NSPE Gateway to Government PEG E-News February 2009 Edition
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

Students Rank Government High on List of Potential Employers

In the report by Partnership for Public Service and Universum, Great Expectations:  What Students Want in an Employer and How Federal Agencys Can Deliver It, the authors present a strong case for attracting graduating students to government service.  Government or public services ranked highest among the 46 careers included in their survey with 17% of undergraduates indicating that their first job after graduation would likely be with government.  While students with scientific and technical backgrounds are less likely to rate government high on their list of potential employers, opportunites for recruiting these students are available.  This report provides information on what students are looking for and how government can successfully hire them.

PEG Profile

Tim Madhanagopal, P.E., BCEE, QEP, F.NSPE

Age: 53

Title: Plant Manager

Company: Orange County Utilities, Flordia

Been There:  24 years

# of employees: 200 in this Division

Previous Positions Held: Sr. Engineer and Staff Engineer (Associate Engineer, Sr. Assistant Engineer, Assistant Engineer, and Junior Engineer with previous employer)  

When did you become active in NSPE, and what positions (if any) have you held at the Local/State/National level?
I joined FES/NSPE in 1988.
Local level — Scholarship chair, MathCounts and Project Create Volunteer, Engineers Week Celebration Committee President
State Level — FPEG Vice Chair, FPEG Chair, FES Executive Committee and FES Board of Directors and several committees
National level  — NSPE /FPEG Governor, NSPE PEG Florida Representative, NSPE PEG Chair
Also held leadership positions in Florida Water Environment Association and Water Environment Federation   

If you weren’t an engineer you’d be …. a physician

What’s your peak experience as an engineer so far? Opportunity to work in different areas  — engineering, operations, regulations, maintenance, and management. Recognition by my peers in several professional organizations.  

What do you value in the people you work with? People are the greatest asset in any work environment.

Web site you can’t go a day without visiting:  NSPE/FES Web sites and WEF Web site 

You wake up tomorrow as CEO of your firm — what’s the first thing you’d change? I always take a systematic approach — learn the system first and then think about the changes as needed to improve the system.

Book you can’t go a year without rereading:  I like to reread religious books. (Need to do that to understand them.)

How do you strike a work/life balance? By prioritizing my commitments. 
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NASA Making Changes as Shuttle Program Comes to a Close

In the article “Features Beyond the Shuttle”  from Government Executive, Brittany Ballenstedt outlines some of the changes and opportunities facing NASA as they move beyond the space shuttle. She looks at past policies and experiences to projecting for and then living into the future. [ return to top ]

Nominate Your Fellow Engineers for NSPE Awards

NSPE offers several awards that have upcomming deadlines in 2009. Below are just a few of the award programs NSPE will be conducting this year.

To see the complete list of NSPE awards, please visit the NSPE Awards Web page.

NSPE Award (Deadline: January 31)
The NSPE Award is the highest award given to an individual by the Society. It is presented to an engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare, and/or humankind. Nominations should be made in consideration of the high caliber of some of the previous recipients: President Herbert Hoover, Dr. David B. Steinman (founder of NSPE), former Puerto Rico Governor Luis A. Ferre, former NSPE Executive Director Paul H. Robbins, and R. Bruce Taylor, P.E.

PEGASUS (Deadline: March 31)
The Professional Engineers in Government is administering the annual PEGASUS Award program. The Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States Award recognizes the engineer who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering. The PEGASUS award will honor a registered professional engineer employed by a state, regional, county, special district, or municipal government.

Mentor of the Year Award (Deadline: March 31)
The Mentor of the Year Award is given each year to the one member of NSPE who best exemplifies the ideal image of a mentor. The award may be given to an individual who has established a record of consistent outreach toward individuals in the engineering field, including engineering professionals and students, over a number of years. This award can also be received by an individual who has contributed to the support or development of mentoring programs within their company or in the engineering community. The ideal candidate should have a record of achievement in offering guidance to and fostering development among engineering professionals.

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2009 Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest

NSPE’s Board of Ethical Review is furnishing you with a real fact situation regarding the ethical obligations of an electrical engineer when a developer decides not to include a protective steel mesh in homes to be built in order to mitigate the occupants’ exposure to interior levels of low-frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF). Given the facts, you are asked a question about the ethics of the engineer. Contestants are encouraged to read and discuss the facts of the case and answer to the question. Then contestants are to develop discussions and conclusions using the format of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.

All entries must be received by Friday, April 17, 2009. Phone: 703-684-2840

The winning entry will receive an award of $1,000 ($500 to the NSPE state society or NSPE chapter and $500 divided among the authors) provided by NSPE and the NSPE Educational Foundation, a certificate, and recognition in PE magazine, as well as other external media outlets.

For details visit the NSPE Web site.

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NSPE Spring Online Educational Offerings

New in 2009!
NSPE has put together an impressive series of Web seminars that will assist you as a professional engineer searching for PDHs to help you meet state registration board requirements for PE license renewal. Pricing is per site—the more individuals at a site, the lower your per person cost.

Individual session pricing is available for all Web seminars; series pricing is available for
Ethics Forum and Green Issues/Sustainability. Contact education@nspe.org for special series pricing for the Career Development, Business Management, or Licensure series or for multiple locations.

Michael Simpson, PEG's Western and Pacific vice chair, will be a speaker on the following two Web seminars.

Shaping the Future of Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Rapid Change (1.0 PDH)
March 31, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Michael Simpson, P.E., Senior Engineer, City of Los Angeles and Paul Horton, Director of Sustainability, David Evans and Associates
Description: Learn how the "green movement" is influencing the engineering world. We are delving into new territory and entering a carbon-constrained world. The guiding principles shaping engineering through 2020 and trends leading to the tipping point towards a low-carbon economy will be discussed. Participants will also learn how Los Angeles is leading the charge toward a prosperous, low-carbon economy. Quiz provided at the end.

A Sustainable Approach to Planning and Design (1.0 PDH)
May 13, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Speakers: Michael Simpson, P.E., Senior Engineer, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works; Paul Horton, Director of Sustainability, David Evans and Associates Inc.
Description: Have you been wondering how to make your projects more sustainable? Have your clients been asking for more sustainable planning and design? Paul Horton will provide an overview of the critical elements necessary to achieve a higher level of sustainability in projects. While we won't be able to make every project super green, we should nonetheless have a clear strategy (or approach) and a set of tools to allow us to make meaningful sustainable advances or improvements based on the specific situation and the current client conditions. Michael Simpson will discuss how the Los Angeles Unified School District practices integrating sustainability into new school construction. This presentation outlines a logical, sequential "approach" to integrating sustainability into projects. Quiz provided at the end.

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Events Calendar

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

Non-NSPE events of interest to government engineers

February 19 Federal Engineer of the Year Award Ceremony


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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., PLS
Transportation Engineer Project Delivery Team
Federal Highway Administration
Kentucky Division

Young Engineer Representative 


State Representatives:

Chris Wert, P.E. - FL
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
Richard Grossenbacher, P.E. TX
Richard H Nettleton P.E.- VA

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