NYSSPE 2019 Annual Conference Recap

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers held their annual conference in Saratoga Springs, NY June 6th and 7th.   The conference was well attended by over 130 engineers and included a variety of learning sessions cover trending topics such as Ethics, Safety During Construction, Trends in Licensure and Structural Stabilization of Partially Collapsed Buildings.    NYSSPE had the pleasure of welcoming Mark J. Golden, FASAE, CAE, NSPE’s Executive Director who attended the conference and Board Meetings.

NSPE Executive Director Mark J. Golden, FASAF, CAE addressing NYSSPE Memebers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday evening NYSSPE hosted the Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, The awards dinner highlighted NYSSPE award winners that have impacted the industry through a multitude of disciplines recognizing the following:

Meritorious Service Award: Irvine G. Reinig II, P.E.
Meritorious Service Award: Laura M. Pellizzi, P.E., F.NSPE
Young Engineer of the Year: Kaitlin E. Sajduk, P.E.
Contribution in Education: Aaron D. Straus
Recognition of Dedication: Mark Kriss, Esq. for his 30 years of dedication to NYSSPE as Legal Counsel.

The project of the year was awarded to PE’s in Construction (PEC) Project of the Year: 5-Mile Belt Parkway Bridge Replacement & Reconstruction Project with attendance from the many firms and project owners that worked directly on the project.

The NYSSPE appreciates the support of all the speakers, engineers and their guests that attended the annual conference and continue to support the society and its mission. This year was truly a success.
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Laura Pellizzi, PE and Rudi Sherbansky, PE named in NSPE Fellows Class of 2019

Eleven outstanding professional engineers have been named to the 2019 class of Fellow members by the National Society of Professional Engineers, two of which are NYSSPE Members.  Laura Pellizzi, PE and Rudi Sherbanksy, PE have both been named this prestigious membership honor.   The Fellow membership grade honors those active NSPE members who have demonstrated exemplary and devoted service to their profession, the Society, and their community. Requirements for the designation include holding at least one elected office at any level and active involvement at the national level. This prestigious designation has been awarded to just over one percent of all NSPE members since the award was established in 2000.

“The professional engineers selected as Fellows in 2019 represent the very best in the engineering profession,” said chairwomen of the executive committee of the Council of Fellows Amy Barrett, PE, F.NSPE. “Their selfless involvement in state and local activities inspires pride in our profession and displays a level of dedication in which the public can be proud to put its trust in professional engineers. On behalf of the executive committee, I am honored to welcome them as Fellows.”

NSPE state and territorial societies can nominate one person for each 500 voting members on their rolls per year. Nominations are also open to NSPE interest groups, chartered affinity groups, and the Board of Directors.

 

Laura M. Pellizzi, PE, F.NSPE
Immediate Past President

 

 

 

Rudi Sherbansky, PE, F.NSPE
New York City Region

 

 

NYSSPE is incredibly proud to have Laura Pellizzi, PE and Rudi Sherbansky, PE as loyal and dedicated members.

Congratulations from all of your friends at NYSSPE!

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NYSSPE Announces 2019 Award Recipients for Annual Conference

Please join the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. in congratulating our 2019 Award Winners!

Meritorious Service Award: Irvine G. Reinig II, P.E.

Young Engineer of the Year:  Kaitlin E. Sajduk, P.E.

Contribution in Education: Aaron D. Straus

 

Meritorious Service Award: Irvine G. Reinig II, P.E.

 

Irvine G. Reinig II, PE has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New York since 1974. He received both his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. While an undergrad, he received a WNY Construction Industry Employers Association Scholarship and was inducted into Chi Epsilon, a national civil engineering honor society. He also received a National Science Foundation Traineeship to pursue his graduate studies and as a graduate student he was elected to Sigma Xi, a scientific research honor society.

Throughout his 48 year career as a civil engineer he has made a number of important contributions to the commercial and environmental development of the Buffalo area. He began his career working for the NYSDOT and ran his own geotechnical instrumentation business for nine years. He has worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers , served as chief geotechnical engineer for Thomsen Associates/ Empire Soil Investigations, and was principal at GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies Inc. After retiring he began teaching and currently works part time as an assistant professor at Erie Community College.

