The History and Celebration of Professional Engineers Day!

Today, August 4th, is the sixth annual Professional Engineers Day! 

Professional Engineers Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Licensed Professional Engineers (PE) in all industries and arenas. The goal is to raise public understanding of the crucial work licensed Professional Engineers complete as well as encourage more engineers to pursue licensure.

How it Started!

Tim Austin, PE, is credited with the idea of Professional Engineers Day. Austin, a Professional Engineer from Kansas, served as President of the National Society of Professional Engineers in 2015–16. Although education and work in STEM fields is commonly encouraged within the US, Austin felt strongly that specific attention should be paid to the contributions of licensed Professional Engineers. NSPE’s core principle, a sentiment championed by Austin, states that “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.” 

Austin’s idea combined with the hard work of the NSPE staff created the celebratory event known today as PE Day. PE day is primarily an interactive virtual event held across multiple social media platforms. “The success of PE Day and the efforts of NSPE staff was recognized by the Association of Media & Publishing in the category “Promotional Content: Social Media Campaign” in June 2018.”

How to Celebrate!

Whether you’re planning a big party in your office, a “beers with engineers” happy hour, or sharing your PE pride online, we want to help you make the most of your day.

Be a part of the virtual Professional Engineers Day event on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram using the hashtag #LicensedPEday! 

Make sure to download the official PE Day logos to use in your social media posts or celebrations!

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

Celebrate at Virtual PECon

It is not too late to join the virtual Professional Engineers Conference held from August 3 – 5. 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:

Click here to register for NSPE’s Virtual Professional Engineers Conference.

Dress for the occasion! 

Celebrate by clicking “add to cart!” Now you can sport some PE Day merch to show your spirit! Check out the online store here. 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 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!

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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!

NJSPE Continuing Education Webinar

NJSPE Continuing Education Webinar is offering 3 PDH credits for NJ Professional Engineers and PE’s in other states that accept NJSPE accredited programs. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021!
9AM – 12:30 PM
NJSPE Member Rate – $69
Non-Member Rate – $138

 
The first course, held from 9:00 – 10:00 am, is titled “Digital Signatures & Seals – Know how to comply with the soon-to-be adopted rules at NJDEP on electronic submission of applications for Watershed and Land Management permits.” 
The course accreditation is 1.0 PDH credit NJ. 
Presentation to the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers
Participants will learn the difference between electronic and digital signatures. When digital signatures are appropriate and when they are not. What rules govern the use of digital signatures and options in implementing a digital signature environment.
 

The speaker for this course is James J. Purcell, PE, PMP Jim Purcell has over 40 years of engineering experience in civil engineering design. After 35 years in the consulting community, Jim is currently the Land Use Engineer for the Municipality of Princeton. Jim has also served The College of New Jersey as an Adjunct Professor. Jim serves on the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, having been appointed in 2005, holding the
position of Board President twice. He held the position of President of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in 2018-2019.
 
The second course, held from 10:15 – 11:15 am, is titled “Green Infrastructure (GI): Types, Benefits and Implementation Strategies
The course accreditation is 1.0 PDH credit NJ. 
Presentation to the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers
As more and more communities directly experience the negative impacts of climate change and frequent storms; engineers and municipalities are under increasing pressure to embrace greener and sustainable infrastructure for stormwater management. Green infrastructure refers to a set of integrated strategies to meet stormwater management goals in cost-effective ways as well as achieving multiple benefits by managing runoff with vegetation, soils, and/or reuse.

Very recently NJDEP has adopted Amendments its Stormwater management Rules that requires the use of Green Infrastructure with full effect starting March 2, 2021 to meet the three performance criteria for stormwater quantity, water quality and groundwater recharge. During the current pandemic, it is crucial that engineers; municipalities and utilities, plan and budget their GI projects to stay on track. While there are different scales of green infrastructure, such as large swaths of land set aside for preservation, this webinar focuses on a brief overview of green stormwater infrastructure practices within the urban context. The webinar includes potential environmental benefits, types and functions, implementation strategies, overcoming common installation barriers, and understanding the planning processes required to develop a comprehensive design and avoiding common mistakes during construction of green infrastructure.

