NSPE Gateway to Government February 2006
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

Engineer’s Make A World of Difference: Engineers Week 2006

Engineers Week is a consortium of more than 100 professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations. The program aims to ensure a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science.

Now in its 56th year, Engineers Week also raises public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society and is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. Visit the EWeek Web site to view President Bush's Message for EWeek.

PEG Review: What Has PEG Done for You?

Order of the Engineer ceremony was held on January 21, during the NSPE Winter Meeting, and had nine inductees. Chair Bowers participated in the ceremony, along with Russ Martin and Mark Van Hala.

Monthly editions of PEG E-News continue, and various updates to the PEG Web site have been made. Also, Management Study Fellowship Scholarships are being advertised.

Efforts to have the U.S. Conference of Mayors attend the Winter Meeting were unsuccessful. We will continue to communicate with them.

Chair Bowers attended the NYS Annual Conference in Albany, November 4-5, and attended the State PEG meeting. NSPEG was updating a document entitled, "Utilization of PEs." They have forwarded this document to NSPE-PEG for input. They are also working on a State PEG Web site, soliciting nominations for the State Government Engineer of the Year Award, and discussing State Agency use of ASCET and NICET (Technicians).

The NAVFAC partnering agreement with NSPE was signed on January 23, during the NSPE Board meeting.

Chair Bowers is NSPE Board Liaison to the Over-ruling Engineering Judgment Task Force, which issued an Interim Report at the January 23 NSPE Board Meeting.

The NSPE Board voted to join the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveys (Maps) as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Federal Acquisition Regulations Council concerning the definition of A/E services under the Brooks Act and will contribute up to $25,000 for legal fees associated with the case.

PEG has prepared a "Why Be Licensed" presentation that was used by Chair Bowers at a recent presentation to university students. This presentation will be forwarded to National for fine-tuning and could become available in the Mentoring Tool Box.

Paul M. Bowers, P.E., DEE
2005-06 PEG Chair

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PEGASUS Now Accepting Nominations

NSPE is now accepting PEGASUS nominations. Forward your State Society or State Practice Division PEGASUS Award nominations to Practice Division Manager Marcia Prichard at 703-684-2885 by February 22.

The Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States (PEGASUS) Award recognizes the engineer who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering. PEGASUS will honor a registered professional engineer employed by a state, regional, county, special district, or municipal government. Our second annual PEGASUS will be selected by a panel of judges established by NSPE-PEG who will consider

Education                                               5 points
Registered PE                                         5 points
Continuing Education                              10 points
Professional/Technical Society Activities  10 points
NSPE Membership                                   5 points
Awards or Honors                                   10 points
Civic and Humanitarian Activities              15 points
Engineering Achievements                       40 points
Total points                                           100 points

2004-05 Winner:
Joseph M. Englot, P.E., NSPE, 1st Annual PEGASUS Award Winner

2004-05 Honorable Nominations:
Angela R. Newland, P.E., F.NSPE, A.A.E.
Charles G. Mixson, P.E., NSPE
Dennis Daughters, P.E., F.NSPE, F.FES
Harry Lee James, P.E., NSPE
Julius C. Stafford, P.E., NSPE
Larry W. Emig, P.E., F.NSPE
Leonard K. Bernstein, P.E., F.NSPE
Randal J. Braker, P.E., NSPE

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PEG Offers Webinar on Energy Performance Contracting

Owners Guide to Energy Performance Contracting
March 16, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. E.S.T.
Member $129; Nonmember $169
Presenter: Paul M. Bowers, P.E., DEE, chair of NSPE-PEG

Energy performance guarantee contracting is a form of project delivery that has filled a need where capital program needs are greater than the agency’s budget. The goal is to buy as much construction as possible through money saved in conserving energy. Performance contracting objectives include operational savings to fund strategic improvements, generate positive cash flow, while initiating a comprehensive maintenance contract. Reduction in the use of energy also reduces environmental effects as well as costs.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a basis for recognizing when an energy performance contract can be used. It also provides financial basics, the performance contract, the RFP/RFQ process for soliciting an energy supplier and contract requirements.

The presentation will also include a case study for improvements at four libraries, one ice-skating recreational facility, and one water pollution control facility.

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Learn to Market Your Engineering Services to Local Government

Interested in learning how to market your engineering services to local government?

View the 60-minute presentation, How to Market Your Engineering Services to Local Government, which provides valuable insight into the process of marketing your engineering services to local government including: the differences between state and federal government; how to prepare your presentation; how to approach your client; tips for the face-to-face meeting; developing your portfolio, enhancing your presentation; what to consider during contract negotiations; and pointers for working together during the project. A knowledgeable panel bring their considerable experience to the presentation.

The presentation is offered on-demand for online viewing. Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer 5 or above are required for viewing this presentation.

