NSPE Gateway to Government January/February 2010
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

NSPE Announces FEYA Top 10

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. 

To learn more about the Federal Engineer of the Year Award program and see who was chosen for this year's Federal Engineer of the Year Award "Top 10," visit the FEYA Web page.



Nominate Fellow Engineers for NSPE Awards

NSPE offers several awards that have upcoming deadlines in 2010. 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 the support or development of mentoring programs within their company or in the engineering community.

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Education Springs Anew

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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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.

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State Highways Show Signs of Improvement, Distress

The report, which was based on data from 2007, showed that over half of all state-owned highways were congested and 25% of bridges (or 151,101) were deficient or functionally obsolete. The percentage of deficient bridges increased by nearly 5% from 2006, the first increase of this indicator since data collection began in 1984. In the two worst states, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, over half of all bridges need improvement.

Another indicator that worsened: urban interstates with poor pavement grew from 5.15% to 5.86%.

Complicating matters is the amount of highway money spent that never actually makes it to roads, according to the report. Administrative costs rose nearly 13% in 2007, and accounted for 7.2%, or nearly $8 billion, of state highway spending.

Read the full article in January/ February copy of PE magazine.

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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+

Find out more about these and other jobs on the NSPE Job Board.

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

Western Region
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