December NJSPE Update
NJSPE NEWS                                                                                
NJSPE is offering Continuing Education Programs in the SPRING! 
More information to come in early 2019. 
Don't miss out on local programs to meet your CE Requirements.

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!


MATHCOUNTS Sponsorships Now Available

New Jersey MATHCOUNTS is passionate about giving middle school  "Mathletes" the opportunity to participate in a math-based competition. The experience strengthens not only their math skills, but comradery among like-minded students. These sponsorships are an opportunity for New Jersey engineering firms to encourage and build relationships with these amazing Mathletes, their parents and other Professional Engineers. READ MORE

How NJSPE Helps New Jersey Engineers
One of the best ways to network with people in your industry and stay up-to-date on engineering news and events is by becoming a member of a professional association. New Jersey engineers are very lucky because there are so many great associations specifically created for engineers in our state. So why should you join the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers? Here are five of our favorite reasons. READ MORE

INDUSTRY INSIGHT                                                                         
Made in New Jersey -- we're more than just fist pumping and The Boss

Face it, our state's reputation stinks -- almost as bad as that smell emanating from the Meadowlands. From the drunken antics of the Jersey Shore cast (GTL, anyone?) to the table-flipping drama of the Real Housewives, reality television has done a number on us. Add to that the delicacy known as Taylor ham/pork roll that my southern relatives think is the same as Spam (the horror!) and the idea that Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi might not be pleasing to everyone's ears. What does that leave us to feel proud of? A lot, actually. READ MORE

OP-ED: Nautilus would put NJ at forefront of offshore wind industry

This month, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is considering approval of the Nautilus Offshore Wind project, a joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fishermen's Energy set to be located 2.8 miles east of the Atlantic City coastline and include three wind turbines. Nautilus could be the first offshore wind project in the state, and only the second in the country. READ MORE

Move to Improve Work on NJ's Transportation Infrastructure
NJ Spotlight

Why Every Engineer Should Learn Machining

If you're an engineer working with machinists, you've more than likely had this thought:  "Damn it, why can't the machinists  just make what's on the drawing ?"
On the other hand, if you're a machinist working with engineers, you've probably had this thought:  "Damn it, why can't the engineers  just draw something I can actually make ?"  If you happen to be an engineer  and  a machinist, you've no doubt been on both sides of the issue, and perhaps occasionally caught in between.  READ MORE

Project News for the Week of December 10, 2018
Engineering News Record

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded a $17.9-million firm-fixed-price contract to Triton Marine Construction Corp. for the repair of trestle box beams at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck. The work involves concrete spall repairs on the underside of Trestle 1A to the pile caps, beams and deck; carbon fiber reinforced polymer strengthening of existing reinforced concrete box beams using the wet layup process; and installation of five new pile bents.  READ MORE  

NSPE NEWS                                                                                       
New Report Offers State-by-State Look at Disciplinary Self-Reporting Requirements

Though no one wants to face disciplinary actions, it's important to know what your professional responsibilities are if it ever happens. So NSPE has compiled information that details the self-reporting requirements of each state, including the types of information that must be shared, and thresholds that trigger them. NSPE members can access the report for free. It is available to non-members for a $9.95 fee. Learn more about this report and others on state laws and regulations related to engineering practice.  READ MORE

Autonomous Vehicle Risks Too Great to Ignore

As the push for automated vehicles continues in industry and government, NSPE is once again urging the Department of Transportation to give greater attention to public safety.  In public comments to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation , NSPE criticized the latest voluntary guidelines on AVs. "Unfortunately, rather than strengthening public safety and confidence, the voluntary guidelines in this new version create more uncertainty, and potentially put the public at greater risk," wrote NSPE President Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE.  NSPE's comments are in response to DOT's latest version of its policy statement on automation, "Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0."   READ MORE

NTSB's Pipeline Explosion Report Targets Licensure Exemption

The National Transportation Safety Board's new report on the deadly pipeline explosion in Massachusetts in September calls for a significant legislative change that NSPE has strongly advocated for years: elimination of professional engineer licensure exemptions.  The report , released on November 15, recommends that the state of Massachusetts "eliminate the professional engineer licensure exemption for public utility work and require a professional engineer's seal on public utility engineering drawings." In addition, NTSB recommends that, moving forward, NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas, have a PE sign and seal all construction documents. NiSource owns and operates the gas distribution system in which the explosions occurred.    READ MORE

15 Free Courses

Each year, NSPE offers its members 15 free on-demand courses that enable them to earn PDHs from the comfort of their home or office. 

The 2018 courses are available online.

They include options such as:
  • Ethics and Engineering;
  • How to Develop the Engineering Leader Inside You;
  • Self-Driving Cars: An Examination of Ethical Issues at the Micro and Macro Scale;
  • Threats to Licensure;
  • and more.
For members who may need assistance, the Society has put together a  video tutorial.

2018-2019 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