February NJSPE Update
NJSPE NEWS                                                                                


Wednesday, March 18, 2020
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
WSP, USA/Louis Berger
Mt. Kemble Corporate Park
412 Mt. Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07692

Offering 6 PDH credits for Professional Engineers in NJ, NY, and PA.

Bridge Resistance Barrier Gates
Why do we use Drones for Engineering
Ethics for Professional Engineers




Common Mistakes in Design of Coastal & Marine Projects - EARN 8 PDHs IN ONE DAY!
You must attend the full day for the 8 PDHs

Monday, March 23, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mott MacDonald
111 Wood Ave South, Iselin, New Jersey, 08830, USA

Includes Breakfast & lunch
$225 member
$275 sustaining members
$325 non-members

What to Bring:
Calculator & Optional: a Laptop to access online resources


Structural Steel & Bolting Special Inspection - 14 PDHs
Also approved with:
ICC - 1.4 CEUs

April 4 & 18, 2020 - (Two Saturdays)
8:00am to 4:30pm each day

Mott MacDonald
111 Wood Ave South
Iselin, NJ 08830

This intense two (2) day seminar workshop is designed to provide attendees instruction in the technical aspects, duties and responsibilities of the Structural Steel and Bolting Special Inspector according to the guidelines established by the International Code Council (ICC). In addition to review of applicable IBC, ICC SIM, and AISC provisions, heavy emphasis is placed on structural plan reading.

This seminar is designed to prepare attendees to take the ICC Structural Steel & Bolting Special Inspector examination.

NJSPE Would like to Welcome its Newest Members:
Madison Rita Bland (Student)
The College of New Jersey

Elizabeth Mary DeFazio, PE
NJ Department of Agriculture

Michael Hanna (Student)
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Daniel Jordan III, PE
Summit Ridge Energy

Michael Kalinowski, PE
Braen Stone

Sophie Lipomanis (Student)
J.B. Speed School of Engineering

Robert A. Lopez, PE
RLA Communications

Juan Carlos Lopez (Student)
Maine University

Gregory Francis McGrath Jr., PE
S. T. Hudson Engineers Inc.

Rocco Pagano (Student)
University of Maine

Philip A. Quense, PE
Crane Associates, pc

Krishna Shadakopan, PE
Arcadis, Inc.

Dhruv Shah (Student)
Drexel University

David Martin Sikorski, PE
Vinci Concessions

Mahmoud S. Teama (Student)
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Melissa Tirone (Student)
Stevens Institute of Technology

Reduced Cost Ethics Training for Professional Engineers
To help our members meet their requirements, the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers has launched a new online ethics training for professional engineers at a reduced cost. 

This two-hour online video, presented by the NJSPE counsel Larry Powers, will provide you with the two credits required for the ethics portion of your professional engineer license. Once the video is viewed in its entirety, you will be e-mailed a certificate proving you have met this licensing requirement.  READ MORE

NSPE Fellow Membership Grade
Nomination Deadline: March 1
The NSPE Fellow Program is a national program intended to recognize deserving professional engineers who have demonstrated long term professional service at the chapter, state and national levels of NSPE.  The NSPE Board of Directors established the Fellow recognition program to honor those licensed members who have demonstrated exemplary service to the profession, the Society, and the community. 

Fellow nominations may be submitted to the NSPE Council of Fellows Executive Committee (COFEC) by a state society of NSPE, a NSPE Interest Group, a NSPE Chartered Affinity Group or, a member of the NSPE Board of Directors with the NSPE Board's endorsement.  NSPE Interest Groups are defined as the five Legacy Interest Groups defined in Bylaw 21 and Chartered Affinity Groups are defined as organizations with which NSPE has a written affinity group agreement (currently the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers.  These definitions may be expanded over time if interest groups and chartered affinity groups are added. READ MORE

NJSPE Member Renewals
If you have received your renewal 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!

Both the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the National Society of Professional Engineers have chosen the New Jersey Department of Transportation to be a recipient of a 2019 Qualification-Based Selection Merit Award.

The New Jersey MATHCOUNTS competition is underway with all six chapter competitions being finished. The State competition will be held on Saturday March 14th at Rutgers University. The NJ chapter is looking for sponsors and volunteers to assist these wonderful students. If you would like to become involved in or donate to MATHCOUNTS, please contact Lisa Jones at LJones@njpsi.com.

