The Joel A. Miele Sr. P.E. Engineering Education Memorial Fund

Remember an Engineering Legend by
Helping to Educate Another One

Joel Miele

Joel A. Miele Sr. PE, F. NSPE, former NYSSPE State President, NYSSPE Queens Chapter President and Commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, passed away in May of 2013 at the age of 78.  In addition to a partner in his own firm, Miele also served the public and his fellow engineers through the following positions throughout his career:

  • Captain of the United States Navy
  • Commissioner at the New York City Planning Commission
  • Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings
  • Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection
  • Commissioner at the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals
  • NYSSPE State President
  • NYSSPE Queens Chapter President
  • Served on the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying (SBELS)

Joel was also a member of NYSSPE’s Steinman Council that contributed to the NSPE Educational Foundation to help the Society provide more scholarship money for worthy engineering student candidates, build better education programs, and increase NSPE’s influence in the community.

“Joel Miele was a consummate professional, an “engineer’s” engineer whose more than half a century career spanned all aspects of the profession. Whether it was in the military, private practice or in local government, Joel’s contributions and dedication to the engineering profession will long be remembered. He will be truly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew him and were lucky enough to call him friend. This fund is set up in his honor.”
– Joseph A. Pasaturo PE, Chair of Professional Engineers in Private Practice Interest Group, NYSSPE.


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The Joel A. Miele Sr. PE Engineering Education Memorial Fund was established not only because Joel was passionate about engineering, but because he was more passionate about fostering the development of young engineers.  There are many individuals who desire to, one day, have the initials P.E. after their name, but can not afford to do so.

The purpose of this fund is to enable and facilitate engineering educational activities.  These activities shall include scholarships for high school students pursuing engineering, scholarships for undergraduate and graduate engineering students, assistance with text books and supplies associated with engineering coursework, application fees, supplies, books and review course fees associated with the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) exams.

“Joel was one of NYSSPE’s strongest patriarchs and a leader to the professional engineers community in NYC in his lifetime. Joel was active in a myriad of NYSSPE committees as well as the PEs in Private Practice Division and the NYC Metropolitan Chapters Presidents Council. Joel helped me organize NYSSPE’s 2012 engineers week event in NYC and lectured on the topic of New York’s waterways. In one of the last committees I had the honor of participating in with Joel on the subject of the new regulations for special inspections in NYC, Joel communicated his thoughts on how the new regulations are marginalizing independent PE practitioners performing construction inspections and how the new regulations will cause a financial burden on the construction industry in Metropolitan NYC.” – Rudi O. Sherbanksy, PE, Chair of Professional Engineers in Construction Group, NYSSPE.


Joel Arthur Miele was born on May 29, 1934 in Jersey City. His father, Gennaro Miele, was a civil engineer who founded Miele Associates. Joel enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1957, where he served four years of active duty and continued service in the reserve for the Navy Civil Engineer Corps for more than 28 additional years. He was a very hard-working, well-known and well-respected member in the Civil Engineering community. He earned his Civil Engineering degree from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and soon after joined his father’s firm.  In addition to local recognition and other accolades, Miele received the following awards/designations:

  • NSPE Fellow Member
  • NYSSPE Engineer of the Year
  • NYSSPE Meritorious Service
  • NYSSPE Outstanding PE in Management

Your donation to this fund would facilitate young aspiring engineers having the opportunity to attempt to serve the public in the way that Miele did.


Joel Miele FlagJoel A. Miele Sr. was a beloved and hardworking New York Engineer who took care of his family, his state, and his country. In his honor, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. has established the Joel A. Miele Sr. P.E. Engineering Education Memorial Fund. This scholarship fund will enable and facilitate engineering educational activities for students pursuing engineering degrees and careers. The recipients of this honorary scholarship award must be students enrolled in an ABET accredited engineering program or high school students committed to an ABET accredited school with the intent to pursue a Professional Engineering License.

The Joel A Miele Sr. P.E. NYSSPE Engineering Education Memorial Fund has been established and will be managed through The Foundation for Engineering Education, Inc. (FEE), a 501c3.

Please consider donating to this inspirational and meaningful memorial fund. The money will be awarded to hopeful engineering students as scholarships to help finance costs for textbooks, supplies associated with engineering coursework, application fees, review books and review course fees associated with the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) exams.



If you wish to donate by check:

Please make checks payable to “The Foundation for Engineering Education, Inc.”

Please indicate, “Joel A. Miele Scholarship Fund” in the memo section of your check

Checks may be mailed to:

The Foundation for Engineering Education

6 Airline Drive, Suite 114

Albany, NY 12205

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The Foundation for Engineering Education, Inc is a 501(c)3 organization – donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Upon request, a copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the of The Foundation For Engineering Education, Inc., 6 Airline Drive, Suite 114, Albany, NY 12205 or from the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. 


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