E-news for the Construction Division January 2008

Support PEC: Become a 2008 Sustaining Firm

Your support is needed for the efforts of the Professional Engineers in Construction as we strive to promote the hard-earned PE designation and enhance the image of the PE in construction.  We are asking you to solicit your company to be a 2008 PEC Sustaining Firm.

As a supporter you will also ensure that the voice of construction engineers is heard loud and clear and enable PEC initiatives-in-progress to continue, such as:

  • The PEC Knowledge Initiative – Web-based seminars on the hottest issues in construction. PEC Sustaining Firms will receive one complimentary registration to one of our 2007- 08 Web seminars;

  • Support of universities, such as the University of Nebraska, who have construction degree programs. It is hoped that this support, in letters and phone calls, will lead to more EAC/ABET accredited construction programs and highlight the need for more construction-centric training of engineers;

  • Involvement with ASCE and NCEES to create a construction module on the 2008 Civil Engineering PE exam; and

  • The George B. Hightower, P.E., Memorial Fellowship Fund to annually honor an outstanding engineering graduate student.

By being a PEC Sustaining Firm, your company will be listed on the PEC Web page with a link to your Web site. The site receives over 3,000 hits a month and is a great asset for your firm. In addition, your company name will appear as a PEC Sustaining Firm in PE Magazine, NSPE's monthly engineering news magazine. You will also receive a plaque to display in your office.

Join today and ensure the PEC initiatives-in-progress continue.

You can also support PEC by letting us know what products & services we can develop to help you stay successful! E-mail your suggestions to pec@nspe.org. Thank you for your support!


Donn Zang, P.E., F.NSPE
project leader on behalf of the
Membership & Sustaining Firms Project Team



Hightower Fellowship Awards $3,000 to Graduate Student

The George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship is awarded annually to either a current engineering student or a graduate from an ABET-accredited engineering program. NSPE's Professional Engineers in Construction established the George B. Hightower, P.E., Fellowship in recognition of the contributions that Hightower made to the construction engineering profession. Hightower's dedication to professionalism, ethics, and construction engineering led him to serve as a founding member and the first national chair of PEC.

Visit the NSPE Web site for more information and an application

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Nominate Fellow Engineers for 2008 NSPE Honor Awards

The National Society of Professional Engineers is currently looking for nominations for the 2008 NSPE Honor Awards.  The NSPE Honor Awards include:

NSPE Award
The NSPE Award is the highest award given to an individual by the Society.  It is presented to an engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare, and/or humankind.

Distinguished Service Award
This award was established to recognize NSPE members for their exceptional technical contributions to the engineering profession and their contributions to their communities and to NSPE.

Young Engineer of the Year Award
This award recognizes young NSPE members who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their communities during the early years of their careers.

Contact "
NSPE Honor and Award Programs" for more information on how to apply for these awards and a list of previous winners. Application deadline for all NSPE Honor Awards is Janaury 31, 2008.

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2008 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest

All current NSPE individual members, NSPE state societies, and NSPE chapters (including student chapters) are invited to participate in the 2008 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest. Here's your opportunity to match your wits with experienced PEs and engineering students throughout the country!

Contestants are encouraged to analyze the facts of a real situation involving the ethical obligation of a engineer when a client fails to obtain necessary building permits and code approvals. Contestants must discuss and develop conclusions about the ethics of the engineer in the case using the format of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. Entries must be 750 words or less and must be received at NSPE Headquarters by Friday, April 18, 2008.

The winning entry will receive a certificate, recognition in PE Magazine, and an award of $1,000 ($500 to the NSPE state society or NSPE chapter and $500 divided among the authors) provided by NSPE and the NSPE Educational Foundation.

Judges will decide the winner based on the quality of the entry in form and presentation, demonstration of understanding of the implications concerning ethical or unethical behavior, and comprehensive analysis of the case and arguments supporting the conclusions.

The contest is named for NSPE’s former general counsel who played a key role in the founding of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.

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2007-08 PEC Executive Board

James Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.
University of Nebraska 
Omaha, NE

Immediate Past Chair
Arthur DeWit, P.E., F.NSPE
Baete Forseth HVAC 
Lake Havasu, AZ

David Hunley, P.E.
Connico Inc. 
Burlington, KY

Paul Bakken, PE
Utility Engineering Corp. 
Centennial, CO
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Jon Drosendahl, P.E.
Glenshaw, PA
North Central Region Vice Chair
Paul Harmon, P.E.
University of Nebraska 
Lincoln, NE
Southeast Region Vice Chair
James Harper, P.E.
Hillsborough County PWD 
Tampa, FL
Southwest Region Vice Chair
Thomas L. Paxson, P.E. 
Pax-Sun, Inc. 
Lufkin, TX

Central Region Vice Chair
Carl Meglan, P.E.
Meglan Company Inc.
Columbus, OH

Western & Pacific Region Vice Chair
David Shields, Ph.D., P.E.
University of Nebraska 
Henderson, NV

PEC Staff Liaisons:
Kim Granados, CAE

Erin Reyes

PEC Homepage 

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