June 19, 2013
NSPE TODAY: POLICY PERSPECTIVES
Engineering news from around the nation's capital.
Fair Pay for Federal Engineers
NSPE also believes that engineers who become PEs should receive additional compensation, comparable to doctors and attorneys in federal service.
In testimony to the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on November 30, Hill explained that research led by Sandia National Laboratory has allowed engineers to greatly improve hydraulic fracturing and well-completion practices.
"The goal of energy security, and possibly energy independence for the United States is no longer just political rhetoric, but is technically attainable. We know where the resources can be found, but we still need technical improvements to be able to produce much of the resource at prices that are beneficial to the public," Hill said. "However, it will not be easy, and it will require two things: further developments in technology, and the trained engineers and geoscientists needed for continued growth. The proposed Department of Energy research funding will be a great help with both of these needs."
Among the summit's topics: sustainability, global health threats, education, enriching life through engineering, technology and growth, and infrastructure resilience.
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