 
The speaker for this course is Tejal A. Patel, PE, CME, LEED AP Tejal Patel – PE, CME, LEED-AP – is Group Manager at T&M Associates, a leading national consulting, environmental, engineering, technical services, and construction management company. She has over eighteen years of extensive public and private experience in management and design of transportation planning and infrastructure, traffic engineering, single- and multi-family development, and private site development.
 
The third course, held from 11:30 – 12:30 pm, is titled “Permeable Pavers – A Green Alternative
The course accreditation is 1.0 PDH credit NJ. 
Presentation to the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers
This seminar will analyze the goals and criteria for using a permeable pavement system. We will examine design different solutions for challenging site constraints and compare permeable concrete pavers to other traditional storm systems. You will learn how to utilize ASTM
andard C936 for evaluating permeable pavers and learn efficient installation procedures for permeable pavers. This seminar will examine LEED criteria for achieving potential credits for using concrete pavers, such as stormwater quality and quantity controls, solar reflectivity and
cycled materials.

 
The speaker for this course is  Eugene Fernandez, Commercial Territory Manager, Unilock New York, Inc. Eugene Fernandez of Unilock will be the presenter. After attending Rutgers University with a background in landscape architecture, Eugene spent years in California working on commercial, campus, and residential design projects. Currently, he is the commercial manager for New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.
You can register for this webinar here!
Participants registered for this webinar will be sent the Zoom  link several days beforehand allowing time to log on and make sure your software is compatible.
If you have any questions you may reach out directly: jlombardi@njpsi.com; 609-393-0099
Look forward to seeing you there!

Engineering Week 2020: February 16-22

Started 68 years ago by the National Society of Professional Engineers, Engineering Week is a national effort to raise awareness about the importance of STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – education by celebrating the work of engineers across the nation. The goal of Engineering Week 2020 is to celebrate how engineers make a difference, increase public dialogue about the importance and need for engineers, and illustrate engineering in a way that speaks to kids, educators, and parents.

Together, by increasing the conversation about engineering, we can increase the number of engineers in our workforce, particularly for women and minorities, for years to come. Learn more about engineering week 2020, engineering, and STEM below.

A State Policymaker’s STEM Playbook

This Promising Practices in Education report highlights the Utah STEM Action Center as a case study of legislation that includes three essential elements of a successful STEM program. 

 

Cool Content & Activities

With over 150 simple, turnkey engineering activities, there’s sure to be one that fits your needs. Check out Coding without Computers, Designing a Tape Dispenser, or Avery Architect.

 

National Institute for STEM Education

The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) certifies teachers, campuses, and districts in STEM teaching. Using a competency-based, academic coach-led online learning platform, educators produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates proficiency across 15 STEM teacher actions.

 

New Jersey STEM Vital Signs

Business leaders in New Jersey cannot find the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent they need to stay competitive. Students’ lagging performance in K–12 is a critical reason why.

 

JerseySTEM

JerseySTEM is a network of parents, professionals, students and educators whose goal is to promote excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) education.

 

STEM Connector

STEMconnector®, a Diversified Search company, is a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations and professional societies, STEM-related research & policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital in the United States.

 

STEMedia

STEMedia is a digital media company that provides creative and inspirational content for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM / STEAM) Community. We have a passionate audience of over 10,000 students and young professionals, made up of mostly minorities, women and the “artistic-types” in the technical arena.

 

STEM Education Coalition

The STEM Education Coalition works aggressively to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century.

 

STEM Education Data

You can discover the answers to important questions on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers using the information from the National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators report.

