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…]

NYSSPE Announces 2016 Award Recipients for Annual Conference

Please join the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. in congratulating our 2016 Award Winners!

Engineer of the Year: Orrin B. MacMurray, PE

“Mac” is currently Chariman Emeritus at the C&S Companies.   A career that began as an assistant engineer some 20 years earlier, and included his first professional license in 1978, progressed to where Mac was elected president of C&S in 1994. As chairman and CEO, Mac spearheaded efforts to diversify C&S’ services, employee population, and office locations.  In recognition of the integral role that Mac continues to play in the success of the C&S Companies, he was appointed chairman emeritus of the board in 2013.  He has held numerous positions outside of business. Mac has been an active member of his town planning board for over 28 years, having held the position of chairman for 14 of those years. He serves on the board of directors and executive committee for the Longhouse Council, Inc., of the Boy Scouts of America and is on the advisory board for Syracuse University’s School of Engineering. Mac is an active member of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York and Presidents Council at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is on the advisory board for the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University and is a guest lecturer. Mac is also active in the National Society of Professional Engineers and is active in the Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Military Engineers, and other professional bodies. He is past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies-New York, and past chairman of the National American Council of Engineering Companies, Inc., board member of Upstate Medical University Foundation in Syracuse and The New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center, a past trustee of WCNY Public Television, and secretary of the Onondaga Community College Foundation.

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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…]

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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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…]