NSPE's Gateway to Private Practice January 2006 

NSPE Seeks Nominations for QBS Awards Program

National Qualifications-Based Selection Awards

 Every year, ACEC and NSPE partner to create the QBS Awards Program. The purpose of the QBS Awards Program is to recognize public and private entities that make exemplary use of the QBS selection process at the state and local levels. In turn, the QBS Award winners provide examples of how well the QBS process works, and helps ACEC and NSPE promote the practice of QBS in states that are not currently using QBS for the selection of engineering services. For more information, or to place a nomination, click here.


Former NSPE/PEPP Director Passes

Sadly, former NSPE/PEPP Director Jim Pierce passed away on December 25, 2005. Jim had been ill for some time.

Jim served as NSPE Director of PEPP for much of the 1990s and until 2000. He also served as staff coordinator for the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) and many other PEPP committees and task forces. Prior to joining NSPE, Jim was director of business practices with ACEC, coordinating various programs, publications, and activities.

For much of his life, Jim sang in choral groups and was a tenor with the Washington Opera, appearing several times at the Kennedy Center and at other venues in Washington, DC. Jim was a longtime resident of Kensington, MD, a motorcycle enthusiast, and an avid Washington Redskins fan. Jim was a good friend to many of us, and has left us much too soon. He will be missed.

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Take the 2006 Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest Challenge

All current NSPE individual members, NSPE state societies, and NSPE chapters (including student chapters) are invited to participate in the 2006 NSPE Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest. Here's your opportunity to match your wits with experienced P.E.s and engineering students throughout the country!

Contestants are encouraged to analyze the facts of a real situation involving a government engineer who has been offered gifts from time-to-time from consulting engineering companies and contractors. Contestants must develop discussion and conclusions about the ethics of the engineer in the case using the format of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. Entries must be 750 words or less and must be received at NSPE headquarters by Friday, April 14, 2006.

The winning entry will receive a certificate, recognition in PE Magazine, and an award of $1,000 ($500 to the NSPE state society or NSPE chapter and $500 divided among the authors), provided by the NSPE Educational Foundation.

Judges will decide the winner based on quality of the entry in form and presentation; demonstration of understanding of the implications concerning ethical or unethical behavior; and comprehensive analysis of the case and arguments supporting your conclusions.

The contest is named for NSPE's former general counsel, who played a key role in the founding of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review.

Visit the "Ethics" sectionof NSPE Web site or contact Mary Ann Cannon for additional information.

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Continuing Education Offers Most Popular Topics in Webinars

Each seminar offers great information, specific lessons, stories of how other professional engineers made the ideas and systems work for them, and opportunities to participate in the class dialogue. It all happens in the convenience of your office. The series was created as a big picture on the most important issues and areas of greatest opportunities or struggles for engineers in construction. These seminars present the topics you want to discuss and resolve.

If you sign up for two or more Web seminars in the series, you will experience the way each lesson and each instructor combines expertise and "need to know" information to make the learning even more interesting for you. If you’ve watched any television series, you know how each episode is its own story and it builds on a larger story that makes it a series. That’s how PEC created these five Web seminars.

  • Adapting to Politics While Keeping Your Engineering Ethics
    March 22, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. E.S.T.

    Instructor: Jim Suttle, P.E., City of Omaha councilman, who serves on the board of the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency and as a member of the Omaha-Douglas Building Commission.
  • Trends in Construction Professionalism
    April 19, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. E.S.T.
    Instructor: E. Terry Foster, Ph.D., P.E., C.P.C., is a national authority on structural engineering, computer networks, materials science, engineering mechanics, CAD, computer applications, and aviation.

There are other major benefits that go directly into your business when you register for several seminars at one time. Because each registration is good for one connection point at your office, you can invite others to join you, where you have the phone line and computer set up, to learn.

Make it your best year yet. Save the gas and time it takes to travel to top-quality seminars to continue your professional education and secure credits for renewing your PE status.

Seminars Now Available On Demand!
Developing Trust & Commitment in Project Teams
Presenter: Robert Newbold
$69.95 1.5 PDH

Dispute Avoidance and Resolution
Presented by the American Arbitration Association
Panelists: Joseph Broz, Robert Byman, Esq., Charles Lewis, Esq., Robert Maitlin, Esq., and Stanley Sklar, Esq.
$69.95 1.5 PDH

Process Safety Management
Presenter: Bruce K. Vaughen, Ph.D., P.E.
$69.95 1.5 PDH

For more information, visit the NSPE's Education Web site.

