Engineers Week celebrated in Buffalo with over 200 Attendees

 

Attendees watch Drone Flight during E-week in Buffalo, NY

The NYSSPE Erie Niagara Chapter held yet another successful Engineers Week event on February 24th that brought in over 200 attendees and a banquet dinner with over 75 attendees.   The event offered five PDH tracks including Civil, Electrical, Environmental/Regulatory, Mechanical, and Structural.  The attendees included local engineers as well as students from both Erie Community College as well as the University at Buffalo (UB).  This event continues to grow year over year. [Read more…]

37th Annual Capital District E-Week brings more than 900 Engineers to Albany

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) recently participated in the 37th Annual Capital District E-week celebration, Feb. 16 & 17 at the Albany Marriott. NYSSPE is one of more than 10 Professional Associations that work together to make this event happen. The event this year was again a huge success. Over 900 engineering professionals from across the state and surrounding states attended the event! Along with 70 students.

There were 65 continuing education courses offered for engineers during the event as well as a model bridge competition for high school students, 42 exhibitors and the Capital District’s Future City winners and Robotics team. P. Thomas Carroll, PhD; American Cultural Historian was the keynote speaker at Thursday’s lunch, where he spoke to attendees and students about history in the capital district. [Read more…]

Former NYSSPE President Howard Blitman honored with RPI Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award

Howard Blitman, PE

Howard Blitman P.E., F.NSPE was honored with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award at RPI’s Inaugural Scholarship Gala this past fall. He received this award in recognition of his service, philanthropy and partnership with Rensselaer for over 65 years. Blitman graduated Rensselaer in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and as an alumnus remained very active at Rensselaer as an adviser, trustee, philanthropist and volunteer. He established a professorship in engineering, and gave a gift to the endowment that allowed for the construction of Blitman Commons, once a hotel and now a student living space, which benefits both the school and downtown Troy community.

In his professional life, Blitman is a consulting engineer and the president of The Blitman Building Corporation. He also served as president of the New York Chapter/NYSSPE in 1974-1975, president of NYSSPE in 1978-1979, and was elected president of NSPE in 2002-2003.

Congratulations Howard, from all of your colleagues at NYSSPE!

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Eleven Free PDH Courses available for New York Members of the National Society of Professional Engineers

NSPE membership now includes 15 free online seminars that you can conveniently view from the comfort of your home or office. At the end of each seminar, a quiz will be available for those who need it to meet their state’s continuing education requirements.  Please note that 11 of the 15 free PDH courses are certified for engineers licensed in New York State.

For a full list of the 15 PDH courses including the ones that are New York approved, please click here. [Read more…]

Lillian Gilbreth – NYSSPE’s Engineer of the Week

Lillian Gilbreth

Lillian Gilbreth

NYSSPE’s Engineer of the week features Lillian Moller Gilbreth, an industrial engineer who was the first American industrial/organizational psychologist.

Lillian Gilbreth was born on May 24, 1878 in Oakland, California. She graduated in 1902 from the University of California with a bachelors and masters in English Literature, and then went on to earn her Ph.D. in psychology in 1915 from Brown University. After she married contracting engineer Frank Gilbreth in 1904, she became his business partner and was exposed to the construction world. She noted that in the process of construction, the individual needs of those who would be using the space were not being considered. It was based on this idea that led Gilbreth to be the first American engineer to create a synthesis of psychology and scientific management. As a mother of twelve, Gilbreth applied this synthesis in the home to make housework more efficient so that more women could also work outside of the home. Examples of this were her invention of the foot pedal trash can and the idea to put shelves inside the refrigerator door.  Later in life, Gilbreth became the first female engineering teacher at Purdue where she taught industrial engineering, industrial psychology and home economics.

 

Reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillian_Moller_Gilbreth

Photo Reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillian_Moller_Gilbreth#/media/File:Lillian_Moller_Gilbreth,_1921.jpg

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Fazlur Khan – NYSSPE’s Engineer of the Week

Fazlur Khan

Fazlur Khan

NYSSPE’s Engineer of the week features Fazlur Rahman Khan, a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect who is best known for his tube structural systems implemented in skyscrapers.

