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

U.S. Water Infrastructure Needs Seen as Urgent

By Jim Christie

The nation's water infrastructure is in urgent need of repair.  Out of sight, water infrastructure remained largely out of mind for U.S. policymakers in the federal economic stimulus effort. The $787 billion program allotted less than $10 billion for drinking and wastewater projects.

In Western states where epic water projects from the mid-1900s helped propel growth, many policymakers were likewise underwhelmed by stimulus spending for water works. California, the most populous state, is receiving less than $1 billion for water projects and the money will not fund the kind of engineering feats that cross hundreds of miles to sustain coastal population centers with water from distant mountains and a handful of rivers, which water-issues researcher Peter Gleick applauds.

For the full article, see
Reuters, 5/8.

Meet NSPE in St.Louis

The 2009 NSPE Annual Meeting will have a new format this year. All education sessions will be held on Sunday, July 19. The day will be filled with numerous networking opportunities, opportunity to earn up to seven professional development hours on issues affecting the engineering profession and NSPE, and even lunch with a guest speaker–all for only $99!

Register today to save! Join your fellow engineers July 15–19 in St. Louis and help NSPE celebrate our 75th anniversary. Visit the NSPE Web site to learn more and to access the registration form.

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Government Continues to March Toward Sustainable Buildings

Overseeing approximately 500,000 buildings, the U.S. government is the country's biggest landlord. It also pays an annual energy bill of more than $3.5 billion to keep those buildings running. Over the past 20 years, the government has made improvements in energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions, but federal agencies are now working to take energy efficiency and sustainability to the next level.

According to Matt Gray, an analyst for the Federal Energy Management Program in the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the government has had a lot of success with new construction. As of December 2008, 124 federal buildings have been certified through the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The government's focus is shifting now, Gray explains, to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions of existing infrastructure.  

For the full article, read the May 2009 issue of PE magazine.
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Order of the Engineer Ceremony

Every year, PEG organizes and supports the Order of the Engineer Ceremony. This year, the ceremony will be held at the NSPE Annual Meeting in St. Louis on July 17. The event will be open to all attendees and recognizes those who have been inducted in the past and who want to take part in something that is steeped in history.

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The Order is symbolized by the acceptance of an Obligation and the wearing of a stainless steel ring on the little finger of the working hand.

Obligation of an Engineer

I am an Engineer, in my profession I take deep pride. To it I owe solemn obligations. Since the Stone Age, human progress has been spurred by the engineering genius. Engineers have made usable Nature’s vast resources of material and energy for Humanity's benefit. Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experience, my efforts would be feeble.

As an Engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

As an Engineer, in humility and with the need for Divine guidance, I shall participate in none but honest enterprises. When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good. In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.

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Get 50% Off NSPE Online Courses

NSPE now has more than 50 archived courses available online at "Shop NSPE." To help you get the most out of this member benefit and to mark the milestone of 50 courses, we are offering you 50% off ALL online courses before July 1. Simply use the discount code EDU50 at "Shop NSPE" and start earning your discounted PDH credits today! [ return to top ]

Free NSPE Web seminar for Young Engineers

Join us for this free Web seminar for some tips on what it takes to be successful in today's engineering world. Topics include:






*Leadership/personal management

This Web Seminar is based on the NSPE PEPP-YEAC guide that can be downloaded (free to members).

Webinar details are as follows:

WHO: Students and NSPE young engineers (35 and under)

WHEN: Thursday June 18, 12:30-1:30pm EST, 9:30-10:30 am PST

WHERE: Download registration information here


Presented by: Professional Engineers in Private Practice -Young Engineers Advisory Council. (interested in getting involved? contact Kim Granados at kgranados@nspe.org.

Develop and hone your professional skills without leaving your workstation by participating in NSPE's upcoming and archived Web seminars. Or get a group of peers together and take over a conference room! Set aside just 60 minutes in your workday.


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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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