March NJSPE Update
NJSPE NEWS                                                                                

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

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

INDUSTRY INSIGHT                                                                         
Coronavirus puts utility resource management in focus
Power Engineering

Each year, the U.S. federal government gives states and hospitals approximately $1bn for disaster preparedness. That is more than the entire healthcare budget of many Third World countries. 

Healthcare experts say if coronavirus, known as COVID-19, a respiratory disease originating in China, spreads widely in the United States one of the biggest challenges will be staffing hospitals.  READ MORE

OSHA advisory committee discusses major industry hazards
Construction Dive

Last week, the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH), which makes construction regulation recommendations to OSHA, held two public teleconference meetings to address how the agency could increase awareness and potentially update its standards for hazards that pose a great risk to industry workers - falls, excavation and trenches, opioids and suicide.   READ MORE
Biomass fuels made from grass could help mitigate global warming
Engineering and Technology 

The study, conducted by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel, and Michigan State University (MSU), USA, examined a number of different cellulosic biofuel crops to test their potential as a petroleum alternative in ethanol fuel and electric light-duty vehicles, including passenger cars and small trucks.  

According to experts, climate change mitigation scenarios - limiting global temperature increases to 1.5°C - rely on decarbonising vehicle fuel with bioenergy production together with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).   READ MORE

Massachusetts Utility Pleads Guilty to 2018 Gas Explosion

Columbia Gas-the Massachusetts utility responsible for fatal 2018 natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston-is set to plead guilty in a U.S. court in Boston to violations of federal law.  

The guilty plea follows a settlement by the firm and its parent company NiSource, to pay a $53 million federal fine.  

In announcing the agreement, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, told reporters that the fine "is by far the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the Pipeline Safety Act."   READ MORE  

NSPE NEWS                                                                                       
Award Finalists Exemplify Federal Engineering Excellence

See all the finalists for the 2020 Federal Engineer of the Year Award.

A Grand Challenge Needs to Inspire Grand Solutions

"Climate change," whatever the cause, is a phrase fraught with controversy. It has become so politicized that the important underlying issues often get lost. Rather than devote an entire column to arguments for or against climate change, I think it's important to instead focus on the abundance of opportunities professional engineers have to invent creative, innovative solutions to issues surrounding environmental sustainability and resilience. And to look at some of the contributions engineers are already making.  READ MORE

How the PE License Can Power a Career

For many engineering students, the PE license is a vague, off-in-the-distance professional goal. If they're lucky, they hear about the license from professors, but the true realization of its importance doesn't hit until they reach the workplace. 

NSPE member Ron Black, P.E., was one of those students. But the former electrical engineering student from the University of Missouri-Columbia now has the wisdom that comes with a 33-year (and counting) career. That wisdom comes with a different perspective and appreciation for the license, one he didn't have in the mid-1980s.  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