National Engineering Society Welcomes New Senior Director for Ethics and Professional Practice

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Stacey A. Ober
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Rebecca BowmanThe National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) recently welcomed Rebecca Bowman as the new Senior Director, Ethics and Professional Practice. In this role, Bowman will be responsible for serving as the subject matter expert on engineering ethics, providing ethics counsel to members in need of guidance and providing management, policy direction, and guidance on ethics in all internal and external operations of the organization. She will also serve as the in-house and industry expert on engineering licensure laws and liability laws affecting the profession. Bowman will also supervise the government relations and advocacy team and initiatives.

“I have taught, counseled, lectured, and written on the topics of ethics and professional responsibility for years, as well as drafted legislation and provided comments on regulations pertinent to the profession,” said Bowman. “It is exciting for me to be on the front lines at NSPE, fighting for the integrity of our profession and priming the pump for future generations.”

A registered professional engineer and a certified attorney, arbitrator, mediator, and Christian conciliator, Bowman is experienced in boundary law issues, engineering design and forensic analysis, construction/project management, dispute resolution, real estate, and small business start-ups. She began her career with the North Dakota State Highway Department in 1974 and went on to work with Westinghouse Electric for more than 12 years. A highlight of her career was helping to build the then-largest gantry crane in the world for Offshore Power Systems.

Bowman has also owned a certified business since 1976, providing engineering, real estate, legal and training services. She has appeared regularly as an expert witness in construction disputes and is a frequent lecturer on law and engineering. In addition, she writes a regular column called “Risky Business” for the PE Reporter—the magazine of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) and has authored a book, “Residential Construction and Remodeling in Pennsylvania: Working with Homeowners and Small Contractors,” which is now in its second edition.

 “I am very excited to have Rebecca become part of the NSPE family,” said Wendel Stewart, CAE, interim executive director and chief operations officer of NSPE. “Her wealth of experience will have a lasting impact on our members and the engineering profession.”

Bowman is involved with the American Arbitration Association, the Institute for Christian Conciliation, and the American Bar Association. In addition to her workplace endeavors and achievements, she volunteers with Legal Aid, Family Promise, the Pregnancy Resource Center of the South Hills, MATHCOUNTS, and Pennsylvania History Day. She holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of North Dakota, an MBA from Oklahoma University, and her law degree from Duquesne University.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers fosters licensed professional engineers in service to society, ensuring the public can be confident that engineering decisions affecting their lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professionals. Through education, licensure advocacy, leadership training, multidisciplinary networking, and outreach, NSPE enhances the image of its members and their ability to ethically and professionally practice engineering. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 23,000 members and the public through 52 state and territorial societies and over 400 chapters. For more information, please visit