April NJSPE Update
NJSPE NEWS                                                                                

NJSPE  Full  Day of Continuing Education, including ethics credits.

April 29, 2019
The Palace at Somerset Park
333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset NJ, 08873

Offering 6 PDH credits for Professional Engineers in NJ, NY, PA and other states that accept NJ or NJSPE accredited programs.

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!


Massachusetts Requires Role for Licensed Engineers in Has Infrastructure  after NTSB Investigates Deadly Explosions
For more details, READ MORE.

The Importance of Ethics for Professional Engineers
Ethics is an important topic for engineers of every level and field. When you become a professional engineer, however, you are held to a higher standard. That is why one of the requirements for maintaining your professional engineers' license is to meet a certain number of professional development hours with at least two being in ethics.

Engineering Advocacy Topics you Need to Know
Like most other professions, professional engineers across the country are constantly dealing with legislative changes that may negatively affect how they operate. That is why organizations like NJSPE are so important for protecting and advancing the engineering profession throughout New Jersey. As we get further into 2019, these are the hot topics where engineering advocacy is most important for New Jersey engineers.

How to Implement Engineering Ethics into Everything you Do
The field of engineering is constantly evolving to meet the demands of a changing society. This means that the old ethical rules may need to develop with the times. Staying up to date with engineering ethics is an essential part of furthering your career in this field. READ MORE

Annual MATHCOUNTS Golf Outing
On Tuesday, June 25, The NJSPE Education Foundation will hold its annual golf outing to benefit the New Jersey MATHCOUNTS program. For more than 30 years, MATHCOUNTS has provided enriching, extracurricular opportunities to middle school students and free, high-quality resources to educators. Every child is unique, but MATHCOUNTS believes all children are capable of seeing the beauty and joy of math, whether they are currently passionate about math or intimidated by it. The event will be held at Cherry Valley Country Club with a shotgun start at noon. There will be 3 prizes for Low Gross, 3 prizes for Low Calloway, 2 prizes for Nearest to Pin, 2 prizes for Longest Drive and a Putting Contest

There are sponsorship opportunities available and if you prefer, the option of a dinner buffet only is also available.

Once again, Tom Fisher, P.E. has agreed to chair the event this year. Please click here for more details and the registration form.

The NJ MATHCOUNTS Team Heads to Nationals
On May 11 -14, the New Jersey State MATHCOUNTS team will compete at the National competition in Orland, Florida. They will join teams from all 50 states, US territories, State Department Schools and Department of Defense Schools. Last year, New Jersey placed third. Once again, MATHCOUNTS will present the National Competition live via webcast on www.mathcounts.org.  On Monday, May 13th at 10:00 AM EDT, you'll have the opportunity to watch and play along with the nation's top middle school Mathletes! To donate to New Jersey MATHCOUNTS, please CLICK HERE.

INDUSTRY INSIGHT                                                                         
City Builders: Turn Disruptors into Opportunities
Engineering News Record

Major shifts of people into cities is not new, but what makes urbanization different today for planners, engineers, architects, contractors, financiers and public administrators than in decades past is the magnitude and pace at which all of us now encounter disruptions.  Both positive and negative, they include never-before-seen population numbers, aging infrastructure, emerging technologies and climate change. READ MORE

Acrow supplies 61 bridges to Panama for rural infrastructure development

Improving 3D-printed prosthetics and integrating electronic sensors

With the growth of 3D printing, it's entirely possible to 3D print your own prosthetic from models found in open-source databases.  But those models lack personalized electronic user interfaces like those found in costly, state-of-the-art prosthetics.
Now, a Virginia Tech professor and his interdisciplinary team of undergraduate student researchers have made inroads in integrating electronic sensors with personalized 3D-printed prosthetics -- a development that could one day lead to more affordable electric-powered prosthetics.  READ MORE

We need to engage more kids in STEM, especially those without wealthy parents, education advocates say

Between 2017 and 2027, the number of STEM jobs in New Jersey will grow 9 percent and STEM workers earn about 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. While these data points indicate there is vast opportunity within STEM in New Jersey, it's also important to acknowledge our STEM student achievement lags. Let's look at the realities behind this and propose some bolder solutions.  READ MORE  

NSPE NEWS                                                                                       
NSPE Voices Opposition to Tracking Software

NSPE has joined with several other organizations to protest the proposed use of tracking software on the computers of government contract employees, including those at engineering firms.  A draft bill introduced in several state legislatures would require government contractors to install "verification software" on their computers. The software logs a user's every keystroke, and takes a screen shot every three minutes. All of the information gathered must be stored for up to seven years, and government agencies must have unlimited access to the data.  Supporters are promoting the bill as a way of reducing fraudulent charges by allowing government agencies to verify contract hours worked, but it poses grave threats to personal privacy and security.    READ MORE

After a devastating gas pipeline explosion, Massachusetts ends licensing exemption

Thousands of people were affected by this devastating event.  Following the disaster, the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the incident and consulted with NSPE. The Society and NTSB staff spent several weeks discussing the engineering licensing process, its standards, and NSPE's opposition to licensing law exemptions. NSPE shared several documents, including its industrial exemptions position statement and fact sheet, and public testimony from professional engineers.   READ MORE

2019 Professional Engineers Conference

Save the Date! Mark your calendar for the 2019 Professional Engineers Conference, July 17-21, 2019 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri.  The conference is an opportunity for PEs and those on the path to licensure to connect with like-minded professionals, earn continuing education credits, and learn about the profession's top issues.  READ MORE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                                           

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