INDUSTRY INSIGHT                                                                         
Public supports rigorous licensing

The Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing, a coalition NSPE spearheaded in 2019, is working to get the message out about licensing's importance. ARPL has released results from a recent national survey on public opinion of professional licensing standards.

The public overwhelmingly supports licensing regulations for complex, highly technical professions that have a direct impact on public health, safety, and welfare. The majority believe professional licensing requirements protect the public and shouldn't be reformed.  READ MORE

Design-build takes hold in all but 2 states
Construction Dive

In the last 25 years, the design-build delivery method has caught on with not just contractors but also government officials, customers and jurisdictions across the country. Design-build has been impressive in roads, but there is still work to be done to maintain its foothold, said Richard Thomas, director of state and local legislative affairs of the Design-Build Institute of America. State legislatures generally turn over every decade, and freshman legislators need to be educated about the benefits the alternative delivery method has for government-funded projects.   READ MORE
Energy Department to provide $64 million for cost-shared projects on coal-fired plant of the future
Power Engineering 

The Trump administration's Department of Energy (DOE) announced $64 million in federal funding to help prospective coal-fired power plants become smaller, less expensive and more environmentally friendly. DOE Secretary Dan Brouillette touted the funding for cost-shared research and development projects for the Coal FIRST Power Plants of the Future program. Coal currently generates about 27% of the nation's electricity mix, but utilities are retiring plants - and not building new ones - amidst concerns over economic viability and carbon emissions.   READ MORE

Review: Government bodies not 'sufficiently transparent' about AI
Engineering and Technology

A review into AI and its ethical use by government and other public bodies has concluded that there are "serious deficiencies" in regulation relating to the issue, although it stopped short of recommending the establishment of a new regulator. The review focused on how public bodies could continue to uphold the "Nolan Principles" of public life as AI becomes increasingly integrated into public services.   READ MORE  

NSPE NEWS                                                                                       
Why Women Choose, and Stay, in Engineering

Multiple studies have examined the obstacles that interfere with women choosing or staying in engineering careers. Recently, DiscoverE flipped the issue by examining the common factors that motivate young women to both enter and persist in engineering.
According to the study, young women who choose and/or persist in engineering.

Protect the PE Fund

There are obvious differences between barbers and professional engineers, but many state politicians have begun to classify the two together. Since the start of 2016, 31 states have introduced legislation and/or regulations that would erode and even destroy PE licensure as we know it today, all in the name of allegedly creating greater competition. NSPE is fighting to ensure that the licensed practice of professional engineering is considered a learned profession and that the engineering license is treated like a medical license. We live in a fast-paced, ever changing world in which professional engineering is constantly growing and evolving. Public policy, established through legislation, regulations, or litigation, are shaping the ability of professional engineers to practice. The profession is constantly facing new and growing challenges and opportunities.  READ MORE

Looking for Adventure? Be an EWeek Pioneer

For nearly 70 years, Engineers Week has provided an avenue for those in the engineering profession to educate, celebrate, and spread the word about engineering and its role in our society. This year's EWeek Celebration from February 16-22, 2020, offers engineers nationwide an opportunity to embrace this year's theme to be a "Pioneer of Progress." For Engineers Week 1990, DiscoverE, the nonprofit that oversees EWeek, issued the first nationwide call to engineers to visit a classroom and introduce K-12 students to engineering.  READ MORE

2020 Free Courses Now Available

These courses are available for free to NSPE members to conveniently view from the comfort of your home or office. Viewers may earn credits by viewing the webinars and passing a quiz. Upon successful completion of each session quiz with a passing score of 70% or higher, the quiz taker will receive an attendance certificate with the appropriate credits (PDHs) earned for that session. PDHs from the NSPE free courses are recognized by most U.S. states including Florida. READ MORE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE                                           

Robert V. Kiser, PE
Michael Bennink, PE 
Past President
Joseph A. Mancini, PE
Vince Wagner, PE
Vice President
Erica Vigliorolo, EIT
William Delisky, PE
Brian Van Nortwick, PE
NJSPE Director at Large
Robert J. Thiel, PE
NSPE Delegate  
Lawrence Powers, Esq.
Joe Simonetta, CAE
Executive Director