NSPE Gateway to Government September/October 2009
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

NSPE/PEG Requests 2010 FEYA Nominations

The Federal Engineer of the Year is selected by a panel of judges established by NSPE-PEG who consider engineering achievements, education, continuing education, professional/technical society activities, NSPE membership, awards or honors, and civic and humanitarian activities. Candidates are nominated by their employing federal agency. The agency must employ at least 50 engineers worldwide.

The winners will be honored at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on February 18.

Go to the NSPE Web site to download the Federal Engineer of the Year Award Application
Submit your FEYA nominations to peg@nspe.org by October 31, 2009.

Check out the 2009 top ten federal engineers and the Federal Engineer of the Year, Kirankumar Topudurti, Ph.D., P.E., on the NSPE Web site.

NSPE Fall 2009 Web Seminars Offer PHD Credits

NSPE’s fall Web seminars offer a wide variety of topics from ethics to social media to GNSS systems. Earn one PDH for each of the sessions while sitting at your desk or in your conference room.  The member price is $119 for each session. The price is per site, so get together with others in your office or chapter to participate.

October 7, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.), Ethics Forum Part II: Objectivity, Truthfulness, and Preserving Confidentiality.
Speaker: Arthur Schwartz

October 8, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.), Social Media and Engineering
Stephanie Brown
Description: This presentation will highlight the following: introduction to social media; how, why, and where social media is a fit for B2B, AEC; strategy is key; case studies; dangers and pitfalls; benefits; case studies; HR perspective; monitoring and measurement; policies; the impact of social media on SEO (Search Engine Optimization); success with your Web site.

October 14, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.),GNSS Capabilities for Engineering, Surveying and Mapping
Tim Kerr
Description: Satellite positioning technologies have become prominent in our daily lives. This Web seminar will provide an overview of the location technologies available today at various levels of precision. These range from pure autonomous navigation to sub-centimeter location for high precision monitoring and mapping projects. Emphasis is placed on selection the proper tool to meet the requirement of any project

October 15, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.), Solving the Risks in Green Design and Construction
George Dubose, Liberty Building Forensics Group
Description: The great irony of building green is that the very concepts that are intended to enhance a building's performance over its lifetime are many of the same things that also make it highly susceptible to catastrophic moisture and mold problems during the first few years of operation.

This presentation will identify the specific reasons that green buildings are at increased risk for failures and what contractors and developers/owners must do to avoid problems—in short, what practices are being promoted as green but are also place the entire development team at risk.

October 20, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.),
A Sustainable Approach to Planning and Design
Paul Horton
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 in order 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.

October 22, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.), Comparing Contracts Documents: EJCDC, Consensus DOCS, and AIA
Justin Weisberg

Free! November 4, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.S.T.), Qualifications-Based Selection: Under Attack
Speakers: Dan Tanksley, JD, P.E.; Christopher Stone, P.E., F.NSPE; William Fendley, P.E., F.NSPE
Description: Have you ever wondered what qualifications-based selection was really all about? Our panel of experts will explain QBS without the jargon, discuss its value to you and your clients, and tell you about how QBS is being threatened right now by legislative and regulatory actions at the state and federal levels and how you can help.

November 11, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.S.T.), Ethics Forum Part III: Conflicts of Interest and the Ethics of Gifts
Arthur Schwartz

November 17, 12:30–1:30 p.m. (E.S.T.), Forensic Engineering (Cosponsored by National Academy of Forensic Engineers)
Moderator: Marvin Specter, P.E., LS, F.NSPE, Hon M.ASCE
Panel: Michael Kravitz, P.E.; Michael D. Leshner, P.E.; W. T. (Dusty) Yaxley, P.E., CSP
Description: This session, based on real life cases, will highlight three different situations in which engineers are required. In addition, each of the cases involves a different level of penetration of the legal system.
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White House Awards Funding for Electric Car Battery Research

President Barack Obama announced in August that 48 new electric-drive and advanced battery research projects will receive nearly $2.4 billion in funding, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Grants were awarded in 20 states and with values ranging from $500,000 to nearly $300 million.

White House officials say this marks the largest investment in hybrid and electric-drive vehicle research in history. Companies receiving the grants are expected to provide an additional $2.4 billion in cost share, and the total investment should create tens of thousands of new manufacturing jobs, according to estimates. The grants were selected through applications to the Department of Energy.

More than $1 billion of the grant money will go toward 15 projects based in Michigan, the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country. Johnson Controls Inc. and A123 Systems Inc. received a combined $550 million to develop, manufacture, and produce battery cells and other hybrid and electric vehicle technologies.

About $400 million in grants will go to the Big Three automakers: General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford. Ford alone plans to spend $14 billion over the next seven years in advanced vehicle technology as it strives to meet government-mandated fuel economy and emissions standards beginning in 2016.

The grants were awarded as tax credits, eligible to be used within the next two years or until the tax-credit cap has been reached. Companies can continue to file applications for the tax credits through October 16 of this year.

Companies studying renewable energy were recently given the choice to receive their grants via tax credits or immediate reimbursement for previous renewable energy developments. All electric-drive battery and hybrid research grants are being awarded as tax credits.

For the full article, read the October 2009 issue of PE magazine. [ return to top ]

New NSPE Blogs

NSPE now has three new blogs, in addition to the president's blog.

PE Licensing Blog: written by Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE

Sustainability in Engineering Blog: written by Brad Aldrich, P.E., F.NSPE

Young Engineers Blog: written by Austin Lin, P.E., the Young Engineers Advisory Council Representative to the NSPE-PEI Executive Board

Sign up to receive an e-mail notification whenever a new post is made by entering your e-mail address under E-mail Notifications, which you'll find on the left-hand side of any blog post. [ return to top ]

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

On October 10, 2009, organizations throughout the country will be encouraged to promote the need to reduce transportation crashes and fatalities on U.S. highways, roads, and streets. The Ninth Annual Put the Brakes on Fatalities Awareness Day aims to save lives by increasing driver safety.  Our 2009 theme is “Don’t be Driven to Distraction—Drive to Arrive.”

On July 2, 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported in a press release that the fatality data for 2008 placed the highway death count at 37,261—a drop of 9.7% from 2007.  The fatality rate was 1.27 persons per 100 million Vehicle Miles of Travel (VMT), about seven percent below the rate of 1.36 for 2007. “While the number of highway deaths in America has decreased, we still have a long way to go,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

The Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day program began in 2001 as a partnership of many organizations, including NSPE.

For more information on the program, visit the Put the Brakes of Fatalities Day Web site (hyperlink to: www.brakesonfatalities.org), which provides information and materials for organizing an event with potential partners, media info, a sample proclamation, and other information. [ return to top ]

2009-10 PEG Executive Board Contact Information

Louise Carosi Doyle, P.E.

Sandra Knight, P.E., F.NSPE, M.ASCE

John Cardarelli II, Ph.D., P.E.

Immediate Past Chair & BOD Representative
Tim Madhanagopal, P.E., BCEE, F.NSPE

Northeastern Regional Vice Chair
David Alan Janover, P.E.

Southeastern Regional Vice Chair
D. Scott Wolf, P.E., PLS

Central Regional Vice Chair
Kirankumar Topudurti, Ph.D., P.E.

Southwest Regional Vice Chair
Mark Dubbin, P.E.

Western & Pacific Regional Vice Chair
Michael Simpson, P.E.

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

Young Engineer Representative
D. Scott Wolf, P.E., PLS


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Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin

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Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Southeast Region

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Southwest Region

Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming

Western Region

Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington  [ return to top ]

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