NSPE Year in Review Highlights 2015-16

NSPE President Tim Austin

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.











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


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…]

The Value of Our Membership Money…And Where is Our National Membership Money Going?

This is a post by Rudi O. Sherbansky P.E., PE’s in Construction Division, NYSSPE.

Dear Friends and Colleagues;  At least once a year it is important that we lift our heads above the field reports on our desks and ask ourselves: “What value are we getting for our NSPE national membership dues??” or some of us might ask:  “Where is the bang for our buck??” and yet others say: “What’s in it for me (WiiFM)??” or “Where’s the beef?”.   In order to answer some of these questions, I share with you below some of the 2014 Talking Points for NSPE officers.  These bullet points below are some of the initiatives, efforts and projects taken on our behalf and with our membership dues only in the last 12 months!  So are we getting a good bang for our national membership dues??  Read the bullets and decide for yourself.  Feel free to leave your comments in the blog comments box below or email me:

Political Advocacy and Lobbying Activities on Our Behalf:

  • NSPE President Robert Green, P.E., F.NSPE, sent a letter in support of the SCRA Enhancement and Improvement Act of 2013 (S.1579), to Senator Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Rockefeller (D-WV).   NSPE strongly supports Section 104 of the legislation, which states that if a professional license issued by a state or local licensing authority to a service member would otherwise lapse during a period in which such service member is involved in hostile fire or imminent danger, the state licensing authority shall delay the expiration of the license and continuing education requirements for at least 180 days. [Read more…]

The National Society of Professional Engineers work together with MultiState Associates, Inc.

Arielle Eiser NSPE

NYSSPE Executive Director Anthony Fasano with NSPE Govt Relations Manager Arielle Eiser

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) has announced enhanced services that are now available to its’ state organizations for state legislative tracking and regulatory tracking. By working with MultiState Associates, Inc., the NSPE now has access to MultiState’s legislative tracking service, which provides access to the most updated and comprehensive data of national legislation and regulation.

The most convenient resource from this agreement is the 24/7 online access to extensive details of all bills, regulations, legislators, and committees, all of which are updated continuously. Another major resource available to all state organizations is MultiState’s ability to produce and distribute legislative reports based on the specifications desired, which can be categorized by priorities, regions, states, or subject matter.  In addition, these bill and regulatory updates are available online or through email on a daily, weekly, or bi-weekly basis. MultiState’s technology enables its’ users to customize their searches quickly and accurately. Once a bill has been identified, the user may categorize, prioritize, and track the progress of the bill through each step of the legislative process, if [Read more…]

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers to Award the 2013 Construction Project of the Year to MTA’s #7 Subway Line Extension Project

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) announced that MTA’s $1.1 billion “Running Tunnels and Underground Structures” contract, the first portion of the $2.4 billion No. 7 Line Extension Project will be awarded the 2013 Construction Project of the Year by the PEs in Construction Group of NYSSPE.

“On behalf of the entire No. 7 Line Project Team, including MTACC and New York City Transit, our consultants and contractors, I want to thank NYSSPE for this great honor. We are extremely flattered” stated Mark J. Schiffman, P. E., Esq., Vice President and Deputy Program Executive of MTA Capital Construction who will be accepting the award at NYSSPE’s Annual Conference and Awards ceremony in Lake Placid, New York on June 7th, 2013.  For further information regarding the conference and awards ceremony, go to: http://www.cvent.com/d/vcqfyx or contact NYSSPE’s Programs Director, Jennifer Miller 518-283-7490.

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