March 30, 2011
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended The Atlantic Technologies in Education Forum. The forum focused on the role of video games in K–12 education. Panelists discussed how games in classrooms could help students synthesize abstract concepts such as math and science, better preparing students to study technological subjects like engineering in college.
March 28, 2011
The Small Business Administration has proposed increasing the size standard for engineering firms from $4.5 million to $19 million in average revenues over three years. The current size standard has been in place since 2005. Firms that fall below the standard may compete for federal contracts as a small business.
March 21, 2011
Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA-8) and Jim Matheson (D-UT-2) introduced the Good Samaritan Protection for Construction, Architectural, and Engineering Volunteers Act (H.R. 1145), which would provide qualified immunity to engineering, architectural, and construction entities volunteering in a declared emergency.
March 14, 2011
NSPE member L. Daniel Tanksley, P.E., F.NSPE, presented remarks on behalf of NSPE at a Department of Transportation regulatory review meeting. NSPE President-Elect Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, LEED AP, Executive Director Larry Jacobson, and Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden also attended the meeting.
March 11, 2011
NSPE sends its profound sympathies to those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. NSPE has offered its services to the Center for International Disaster Information and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the wake of the disaster. NSPE would like to remind engineers not to self-deploy to the region.
NSPE sent a letter to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) expressing concern about his introduction of the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act (S. 132). The intent of the bill is to strengthen and reform forensic science in the criminal justice system and ensure that forensic evidence and testimony is accurate, credible, and scientifically grounded.
March 5, 2011
NSPE Past President Samuel W. Grossman, P.E., F.NSPE, and Executive Director Larry Jacobson attended the annual Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Seabee, and Civil Engineer Corps Anniversary Ball in Arlington, VA. The ball honors the inception of NAVFAC, the Seabees, and CEC and is attended by Navy and Marine Corps officers and civilian employees.
March 3, 2011
NSPE commented on regulations that impede the engineering profession as part of the Department of Transportation's periodic regulatory review.
March 1, 2011
NSPE sent a joint letter with the Task Force on American Innovation to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urging the Senate to reject cuts in the House-passed continuing resolution (H.R.