NSPE Gateway to Government September 9, 2008
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

Order of the Engineer Inductees

David Janover, P.E., PEG Northeast Regional Vice Chair

On the morning of July 25, 2008, at the NSPE Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, the Professional Engineers in Government interest group hosted a breakfast and ceremony where seven engineers were inducted into the Order of the Engineer. The Order of the Engineer is an association for graduate and professional engineers that emphasizes pride and responsibility in the engineering profession. Before joining, members must take an oath to abide by a code of ethics called “The Obligation of the Engineer”. The Obligation contains parts of the Canon of Ethics of major engineering societies. Initiates, as they accept it voluntarily, pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth. The inductees are given a simple stainless steel ring during the ceremony, called the Engineer’s Ring, which is worn on the little finger of the working hand.

The first ceremony of its kind was held on June 4, 1970, at Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering. Currently, almost all states have universities with chapters, called "links," which host the Order of the Engineer. Several professional engineering organizations (including NSPE) also host links, and this particular ceremony held in Portland was hosted by Order of the Engineer Link 220, the NSPE National Headquarters link, with the help of the Oregon Society of Professional Engineers. The ceremony was conducted by PEG Chairman Russell G. Martin, P.E., F.NSPE, PEG Chair-Elect Tim Madhanagopal, P.E., F.NSPE, and Michael Hardy, P.E., of the Oregon Society of Professional Engineers.
The engineers inducted into the Order of the Engineer on July 25, 2008 were:

Linda Suzanne Aultman
Tyler J. Bottorff, P.E.
James B. Harper, P.E.
Takeya Kawamura, P.E.
Brian Mathis, E.I.T. 
Wayne D. Moore, P.E., F.NSPE
Mark A. Rahm, P.E.

Approximately 30 engineers attended the ceremony, many of whom belong to the Order of the Engineer in links around the country. 

The PEG Executive Board extends its congratulations to all of the inductees.  For more information regarding the Order of the Engineer and links around the country, visit their Web site.

Community and Media Relations Web Seminar Sponsored by PEG

Often large engineering projects (the design and construction of manufacturing facilities, sports arenas, highways, power plants, etc.) generate significant public attention and interest. This seminar is designed to support your efforts to deal with the communications challenges that can result. During this session, we will address the fundamentals of communicating effectively (even in the most difficult circumstances) and the realities of risk communication and how it effects public perceptions about important projects. During this session we will provide you with a better understanding of the questions and concerns that people have about large projects on which you may be working. Most importantly, we will help you address those questions and concerns.

Although often required by law, public participation and outreach may be disliked or dreaded by some government officials, especially on contentious issues or projects when the public is likely to be unreceptive or even hostile. However, a recent report by the National Research Council has affirmed the value of public outreach in aiding environmental policymaking. The report suggests that when done correctly, public participation usually improves the quality of government decisions about the environment and also increases the legitimacy of those decisions among those people who must live with them. This seminar will offer suggestions and tips for planning and conducting effective opportunities for public participation, including public meetings and public availability sessions, that maximize productive dialogue and minimize the likelihood of public outrage.

The seminar presenters are:

Gary Pendergrass, Manager of Enviornmental Compliance with City Utilitites of Springfield, Missouri.

Gary Pendergrass is a professional engineer and registered geologist with over 30 years of experience in management of major engineering and environmental projects.  Pendergrass is an expert in enviornmental management and environmental public relations, and has a wealth of successful experience in regulatory negotiations and environmental litigation. 

Marjorie Kruvand, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communications, Loyola University - Chicago

Marjorie Kruvand joined the Advertising and Public Relations Program of Loyola University – Chicago in January 2008. Kruvand teaches Public Relations, Public Service Communication, and other public relations courses. Her areas of research include health and science communication, public affairs and issues management, and the dynamics between journalists and public relations practitioners.
Kruvand has more than three decades of experience in journalism, public relations, and academia. She was a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; senior vice president and partner at Fleishman-Hillard, one of the world’s largest public relations agencies; and assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.

