March 13, 2012
March 8, 2012
NSPE President Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE, LEED AP, was the keynote speaker at the Department of Transportation's National Engineers Day, which encourages high school students to pursue careers in engineering. Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez also spoke. As part of his presentation, Stone led students in a rousing game of Jeopardy! The interactive event also included a robotics competition and engaged students in discussion groups. Read Administrator Mendez's blog about National Engineers Day here.
March 7, 2012
NSPE President Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE, LEED AP, NSPE Executive Director Larry Jacobson, and MATHCOUNTS Executive Director Lou DiGioia attended the launch of the MathAlive exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. MathAlive seeks to increase elementary and middle school students' interest in mathematics by engaging them in hands-on activities that demonstrate math's applications in video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more. NSPE and MATHCOUNTS are cosponsoring the exhibit, which is presented by Raytheon.
February 28, 2012
NSPE will cosponsor the 2012 Engineering Public Policy Symposium, which will be held in conjunction with the National Academy of Engineering Convocation and the American Association of Engineering Societies Awards. Entitled "Outlook for Federal Funding of Research and Development," the symposium will feature Administration officials, members of Congress, and congressional staff who will discuss the potential impact of proposed automatic spending reductions on future research priorities.
February 23, 2012
NSPE honored Steven Arndt, Ph.D., P.E., of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as Federal Engineer of the Year at the 33rd Annual Federal Engineer of the Year Awards. The award recognizes outstanding professional engineers employed by federal agencies and the military. NSPE member Rep. David McKinley, P.E. (R-WV-1), served as the keynote speaker.
February 18, 2012
February 16, 2012
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended a science and technology budget teleconference with White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren and Office of Management and Budget Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science Sally Ericsson.
NSPE Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden attended a briefing and press conference regarding the Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2011 (H.R. 3634). Reps. Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-14) spoke in support of the legislation, which would require Unicor, a government-owned corporation that employs federal prisoners, to compete with the private sector for federal contracts to provide goods and services. The bill also would prohibit Unicor from competing for contracts in which inmates would have access to sensitive or classified information. NSPE is monitoring the legislation.
February 13, 2012
Senior Manager of Government Relations Sarah Ogden represented NSPE at the National Science Foundation's 2013 budget announcement, where NSF Director Subra Suresh stressed the importance of federal investment in science and engineering to U.S. competitiveness. President Obama has requested $7.373 billion for NSF in FY13, a 5% increase over current levels. NSF's engineering programs would receive $876.33 million.
February 10, 2012
The Small Business Administration has issued a final rule increasing the size standard for engineering firms from $4.5 million to $14 million in average revenues over three years. The rule will take effect on March 12, 2012. NSPE has supported increasing the size standard to allow more engineering firms to compete as small businesses.