Happy Professional Engineer Day on August 3rd!

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The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) has created the first annual Professional Engineer Day on August 3, 2016 to honor PE’s around the world. NSPE recognizes their commitment to public health, safety, and welfare and hopes to raise awareness of this growing profession.

The first professional engineering license was granted to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming on August 8, 1907. Since then, licensure and it’s importance in the work force has largely expanded. We would like to take this opportunity to thank professional engineers for their hard work and commitment. Please join us in celebrating professional engineers today!

On Professional Engineers Day, NSPE encourages professional engineers to continue to elevate the engineering community and share why they became licensed on social media using #LicensedPEDay.  Professional Engineers Day will be celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of August and will provide an opportunity to educate the public on the role of a licensed professional engineer and for companies to recognize members of their staff who are licensed.

What can you do on Professional Engineers Day? Use #LicensedPEDay on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to

  • Upload a photo or video of yourself and share why you decided to become a PE;
  • Post photos or videos of your team of PEs;
  • Share your reasons for hiring PEs;
  • Give special recognition to your PEs in the workplace; and
  • Educate your colleagues about the importance of the PE license.

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The Passing of Nicholas J. Bartilucci- NYSSPE Nassau County Chapter Member

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It is with regret that we announce the passing of Nicholas J. Bartilucci on  July 17, 2016. Mr. Bartilucci was an icon in the engineering world and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers for over 53 years. In 1986, Mr. Bartilucci was selected as “Engineer of the Year” by the Nassau County Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. He has also received the Distinguished Service and Community Service Awards from NYSSPE.

Bartilucci was the former President and Chairman of the Board of Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers. His professional experience spanned over fifty years in civil and environmental engineering. Bartilucci graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and received his master of Civil Engineering from New York University. He admirably served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps in the Panama Canal Zone.

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NSPE National Legislative Update June 2016 – How All States are Affected

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The above is a short video of Arthur Schwartz, CAE general counsel and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Deputy Executive Director.  In this video, Schwartz speaks on the advocacy efforts that NSPE has been involved in as of recently. His speech took place at the NSPE Professional Engineering Conference in Dallas, Texas in June of 2016.

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NSPE Year in Review Highlights 2015-16

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Tim Austin, PE, NSPE National President, presented a year end summary at the NSPE June conference on June 23rd, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  10 NYSSPE members including Executive Director Anthony Fasano, PE (seen in the photo above with Tim Austin) attended the conference to bring NYSSPE these updates. In a year of increased activism and impact, here are 17 specific ways NSPE delivered for professional engineers, based on Austin’s update and documentation handed out at the meeting.

1. Protecting the License

Across the country, NSPE addressed the growing number of challenges that would weaken or eliminate licensure. The most serious of these came in August, where extensive advocacy efforts by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers and NSPE resulted in the Indiana Job Creation Commission rescinding its recommendation to eliminate licensure of the professional engineer in the state. Similar efforts at “occupational reform,” while often not specifically targeting the PE, presented serious threats to engineering licensure in Arizona, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

More: https://www.nspe.org/threatstope

2. Ethical Innovation: Autonomous Vehicles

NSPE took a leadership role in the field of autonomous vehicles, ensuring the involvement of PEs and their dedication to protecting the public health, safety, and welfare. NSPE contributed to the regulatory discussion about autonomous vehicles at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure ethical innovation and safety in this developing technology. NSPE’s message resonated with the media. It was covered and distributed widely by AP, highlighted on the PBS NewsHour, and covered internationally, for example, by the UK’s

Daily Mail. More: www.nspe.org/autonomous

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Message from 2015-2016 Outgoing President Lawrence J. O’Connor, PE, LS, F.NSPE

The Importance of the PE License in My Engineering Career

LarryOConnorMy year as President of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers is now at a close and it is time to pass the baton on to someone else. The Society has made some progress facing challenges, adapting to the changing world we live in, and bringing some fresh ideas and talent to our mission. I will let our Executive Director explain more about this in his address.

Instead, I choose to reflect on a couple core questions facing our profession. Why choose Engineering? And more importantly, why become a licensed Professional Engineer? This article is for the young engineer who is debating the need for a PE license, or the young person choosing an academic path for College.