Ken Fields, Senior Vice Preisdent and Partner, Fleshman-Hillard/St. Louis

Ken Fields combines a deep understanding of environmental issues with years of experience helping clients communicate with key audiences. Whether clients are preparing to deal with nationally known journalists or their own colleagues, Fields has helped them get ready to deliver key messages and address tough questions. During his career at Fleishman-Hillard (FH), Fields has prepared hundreds of clients for every type of communications opportunity – ranging from the toughest television interviews to one-on-one meetings with employees. In each of those situations, the principles of effective communications remain the same and Fields has helped FH clients tell their story.

October 14, 1:30–3:00 pm Eastern
$119 Member/$149 Non-Member
Download a registration form

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NSPE Education for You

 Fall Online Seminars
September 17, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Slips, Trips, & Falls Part I (1.5 PDH)
Presented by Professional Engineers in Construction

September 24, October 22, and November 19, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (Eastern)
ETHICS FORUM: The Engineer's Obligation to the Public, to Employers/Clients, and to the Profession.
Session 1: September 24, The Engineer's Obligations to the Public (1.0 PDH)
Session 2: October 22, The Engineer's Obligation to Employers/Clients (1.0 PDH)
Session 3: November 19, The Engineer's Obligation to the Profession  (1.0 PDH)

October 2, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
The Balance of Full-time and Contingent Labor in Engineering Today (1.5 PDH)
Presented by Jamie Parker, President & COO Adecco

October 14, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Community and Media Relations (1.5 PDH)
Presented by Professional Engineers in Government

October 15, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Slips, Trips, & Falls Part II (1.5 PDH)
Presented by Professional Engineers in Construction

November 5, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Construction Phase Risk Management: Critical Issues in Construction Contract Administration
Presented by Professional Engineers in Construction

November 12, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
How to Gain Recognition for your Projects Through Public Relations
Presented by Professional Engineers in Private Practice

Download a registration form.

NSPE Education That Fits Your Schedule

Online, prerecorded sessions are available at a low member price of $89.00, including:
• Client/Consultant Relationships: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly 
• Building Information Modeling (1.5 PDH * NY State Approved)
• Earned Value Management: An Introduction
• Integrating Trenchless Technology (1.5 PDH * NY State Approved)
• Toxic Mold: Identification, Recognition, Measurement, Toxicity and Abatement (1.5 PDH * NY State Approved) 
• From Engineer to Manager to Leader: Tools to Advance your Career 
• Til Death Do us Part: Keeping Your Employees Engaged at Work  
• Introduction to Forensic Engineering (1.5 PDH * NY State Approved) 
• Ethics Forum: Engineering Ethics and the Law: PE as an Expert Witness (1.0 PDH * NY State Approved) 
• Ethics Forum: Engineering Ethics and the Law: Contract Documents and Procurement of Engineering Services (1.0 PDH * NY State Approved) 

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NSPE Seeks New Faces of Professional Engineering

Engineers Week’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, Engineers Week aims to put a face on the “stealth” profession.

Individuals selected from the various engineering societies will be featured in a full-page ad in USA Today during Engineers Week (February 16—21, 2009). Each photo will be captioned with the engineer’s name, the name of the engineering society providing the nominee, the employer, and a brief statement of that individual’s accomplishments as they relate to the public welfare.

What Engineers Week and NSPE are looking for is an excellent “poster person” to present to the public—someone dynamic and successful who has already made a contribution at a young age. NSPE can present up to five members to be considered for selection.

Circulation will include not only USA Today but also the engineering trade press, the individual’s local press, and the Web sites of Engineers Week and the sponsoring engineering societies, among others.

New Faces provides a unique opportunity to learn from new engineers. The top candidates selected may be asked to participate in an e-mail and/or online Question and Answer discussion forum with engineering undergraduates globally. 

