Help Us Recognize New Jersey’s Engineers

Want to share your industry news with the world? NJSPE is dedicated to recognizing our Chapters and individual members on their Engineering achievements. Help us celebrate the professional engineers of New Jersey through the NJSPE Member News and Recognition Submission Form!

Let us recognize you! 

Are you advancing in the Engineering profession? Have you spoken at an engineering conference, received an engineering award, or hosted an Engineering focused event? Let us know so we can share your achievements and accomplishments with your colleagues! No achievement is too small to apply! 

Why do we do this? As New Jersey’s state society of NSPE, we strive to represent, serve, and empower the state’s engineering professionals. Your achievements help us to inspire current and future engineer professionals. And by recognizing your accomplishments as a PE, we’re encouraging tomorrow’s workforce to follow in your footsteps. This will help us strengthen awareness of both the engineering profession and NJSPE. 

Submit your Achievements

More details about the NJSPE Member News and Recognition Submission Form and submission process can be found here. Submit your news-worthy details today! Approved submissions may appear in Newsletters, social media, member communications, or our website! If you have any questions or issues logging in, please email Christina Goldstein at cgoldstein@njpsi.com

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Keep up to date with the latest from NJSPE in our monthly news briefs! NJSPE prides itself on promoting, serving, and representing New Jersey’s engineering professionals for the public’s benefit. Stay connected year-round as a member of NSPE – join today!

NJSPE Interest Groups

Looking for new ways to get involved? Here at the New Jersey State Society of Professional Engineers, we empower our members to form their own interest groups! 

Why were interest groups founded? 

Over the past few years, NJSPE leadership has recognized that not all members participate in their local chapter. Therefore, it endeavored to refine its structure to allow flexibility and options for those members who wish a different outlet for involvement within the engineering profession. Interest groups can be founded between licensed Professional Engineers, as well as those on the path to become a PE.

What constitutes an interest group? 

In late 2007, NJSPE leadership approved some major changes in our organizational structure. To address above-mentioned members who may wish to participate or form working groups around a specific interest, the NJSPE Board of Directors has adopted a method by which statewide interest groups may be formed. There are some minimum requirements for such formation, but they are easy to achieve and have the backing and support of the entire NJSPE family.

These interest groups can be founded on any number of topics related to professional engineering. They might relate to employers, areas of technology like environmental sustainability, social networking, or promoting careers (for example, working with students interested in engineering). However, the possibilities are virtually endless!

How do I form an interest group? 

The New Jersey State Society of Professional Engineers provides a collection of documents and templates to serve as resources in the formation of new interest groups: 

 

We hope these resources can assist in the formation of your new interest group. NJSPE prides itself on promoting, serving, and representing New Jersey’s engineering professionals for the public’s benefit. Stay connected year-round as a member of NSPE – join today!

9 Reasons to Join NJSPE

As New Jersey’s state society of NSPE, we strive to represent, serve, and empower the state’s engineering professionals. Thinking about joining? We’ve compiled a list of benefits you can expect as a member of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers! 

Protect your license 

Since the start of 2016, 26 states, including New Jersey, have introduced legislation and/or regulations that would erode and even destroy PE licensure as we know it today, all in the name of job creation. NJSPE empowers its members to advocate for the future of professional engineering. 

The NSPE website regularly offers resources to PEs regarding threats to professional licensure, such as the NSPE Advocacy Center, and State Watch, which alerts PEs to active and potential threats to PE licensure that have been introduced to legislative session. 

Promote the profession

Being a local member gives you access to a national network of people who champion the PE license and defend threats to it. This raises awareness of the profession and encourages tomorrow’s workforce.

NJSPE is celebrating the seventh annual Professional Engineers day on August 3rd. Learn more about how you can promote and celebrate the profession with us next month here

Meet continuing education requirements

For your convenience, NJSPE is offering educational resources that include in-person, electronic, and in-office courses. Gain access to free webinars, discount pricing on conferences and one-day events, and information on how and when to complete your continuing education credits to renew your license. 

NJSPE is committed to providing courses in and around the tri-state area that will cater to those with multiple licenses and differing state requirements. View our available CE opportunities here

Receive up-to-date news 

We provide our members with the most up-to-date information on a variety of platforms, including social media, monthly newsletters, PE Magazine, PE Scope, blogs, emails and so much more. All these resources are easily accessible to members on the NJSPE website

We make ethics a priority

Ethics are a crucial part of professional engineering. We track and discuss ethical issues with the Board of Ethical Review, offer ethics continuing education courses, and even have an ethics hotline.

Enhance your professional knowledge

We’ll help you understand the laws and regulations that define issues affecting professional engineers. You’ll also receive half off on EJCDC contract documents to reduce errors in construction.

Receive membership discounts

Members receive discounts on continuing education, industry publications, and products from Office Depot, UPS, Citrix, Lenovo, and Avitru. Discounts also apply at certain insurance companies.

