May NJSPE Update
NJSPE NEWS                                                                                

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!


Why do Engineers need Ethics?
When we became professional engineers and joined the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, we made a commitment to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. In our careers, we will encounter moments that test our resolve and promise to the public and to ourselves. Sometimes, the easy decision might be the hard path to take, but we must ensure to always follow the  NJSPE Code of Ethics for EngineersHere are some notable real world examples of why engineers need ethics and when whistleblowing is the ethical thing to do.  READ MORE

Engineering Advocacy Topics you Need to Know
Like most other professions, professional engineers across the country are constantly dealing with legislative changes that may negatively affect how they operate. That is why organizations like NJSPE are so important for protecting and advancing the engineering profession throughout New Jersey. As we get further into 2019, these are the hot topics where engineering advocacy is most important for New Jersey engineers.

Annual MATHCOUNTS Golf Outing
On Tuesday, June 25, The NJSPE Education Foundation will hold its annual golf outing to benefit the New Jersey MATHCOUNTS program. For more than 30 years, MATHCOUNTS has provided enriching, extracurricular opportunities to middle school students and free, high-quality resources to educators. Every child is unique, but MATHCOUNTS believes all children are capable of seeing the beauty and joy of math, whether they are currently passionate about math or intimidated by it. The event will be held at Cherry Valley Country Club with a shotgun start at noon. There will be 3 prizes for Low Gross, 3 prizes for Low Calloway, 2 prizes for Nearest to Pin, 2 prizes for Longest Drive and a Putting Contest

There are sponsorship opportunities available and if you prefer, the option of a dinner buffet only is also available.

Once again, Tom Fisher, P.E. has agreed to chair the event this year. Please click here for more details and the registration form.

The NJ MATHCOUNTS Team Heads to Nationals
On May 11 -14, the New Jersey State MATHCOUNTS team will compete at the National competition in Orland, Florida. They will join teams from all 50 states, US territories, State Department Schools and Department of Defense Schools. Last year, New Jersey placed third. Once again, MATHCOUNTS will present the National Competition live via webcast on  On Monday, May 13th at 10:00 AM EDT, you'll have the opportunity to watch and play along with the nation's top middle school Mathletes! To donate to New Jersey MATHCOUNTS, please CLICK HERE.

INDUSTRY INSIGHT                                                                         
Where STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) is Booming in NJ
NJ 101.5

In New Jersey alone, several hundred thousand new jobs will need to be filled over the next few years by individuals adequately trained in at least one field of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). 
As our reliance on technology increases, so does the need for high-tech expertise. New Jersey continues to battle neighboring and other states to get a hold on these businesses and jobs, but something that can't be matched is the Garden State's location. 
"I think there's enormous opportunities for STEM innovation growth throughout the state," said Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, D-Middlesex, chair of the Science, Innovation and Technology committee. "We're seeing it clustered in our cities - our young people want to live in the cities - but at the same time we're going to see it growing throughout the entire state." 

If a space elevator was ever going to happen, it could have gotten its start in N.J. Here's how it went wrong.

Performance-Based Wind Design Could Improve Buildings, Say Engineers
Engineering News-Record

Help is on the way for structural engineers driving toward improving the efficiency, reliability and resilience of buildings through performance-based wind design. And though it could take a decade or more for PBWD to become mainstream for practitioners, the authors of the first two PBWD documents, both debuting this year, are hailing them as milestones.  READ MORE

Engineering researcher uses network science to understand how materials work 
Science Daily

Using network science -- part of a larger mathematical field called graph theory -- FAMU-FSU Professor of Mechanical Engineering William Oates, former graduate student Peter Woerner and Associate Professor Kunihiko "Sam" Taira mapped long range atomic forces onto an incredibly complex graph to simulate macroscopic material behavior.  The group then developed and applied a method that greatly simplifies the graph so that other researchers could replicate the process with other materials.  The work is published in the journal  PLOS ONE Oates said using graph theory allows researchers to better understand how the molecules that compose a material work on a macroscopic level.   READ MORE  

NSPE NEWS                                                                                       
NSPE and Engineers Canada Work Toward International Mobility Solutions

NSPE and Engineers Canada share a commitment to finding mutually acceptable solutions to international licensure mobility challenges. The two organizations issued a joint statement after discussions on reciprocity and mobility for licensed North American engineers.  READ MORE

NSPE Works with Lawmakers to End License Exemption

Over the last several weeks, NSPE's Government Relations staff has been working with congressional staffers on a federal bill to end licensing exemptions for work done on public utility pipelines. The bill is a response to the Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts, incident that occurred in the fall of 2018, in which over-pressurized gas pipelines exploded, destroying several homes and killing one person. In its investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board noted that a professional engineer was not required to review or approve construction plans for the pipeline, and it called for the commonwealth of Massachusetts to immediately end this exemption, which it did.This tragedy and issues raised following it have reached the federal stage with the introduction of the Leonel Rondon Pipeline Safety Act in both the House of Representatives and Senate.  READ MORE

2019 Professional Engineers Conference

Save the Date! Mark your calendar for the 2019 Professional Engineers Conference, July 17-21, 2019 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri.  The conference is an opportunity for PEs and those on the path to licensure to connect with like-minded professionals, earn continuing education credits, and learn about the profession's top issues.  READ MORE

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