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.

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2016 Incoming President Message from Laura M. Pellizzi, PE

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Laura Pellizzi, PE

As I take over the reins, my term as NYSSPE’s President is starting out like no other…..
As many of you know, NYSSPE’s Executive Committee has recently voted to change the Presidency to a two-year term hoping that this will give us more time to accomplish the tasks we set out to achieve. Even at two years, I’m sure the time will fly.

I’ve had over a year to think about what I would like to accomplish, but there are so many initiatives that it’s difficult to come up with just one or two. Back in November, in conjunction with our Fall Meeting, we conducted a Strategic Planning Day headed by our current President, Larry O’Connor, PE. Many of NYSSPE’s past, present, and future leaders attended, and we spent the day brainstorming ideas about the direction of NYSSPE. We developed a “short list” (which wasn’t so short after all), of initiatives that the members felt were of high priority to be focused on in the next few years.

The value of membership was by far the front-runner on the list. Over the next two years, I will be focusing my efforts on increasing the value of the NYSSPE membership and taking an overall look at the three-tiered National/State/Local membership structure. The rising cost of membership dues has been an on-going concern. We have spoken at length to NSPE’s leadership regarding this three tiered system vs. states only membership and are anxiously awaiting their ideas which they have promised to roll out at the Annual conference this June being held in Dallas, TX. [Read more…]

12th Annual Engineering Symposium in Rochester a Huge Success

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Over 450 engineering professionals were in attendance on April 26, 2016 at the 12th annual Engineering Symposium in Rochester. With a peak attendance of 456, this marks three consecutive years of record-breaking attendance. Held at a new venue, the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Rochester, the symposium featured 37 accredited courses for professional engineers. Each P.E. in attendance was given the opportunity to earn up to seven professional development hours (PDH).  Courses included topics such as Traffic Signal Coordination, Harnessing Wind Energy, and Building Automation systems. The courses were spread over several tracks of engineering discipline including: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Plumbing & Fire Protection, and Lighting & Power. [Read more…]

2106 Award Spotlight: PEC’s Project of the Year, New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

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PEC Project of the Year:
New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

PEC Project Engineering Firms:
Savin Engineers, P.C.
Acadis
CDM Smith
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The Long Island Sound is an estuary that serves numerous local communities and the regional economy by providing boating, fishing, swimming and sightseeing. The sound is a vital water body that provides a home for numerous species of aquatic life to breed, nest and nurse.  Due to concerns over poor water and aquatic quality, significant efforts have been made toward identifying pollutants and other issues that impact the sound and developing plans to mitigate them.

Water quality studies have been performed and nitrogen has been identified as a principal factor limiting the water quality of the Long Island Sound. Excess nitrogen levels in the Long Island Sound stimulate phytoplankton growth, which in turn blocks light and prevent growth of submerged aquatic vegetation, destroying the habitat of different fish and shellfish. When the phytoplankton die and decay, available oxygen is then depleted. Thus, dissolved oxygen concentrations fall below the needed levels for the survival of aquatic organisms. [Read more…]

NYC DEP Chief Engineer to Present an Overview of DEP’s Capital Maintenance Projects on April 14th at the joint ASME – NYSSPE event at the National Grid Center in Brooklyn NY.

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On Thursday evening, April 14th, 2016, Joseph Olewnicki, P.E., Chief Engineer of the Division of Capital Maintenance of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection will present an overview of the engineering operations and Capital Maintenance projects throughout the City of New York. In this presentation, Mr. Olewnicki will outline DEP’s operations in the City and in particular what the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment does, as well as discuss several capital and maintenance projects. There are still a limited number of seating remaining for this 1-PDH presentation.

Click here for details and registration information.

Joseph Olewnicki, P.E., manages the Division of Capital Maintenance for the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment at DEP. The Bureau of Wastewater handles and treats all sewage for the 5 boroughs of NYC as well as operates and maintains 14 sewage treatment plants, 6 sludge dewatering facilities, 3 CSO facilities, 2 aeration facilities, 98 pumping stations, 500+ outfalls and 138 miles of sewage interceptors. The engineering program run by this division is responsible for capital projects that maintain wastewater handling and treatment systems and include both planned upgrades and emergency response.

