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

PEC’s 2016 Project of the Year

Awards-Certificate - Walter Zimmerman - Online version

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.

electrical track attendees

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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The Passing of John F. Barden, Jr. – Former President of the Dutchess County Chapter

John F. Barden, Jr.
November 2, 1925 – December 20, 2015
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Poughkeepsie – John Freeman Barden, Jr., age 90, of Poughkeepsie, passed away on December 20, 2015. He was born in Poughkeepsie on November 2, 1925, the son of John Freeman Barden, Sr. and Gertrude Swasey Barden. He was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School and received his engineering degree at Virginia Tech. John served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Bennington. He was a retired Civil Engineer for the New York State Office of General Services.

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New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying – Board Meeting Summary – Saratoga Springs 11-13-15

Legislation Report

The legislature is out of session.  The next legislative session will start in January.  Legislation introduced in the upcoming session related to the design professions will be shared with Board members for their review and subsequent recommendation to the Department.

General Discussion

NCEES is seeking volunteers for the PE architectural engineering exam professional activities and knowledge study  to assist the organization in updating the PE AE exam. 

In 2005, a non-licensed Colorado architect, while running for political office called himself an “architect”.  The Colorado Board issued a cease and desist order requiring him to refrain from calling himself an architect.  The matter was litigated and the court ruled that he is permitted to continue to call himself an architect as long as he was not offering professional services.  In New York, the protected titles are “architect” and ‘professional engineer’. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Nominating Committee Announces 2016-2017 Officer Nominations

The NYSSPE Nominating Committee announced its slate of officer nominations to go to ballot in January 2016 during the Board Meeting at the NYSSPE Fall Conference.

Nominations are as follows:
President-Elect – James J. Kuhn, PE
Treasurer – Joseph Pasaturo, PE
Assistant Treasurer – John Sucharski, PE
New York City Regional Vice President – Rudi O. Sherbansky, PE
Northeast New York Regional Vice President – Ernest Gailor, PE
Western New York Regional Vice President – William Klepser, PE

Nominating Committee –
Long Island: Bruce Mawhirter, PE
New York City: Chris Petallides, PE
Mid-Hudson New York: James Yarmus, PE
Northeast New York: Mark Ritter, PE
Central New York: OPEN
Western New York: Ed Szpala, PE

Congratulations to all those nominated!

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NYSSPE 2015-2016 Leadership Takes Office

Three weeks ago at the Annual Conference in Lake George, the NYSSPE 2015-2016 officers were installed. They officially took office on July 1st, 2015, and are excited for the year ahead, along with the opportunities for improvements that it will bring. The leadership, led by President Larry O’Connor, PE, LS, F.NSPE has already begun plans for a strategic planning meeting in the fall. This meeting has been foregone the past few years, but the officers hope its resurrection will help the Society define and focus on its priorities, allowing for better support of NYSSPE Members. You can view all of the Leadership and other Executive Committee Members through the link below:

http://nysspe.org/executive-committee/

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 Representatives to Attend NSPE Conference in Seattle

The National Society of Professional Engineers will be holding their Annual Conference in Seattle from July 15th through 19th. The purpose of the Conference is to foster networking and discussions focusing on challenges facing engineering professionals, as well as continuing education. A multitude of unique and beneficial continuing education courses will be offered focusing on the political, economic, technical, and ethical aspects of engineering, as well as leadership and career enhancement of Professional Engineers.

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers will have several representatives present. This includes, but is not limited to, NYSSPE President Larry O’Connor, President-Elect Laura Pellizzi, and Executive Director Anthony Fasano.  The NYSSPE representatives will participate in a variety of meetings at the conference, but they will primarily focus on investigating ways to improve the NYSSPE member experience, and hope to gain new ideas and insight to bring back to the New York members.

If you plan to attend the conference please let us know, as we would love to hear about your experience.

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 Orange/Sullivan Chapter Awarded SUNY Orange Foundation Leadership in Business Award

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The NYSSPE Orange/Sullivan Chapter was awarded the SUNY Orange Foundation (SUNYOF) Leadership in Business Award on April 22nd at the SUNYOF 9th Annual Leadership Awards Program held at the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, SUNY Orange Middletown Campus. [Read more…]