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

PEG Introduces Chair for 2006-07

Scott Nodes, P.E., P.T.O.E., is a registered professional engineer in Arizona and Oregon and a registered professional traffic operations engineer. He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Ohio State University and a master of science in civil engineering from Arizona State University. He has been a transportation engineer for over 20 years, including working for the Oregon Department of Transportation and local government agencies for over 10 years. Currently, he is the city traffic engineer for the City of Goodyear in Arizona.

Scott has served as the PEG vice chair from the Western and Pacific Region and PEG chair-elect. In addition to his service in NSPE-PEG, Scott is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Intelligent Transportation Society of Arizona (past president), Institute of Transportation Engineers Arizona Section (member of board of directors), Transportation Research Board Committee on Bicycle Transportation, TRB Committee on Traffic Control Devices, TRB Committee on Transportation Safety Management, and Master of Engineering Program Advisory Board (joint program of Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Arizona).

Scott will serve as PEG chair for 2006-07 and as a member of the NSPE House of Delegates for 2006-08. Please let Scott Nodes know what PEG can do for you in the next year.

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

PEG Announces Award Winners

PEG received seven nominations for the 2006 Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States (PEGASUS) Award.

The PEGASUS Award recognizes the engineer who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering. The PEGASUS honors a registered professional engineer employed by a state, regional, county, special district, or municipal government. The PEGASUS awardee is selected based on the engineer’s civic/humanitarian activities, education (formal and continuing), engineering achievements, professional/technical society activities, and registration.

The winner of the PEGASUS Award is Tim Madhanagopal, P.E., DEE, QEP, F.FES, NSPE, plant manager, Orange County (FL) Utilities.

Engineer Tim Madhanagopal has been practicing civil, environmental, water, wastewater, facilities operations, and maintenance engineering since 1978. He is currently managing advanced water reclamation facilities that provide cost effective and environmentally sound water reclamation and reuse programs in central Florida. These facilities conserve billions of gallons of precious groundwater in central Florida by supplying high quality reclaimed water for nonpotable purposes while providing wastewater services to one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and enhancing the econ river basin in the region. One of the facilities is considered a model facility and was included in the United Nations' technical source book for the benefit of developing nations.

Engineer Madhanagopal is a strong supporter of several programs that promote engineering education. He volunteers for various academic, civic, and community organizations, including MATHCOUNTS, Boy Scouts, religious, SECME, Asian American Heritage Council, and science fair events. Engineer Madhanagopal was recognized by several professional organizations, including APWA in the Top Ten Public Works Leaders Award. His volunteer commitment was recognized by the Boys Scouts of America for service to youth in central Florida and United We Stand for Non-Violence, an organization promoting nonviolent principles among youth.

The other nominees for the PEGASUS Award were

  • Curtis D. Cook, P.E., NSPE, county engineer, Ogle County (IL) Highway Department
  • Don Dahlinger, P.E., NSPE, assistant director of design division, Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Michael S. Ellegood, P.E., NSPE, director of public works, transportation director and county engineer, Maricopa County (AZ)
  • Francis E. Fiegle II, P.E., NSPE, program manager II, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division
  • Kenneth Paul Keep, P.E., NSPE, town engineer/utilities director, Town of Hissborough, NC
  • Richard W. Lenz, P.E., NSPE, commissioner, Town of Oyster Bary (NY)

See biographies of all nominees on the PEG Awards Web site.

2006 PEG Management Study Fellowship

The Management Study Fellowship is designed for graduate students who are pursuing an MBA, a master's degree in engineering management, or a master's degree in public administration.

Captain Michael Lorence, EIT, was chosen as the PEG Management Study Fellowship winner for 2006.

Captain Lorence will be entering his second year at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in an MBA program. Captain Lorence recognized that achieving his MBA would help him "to create an engineering construction company that focuses on military base housing, operation infrastructure, and federal disaster relief rebuilding."  He also wants to transition from that firm "into a twilight career by founding a nonprofit, international design and construction firm."

His capstone learning event will be "field research encompassing federal contracting policies, a market study of engineering and defense operations in the Southeast, and collaboration with Venture Capitalist to formulate funding options and solicit business plan critique."

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PEG Seeks Sustaining Sponsors

Government engineers are facing ever growing challenges managing public works projects and other government funded engineering efforts within the constraints of quality and economy. That's why NSPE-PEG is seeking to expand its efforts to help government engineers face these challenges by mobilizing a select group of agencies, companies, and individuals to provide support for its programs. This group is known as the PEG Sustaining Sponsors.

