The above is a short video of Arthur Schwartz, CAE general counsel and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Deputy Executive Director. In this video, Schwartz speaks on the advocacy efforts that NSPE has been involved in as of recently. His speech took place at the NSPE Professional Engineering Conference in Dallas, Texas in June of 2016.
Tim Austin, PE, NSPE National President, presented a year end summary at the NSPE June conference on June 23rd, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. 10 NYSSPE members including Executive Director Anthony Fasano, PE (seen in the photo above with Tim Austin) attended the conference to bring NYSSPE these updates. In a year of increased activism and impact, here are 17 specific ways NSPE delivered for professional engineers, based on Austin’s update and documentation handed out at the meeting.
1. Protecting the License
Across the country, NSPE addressed the growing number of challenges that would weaken or eliminate licensure. The most serious of these came in August, where extensive advocacy efforts by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers and NSPE resulted in the Indiana Job Creation Commission rescinding its recommendation to eliminate licensure of the professional engineer in the state. Similar efforts at “occupational reform,” while often not specifically targeting the PE, presented serious threats to engineering licensure in Arizona, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
2. Ethical Innovation: Autonomous Vehicles
NSPE took a leadership role in the field of autonomous vehicles, ensuring the involvement of PEs and their dedication to protecting the public health, safety, and welfare. NSPE contributed to the regulatory discussion about autonomous vehicles at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure ethical innovation and safety in this developing technology. NSPE’s message resonated with the media. It was covered and distributed widely by AP, highlighted on the PBS NewsHour, and covered internationally, for example, by the UK’s
Daily Mail. More: www.nspe.org/autonomous
The Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP) Young Engineers Advisory Council (YEAC) committee is made up of National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) members under the age of 35 that work in the private practice division.
Each year, PEPP YEAC members select one or more projects to focus on throughout the year. The projects are designed to help young engineers in developing their leadership skills and become better engineers or help seasoned engineers learn how to help mentor and motivate young engineers. Through a series of monthly conference calls, the group works as a team to develop this project into something to benefit young engineers, PEPP and NSPE as a whole.
The New York State Society of Professional Engineers is proud to announce that this year one of our members Nikhil Bodhankar, PE will serve as the YEAC Vice Chair. [Read more…]
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) has announced enhanced services that are now available to its’ state organizations for state legislative tracking and regulatory tracking. By working with MultiState Associates, Inc., the NSPE now has access to MultiState’s legislative tracking service, which provides access to the most updated and comprehensive data of national legislation and regulation.
The most convenient resource from this agreement is the 24/7 online access to extensive details of all bills, regulations, legislators, and committees, all of which are updated continuously. Another major resource available to all state organizations is MultiState’s ability to produce and distribute legislative reports based on the specifications desired, which can be categorized by priorities, regions, states, or subject matter. In addition, these bill and regulatory updates are available online or through email on a daily, weekly, or bi-weekly basis. MultiState’s technology enables its’ users to customize their searches quickly and accurately. Once a bill has been identified, the user may categorize, prioritize, and track the progress of the bill through each step of the legislative process, if [Read more…]