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Issue: 6 

November 2017   
ACEC/M Emerging Leaders Program 
Congratulations to the 2017 Graduates!
ACEC/Michigan is proud to recognize the graduates of our 2017 Emerging Leaders Program. This program imparts specific skills and competencies identified by top ACEC/Michigan principals as critical for leadership success. The 2017 class of emerging leaders enjoyed a dynamic schedule of topics including: Strategic Planning, Governmental Affairs, Risk Management, Human Resources, Leadership, Business Development, Economics of Private Practice, and the Senior Leaders Roundtable: From Management to Leadership - Secrets of Success. 
Congratulations to the following members of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Program:
Christopher Bradshaw
Melissa Coatta
Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.
Oscar Cobb
Justian Crane
WBK Engineering, LLC
Cory Davis
Dan Dombos
Tammy Foster
Ziemnick Foster Engineering, LLC   
Tim Inman
Spicer Group, Inc.
John Katers
OHM Advisors
Kevin Kieft
Jonathan Kolbasa
Value Engineering, LLC
Bryan Laginess
Peter Basso Associates
Matthew Oumedian
WSP Michigan, Inc.
Adam Poznanski
Byce & Associates, Inc.
Mario Quagliata
Bergmann Associates
Kyle Reidsma
Jeffrey Schepers
Holland Engineering, Inc.
Paul Schmeisl
Amy Schneider
G2 Consulting
Matt Seitz
ROWE Professional Services Co. 
Robb Welch
DLZ Michigan, Inc.

If you're interested in having an emerging leader from your firm (ACEC/M members only) participate in next year's Emerging Leaders Program,  please visit our website to claim a spot on the waiting list for the 2018 class!
MDOT-ACEC Partnering Workshop
February 1, 2018, in Lansing
Each year representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and from ACEC/Michigan come together in Lansing to host a partnering workshop. The purpose of the event is to reinforce the principles contained in the MDOT-ACEC Partnership Charter through information sharing, problem solving and teamwork.

A multitude of educational breakout sessions are offered that are specific to current issues affecting the DOT and consulting engineers. In addition, the winner of the 2017 MDOT/ACEC Partnership Charter Award will be announced! 

The conference is the largest gathering of state transportation and consultant engineering professionals, creating a perfect opportunity for endless networking.  Mark your calendar now for this event, scheduled for February 1, 2018 at the Lansing Center. Details and registration information will be available soon on the ACEC/M website .
MSPE Offers Emergency Action Preparedness Workshop
December 14 in Grand Rapids (4PDH)

The complexity of managing emergencies, coupled with the growing need for multi-agency and multi-functional involvement on incidents, has increased the need for a single standard incident management system that can be used by all emergency response disciplines. 

The Incident Command System provides an important framework from which all stakeholders public and private can work together. In any major incident, many local, state and federal agencies as well as private sector resources may become involved and must coordinate response. The challenge is to get the various agencies to work together in the most efficient and effective manner. The principles of the Incident Command System will enable all response agencies and personnel to utilize common terminology, span of control, organizational flexibility, personnel accountability, comprehensive resource management, unified command and incident action plans.
Workshop attendees will receive instruction on the principles of Incident Command System, including the development of an incident action plan. The ICS principles will be reinforced by attendees participating in an exercise.

Included in the presentation will be how the Incident Command System was used by the City of Grand Rapids to facilitate response to the widespread flooding of 2013, in which Kent County and the City of Grand Rapids received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

The seminar will be concluded by attendees receiving exam prep for FEMA certification.  The seminar will be presented by Jack Stewart, Kent County Emergency Management Coordinator, and Mark DeClercq, Grand Rapids City Engineer.

Where: Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
When: Dec. 14, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $80 MSPE Members; $95 Non-Members
PSMJ Principals Bootcamp Offered
January 18-19, Lansing

ACEC will again host the ever popular PSMJ Principals Bootcamp January 18 - 19, 2018 in Lansing. This A/E/C Principals Bootcamp demonstrates how the most successful firm leaders are adapting to today's fast-paced economic changes.  Instructors will directly address your needs and questions and offer advice from their years of practical design firm experience. You'll walk away with innovative ideas and dynamic new approaches to these challenging times that your entire firm can put into action right away. 
Discounts will be offered for group registrations.  For complete details and to register, visit the event page on the ACEC website.
ACEC/M Scholarship Raffle
Buy your tickets now!
Every year, the ACEC/M Scholarship Committee holds a raffle. This is the only fundraising event for the ACEC Scholarship Program. Proceeds from the raffle go directly to supporting scholarships for college students pursuing a career in engineering or surveying. Your contributions make it possible for us to provide substantial financial support to these hardworking students.

