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…]

How Skyscrapers Inspire Us – Brian Hegarty, NYSSPE PEC Project of the Year Award Recipient

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Brian Hegarty, PE of The PANYNJ Accepts NYSSPE Project of the Year Award

On Thursday evening, June 5th, at the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) annual Awards and Installation Dinner, Brian Hegarty, PE accepted the NYSSPE PEC Project of the Year award on behalf of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for their work on the construction of One World Trade Center.

In his acceptance speech, Hegarty talked about skyscrapers and how he has been enamored with them ever since childhood. He talked about how he now takes a book about skyscrapers and visits young children in schools. He described the reaction of some of these children when these majestic structures pop off the pages of the book. [Read more…]

2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition Results are in!

The  2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition was held May 8-11 in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida this year. Competitive middle school students from all across the nation gathered and challenged each other’s math skills in individual and team-based math competitions.

To represent New York State, Raymond Feng, Richard Xu, Alan Tu, and Eric Wei traveled to compete in the 3-day national competition. In the team series, these four bright students gathered their skills and knowledge to score high enough to earn 4th place overall.

The New York State results, competition questions, and answer key can be viewed below:

New York State Results

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NYSSPE Executive Director, Anthony Fasano, PE will present as Keynote Speaker at the NYS STEM Education Collaborative This Summer

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The New York State STEM Education Collaborative is a gathering of students, adults, and working professionals in an effort to spread knowledge and develop the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, all across the great state of New York. This summer, the two-day Collaborative event will be held at Alfred State SUNY College of Technology on July 14th and 15th.

To represent the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc., our very own NYSSPE Executive Director, Anthony Fasano, PE, will be presenting as a keynote speaker for the approximately 600 STEM educators that will be in attendance.

Other member organizations that will attend alongside the NYSSPE include the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS), the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators’ Association (NYSTEEA), and the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS).

Check out the event details at the STEM Education Collaborative Website. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Participates in the 11th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) participated in the 11th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO at White Plains High School on March 30, 2014.  NYSSPE Executive Director, Anthony Fasano, President of the NYSSPE Westchester/Putnam chapter, Vinny Cannizarro, and NYSSPE Westchester Putnam Chapter Director, Ryan Lucia were all in attendance and acted as the judges for the high school Rube Goldberg “Zip the Zipper” competition.  


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 over 4000 attendees, more than any previous years. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Coordinates 2014 New York State MATHCOUNTS Competition

On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the NYSSPE coordinated the 2014 New York State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.

For those of you who are not familiar with MATHCOUNTS, it is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.  The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools.

We had volunteers from our and Suffolk Long Island Chapter and our interns, running (and scoring) the actual competition.  The day started with 8 rounds of testing in the school cafeteria, consisting of both individual and team rounds.  The event culminated in an exciting version of MATHCOUNTS Jeopardy, aka the Countdown Round, which showcased the top 12 individual performers from the earlier rounds, facing off head-to-head through a single-elimination tournament.  The results of the state competition can be viewed Here. [Read more…]

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers Visits Engineering Students in Long Island

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NYSSPE representatives visited engineering students at both the New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury Campus (NYIT) and the State University of New York at Farmingdale (SUNY).

The goal of the talks was to outline the steps to engineering licensure in the State of New York, including giving a comprehensive review of the computer-based Fundamentals of Engineering exam, as well as to provide the students with resume preparation and interviewing strategies for landing their first engineering jobs.

NYSSPE representatives Laura Pellizzi, PE, and Peter Krumdieck, PE, were on campus to lead the events and share their own career experiences with the students. NYSSPE executive director Anthony Fasano, PE, participated via webinar and gave a presentation entitled Building a Winning Resume and Acing Every Job Interview to the students. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Rockland Chapter Holds Successful STEM Engineering Conference for High School Students

12-2-13 NYSSPE Rockland Chapter Holds Successful STEM Engineering Conference for High School StudentsThe Rockland County Chapter, NYSSPE continued for yet another year its ongoing joint STEM Engineering Conference in partnership with the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Sub-Committee on Engineering of the STEM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

The event was held on November 19th at the Nanuet Library in Rockland County, New York.  The goal of the event is to inform high school students about STEM career opportunities and the NYSSPE Rockland Chapter focused its presentation of course on engineering. [Read more…]

Why Students Don’t Want to Pursue Engineering

Schools across the country are improving their STEM education programs, but that doesn’t mean more students are interested in entering into a STEM related field.  Eighth grader Maura Charette of Virginia is well aware of the fun, interesting, well-paying careers waiting for students who show good performance in math and science, however she isn’t quite convinced a STEM career is the right choice.  She feels that engineering is overemphasized and misrepresented.  A career in engineering is explained with a team project such as “building bridges out of drinking straws and marshmallows or telling a toy robot to turn left and right”.   She states that careers in science, technology and math come off as existing only to support the engineering profession. [Read more…]