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NSPE'S New Magazine PE Coming Soon

In early February, NSPE members will receive the first issue of the Society’s new flagship publication—PE: The Magazine for Professional Engineers. The magazine will replace Engineering Times, which began in 1979 and retired with the December 2005 issue.

PE magazine’s inaugural issue will feature articles on engineering education reform, a much-debated issue about engineering contracts, and the trend of engineers working longer before retirement. Regular topics will include licensure, legal issues, professional liability, and technology combined with leadership and management issues to bring the kind of in-depth coverage not found in other engineering publications. The magazine will also feature expanded coverage of engineering ethics, a subject area that has become synonymous with NSPE.

PE magazine will be accepting press releases and story ideas, and will feature a "members on the move" section. Materials and press releases may be submitted to PE magazine.

To learn more about display, classified, and business-card advertising or to request a media kit, contact Lee Herbert at 703-684-2863. [ return to top ]

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Instructors Needed for Exam Review Courses


FE and PE review exam courses will begin in January and February. The courses, sponsored by NSPE state societies, will be offered in select locations throughout the country. This spring NSPE will offer the FE General, the PE Civil, and the PE Mechanical. Instructors are needed! As an exam review instructor, you will be fully supplied with the course texts and an instructor resource guide, which includes learning objectives, timed outlines, terms and definitions, sample exams, PowerPoint presentations, and materials to support the value of licensure and course specifics.

Instructors may receive a modest honorarium. If you have any experience teaching, training, or coaching, this is a great opportunity to give back to the profession and help engineers attain their career goals! Contact NSPE Director of Education Mary Maul at 703-684-2833. [ return to top ]

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Contact the PEPP Executive Board

Larry Britt, P.E.
Oxford, MS
Immediate Past Chair
Fred Palmerton, P.E.
Springfield, MO
Steve Theno, P.E.
Anchorage, AK
Pete Koval, P.E.
Syracuse, NY
Vice Chair, Northeast Region
Randy Rakoczynski, P.E.
Buffalo, NY
Vice Chair, Southeast Region
Dan Dawson, P.E.
Wilmington, NC
Vice Chair, Central Region
Mark Davy
La Crosse, WI
Vice Chair, North Central Region
Kevin Skibiski, P.E.
Springfield, MO
Vice Chair, Southwest Region
Mark Martin, P.E.
Fayetteville, AR
Vice Chair, Western and Pacific Region
Steven Dyrnes, P.E.
Portland, OR
Young Engineer Representative
Eric West, P.E.
Midland, TX
SSEC Representative
Pat Christians
Birmingham, AL

PEPP Staff
Kim Granados
1420 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: 703-684-2857
fax: 703-836-4875

PEPP Executive Board July 2005
top l-r (Davy, Rakoczynski, Koval, Dawson, Skibiski, Palmerton, Theno)
bottom l-r (Britt, Granados, West, Christians, Dyrnes)
missing (Martin)

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PEPP is now  taking registrations for the 2006 listing. 

Join your colleagues and competitors. List your firm on the NSPE Web site and link more business to your future.

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A.C.T. International

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Administrative Controls Management

Alan W. Kramer, P.E Consulting Engineers

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Criterium Liszkay Engineers

CRW Engineering Group LLC

CSA Consulting Engineers

CT Consultants, Inc


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E.P. Ferris & Associates

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Elrod & Company, LLC

EMCS, Inc.

Engineering, Tech, P.A

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Foth & Van Dyke

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Hillman & Miley Consulting Engineers, P.L. L.C.

Horner & Shifrin, Inc

Ingenium Engineering Services

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Keith B. Higgins Associates

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Kelly Engineering Services

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KS Associates, Inc.

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Kurtanich Engineers & Associates, Inc.

Liebergott Engineering Company

Matrix Consulting Engineers, Inc.

McGuire Engineers

Mead & Hunt, Inc.

MEP Engineering, Inc.

Michael Baker Corporation

Michael Ernst P.E, P.A.

Michaud Cooley Erickson

Midwestern Consulting, LLC.

Mr. Electrical Safety, P.C.


Northwest Engineering, Inc.

Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc

O'Brien, & Gere Ltd.

O'Malley Engineers, LLP.

Palmerton & Parrish, Inc.

PARC Engineering Associates

Parsons Brinckerhoff Constructio Services

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POWER Engineers, Inc.

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The Newton Engineering Group, P.C.

Tri-State Engineering

Van De Wiele Engineering, Inc.

W.C. Cammett Engineering, Inc.

Wantman Group

Widseth Smith Nolting & Assoc., Inc.

Wink, Inc.


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