I wanted to provide a brief update on some of the exciting membership benefits that we currently have and are working towards creating to ensure that your membership remains much more valuable than the financial cost. [Read more…]
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.
Here is a time-stamped breakdown of the video to make it easier to find the sections of interest to you: [Read more…]
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
On behalf of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers we wish you a warm and healthy holiday season to you and your family. We appreciate all the support our members and sustaining members continue to give us. We have had a great year at NYSSPE and we continue to focus on ensuring that the practice of engineering in the State of New York is done lawfully and ethically and we will continue to do that this coming year. [Read more…]
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.
Photo Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fazlur_Rahman_Khan#/media/File:FRKhan.jpg [Read more…]
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.
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.
“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…]