November 9, 2010
NSPE Executive Director Larry Jacobson participated in a digital videoconference with the Department of Commerce and representatives of the government of Brazil regarding international business opportunities for the engineering profession, including infrastructure projects related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
November 8, 2010
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a STEM Education Coalition meeting. NSPE is a member of the STEM Education Coalition, which supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs for teachers and students at the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM-related programs. The coalition is composed of more than 1,000 diverse groups representing all sectors of the technological workforce.
November 2, 2010
NSPE member David McKinley, P.E. (R-WV-1) will become one of 92 freshman representatives when the 112 th Congress convenes in January. McKinley has been an NSPE member since 1972. NSPE-PAC supported his campaign for office.
McKinley holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University. He spent 12 years in the construction industry before establishing his own architectural and engineering firm, McKinley and Associates.
NSPE sent a joint letter with the >STEM Education Coalition to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging the Senate to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5116, S. 3605).
The America COMPETES Act, first enacted in 2007, was drafted in response to " Rising Above the Gathering Storm," the National Academies' report on America's lagging competitiveness in science and technology. The bill authorizes investments in science and engineering research and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education from kindergarten to the postdoctoral level. The House passed the reauthorization bill in May. If the Senate passes the bill, Congress could produce a final bill for the President's signature before the 111 th Congress ends.
NSPE sent a joint letter as part of the STEM Education Coalition asking House and Senate leaders to provide the highest funding levels for Department of Education and National Science Foundation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education programs in the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bills.
Congress has failed to pass any appropriations bills this year, forcing the federal government to operate under a continuing resolution until December 3. Congress will continue to wrangle with appropriations issues during the lame-duck session, scheduled to convene on November 15.
October 26, 2010
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in an R&D Credit Coalition teleconference. Congress will attempt to pass a "tax extenders" bill, an annual authorization that provides tax cuts for businesses and includes the R&D credit, during a post-election, lame-duck session. The R&D tax credit expired on December 31, 2009. The credit, which applies only to R&D performed in the U.S., is used by nearly 18,000 companies of all sizes. Most of the credit dollars are used to pay salaries of workers engaged in R&D, spurring economic growth not only through innovation but also through jobs.
October 22, 2010
The USA Science and Engineering Festival will be held on the National Mall this weekend. NSPE is a festival partner and will have a booth featuring an engineering activity. The goal of the festival is to recruit the next generation of scientists and engineers by engaging K–12 students in how science intersects with their daily lives. The festival has gained the support of the President and an honorary congressional committee of 22 senators and 64 representatives.
October 18, 2010
Winners of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition, the Junior Engineering Technical Society TEAMS Competition, and MATHCOUNTS were invited to attend the White House Science Fair, where President Obama viewed student exhibits from a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competitions and spoke about the importance of STEM education to America's economic future. The White House Science Fair is part of the President's Educate to Innovate campaign, which seeks to inspire children to excel in STEM subjects. Watch the President's remarks on the importance of STEM education here.
October 12, 2010
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden met with staff from the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Institute of Architects, and American Society of Civil Engineers to discuss the Qualifications-Based Selection Facilitator Grant. NSPE, ACEC, AIA, ASCE, and the American Public Works Association cosponsor the annual grant, which provides funding and program support to states seeking to promote the use of QBS by state and local agencies. The goal of the program is to establish active, customized QBS programs in every state.
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in an R&D Credit Coalition teleconference. Congress will attempt to pass a "tax extenders" bill, an annual authorization that provides tax cuts for businesses and includes the R&D credit, during a post-election, lame-duck session.