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Idaho Society of Professional Engineers Update – August, 2017


Happy Professional Engineers Day!  I’m excited about the year ahead.  Angie definitely left some big shoes to fill, but hopefully we can get some good things done this year.  One awesome thing that has already been accomplished is our own Lynn Olson worked with the Governor’s office to declare today, August 2, 2017, as Professional Engineers Day in Idaho.  There’s a photo of the declaration below.  Thanks Lynn!  I know many of you are involved in fantastic efforts across the state that not only promote our profession, but help the communities we live in.  Please let me know if you have any comments/questions throughout the year.  You can reach me at setho@cartwright-aec.com.  Thanks! – Seth Olsen, P.E.



·         August 2, 2017 – Professional Engineers Day- Celebrate Licensure and the Profession with PEs Around the World on the second annual Professional Engineers Day!


·      August 2, 2017 – ISPE Southeast Chapter Professional Engineers Day Celebration -5:30 PM - Tour the new Structural Lab at the Engineering Research Complex at ISU, 6:00 PM - Dinner at Portneuf Valley Brewing


·      September 12, 2017 - ISPE Northern Chapter - lunch meeting on Verti-Block, an innovative retaining wall system.


·      September 15, 2017 - ISPE Southwest Chapter MATHCOUNTS Golf Tournament - Purple Sage Golf Course - Save the date! More details coming soon!


·      May 17-18, 2018 - ISPE 2018 Annual Meeting - Boise State University, Boise




Idaho Society of Professional Engineers – Southwest Chapter



4-Person Scramble 

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Purple Sage Golf Course - Caldwell, Idaho

1:00 PM Start



NSPE Year in Review – 2016-1017


NSPE Executive Director, Board of Directors’ update for July 1-31, 2017

Included in this report are the following:


REMINDER:  Licensed PE Day – August 2, 2017 -  hashtag - #LicensedPEDay


Highlights from 2017 PE Conference – July 19-23, Atlanta, Georgia

·         Attendance totaled 363

·         Conference photos available online

·         PDH credits accessible via the conference app and the NSPE website:

·         NSPE Education Foundation raised $11,075 in donations and pledges

Action taken by the NSPE House of Delegates

·         Approved new Professional Policy on Diversity

·         Approved Proposed Membership Business Model

Championing the PE License

·         NSPE voices disappointment and concern on the Highly Automated Vehicle Testing and Deployment Act of 2017 urging its defeat.

·         NSPE submits public comment to EPA to protect the PEs role in a crucial rule on oil and gas emissions; NSPE Executive Director testifies at EPA public hearing on this issue. 

·         NSPE continues to work closely with state partners to oppose legislation that infringes on a PE’s judgment to determine the best type of piping material for use in the nation’s water systems.

·         NSPE responds to July 6th op-ed in Wall Street Journal attacking concept of licensure.

Ethical Guide to the Profession

·         Spring Environmental Inc., from Spokane, Washington wins 2017 Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest.

Powering for Professional Advancement

·         Boxwood Technologies partners with Google in creating Google for Jobs where NSPE’s online career center jobs are also posted on Google.

Uniting the PE Community

·         NSPE’s quarterly website analysis provided as an attachment to this report.


NSPE Executive Director, Board of Directors’ update for June 15-30, 2017

Included in this report are the following:


Update on Proposed Membership Business Model

·         An online resource center has been created with background on the membership business model to include recordings of the working session webinars and a list of frequently asked questions (that has now grown to 55 entries).  HoD delegates, state leaders and staff are encouraged to visit the site to obtain valuable information from the webinars and FAQs.

Championing the PE License

·         NSPE Executive Director to testify at EPA public hearing in Washington DC to stress the critical role of PEs in agency programs.

·         NSPE continues to work closely with state partners to oppose legislation that infringes on a PE’s judgment to determine the best type of piping material for a project.

Ethical Guide to the Profession

·         Current issue of PE magazine includes features on engineering society codes of ethics, forensic engineering and the law, and learning from mistakes.

·         Cybersecurity of critical infrastructure remains a hot item.

Powering for Professional Advancement

·         Registrations for 2017 PE Conference now at 262.

·         PE Conference app now available for both Android and Apple iOS devises.

·         Georgia Society of Professional Engineers to host a “speed networking” reception Wednesday, July 19 during 2017 PECON.

Uniting the PE Community

·         NSPE announces 2017 Award winners to be honored at annual Awards Luncheon, July 21, during 2017 PECON.

·         Maine Society of Professional Engineers now 27th state society to adopt new logo.

·         State societies encouraged to post meetings and events on NSPE master online calendar.

·         NSPE officers, directors and staff visited and met with the leadership of 44 state/territorial societies during FY 2017

·         NSPE readies for 2nd Annual Professional Engineers Day on August 2; join in the celebration by accessing all the resources you need to promote this special occasion.


NSPE Executive Director, Board of Directors’ update for the period June 1-15, 2017

Included in this report are the following:


Championing the PE License

·         Federal Trade Commission forms task force seeking to remove barriers to entrepreneurship including engineering licensure; NSPE and NCEES helping identify panelist for first roundtable discussion to tentatively take place late July.

·         NSPE President issues letter to the editor of the Washington Post stressing the importance of professional licensure and clarifying the role of licensure boards in ensuring only qualified individuals practice in a manner that safeguards the public health and safety.

·         NSPE works with Idaho SPE in responding to Lieutenant Governor’s action to undertake a sweeping review of occupational licensing requirements.

·         NSPE contacts DOT secretary emphasizing the essential role of PEs in the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

·         NSPE and Professional Engineers of North Carolina oppose bill seeking to permit commercial interior designers to practice engineering.

Ethical Guide to the Profession

·         New section in NSPE website being launched to highlight and organize resources and discussions on big issues and hot topics.

Powering for Professional Advancement

·         2017 PECON community opens to provide conference updates and opportunity for discussions and connections with fellow attendees.

·         White House Office of Science and Technology Policy seeks applications for Fall Policy Internship Program; engineering students and recent graduates encouraged to consider applying.

Uniting the PE Community

·         NSPE officers and board members continue a very busy travel schedule meeting with members of 15 state societies during the first two weeks of June.



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