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July 5, 2018 - 09:07
By Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE, President 2018–19 As we approach the dawn of another NSPE year, we are invited to look back upon the year we are about to leave in order to celebrate our success, reflect upon our challenges, and move into the future with a renewed sense of value. In my own self-reflection on our great achievements as a Society, I see a renewed opportunity to build trust among one another at all levels, from the national board to our eminent state chapters, to our more than 26,000 dedicated members. But trust is not something that is to be requested; it is something to be...
May 1, 2018 - 09:14
By Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE NSPE was saddened to learn of the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University on March 16, 2018, and the tragic loss of life. NSPE immediately offered its deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and Miami’s citizens. We are closely monitoring the investigation into the collapse. By determining the root cause, PEs can help prevent crises like this from occurring again. Just four days later, there was another fatality—this time, a pedestrian in Arizona was struck and killed in the first fatal crash involving a fully autonomous...
February 26, 2018 - 08:54
By Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, President 2017–18 Charles Darwin studied change in the 19th century and upended humankind’s view of itself and of the world. Albert Einstein studied math and physics in the 20th century, created what may be the world’s most famous equation, and changed our understanding of light. Licensed engineers toil in the 21st century conceptualizing, planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining global infrastructure, striving to protect the public health, safety, and welfare in an ever changing, complex world. Darwin is quoted as having said, “It is not the...
February 22, 2018 - 07:58
By Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE This is typically a time to take stock of the past year and make resolutions for the new year to come. But the first of January (at least in the modern calendar) also marks the birthdate of American patriot Paul Revere. Revere is best remembered for his midnight ride in April 1775 to alert the colonial militia of the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord. This singular event, immortalized in the Longfellow poem, overshadows Revere’s long and distinguished military service as a member of Massachusetts’s militia throughout the...
October 26, 2017 - 09:49
By Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, President 2017–18 Sixty years ago, NSPE founder David B. Steinman, P.E., Ph.D., was recognized as the world’s foremost bridge designer, designing hundreds of bridges on five continents. At the pinnacle of his career, he wrote, “A bridge is more than a thing of steel and stone: it is the fulfillment of human dreams to link together distant places. A bridge is more than a problem in stresses and strains; it is a challenge and an opportunity to create the beautiful.” In July 2017, in Atlanta, our NSPE legislative body, the House of Delegates, voted 81-10 to...
August 29, 2017 - 19:25
By Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE As NSPE ends one fiscal year and starts a new one, the typical focus for this column would be to talk about the past year’s activity. That is worth doing: We have a good story to tell, and NSPE’s 2016–17 accomplishments are something we can all take pride in. But that would be repeating a story that you have already been told, as it was happening. (See NSPE Year in Review: 2016–17.) So, for this final column of the program year, I’ll focus on a higher level, on a significant cultural change the Society is embarking upon. Culture is defined by values:...
August 7, 2017 - 16:09
By Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE We certainly live in turbulent times. Politically, economically, socially, culturally, every aspect of our personal and professional lives faces disruption. The potentials within those forces are grounds for a sense of optimism and opportunity; however, they also contain potential threats, sometimes leading to a feeling of loss of control over our own futures and a dismaying sense of uncertainty. Technology continues to advance at a dizzying rate of speed, and often the growth in what technology can do seems to outpace the thought given to how it ought to be...
July 21, 2017 - 13:33
By Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, President 2017–18 We have an opportunity! However, to quote a famous cartoon character Pogo Possum, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” In the 1970 Earth Day poster, Pogo was referring to polluting the environment and how humans have contributed to it. I’m writing about a different environment—about civility—about collaboration between NSPE national and the state societies, about collaboration within the PE community, about David Steinman’s founding objectives for NSPE, which included the following: To organize, coordinate, unite, and extend the...
February 22, 2017 - 09:10
By Kodi Verhalen, P.E., ESQ., F.NSPE, President 2016–17 It is a bit strange writing my last column as NSPE president when there are still five months before my term and the NSPE fiscal year end. This timing, however, has provided me a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all that we have accomplished this year and to remind myself all there is yet to complete in the coming months. This year we set out to strengthen NSPE advocacy efforts, increase the number of NSPE publications, increase awareness of NSPE, provide additional value to our members, and focus on the future of the profession....
January 12, 2017 - 15:25
By Kodi Verhalen, P.E., ESQ., F.NSPE, President 2016–17 NSPE membership comes with a long list of benefits, and it’s getting longer thanks to input we’ve received from you. In early 2015, NSPE solicited survey responses from approximately 25,000 current and former NSPE members for whom we had a valid e-mail address. There were many purposes to this survey, but one was to find out from respondents what activities should be the primary responsibility of the national, state, and local tiers within the NSPE membership structure. Of the 2,000 respondents to the survey, 82% wanted to see research...

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