New Jersey Student Wins MATHCOUNTS 2021

The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that reaches students in grades 6-8 in all US states and territories with three extracurricular math programs. More than a quarter million students participate in their programs or use their resources each year.

MATHCOUNTS has a free National Math Club that gives students an opportunity to play fun math games in a non-competitive social environment. MATHCOUNTS also has a nationwide competition series. 

NJSPE is proud to announce that this year’s first-place finisher in the National MATHCOUNTS competition is New Jersey’s own Marvin Mao

Marvin is an eighth grader from Davidson Academy from our Bergen Hudson Chapter! He will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

Alexander Wang (Millburn Middle School – North Central Chapter) placed 4th in the nation.

Also, the New Jersey team made up of Marvin Mao, Alexander Wang, Andrew Lin (Timberlane Middle School – Mercer Chapter) and Evan Fan (William Annin Middle School – Mercer Chapter) are the top team in the country! The team will receive a trip to the US Space Camp Congratulations to the team and their coaches Daniel Plotnick, Stephanie Cucinella, Ying Lu, and Audrey Fan. Ms. Cucinella also served as the state team coach. 

All of the MATHCOUNTS competitions were held online for 2020-2021. They began with monthly practice competitions from October through January. The Mathletes then moved through the Chapter Competitions, the Chapter Invitational Competition and finally the State Competition. The top for Mathletes comprised the team that advanced to Nationals. There, they competed against teams from all 50 states and the US Territories.

This year’s national competition engaged 224 students representing 56 US states and territories in four rounds: Sprint, Target, Team, and Countdown.

The runner-up for the individual competition was Bohan Yao, an eighth-grader from Redmond, Washington, who will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Ten finalists will also receive $3,000 scholarships.

New Jersey MATHCOUNTS is supported by the NJSPE Education Foundation.

If you would like to donate to the NJSPE Education Foundation you may do so here!



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2.NSPE Update: May 2021, 

How You Can Celebrate Professional Engineers Day 2021

Since the first professional engineer license was issued On August 8, 1907, the profession and licensure itself have expanded with hundreds of thousands of licensed professional engineers across the United States. NSPE first launched Professional Engineers Day back in 2016, making this year it’s 6th anniversary! The idea of PE Day is to celebrate and raise public awareness of what professional engineers do for the world on a daily basis. As Tim Austin, PE, creator of PE Day and past president of NSPE said, “being a licensed professional engineer means more than just holding a certificate and possessing technical competence. It is a commitment to hold the public health, safety, and welfare above all other considerations”. Holding Professional Engineer status is something special, not just anyone in the STEM field can say they’re a PE. On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, we encourage you to join the virtual celebration of PEs across the country!

How to celebrate Professional Engineers Day

Use the hashtag #LicensedPEday

What better way to connect with your peers and celebrate PE Day virtually than with a hashtag? On August 4, use the hashtag #LicensedPEDay on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to:

  • Upload a photo or video of yourself, and share why you decided to become a PE
  • Post photos or videos of your team of PEs
  • Share your reasons for hiring PEs
  • Give special recognition to your PEs in the workplace or on the job
  • Educate your colleagues about the importance of the PE license

Click the links here to follow the PE hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook!

Celebrate at Virtual PECon

The virtual Professional Engineers Conference will be held from August 3 -5  with PE Day falling right in the middle of the conference. Originally scheduled for Philadelphia, the conference shifted to a virtual format due to continued concerns for the health and safety of members, staff, and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference’s focus on leadership and innovation will include:

  • Education sessions, at various times of day, empowering attendees to take in more of the content they desire;
  • Recordings of all sessions to make them available for on-demand viewing after the conference; and
  • Networking discussions geared to increase dialogue and attendee engagement.

Add to Your Calendar!

Check out the NEW PE Day logo store!

Now you can sport some PE Day merch to show your spirit! Check out the online store. If you order, be sure to post photos with the hashtag #LicensedPEDay to show your professional engineer pride!

Let us know how you plan to celebrate!

How the Towers Fell, Lessons Learned from the 1993 and 9/11 Attacks Webinar


Offering 3 PDH credits for NJ Professional Engineers and PE’s in other states that accept NJSPE accredited programs.

FRIDAY, May 21, 2021!

9AM – 12 NOON

NJSPE Member Rate – $69

Non-Member Rate – $138


Course Title: How the Towers Fell, Lessons Learned from the 1993 and 9/11 Attacks

Speaker: Joseph M. Englot, PE.

Accreditation: 3 NJ PDH credits


Presentation to the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers

To understand “How the Towers Fell” we first need to examine how and why the WTC Complex and PATH Station    were first constructed, the existing “New Jersey Tubes” they replaced, the details of the 1993 WTC bombing damage, the forensic Investigation by ATF & FBI, the recovery and repair effort, and the lessons learned on improving security and emergency response at the WTC complex that was a factor during the 9-11 attack. This will be followed by a description of evacuation of the WTC complex after the first plane hit the towers, and how the Twin Towers and Seven WTC collapsed with a first-hand in-depth description of the site damage.

We will examine the damage to lower Manhattan and the severe economic impact that the tragic event had on the community and will build upon the information presented on the 1993 Bombing and the 9/11 attacks. It will also cover, temporary shoring, flood protection, and site cleanup from the 9- 11 attacks followed by the construction of the Temporary PATH Station, reconstruction, repairs to the PATH tunnels and Exchange Place Station in NJ. It will cover recommended improvements in building codes. It will foster discussion about whether a standard high-rise tower could have survived the 1993 Bombing and why the Twin Towers and 7 World Trade Center all remained stable for different time periods only to collapse later in a manner resembling controlled demolition.


REGISTRATION INCLUDES: Zoom Webinar with moderator. Participants will be sent the webinar link several days before so they can log on and be sure they are compatible.

Questions:; 609-393-0099

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