April 25, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden represented NSPE at an Industry Summit on Sustainability and Risk, sponsored by the Associated General Contractors and American Institute of Architects. The summit was attended by representatives from government agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and General Services Administration; industry organizations including the American Bar Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Building Owners and Managers Association International, International Code Council, and National Institute of Building Sciences; insurance and surety companies including Victor O. Schinnerer and Company; and private practitioners. The group discussed sustainability trends, the cost of sustainability, and the implementation of "green codes."
April 19, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a Coalition for National Science Funding meeting, where National Science Foundation Assistance Director for Geosciences Tim Killeen spoke about the Geosciences Directorate and NSF's programmatic goals for FY12.
NSPE is a member of CNSF, an alliance of more than 125 organizations united by a concern for the future of the national science, mathematics, and engineering professions. CNSF supports increasing national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs.
April 17, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden presented a webinar, "Engineering Public Policy," about how NSPE is making a difference for professional engineers in a challenging political climate embodied by a Congress divided against itself. View the entire webinar here, or just look at the slides.
April 14, 2011
NSPE Treasurer Leanne Panduren, P.E., F.NSPE, Executive Director Larry Jacobson, and Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden met with Congressmen Joe Barton, P.E. (R-TX-6) and David McKinley, P.E. (R-WV-1) and staff from the offices of Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-MI-10) and Congressman David Wu (D-OR-1). Topics of discussion included STEM education, Good Samaritan protection for professional engineers, and the critical role professional engineers play in nuclear safety.
April 13, 2011
NSPE cosponsored the Society of Women Engineers's "Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Innovation in STEM" Capitol Hill Day. The event included a congressional reception, where Representatives Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD-6), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30), Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3), and Silvestre Reyes (D-TX-16) spoke about the importance of broadening participation in STEM fields.
April 7, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a Council on the Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services meeting. NSPE is a founding member of COFPAES, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the Brooks Act (PL 92-582) and the use of qualifications-based selection.
April 6, 2011
NSPE President-Elect Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, LEED AP, was the keynote speaker at the Department of Transportation's "Engineers Move America," an event directed toward high-school students that recognizes the role of engineering in the nation's transportation program. In his address, Stone encouraged students to pursue careers in engineering to solve the challenges the world is facing. The program also featured remarks by Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari and panel discussions with representatives from the DOT operating administrations, other engineering organizations, and universities.
April 4, 2011
NSPE Executive Director Larry Jacobson and Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden met with senior counsel from the majority side of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act (S. 132). NSPE sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in March expressing concern about the bill's requirement that personnel at federally funded facilities who perform forensic testing, analysis, identification, or comparisons in a criminal context be certified. NSPE believes that professional engineers (and other licensed professionals) do not require further certification in order to perform forensic work in their area of expertise and should be exempt from the certification requirement.
April 1, 2011
NSPE has completed its member survey regarding Department of Transportation regulations that impede the engineering profession. DOT is undergoing a regulatory review in cooperation with President Obama's January Executive Order, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review," which mandates all agencies to review their existing regulations to determine whether regulations are effectively promoting economic growth, job creation, and competitiveness without being unduly burdensome.
Thanks to the feedback NSPE received, NSPE was able to submit comments in time to speak at DOT's March 14 public meeting. A second request for member input validated NSPE's initial comments. NSPE appreciates those who took the time to provide feedback on this important issue.
March 30, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended The Atlantic Technologies in Education Forum. The forum focused on the role of video games in K–12 education. Panelists discussed how games in classrooms could help students synthesize abstract concepts such as math and science, better preparing students to study technological subjects like engineering in college. Speakers included U.S.