December 09, 2013
75th Anniversary Guest Book
NSPE has provided to me an invaluable assocoation with fellow engineering professionals. There were many times during my tenure as President of NSPE that I posed the question, "Where else might you turn for the professional nurture that we all need?" There was not, and still is not, anywhere else for an engineer to frequently nourish his or her professional interests. NSPE has been, and still is the only answer to that question.Thomas Dudley Hixson, P.E., F.NSPE
I have read the late Paul Robins' book, Building for Professional Growth, A History of the National Society of Professional Engineers, 1934-1984. I am also fortunate to posses a pamphlet, The Writings of D. B. Steinman, which publication was produced during the 60th anniversary celebration of the founding of NSPE. Both of those publications have instilled in me an enormous appreciation for the vision of Dr. Steinman and his colleagues. Their dedication to the profession of engineering, to the imperative need for licensure, and to achieving public recognition of professional engineers was beyond enormous.
As a recent officer of NSPE, I am familiar with the multiplicity of questions regarding membership benefits, value, "what's in it for me", along with various tensions among some of the membership units within the society. As I read Paul Robbins Book, and Dr. Steinman's writings, I recognized the enormous sacrifices made by our founders, the zeal with which they built NSPE from its modest inception as a federation of four states (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) to a federation of fifty four state and territorial societies. The last society to affiliate with NSPE was Guam, in 1970.
It is with extreme appreciation for the vision and efforts of our founders that I congratulate NSPE for the path it has followed, and wish a successful future for the National and State Societies. I urge all to become more familiar with the history of our organization, and to subscribe to the tenets upon which it is based.
On a personal level, NSPE's "birth" occurred on September 3, 1934, only nine days before my birth. We will reach our diamond anniversaries at almost the same time. I have always felt a special connection to NSPE because of that.
Bernard R, Berson, P.E., F.NSPE, LS