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

Highlights from PEG's Report to the NSPE Board of Directors

The PEG Web seminar An Owner's Guide to Energy Performance Contracting will be included with PEC seminars on a CD for distribution to the States and Chapters for program use.

Engineer Your Way to Success was advertised in the interest groups newsletters, and a copy was given to SAME for promotional use.

The following PEG Awards and Fellowships were conferred: Tim Madhanagopal, P.E., F.FES, NSPE was selected as the second annual Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States award winner and Captain Michael Lorence, P.E., USMC was selected as the winner of the Management Study Fellowship Award, which carries a $2,500 stipend. 

PEG sponsored an Order of the Engineer breakfast and ceremony at the Annual Meeting in Boston on July 8. Eleven engineers were inducted into the Order.

PEG is working on several initiatives including a transportation issues Web seminar and a presentation for elected government officials on the role of government engineers in the public sector. 

Regional PEG reports brought up a common problem with replacing retiring government engineers. The Board feels that input on how some states are successfully resolving this issue might make a great article for PE magazine and possibly a future Web seminar.

PEG Hosts Order of the Engineer Ceremony

PEG organized the Order of the Engineer Ceremony, which was held at the NSPE Annual Convention in Boston on July 8. Russell Martin, P.E., F.NSPE, and Paul Bowers, P.E., F.NSPE, from PEG along with NSPE member and Order of the Engineer Governor Donald Hiatte, P.E., F.NSPE, presided at the ceremony. Eleven engineers joined the prestigious Order during this ceremony.

Rolando A. Berrios, P.E.
Thomas Converse, P.E.
Hans Figueroa, P.E.
Roch Larochelle, P.E.
Jonn Nebbe, P.E.
J. Boyd Nolan, P.E.
Sylvester Okpala, P.E.
Miriam Pabon Ph.D., P.E.
Hector Santiago, P.E.
Terry Townsend, P.E., F.ASHRAE
Marc A. Chiffert, P.E.

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The Order is symbolized by the acceptance of an Obligation and the wearing of a stainless steel ring on the little finger of the working hand.

Obligation of an Engineer

I am an Engineer, in my profession I take deep pride. To it I owe solemn obligations. Since the Stone Age, human progress has been spurred by the engineering genius. Engineers have made usable Nature’s vast resources of material and energy for Humanity's benefit. Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experience, my efforts would be feeble.

As an Engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

As an Engineer, in humility and with the need for Divine guidance, I shall participate in none but honest enterprises. When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good. In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.

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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 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.

For more information, 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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NSPE/Kaplan PE and FE Exams Review Courses

NSPE and Kaplan AEC Education, a leading provider of AEC exam preparation materials, are collaborating to produce live review courses for the Fundamentals of Engineering and the Principles and Practice of Engineering exams, the steps required to obtain a Professional Engineer's license. These offerings further the NSPE mission to educate members and emerging professionals on the benefits of becoming a professional engineer and assist them in their efforts to obtain professional licensure.

Exam review courses are being held in two locations in Virginia this fall. The Virginia Society of Professional Engineers is offering the PE Civil and PE Mechanical Exam Review courses in Richmond, Virginia.

NSPE national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, is offering the FE Exam Review course.

Dates: September 7 - October 12, 2006
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Registration includes textbooks.

PE Exam Review: $700 NSPE and SAME members/$1,000 nonmembers.
Not a member? Join NOW and SAVE! Contact the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers at 804.673.4545.

FE Exam Review: $400 NSPE and SAME members/$700 nonmembers. 
Not a member? Join NOW and SAVE!

For more information about FE and PE exams review courses in other select locations, visit the NSPE Web site.

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Engineer Your Way to Success Now on Sale

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.

Now on Sale!  Price: NSPE Member $10 / Nonmember $15

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NSPE Fall Education Opportunities

ETHICS FORUM: September 13, October 18, and November 15
Session 1: Sustainable Development and the Environment
Session 2: Professional Competence and Qualifications for Practice
Session 3: Honesty and Integrity in Professional Practice
Ethics Forum registration:  NSPE & SAME members: $100 each session or $249 for the series. Nonmembers: $129 each session or $350 for the series.


Toxic Mold 101
September 26, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. E.S.T.

E-Seals, E-Signatures & E-Mail: I Never Signed on the Dotted Line
October 12, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. E.S.T.

EJCDC CONTRACT DOCUMENTS: Using and Understanding the EJCDC Engineering & Construction Documents-Funding Agency Edition
December 12, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. E.D.T.
Registration $100

FREE! Web seminar for NSPE members:
Changing the PE Paradigm: Additional Education for Professional Practice
October 24, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. E.S.T.

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Events Calendar

10 – 13 
2006 American Public Works Association Congress and Exposition, Kansas City, Missouri
19 – 22 
UPADI 2006 XXX Pan American Convention of Engineers, Atlanta, Georgia

2 – 6 
Drive Safely Work Week
2 – 6 
Walk Our Children to School Week
10 Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

15 White Cane Safety Day
15 – 21 National School Bus Safety Week

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2006-07 PEG Executive Board Contact Information

Scott E. Nodes, P.E., P.T.O.E.
Transportation Engineering Manager
Arizona Dept of Transportation

Immediate Past Chair
Paul M. Bowers, P.E.


Russell G. Martin, P.E.
Program Director
Maine Department of Human Services
Division of Health Engineering

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

Northeast Region Vice Chair
Louise Doyle
Associate Engineer
Weschester County Health Dept

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

Central Region Vice Chair

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

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

Young Engineer Representative
Michael Yee
Fleet and Industrial Supply Center

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Gary R. White

Larry W. Emig

Nancy Manley, P.E.

Harold D. Snead Jr.

Armand A. Fiorletti

James L. Schmenk

Robert C. Smith

Myron Siefken

Khanh Pham

John L. Meyer

Patrick A. Martin

William F. Stevens Jr., P.E.

Dennis Daughters, P.E.

Angela R. Tickle, P.E.

Bernard C. Corker, P.E.

Arland V. Hicks

Barry T. Dunkley

John F. Ourada

David K. Hein, P.E.

Steven G. Bagley, P.E.

Ray G. Griffith

Reggie A. Corbitt, P.E.

Jeffrey Pride

Visit the PEG Fund for Professional Development for a full list of PEG Sustaining Sponsors and to contribute.

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The Professional Engineers in Government has a variety of programs to become involved in. If you are interested in serving your fellow government engineer, visit the PEG Web site or contact Practice Division Manager Marcia Prichard.

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