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Idaho Society of Professional Engineers Update – January, 2017 


Let it snow!! Most chapters have thawed enough to be planning and scheduling PDH opportunities via chapter meetings in these upcoming months and all chapters are hard at work finalizing their rosters for MATHCOUNTS competitions. The Southwest chapter is also busy with their upcoming Future City Competition. Contact your chapter representatives or myself for more information on how to get involved with these events! Finally, be on the lookout for a draft line up of speakers for the ISPE Annual Conference to be held in Coeur d’Alene in June and be sure to save the date; we already have confirmation from several interesting and exciting presenters on a variety of relevant topics including solar roads, STEM education and autonomous vehicles; it will be a conference you won’t want to miss! Stay warm out there!




January 21, 2017 - 13th Idaho Regional Future City Competition - 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM - Boise State University - Student Union Building



January 25, 2017 - ISPE Northern Chapter Noon Meeting -12:00 Noon  - presentation on the upcoming Seltice Way Project - Fedora Restaurant, Coeur d'Alene



February 11, 2017 - ISPE Southeast Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition - Idaho State University



February 18, 2017 - ISPE Southwest Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition - Boise State University


February 21, 2017 – ISPE Northern Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition – North Idaho College



March 11, 2017 - ISPE State MATHCOUNTS Competition - Boise State University



May 14 - 15, 2017 - Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition - Orlando, FL


June 7, 2017 – ISPE Northern Chapter Golf Tournament Fundraiser – TBD, Coeur d’Alene, ID



June 8 - 9, 2017 - ISPE 2017 Annual Meeting - Coeur d'Alene Inn, Coeur d'Alene, ID


Each year ISPE selects outstanding Idahoans in recognition of their engineering accomplishments and contributions to the engineering profession. Awards will be presented on June 8, 2017 during the 2017 Annual Meeting in Coeur d'Alene. Nominations must be submitted no later than May 1, 2017. Award criteria and nomination forms, as well as lists of previous winners, can be obtained from the ISPE web site, or by contacting the ISPE office at 208-426-0636.

The awards for which we are looking for nominees include:

Idaho Engineering Hall of Fame: Given by ISPE to recognize Idahoans that have made engineering contributions beyond Idaho i.e. nationally or worldwide.

Idaho Excellence in Engineering Award: To recognize an Idahoan who is distinguishing themselves in engineering.

Idaho Excellence in Engineering Educator Award: This award recognizes an Engineering Educator who has had a significant impact on the engineering profession in Idaho.

Young Engineer of the Year Award: To recognize an engineer that is making a contribution to their profession. Must be no more than 35 years old.

Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged.

 Visit and like the ISPE Facebook page to see information and photos from engineering activities around the state.


What Is Engineering? New Report Highlights the Legal Definitions
A new NSPE report provides a comprehensive look at how state laws define “the practice of engineering.” Defining engineering practice is critical to understanding the professional engineer’s obligation to the public health, safety, and welfare. While the public places great trust in professional engineers, many people—legislators and regulators included—don’t know that engineering practice is, in fact, legally defined or that the definitions vary from state to state.

Explore Recent Developments on Qualifications-Based Selection of Engineering Services
As more state legislators and regulators take action on the procurement of engineering services, NSPE has launched an online map that provides the state-by-state details.


NSPE Executive Director,  Board of Directors’ update for the period December 1-20, 2016

With the holidays, this was the only report for December.   Semi-monthly updates will resume in January. 

Included in this report are the following:

Championing the PE License

Ø  NSPE publishes “Definitions of the Practice of Engineering: A State by State Summary” providing a comprehensive look at how state laws define the practice of engineering.

Ø  EPA recognizes vital role of PEs in hazardous waste management.

Ø  State of Oklahoma launches a review of occupational licensing requirements.

Ethical Guide to the Profession

Ø  NSPE’s Board of Ethical Review (BER) develops 12 new cases.

Ø  Milton F. Lunch Ethics Contest revamped to offer a choice of creative options for contest submission.

Powering for Professional Advancement

Ø  Ontario Society of Professional Engineers posts testimonials from 2016 PE Conference to its online blog.

Ø  National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) invites NSPE members to receive 14 hours of continuing education at its January 13-15 Winter Conference in New Orleans.

Ø  NSPE’s 2017 fifteen (15) free webinars to go live January 16.

Uniting the PE Community

Ø  NSPE website rated outstanding among search engines.

Ø  Nineteen state societies adopt new NSPE logo.

Ø  NSPE to register web addresses for the two-letter state abbreviations for all state societies to protect the domain name. (Anyone typing this web address will be redirected to the state society’s website.)

Ø  State leaders invited to introduce themselves to NSPE’s new PEs in Industry online community.

Ø  Renewal invoices continue to members with December and January expirations.


NSPE Executive Director, Board of Directors’ update for the period November 15-30, 2016

Included in the  report are the following:

Championing the PE License

Ø  NSPE continues to support state societies in promoting QBS via an online map that provides a state by state summary of recent QBS developments.

Ø  NSPE assists state societies in supporting mandatory continuing education requirements.

Ø  NSPE President Verhalen delivers keynote address at the Florida Automated Vehicles Summit presenting NSPE’s efforts in promoting the critical role of PEs in the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Ethical Guide to the Profession

Ø  NSPE Board of Ethical Review meets in December to develop 12 BER cases and review suggestions for improving the Milton F. Lunch Ethics Essay Contest.

Ø  National Academy of Engineering invites NSPE to participate in a collaborative workshop on incorporating ethics into the curriculum and culture of engineering education.

Uniting the PE Community

Ø  NSPE enters it heaviest dues renewal period with promising initial results.

Ø  NSPE members to begin receiving e-mail birthday greetings.

Ø  SSEC Working Group 1 continues to refine the rubric that would be used by states to assess their capacity level under the uniform price point/integrated membership model as presented by McKinley Advisers at the NSPE House of Delegates assembly in Dallas.

Ø  NSPE membership and communication staff attend a two-day forum to gain ideas and best practices for increasing member engagement and participation in the online communities.


Board of Directors’ update for the period November 1-15, 2016

Included in the report are the following:

Championing the PE License

Ø  NSPE and the Wyoming Society of Professional Engineers urge Wyoming Licensing Board to preserve FE exam requirement

Ø  PE magazine cover story (November/December issue) reports on NSPE’s efforts to ensure PEs are included in Federal projects.

Ø  PE magazine cover stories from 2016 ensure consistency with the Society’s strategic plan and core messages.

Ethical Guide to the Profession

Ø  NSPE urges incorporation of PEs into California Autonomous Vehicle Regulations stressing the risk posed by failing to adequately address public safety protections.

Powering Professional Advancement

Ø  NSPE seeks qualified candidates for the position of 2017-18 Vice President (serving as president in 2019-20) and 2017-19 Treasurer; deadline for nominations is January 1.

Ø  Deadline for NSPE 2017 Fellow nominations is February 1.

Uniting the PE Community

Ø  NSPE Speaks kicks of holiday season with giving-themed podcast and interview with DiscoverE Executive Director, Leslie Collins.

Ø  Seventeen NSPE state societies adopt new logo.

Ø  Third e-mail blast in national membership recruitment campaign to go this week.

Ø  NSPE online communities grows to over 2700 users.

Ø  Future City receives 2016 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction.



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