E-news for the Construction Division December 2005

What’s It Like Never Having to Raise Your Hand in Class?

Did anyone tell you that all of the education you acquired by the time you finished college would seem small in comparison to all of the professional development, seminars, and workshops you would experience in your career?

When you look back or see your children going through school, how do those 17 years that covered every course since kindergarten through the senior year in college stack up to the 40 years of rapid learning you do every day on the job? That’s why the PEC Web Seminar Series was created—just for you.

Have you registered for one or more of the courses yet? Many have and we hope you are one of them. Surprisingly, we get e-mails from PEC members who say they have no experience with Web seminars and want to know what it’s all about.

The best thing is you never have to raise your hand in class. If you have a comment or question, you can type it to the instructor at any time.

The two other great things about Web seminars from PEC is the quality and convenience. Are you are looking for a little professional development and some course credits to keep your PE status current, but you don’t have the time or budget to travel to one of those multi-day shindigs?

Kim Granados, director of Professional Practice at NSPE, along with the leaders of PEC, selects the best presenters from those more-distant meetings and brings them right to your desk. And—this is key, folks—you pay per site so that means that more than one PE can come to your office and share the whole learning experience with you, for one price.

Each 90-minute seminar is $149 (NSPE member price) for the live broadcast with downloadable handouts and CEUs you can apply toward maintaining your PE license. What if you want to invite someone who is not a member of NSPE? We welcome you and encourage you to register at the nonmember price of $189 or become an NSPE member and qualify for the member rate.

Visit the PEC Web site to view the courses in the series:

  • Introduction to Construction Disputes and Claims Avoidance and Resolution for Owners, Engineers, and Contractors
    December 14, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. E.S.T.
  • The PE on the Construction Site: Building Relationships and Great Projects with Field Labor, Management, Designers, and Owners
    February 22, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. E.S.T.
  • Adapting to Politics While Keeping Your Engineering Ethics
    March 22, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. E.S.T.
  • Trends in Construction Professionalism
    April 19, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. E.S.T.

This is professional education for engineers who have no time. How do you get professional engineering courses and lessons under your belt when there’s absolutely no time in your schedule? Have you had intentions to get fresh information and new connections to advance your business, but it never gets much further than a note to yourself?

The PEC Web Seminar Series will help you get past your mental barriers of not making the time for the most important asset in your business—you and your people.

"Most of all, we need affordable, convenient education and training," said Charles McDuff, P.E., when the PEC leaders and staff met for the first time to define the current Knowledge Initiative. That’s exactly what our Web seminars bring to you. We need you to do three things for yourself and PEC:

  1. Register for one or more of the courses.
  2. Refer this to a colleague in construction and, if in the same town, invite them to your office so everyone can see and hear the lessons. One of you will be typing as the teacher talks. If there are several of you, take turns. Everyone needs to jump into the conversations and questions.
  3. Send an e-mail and tell us what you think of the course. At the same time, tell us your challenges at work and the kind of information or training you would like PEC to deliver, right to you, wherever you and your computer, plus Internet connection go.

Our objective is to help you make 2006 the best year you’ve ever had. You’ll need the information and competitive edge found in every Web seminar to help you achieve record-setting success.


PEE Shows the Benefits of Becoming a Professional Engineer

Looking for resources for working with students and young engineers? Professional Engineers in Education is pleased to announce that Get Licensed, Get Ahead is now available free in a streaming video format on the NSPE Web site. This lively professional video outlines the four essential steps to licensure and explains how being licensed will give you a richer career.

To view the video, go to the NSPE Web site and click on the Get Licensed, Get Ahead icon. There are links for both high and low speed connections. It can also be accessed from the PEE Web site.

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NSPE Winter Meeting to be Held in Washington, D.C.

NSPE's 2006 Winter Meeting is coming up. Plan to join and take advantage of presentations and earn PDHs.

  • Get Licensed, Get Ahead is being presented by the NSPE Mentoring Task force on January 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. E.S.T. Please share this information with your young engineer colleagues and students. The session is free, and participants are invited to join the NSPE Young Engineers at the ESPN Zone following the session for an evening of networking and fun!
  • Attend the Professional Development Conference on January 19 and earn 7.5 PDHs.
  • If you interested in becoming a program evaluator for ABET plan to attend the EAC-ABET training on January 21.

Also, a there will be a free Web seminar for young engineers and students! Get Licensed, Get Ahead will be presented online by the NSPE Mentoring Task Force on January 10, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. E.S.T. Send an e-mail to Mary Maul to reserve a space.

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Nominate to Show You Appreciate a New or Improved Product

The 2006 NSPE New Product Award program is now inviting entries for exemplary new products that demonstrate the innovative use of engineering principles and provide overall benefits to society through February 15.

Now in its 24th year, the program was developed and is coordinated by NSPE's Professional Engineers in Industry practice division in an effort to recognize new and improved products that stimulate the life and growth of the U.S.

Any new product, machine, process, or material that has been developed or manufactured only in the U.S. may be entered, provided that it was first placed on the market between 2001 and 2005. Entries are judged on annual sales and economic effect, innovative use of engineering principles, and improved function.

Further information and nomination forms are available on PEI's Web site or can be obtained by contacting PEI Practice Division Manager Erin Garcia-Reyes.

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2006 Scholarships and Internships Deadlines Approach

NSPE is accepting applications for several scholarships and the Milton F. Lunch Memorial Internship.

Visit the NSPE Scholarship Web site for more information and application forms.

To learn more about the Milton F. Lunch Memorial Internship, visit the NSPE Educational Foundation Web site.

Graduate students should visit the NSPE Scholarship for Graduate Studies Web site.

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Contact the PEC Executive Board

PEC 2005-06 Executive Board Roster

E. Terence Foster, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE
Omaha, NE

Immediate Past Chair
Donn Zang, P.E.
West Chester, PA

Arthur DeWit, P.E.
Lake Havasu, AZ

Leonard "Bud" Darby, P.E.
Alexandria, VA
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
Omaha, NE
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Neff, P.E.
Gainesville, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair
Thomas Prag, P.E., CCCA.
Tulsa, OK

Central Region Vice Chair
Carl Meglan, P.E.
Pickney, MI

Western and Pacific Region Vice Chair
William Beery, P.E.
Hilo, HI
PEC Staff Liaison
Kim Granados

tel: 703-684-2857

PEC Homepage

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