NSPE Gateway to Government May 31, 2007
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

What Are the Benefits of Required Continuing Education?

We'd like to devote some space in PEG e-News to the issue of required continuing education for engineering licensure.  Russell Martin, P.E., F.NSPE, PEG chair-elect, wrote the following article for the newsletter of the Maine Society of Professional Engineers during Engineer's Week. 

Many state licensing boards have recognized the need for the demonstration of continuing professional development (CPD) as a condition of licensure renewal.  This typically takes the form of the engineer earning professional development hours from a variety of activities.  In Maine, professional engineers must earn a minimum of 15 professional development hours annually to maintain their license.

The subject of mandatory CPD has generated open discussion in many professions, including engineering.  Our profession has changed dramatically over the last fifty years, embracing new areas of practice and increasing the specialized knowledge needed by practicing engineers.  Engineering encompasses a broad range of job areas, including education, research, design, construction, manufacturing, management, and regulation.  We need to recognize the importance of CPD for all licensed engineers, regardless of job function or specialty.  There are many reasons for an engineer to expand their personal knowledge base including:

• Maintaining relevance in a continually changing environment.
• Making a statement about one’s commitment to the protection of public health and safety.
• Recognizing the need to embrace new thoughts and ideas throughout one’s career.
• Increasing the stature of yourself and the profession to your employer and the public.

The National Society of Professional Engineers was originally formed to champion the cause of licensure of all engineers.  Membership in NSPE is one way that PEs can join with like-minded folks to improve the standing of individual engineers through the development and presentation of continuing professional development opportunities.

PEG is helping to provide continuing education by developing web seminars on topics that are useful for PEs working in government.  You can help us meet your needs by suggesting topics you would like to see covered.   In addition, if you have presentations that you can offer as a web seminar please let us know that as well.  Send your ideas to PEG Manager Marcia Prichard

PEG Web Seminar "Client/Consultant Relationships" Postponed to Fall '07

The Web seminar the Client/Consultant Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly has been postponed to the fall. Check the NSPE Web site later this summer for the new date. 

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.  

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NSPE Member Receives Support from PEG Management Study Fellowship

John W. Gregorits, P.E., F.NSPE Management Study Fellowship sponsored by Professional Engineers in Government 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.  This year's recipient is Richard Arvizu, P.E.

Arvizu began the MBA program at the University of Texas at Dallas with the summer term this month.  For the past 11 years he has worked for Binkley & Barfield, Inc. in Plano Texas where his responsibilities include conceptual design, development of alternatives, client liaison duties, project design, construction procurement, and construction administration for a variety of general civil projects including the design of street reconstruction, hyraulics, storm sewer systems, waterline rehabilitation, sanitary sewer, bridge rehabilitation, and utilities coordination and adjustment.  He has provided engineering design and project management services for 11 cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

In addition, Arvizu is an active member of  NSPE and TSPE.  He has been very involved at the state and chapter level as state education council  chair and MathCounts chair. He has held multiple chapter offices including president and director.  Arvizu has consistently worked on education issues through MathCounts, FE Exam information sessions, and in the re-activation of the Texas A & M student chapter in conjuntion with the NSPE/PEI Young Engineers student initiative project.  He has also served his local community as vice chair of the Capital Project Advisory Committee for the City of Murphy, a member of the Community Leadership Council, Richland Bible Fellowship Church, and homeowners association chair.

He hopes that the knowledge he gains while earning an MBA  with a focus on strategic management will not only make him more valuable in his current job, but open the door for a future that could include opening his own consulting firm, serving as a city councilmember or as a city manager.  Congratulations!

For more information and to download an application for the 2008 fellowship, go to the NSPE Web site .

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Support Legislation that Protects Engineers

Support Good Samaritan Protection for Engineers

The Good Samaritan Protection for Construction, Architectural, and Engineering Volunteers Act
The Good Samaritan Protection for Construction, Architectural, and Engineering Volunteers Act would provide construction, architectural, and engineering entities with qualified immunity from liability for negligence when providing services or equipment on a volunteer basis in response to a declared emergency or disaster.

NSPE supports the adoption of Good Samaritan laws that provide immunity from liability for any personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, or other loss caused by a professional engineer's acts, errors, or omissions in the performance of voluntary engineering services.

Support the Withholding Tax Relief Act of 2007 

The Withholding Tax Relief Act of 2007 (S. 777 and H.R. 1023) would repeal provisions of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 requiring federal, state, and local governmental entities to withhold as tax 3% of payments due to vendors providing goods and services to such entities, beginning in 2011.

Contact Congress today through the NSPE Legislative Action Center, which offers information on writing to members of Congress on important issues affecting the engineering profession, how legislators voted on particular legislation, the bill status of legislation important to engineers.

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House Resolution May Delay Construction of Wastewater Plants

The Water Quality Financing Act of 2007 (House Resolution 720), introduced in January, and recently marked up by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee requires that all contracts for architectural, engineering, design, program management, construction management, surveying, mapping, and other professional services in contracts for improvements to America's aging wastewater treatment plants be procured using qualifications-based selection.

Section 302 of the resolution, however, would permit procurement of these services by states using "an equivalent State qualifications-based requirement," as those requirements may be determined by the state's governor. There are two primary problems with section 302:
1. Allowing a governor to determine the applicability of state law may delay the funding, design, and construction of critical wastewater treatment plants; and
2. Using the word "requirement" may not have the force of law that the word "statute" would have.
For more information, see
NSPE's position on water resources

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NEW! NSPE Offers Free Web Seminars

• Becoming a PE shares information on how to advance your career with this important designation and why you shouldn't wait any longer!
Changing the PE Paradigm  includes discussion of the initiative to require engineering education beyond the bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite for licensure.

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Events Calendar

NSPE Calendar

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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