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


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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Safety a Major Theme at the 2016 NYSSPE Design Professionals Day


The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) recently held the 3rd annual New York City Design Professionals Day at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

The day started with an inspiring kick-off speech by New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, P.E. and was followed by technical sessions from DOB, Department of Design and Construction (DDC), and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) representatives.

It was clear that the running theme for the day was: SAFETY in engineering…. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Remembers Past President Rudy Petruccelli

petruccelliRudolph (Rudy) C. Petruccelli 86, of Valhalla, NY passed away on Oct. 23, 2016 at his residence. He was born on Jan. 8, 1930 to the late Frank and Antonetta (nee Di Nardo) in Eastchester, NY. Rudolph proudly served in the U.S. Navy in 1947. He worked for the County of Westchester in the Engineering Department and later in 1986 started Petruccelli Engineering in Valhalla, NY. He was an active member of NYSSPE as President from 2001-20012, the Scarsdale Elks Club and the Thornwood Lions Club.

Rudolph is survived by his loving wife Fran (nee Mendella) Petruccelli as well as his two caring sons Steven Petruccelli of Mohegan Lake, NY, Michael (Stacia) Petruccelli of Rutland, VT, and his daughter Teresa (Anthony) Badagliacca of Thornwood, NY. Also Survived by his three cherished grandchildren Carina and Alexandra Badagliacca and Katie Broderick. Rudolph is predeceased by two brothers and one sister. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Petruccelli’s accomplishments include: [Read more…]

Rudolf Diesel – NYSSPE’s Engineer of the Week

Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Diesel

NYSSPE’s Engineer of the week features Rudolf Diesel, a German inventor and mechanical engineer best known for inventing the diesel engine.

Rudolf Diesel was born on March 18, 1858 in Paris, France. After receiving a scholarship, he graduated the Royal Bavarian Polytechnic of Munich in 1880. Following school, Diesel worked with one of his professors to design and construct a modern refrigeration and ice plant. From there he began to test steam and explore the idea of designing an engine based on the Carnot cycle. After much research, Diesel received a patent for his compression-ignition engine, which had a much higher efficiency than the existing steam engines of the time. Because of all of his inventions and advancements, in 1978 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Diesel’s life ended unexpectedly in 1913 when he boarded a ship to London. It is speculated that he jumped ship and committed suicide.

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New York State Board for Engineering, Land Surveying, and Geology – Board Meeting Summary – 9-19-16

A New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) representative attended the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying board meeting on September 19, 2016. The following is a summary of the meeting.

Meeting Albany, New York City and Syracuse via video-teleconference

SED Staff and a quorum of Board Members in attendance

(Guests present: Emily Whalen and Thomas Buchanan representing NYSAPLS, Mark Kriss representing NYSSPE)

Minutes of prior meeting reviewed and accepted

Noted that the selection of a new chair is in process and that the 2016 NYS Legislative Session is presently in recess.

Two recent legislative developments reported:

1- Chapter 260 Laws 2016 – Approved by Governor Cuomo
Amends NYS law to permit conversion of geology firms organized as general business corporations or limited liability companies to professional corporations or professional service limited liability companies

2- Chapter 299 Laws 2016 – Approved by Governor Cuomo
Provides for expedited consideration of professional licensure application by SED for spouses of military relocating to NYS

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Archimedes – NYSSPE Engineer of the Week



NYSSPE’s Engineer of the Week features Archimedes, an Ancient Greek engineer, astronomer and inventor, who is considered one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He is most famous for inventing Archimedes’ principle, which is a method to determine the volume of an irregularly shaped object based on water displacement.

Archimedes was born c. 287 BC in Syracuse, Sicily. During his lifetime, he anticipated modern calculus, founded hydrostatics and statics and designed screw pulleys. Archimedes also invented advanced military strategies in order to defend his hometown city of Syracuse. He designed the Claw of Archimedes, also known as “the ship shaker” would lift ships out of the water and then sink them. He also figured out how to use mirrors as a parabolic reflector to set the attacking ships on fire.

Archimedes died c. 212 BC during the Siege of Syracuse. Atop his tomb was placed a cylinder and a sphere to represent his accomplishments and advances in the mathematical world.

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Henry Bessemer- NYSSPE’s Engineer of the Week

Henry Bessemer

Henry Bessemer

NYSSPE’s Engineer of the Week features Henry Bessemer, born on January 19, 1813 in Hertfordshire, England. He was an inventor and best known for his steel making process which became the most important technique for making steel in the nineteenth century. This way of steel making is known as the Bessemer process and  was patented in 1855. It greatly reduces the cost of steel by making it quicker to manufacture and works by blowing oxygen through pig-iron to remove the impurities.

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James Watt- NYSSPE Engineer of the Week

James Watt

James Watt

NYSSPE’s Engineer of the week features James Watt, a Scottish inventor and Mechanical Engineer born on January 19, 1736. He was an instrument maker whose steam engine contributed substantially to the Industrial Revolution. Watt’s father ran a successful ship and house building business so from an early age James Watt had a lot of experience with building models. At the age of 17, he decided to become a mathematical-instrument maker. [Read more…]