NSPE Members $129; Nonmembers $159

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PEG Executive Board Needs New Officers

View our present board, and contact the individual holding the position for which you would like to volunteer. The following positions need to be filled:

Secretary (one year position)
Northeastern Region
North Central Region
Western and Pacific Region
Central Region
Young Engineer Representative

For more information on the duties or to forward your nominations, contact Practice Division Manager Marcia Prichard by March 1.

State Representatives/Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day Champions are due by March 1. View your present state Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day Champion, and contact the individual holding the position to see what you can do to save lives.  

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NSPE Accepts Mentor of the Year Nominations

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 the support or development of mentoring programs within their company or in the engineering community. The ideal candidate should have a record of achievement in offering guidance to and fostering development among engineering professionals.

The deadline to submit a nomination is March 31.

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PEG Mentors Available to Assist Students and Engineers

A PEG mentor is a government employed professional engineer whom you may contact for your professional development. Engineering students or engineers who are seeking a mentor may contact any one of the of the PEG mentors.

PEG mentors have volunteered their personal time to give assistance to any engineering student or other engineer. These NSPE-PEG individuals are available to answer questions about the engineering profession, provide career guidance, and other related mentor-like assistance.

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Management Study Fellowship Accepting Submissions

This fellowship in the amount of $2,500 is to be awarded to an engineer pursuing advanced studies in management, an MBA, a master's degree in engineering management, or a master's degree in public administration. It is available to any engineer intern or licensed professional engineer from any discipline.

The following point system shall be used as a basis for selecting the recipient of this PEG Fellowship:

 20 points Undergraduate Final GPA
 20 points Professional Activities
 20 points Community Activities
 20 points Essay
 10 points NSPE Membership
   5 points PEG Membership
   5 points Government Employee
100 points Total

The deadline for submission of an application is March 15.

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NSPE-ACEC QBS Awards Nominations Due

Every year, NSPE and ACEC partner in presenting the QBS Awards Program to recognize public and private entities that make exemplary use of the qualifications-based selection process at the state and local levels. In turn, the QBS Award winners provide examples of how well the QBS process works and help NSPE and ACEC promote the practice of QBS in states that are not currently using QBS for the selection of engineering services.

NSPE and ACEC now seek nominations for the 2006 QBS Awards, honoring entities that use QBS to retain design professionals. The deadline for nominations is March 15.

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Take the 2006 Ethics Challenge

Contestants are encouraged to analyze the facts of a real situation involving a government engineer who has been offered gifts from time-to-time from consulting engineering companies and contractors. Contestants must develop discussion and 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 April 14.

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 the NSPE Educational Foundation.

Judges will decide the winner based on 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 your 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.

Visit the NSPE Web site or contact Mary Ann Cannon for additional information.

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Because Every Life is Precious

Take and Maintain Control
(Source: National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course 4)

  • Reducing your own aggressive driving behavior and avoiding confrontations with aggressive drivers requires you to take and maintain self-control.
  • You are the only person who can control your behavior behind the wheel. 
  • Granted, other people may make you mad, but you have the power to make your own decisions.
  • You never need to give up control of your driving to the actions of other drivers or to random emotions.
  • For every decision you make, there are consequence, both positive and negative.

Think before you act.  Your life depends on it

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Events Calendar

February Local MATHCOUNTS Competitions

February 6-9 50th Anniversary - The Rental Show

February 22 2nd Annual PEGASUS Award Nominations Due

February 23 27th Annual FEYA Ceremony, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

March State MATHCOUNTS Competitions

March 15 PEG Management Study Fellowship

March 15 NSPE-ACEC QBS Awards Nominations Due

March 16 Owner's Guide to Energy Performance Contracting PEG Webinar

March 31 NSPE Mentor of the Year Award Nominations Due

July 6-8 Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts

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2005-06 PEG Executive Board Contact Information

Paul M. Bowers, P.E.
Town Engineer
Town of Amherst

Immediate Past Chair
Majella D. Stevenson, P.E.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, BRAC

Scott E. Nodes, P.E., P.T.O.E.
City Traffic Engineer
City of Peoria

Majella D. Stevenson, P.E.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, BRAC
Northeast Region Vice Chair
Russell G. Martin, P.E.
Program Director
Maine Department of Human Services
Division of Health Engineering

Southeast Region Vice Chair
Julius C. Stafford, P.E.
City Safety and Regulations Engineer
City of Richmond

Central Region Vice Chair
Joellen C. Thompson, P.E.
Assistant Water System Manager

Southwest Region Vice Chair
Manuela (Nellie) Gomez Shannon, P.E.       
Assistant Director of Public Works
City of San Antonio

Western and Pacific Region Vice Chair

North Central Region Vice Chair
Daniel G. Miller, P.E.                              
Supervisory Civil Engineer
Department of Public Works
City of Overland Park

Young Engineer Representative
Dwight L. Williams, Ph.D., P.E.

Young Engineer Representative
Michael Yee
Fleet and Industrial Supply Center

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