This past June at our NYSSPE Annual Conference in White Plains, I had the pleasure to meet Marvin Specter, PE, LS. Mr. Specter joined NSPE in 1955, was President of the Westchester Chapter in 1968, State President in 1972, NSPE National President in 1982, and that year founded the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. (NAFE). He also Co-founded the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) in 1990 and was President in 1993. [Read more…]
About 4 years ago, at the New York Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE), we decided that we needed to create a way for New York City design professionals to interact with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB). A way that would help these professionals stay up to date on the latest codes, and also meet and ask questions of DOB officials including Commissioner Rick Chandler, P.E.
Four years later, we just held our fourth annual Design Professionals Day and over 100 design professionals packed the room to learn and network. Topics presented included:
• Chapter 17: Special Inspections by D. Eric Hoyt, PE;
• Alterations in NYC: Common Pre-Construction, Construction & Inspection Issues by Matthew Millner, PE, LEED AP BD+C
• Flood Protection & NYC Gas Work by Robert Holub and Joseph Ackroyd
• Forensic Engineering: Existing Buildings, Alterations and New Construction by Anthony DeVito, PE & Yegal Shamash, PE
Commissioner Chandler also spoke for the fourth straight year at the event. The Commissioner focused his remarks on the importance of safety on construction sites. He mentioned legislation passed recently by the City Council mandating safety training for everyone who steps foot on a construction site. This is a message that we all need to hear repeatedly.
All of the technical presentations were very engaging, evidenced by the large number of comments and questions after each one of them. Once again this event achieved it’s goal of connecting design professionals with city officials to help both parties be able to do their jobs better. [Read more…]
With sadness, The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) has learned of the passing of Michael Hayes, PE. Michael served as NYSSPE’s 2012-2013 State President. He also served on the Foundation for Engineering Educations (FEE) Board of Directors from 2015-2017.
Michael Roy Hayes was born in Syracuse, New York to Frederick and Ruth Hayes. Upon graduation from Central Technical High school, he enrolled in Syracuse University (SU) and completed the Electrical Engineering program. While at SU, he also joined and completed the United States Air Force (USAF) ROTC.
He then served in the USAF for twenty years as a civil engineer and enjoyed traveling widely in Europe, Asia and the USA. He retired as Major and then began a second career as a civilian Electrical Engineer. He worked for Maniktala Associates, C & S Engineering and, briefly, IDP Engineering. It also gave him great pleasure to work for H & R Block and then Total Financial Services as a tax preparer. He reached the level of Enrolled Agent before retiring as a preparer. He loved running, Bridge and all things computer related.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, and sisters Sharon, (Bill) LaRouche and Nancy Hayes and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
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Howard Blitman P.E., F.NSPE was honored with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award at RPI’s Inaugural Scholarship Gala this past fall. He received this award in recognition of his service, philanthropy and partnership with Rensselaer for over 65 years. Blitman graduated Rensselaer in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and as an alumnus remained very active at Rensselaer as an adviser, trustee, philanthropist and volunteer. He established a professorship in engineering, and gave a gift to the endowment that allowed for the construction of Blitman Commons, once a hotel and now a student living space, which benefits both the school and downtown Troy community.
In his professional life, Blitman is a consulting engineer and the president of The Blitman Building Corporation. He also served as president of the New York Chapter/NYSSPE in 1974-1975, president of NYSSPE in 1978-1979, and was elected president of NSPE in 2002-2003.
Congratulations Howard, from all of your colleagues at NYSSPE!
NYSSPE’s Engineer of the week features George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. who was an American civil engineer, born on February 14, 1859 in Galesburg, Illinois. He is best known for creating the Ferris wheel.
Ferris graduated RPI in 1881 with a degree in engineering and began to work in NYC designing bridges and tunnels. Shortly after, he moved to Pittsburgh and founded his own company, G.W.G. Ferris & Co. In 1891, the directors of the World’s Columbian Exposition challenged Americans to produce a structure that rivaled the Eiffel tower. Ferris took on the challenge with a vision to create a giant wheel ride inspired by a waterwheel that he had admired as a child.
In 1983 the wheel made its debut at the Exposition and was a huge success. However, the excitement about the wheel died down after the Exposition was over and Ferris passed away before the Ferris wheel design spread around the world.