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September 17, 2019 - 10:30
By David Martini, P.E., F.NSPE, President 2019–20 Good afternoon. I am very excited and humbled to be standing here today. As a graduate of Apollo High School in St. Cloud, MN, I would like to start my remarks with a couple of quotes from Neil Armstrong, which I think are appropriate given the significance of this day. The first is – “I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer.” I would guess that there are a few people in this room that can relate to that quote. The second is – “I believe that the message of Apollo 11 was that in the spirit of Apollo, a free...
August 2, 2019 - 10:00
By NSPE Executive Director Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE It starts from a simple premise, something that has been NSPE’s unchanging reason for being since it was founded 85 years ago. It is a premise that should resonate with anyone on the street, regardless of their familiarity (or lack thereof) with NSPE, engineering or licensure: We all deserve to live in a world where we can be confident that the engineering decisions affecting our lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professionals. NSPE’s unique role in bringing this vision to reality follows in a mission statement of...
July 2, 2019 - 10:19
By David Martini, P.E., F.NSPE, President 2019–20 As I proudly begin my term as NSPE president, I look forward to the opportunity and challenges our organization will face during my term. Over the past year, under the leadership of President Michael Aiken, P.E., F.NSPE, we have spent a significant amount of time and resources developing a new strategic plan. The product of this effort is a plan with four main areas of focus: driving growth, shaping public policy, educating for the future, and diversity and tomorrow’s engineer. I am excited to be part of the implementation of this new plan...
April 29, 2019 - 10:21
By Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE There was a time when, even if they didn’t understand the scope and nature of professional licensure, the general public understood it was important that engineers were competent, ethical, and accountable. When they sent their children to school, entered an elevator, or crossed a bridge, they understood the importance. They felt they could trust that there was a system in place to ensure that the person they never met who designed the gas utilities into the school, designed the control system and mechanics in the elevator, and designed that bridge had the right...
February 25, 2019 - 18:43
By Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE, President 2018–19 As I move into the final months of my presidency, I reflect on the hard work and dedication of all of our Society volunteer leaders. I say “hard work of our volunteer leaders” because you are the ones doing the work. You look to the NSPE Board of Directors for guidance and motivation, and we rely on our volunteers to help accomplish the required task. According to the NSPE Leadership Orientation Guide, effective leadership means: Development of vision and strategies; Alignment of people with the strategies; and Empower...
December 27, 2018 - 13:12
By Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE It always seems to happen. NSPE is able to report a positive development in its efforts to promote and protect professional licensure. Like when, in response to a fatal pipeline explosion in Massachusetts, the National Transportation Safety Board recently urged elimination of the exemption that allowed the pipeline to be designed, built, operated, and maintained without the involvement of PEs. It even happens when members of the profession get into discussions about some detail in the terms for earning and maintaining the PE, such as the role of continuing...
October 29, 2018 - 13:30
By Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE, President 2018–19 As I completed my first three months as president of this great Society, I asked myself what aspect of trust—the theme of my July/August column—I wished to expand on. While I was considering the question, I had the opportunity to visit Boston, a city so full of history it’s effectively impossible to ignore all the stories. In this city embedded within revolutionary history, one figure stood out for me: Paul Revere. Revere’s contribution, at least the one that most people remember, is not one of force, diplomacy, or invention, but rather his...
August 29, 2018 - 20:15
By Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE Paradigms are the frames of reference that filter our view of the world. They govern how we see things … and can blind you to realities that don’t fit your governing paradigm. Take professional licensure. It’s a no-brainer, right? Some form of professional licensure has existed in America for lawyers since 1763, for physicians and dentists since the mid-1800s, and for engineers since 1907. After all, if people are going to entrust their safety, liberty, property, health, and general welfare to you, they have a right to expect you to be competent and ethical....
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...

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