Safety a Major Theme at the 2016 NYSSPE Design Professionals Day

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The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) recently held the 3rd annual New York City Design Professionals Day at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

The day started with an inspiring kick-off speech by New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, P.E. and was followed by technical sessions from DOB, Department of Design and Construction (DDC), and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) representatives.

It was clear that the running theme for the day was: SAFETY in engineering…. [Read more…]

Happy Professional Engineer Day on August 3rd!

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The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) has created the first annual Professional Engineer Day on August 3, 2016 to honor PE’s around the world. NSPE recognizes their commitment to public health, safety, and welfare and hopes to raise awareness of this growing profession.

The first professional engineering license was granted to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming on August 8, 1907. Since then, licensure and it’s importance in the work force has largely expanded. We would like to take this opportunity to thank professional engineers for their hard work and commitment. Please join us in celebrating professional engineers today!

On Professional Engineers Day, NSPE encourages professional engineers to continue to elevate the engineering community and share why they became licensed on social media using #LicensedPEDay.  Professional Engineers Day will be celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of August and will provide an opportunity to educate the public on the role of a licensed professional engineer and for companies to recognize members of their staff who are licensed.

What can you do on Professional Engineers Day? Use #LicensedPEDay on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to

  • Upload a photo or video of yourself and share why you decided to become a PE;
  • Post photos or videos of your team of PEs;
  • Share your reasons for hiring PEs;
  • Give special recognition to your PEs in the workplace; and
  • Educate your colleagues about the importance of the PE license.

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The Passing of Nicholas J. Bartilucci- NYSSPE Nassau County Chapter Member

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Nicholas J. Bartilucci

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Nicholas J. Bartilucci on  July 17, 2016. Mr. Bartilucci was an icon in the engineering world and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers for over 53 years. In 1986, Mr. Bartilucci was selected as “Engineer of the Year” by the Nassau County Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers. He has also received the Distinguished Service and Community Service Awards from NYSSPE.

Bartilucci was the former President and Chairman of the Board of Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers. His professional experience spanned over fifty years in civil and environmental engineering. Bartilucci graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and received his master of Civil Engineering from New York University. He admirably served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps in the Panama Canal Zone.

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Tappan Zee Bridge Crane Accident still under Investigation

erial photo's of a construction crane that has collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Photo: Credit: NBC4 New York)

Aerial photo’s of a construction crane that recently collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge. 

You probably heard about the recent construction  accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge where a crane boom collapsed.  The New York State Society of Professional Engineers has been monitoring the situation and keeping up to date with all news relating to the investigation.

While there has been some talk about rushed construction, due to the large fines being imposed on the contractor for delays in re-opening the existing bridge lanes, nothing has been confirmed.  We will continue to monitor the situation as the health and safety of the public is always our primary mission. It is nothing short of a miracle that there were no major injuries.

Click here for a recent article on the accident from The Journal News.

Photo: Credit: NBC4 New York [Read more…]

The Passing of John W. Angstadt- Life Member of NYSSPE Erie-Niagara Chapter

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John W. Angstadt

Oct. 10, 1915-June 30, 2016

John Walton Angstadt, of Clarence Center, a retired mechanical engineer, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 100 years old.

Born in Kutztown, Pa., he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1937 from Pennsylvania State University, where he played clarinet in the band. Mr. Angstadt began working the Buflovak Equipment Division of Blaw-Knox Co. in 1938, made a number of design and manufacturing improvements and held several patents. He became vice president for engineering in 1977 and retired in 1980.

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New York City Queens Chamber of Commerce Invites NYSSPE to Participate in Real Estate EXPO

thumbnail_2016 Queens Chamber of Commerce RE EXPONYSSPE participated and held discussions with several NYC developers and real estate managers attending the New York City (NYC) Queens Chambers of Commerce Real Estate Expo in June, 2016. Among the notable developers attending and speaking at the Expo were Patricia Dumphy of Rockrose Development, Chris Capece of Avalon Bay Communities, Tyler Morse of MCR Development, Michael Mattone of The Mattone Group, Michael Meyer of the F&T Group and Seth Pinsky of RXR Realty. John Banks, President of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) was a speaker/moderator. Additionally, Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz attended the event.

