NSPE Gateway to Government March 2009
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

Federal Engineer of the Year Named From Among 23 Agency Winners

Kirankumar Topudurti, Ph.D., P.E., was presented with the Founder's Medal at the 30th Annual Federal Engineer of the Year Award ceremony held February 19 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  He was one of 23 agency winners nominated for consideration in this year's award.  A panel of judges appointed by the PEG executive board chose the top 10 listed below, and Topudurti was honored with the top award. For more information about this award program, including more photos, go to the NSPE Web site.

Topudurti, the deputy director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, is internationally recognized for his contributions in environmental engineering. He has authored 38 refereed publications, presented over 50 national and international conference papers, served as environmental technology delegate to Russia and the Ukraine, is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, and currently provides leadership in development and execution of a $100 million research and development program. He has advanced over 20 innovative hazardous waste treatment, sampling, and measurement technologies including implementation at over 100 hazardous waste sites. Topudurti’s research has also advanced the science behind E-beam technology, which exposes contaminated water to a stream of high-energy electrons, improving system design to enhance the destruction of toxic organics and reduce overall toxicity of contaminated groundwater. He has also provided important research for aiding rapid, cost-effective cleanup of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination.

Top Ten Agency Winners:

Daryl R. Armentrout, Ph.D., P.E.
Tennessee Valley Authority,

LCDR Nathan W. Epling, P.E.
Department of the Interior, National Park Service

LDCR Darren R. Hale, P.E.
Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command,

Farhad Memarzadeh, Ph.D., P.E.
Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health

Nancy J. Oliver, P.E.
U.S. Air Force, Headquarters Air Force, Office of The Civil Engineer, Programs Division

Craig A. Phillips, P.E.
Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command,
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division

Michael A. Stover, P.E.
Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service,
Indian Health Service

Major Patrick C. Suermann, P.E.
U.S. Air Force, Air Education and Training Command

Kirankumar Topudurti, Ph.D., P.E.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Terry O. Woods, Ph.D., E.I.T.
Department of Health and Human Services,
Food and Drug Administration

New Member Benefits

Last week, NSPE launched a radical new approach to an old member benefit: The comprehensive results of the NSPE Engineering Income and Salary Survey are now available for free to members who participate in the survey—a value of up to $600. Needless to say, this new benefit was very well received by members. In February alone, over 1,000 people completed the survey.


This week, NSPE is introducing another member benefit: four free PDHs. We’ve chosen to launch this program with four current and very popular ethics courses. At the usual retail price, these four PDHs are worth about $600.

So, you ask, how can NSPE give away $1,200 in benefits for National’s $125 portion of your NSPE dues? The answer is, your investments in hardware, software, the Web site, and yes, the AMS database, are all paying off at the same time. And this is just the beginning. But back to those free PDHs….

Now, all members can earn four free professional development hours by taking four online seminars on ethics topics. These new courses, which are $149 each for nonmembers, provide members with a significant savings and easy access to continuing education credit.

The courses are

  • Engineering Ethics and the Law: Contract Documents and Procurement of Engineering Services (ONL-009)
  • Engineering Ethics and the Law: Contract Documents, Intellectual Property & Professional Liability (ONL-012)
  • Engineering Ethics and the Law: The PE as an Expert Witness (ONL-013)
  • Ethical Engineering and Fair Trade: Conflicting Interests (ONL-018)

At the end of each seminar, a quiz will be available for those who need it to meet their state’s continuing education requirements. The seminars have also been approved for continuing education credit in New York.

To access the courses, visit the NSPE Web site.

Just like the new salary survey benefit, the free PDHs are available when you pay your national dues. It’s a use-it-or-lose-it arrangement, with no carryovers for unused services. Each year, the clock starts when you pay your dues, and you get another year’s access and a new package of benefits.

New benefits worth $1,200 for $125—a pretty good deal. These kinds of benefits depend on high-volume usage that’s spread over a fixed cost. So if you like this approach, please encourage other members to use their new benefits and spread the news to future members who will thank you for your thoughtfulness in these difficult economic times.

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EJCDC Documents Recorded Web Seminar Free for Members for a Limited Time Only

Justin L. Weisberg, attorney at law, Arnstein & Lehr LLP, explains the standard form agreements for the popular EJCDC contract documents used in design and construction. Attendees will learn about the engineering and construction documents and review the traditional design–bid–build process relating to the engineering agreement, as well as the construction contract. Also discussed is the usefulness of these documents over other contract documents in the market places and some of the current uses of these documents in government and private practice.

Download the seminar.

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Nominate Your Fellow PEG Members for the PEGASUS Award

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 U.S. 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.

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Deadline for Management Study Fellowship Extended

This fellowship in the amount of $2,500 is to be awarded to an engineer pursuing advanced studies in management.  It is available to any engineer intern or licensed professional engineer from any discipline.  Applicants who are not U.S. citizens may apply if they are current NSPE members.

Deadline extended to April 30.

Download an application.

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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.

Go to the NSPE Web site to register.

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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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