NSPE Gateway to Government September 28, 2007
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

Federal Engineer of the Year Award Nominations Due October 31

 The Federal Engineer of the Year is selected by a panel of judges established by NSPE-PEG who consider engineering achievements, education, continuing education, professional/technical society activities, NSPE membership, awards or honors, and civic and humanitarian activities. Candidates are nominated by their employing federal agency. The agency must employ at least 50 engineers worldwide.

 The winners will be honored at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on February 21.

Go to the NSPE Web site to download the Federal Engineer of the Year Award Application
Submit your FEYA nominations to Marcia Prichard, NSPE PEG Manager, by Wednesday, October 31, 2007.

Check out the 2007 top ten federal engineers and the Federal Engineer of the Year, Garrett Polhamus, Ph.D., P.E. on the NSPE Web site.

Every Life is Precious: Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, 10/10

Did you know an average of 118 of our fellow citizens, who are someone's friend or family, die each day? They are dying in tragic and preventable accidents on our nation's roadways. We have lost 508,064 people in the last 12 years on our nation’s roadways.

There are three primary components to highway safety:

  1. The Road, i.e. engineering, construction, and maintenance,
  2. The Vehicle; i.e. engineering, operation, and maintenance,
  3. The Driver; i.e. training, experience, state of mind, and condition of body.

Reducing our nation's unacceptable highway death toll requires continued improvements to all three areas.  Many professional engineers work twenty four/seven to make our roads better. Others are designing and building safer vehicles. Professional engineers are making improvements through out the transportation industry.

Driver behavior is the responsibility of each and every user.   Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day® is a tool to help save lives on our roadways. Because every "LIFE is Precious", we encourage you to practice and promote safe driving behaviors. Every driver, rider, passenger, and pedestrian can help save their own life and the lives of fellow roadway users. Go to the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day®  Web site to see what you can do to make a difference.

Everyday is a good day to Put the Brakes on Fatalities, but we have earmarked one day a year to highly publicize this safety message. October 10, 2007 will be the seventh anniversary of Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day in the U.S. We call upon all Americans to observe this day and to help save lives by "Driving as if Your LIFE Depends On It", by promoting safe driving behaviors and by sharing these important messages throughout our communities. 

Please e-mail Mark Van Hala with questions and to let him know what you are doing to help make a difference and "SAVE Lives." [ return to top ]

Client/Consultant Relationships Web Seminar

Is working with consultants a struggle for you and your agency? This Web seminar will help you avoid the pitfalls. Learn how to develop a good client/consultant relationship. Hear what both sides expect and need from each other.

Web seminar Client/Consultant Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly 
November 13, 1:30 –  3:00 p.m. E.S.T.
NSPE Members $119 per site.

The client/consultant relationship can be a GOOD one, working with government or private entities; both rewarding and profitable. It can, however, become tumultuous when the client and the consultant are not moving toward the same end. The PEG presenters will share valuable information and insight on what, in their extensive experience as government engineers, makes these relationships work successfully. They will also have the voice of the consultant present to offer a complimentary perspective. You can avoid the BAD and the UGLY in your next contracted project!   

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NSPE Offers New Fall Education Line-up

To register for any of the following 2007 NSPE Fall Education offerings, visit the NSPE Education Web site.

 October 4, 1:30–3:00 p.m. E.D.T.
Building a Positive Work Environment, Void of Negativity
Gary Topchik, SilverStar Enterprises

October 10, 12:30–1:30 p.m. E.D.T.
Ethics Forum: Ethical Engineering/Fair Trade
Arthur E. Schwartz, Esq., NSPE Deputy Executive Director

October 17, 1:30–3:00 p.m. E.D.T.
** Free to students and young engineers! **  

Essentials of Ethics and Professionalism for Students and Young Engineers
Mumtaz Usmen, Ph.D., P.E., Wayne State University, Zoran Novak, P.E., and Robert Tillman, Ed.D, Northeastern University
Sponsored by the Professional Engineers in Higher Education

October 25, 1:30–3:00 p.m. E.D.T.
A Perfect Storm is Brewing - Climate Change and Implications for Infrastructure Decisions
Tania Morris, P.E., and David B. Connor, EIT, MWH Americas Inc.

October TBD, 1:30–3:00 p.m. E.D.T.
Professional Engineers in Construction 2007–08 Web Seminar Series: Integrating Trenchless Technology
PB Americas Inc.

November 6, 1:30–3:00 p.m. E.S.T.
From Engineer to Manager to Leader: Tools to Advance Your Career
Mick Morrissey, Principal, Morrissey Goodale LLC

November 13, 1:30–3:00 p.m. E.S.T.
Client/Consultant Relationships: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Panel: Charles Dodge, P.E., HNTB Corp., Gregg Granato, P.E., TxDOT and Nellie Shannon, P.E., TxDOT
Sponsored by the Professional Engineers in Government

November 14, 12:30–1:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Ethics Forum: Ethical Engineering/Fair Trade
Arthur E. Schwartz, Esq., NSPE Deputy Executive Director

December 5, 1:30–3:00 p.m. E.S.T.
It’s Who You Know: The Power and Process of Building Your Network
Dan Ryan, The Human Capital Group Inc.

  • Know someone who is getting ready for the FE or PE exams? A variety of study materials for the upcoming exams are available through NSPE.
  • The Virginia Society is offering the Civil exam review course in Richmond beginning September 6 and the Tennessee Society is offering the Civil exam review course in Nashville beginning September 6. Please share this information with your colleagues!
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New Faces of Professional Engineering Sought

As a sponsoring society of Engineers Week, the NSPE is eligible to nominate five candidates from our membership who represent the New Faces of Professional Engineering to the New Faces of Engineering program. 

EWeek's New Faces of Engineering program strives to promote engineering as an exciting profession open to everyone. By highlighting young, diverse, talented engineers, their achievements, and the impact of those achievements on society, EWeek aims to put a face on the "stealth" profession. 

Please encourage those outstanding young engineers you come in contact with to submit a nomination form.

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Structural Engineers’ Building Conference & Expo

Zweig White, in association with NSPE, is hosting the Structural Engineers’ Building Conference & Expo, October 10-11 in San Francisco. Senior-level structural engineers will discuss issues such as building codes, industry evolution, business management, and technical innovation. Pay only $795 for this 2-day must-attend conference for structural engineers. To take advantage of the discount, enter "NSPE" in the Discount Code section on the registration form .


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Events Calendar

NSPE Calendar

10  Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day
10 - 12 Intertraffic, Fort Lauderdale, FL
31   Federal Engineer of the Year nominations due

 Joint Montana Engineers Conference (Helena, Montana)
9  New Faces of Professional Engineering nominations due
13 Client/Consultant Relationship: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly (Sponsored by PEG)
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2007-08 PEG Executive Board Contact Information

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

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

Tim Madhanagopal, P.E., BCEE , F.NSPE
Plant Manager
Orange County Utilities


John Cardarelli II, Ph.D., P.E.
US Environmental Protection Agency

US Public Health Service/Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

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
Diane M. Carlson, P.E.

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
Michael Simpson, P.E.

North Central Region Vice Chair
Gary J. Pendergrass, P.E., RG

Young Engineer Representative
Todd S. Rastorfer, P.E.
Civil Engineer
US Army Corps of Engineers

Young Engineer Representative 


State Representatives:
Daniel G. Miller, P.E. - KS
Todd Rastorfer, P.E. - NM
Richard W. Lenz, P.E. - NY
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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