NSPE Gateway to Industry November/ December 2009
In This Issue of PEI e-News...

PEI Seeks New Product Award Entries

Don’t miss an opportunity to get national visibility for your product by entering the 2010 PEI New Product Award competition. The competition recognizes any process, machine, or material developed in the U.S. that improves the public’s standard of living.

Winning products will be honored with the PEI New Product Award crystal and are entitled to use the coveted PEI New Product Award logo. Winners will also be recognized in a “Winners’ Circle” ad in PE magazine, through NSPE’s Web site and print communications, and through significant media coverage.

All 2010 PEI New Product Award entrants will have the opportunity to showcase their product during the NSPE annual meeting in July. Winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the PEI New Product Award presentation. Submit your entry by February 15, 2010! For an application and list of past NPA winners, visit the PEI New Product Award Web page.


NSPE Web Seminars Begin in January

The spring Web seminar series kicks off in January and will cover 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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PEI Asks Young Engineers to Get Involved

NSPE/PEI invites all young engineer members to network with their young engineer peers from around the country in an effort to develop products and services that will help your fellow young engineers.

There are two ways you can get involved... 

1) Help NSPE reach out to universities. On behalf of NSPE's university outreach efforts, PEI YEAC members are connecting with local universities, engineering deans and professors in an effort to open communication lines between NSPE-PEI and university students.

2) Get profiled. PEI interviews young engineers on a number of topics and then features them in the PEI E-Newsletter. 

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Manufacturing Engineers Aim to Change Perceptions

Interest in manufacturing as a career had dipped sharply in recent years, with factories being outsourced overseas and blue collar jobs dwindling around the country. This fall, the SME Education Foundation plans to launch the “We Advance Manufacturing Education” initiative, a fundraising campaign to create programs in high schools to push engineering-minded students toward manufacturing. The fundraising campaign and eventual high school curriculum are a part of SME’s ongoing efforts to emphasize the importance and excitement of the manufacturing industry.

SME has worked closely in recent years with Project Lead The Way, an education initiative aimed at creating engineering and STEM curriculum for high schools across the U.S., and the organization has placed about 20,000 new students in Project Lead The Way programs over the past few years. SME Education Foundation Director Bart Aslin says SME and Project Lead The Way have developed specialized curricula for manufacturing industry, but the new fundraising initiative will be crucial in continuing that goal.

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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 home page.

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 (3) classes as a non-matriculating student while your application is under review. For more on this or if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the WebCampus Division at webcampus@stevens.edu, or (201) 216-5092.


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

NSPE Award (Deadline: January 31)
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. Nominations should be made in consideration of the high caliber of some of the previous recipients: President Herbert Hoover, Dr. David Steinman (founder of NSPE), former Puerto Rico Governor Luis Ferre, former NSPE Executive Director Paul Robbins, and R. Bruce Taylor, P.E.

PEI Distinguished Service Award (Deadline: January 31)
The PEI Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution of national scope to advance the causes of the individual engineer in industry or Professional Engineers in Industry (PEI). The award winner will receive an engraved plaque and up to $500 toward travel expenses to accept the award at the 2009 NSPE Annual Conference in St. Louis in July.  Also included are two complimentary tickets to the NSPE awards ceremony held during the conference.

Mentor of the Year Award (Deadline: March 31
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. The ideal candidate should have a record of achievement in offering guidance to and fostering development among engineering professionals. [ return to top ]

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. 

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).
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Contact the 2009-10 PEI Executive Board Officers

Richard L. Buchanan, P.E.

John Nebbe, P.E.

Curtis A. Beck, P.E.

Immediate Past- President
John M. Wall, P.E., CCS, F.NSPE

Young Engineer Respresentative
Austin Lin, E.I.T.

Northeastern Region
Cullen M. Flanders, P.E.

Southeastern Region
Jorge L. Pardo, P.E., F.NSPE

Central Region
Howard R. Jones P.E.

North Central Region
Stephen A. Hutti, P.E.

Southwestern Region
James Mathis, P.E.

Western & Pacific Region
Franklin Fong, P.E.

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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 www.1800members.com/nspe or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1.800.636.2377).


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