From the President Blog

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...
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...
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...
October 24, 2016 - 11:20
By Kodi Verhalen, P.E., ESQ., F.NSPE, President 2016–17 NSPE Executive Director Mark Golden, CAE, and I have taken the opportunity over the last two issues of PE magazine to discuss the Future of the Profession Task Force and the accompanying themes from the book The Future of the Professions. Additionally, the last issue of PE magazine provides a deeper dive into the concepts and the work of the task force through the cover story “End of an Era?” by Danielle Boykin. The article included interviews with Adam Stodola, P.E., the chair of the task force, and me. You will even find information...
June 30, 2016 - 11:13
By Kodi Verhalen, P.E., ESQ., F.NSPE, President 2016–17 Change. Innovation. Shift. Something made different. An alteration. Every July brings change to NSPE. We swear in our new officers, directors, and delegates. We review and approve a new budget. We set out new goals and charges for the Society and our committees, interest groups, and task forces. But, no matter what change we see in these activities, there are core principles that hold true year after year. We are committed to advocating for and protecting the professional engineer’s license in every state and territory in the United...
February 23, 2016 - 09:08
By Tim Austin, P.E., F. NSPE, President 2015–16 Over the past three years as an elected officer, I have had the privilege to visit many of the state societies. I am always humbled by the dedication, passion, and commitment of our members. I frequently reflect on the many people I have met, the many events I have attended, the many times I was privileged to represent NSPE and you. I have learned much and hopefully along the way have shared a bit of wisdom as well. Speaking of wisdom, a favorite quote of mine is by John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church. Do all the good you can....
October 24, 2015 - 16:55
By Tim Austin, P.E., F. NSPE, President 2015–16 Abraham Lincoln famously stated, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” It is a familiar refrain that our Executive Director Mark Golden frequently uses when discussing our partnership with the state and territorial societies. The wisdom and truth in this statement is as old as humanity itself. One of the most important, if not the most important, concepts for NSPE’s Race for Relevance strategy is to bring clear, laser-like focus to an organization’s mission and purpose. Your NSPE leadership has been focusing on the very core value...
September 9, 2015 - 11:28
By Tim Austin, P.E., F. NSPE, President 2015–16 It is often said that business is about relationships. We do business with those we know and trust; and trust can only be developed through an investment in the relationship. I view my relationship with NSPE in the same way. Over the past 26 years, I have invested a lot into the organization, and it has been rewarding in countless ways. I have questioned but never regretted my NSPE membership. Interestingly, the things that I value the most in this relationship are also the most intangible. I value the relationships that I have developed with...

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