 

STEMworks

STEMworks is a searchable online honor roll of high-quality STEM education programs. STEMworks helps companies, states, and individuals make smart investments in their communities by evaluating and cataloging programs that meet rigorous and results-driven design principles.

 

African Americans and Hispanics Lack Pathways to Engineering

An excellent education that leads to good jobs offers a reliable pathway to economic security, yet the first step on that pathway remains inaccessible to far too many Americans, especially Americans of color. Nowhere is this inequity more apparent than in engineering.

 

American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.

 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.

 

National Academy of Engineering

The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

 

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Through partnerships with like-minded entities, NACME serves as a catalyst to increase the proportion of African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in STEM careers. 

 

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

 

National Society of Professional Engineers

The only organization dedicated to the interests of PEs across disciplines, NSPE recognizes your professional goals and your dedication. Join NSPE to join a growing network of like-minded professionals who share your commitment, integrity, pride, and your desire to be held to a higher standard.

 

New Jersey Engineering Schools

An education program is offered through education departments at community colleges to graduate schools. Most engineering programs are provided as concentrations or entire disciplines within a particular engineering field, such as electrical engineering or industrial engineering. 

 

New Jersey Professional Engineers in Construction

The New Jersey Professional Engineers in Construction (NJPEC) is a nonprofit organization that supports the objectives of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, advances public welfare, and promotes the professional, social and economic interests of our engineer members.

 

School of PE

School of PE has been in the field of educational services since 2004. School of PE offers FE, PE, and SE exam review courses and has trained individuals and employees from more than 6,000 businesses, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, and federal and state agencies.

 

Society of Women Engineers

For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties. 

 

STEMtistics – Engineering

These graphics were produced by Change the Equation prior to Vital Signs’ transition to Education Commission of the States.

 

TryEngineering

Learn how to become an engineer, where to go to college, and how to incorporate engineering into your lesson plans.

 

Don’t miss the 2019 NJSPE Awards Dinner – Get your Tickets Today!

It’s that time again – the 2019 NJSPE Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday, June 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mercer Oaks Golf Club. This event is the highlight of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers’s calendar year. It brings together hundreds of our members and their spouses as we celebrate the work we’ve all done in the past year. The buffet-style dinner includes a carving station and open 

Who were this year’s award winners?

This year, NJSPE is presenting two awards: the Outstanding Professional Engineer award and the Outstanding Young PE / EIT award. Both awards were created to honor individuals for their achievements in the engineering practice.

  • Outstanding Professional Engineer Award – Paul E. Pogorzelski, PE, PP, CME
  • Outstanding Young PE / EIT Award – Mark J. Rohmeyer, PE

Need a reason to register early?

The first 20 registered spouses attend for free thanks to our friends at ANS Consultants. That means you’ll only have to pay the $85 ticket price for one of you, and the other person attends at no cost!

What about sponsorship and advertising opportunities?

There is one sponsorship available. The $500 NJSPE Awards Dinner sponsor gets one ticket to the event, acknowledgement in the Awards Dinner commemorative program, and acknowledgement on the NJSPE website.

There are several advertising opportunities available. You can place an ad in the Awards Dinner commemorative program. The size options are:

  • $450  – full page
  • $275 – half page
  • $175 – quarter page
  • $125 – eighth page

If you’re interested, please email lslomka@njpsi.com.

Register before it’s too late!

The 2019 NJSPE Awards Dinner is coming up fast and furious. Make sure you purchase your tickets as early as possible to take advantage of the best New Jersey professional engineering event of the year. Learn more about the Awards Dinner here or purchase your tickets directly here.

Join the Global Marathon!

Women in engineering experience obstacles that men may never have to encounter. That’s why every year, DiscoverE, a volunteer community created to celebrate and engage students in engineering, holds a series of free online webinars for women in engineering and other STEM fields. These webinars create conversations around topics that are most important for women in a male-dominated industry. They also provide actionable advice for overcoming obstacles in their careers and everyday lives.

