NSPE Gateway to Government May 3, 2007
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

Why Be Licensed?

We'd like to devote some space in PEG E-News to ways in which our members are promoting licensure. We invite our readers to share ways that they, either as individuals, members of PEG, or members of local chapters and state societies, are promoting licensure. Russell Martin, P.E., F.NSPE, PEG chair-elect, has shared the following article he wrote for the newsletter of the Maine Society of Professional Engineers during Engineer's Week. Send your stories to PEG Manager Marcia Prichard

One of the purposes of Engineer’s Week is the promotion of engineering licensure to the profession and the public. Licensing is done by each state, with protection of public health and safety, through standards for the practice of engineering, a primary goal. In Maine, a graduate of a four-year accredited engineering program may sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE), which tests basic technical knowledge.  Individuals passing the FE Exam, after completing four years of work under the direction of a licensed Professional Engineer, may sit for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Exam (PE).  Completing the process entitles one to represent themselves as a Professional Engineer.

Public surveys reveal that engineers are held in high regard, yet most people have difficulty describing what engineers actually do. They often do not draw a distinction between Professional Engineers and individuals with an engineering degree. The profession has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, embracing new areas of practice and increasing the specialized knowledge needed by practicing engineers.  Engineering continues to encompass a broad range of job areas, including education, research, design, construction, manufacturing, management, and regulation. We, as Licensed Professional Engineers, need to promote the importance of licensure of all working engineers, regardless of job function or specialty. There are many reasons for an engineer to seek licensure, beyond demonstrating a minimum level of technical competence, including

• Acknowleding the Code of Ethics, binding on all licensees;
• Becoming a member of a Profession, as opposed to simply performing a job;
• Making a statement about one’s commitment to the protection of public health and safety;
• Recognizing the need for continuing professional development throughout one’s career; and 
• Increasing the stature of yourself and the profession to your employer and the public.

While engineers offering services to the public are required by law to be licensed, many individuals performing engineering functions in private industry, education, and government are not.  Licensed Professional Engineers need to reach out to those who have engineering degrees but have not achieved licensure, regardless of the reason. We must convince them of the value, personally and professionally, of licensure. The licensing process must be made relevant to today’s world and accessible to those who have difficulty meeting traditional requirements. The complex nature of modern society and the increasing need to apply ethical, moral, and managerial judgments to technical problems demands PEs work to raise the status of our profession through licensure of all working engineers.

The National Society of Professional Engineers and the Maine Society of Professional Engineers were formed to champion the cause of licensure of all engineers.  Membership in MeSPE is one way that PEs can join with like-minded folks to improve the standing of individual engineers, through licensure and to modernize the licensure process. Licensed and nonlicensed engineers may join MeSPE; the society has resources to help engineers seeking to become licensed, to assist engineers to mentor and support young engineers, and to promote support for licensure among employers and the public.

Join Us for the PEG Web Seminar "Client/Consultant Relationships" on May 24

Client/Consultant Relationships, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
May 24, 1:30 - 3:00 PM E.D.T.
NSPE and SAME members: $ 119 per connection
Nonmembers: $139 per connection 

The client and consultant relationship can be tumultuous when both lose sight of the goal. This web seminar will give you an understanding of each persceptive and help you avoid the bad and the ugly. Go to the NSPE Web site to register.

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PEG Announces the 2007 PEGASUS Winner

The Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service to the United States (PEGASUS) honors an engineer working in state, regional, county, special district, or municipal government. Engineers from across the country are eligible to be nominated for this award.

This year seven government engineers were nominated for this honor.  Each of them has been recognized by their state society, or state PEG organization as an outstanding government engineer.  This year's nominees are

  • Harold Prseton Balthrop Jr., P.E., Assistant Director, Metro Water Services, Nashville, TN
  • John David Booth, P.E., Executive Director, Solid Waste Authority, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Curtis Cook, P.E., County Highway Engineer, Ogle County Hishway Department, Oregon, IL
  • Francis E. Fiegle II, P.E., Manager of Operations, Environmental Protection Division, Franklin, GA
  • James Robert Galarneau, P.E., Regional Director of Construction, State University Construction Fund, NY
  • Ali M. Mustapha, P.E., Assistant City Engineer, City of Shreveport, Shreveport, LA
  • Manuela (Nellie) Shannon, P.E., San Antonio District Hydraulic Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation, San Antonio, TX

The selection committee had the difficult job of choosing between these highly qualified engineers.  This year's PEGASUS winner is James Robert Galarneau, P.E.

James Robert Galarneau, P.E., has been a practicing engineering for over 30 years; more than 20 of those years have been spent with the State University of New York Construction Fund. The State University Construction Fund provides academic buildings, dormitories, and other facilities for the state-operated institutions and contract and statutory colleges under jurisdiction of the State University of New York. Recently the fund has expanded its statutory role to provide academic incubator facilities, pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing facilities, and university related economic development facilities.

Galarneau’s positions have ranged from associate project coordinator to regional director, which is the position Galarneau now holds. He currently manages the construction activities at four campuses in the state university system, with construction projects valued at over $69 million. He has extensive experience with dispute resolution and is a certified partnering facilitator. He always seeks to get the best project for all and is a true professional in all meanings of the word.Galarneau is active in civic and humanitarian affairs, serving his church and the community throughout the years. He has also been active in professional activities, serving in many positions in his local chapter and on the state level. He has been recognized by many organizations for both his professional and civic pursuits, including being named as Government Engineer of the Year by the New York State Society in 2006.

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PEG Mentors Are Available

A PEG mentor is a government-employed professional engineer who 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. They have volunteered their personal time to give you assistance. These NSPE-PEG individuals are available to answer your questions about the engineering profession, provide career guidance, and other related mentor-like assistance.   

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Events Calendar

NSPE Calendar

1 – 4 SAME Conference & Expo, Philadelphia, PA
3 – 5
National CFO Roundtable, Arlington, VA
10 – 13
National MATHCOUNTS Competition, Fort Worth, TX
16 2007 Ethics Forum
20 – 24 ASHE National Conference , Atlantic City, NJ 
20 – 16 National Public Works Week 

24 Client/Consultant Relationship Web Seminar sponsored by PEG
30 – June 2 SAME National Conference, New Orleans, LA 

24 – 28
AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
26 – 29 A&WMA 100th Conference & Expo, Pittsburgh, PA

15 – 18 AACE 49th Annual Meeting, Nashville,  TN
26 – 29 NSPE Annual Convention, Denver, CO

7 – 10 Transportation Summit 2007

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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 Carosi Doyle, P.E. 
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
Michael Yee
Fleet and Industrial Supply Center

Young Engineer Representative 


State Representatives:
Daniel G. Miller, P.E. - KS
Kristal D. Metro, P.E. - NM
Robert B. Darby, P.E. - UT
Ali M. Mustapha, P.E. - LA
Diane M. Carlson, P.E. - MI
Telesphor L. Charland, P.E. - VA
Jesse R. Guerra Jr., P.E. - TX

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of engineering licensure in the U.S. To commemorate the anniversary, NSPE is planning celebration activities, contests, and outreach materials to continue the promotion of licensure and its importance to the engineering profession and public health, safety, and welfare. 

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