E-news for the Construction Division January/ February 2010

$3,000 PEC Hightower Fellowship

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

Visit the NSPE Web site for an application.

Nominate Fellow Engineers for NSPE Awards

NSPE offers several awards that have upcoming deadlines in 2010. Below is a sample of the award programs NSPE will be conducting this year.

To see the complete list of NSPE awards, please visit the NSPE Awards Web page

Mentor of the Year Award (Deadline March 31)
The Mentor of the Year Award is given each year to the one member of NSPE who best exemplifies the ideal image of a mentor. The award may be given to an individual who has established a record of consistent outreach toward individuals in the engineering field, including engineering professionals and students, over a number of years. This award can also be received by an individual who has contributed to support or development of mentoring programs within their company or in the engineering community.
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Construction Owners See More Outsourcing in Coming Years

A recent survey showed a 60% increase in the outsourcing of program activation and commissioning between 2006 and 2009, as well as a 30% increase in the outsourcing of operations and maintenance. The report adds that this “represents evidence of a long-term trend demanding a broader set of services from traditional design and construction firms.”

Participants in the survey, conducted by the Construction Management Association of America and consulting and investment banking firm FMI, also predicted an increase in outsourcing across all construction phases by 2014.

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Education Springs Anew

The spring Web seminar series will cover the following topics:

  • Leadership
  • Faculty Licensure
  • Digital Signatures
  • Positioning Yourself for the Next Job: Your Professional Toolkit
  • How to Start Your Own Firm
  • Presentation Skills for Engineers

In addition, the popular Ethics Forum will be back with three new offerings. Check the NSPE Web site to see a more detailed listing and to register. [ return to top ]

2009-10 PEC Executive Board

David Hunley, P.E.

Immediate Past Chairman
James D. Goedert, Ph.D., P.E.

Chairman Elect
Paul J Bakken, P.E., FNSPE

Thomas L. Paxson, P.E., FNSPE

Northeast Region
Donn R. Zang, P.E., FNSPE

North Central Region
Paul E. Harmon, P.E.

Southeast Region
James B. Harper, P.E.

Southwest Region

Central Region
Glen R Schwalbach, P.E., FNSPE

Western & Pacific Region
David Ray Shields, Ph.D., P.E.

PEC Staff Liaison:
Erin Reyes

PEC Homepage 

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Halverson Constuction Co Inc

Van Dyken Mechanical Inc

Lloyd Consulting + Engineering Inc

Bonhag Associates PLLC

Frank Gurney Inc

Gibson & Associates Inc

Edward E Gillen Co

Allied Contractors Inc

Blitman Building Corporation

Buchart Horn Inc

Fagen Engineering LLC

Glynn Geotechnical Engineering

D'Annunzio & Sons, Inc.

Snyder Electric Co Inc

Richard W Rauseo PE Consulting Engineers

Dalton Olmsted & Fuglevand

John N Puder Inc

Brown Construction Services

Capital Project Management Inc


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