This year’s Global Marathon webinars include:

  • Wednesday, March 6: Strategies to Fill Your Confidence Gap
  • Wednesday, March 13: How to Build Your Authentic Brand
  • Wednesday, March 20: Are You Networked for Success?
  • Wednesday, March 27: Work. Life. Blend?
  • Wednesday, April 3: Building Relationships Across Borders

Each of these webinars will feature speakers and moderators who are considered experts in their fields. They discuss real life situations they’ve experienced throughout their careers and how they overcame obstacles to become successful. At the end of each session, there is a question and answer portion where you can submit questions to each speaker.

Sessions begin at 12 p.m. EST and usually last an hour. People from around the world participate, so you can follow along in the chat room and join the live tweeting by using #GlobalMarathon.

Want to get in on the action? You can register for the 2019 Global Marathon here. You’ll receive an email with login information on each presentation day, so be sure to check your email! If you’re participating, please tag @NJSPE on Twitter!

4 Great Ways to get Involved During EWeek 2019

We are so excited that Engineering Week 2019 is less than a week away – from February 17 to 23, engineers from across the globe will get together for a week-long celebration. As a New Jersey professional engineer, Engineering Week is a great way to showcase the hard work you put in every day and spread awareness about the role of engineers in our society. Need some inspiration for how to get involved in Engineering Week 2019? Here are four easy ways to participate:

  1. Share pictures of you at your job – engineers do interesting things every day that no one knows about! Take pictures at your company, at a worksite, or at a meeting and share them online to show everyone a glimpse into the life of an engineer. Who knows – maybe your picture will inspire the next generation of engineers. Send your picture to us here, and we will feature it on our social media!
  2. Gather your coworkers and grab some food – awareness doesn’t only have to be posted on social media. It can also be shared in-person among your coworkers and employees. Whether it’s ordering pizzas for the office or going to a happy hour, pick a day during Engineering Week to say thank you to all your fellow engineers.
  3. Become a mentor to a student or a peer – the engineers of tomorrow start today. Pick a local school and give a presentation about engineering to inspire tomorrow’s leaders. You can also create a mentorship program in your company, where more experienced engineers partner with new hires to provide them with guidance as they move forward in their careers.
  4. Get active on social media – in case you didn’t know, the engineering and STEM communities on social media are very active! During Engineering Week, there are millions of people around the world participating, so it’s incredibly easy to build relationships with new, like-minded people. Log into Twitter and use the hashtag #EWeek2019 to become a part of the conversation.

If you are a New Jersey professional engineer, please use Engineering Week as an opportunity to celebrate and spread awareness! Have other ideas for getting involved during EWeek? Leave us a comment! If you’re looking for more information about Engineering Week and the events you can participate in throughout the week, click here.

Engineering Week 2019 is Coming Soon!

Started 67 years ago by the National Society of Professional Engineers, Engineering Week is a national effort to raise awareness about the importance of STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – education by celebrating the work of engineers across the nation. The goal of Engineering Week 2019 is to celebrate how engineers make a difference, increase public dialogue about the importance and need for engineers, and illustrate engineering in a way that speaks to kids, educators, and parents.

This year’s theme “Invent Amazing” encapsulates everything we do as engineers. We find creative ways to apply the principles of math and science to solve problems people encounter every day, inventing amazing things around the world. Engineers have connected nations and states with bridges, found cures for diseases, and built computers.

Engineering Week is more than just a digital movement. Throughout the week, there are great events, including

  • Family Day in Washington, D.C. – February 16
  • Future City Competition Finals – February 19
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day – February 21
  • Global Day of the Engineer – April 2

Each of these events was created to focus on promoting STEM education, addressing the gender gap in engineering, and spreading awareness about the important role engineers play in everyday life.

