NYSSPE Participates in Rebuild New York Now Lobby Day

 

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The New York Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) participated in the Rebuild New York Now Lobby Day on March 21, 2016.

Rebuild NY Now is a partnership of supporters seeking to raise public awareness about the issues impacting New York State’s infrastructure. The coalition actively engages federal and state elected officials to support public policies that promote safe roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and other vital infrastructure.

As part of its effort to educate the public and our federal and state policy makers, Rebuild NY Now promotes relevant research, data points and news reports that highlight the need to rebuild New York State’s deteriorating infrastructure. [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…]

Capital District E-Week 2016 Event was a Huge Success

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The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) recently participated in the 36th Annual Capital District E-week celebration.  The 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 830 engineering professionals from across the state attended the event!  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.   Jason Gough News Channel 13 was the keynote speaker at Thursday’s lunch, where he spoke to attendees and students about the importance of engineering.

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News Channel 13 Jason Gough during his keynote at Thursday’s lunch.

Once again, the Capital District E-Week Committee reached out to the younger community for an opportunity to create a logo for next year’s event.  This competition served to find a logo for the February 2017 event and was limited to students, 18 years of age and younger.  Below is the 2017 logo winner.
 

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www.CapitalDistrictEweek.org

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 Holds Successful Seminar Sessions at The Association of Towns in New York City

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) held another successful seminar series in New York City in conjunction with the Association of Towns of the State of New York’s annual conference.

The Association of Towns of the State of New York was established in 1933 to help towns obtain greater economy and efficiency. The Association serves town governments by providing training programs, research and information services, technical assistance, legal services, insurance programs and a variety of publications to member towns. It represents town governments by providing advocacy in Albany, monitoring legislation and regulatory action, lobbying and presenting initiatives solely on behalf of towns.

The NYSSPE seminars covered topics including the Verrazano Bridge Toll Plaza Reconstruction Project, ethical responsibility in engineering, The New NY Bridge (Tappan Zee Bridge) project, energy cost savings, the prioritization of transportation assets, and the repair and protection of parking garages.  [Read more…]

NYSSPE Holds Successful Strategic Thinking Day

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In mid-November, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) leadership came together in Saratoga Springs to discuss the future of the organization. The meeting consisted of a morning of small group brainstorming followed by an afternoon of identifying key action items for the organization moving forward.   A detailed action plan will be devised and acted upon by the Executive Committee, however we wanted to share some of the main action items that came out of the session with our membership. [Read more…]

New York City Buildings Department & NYSSPE hold 2nd Annual Design Professionals Day, Featuring Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE

NYC Design Professionals Gather for the 2nd NYSSPE Design Professionals Day (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

NYC Design Professionals Gather for the 2nd NYSSPE Design Professionals Day (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

A large group of New York City design professionals attended the NYSSPE’s second annual New York City Design Professionals Day on October 22nd, 2015. New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE opened the event with his “Building One City” presentation. Chandler spoke about the Department of Building’s Transformative Blueprint for Change. This new plan is focused on enhancing public safety, reorganizing processes, and reducing wait times through a more efficient and modern system of operation at the NYC Department of Buildings. Some notable implementations will include an increase of 159 plan examiners and 34 development inspectors over two years, the launch of a dedicated affordable housing unit, a redesign of the DOB’s online presence and capabilities, and a big push to make online plan review and submission the default practice in New York City. [Read more…]

Save the Date: New York City Design Professionals Day October 22, 2015

Save the Date: New York City Design Professionals Day October 22, 2015

In light of the success of last year’s event, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) is proud to announce our 2nd Annual New York City Design Professionals Day! The event will take place October 22nd, 2015 at NYU Polytechnic University.

The event will feature New York City design professionals and officials who will speak on various topics related to the engineering profession as well as important factors in the design process.

We are excited to announce that the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE will be a returning keynote speaker. Chandler will be presenting his vision for transformation of the Department, as detailed in his plan titled Building One City. Other speakers will include Timothy Lynch, PE, Assistant Commissioner of Investigative Engineering Services, and Dan Eschenasy, PE, Chief Structural Engineer at the NYC DOB, who will be addressing retaining walls.

This event is sure to be beneficial to all NYC design professionals who seek an opportunity to network, ask questions of their local officials, and stay up to date on important technical updates and guidelines.

Please note speakers are subject to change.

Registration information coming soon.

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.

The NYSSPE Holds Annual Conference in Lake George

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The New York State Society of Professional Engineers held their annual conference at Fort William Henry in Lake George June 11th and 12th.  The conference was well attended, and included a variety of learning sessions, a dinner cruise on the lake, and culminated with the NYSSPE Annual Awards and Installation Dinner, during which Lawrence O’Connor, PE, LS, FNSPE was inducted as the 2015-2016 NYSSPE President.

There were two learning sessions focused on major transportation projects in the New York City metropolitan area, the ramp reconstructions of both the Gowanus Expressway and the Verrazano Bridge.  There was also a very interesting session on the use of stamps and seals by engineers among other PDH sessions. [Read more…]

Record Attendance at 2015 Engineering Symposium in Rochester

The Engineering Symposium in Rochester, headed by the Monroe Chapter of NYSSPE, held its 11th annual event on April 29, 2015. A record-breaking 430 engineers attended the event at the Radisson Hotel in Downtown Rochester, NY. The Symposium featured 37 seminars across six engineering disciplines. The event was cosponsored by several local engineering society chapters including RES, ASCE, ASME, ASPE, ASHRAE, EAWNY, NYSATE, IEEE, & IES. Part of those attending included a number of engineering students from the local Finger Lakes Community College. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Participates in the 12th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO

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The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) participated in the 12th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO at White Plains High School on March 22, 2015.

The Engineering EXPO is intended to be a fun, hands-on learning event with a goal of teaching students and adults how engineering impacts almost everything we do on a daily basis.  This year the EXPO saw another huge number of attendees from all over the Lower Hudson Valley.

It was an amazing sight to see all of the students coming throughout the day to learn about engineering. There were also hundreds of exhibitors including top engineering companies and schools from all over the US.

NYSSPE representatives were active in the event in several capacities.

Jim A. Caggiano, P.E. of the NYSSPE Westchester/Putnam chapter was a very active member of the LHV EXPO planning committee. [Read more…]