By becoming a PEG Sustaining Sponsor, you or your organization will enable PEG to
  • Create continuing professional development (CPD) workshops and seminars for government engineers, and help registered engineers meet the CPD requirements of state registration boards;
  • Continue the Federal Engineer of the Year Award (FEYA) program and the Management Fellow Scholarship Program for government engineers who want to pursue graduate study in management;
  • Promote partnerships with government agencies and engineering technical societies;
  • Facilitate the development of more and better products and services for government engineers;
  • Support the development of programs to increase the awareness and visibility of the achievements of government engineers; and
  • Expand programs to help government engineers and their employers deal with the pressures of career mobility, rapid technological change, and ethical responsibilities.

For more information about how to become a Sustaining Sponsor, go to the PEG Web site or contact Marcia Prichard, practice division manager, NSPE-PEG and request the 2006 NSPE-PEG Sustaining Sponsor Contribution Form.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

NSPE-PEG invites state PEG representatives to participate on the PEG Executive Board conference calls. We need your input in developing programs that benefit all PEG members.

Contact Marcia Prichard, practice division manager, to be added to the roster. The executive board meets by conference call every six weeks for an hour.

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PEG Needs Web Seminar Ideas

PEG wants to develop Web seminars of interest to its members in the coming year. Do you have a topic that you have knowledge you want to share with other engineers either working in government or with government, or do you have a topic you want information on? Send your ideas to Scott Nodes, P.E., chair PEG 2006-07, or Marcia Prichard, practice division manager. Below are the seminars previously developed by PEG.

Owner's Guide to Energy Performance Contracting: 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.

Paul M. Bowers, P.E., BCEE, 2005-06 chair of PEG, moderated the seminar. The speakers for the were Bill Storie, Siemens; Scott F. Smith, P.E., Wendel Duchscherer; and James I. Johnson, P.E., assistant town engineer for Amherst, New York.

PEG hopes to have the Webinar available for purchase through the NSPE Products and Services catalog in the fall.

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 governments; how to prepare your presentation; how to approach your clients; 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. The 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. The cost for this presentation is $129 for NSPE members and $159 for nonmembers.

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Summer School for All Engineers

The 2006 NSPE Annual Convention will be held in Boston at the Boston Marriott Copley Place July 6-8. At this convention, there will be opportunities for engineers to earn PDHs.

NSPE Fall 2006 Ethics Forum
Protection of the Public Health and Safety
The NSPE Ethics Forum series returns this fall in a bigger and better interactive format! This very popular lunch-hour Web seminar series addresses important engineering ethics topics and gives participants an opportunity to interact with the facilitators to get answers to their questions.

Session 1, September 13
Sustainable Development and the Environment

Session 2, October 18
Professional Competence and Qualifications for Practice

Session 3, November 15
Honest and Integrity in Professional Practice

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Experts Share Advice on Engineering Careers

In Engineer Your Way to Success, America’s top engineers from organizations like Eastman Kodak, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, IBM, AT&T, Boyle Engineering, Sverdrup Corporation, and the University of Texas tell what skills are needed for a successful engineering career and share their personal advice on what they look for when hiring and considering promotions.

This book is like no other career book—it’s engineer specific. Whether an engineering student or an experienced engineer, Engineer Your Way to Success is the best book you can get for yourself, your employees, or engineers who want to enhance their careers.

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Events Calendar

 July 6-8 NSPE Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts

July 8  Order of the Engineer Induction, Boston, Massachusetts

July 8 PEG Executive Board Meeting

July 8-10 NSPE Governance Meetings, Boston Massachusetts

October 10  Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

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Because Every Life is Precious

Slow Down
–Author Unknown

Jack took a look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone.

Fourth time in as many months.

How could a guy get caught so often?

Bob? Bob from church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket.

A cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.

Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he'd never seen in uniform.

"Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this."

"Hello, Jack." No smile.

"Yeah, I guess." Bob seemed uncertain. Good.

"I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit-just this once."

Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement.

"Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?"

"I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct."

Ouch. This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics

"What'd you clock me at?"

"Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?"

"Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as saw you. I was barely
nudging 65." The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.

"Please, Jack, in the car"

Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window.

The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad.

Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license?

Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.

"Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.

Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost?

Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke?

Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:

"Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it - a speeding driver.

A fine and three months in jail and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters, all three of them. I only had one and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again.

A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left. Bob"

Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.

Life is precious. Handle with care.

Drive safely and carefully. Remember, cars are not the only things recalled by their maker.

Follow signals, signs, speed limits, and striping.

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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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