NSPE Today: Outlook
Refocusing for the Future
BY 2019–20 PRESIDENT DAVID MARTINI, P.E., F.NSPE
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 because I believe it aligns very well with my personal experience and passion for the profession.
Membership is the engine that makes NSPE run. Like so many, I originally joined NSPE because I was invited to attend a chapter meeting. With that in mind, I think it’s important for each of us to reflect on how our involvement in the organization started and to return the favor of inviting others to be part of this great organization. One thing that members and leaders frequently ask for, are tools to increase enthusiasm and engagement within the organization. NSPE is committed to empowering and equipping state societies by providing leadership, sales, and marketing tools. It is our goal to promote and celebrate the pride PEs have for their profession and to generate public appreciation for what PEs contribute to society. We will work to change the conversation from what we do to why we do it. To achieve success, NSPE (at all levels) must increase awareness of the value it creates and excite a deeper and more personal level of commitment from all our key stakeholders. While these efforts can be supported nationally, our message must be compelling and specific enough to empower members at the local level to carry out these efforts.
Shaping Public Policy
Over the past two years, I have met with members from across the country. During our discussions, many topics come up, but few match the enthusiasm and passion that is brought out when we talk about the professional engineer’s role in society. This is an area that I have been passionate about for a long time. Although it was initially out of my comfort zone, learning about the legislative process, meeting with my elected officials, and even testifying before a legislative committee have been very rewarding experiences for me. Our membership consists of some of the most talented problem-solvers in the world. Our talent and desire to solve problems is what attracted many of us to the profession, and I encourage all our members to get involved in the process. As PEs we are dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Unfortunately, this fact is often lost on policy makers and the public. For us to be successful, we need to have a seat at the table.
Educating for the Future
As the recognized and authoritative expert in engineering licensure, ethics, and professional practice, NSPE recognizes the need to continue to provide members with the tools necessary to become licensed and keep current on areas affecting the profession. Providing education that is focused on licensure, ethical practice, and the importance of the qualified engineering team will continue to be a focus for NSPE into the future. Our efforts to educate will also extend beyond our members. Elected officials, educators, and other stakeholders, including the public, will be part of our targeted audience.
Diversity and Tomorrow’s Engineer
As an organization, we always need to look toward the future to ensure that we are doing our part to attract the best and brightest to our profession. To do this, we must support a culture of diversity and inclusion. Strategic partnerships and outreach will be key to ensuring that our organization reflects the society that we serve. We need to identify and remove barriers for entrance into the profession and look for ways to improve mobility for the licensed professionals we serve.
As a young engineer, I was excited to begin my career. As a member of NSPE, I have developed a deep understanding and passion for licensure. It is my hope, that over the course of the next year, we will be able to work together to increase our passion within the organization and increase awareness of the importance of licensure outside of the profession. I believe NSPE is positioned to continue down an exciting path into the future, and I thank you in advance for your support as I take on my new role.