In addition to the above presentation, there will be a 1-PDH presentation by Savin Engineering which will include [Read more…]

NYSSPE’s Suffolk Chapter President Jaclyn Peranteau Recognized for Excellence in Civil Engineering

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In honor of National Women’s History Month, the Town of Brookhaven has recognized Prime Engineering’s Founder and Principal Jaclyn Peranteau for excellence in her endeavors in the Civil Engineering design field.   A ceremony will be held on March 24th at 7:00pm at Brookhaven’s Town Hall Auditorium to honor the excellence of her achievements. [Read more…]

Former NYC DDC Deputy Assistant Commissioner and NYC DOT Director of Roadway Design, Walter A. Zimmerman P.E. Honored for his Distinguished Engineering Career.

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Walter A. Zimmerman P.E. was recently honored and received The New York State Society of Professional Engineers Certificate of Excellence for his distinguished career as a professional engineer in official positions of several agencies of the City of New York, including his service as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction, Director of Roadway Design at the NYC Department of Transportation and Supervising Engineer of the Bureau of Topography at the office of the Borough President of the Bronx.  Mr. Zimmerman was also honored for his exemplary dedication in supporting the engineering profession as past-president of the Rockland and Bronx Chapters of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE).

The Certificate of Excellence was presented by Mal McLaren P.E., Trustee of the Foundation for Engineering Education (FEE) and by Rudi O. Sherbansky P.E., New York City’s Regional Vice President of NYSSPE and Chair-elect of the PE’s in Construction Group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). The Certificate which is issued annually by NYSSPE’s Professional Engineers in Construction Group (PEC) to distinguished members of the engineering society, was also endorsed by the Chair of PEC, Kaitlin Sajduk P.E. and presented to Mr. Zimmerman on March 15, 2016. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Erie/Niagara Chapter Breaks Attendance Record for E-Week

The Erie-Niagara Chapter of the NYSSPE recently broke another attendance record with its most heavily attended chapter event ever.   Two hundred five (205) engineers, vendors, and speakers attended a four track 7 PDH seminar series as part of the final day of the region’s Engineers Week Celebration. The seminar series was held on February 26th at Grapevine Banquets in Depew, New York and 25 seminars were offered to attendees, including a seminar over the lunch hour, with keynote speaker Sarah Piecuch, CWB who presented on Cost Effective Engineering Techniques for Environmental Benefit.  Included in the 205 attendees were thirteen new NYSSPE members who took advantage of the Chapter’s new member promotion.

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In the evening, there was a separate dinner banquet where the chapter annual awards were presented.  The chapter awarded the following honorees:


Engineer of the Year, member Kevin R. Drozynski, PE, customer facilities engineer with National Grid;
Engineering Manager of the Year, member Joseph S. Frandina, PE, director of construction management for the Buffalo Bills;
Young Engineer of the Year, member Rosaleen B. Nogle, PE, an associate engineer with the Buffalo Sewer Authority;
Engineering Educator of the Year, Andrew S. Whitaker, Ph.D., PE professor and chair in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo;
Basinski-Wohler Distinguished Service, member Richard J. Kotecki, PE, retired engineer from the NYSDOT and immediate past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Buffalo Chapter;
Citizen of the Year, Thomas P. Dee, president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. [Read more…]

The Westchester / Putnam Chapter of the NYSSPE Honors Local Engineers

The Westchester / Putnam Chapter of the NYSSPE held a wonderfully attended awards dinner and dance this past Friday at The Westchester Manor.  Each year, the Chapter celebrates National Engineers Week by honoring local engineers at their Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony.

Guest speakers for the event included Kevin J. Plunkett, Deputy Westchester County Executive, Michael Kaplowitz, Chairman of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, and our own Anthony Fasano, P.E., NYSSPE Executive Director. [Read more…]

Capital District Chapter of NAWIC to Host Annual WBE Showcase

ALBANY, NY (January 19, 2016) – On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, the Capital District Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), a non-profit organization serving women in the construction and related industries, will give New York State Women Business Enterprises (WBE) an opportunity to meet local contractors and state agencies at its Annual WBE Showcase at The Century House in Latham, N.Y.

Following Governor Cuomo’s 2014 mandate to increase statewide M/WBE utilization goals to 30% percent for all state contracts, it is crucial for businesses that are at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned, operated and controlled by women to get certified and market themselves as certified businesses. The annual Showcase will create an avenue for WBE’s to not only market themselves to representatives from state agencies, architects, subcontractors, owners, developers and engineers, but also give them a chance to network with other NYS WBE’s.

The Showcase will run from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Booths are available for $250 for NAWIC members and $350 for non-NAWIC members. To sponsor or participate in the Showcase, please register at www.nawicnycap.org or contact Eileen Venn at (518) 378-5330 or Eileenv@mechtest.com.

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