NYSSPE Announces 2018 Award Recipients for Annual Conference

Please join the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. in congratulating our 2018 Award Winners!

Engineer of the Year: William Gorlin, P.E.

William Gorlin is an industry recognized and world-renowned expert in the design of stages, theaters, amusement rides and theatrical effects. His expertise in structural and mechanical engineer systems relating to these elements has made him a leader in the industry. Bill is a graduate of Cornell University where he obtained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, and he is currently Vice President and Division Chief of Entertainment Engineering at McLaren Engineering Group.

His career spans 30 years and four continents. He has worked on projects around the globe, from Macau to China to Singapore, North and South America, the Middle East and throughout Europe. His work includes the Dancing Cranes in Singapore, the world’s largest animatronic structure; the stage for Cirque du Soleil’s Ka at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; work at all of the theme parks in Florida, including Disney World, Universal and Sea World; amusement parks in Dubai, and Moscow; and work on over 100 Broadway shows.

As Professional Engineers, one of our key core values is the protection of the public. Bill has exemplified this as he is at the fore front of his industry in promoting safety and is presently in charge of writing the industry standards for both Performer Flying and Temporary structures. Many of the projects Bill is involved with are considered temporary structure and don’t fall under the traditional building Code. Because of this Bill has worked with both international committees and the NYC Building department to develop the requirement for temporary events to insure public and performer safety.

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2106 Award Spotlight: PEC’s Project of the Year, New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

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PEC Project of the Year:
New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project

PEC Project Engineering Firms:
Savin Engineers, P.C.
Acadis
CDM Smith
GHD

The Long Island Sound is an estuary that serves numerous local communities and the regional economy by providing boating, fishing, swimming and sightseeing. The sound is a vital water body that provides a home for numerous species of aquatic life to breed, nest and nurse.  Due to concerns over poor water and aquatic quality, significant efforts have been made toward identifying pollutants and other issues that impact the sound and developing plans to mitigate them.

Water quality studies have been performed and nitrogen has been identified as a principal factor limiting the water quality of the Long Island Sound. Excess nitrogen levels in the Long Island Sound stimulate phytoplankton growth, which in turn blocks light and prevent growth of submerged aquatic vegetation, destroying the habitat of different fish and shellfish. When the phytoplankton die and decay, available oxygen is then depleted. Thus, dissolved oxygen concentrations fall below the needed levels for the survival of aquatic organisms. [Read more…]

NYSSPE Announces 2016 Award Recipients for Annual Conference

Please join the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. in congratulating our 2016 Award Winners!

Engineer of the Year: Orrin B. MacMurray, PE

“Mac” is currently Chariman Emeritus at the C&S Companies.   A career that began as an assistant engineer some 20 years earlier, and included his first professional license in 1978, progressed to where Mac was elected president of C&S in 1994. As chairman and CEO, Mac spearheaded efforts to diversify C&S’ services, employee population, and office locations.  In recognition of the integral role that Mac continues to play in the success of the C&S Companies, he was appointed chairman emeritus of the board in 2013.  He has held numerous positions outside of business. Mac has been an active member of his town planning board for over 28 years, having held the position of chairman for 14 of those years. He serves on the board of directors and executive committee for the Longhouse Council, Inc., of the Boy Scouts of America and is on the advisory board for Syracuse University’s School of Engineering. Mac is an active member of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York and Presidents Council at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is on the advisory board for the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University and is a guest lecturer. Mac is also active in the National Society of Professional Engineers and is active in the Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Military Engineers, and other professional bodies. He is past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies-New York, and past chairman of the National American Council of Engineering Companies, Inc., board member of Upstate Medical University Foundation in Syracuse and The New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center, a past trustee of WCNY Public Television, and secretary of the Onondaga Community College Foundation.

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The NYSSPE 2014 Annual Conference – Highlights from the Shark Tank

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Mark Golden, NSPE Executive Director Installs the NYSSPE 2014-2015 Officers

The NYSSPE recently held its annual conference at the Hyatt East End in Riverhead, New York, home of the world-renowned Long Island Aquarium. Thomas Petracca, PE, was inducted as the 2014-2015 NYSSPE state president.

There were some very interesting topics presented at the conference, as well as two different tours. Steven J. Quintavalla, PhD, from the United States Golf Association, broke down all of the technical aspects of the research behind golf products to determine whether or not they are permissible for use. John Cronin, PE, SECB, CBIE, F.NABIE, broke down Hurricane Sandy and the effects it had on the coast of Long Island, and Richard Cartwright, PE, CHMM, CPIM, discussed engineering disasters such as mercury-contaminated wastewater in Minimata, Japan, the Hindenburg zeppelin hydrogen gas explosion in Lakehurst, New Jersey, and the great London Beer Flood in England in 1814, and how we as engineers can learn from them. [Read more…]

The NYSSPE 2013 Annual Conference in Lake Placid, NY – Slideshow Video

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The New York State Society of Professional Engineers held their annual conference in Lake Placid, NY this year. The above video is a slideshow has been created, highlighting all of the major events at the conference, including the Opening Reception, Lunch with Assemblyman Santabarbara, Learning Sessions, an Olympic Center Tour, and finally an Awards Banquet. Look out for former NYSSPE Presidents, various members of the NYSSPE Executive Committee, the NYSSPE Executive Director & Staff, and many more.

Visit our Upcoming Events page for details of events throughout New York State. [Read more…]