January NJSPE Update
NJSPE NEWS                                                                                

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

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

The NJSPE Awards honor individuals and firms for achievements in the practice and profession of engineering. It is important that we recognize those who have given the best for the advancement of the profession, and to society as a whole. Please visit the website for nomination information. 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

NJ Future City Competition Urgently Needs YOU!
Future City is a student outreach activity in New Jersey that brings together the education community, local engineering alumni, engineering firms and various professional societies. In recent years the region competition has grown to over 500 participating students, teachers, and mentors. Feedback from both students and teachers has been exceedingly positive, with exclamations of an excellent engineering experience!

Future City's mission is to provide a fun and exciting educational engineering program for 6th, 7th & 8th grade students that combine a stimulating engineering challenge with a "hands-on" application to present their vision of a city of the future. This year's Challenge is: "Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow." Teams identify a threat to their future city's water supply and design a resilient system to ensure a reliable supply. READ MORE

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!

Each year, the NJSPE's Education Foundation sponsors the NJ MATHCOUNTS events
throughout the state. The Competition Series is for middle school students grades 6 - 8. It  consists of school competitions with the winners moving on to regional and then state  competitions. The national competition was held in Orlando in May.The MATHCOUNTS motto is "Some students love math. Other students fear math. MATHCOUNTS is a place for both." Below are the regional and state competition dates along with the contact information for the respective coordinator. If you would like to become involved in or donate to MATHCOUNTS, please contact Lisa Jones at LJones@njpsi.com .

INDUSTRY INSIGHT                                                                         
Trump administration to accelerate environmental reviews for infrastructure projects
Roads & Bridges

The Trump administration is proposing a new rule to modernize and accelerate environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) so that infrastructure can be built in "a timely, efficient, and affordable manner," the White House announced. The proposed rule would establish time limits of two years for completion of environmental impact statements and one year for completion of environmental assessments. The White House says the rule would "reduce unnecessary burdens and delays for environmental reviews." Critics of the proposed rule have raised concerns that the changes to NEPA lack consideration for the impacts of infrastructure projects on climate change.  READ MORE

Long list of projects in the queue for next WRDA bill
Engineering News-Record

As Congress gears up to produce a new water resources bill, a batch of proposed Army Corps of Engineers flood control, dredging, river locks and ecosystem restoration projects is getting in line to be included in the not-yet-drafted legislation. The list may greatly exceed the total in the last such measure. Since the previous Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) was signed into law on Dec. 16, 2018, the Army's chief of engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, has signed reports recommending 17 projects, valued at $9 billion in all, he told the House water resources and environment subcommittee at a Jan. 9 hearing.    READ MORE
How the best managers identify and develop talent
Government Technology

Great managers are typically experts in their fields with a strong performance history and an interest in being in charge. But to lead effectively they need to develop another skill, one that is often overlooked: talent management.  The ability to see talent before others see it (internally and externally), unlock human potential, and find not just the best employee for each role, but also the best role for each employee, is crucial to running a topnotch team. In short, great managers are also great talent agents.  READ MORE

2020 hopeful Buttigieg touches on infrastructure plan

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg unveiled a plan to pour more than $1 trillion into creating millions of jobs and updating U.S. infrastructure with an eye toward fending off the effects of climate change. The 17-page plan calls for working with states, cities and local governments to build sustainable infrastructure that also builds "opportunity, equity, and empowerment." Buttigieg's plan says it would prioritize connecting people with jobs and resources. He would double the Transportation Department's BUILD grant program, which funds a wide variety of infrastructure projects, to $2 billion a year.   READ MORE  

NSPE NEWS                                                                                       
2020 NSPE Honor Awards

NSPE Honor Awards promote the professional engineer's contributions to society and recognize the achievements of the profession's very best. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2020.  READ MORE

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

The Future of Professional Engineering

This NSPE report, entitled The Future of Professional Engineering: Continued Protection of the Public Health, Safety and Welfare Through Professional Engineering Licensure, was developed by a team of volunteers appointed to the NSPE Future of Professional Engineering ("FOPE") Task Force of the National Society of Professional Engineers ("NSPE") from June 2016 to July 2018 and presents a discussion of a range of issues that are expected to impact professional engineers and professional engineering in the coming decades - emerging technologies, industrial exemptions, public policy, engineering education, globalization, alternative project delivery, the role of engineering technicians/technologists, public sector engagement and other critical issues.  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