Throughout his career, Reinig published several technical papers, provided presentations to professional groups and clients, and has been involved with over 500 engineering projects in New York state ranging from investigation, analysis, design, and construction.

Reinig has been very active in professional organizations at both the national and regional levels throughout his career. He is a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Buffalo Section, and has chaired many of its committees. He is a past president of the Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier. He is a member of the Erie/Niagara chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and a past member of other professional societies.

Irvine has been involved in as well as led numerous volunteering initiatives aimed at promoting engineering to children and young adults. He conceived, developed, and ran “Engineering Expressions,” an educational outreach program for ASCE for 20 years. The program’s initiative is to introduce children, 10 to 12 years old to engineering principles through a series of “hands on” workshops. He also developed the “Engineering Opportunities” program and started an NSPE student chapter at ECC for engineering students.

Reinig has been awarded many prestigious honors throughout his career including the 2000 Engineer of the Year Award from the University at Buffalo, the Engineering Educator of the Year Award from the Erie Niagara Chapter of NYSSPE (an honor he has received twice), and many others.

Young Engineer of the Year: Kaitlin E. Sajduk, P.E.

Katlin Sajduk is a practicing structural engineer and associate at CityScape Engineering PLLC. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. As an undergrad she was inducted into Tau Beta Pi Honor Society for Engineering, Chi Epsilon Honor Society for Civil Engineering, and Epsilon Sigma Pi, the college’s highest scholastic honor.

As one of the owners at CityScape Engineering, Katlin is involved in all aspects of operations, including hiring, staff management, staff training, marketing, billing, and client relations. As a structural engineer, she periodically visits construction sites to check on the progress of construction and resolve field conditions. With her experience in a great number of projects along with her knowledge in structural design, she can offer valuable criticisms and insights when working with field staff.

Sajduk currently holds her professional engineer’s license in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. She is also currently the chair of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers – P.E.s in Construction Group and was awarded the “Intern of the Year” by NYSSPE-PEC in 2010.

 

Contribution in Education: Aaron D. Straus

Aaron Straus is a National Science Foundation Researcher and Instructional Coach for Science and technology at Salamanca City School District. He earned his Bachelor of Science from SUNY College at Buffalo and STEM Teaching certificate at the American College of Education. Over the course of his career, Aaron taught numerous elementary and secondary courses in engineering, trades and instructional technology.

While serving at Salamanca, Aaron led a taskforce to design a STEM-wing modeled after a manufacturing firm. He introduced a college credit academy program in 3D modeling, industrial robotics, and biomedical technology. Aaron recently secured a $100K STEM grant to upstart the Slamanca Engineering Maker Initiative (SEMI), a design and prototyping pipeline program that directly advances the STEM fields as identified in NYS Department of Labor’s CALL TO ACTION, and finished a highly successful summer “STEAM” school.

Mr. Straus is a fellow at the University of Rochester and research office affiliate at the Pennsylvania State University. His innovative and creative methods of program development are engineered to improve the socioeconomic status of underprivileged youth through pipeline workforce initiatives.

Aaron is also takes part in a number or recurring professional development programs and activities, such as the New York state STEM Education Summer Institute, the ITEEA Conference, and the Dream it Do it Manufacturing Institute which provides teachers with hands on experiences with local manufacturing facilities and engineering firms.

Throughout his career as an educator Aaron has been awarded several prestigious honors such as the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Teacher Excellence Award, the Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award, the Designed Leaders Award, and the Albright Knox Museum Teaching Award.

The awards will be presented at the NYSSPE Annual Conference on June 7th at the Holiday Inn: 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
For more information, Click Here.

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NSPE Executive Director Update to theBoard of Directors – May 2019

Mark J. Golden, FASAE, CAE, Executive Director of NSPE highlights the following in the most recent Executive Director Update: May 2019 

• Grassroots Support for Eliminating PE Exemption
• Why Licensure?
• NSPE and Engineers Canada Work Toward International Licensure Mobility Solutions
• Emerging Leaders at the 2019 Professional Engineers Conference
• Strong Increase in Member Online Engagement

FULL REPORT linked here.

