New York State MATHCOUNTS Team Finishes in 19th Place at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition

Pictured from L-R, Coach Stephen Schmidt of Iroquois Middle School, Rowechen Zhong of Iroquois Middle School, Maxwell Ruiyang Sun of The Harley School, Rishabh Das of Hunter College High School and David Li of Ralph Perry Junior High School.

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STEM Education Collaborative Fifth Institute- Call for Participants

A message from Frank Roma, PE – NYSSPE Rep to STEM Collaborative:

The New York State STEM Education Collaborative will be holding its fifth Institute, this will be at the NY Institute of Technology (NYIT), Old Westbury, Long Island:

Dates:  July 10-12, 2016

The collaborative is made up of the science, mathematics, and technology and engineering teachers organizations and NYSSPE. There are also 20-30 other organizations which support the same goals. For me, the main goals are to integrate the four areas (STEM) in an integrated and hands-on learning environment. The second goal is to inform students in STEM in order to become better citizens. Our society’s involvement is to expose students in the early grades to engineering. There seems to be some lack of understanding from teachers and guidance counselors about engineering. The audience of the Institute is teachers (K-18) and administrators.

For the STEM Institute, we are asking the local chapters become involved in
1) Teaching courses that bring engineering together with the other STEM areas, and
2) Participating in formal and informal discussions.

If you would like to present, please contact Frank Roma ( We will be having a panel discussion on the first day; if you are inclined to answer questions on the topic, please let Frank know. The questions relate to what you are doing or your opinion of STEM, I’m sure you would be able to answer the questions without preparation. Lastly, we ask for your support with a donation or by buying a vendor table where you could discuss engineering directly with the teachers.

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NYSSPE Executive Director, Anthony Fasano, PE, to present a TEDx talk on the Development of Young Engineers

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NYSSPE Executive Director, Anthony Fasano, PE, will present a TEDx talk on the importance of the promoting engineering to our youth on March 8th, 2016 at Bergen Community College. His presentation will focus on inspiring the next generation of engineers. In this inspirational talk, Fasano will dispel all myths about engineering being a nerdy or boring profession. He will challenge the audience to start to spread the idea that engineers will save the world and inspire them to excite more of our youth about this innovative profession that may just save our planet. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Coordinates 2015 New York State MATHCOUNTS Competition


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The competition room (RPI Commons Building)

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) coordinated the New York State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.  The group of NYSSPE volunteers was once again led by Laura Pellizzi, PE, NYSSPE’s Long Island Regional Vice President.

MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program. Volunteers from the Suffolk Chapter NYSSPE facilitated a series of fun and challenging rounds, including an individual section, speedier target rounds, and a collaborative team round, which were held in the morning session. After a lunch break provided by RPI, it was time for the Countdown Round, which showcased the top 12 individual performers in a head-to-head single-elimination tournament. [Read more…]

The New York State STEM Collaborative is looking for Engineers to Present at the 2015 Institute

FINAL STEM DESIGN webNYSSPE is a founding organization of the NYS STEM Education Collaborative (STEM Collaborative). The collaborative was formed five years ago with several teacher organizations and is now expanding with other partnerships. The goal of the collaborative is to have students in Pre-K through 12, and beyond, taught the STEM subjects through a integrated hands-on method.

The STEM Collaborative will be holding our fourth STEM Institute on July 12-14, 2015, at Alfred State SUNY College of Technology. The Institute allows educators to learn from other educators in the STEM community. A number of engineers have participated in the previous Institute conferences and we are hoping more will participate this year. Engineers are needed to make presentations to explain what engineers do, to show various learning activities, and to give examples of how STEM is involved in all aspects of engineering.  For example, last year NYSSPE member March Chiffert, PE presented a session explaining what Architectural Engineering (AE) is and gave examples of AE in industry.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PRESENTING, please go to the STEM Collaborative website and register as a presenter [Read more…]

Engineering Firms Invited to Attend and Exhibit at Engineering Expo on March 22nd, 2015.

Engineering firms as well as the construction community at large are invited to attend and exhibit at the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo on Sunday March 22nd in White Plains, NY.  At least 40-50 engineering firms and public agencies are expected to participate and present interactive displays, innovations and exhibits focusing on engineering opportunities for the challenges of today’s economic uncertainties and international competition for engineering services.  This is a great opportunity for small to mid-sized engineering firms to network, collaborate, learn and interact with dozens of other small to large engineering entities, agencies, as well as an opportunity to display their recent accomplishments and look for future project opportunities.  Attendance to the Engineering Expo is free. [Read more…]

The NCEES is Seeking Help from Licensed Mining and Mineral Processing Engineers

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is searching for licensed mining and mineral processing engineers to assist them in updating the specifications for the PE Mining and Mineral Processing exam. They require a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing mining or mineral processing, including engineers from consulting, industry, academia, and the public sector with 4 to 6 years of experience.

If you qualify to participate in this professional activities and knowledge study (PAKS) for the NCEES, please click here and complete the short, 20-minute survey to contribute to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. Reponses must be received by January 5, 2015.

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The NYSSPE to Sponsor the Finger Lakes First Lego League Challenge


The New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. is proud to announce its involvement as a sponsor for the Finger Lakes First Lego League Challenge. The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a competitive and educational program which challenges youth, ages 9 to 14, to think like scientists and engineers. Participants will form teams to build, program, and test an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS. These self-guided robots will be challenged to solve a set of missions in a Robot Game.  The event that NYSSPE is sponsoring will be held at the University of Rochester on December 7th. [Read more…]

A Tribute to Margaret Ashida – A Leader in the NYS STEM Education Collaborative

The New York State STEM community recently lost a beloved member of their coalition in Margaret Ashida. Ashida had a passion for promoting STEM in whatever ways she could. The following tribute was taken from the NYS STEM Education Collaborative’s website and was used with their permission.

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Margaret Ashida was the Executive Director of the STEMx™ multi-state network committed to transforming science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through local innovation and state leadership for national impact. STEMx is operated by BattelleEd, a venture of Battelle – the world’s largest independent research and development organization. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Participates in the Successful 2014 NYS STEM Education Collaborative Institute

FINAL STEM DESIGN webThe mission of the New York State Stem Collaborative is to define and promote the scope and integration of STEM education as a statewide and national model. The collaborative members, which include AMTNYS, NYSSPE, NYSTEEA and STANYS work collectively and collaboratively to deliver STEM Education in the spirit and vision of New York State’s Mathematics, Science & Technology (MST) Frameworks and Learning Standards.

One of the collaborative’s biggest initiatives is their STEM Education Collaborative Institute which takes place every 2 years.  The event serves to educate and inspire STEM educators from around New York State.

There was a great turnout for the event this year which was held July 14th and 15th at Alfred State University. The attendees participated in learning sessions on topics such as forensic science, 3D computer modeling, hydrofracking, astronomy, polymer science and engineering, robotics, AutoCAD, geospatial reasoning, wind energy, nanotechnology and more.  Sessions are intended to help educators incorporate these topics into their curriculums. [Read more…]