Fazlur Khan was born on April 3, 1929 in Dhaka, East Bengal, current day Bangladesh. He studied at the Bengal Engineering College and the Ahsanullah Engineering College where he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In 1952 Khan received scholarships to travel to the U.S. where he continued his studies at the University of Illinois. He graduated in three years with a masters in theoretical and applied mechanics and a masters and Ph.D. in structural engineering. After completing his education, Khan began to work for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and he worked on the John Hancock Center and the 110-story Sears Tower which was the tallest building in the world at that time. Throughout his career, Khan’s main innovation was the idea of using a tube structural system for skyscrapers. Instead of rigid steel frames, the exterior wall of the building would simulate a thin walled tube. This would allow for more space inside the building, a larger resistance of lateral loads and a more efficient building process. This concept revolutionized the construction of tall buildings. Today, the Buri Khalifi in Dubai, which is the world’s current tallest skyscraper was built influenced by the tube structure design.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fazlur_Rahman_Khan

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Arthur Casagrande – NYSSPE’s Engineer of the Week

Arthur Casagrande

Arthur Casagrande

NYSSPE’s Engineer of the week features Arthur Casagrande, an Austrian-born American civil engineer, who is best known for his contributions to both geotechnical engineering and engineering geology.

Casagrande was born on August 28, 1902 in modern day Slovenia. He attended Technische Hochschule in Vienna, and graduated in 1924 with a degree in civil engineering. Post-graduation, he continued to work there as an assistant in the hydraulics library. However, after the death of his father and the end of World War 1, Casagrande picked up and moved to the United States in the hope to be able to create a better life for his family. Casagrande then became a private assistant at MIT, which is where he met Karl Terzaghi, and developed the shear box, hydrometer test and the liquid limit apparatus.

In 1963 Casagrande organized the first ever international conference on soil mechanics and foundation engineering. This consequently lead to the creation of the international society for soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering.

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McLaren Engineering Group Completes Study for Possible Gondola in Albany

McLaren Engineering Group has completed a technical feasibility study for a Gondola in the Capital District.  McLaren Engineering Group and its partners have completed a technical feasibility study for an aerial gondola that would connect the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to downtown Albany, providing a new, reliable and efficient transportation option for commuters, visitors and tourists. The project team found that a Capital District Gondola is technically feasible and constructible with minimal impacts, and has strong support from local stakeholders.

The study, which was launched in July 2016 focused on a one-mile long operating corridor that would begin at the Amtrak Station and across the Hudson River to a station on South Pearl Street near the city’s arena; Times Union Center. The gondola would then continue to the Empire State Plaza.  map-of-proposed-gondola

“The findings to date have exceeded our expectations. A new gondola system can be built that will connect the 825,000 people arriving and departing each year at the Albany-Rensselaer Train Station to three important destinations: downtown Albany, the Albany Capital Center and the Empire State Plaza,” said Peter Melewski, P.E., National Director of Strategic Planning, McLaren Engineering Group. “Building off these initial findings, our project team will continue to work closely with stakeholders to secure funding, continue ridership and rider cost analysis, advance the design, and obtain necessary reviews and approvals.”  [Read more…]

NYSSPE Fall Conference & Northeast Regional Meeting Recap

ethics-lunch

NYSSPE held its annual Fall Conference in conjunction with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Northeast Regional Meeting in Saratoga Springs, New York this past weekend.  It was a very well attended event.  Many northeastern states were represented and Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE, NSPE Executive Director addressed attendees to discuss the future of NSPE membership including the current efforts to lower the dues for NYSSPE members.

A multitude of classes were offered covering topics from Flooding & Public Health to Building Envelope Technologies for Energy Efficient Designs. Attendees received up to 6PDHs during the two days of seminars.

An interactive and engaging ‘Discussion of Ethics in Engineering Using Case Studies’ was taught by Robin Kemper, PE, LEED AP, F.ASCE, F.SEI; Senior Risk Engineering Consultant at Zurich Services Corporation.  The presentation focused on understanding engineering ethics by defining ethics, reviewing the ASCE and NSPE Code of Ethics, providing help in making ethical decision, and using case studies as a learning tool. [Read more…]

Jack Kilby – NYSSPE Engineer of the Week

Jack Kilby

Jack Kilby

NYSSPE’s Engineer of the Week features Jack Kilby, an electrical engineer who invented the handheld calculator and thermal printer. In conjunction with Robert Noyce, Kilby was also responsible for inventing the first integrated circuit in 1958.

Jack Kilby was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on November 8, 1923 and graduated with a masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Milwaukee. After college, he began to work as an engineer for Texas Instruments and it was there that he co-invented the integrated circuit. While at Texas Instruments he also revolutionized applications of microchip technology for military, industrial and commercial use.  

Jack Kilby received many awards for his various accomplishments and advances. In 1969 he was awarded the National Medal of Science, in 1982 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of fame, and in December 2000 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. 

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