This year is going to be the biggest and best Eweek yet. We hope you will join us from February 17 to 23 as we celebrate Engineering Week 2019 along with thousands of engineers across the nation! To see more about how to get involved in Engineering Week 2019, visit this website for a national view and check back soon at njspe.org for statewide materials!

Join us for the 2018 Awards Dinner!

The 2018 New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers Awards and Installation Reception will take place on Wednesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mercer Oaks Golf Club. Each year, hundreds of engineers from up and down New Jersey join us for this fabulous event. The dinner, consisting of a buffet-style meal with a carving station and open bar, will feature a program of short remarks and a celebration of our members’ accomplishments from this year.

At the dinner, several awards will be presented. The NJSPE awards, Distinguished Engineering Service, Outstanding Professional Engineer, and Outstanding Young PE / EIT, were created to honor individuals and firms for their achievements in the engineering practice. The professional development awards recognize firms with the best records of professional engineering employment practices. This year’s award winners are:

  • Distinguished Engineering Service Award – Richard Olsen, PE
  • Outstanding Professional Engineer Award – Mark Shourds, PE
  • Outstanding Young PE / EIT Award – Steve Esposito, PE
  • Professional Development Award: Private Practice – Mott MacDonald

Another part of this event is the installation of the 2018 to 2019 New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers executive committee. We are looking forward to celebrating the following people on their commitment to promoting, serving, and representing New Jersey’s professional engineers:

  • President – Michael J. Bennink, P.E.
  • President Elect – Robert V. Kiser, P.E., C.M.E., P.P.
  • Vice President – Joseph A. Mancini, P.E., P.P., C.F.M.
  • Treasurer – Vince Wagner, P.E.
  • Secretary – Erica Vigliorolo, E.I.T.
  • NJSPE Director At Large – Brian Van Nortwick, E.I.T.
  • NSPE Delegate – Robert Thiel, P.E.
  • Past President – Vatsal A. Shah, P.E., Ph.D., P.P.

So what are you waiting for?! Register for the 2018 Awards Dinner here or get more information about the information on our events page. Event tickets are $85. Time is running out, so please register today!

Celebrate 2018 National Professional Engineers Day

Professional engineers have become such a huge part of society because of their commitment to protecting the public’s health, safety and welfare. However, did you know the first professional engineering license wasn’t granted until 1907? Before that time, there were minimal engineering regulations, and untrained, unqualified individuals were performing their work, resulting in inaccurate renderings and plans.

Fast forward over 100 years and the professional engineering license has grown to become the gold standard. Only professional engineers have the authority to sign and seal engineering plans and offer their services to the public. The result? An engineering workforce of more ethical and driven engineers who keep society safer. To raise awareness of the hardworking PEs across the country, the National Society of Professional Engineers is once again spearheading National Professional Engineers Day on August 1. This virtual event recognizes licensed PEs and shows appreciation for the work they do every day. Hopefully, along the way, we can inspire the next generation of professional engineers!

How to Get Involved

While this event is advertised by the National Society of Professional Engineers as a virtual event, the sky’s the limit on how you want to get involved. Here are just a few ideas of what you can do:

  • Share photos or videos of you or your company on social media using #LicensedPEDay
  • Post your reasons for becoming a professional engineer on social media using #LicensedPEDay
  • Do something nice for the PEs in your office, like grab them some coffee or take them to lunch
  • Educate your coworkers about the importance of the PE license and how to become a professional engineer
  • Volunteer to speak at a school or community center about how PEs are protecting society
  • Give some recognition to the PEs in your office
  • Share information about a day in the life of a PE on social media using #LicensedPEDay
  • Join a professional engineering organization

These ideas may be enough to get your wheels turning, but don’t stop there! There are so many ways to raise awareness about the men and women across the country who carry a PE license. Have any particularly creative ideas? Share them with us on social media! Find us on Twitter as @NSPENewJersey, on Facebook as the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and on Instagram as @njspeorg. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! To learn more about National PE Day, visit this page.

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