The developers’ speaker panel discussed the current Queens real estate scene to understand projected growth patterns over the next 10 and 15 years in office, commercial, residential and retail development in Queens County and the impact of transportation projects, zoning issues and affordable housing as it relates to continued growth.

A second speaker panel that included Richard Smyth of Port Authority NY/NJ, Ryan Prime of Skanska and Peter Byrme of VHB held discussions on the topic of Port Authority’s plan of embarking on a major modernization and redevelopment program to position LaGuardia airport to meet the needs of the 21st Century. This panel discussed the aspects of “LGA Re-imagined,” the timeline of events, and how these projects will affect the surrounding real estate community, as well as how can property owners and managers plan for these developments. A third speaker panel that included Louis Rizzo of National Grid, Ron Spinelli of Con Edison and Marshall Haimson of E-Captial Development held discussions on the topic of energy incentive programs to help offset energy costs. Click here for more information. [Read more…]

NYC Dept. of Design and Construction (DDC) invites NYSSPE to a Networking Fair With DDC Commissioner and Director, Providing Information on Open Positions at DDC for Professional Engineers

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NYC DDC Commissioner, Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora and Executive Director Dalela Harrison, met with NYSSPE Vice Presidents, Dave Macedonio PE and Rudi Sherbansky PE at DDC’s June 2016 networking fair for City engineers and employees in design and construction, as well as construction management. The importance of PE licensure at DDC, as well as continuing education opportunities for DDC engineers were discussed with the Commissioner. In addition, DDC provided NYSSPE with a list of open positions at DDC for qualified professional engineers. Among the 20+ open positions for PEs, the positions of Deputy Director, Executive Director, Program Executive, Project Executive, Administrative Engineer and Administrative Project Manager are available. Salaries range from $48,000 to $152000. Click here to see available PE jobs at DDC.

DDC is looking for professional engineers to oversee and administer capital construction programs, including sewer, water main and roadway projects, planning and monitoring projects, administration of design, renovation and construction of public facilities, monitoring the life-cycle of projects, collaboration with other City agencies, performing funding analysis, risk analysis and scheduling reports, and oversight of consultant produced master plans. Projects include pedestrian bridges, step streets, retaining walls, public buildings and roadways from initiation through design and construction completion. [Read more…]

New Hire: Celia D’Agostino Joins the New York State Society of Professional Engineers as Summer Intern

 

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The New York State Society of Professional Engineers is proud to announce the recent hiring of Celia D’Agostino.  D’Agostino just recently graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic University (RPI) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.

D’Agostino plans to work with NYSSPE for the summer while she finalizes her first engineering job.  Last summer she worked for a company doing sustainability modeling for greenhouse gas emissions.  D’Agostino has also participated in a study abroad program where she was immersed renewable energy and sustainability projects in Iceland.

D’Agostino will help NYSSPE to bolster our social media presence to ensure we are a news source for engineering professionals in New York State.  The NYSSPE is excited to add Celia to the team.

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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…]

Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. Names Three Personnel Assistant Vice Presidents

BABYLON, NY – Three key, long-term employees, James Bazata, P.E., ENV SP, William McMenamin, P.E., and William Stroh, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, have been named assistant vice presidents of Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI), a national engineering and construction services firm and an NYSSPE Sustaining Member firm.

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James Bazata, P.E., ENV SP, GPI’s Deputy Director of Civil Engineering, has 26 years of in-depth experience on many civil and traffic engineering projects on Long Island and the New York metropolitan area. He is experienced in all aspects of civil and roadway design, which includes alignments, pavement design, work zone traffic control, transportation management plans for work zone safety and mobility, grading and roadway modeling. He has been recognized by GPI clients for his exceptional project management and communication skills, and knowledge of technology that has helped save owner’s millions of dollars. Key projects he has been involved with include Nichols Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), the award-winning CR3 Pinelawn Road/Ruland Road/Colonial Spring Road Intersection Reconstruction, the award-winning Lower Manhattan Transit Signal Priority, and Brooklyn Bridge CCTV, among others. Mr. Bazata is a professional engineer in New York State, and an ISI- Certified Envision Sustainability Professional. He earned his degree in civil engineering from Polytechnic University. Mr. Bazata currently resides in Manorville, New York. [Read more…]