Commitment to Employee Development and Education Garners Award: Engineering Society Recognizes Outstanding Firm for Professional Development Initiatives

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Friday, July 20, 2007

PB Americas, Inc. (formerly known as Parsons Brinckerhoff), was recently awarded the Professional Development Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers' Professional Engineers in Private Practice. The award will be officially presented during NSPE's annual conference July 26-28, 2007 in Denver .

The PEPP Professional Development Award is presented to employers that exhibit exceptional career development initiatives and have made outstanding contributions to the advancement and improvement of the engineering profession through its employment policies and practices. The purpose of the award is to recognize those firms with the best engineering employment practices, and to encourage all firms to adopt progressive policies and practices.

PB Americas, Inc. was selected as this year's winner for their commitment to enhancing their business by providing career opportunities for employees through better knowledge management, promotion of training, and recognition of achievement. Examples include the PB Institute that oversees continuing education requirements and addresses global training issues; the Knowledge Practice Program, which focuses on strengthening the exchange of knowledge among all PB employees worldwide; the Professional Associate program which provides a framework for career development and recognition; the Practice Area Networks, which provide a forum for employees in 50+ practice communities to exchange information and ideas; and the Professional Growth Network, which unites hundreds of the firm's emerging professionals to develop programs focused on their career needs.

PB Americas, Inc. (formerly known as Parsons Brinckerhoff), headquartered in New York City, is an employee-owned company with over 9,700 employees working in more than 150 corporate and project offices worldwide.  PB was founded in 1885 and is one of the oldest and most distinguished engineering consultant firms in the United States .  PB provides a wide range of planning, engineering, and construction management, architectural and environmental services to predominantly public sector clients.

The selection for the national award is made by the PEPP Awards Committee on the basis of both current and longtime reputation of the organizations under consideration, with particular emphasis on the preceding twelve months. Criteria for the judging of the award include engineering personnel/licensure information, recruitment, employment, professional development, and special employment practices. Nominations for the award must be originated by local chapters or practice divisions of an NSPE-affiliated state society and are due by March 1.

For more information about the program or how to submit nominations for 2008, contact Kim Granados at

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The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of engineering professionals from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 44,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.