NSPE's Gateway to Private Practice February 2006 

NSPE Seeks Nominations for QBS Awards Program
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 help NSPE and ACEC promote the practice of QBS in states that are not currently using QBS for the selection of engineering services.

Visit the NSPE Web site and submit your nomination for the QBS Awards Program by March 15.

NSPE Accepting Nominations for the 2006 Annual PEPP Awards
PEPP presents several awards each year to recognize noteworthy contributions to the consulting engineering field. Members may nominate individuals and organizations for the following PEPP honors. The awards are presented annually at NSPE's Annual Convention.

2006 PEPP Professional Development Award
Since 1960, NSPE has used this award to recognize engineering employers who have made significant contributions to the advancement and improvement of engineering practices. If you feel your firm, or a firm you are familiar with is worthy of such recognition, nominate that firm. Nominations for the PEPP Professional Development Award may be made through a member, a PEPP regional vice chair, state chair, or national staff. Self-nominations are now encouraged. Consider this opportunity to recognize your firm's professional development. The deadline to submit nominations is April 28.

2006 PEPP Award
The PEPP Award is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and recognition of the role of private practice in serving the public interest. Any individual, other than a current PEPP officer or PEPP Awards Committee member, is eligible. Nominations for the PEPP Award may be made through a member, a PEPP regional vice chair, state chair, or national staff. The deadline for nomination is April 28.

2006 PEPP Merit Award
The PEPP Merit Award is presented to PEPP committee members or chairs, PEPP members serving in liaison functions or on joint activities, or to any other PEPP member who has made significant contributions to the Practice Division. In addition, the employer of a PEPP Merit Award recipient is recognized for the support the consulting engineering firm has given to the profession through the activities of the PEPP Merit Award recipient. The PEPP Awards Committee, with the concurrence of the PEPP chair, may name as many PEPP Merit Award recipients as it feels are deserving of the honor. Nominations for the PEPP Merit Award may be made through a member, a PEPP regional vice chair, state chair, or national staff. The deadline for nomination is April 28.

For additional questions, contact Rochelle Compton.

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Former NSPE-PEPP Director Jim Pierce Passes Away
Jim Pierce, who passed away on December 25, was a good friend to many of us, and has left us much too soon. He will be missed.

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 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, D.C. Jim was a longtime resident of Kensington, Maryland, a motorcycle enthusiast, and an avid Washington Redskins fan.

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Take the 2006 Ethics 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.

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 April 14.

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 NSPE Web site or contact Mary Ann Cannon for additional information.

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PEG Offers Web Seminar on Energy Performance Contracting
Energy performance guarantee contracting is a form of project delivery that has filled a need where capital program needs are greater than the agency's budget. The goal is to buy as much construction as possible through money saved in conserving energy. The Professional Engineers in Government are now offering Owner's Guide to Energy Performance Contracting, a Webinar to teach you the basics.

Date: March 16, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. E.S.T.
Presenter: Paul M. Bowers, P.E., DEE, chair of NSPE PEG
Members $129 per site; Nonmembers $169 per site

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PEPP Announces Slate of Officers for New Administrative Years

The NSPE-PEPP Nominating Committee announces its slate of officers for PEPP Executive Board offices for the 2006-08 administrative years, which begin July 1.

The following members are nominated for a one-year term (2006-07):

  • Chair:  Steve Theno, P.E., Anchorage, Alaska
  • Chair-Elect: Kevin C. Skibiski, P.E., F.NSPE, Springfield, Missouri

For two-year terms (2006-08), the following members are nominated:

  • Vice Chair, North Central Region: Kevin G. Nelson, P.E., Bismark, North Dakota
  • Vice Chair, Southwest Region: Eric L. West, P.E., Midland, Texas
  • Vice Chair, Southeast Region: Daniel E. Dawson, P.E., Wilmington, North Carolina

PEPP actively supports NSPE’s strategic goals, including providing education, career development, and networking opportunities. Serving as a PEPP Practice Division officer is an excellent way to build leadership skills, engage in networking opportunities, and serve your profession.

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Continuing Education Offers Most Popular Topics in Webinars

Join us for each 90-minute seminar at $149 (NSPE member price) for the live broadcast with downloadable handouts and CEUs you can apply toward maintaining your PE license. If you are not a member of NSPE, but would still like to join, we welcome you and encourage you to register at the nonmember price of $189 or become an NSPE member and qualify for the member rate.

Because each registration is good for one connection at your office, you can invite others to join you, where you have the phone line and computer set up, to learn.

Make this 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.

Get ready to network with other HR professionals from engineering firms at the NSPE-PEPP
Human Resource Director's Roundtable, March 22-24, in Alexandria, Virginia. Sponsored by NSPE-PEPP, this annual educational and networking conference will combine seminar presentations, roundtable discussions, and an opportunity to connect with your colleagues from all over the U.S. This year’s event promises to be the best value ever for HR professionals in engineering firms!

NSPE-PEPP 2006 National CFO Roundtable, May 4-6, will host a supportive learning environment that will provide a valuable national forum for CFOs of A/E/C firms to network, benchmark current activities, identify trends, and discuss emerging issues.

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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 Homepage

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