May 9, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in an American Association of Engineering Societies ad hoc task force meeting to discuss recognizing land-grant engineering programs' achievements as part of the Morrill Act's sesquicentennial anniversary. The Morrill Act of 1862 established the federal land-grant college system, which now includes more than 100 universities.
May 2, 2012
NSPE Executive Director Larry Jacobson and Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Arthur Schwartz met with representatives from the Society of Afghan Architects and Engineers. SAAE President and Kabul University professor Jamil Khalid, Afghanistan Ministry of Public Works procurement officer Dalia Akbarmir, and ManSab International Vice President Ahmad Wali Shairzay discussed the challenges of organizing an association for design professionals.
May 1, 2012
NSPE signed on to a letter from the STEM Education Coalition asking House and Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to make science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education a national priority as Congress considers the fiscal year 2013 budgets for the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies that provide resources for ed
April 20, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services meeting. NSPE is a founding member of COFPAES, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the Brooks Act (PL 92-582) and the use of qualifications-based selection.
April 18, 2012
The House approved the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II (H.R. 4348) with bipartisan support. The bill would extend transportation funding through September 30, 2012. Critically, the legislation's passage enables the House and Senate to begin negotiations that could lead to agreement on a multiyear transportation bill.
April 17, 2012
The USA Science & Engineering Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29. NSPE is a festival partner and will have a booth featuring an engineering activity, "Pop Fly: Catapults in Action!", where kids and parents can build catapults for launching ping pong balls while learning about engineering design and simple machines.
March 29, 2012
Executive Director Larry Jacobson represented NSPE at a meeting with Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia Craig Allen. The meeting, a small-group discussion with architecture, engineering, construction, and planning organizations, focused on improving the business environment for firms that perform A/E services in China.
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a Coalition for National Science Funding congressional briefing on the importance of fundamental science and engineering research to technological advances in the marketplace.
March 22, 2012
NSPE Treasurer Leanne Panduren, P.E., F.NSPE, Vermont member Amanda Hanaway-Corrente, P.E., Executive Director Larry Jacobson, and Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden met with Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA-8) and staff to discuss the Good Samaritan Protection for Construction, Architectural, and Engineering Volunteers Act (H.R. 1145).
March 16, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden participated in a congressional briefing on "The Economic Benefits of Federally Funded R&D." Economist correspondent Vijay Vaitheeswaran moderated a panel discussion with Dow Chemical Company R&D Director of Innovation Sourcing and Sustainable Technologies Katie Hunt, Battelle Memorial Institute Senior Director of Technology Partnership Practice