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Proposed Suffolk County Charter Amendment by County Executive Steven Bellone Eliminating Professional Engineering Qualification

As a result of our Memorandum in Opposition crafted by NYSSPE Legal Counsel, Mark Kriss, NYSSPE was invited to speak at the DPW Legislative Committee on May 6, 2019.   Representatives of the Long Island chapter, Tom Petracca, PE and Andrew Haimes, PE addressed the committee sharing the views of both the chapter and the state societies.  The following statement was read by Mr. Haimes.

I am Andrew S. Haimes, P.E. and I am one of the past presidents of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and past president of the Society’s Suffolk Chapter. NYSSPE represents the interests of the 25,000 licensees in New York State.

As stated in our memo dated 4/3/19, the society is strongly opposed to resolution 1312 that would allow the appointment of a non-licensed person as DPW Commissioner.

It is clear from the DPW Mission Statement and the County Charter that the DPW Commissioner is responsible for the supervision, and has the ultimate responsibility, for all the engineering done by the County, and for the County by consultants.  By State Education Law, this supervision of engineering and responsibility for engineering must be provided by a Licensed Professional Engineer. 

It is unrealistic, and even absurd, to think that a DPW Commissioner could effectively pass all of that engineering supervision and responsibility to others in the department.

The legislative intent of the bill is stated to broaden the qualifications  for the consideration of potential candidates for DPW Commissioner.  What the bill actually accomplishes is to open the position to unqualified candidates.  There are approximately 25,000 licensed Professional Engineers in NYS.  Has the County reached out to them?  It may take a while, but I would think the County could find a licensed PE who can also handle the administrative duties required of a Commissioner.

As a result of our efforts, the motion to install a Non-PE in the role of DPW Commissioner has been tabled and the motion to amend the wording in the charter has also been tabled.

An article quoting Mr. Haimes has been published in Newsday Online.

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Trenchless Underpinning: A Method to Underpin Foundations and Stabilize Soil Without Excavating.

By the PEs in Construction Group

On Tuesday March 12th, 2019 there will be a presentation made for NYSSPE members on the topic of Trenchless Underpinning: A Method to Underpin Foundations and Stabilize Soil Without Excavating, using a chemical grout injection technique. The 1-PDH presentation will be made by Tony Alfano of Ground Works Solutions at the conference room of Brooker Engineering in Suffern, NY. For more information about the presentation and to RSVP, click here.

The presentation will provide a review the technical specifications of the URETEK chemical grout and its application on soil stabilization. The course will discuss the chemical reaction and the effect on temperature and pressure as it applied to various soil conditions. The chemical injection effectiveness and limitations will be discussed at various depths from 3 feet to 50 feet below grade. We will discuss our solution for the following applications:

  • Sub-terrain void fill and high rise underpinning.
  • Seawall, bulkhead, ground water and injectable barrier containment.
    culvert, spillway, and sewer and dam repair.
  • Soil stabilization for bridge approaches and rail ballast.
  • Slab lifting.

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39th Annual Capital District E-Week Welcomes over 800 Engineer Professionals to Albany

The 39th Annual Capital District E-week was celebrated February 14 & 15 at the Albany Marriott. Over 800 engineering professionals and over 100 students from across the state and surrounding states attended the event! There were 63 continuing education courses offered.

National Engineers Week was created in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers and coincided with President’s Day. This is no coincidence, since George Washington, the 1st President of the United States was a land surveyor and engineer. E-Week is held to create awareness of the contributions of engineers to society.

The Capital District E-Week’s focus is to promote the Engineering Profession. The purpose of this event is to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life, promote the importance of a technical education including a high level of math, science and technology literacy among parents, teachers and students, and motivate youth to pursue engineering and related careers to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.

In support of these goals, the E-Week event has financially supported organizations and events that have an underlying theme to promote some aspect of engineering to the younger community. One of our goals is to provide information on what engineering is about so students have the resources to decide whether pursuing engineering is for them. Proceeds from E-Week are graciously used to help support worthwhile student activities.
Once again, the Capital District E-Week Committee reached out to the younger community with opportunity to create a logo for next year’s event. This competition served to find a logo for the February 2020 event and was limited to students, 18 years of age and younger.