Students may ask: “Will all the money and years spent in College prepare me for a meaningful career, one that will carry me through life?” [Read more…]

EPA Proposed Rule Could Benefit PEs In All States

A recent notice of proposed rulemaking published by the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management could have a very positive impact on PEs across the nation. Specifically, the proposed EPA rule, recognizing the PE’s foremost responsibility to protect the public health, safety and welfare, seeks to modify the current regulations regarding Risk Management Programs (RMPs). The regulation seeks comment on whether PEs are best qualified to perform auditing services at chemical facilities that distribute and handle hazardous chemicals. The comment also seeks to determine if other professionals are needed and if there are enough PEs.

Please click here to see NSPE’s response letter on this matter.

NOTE:NYSSPE facilitates posting on this blog, but the views and accounts expressed herein are those of the author(s) and not the views or accounts of NYSSPE, its officers or directors whose views and accounts may or may not be similar or identical.  NYSSPE, its officers and directors do not express any opinion regarding any product or service by virtue of reference to such product or service in this blog.

 

 

NYSSPE Participates in 2015 NSPE Northeast Regional Meeting in New Jersey

The 2015 NSPE Northeast Regional (NER) meeting was held on October 8th through 10th in Galloway, New Jersey.

NYSSPE Executive Director Anthony Fasano, PE, attended the meeting and participated in the business meeting on October 10th.

The business meeting was very focused. NSPE Past President Harve Hnatiuk, PE discussed some of the initiatives going on at the NSPE, including a re-branding of the society.

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Some other points offered up by State representatives included:

  • Success with the help of a company entitled Multi-view for newsletters.
  • The positives of being involved in the First Robotics competition.
  • The continued work of trying to eliminate the Industrial Exemption for PEs.
  • A family day had been helpful to some societies for increasing attendance at events.
  • Great to see Congressman Westerman standing up for engineering in Court.

The NER meeting next year will be hosted by the NYSSPE in Saratoga, New York.

 

Note: NYSSPE facilitates posting on this blog, but the views and accounts expressed herein are those of the author(s) and not the views or accounts of NYSSPE, its officers or directors whose views and accounts may or may not be similar or identical. NYSSPE, its officers and directors do not express any opinion regarding any product or service by virtue of reference to such product or service in this blog.

NSPE’s 2015 Annual Conference Focused on Membership and Collaboration

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NYSSPE had several representatives attend the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Annual Meeting, including President Larry O’Connor, PE, LS, F.NSPE, President-Elect Laura Pellizzi, PE, and Executive Director Anthony Fasano, PE.

Many of the sessions at the conference on the leadership track were devoted to member services, membership growth, and collaboration between all of the 50 State societies. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Member Nikhil Bodhankar to Serve as NSPE PEPP Young Engineers Advisory Vice Chair

The Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP) Young Engineers Advisory Council (YEAC) committee is made up of National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) members under the age of 35 that work in the private practice division.

Each year, PEPP YEAC members select one or more projects to focus on throughout the year. The projects are designed to help young engineers in developing their leadership skills and become better engineers or help seasoned engineers learn how to help mentor and motivate young engineers. Through a series of monthly conference calls, the group works as a team to develop this project into something to benefit young engineers, PEPP and NSPE as a whole.

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers is proud to announce that this year one of our members Nikhil Bodhankar, PE will serve as the YEAC Vice Chair. [Read more…]

The Engineering Body of Knowledge will Shape the Future of the Engineering Profession

The Engineering Body of Knowledge, First Edition, 2013, is a publication which shall serve as the common intellectual ground for all Professional Engineers, regardless of employment or engineering discipline. It is officially defined as the depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate to enter practice as a Professional Engineer, and it reminds us that as engineering professionals, the public health, safety, and welfare are our responsibilities. 

The three fundamental “capabilities” of Professional Engineers that are necessary for entry into the practice of engineering as a P.E. include knowledge consisting of comprehension of theories, principles, and fundamentals, skills which allow tasks to be performed and knowledge to be applied, and attitudes which define the response one feels and experiences to a variety of situations. 

The Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK) was developed with the future in mind, hoping to guide the Professional Engineers who will protect and lead society of tomorrow.  [Read more…]