NSPE Gateway to Industry May 2009
In This Issue of PEI e-News...

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.

2009 PEI Distinguished Service Award Winner


PEI has announced that Douglas Benner, P.E., F.NSPE, is the winner of the 2009 PEI Distinguished Service Award.  Benner is currently the president of DEB consulting which provides electrical engineering, project management, and forensic engineering services.  Benner is a retired engineer and project manager with 34 years of varied experience witht the Public Service Electric and Gas Co.

Doug Benner has held various leadership roles within NSPE and the Professional Engineers in Industry (PEI) Interest Group including Chair of PEI, Resource Management Task Force, and Technology Resource Advisory Group. He has also received numerous honors as an NSPE member including the NSPE Distiguished Service Award in 1995 and NSPE Fellow in 2000. Benner has also recently coauthored a book titled "Career Success in Engineering."

The PEI Distinguished Service Award will be presented during the NSPE annual meeting in St. Louis at the NSPE Awards luncheon, July 17. [ return to top ]

Take Note: Protect Your Invention

Steve A. Witters, Esq., P.E.

Proper management of your technological development activities needs to include procedures for immediately filing for a patent or keeping an engineer's or inventor's notebook in imperative. An inventor's notebook is a record of activities related to an invention. The notebook should be treated like a diary and should show a third party what was done and when. You should use a different notebook for each invention.  And if you think you might have too many notebooks, remember Thomas Edison: He completed over 2,500 design notebooks in his lifetime.

Currently the U.S. grants a patent to the first inventors rather than the first to file an application.  Therefore, you can use your notebook to "swear behind" references being cited against you if ownership of the invention is being challenged and your notebook can show that you were first to invent.

For the full article, read the May 2009 issue of PE magazine.
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NSPE Job Board: a Great Member Benefit



Give your job posting more exposure! The NSPE Job Board is your resource for professional engineering employment. Post your job in just minutes and gain access to hundreds of the most qualified prospective employees. NSPE-PEI members will receive an additional 20% discount on our member Job Board rates until July 1. For more information, contact Chris Tilley at 703-684-2891.

If you are looking for a job, the NSPE Job Board is a good resources as well. Check it out on the NSPE home page.


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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 ]

Contact the 2008-09 PEI Executive Board Officers

Chairman
John Wall, P.E., F.NSPE

Immediate Past Chairman
Andy Russo, P.E., F.NSPE

Second Past Chairman
Kevin Cooper, P.E.

Chairman-Elect
Richard Buchanan, P.E., F.NSPE

Secretary 
Jonn Nebbe, P.E.

Northeastern Region
Cullen Flanders, P.E.

Southeastern Region
Jorge Pardo, P.E.

Central Region
Michael J. Vinarcik, P.E.

North Central Region
Stephen Hutti, P.E. 

Southwestern Region
James Mathis, P.E. 

Western and Pacific Region
Curtis Beck, P.E.

YEAC Chair
Richard Willoughby, P.E. 

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