The NSPE Fellow Program is a national program intended to recognize deserving professional engineers who have demonstrated long term professional service at the chapter, state and national levels of NSPE. The NSPE Board of Directors established the Fellow recognition program to honor those licensed members who have demonstrated exemplary service to the profession, the Society, and the community. A complete listing of NSPE Fellows is available.
Involvement in NSPE must include holding at least one elected office at the chapter, state, or national level and must also include service at the national level of NSPE in order for nominees to be considered. National level service can include a number of activities such as regional service, committee/task force chair or member. While it is desirable to have held an office at the National level, importance is placed on long term active involvement. The Council of Fellows Executive Committee endeavors to treat each nomination on its own merits and tries not to restrict itself by generating a list of activities that would qualify. However, it is recommended that the nominee have ten (10) years or more of active service and involvement at all levels, i.e., national, state chapter/local.
NOTE: This is the most critical information about the nominee to be included on the nomination form. The Council of Fellows Executive Committee looks for service at all levels (chapter/state/national) and this service needs to be clearly detailed on the nomination form. To this end, Part 1 of the nomination form must include a detailed list of the nominees service at the chapter, state and national levels, including dates of service.
It is desirable that nominees exhibit continuing effort over years in NSPE Involvement, Professional Activities, and Community Involvement.
Nominations are to be submitted to the NSPE Council of Fellows Executive Committee either through a state society of NSPE, through an NSPE Interest Group, through an NSPE Chartered Affinity Group, or through a member of the NSPE Board of Directors with NSPE Board endorsement. For the purpose of definitions, Interest Groups are defined as the 5 NSPE practice divisions and Chartered Affinity Groups are defined as those organizations with which NSPE has a written affinity group agreement (currently the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers). These definitions may be expanded over time with the addition of other NSPE interest groups and chartered affinity groups.
Nominations by an NSPE Interest Group, an NSPE Chartered Affinity Group or the NSPE Board of Directors do not count against a State society's quota.
Each state society is allowed to make one nomination for each 500 voting members on its rolls rounded to the next higher number of nominations. Each state is allowed at least one nomination per year. Interest Groups and Chartered Affinity Groups are allowed one nomination per year. Nominations have a life of one year. Persons not selected for Fellow status in a particular year may be re-nominated in subsequent years. Each subsequent nomination will count as a new nomination.
State society nominations, interest group nominations and chartered affinity group nominations must be accompanied by at least three (3) and no more than four (4) signed letters of recommendation from NSPE members familiar with the nominee's qualifications. For all these nominations, one letter of recommendation must be from a current NSPE Fellow.
Each letter of recommendation shall not exceed one (1) page in length, must include the signature of the writer, the writer's NSPE membership number, and are to be typewritten utilizing a minimum font size of ten (10). In addition:
- For State society nominations, one of the letters of recommendation must be from the nominee's state society president or other appropriate officer or state society executive stating that the recommendation has been approved by the state society's board of directors.
- For nominations from Interest Groups and Chartered Affinity Groups, one of the letters of recommendation must be from the president/chair or other appropriate officer or executive director of the nominating group, stating that the recommendation has been approved by the nominating group's board of directors (or presiding body).
Nominees may not submit a letter of recommendation on their own behalf.
Members of the Council of Fellows Executive Committee (COFEC) may not submit letters of recommendation on behalf of a Fellow nominee.
Complete nomination packets shall not exceed fourteen (14) pages in length including the letters of recommendation.
Nine (9) hard copies of the nomination packet are to be submitted to NSPE headquarters. It is encouraged (but not required) that nomination packets be submitted as two-sided copies as long as the total number of pages does not exceed 14 (that is, no more than 14 sheets of paper single sided or 7 sheets of paper double sided). Please put the letter from the state society/interest group president on top.
Except for nominations from the NSPE Boad of Directors, the deadline for receipt of a nominee's complete nomination packet at NSPE headquarters is February 1. Any nomination packets received after the deadline will be returned to the nominating party. Incomplete packets will not be sent to the NSPE Council of Fellows Executive Committee for review. There will be no exceptions to the deadline requirement. However, if February 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline will be extended to the following Monday.
The deadline for nominations from the NSPE Board of Directors will be no later than the spring meeting of the NSPE board.
The NSPE Board of Directors votes final approval of those nominees recommended for Fellow status by the NSPE Council of Fellows Executive Committee.
All Fellow member nomination packets are to be sent to:
NSPE Fellow Nominations
Attention: Nancy Oswald
1420 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Notes on Completing the Application
The key to providing a successful application is for the submitting state society, interest group or chartered affinity group to take ownership and "add value" in presenting the accomplishments of its nominee. Merely listing activities without showing the significance of the accomplishments may leave the Council of Fellows Executive Committee with insufficient information for a positive response.
Nominees must show prominent accomplishment in all three of the criteria established by the Board: the engineering profession, the Society, and the community. A lack in one or another area can lessen a nominee's chance.
Since Fellow status may be recognition of more than NSPE activities, consideration of national engineering accomplishment and activity are important (i.e., either with NSPE or with other engineering societies).
While not absolutely necessary, it is desirable that nominees have achievements in all six (6) areas identified in the nomination form.
Remember that the Council of Fellows Executive Committee does not generally know the nominee. The committee can judge the nominee only by the strength and completeness of the application.