NSPE Gateway to Government November 1, 2007
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

Client/Consultant Relationships Got You Down?

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.

Whether you're working with government or private entities, the client/consultant relationship can be a GOOD one -- 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 successful. They will also have the voice of the consultant present to offer a complementary perspective. You can avoid the BAD and the UGLY in your next contracted project!

NSPE Seeks New Faces of Professional Engineering

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

EWeek's New Faces of Engineering program promotes 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 or if you fit the bill we need you to send us your nomination.

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Share Your Opinions on Continuing Education

The Professional Engineers in Government wants to know your continuing educations needs. PEG is continually working to improve program offerings for members, and we need feedback from you, the PEG membership, in order to do this. Are there technical skills that you need to acquire as an engineer in your agency? Are there professional development needs that you or your employees have? Please send all comments to PEG. Thank you! [ return to top ]

Upcoming Seminars To Highlight Leadership, Ethics, Networking

Visit the NSPE Web site to register for any of the following 2007 NSPE Fall Education sessions.

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 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.

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Nominate Top Government Engineers for PEGASUS Award

The Professional Engineers in Government administers the annual PEGASUS (Professional Engineers in Government– Service in the United States) award program. The PEGASUS award recognizes the engineer who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering.

The PEGASUS award winner is selected by a panel of judges who will consider:
• Civic and Humanitarian Activities
• Education (Formal & Continuing)
• Engineering Achievements
• Professional and Technical Society Activities
• Licensure

Please forward candidate nomination forms to NSPE PEG by February 22. [ return to top ]

Discovery TV Series Needs Engineers

They are looking to put together a team of on-screen engineering experts who can imaginatively and scientifically design and carry out a series of jaw-dropping experiments, stunts and demonstrations for an exciting new television series to be produced for the Discovery Channel.  If interested, please contact Amy Ruse  as soon as possible, with a resume, photo and a few lines about why you are the right engineer for our show. [ return to top ]

States Urge Motorists to Put the Brakes on Fatalities

The Seventh Annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day® was Wednesday, October 10. Here are some state’s notable quotes: Alabama's flashing  interstate highway billboards said, "Our goal is zero fatalities" for this month. In Florida "We urge motorists, on October 10 and every day, to do their part and take responsibility for their actions while driving. We need to drive safer and drive smarter." In Kansas, they “encourage each driver to drive as if his or her life depended on it — because it does!” Kentucky told its drivers, “we should all take time to reflect on our driving habits.” In Minnesota Lee Amundson, Lincoln County Engineer wrote, “Let’s all drive defensively and do our part to make our highway travels safe.”

The National Association of County Engineers supports this important day and urges you to contact your county commissioner and ask him or her to issue a proclamation for "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day."

In Missouri “this public awareness program aims to help Americans learn how to keep themselves and their loved ones from becoming part of traffic fatality statistics.”  In New Jersey they want to “increase awareness about safe driving practices, while also keeping the state’s highway’s fatality-free.”   “Top professional truck drivers presented life-saving highway driving tips to teen motorists during 'Put the Brakes on Fatalities' day as part of the American Trucking Associations' national Share the Road highway safety tour” in Ohio.  “The safety of motorists is a high priority, so we are reminding drivers to slow down and keep safe driving in mind,” said Governor Rendell in Pennsylvania.  In South Carolina, “Putting the brakes on fatalities will not just happen.”  “IMAGINE A DAY IN VIRGINIA WITH ZERO FATALITIES.”  Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent David Collins says, “Driving a motor vehicle is by far the most dangerous thing most people do everyday. Each time you’re behind the wheel your life is at risk."

The following state governors encouraged their citizens to take part in Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day on October 10:

  • Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska
  • Governor Charlie Crist of Florida 
  • Governor Kathleen Sebelius Kansas
  • Governor Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky
  • Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico
  • Governor Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania
  • Governor Timothy Kaine of Virginia.

More in depth coverage with links to sources can be found on the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day Web site. [ return to top ]

25th Annual New Product Award Call for Entries

Do you know of a process, machine, or material developed in the U.S. that improves the public’s standard of living? If so, it may be eligible for the 25th Annual PEI New Product Award competition.

Winning products will be honored with the PEI New Product Award crystal and are entitled to use the coveted PEI New Product Award logo. Winners will also be recognized in a “Winners' Circle” ad in PE magazine, NSPE online and print communications, and through significant media coverage. All 2008 PEI New Product Award entrants will have the opportunity to showcase their product during the NSPE Annual Conference and will receive two complimentary tickets to the PEI New Product Award presentation. Submit your entry by February 15, 2008! For an application and list of past NPA winners, visit the PEI New Product Award Web site. [ return to top ]

Events Calendar

NSPE Calendar

November
1–3
 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)

January
13-17
 Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C.
31  NSPE Award nominations due
31  Distinguished Service Award nominations due
31  Young Engineer of the Year Award nominations due
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2007-08 PEG Executive Board Contact Information

Chair
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

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

Secretary

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.
Engineer
MDEQ

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 

Vacant

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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