From the President Blog

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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