Prizes include: 

1. Florida Vacation - One week stay at a beautiful two bedroom, ocean front view princess condominium on Hutchinson Island. *Travel expense not included. Value: $2,500. Sponsors: Testing Engineers & Consultants and John & Kathy Banicki

2. Mackinac Bridge Tower Tour - The tour will take two people to the top of the north or south tower to view and photograph the beautiful straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. Valid May 1 - October 15, 2018. Sponsor: Mackinac Bridge Authority/MDOT

3. Great Wolf Lodge Getaway - Enjoy a two night stay at the massive indoor water park! Value: $400. Sponsors: Prein&Newhof and SME

4. Cabela's Gift Card - $250 value. Sponsor: HRC

Tickets are $25 each, 3 for $60, or 6 for $100, and only a limited number of tickets are printed. If you are able to support our efforts, please visit the ACEC/M website for full details and ordering informationWinning tickets will be drawn at the ACEC/M Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Gala on March 10, 2018 at DeVos Place, Grand Rapids. You need not be present at the Gala to win. 

If you know any students who may be eligible for a scholarship, please direct them to the ACEC/M website. The deadline to submit an application is January 5, 2018. 
MSPE Scholarship 
Applications Available for High School Seniors

The Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) encourages high school seniors with talent and commitment to pursue an engineering degree. MSPE offers financial support through grants and scholarships to earn an engineering degree at an ABET-accredited college or university in Michigan. The scholarships are funded by the generosity of individuals, leading companies and educational institutions. All scholarships are based on merit and are to be used toward tuition.

This year, MSPE awarded 20 students a total of $29,000 in scholarships to attend 9 different ABET-accredited universities. Additional scholarships totaling nearly $10,000 were awarded by our local chapters throughout the state.

The application deadline is February 7, 2018. For more information and to download the application, go to:  www.michiganspe.org/scholarships/scholarship-application.
QBS Coalition Announces New Website  
The QBS Coalition recently contracted with a professional to update our website and educational materials. Please take a moment to visit our shiny new website: ww.QBS-mi.org. 

At QBS-mi.org, you'll find resources for the Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) process, the most effective procurement method available. Here's a sample of what you'll find:
  • QBS video, which quickly explains the QBS process and why it's the best way to hire design professionals.
  • QBS infographic, an engaging visual that demonstrates the value of the QBS process (perfect for sharing with colleagues and clients!)
  • QBS Facts, a Q & A based resource to answer your questions.
In the next few months, we'll be adding more resources to the website including:
  • Video tutorials, guiding owners step-by-step through the QBS process.
  • New QBS workbook and fillable forms.
The QBS Coalition is available to provide presentations for your organization or at other events. We also offer one-on-one help from a QBS facilitator. Stay tuned...more QBS resources and info coming soon!
2018 ACEC Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Competit ion
Competition Update 
On November 1, a panel of judges reviewed and discussed 34 engineering and 5 surveying project entries for the 2018 Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Competition. Projects were evaluated based on innovation, complexity, client satisfaction and future value to the profession.
Award recipients will be recognized on March 10, 2018 during the awards gala, which will be held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. 

Gala sponsorship information is now available on the ACEC website. Registration for this event will open in January.  
ACEC Welcomes New Members!
ACEC is excited to welcome these new member firms: 
ACEC/M Scholarships 
Application Deadline is January 5, 2018 

ACEC/Michigan is planning to award over $12,000 to engineering and surveying students enrolled in an ABET accredited College or University. Applications are now available on the ACEC/M website, and are due to ACEC by January 5, 2018. Applicants will be judged on a written essay, their work experience, employer/faculty recommendations, community involvement and their GPA.
Michigan Infrastructure Conference 
Save the Date - May 9, 2018 

This popular conference, jointly hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan and the Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), will be held at the Kellogg Center in Lansing.  Further details to come, but mark your calendars for May 9 now! 
ACEC Social Media
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Did you know that ACEC is active on social media sites? Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and connect with us on LinkedIn to stay informed! 




Mark Your Calendar!
January 18-19, 2018, PSMJ Principals Bootcamp, Lansing
February 1, 2018: MDOT-ACEC Partnering Workshop, Lansing
March 10, 2018: Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Gala, Grand Rapids
March 21, 2018: AESLC Legislative Day, Lansing
May 9, 2018, Michigan Infrastructure Conference, Lansing
In This Issue
ACEC Emerging Leaders Progam Kicks Off
MDOT ACEC Partnering Workshop Save The Date
MSPE Emergency Preparedness Workshop
ACEC to Host PSMJ Principals Bootcamp
ACEC/M Scholarship Raffle
MSPE Scholarship
Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Update
Engineering & Surveying Excellence Awards Update
ACEC New Members
ACEC/M Scholarship Apps Available
Michigan Infrastructure Conference Save The Date
ACEC Social Media
Save the Dates
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