MORE Capital District E-Week Information 

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NYSSPE Annual Conference June 6-8, 2019

NYSSPE Annual Conference
June 6-8, 2019
Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway (Rt. 9), Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

The NYSSPE Annual conference is a cost-effective way to obtain up to 7 PDHs, as well as a great way to network with other Professionals! Attendees will also have access to our exhibitors who will be showcasing great products that can help your career and business.

Exhibitor Form

Sponsorship Form

June 6, 2019
NYSSPE Executive Committee Meeting

June 7, 2019
Exhibitors
Full day of PDH seminars
Awards & Installation Dinner

June 8, 2019
NYSSPE Board of Directors meeting
Interest Group meetings

More details coming soon…

The Impact of the 2016 NYS Energy Code Updates will be Presented by Chairman of the ASHRAE Technical Committee TC 7.6, Dennis Landsberg P.E. at The 2019 National Engineers Week Celebration Event in NYC

By the PEs in Construction Group,  January 2019.   

Chairman of the ASHRAE Technical Committee on Building Energy Performance (TC 7.6), Dennis Landsberg P.E.  will discuss the Impact of the 2016 changes to the NYS Energy Code on building design at NYSSPE’s 2019 NYC Engineers Week Celebration Event, which will be held on Monday February 18th, 2019 at the Time Square Marriott Marquis in New York City.  The presentation will focus on changes covering each building system and how that may impact building design choices.  The 2016 State Code is based upon the 2015 International Code and 90.1-2013.  The code has provisions for Residential buildings, which are defined as single family and multi-family buildings of three stories or less, and commercial buildings, which are all buildings not defined as residential buildings.  To achieve compliance, there is a prescriptive path, a component performance paths allowing tradeoffs and a custom path that relies on modeling.  ASHRAE also has workbooks for specific building types that achieve 30%, 50% or more above code, and that can be downloaded for free.  Topics covered include a brief introduction of the  code that the NYS standard adopts, the new compliance paths, the three climate zones in NYS, full/part load efficiencies for Unitary Air Conditioners, major changes to Energy Recovery Ventilation and new categories introduced to Domestic Hot Water.

The presentation on the design implications of the 2016 Energy Code updates will be part of a series of 6 presentations (6-PDH) celebrating Engineers Week on Monday February 18, 2019 with some very interesting topics focused on infrastructure improvements and green/energy efficient measures.  The PE’s In Construction Group of NYSSPE is organizing this presentation series in conjunction with the Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT) at the AOT 2019 Training School and Annual Meeting.  This will be the Association of Town’s 86th Annual Meeting. The event attracts elected and appointed officials from more than three-quarters of the state’s 932 towns.

To find out more information about the presentations and the 2019 National Engineers Week celebration event in NYC, CLICK HERE [Read more…]

Required 1-PDH Engineering Ethics Lecture to be Presented At The 2019 National Engineers Week Celebration Event in NYC

By the PEs in Construction Group,  February 2019

Lewis Tesser, Former Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s  (NYSBA) General Practice Section will discuss and answer questions regarding ethical and legal aspects required by (and expected of) professional engineers and architects at NYSSPE’s 2019 NYC Engineers Week Celebration Event, which will be held on Monday February 18th, 2019 at the Time Square Marriott Marquis in New York City.  The purpose of the engineering ethics presentation is to provide an overview of ethical conduct and legal aspects required of professional engineers with primary emphasis on the big picture of being a professional in New York State. Mr. Tesser will discuss concepts and/or nomenclatures of:  What it means to be a professional; obligations; licensed vs. unlicensed Engineer; what requires an engineer’s stamp; attaining License in other States; exemptions from licensing requirements; hiring unlicensed engineers; unprofessional conduct; avoiding problem areas and communicating.

The engineering ethics presentation will be part of a series of 6 presentations (6-PDH) celebrating Engineers Week on Monday February 18, 2019 with some very interesting topics focused on infrastructure improvements and green/energy efficient measures.  The PE’s In Construction Group of NYSSPE is organizing this presentation series in conjunction with the Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT) at the AOT 2019 Training School and Annual Meeting.  This will be the Association of Town’s 86th Annual Meeting. The event attracts elected and appointed officials from more than three-quarters of the state’s 932 towns.

To find out more information about the presentations and the 2019 National Engineers Week celebration event in NYC, CLICK HERE. [Read more…]