NSPE Gateway to Government March 12, 2008
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

Federal Engineer of the Year Honored

NSPE-PEG presented the 29th Federal Engineer of the Year Award (FEYA) to CAPT Anthony T. Zimmer, Ph.D., P.E., CIH from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Public Health Service at the National Press Club on February 21.  He was chosen from among the top ten finalists.

Zimmer, a senior engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, is highly accomplished in his field with over 20 years experience in efforts to protect public health and the environment through emergency response, engineering control research, and engineering leadership. He deployed shortly after the World Trade Center attacks to provide occupational safety and health expertise to workers at “ground zero” and deployed three separate times to assist with hurricane recovery efforts in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. He now works to protect the transit systems of several cities against terrorist attacks by serving as the technical working group chair of a large multiagency task force. Zimmer is also well-known for his research, including a groundbreaking look into airborne nanoparticles (one billionth of a meter in length) leading to an agency-wide recognition of the importance of the unique health hazards associated with inhaling these particles. His research assisted in the founding of the Nanotechnology Research Center within his division, facilitated significant interagency and academic research collaborations, and resulted in a fundamental reevaluation of current workplace exposure standards to nanoparticles. 

During the luncheon, the audience heard remarks from RADM Richard Barror, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Engineer, U.S. Public Health Service and LTG Robert L. Van Antwerp, P.E., USA, Chief of Engineers/Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

More information including the list of top ten finalist along with photos from the ceremony can be found on the NSPE Web site



Deadline Extended 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 the new deadline of March 31. [ return to top ]

Apply for the Management Study Fellowship by March 15

The John W. Gregorits, P.E., F.NSPE, Management Study Fellowship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to an engineer pursuing advanced studies in management, business administration, engineering management, or public administration. It is available to any engineer intern or licensed professional engineer from any discipline.  The deadline to apply is March 15.

Download the John W. Gregorits, P.E., F.NSPE, Management Study Fellowship Application.
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Knowledge Management Fundamentals and Strategies Web Seminar

Knowledge Management Fundamentals and Strategies
April 29, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) 1.5 PDHs
Presented by the Professional Engineers in Government

Baby Boomer retirements and the rate of turnover among Generation Y staff are two significant causes today for loss of critical organizational knowledge.  Such losses, at both ends of an employee age and tenure spectrum, represent a significant drain on an organization’s talent and knowledge base. A balanced approach to knowledge management can provide an organization with a successful strategy by which to weather such turnover.

The strategy described in this seminar identifies the difference between important knowledge and critical knowledge; discusses steps by which to capture critical knowledge from those employees who are leaving and then transferring it to those who will remain; describes several means to recover knowledge from employees after they leave your organization; and reviews various Human Resources practices and policies to minimize the rate of knowledge loss.

Organizational network analyses are a powerful tool by which to identify which employees are the most critical to an organization and through whom critical knowledge is transmitted. Completion of an organizational network analysis is a necessary component of an annual assessment of the success of knowledge management efforts. 

This seminar describes the basics of an organizational network analysis. A case study will be presented on how a large organization (City of Los Angeles-Bureau of Sanitation) is approaching knowledge management with a high number of upcoming retirements and transfers.

Speakers:   Peggy Umphres (MWH),  Michael Simpson (City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation), and Marilynn Robinson (MWH)

To download a registration form go to the NSPE Web site.

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ACEC-NSPE QBS Awards Program Seeks Nominations

The ACEC-NSPE QBS Awards Program was established by NSPE to recognize public agencies that make exemplary use of the QBS selection process at the state and local level. Since its inception, the program has expanded to include submissions from private sector entities. ACEC has partnered with NSPE in this program, and the two associations alternate in hosting the annual program.

More information of the QBS Awards Program can be found on the NSPE Web site. [ return to top ]

Seismic Performance of Bridge Systems with Conventional and Innovative Designs

Sign up now for Seismic Performance of Bridge Systems with Conventional and Innovative Designs, a 90 minute online Web seminar highlighting new Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation research and its practical implications.  University of Nevada, Reno Professor Mehdi "Saiid" Saiidi and Michael Keever of the California Department of Transportation will explain:

  • How bridge components were tested at various facilities and results were aggregated through hybrid testing technologies.
  • Soil-structure effects at the footings and the abutments.
  • Abutment-superstructure interaction and effect on bridge piers.
  • The relative performance of components, bridge piers, and bridge systems.
  • The effectiveness of new fiber composite piers and column plastic hinges.
  • How the bridge model performed relative to current design assumptions and philosophies.

You can participate in this training session via WebEx at noon EDT and again at noon P.D.T. on Tuesday, March 25, or download the broadcast at any point after that date. To participate, you must preregister at www.nees.org.

This session is cosponsored by the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
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NSPE Mentor of the Year Award

Now is the time to nominate your outstanding member/mentors for the prestigious NSPE Mentor of the Year Award.  Nomination materials can be downloaded from the NSPE Web site.  The deadline for submissions is March 31. [ return to top ]

Effective Project Management for Designers & Owners

This 1 1/2-day seminar introduces important concepts in project management for architects, engineers, owners representatives, facilities managers and government agency executives.  Project managers, principals, talented younger staff, and future leaders will learn approaches they can immediately apply in their own organizations.  Click here for more information. [ return to top ]

Events Calendar

NSPE Calendar 

Management Study Fellowship Application Due
25 "Seismic Performance of Bridge Systems with Conventional and Innovative Designs"

PEGASUS Extended Deadline

Knowledge Management Fundamentals and Strategies
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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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