NYSSPE Seeks to Reduce the Liability of Engineers through Improved Indemnification Legislation

The above video is a New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) legislative update on the current status of indemnification language in municipal contracts for engineering work and how NYSSPE is seeking to improve the language to reduce the liability of engineers in New York State.  The video is presented by Anthony Fasano, P.E. NYSSPE Executive Director and NYSSPE Legislative Counsel Mark Kriss, Esq.

Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you: [Read more…]

Think Engineering! — The Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO set once again to Inspire Future Engineers

The Hudson Valley’s largest hands‐on engineering event for high school and middle school students is happening again on April 2nd at White Plains High School from 11 am to 3:30 pm.

Attendees will get the chance to meet representatives from top engineering colleges and universities, learn about the industry from top engineering and technology firms, and get career questions answered by a panel of young practicing engineers.

There will also be robots, computer challenges, and interactive demonstrations!

This event has been attended by thousands of students for years now and continues to be a major source of inspiration and information to future engineers and their parents about engineering careers.

Click the below image for information about the event and we hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Memorandum in Support – An Act respecting oversight of professional engineers and architects by the NYC Department of Buildings

Re: S4328/A4363 (Senator Lanza/Assemblyman Cusick)
An Act respecting oversight of professional engineers and architects by the NYC Department of Buildings

The following is a support memorandum submitted by NYSSPE to the Senate Committee on Cities regarding the above listed legislation.

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) submits this memorandum in SUPPORT of S4328/A4363. NYSSPE is a professional trade association representing the interests of all professional engineers (totaling more than 25,000 licensees in New York State) practicing in all disciplines (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, geological, environmental, etc.) and practicing in all practice settings (private sector consulting, industry, government, and education.)

NYSSPE fully supports the repeal of Chapter 542 of the Laws of 2007 which will ensure that professional engineers and licensed architects are subject to uniform professional oversight by the New York State Education Department (SED). The State Education Department is charged with the duty to investigate all cases of alleged professional misconduct and prosecute cases where the evidence supports a finding of professional misconduct. There is no compelling reason to fragment the prosecution of these cases in any region of the state. This is precisely what happened with the adoption of Chapter 542 in 2007. S4328/A4363 will effectuate the repeal of this ill-advised 2007 law. [Read more…]

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…]

NYSSPE Update – The Importance of Illegal Engineering Practice Prosecuted Successfully in Hurricane Sandy Case

 

The above video is a New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) update discussing the importance of the recent prosecution of illegal practice in the Hurricane Sandy insurance fraud case. The video is presented by Anthony Fasano, P.E. NYSSPE Executive Director and NYSSPE Legislative Counsel Mark Kriss, Esq.

Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you: [Read more…]

Flooding, Mobile Mapping, Safe Drinking, Alternative Fuel Vehicles and more Presented in Times Square

Kevin Castro of GHD Speaking at NYSSPE Event

Kevin Castro of GHD Speaking at NYSSPE Event

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) once again offered 10 PDH courses in conjunction with The Association of Towns event in Times Square, New York City February 20th and 21st.

The event featured various speakers from both the private and public sectors on various interesting and relevant topics.

Topics included trenchless solutions, flooding and public health, mobile mapping, drinking water regulations and alternative fuel vehicles on day one. The second day featured topics including geosynthetic solutions for paved & unpaved applications, Westchester County’s leadership role in meeting Giardia and Cryptosporidium guidelines, polypropylene piping, OSHA focus four hazards, and geosynthetic reinforced soil systems. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Design Build Legislation Update February 2017

 

The above video is a New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) legislative update on the current legislation that is proposing to impact Design Build regulations in New York State.  The video is presented by Anthony Fasano, P.E. NYSSPE Executive Director and NYSSPE Legislative Counsel Mark Kriss, Esq.

Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you: [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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NYSSPE Responds to Governor’s Veto of Parking Garage Inspection Legislation

 

Click here to read NYSSPE response letter.

The above video discusses the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) response to the recent Governor’s veto of legislation that would require regular inspections of parking garages in New York State.

Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you: [Read more…]

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