February NJSPE Update
NJSPE NEWS                                                                                

National Engineers Week is
February 18-24, 2018

Join engineers from around the nation as we celebrate and spread awareness for the work engineers perform everyday. 

Engage with us on Facebook, Twitter, or our new Instagram by tagging us and using #EWeek2018.

***For complete information and helpful resources, please visit and share our new Engineers Week landing page!*** 

NJSPE Would Like to Welcome Its Newest Members:

Michael Boules (Student)
Andrew Philip Christ, PE               
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Mark W. Cohen, PE
Marsh USA Incorporated

David A. Cranmer, PE     
Cranmer Engineering
Jody F. DeMarco, PE       
Forensic Consultants of North America
Michael J. Drobny, PE
French & Parrello Associates PA
Gregory John Galasso, PE
Nokia of America Corporation
William Myron Hart, PE 
Hart Engineering, LLC

Kenneth H. Karle, PE      
LAN Associates, Inc.
Robert  Campbell Klockner, PE
Moretrench American Corporation

John Christopher Miller, PE
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Kingsley Nnamdi Obasi , EI, EIT
Rowan University
Joseph Schneider, PE     
South Jersey Gas Co
Joseph Schwarz, PE                        
Matthew Sharo, PE
Dynamic Engineering
Joseph John Skupien, PE              
SWM Consulting, LLC
Brad Summerville, PE
PT Consultants, Inc.


NJSPE Member Renewals
If you have received your renewal for next year and are paying by Purchase Order or Voucher, please send all paper work to NJSPE for a signature.  You can mail it to NJSPE, 414 River View Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08611 or you can fax it to 609-393-9891. Thank you for your membership!

PEC News
Save the Dates: 2017-18 Schedule
2/19-2/25/18 National Engineer's Week

2/22/18 The 42nd Annual - Construction Unity Dinner and Executive Committee Meeting
Pines Manor - Edison, NJ
3/21/18 Sol Seid Student Interviews
Scholarship Committee Meeting
Pines Manor - Edison, NJ
The 44th Annual Awards Bonhag
Dinner Dance
Grand Marquis, Old Bridge, NJ
Winter/Spring: Technical Seminars/Membership Meetings Dates & Topics
will be updated once confirmed - Notices will be emailed and posted on our website.

2017-18 - Updated Annual Sustaining Firm Membership Dues and Individual Membership. Support notices will be emailed and can be paid and updated via mail or on our website.

INDUSTRY INSIGHT                                                                         

Lawmakers Want $166 Million for Rail, Roads, Bridges on top of $2B Already Budgeted
NJ Spotlight

Increasing the gas tax by 23 cents a gallon was supposed to resolve the continued lack of funding for state infrastructure projects, raising $2 billion a year over eight years. But for the second time since lawmakers renewed the state Transportation Trust Fund, they are going to the well again, asking for a supplemental appropriation.

The Assembly Budget Committee has approved a total of $166 million in supplemental TTF funding that would be added to the $2 billion that's already been budgeted for road, bridge, and rail improvements during the 2018 fiscal year, which runs through the end of June. 

Self-driving vehicles can help improve traffic flow
NJ Today

Improvements in traffic flow and fuel consumption are boosted when even a few autonomous vehicles are immersed in bulk traffic, according to research by a Rutgers University-Camden scholar, Benedetto Piccoli, and a team of resear chers who recently presented their findings to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

The multidisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in traffic flow theory, control theory, robotics, cyber-physical systems, and transportation engineering demonstrated to policymakers how autonomous vehicles in their National Science Foundation-funded study helped to prevent traffic jams and can dissipate them when they appear.

Protecting a New World of 3D-Printed Products

The number of 3D-printed, critical components grows each day. They make their way into vehicles, aircraft, medical devices, prostheses, human bodies, and military applications.  With that increase comes more opportunities for bad actors to hack the additive manufacturing industry, potentially jeopardizing the products meant to improve our health and safety. 

So far, no major hacks have been reported in the emerging industry, says Raheem Beyah, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

New Spending Measure Has Big Potential Infrastructure Boost
Engineering News Record

Construction and engineering companies find lots of good news in a newly enacted budget and appropriations package that keeps federal agencies open until late March, provides $89 billion for post-disaster relief and rebuilding and also holds out the prospect of an additional $20 billion in infrastructure funding over the next two years.
Final congressional approval didn't come until the early hours of Feb. 9, when the Senate passed the measure, 71-28, and the House cleared it by a 240-186 vote. 

Rowan first N.J. university to send satellite into space as part of NASA program
Rowan University

They have been developing a CubeSat research nanosatellite, weighing less than three pounds, as part of NASA's seventh round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative. Rowan is the only college or university in New Jersey ever selected for the program.  The Rowan CubeSat, called MemSat, will evaluate a newer type of memory technology to determine whether it is better than the most common technology used today, comparing the behavior of memristor memory devices against standard, silicon-based memory technologies to determine potential advantages and/or disadvantages of memristors for space and other applications. 

NSPE NEWS                                                                                       

National Engineering Week

Founded by NSPE in 1951,  EWeek  ( February 18-24, 2018 ) is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

Today, EWeek is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to quality of life, EWeek promotes recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy, and motivates youth, to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce. Each year, EWeek reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the U.S.   

Mark your calendar now for the 2018 Professional Engineers Conference. This conference will be held July 17-23 in Las Vegas. 

A Rising Threat Level

Now your critical role in securing the health and safety of the public is under increasing scrutiny. Over the last few years, there has been a growing movement by some governors and legislators to target the regulation of occupations and professions under the guise of cutting government interference and boosting state economies.
NSPE, which was founded on the importance of licensing to protect the public from unqualified practitioners, sees a very real threat. In partnership with state societies, NSPE is actively monitoring the situation and responding to those threats whenever and wherever they arise.  

2017-2018 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                                           

Vatsal A. Shah, PE
Mark J. Janiszewski, PE
Past President
Michael J. Bennink, PE
Robert V. Kiser, PE
Vice President
Joseph A. Mancini, PE
Katherine Childers, PE
Brian Van Nortwick, EIT
NJSPE Director at Large
Robert J. Thiel, PE
NSPE Delegate (two-year term 2016-2018) 
Lawrence Powers, Esq.
Joe Simonetta, CAE
Executive Director