NYSSPE Holds Fourth Annual New York City Design Professionals Day

About 4 years ago, at the New York Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE), we decided that we needed to create a way for New York City design professionals to interact with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB).   A way that would help these professionals stay up to date on the latest codes, and also meet and ask questions of DOB officials including Commissioner Rick Chandler, P.E.

Four years later, we just held our fourth annual Design Professionals Day and over 100 design professionals packed the room to learn and network. Topics presented included:

Chapter 17: Special Inspections by D. Eric Hoyt, PE;
Alterations in NYC: Common Pre-Construction, Construction & Inspection Issues by Matthew Millner, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Flood Protection & NYC Gas Work by Robert Holub and Joseph Ackroyd
Forensic Engineering: Existing Buildings, Alterations and New Construction by Anthony DeVito, PE & Yegal Shamash, PE

Commissioner Chandler also spoke for the fourth straight year at the event. The Commissioner focused his remarks on the importance of safety on construction sites. He mentioned legislation passed recently by the City Council mandating safety training for everyone who steps foot on a construction site. This is a message that we all need to hear repeatedly.

All of the technical presentations were very engaging, evidenced by the large number of comments and questions after each one of them. Once again this event achieved it’s goal of connecting design professionals with city officials to help both parties be able to do their jobs better. [Read more…]

“Joel A. Miele, Sr. Pedestrian Bridge,” renaming approved by City Council

 

The pedestrian bridge at 99th Street and 163rd Avenue, seen here, will be renamed in honor of former Community Board 10 Chairman and city Commissioner Joel Miele Sr. Miele lived near the bridge and his son and widow still do. Photo Credit: Anthony O’Reilly, Queens Chronicle

The City Council last Wednesday unanimously approved the renaming of a pedestrian span connecting Old Howard Beach to Hamilton Beach to the “Joel A. Miele, Sr. Pedestrian Bridge,” in honor of the former Community Board 10 Chairman and commissioner of two city agencies who died four years ago.

The law clearing the way for the renaming was introduced by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).  “He was the embodiment of public service who dedicated his entire adult professional life to serving our city and community,” Ulrich said in a social media post shortly before the Council’s vote. Ulrich added, “A special thank you to Community Board 10 Chair Betty Braton who spearheaded this effort.” [Read more…]

NYSSPE Remembers David Lipman, P.E.

David Lipman, PE (Photo Courtesy: Lohud.com)

David has been an engineer (or engineering student) since he graduated from high school, and recently renewed his PE after completing his continuing education credits. His studies at NYU were interrupted by his service in WWII,where he was a Combat Engineer attached to the 9th Army. Engineering was his life, and it influenced everything he did.

He was a loving husband and father, a civil engineer, a graceful and proficient skier, retired President of Garnerville Holding Company, and a recipient of the Bronze Star for his service in Europe during WWII.

He was predeceased by his wife Lillian; he is survived by his daughter, Ruth Lipman, and her husband Jerry Warren, his son, Walter and wife Rosemary, and four grandsons.

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The New NY Bridge Project Director presents to NYSSPE Members on boat tour of New NY Bridge Construction

From Left to Right: Jay Wagner, PE, NYSTA Approach Span Manager for New NY Bridge, Anthony Fasano, PE, NYSSPE Exec. Director, Jamey Barbas, PE, NYSTA Project Director for New NY Bridge, Laura Pellizzi, PE, NYSSPE President

From Left to Right: Jay Wagner, PE, NYSTA Approach Span Manager for New NY Bridge, Anthony Fasano, PE, NYSSPE Exec. Director, Jamey Barbas, PE, NYSTA Project Director for New NY Bridge, Laura Pellizzi, PE, NYSSPE President

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) hosted their 2017 Annual Conference last week in White Plains, NY offering up to 9 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to participants including an extensive 2 PDH boat tour of the construction of the New NY Bridge.

Members and participants took the 4-hour boat tour up the Hudson River to see the New NY Bridge (replacing the Tappan Zee bridge) construction site up close and personal.

The New NY Bridge Project, which serves to replace the existing Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in suburban New York City, is one of the largest ongoing bridge construction projects in the US. This $3.9 billion dollar project is scheduled for completion in 2017 and is the first design/build project ever undertaken by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA). With a twin structure more than 3 miles long over the Hudson River, many construction challenges were encountered. Along with the need to meet numerous environmental conditions, partner with local communities, as well as ensure the uninterrupted use of the NYS Thruway by the traveling public, this project offered opportunity for unique engineering solutions.

During the boat ride, NYSSPE members heard from Jay Wagner, PE  and Jamey Barbas, PE  both of the NYS Thruway Authority the discuss the development and progression of the New NY Bridge. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Awards Project of the Year Award to the New NY Bridge Project

NYSSPE Awards Project of the Year Award to the New NY Bridge Project Team

NYSSPE Awards Project of the Year Award to the New NY Bridge Project Team

“You know how I operate, all of the plans that come across my desk, must be sealed by a licensed professional engineer.”

Those were the words of Jamey Barbas, PE, and Project Director for the New NY Bridge project as she accepted a special award on June 8th from the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE).

The New NY Bridge, one of the largest bridge projects in the US, was awarded the NYSSPE Project of the Year award, which is selected and presented by the Professional Engineers in Construction (PEC) interest group of NYSSPE.

PEC was honored to present the New York State Thruway Authority, Tappan Zee Constructors, HDR, COWI Buckland & Taylor, GZA GeoEnvironmental, AECOM/URS and Greenman-Pedersen with the 2017 Project of the Year Award at last week’s 2017 Annual Conference in White Plains, NY

The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) is replacing the existing Tappan Zee Bridge with a new 3.1-mile state-of-the-art, twin-span bridge across the Hudson River between Rockland and Westchester counties.  The $3.98 billion New NY Bridge project is the largest single design-build contract for a transportation project in the United States. Located 20 miles north of New York City, the cable-stayed span crosses one of the widest parts of the river and will be the largest bridge in New York State history. Construction started in fall 2013 and the project remains on schedule and within budget. More than 6,300 people have worked on the bridge to date. [Read more…]

Introducing: NYSSPE PDH Events App!

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers PDH Event App has officially launched — just in time for NYSSPE’s Annual Conference June 7-8, 2017 in White Plains, NY.  This is NYSSPE’s official event app for major NYSSPE PDH events.

 

This app will allow you to have everything at your fingertips: [Read more…]

Jericho Middle School MathCounts Team is #1 in New York State!

On March 18, 2018, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) coordinated the New York State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. The group of NYSSPE volunteers was once again led by Laura Pellizzi, PE, NYSSPE’s President.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories, the Department of Defense and State Department schools and is supported by the National Society of Professional Engineers at the state and local levels. Public, private, religious and home schools alike are eligible to participate as long as students are in the sixth, seventh and/or eighth grade.

HANDOUT BOOKLET 2017

NEW YORK STATE SCORES

MATHCOUNTS SCORES 

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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 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.

Petruccelli’s accomplishments include: [Read more…]