If you’re an NSPE member and an engineer intern or licensed working engineer two to five years out of college or graduate school who could represent the up-and-coming in the profession, fill out the nomination form and be sure to provide us with a 200-word description of your achievements in design, research, construction, or management.  Focus on the details of the kind of work you do, its application, and its impact.  Also include information on what you do outside of work, including participation in society activities, EWeek, MATHCOUNTS, etc.  Send the completed nomination form and your 200-word description as Word documents attached to an e-mail to awards@nspe.org. If you are selected for further consideration, we will follow up for more information.

Nominating form


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PEGASUS Award Announced

Ali Mustapha, P.E. has been chosen as the winner of the 2008 PEGASUS Award.  Mustapha is assistant city engineer for the city of Shreveport, Louisiana. While working for the city of Shreveport, he has been instrumental in creating programs to reduce flooding and improve drainage. He established the Flood Prone Property Acquisition Program for the city and the Storm Water Management Program and he managed the design and construction of 20 million drainage improvements/flood control project and 50 million of a public utilities (water, sewer, and lift stations) project for the city of Shreveport.

Mustapha is active in the Louisiana Engineering Society where he has served in many capacities. He served as president in 2003–04.  He is the chairman of the Louisiana Engineering Society PEG Practice Division. He is also involved in numerous committees at the state level for LES including Long  Range Planning, MathCounts Chairman, and Future Cities Chairman. 

Mustapha was appointed by former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to serve a six-year term on the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Survey Board in 2006. He is also a member of ASCE where he is serving as president elect of the Louisiana Section.

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PEG Awards John W. Gregorits Management Study Fellowship

Lance LeTellier, P.E., searched for several years for the right graduate school program. He found what he was looking for in the Executive Engineer Dual Master's Degree Program. It allows him to pursue two degrees while maintaining his current responsibilities as local systems engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He is working on a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa. 

As local systems engineer for District 6, he is responsible for most major decisions involving local transportation matters at the regional level. He oversees administration of local systems projects with federal and state funding from project conception through design development and construction. He also coordinates with area engineers on primary system impacts from local cities, towns, and other agencies in and around the district.

Le Tellier is active in the Iowa Engineering Society at both the state and local level, the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, his local church, and community groups.

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Eight Annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, celebrated on October 10, was created to raise public awareness of traffic-related fatalities. Originally a partnership of many organizations, including NSPE, the program aims to “address the need for improvements to our roadways, our vehicles, and basic driver behavior,” says the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Web site.

According to the Web site, nearly 43,000 traffic fatalities occur each year, equal to 118 fatalities a day or one fatality every 12 minutes. While drivers are certainly a factor in these accidents, other contributing factors include vehicle engineering, operation, and maintenance and road engineering, construction, and maintenance.

Now in its eighth year, Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day uses local events to raise awareness of the steps that can be taken to reduce roadway accidents. NSPE state societies in Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, have been among the program’s top supporters.

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Events Calendar

NSPE Calendar  This calendar lists NSPE and state society education offerings, meetings, award deadlines, etc.

Other events of interest to government engineers

12 NRWA 2008 Annual Conference 

10  Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day®,
18-22 WEFTEC Chicago
15 - 18  ASCE T&DI Pavement Conference Bellevue, Washington
21-23 2008  SWANA WASTECON, Tampa,

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2008-09 PEG Executive Board Contact Information

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

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

Louise Carosi Doyle, P.E., F.NSPE 
Director of Engineering
Westchester Joint Water Work, NY



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
David Alan Janover, P.E.
Town Engineer
Islipp Terrace, NY

Southeast Region Vice Chair
Sandra Knight, P.E., F.NSPE, M.ASCE
Bradley County Engineer
Cleveland, TN

Central Region Vice Chair

Southwest Region Vice Chair
Todd S. Rastorfer, P.E.
Civil Engineer
US Army Corps of Engineers
New Mexico

Western and Pacific Region Vice Chair
Michael Simpson, P.E.

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

Young Engineer Representative
D. Scott Wolf, P.E., LSIT
Transportation Engineer Project Delivery Team
Federal Highway Administration
Kentucky Division

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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