March NJSPE Update
NJSPE NEWS                                                                                
NJSPE Would Like to Welcome its Newest Members
Youssef Al Fahham (Student)
Mott MacDonald
Matthew Cafone, PE
French & Parrello Associates PA
Erica Mullen, PE
Maser Consulting

NJSPE TWO  Full Days of Continuing Education

April 1, 2019
Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill
2349 W, NJ-70, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

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

Offering 6 PDH credits per day for Professional Engineers in NJ, NY, PA and other states that accept NJ or NJSPE accredited programs. Earn 10 PDH by attending both 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!


New Jersey legislation to create Autonomous Vehicle Task Force sent to the Governor's desk, Professional Engineers included
Joint Resolutions AJR164 and SJR105 propose to establish a "New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force."  This Task Force will conduct a study of advanced autonomous vehicles and to make recommendations on laws, rules, and regulations that New Jersey may enact to safely integrate advanced autonomous vehicles on the State's highways, streets, and roads. 

On behalf of the members of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers (NJSPE), NJSPE worked closely with the State Legislature for a Professional Engineer to be included on this proposed Task Force.  We are happy to report that these joint resolutions have been revised to include a licensed Professional Engineer on this Task Force and the joint resolutions were reported from the Senate and the Assembly on Thursday, January 31st. This is just one more example of how the NJSPE is promoting, serving and representing New Jersey's engineering professionals for the public's benefit.
With this legislation now on the Governor's desk, NJSPE has established a Blue Ribbon panel to examine the issues around autonomous vehicles that will impact the State and how the engineering profession will be involved in guiding this process.  NJSPE is looking for licensed individuals with specialized and expert knowledge to contribute and provide input to the task force.  Robert Thiel, PE has been appointed by NJSPE as the panel chair. 

We're looking for a PE to serve on this Task Force.  If you're interested about serving on this Task Force please send your resume to Patrick Stewart ( by Friday March  22, 2019 to be considered.  READ MORE

The 2019 NJ MATHCOUNTS State Competition was held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Rutgers University. This year, 145 schools, 125 teams and 584 individuals competed in Regional competitions for the honor of representing their schools at the State Competition.
The advancing team (below) will compete at the National Competition May 11 - 14 in Orlando.

Pictured above is the NJ National team. They are (from left to right):

Courtney Johnson, Coach from Thomas Grover Middle School
Kishan Bava, first place finisher, from Heritage Middle School. His coach is Michele Downey
Bryan Zhang, fourth place finisher, from Green Broom Middle School. His coach is Jagdeep Bhatia
Qirui (aka Locke) Cai, second place finisher from Thomas Grover Middle School.
George Cao, third place finisher from Montgomery Middle School. His coach is Kelsey

If you would like details on how to get involved with or how to become a sponsor of MATHCOUNTS, please contact Lisa Jones at  

INDUSTRY INSIGHT                                                                         
Drones Find Sweet Spot in Environmental Engineering
Engineering News Record

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and international organizations from the U.S., England and the Netherlands released on Jan. 19 a 261-page book entitled "Engineering with Nature-An Atlas." Available either as a hard copy or free download, the atlas showcases 56 projects around the world that apply the principles of an initiative to support engineering with nature, rather than against it, to protect the environment, infrastructure and quality of life.  The EWN movement seeks to leverage natural forces and risk-buffering natural features, such as wetlands and water-courses, to enhance sustainable, resilient, multipurpose infrastructure systems. The initiative includes a network of research projects, field demonstrations and communication activities with an emphasis on embracing innovation.  READ MORE  

These are NJ's best places to work, 2019

Rowan, RCBC launch 3+1 engineering tech programs

Rowan University and Rowan College at Burlington County announced a pair of so-called "3+1" degree programs in engineering technology, aimed at meeting the demand for workers who can apply science and engineering concepts in a practical fashion.
The two degrees, in electrical engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology, will be offered at RCBC's Mount Laurel campus as part of Rowan's new Engineering Technology Department - itself part of the university's Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering.  READ MORE

New club teaches NJ kids about coding, engineering and robotics
NJ News 12

A new club that recently opened in Hudson County will teach young children about computer coding, engineering and robotics.  The Rocket Club at the Monroe School in Hoboken immerses kids ages 9 through 14 in robotics entrepreneurship and coding.
"They're going to be learning business concepts, robotics coding," says Yoohan Ko, who heads the club. "They're going to be learning about robotic claws and a Mars they see that 'Oh I'm building a robotic claw,' but this is actually what's being used by SpaceX, by Tesla in their factories."    READ MORE  

NSPE NEWS                                                                                       
Latest Threat: Snooping on Government Contracts

In legislatures around the country, a threat to engineering firms that contract with government agencies is emerging. The threat comes from a model bill requiring private businesses that contract with any government body to install tracking software on the computer of every employee who works on a public project. The company TransparentBusiness is aggressively promoting the model bill as a way of reducing fraudulent charges by government contractors. This company, coincidentally, sells the tracking software. In response to a bill introduced in Springfield, the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers has responded in opposition, along with the American Council of Engineering Companies-Illinois, the American Institute of Architects - Illinois, the Illinois CPA Society, the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association, the Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association, and the Illinois Secretary of State.   READ MORE

Autonomous Vehicles: A Public Regulatory Policy Guide

To promote public safety for all who interact with autonomous vehicles, NSPE has adopted a policy guide providing public policy decision-makers, regulators, manufacturers, and others with guidelines to measure the safety readiness of autonomous vehicles under consideration for deployment.  READ MORE

2019 Free Courses to Earn PDHs

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. 

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