January NJSPE Update
NJSPE NEWS                                                                                

NJSPE Full Day of Continuing Education
These courses are applicable for NJ PE License Renewal-- DEADLINE, April 30, 2018

January 24th at the Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill
January 31st at the Palace at Somerset Park

Offering 6 PDH Credits for Professional Engineers in NJ and PA; NY is pending approval which is anticipated.  Updates will follow .

NJSPE Would Like to Welcome Its Newest Members:

Steven  Arthur   Bagge Jr., PE
Senior Engineer Speitel & Speitel
Ronald  N. Curcio, PE     
Adams Rehmann & Heggan Assoc
Jody F. DeMarco, PE
Forensic Consultants of North America

Mr. John J. Hare, PE

Kara Anita Neal
The College of New Jersey
Jonathan Ortega
The College of New Jersey
Michael J. Roberts, PE   
Stires Associates, PA
Ian River Walczak
East Coast Engineering


2018 NJSPE Awards Nominations:
Deadline January 19
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. 
In addition, NJSPE is accepting nominations for Professional Development Awards. These awards will recognize those entities with the best records of professional engineering employment practices. For complete information, click here.

Job Opening: Senior Bridge Design Engineer
Our client is a leading Architecture and Engineering firm seeking to add a Sr. Bridge Design Engineer to their dynamic organization in their Marlton, NJ location.
They have 15 offices throughout the United States and one office in Europe. They are a growing firm yet steady and stable. They are involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from k-12 architecture to bridges and heavy highway construction.
In addition to an impressive portfolio of services they also provide their employees with world-class benefits ranging from excellent health care coverage to an employer-matching retirement fund. Their strong portfolio and continuous growth also allows for opportunities for growth and advancement for their employees. 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!

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                                                                         

Throwing the Book at Coastal Flooding and Sea-level Rise
NJ Spotlight

A comprehensive report from NJ Future gives the governor-elect a new challenge: devise a coordinated response to help residents deal with flooding along the whole coastline. 

New Jersey Future on Wednesday added another item to Gov.-elect Phil Murphy's to do list: Devise a coordinated response to help the entire state coastline adapt to rising sea levels, eroding beaches, increased flooding, and climate change.  READ MORE

Board of Education Recognizes efforts of Female Engineering Students

Girl power was on full display at the December Board of Education meeting as Washington Township High School engineering teacher Simone Wong and the all-female students in Wong's Introduction to Engineering course outlined the complex processes that they used to craft bath fizzies as an in-class assignment.

The students showcased their problem-solving, critical-thinking, creativity and communication skills in presenting the step-by-step processes that they used in researching, brainstorming and creating formulas for the creation of bath fizzies.  READ MORE

Engineers Cultivate Functioning Human Muscle from Skin Cells

Biomedical engineers have grown the first functioning human skeletal muscle from induced pluripotent stem cells.  The advance builds on work published in 2015 when researchers at Duke University  grew the first functioning human muscle tissue from cells obtained from muscle biopsies . The ability to start from cellular scratch using non-muscle tissue will allow scientists to grow far more muscle cells, provide an easier path to genome editing and cellular therapies as well as develop individually tailored models of rare muscle diseases for drug discovery and basic biology studies.  READ MORE

7 facts about the STEM workforce
Pew Research Center

Employment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations has grown 79% since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth. There's no single standard for which jobs count as STEM, and this may contribute to a number of misperceptions about who works in STEM and the difference that having a STEM-related degree can make in workers' pocketbooks.  READ MORE

Safety glass inspires cheaper and lighter batteries for electric cars

Researchers from the Materials Science and Technology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee modified the design of lithium-ion batteries, adding slits along the electrodes. The technique is designed to mimic safety glass, which is bound together to ensure it fractures into small fragments in the event of an impact rather than creating larger, sharp pieces. 

Lithium-ion batteries are "exceptionally safe", said the team, but they can short dangerously after an impact. Adding slits should allow batteries to fragment into smaller pieces rather than completely breaking, said researcher and author Nancy Dudney.  READ MORE

NSPE NEWS                                                                                       

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

Engineers Secure Major Victory in Final Tax Reform Legislation

As a result of extensive advocacy by NSPE and the engineering and architecture community, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, now signed into law, allows for a 20% deduction for businesses organized as "pass-through" entities, like S-corporations, sole proprietorships, and limited liability partnerships, subject to income limitations. The Senate bill would have greatly restricted this deduction for "service" businesses, including engineers, architects, doctors, lawyers, and financial services firms.   READ MORE

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.  READ MORE

Call for Presentations 2018 Professional Engineers Conference 

The National Society of Professional Engineers is now accepting presentation submissions for consideration for the  2018 Professional Engineers Conference July 17-23, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Professional Engineers Conference attracts more than 400 professional engineers and industry leaders from across the United States and internationally for two full days of professional development and networking. The 2018 Professional Engineers Conference will include at least 25 one-hour sessions, presentations by national leaders, and commercial exhibits.  READ MORE

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