continue to be actively engaged in community service endeavors.

ELA Group is excited for these leadership changes; they assure continuity in the levels of service and expertise that the wider-community expects of us, while positioning ELA for continued growth.

Haley, ChuckHummer, GrantLoose, ShawnLove, Cheryl




Madzelan, Michelle

Please help ELA Group, Inc. welcome Michelle E. Madzelan of York as Senior Transportation Manager in our Traffic and Transportation Services Division. Credited with expertise as a Project Manager, project marketing and budget management, Michelle will focus on design and PennDOT permitting of community development projects, and transportation and highway improvement projects.

She graduated from the University of Dayton (OH), with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in PA, MD, OH and VA.  Michelle is a current events committee co-chair of the Central PA Engineers Week Council and current director of membership services and section CPEWC representative for the American Society of Civil Engineers, Central PA Section.



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