NSPE Gateway to Government November/ December 2009
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

Free PDHs, Holiday Deals, and More

All NSPE members have the opportunity to earn four FREE professional development hours from four online ethics courses. At the end of each seminar, a quiz will be available for those who need it to meet their state's continuing education requirements. While you are thinking about catching up on your PDH credits before the end of the year, visit the NSPE Education Partners page and check out the deals that are available to NSPE members from an exceptional group of continuing education providers! These providers have been especially selected for NSPE members because they have user-friendly online systems and a wide selection of engineering topics for you to choose from; many of the courses are approved in states that have the most stringent criteria. Don't get caught short of PDH credits at the end of the year. Support the NSPE education partnerships!

What Do a PT Cruiser, a Fingerprint Sensor, and a Cable-Stayed Bridge Cradle System Have in Common?
They're all products that have been honored with an NSPE New Product Award. This award recognizes products, processes, machines, or materials developed in the U.S. that improve the public's standard of living. Submit your entry by February 15, 2010. For more information visit www.nspe.org/npa.

Wear Your NSPE Pride on Your Sleeve—Literally
NSPE polo shirts are now available for purchase. Available in white or navy in sizes M, L, XL, and 2XL. More information and order forms are available on NSPE's homepage.

Want to Save on Your Holiday Shipping?
Do you know that NSPE members are eligible to receive discounts of up to 26% on select FedEx® shipping services? There are no costs and no minimum shipping requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit. For more information or enroll in the FedEx Advantage Program, please go to http://www.1800members.com/nspe or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377).


NSPE Web Seminars

NSPE's spring Web seminar series kicks off in January with the following topics:

  • Leadership
  • Faculty Licensure
  • Digital Signatures
  • Positioning Yourself for the Next Job: Your Professional Toolkit
  • How to Start Your Own Firm
  • Presentation Skills for Engineers

In addition, the popular Ethics Forum will be back with three new offerings. Check the NSPE Web site the first week in January to see a more detailed listing and to register.
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Nominate Fellow Engineers for NSPE Awards

NSPE offers several awards that have upcoming 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

PEGASUS (March 31 Deadline)
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 (March 31 Deadline)
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 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.

NSPE Award (January 31 Deadline)
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. To review criteria and nomination process, please visit the awards Web page.

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Management Study Fellowship Deadline Approaches

The Professional Engineers in Government's $2,500 Management Study Fellowship is now accepting applications. The fellowship is 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. To download an application, please visit the NSPE/PEG Web site. [ return to top ]

FEYA to Honor Engineers

Sponsored by NSPE and the Professional Engineers in Government, the Federal Engineer of the Year Award recognizes federal engineers for their commitment, innovation, and value in service to our nation. Contributions from the private sector help us celebrate these agency-nominated engineers and are important to the continued success of this nationally recognized program.

Each year, federal engineers from across the country are nominated by their employing agency, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Naval Facilities Command, the U.S. Air Force, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Energy. These nominees are then judged and ranked against each other. On February 18, 2010, engineering leaders from both the private and public sectors will recognize the agency winners, the top 10 finalists, and the individual selected to win the Federal Engineer of the Year Award at a luncheon and ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

This event provides a unique opportunity for organizations to interface with hundreds of attendees, including senior level engineers and agency officials from numerous government agencies. To learn more about the Federal Engineer of the Year Award program and see the high caliber of previous Federal Engineer of the Year Award winners, visit our Web page.

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Attention Job Hunters

Check out the government agencies in search of engineering talent.

Miami Dade Seaport Dept.
Title: Chief, Seaport Design Services
Salary: $106K+ 

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Title: Deputy Project Director

City of Janesville
Title: Director of Public Works
Salary: $106K+

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Title: Environmental Engineer

The New York Power Authority
Title: Senior Electrical Engineer

The New York Power Authority
Title: Sr. Code Compliance Engineer

Bureau of Reclamation
Title: Supervisory General Engineer
Salary: $106K+

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Getting Students on the Road to Transportation

An acute shortage of professional engineers and planners is causing significant recruitment challenges for the transportation industry, particularly public agencies, according to a new report.

Within the transportation industry, more than 50% of the employees are nearing retirement age because hiring hit a peak during the boom of  the Interstate Highway System. Among engineers, high turnover rates of up to 12% have complicated the process of building a strong workforce, especially within state Department of Transportations.

In a study conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose University, researchers found that the transportation industry needs to better educate students. Here are some of their recommendations:

  1. Develop course modules on transportation that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of transportation planning.
  2. Provide more student scholarships and research assistantships.
  3. Maintain dynamic Web materials, including newer forms such as blogs and social networking sites.
  4. showcase guest speakers on campus that provide examples of the breadth and diversity of the field.
  5. Develop a high-profile, national competition for transportation students.

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Stevens Institute of Technology Offers Spring 2010 Courses

Stevens Institute of Technology’s Spring 2010 semester is right around the corner! If you haven’t yet, there is still time to apply for a program or just enroll for classes as a non-matriculating student.

You can view the list of all courses available for Spring 2010 here.

Register now for the Spring 2010 WebCampus semester!

Classes start the week of January 25, 2010.

With over 170 instructor-led courses, the WebCampus program offers you a convenient and flexible way to earn an MBA in Technology Management, or any of 17 Masters Degrees or over 55 Graduate Certificates completely online.

To learn more attend one of our online open houses:

Wednesday, December 9 – 12pm
Thursday, December 10 – 7pm

Wednesday, January 6 – 12pm
Thursday, January 7 – 7pm

Wednesday, January 20 – 12pm
Thursday, January 21 – 7pm

Offering maximum flexibility for professionals, you can access your WebCampus courses from home or while traveling, any time, day or night.  Online courses offer you the perfect balance of convenience and academic rigor, as they cover the same material and are conducted by the same faculty as Stevens conventional courses.

Detailed course and program descriptions, as well as admission information can be obtained at the WebCampus homepage.

Students who are members of NSPE receive a 10% rebate when they enroll in WebCampus courses. Students do not have to be accepted into a program in order to take graduate classes at Stevens. It is possible to take up to three classes as a non-matriculating student while your application is under review. For more information, contact the WebCampus Division at webcampus@stevens.edu or 201-216-5092.


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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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