April 18, 2012
The House approved the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (H.R. 4348) with bipartisan support. The bill would extend transportation funding through September 30, 2012. Critically, the legislation's passage enables the House and Senate to begin negotiations that could lead to agreement on a multiyear transportation bill. The Senate passed its version of the transportation bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S. 1813), in March.
April 17, 2012
The USA Science & Engineering Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29. NSPE is a festival partner and will have a booth featuring an engineering activity, "Pop Fly: Catapults in Action!", where kids and parents can build catapults for launching ping pong balls while learning about engineering design and simple machines. The festival has gained the support of the President and has an honorary congressional host committee of 22 senators and 73 representatives.
March 29, 2012
Executive Director Larry Jacobson represented NSPE at a meeting with Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia Craig Allen. The meeting, a small-group discussion with architecture, engineering, construction, and planning organizations, focused on improving the business environment for firms that perform A/E services in China.
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a Coalition for National Science Funding congressional briefing on the importance of fundamental science and engineering research to technological advances in the marketplace. Speakers included National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh, NSF Engineering Directorate Assistant Director Thomas Peterson, Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3), and National Academy of Sciences Director of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Charles Wessner.
March 22, 2012
NSPE Treasurer Leanne Panduren, P.E., F.NSPE, Vermont member Amanda Hanaway-Corrente, P.E., Executive Director Larry Jacobson, and Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden met with Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA-8) and staff to discuss the Good Samaritan Protection for Construction, Architectural, and Engineering Volunteers Act (H.R. 1145). The bill, which Reichert introduced last year, would provide qualified immunity to engineering, architectural, and construction entities volunteering in a declared emergency. NSPE also met with senior staff for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to advocate Good Samaritan protection for professional engineers volunteering in an emergency.
March 16, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a congressional briefing on "The Economic Benefits of Federally Funded R&D." Economist correspondent Vijay Vaitheeswaran moderated a panel discussion with Dow Chemical Company R&D Director of Innovation Sourcing and Sustainable Technologies Katie Hunt, Battelle Memorial Institute Senior Director of Technology Partnership Practice Simon Tripp, and University of California at Davis Research Professor of Sociology Fred Block.
March 14, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a congressional briefing on "STEM Education for an Innovative Workforce." The event featured a panel discussion of methods to improve undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and the public policy needed to support these strategies. Speakers included Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson, Research Corporation for Science Advancement President James Gentile, Association of American Universities President Hunter Rawlings III, and American Chemical Society 2012 President Bassam Shakhashiri.
March 13, 2012
March 8, 2012
NSPE President Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE, LEED AP, was the keynote speaker at the Department of Transportation's National Engineers Day, which encourages high school students to pursue careers in engineering. Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez also spoke. As part of his presentation, Stone led students in a rousing game of Jeopardy! The interactive event also included a robotics competition and engaged students in discussion groups. Read Administrator Mendez's blog about National Engineers Day here.
March 7, 2012
NSPE President Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE, LEED AP, NSPE Executive Director Larry Jacobson, and MATHCOUNTS Executive Director Lou DiGioia attended the launch of the MathAlive exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. MathAlive seeks to increase elementary and middle school students' interest in mathematics by engaging them in hands-on activities that demonstrate math's applications in video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more. NSPE and MATHCOUNTS are cosponsoring the exhibit, which is presented by Raytheon.