Support future engineers

We constantly try to inspire and shape the next generation of engineers. We participate in Engineers Week and MATHCOUNTS, as well as fundraising activities for the NSPE Educational Foundation.

Connect with fellow PEs

Whether local or national networking is your style, becoming a NJSPE member will help you. NJSPE holds several events during the year and our national organization has online member communities. For an upcoming local networking opportunity, join us August 1-3 for this year’s Professional Engineers conference

Located in Center City Philadelphia, this year’s  Professional Engineers Conference is just a stone’s throw away for our members here in New Jersey. PECON attracts 300+ professional engineers from all over the United States for networking, educational sessions, exhibits, and presentations by industry leaders.

Learn more about this year’s conference on the NSPE website

Join now! 

Ready to become a NJSPE member? Learn more about our membership categories and practice divisions here

NJSPE prides itself on promoting, serving, and representing New Jersey’s engineering professionals for the public’s benefit. Stay connected year-round as a member of NSPE – join today!

NJSPE Year Long Sponsorships 2022

The New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers (NJSPE) is rolling out the 2022 year long sponsorship program.

This is great chance for your company to get in front of hundreds of Professional Engineers.
The NJSPE is offering a menu of services to help you build your brand within the professional community.
The NJSPE website gets hundreds of visits per month. The NJSPE is building an online library of training courses that are frequently visited and purchased by not only NJSPE members but Professional Engineers who are interested in our various topics. The NJSPE email database is vast, with a recent list of all licensed PE’s across the state, this is great chance to let the NJSPE market your company with little effort on your part.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SPONSORSHIP APPLICATION

Platinum $1,500 year-long sponsor receives the following:
Signage/company logo at the annual installation dinner also included in all promotional materials for NJSPE educational events. The ability to produce a short video to be shown prior to or following NJSPE training courses.
Logo placement recognized as a Platinum member, full company description on the website. The ability to create a video describing your business added to the NJSPE website. This video will be sent out to all NJSPE members.
Four installation dinner registrations.
Option to discuss your company at the installation dinner. Two to three minutes about your company.
Prime location tabletop exhibit at installation dinner.
Logo on ALL NJSPE emails sent to members and non-members. This will be a “clickable” logo that will direct members to your website. This will be located at the top of all emails.
A yearly “company spotlight” that will be e-mailed to all NJSPE members, also promoted on the NJSPE website and our social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook).
Prime logo placement on the monthly email newsletter, that goes out once a month.

Gold $1000 year-long sponsor receives the following:
Signage/ company logo at the annual installation dinner and all in all promotional materials for the dinner.
Logo placement recognized as a Gold sponsor, full company description on the website.
Bottom placement for your logo on ALL NJSPE emails sent to members and non-members. This will be a “clickable” logo that will direct members to your website.
Two tickets for installation dinner.
Tabletop exhibit at installation dinner.
Bottom logo placement on newsletter, that goes out once a month

Silver $500 year-long sponsorship receives the following:
Logo placement recognized as a Bronze sponsor, full company description on the website.
Bottom logo placement on the newsletter that goes out once a month.
Signage at the installation dinner.

Click here to download the sponsorship form >>

Questions about the sponsorship program, please contact Patrick Stewart @ pstewart@njpsi.com

An Engineers’ Role in Hurricane Disaster Prevention and Relief

Hurricane Ida, a powerful category 4 storm, left all of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana in the dark when it completely destroyed the electric grid. The true scope of the destruction is just beginning to come to light as six people have lost their lives and more than one million are left without power. Officials are warning some residents that it could be 21 days before power is restored. They also say it could be five days until the water and sewer system is up and running again. Unfortunately, this is a pain that many New Orleans residents know all too well. Hurricane Ida arrived exactly 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina. One fortunate result of Hurricane Katrina was the construction of New Orleans’s storm-risk-reduction system.

New Orleans’s storm-risk-reduction system is a 14.5 billion dollar system constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other local, state, and federal agencies. It consists of flood-walls, levees, and a pump system to siphon out excess water. So far the system has worked successfully through Hurricane Ida’s landfall. The construction and execution of New Orleans’s storm-risk-reduction system is only one example of the important role engineering plays in hurricane destruction prevention and relief. 

When it comes to destruction prevention from natural disasters such as hurricanes, Civil Engineers are our first line of defense. When designing infrastructure they must take into consideration the ability to withstand extreme winds, flooding, and rain-induced landslides. Buildings within hurricane prone areas must be built differently than those more inland. For example when heavy wind pushes against the roof of a building, negative pressures against it can cause the roof to become detached. Once a roof is detached from the building, the whole structure becomes weak and has the potential to collapse. To avoid building failure, the Civil Engineer must know that anchoring the roof to the foundation of the building is key to defending the building against destructive high winds. 

In the wake of a deadly disaster Civil Engineers also provide relief by disaster mitigation. Disaster mitigation minimizes the suffering of individuals affected after a natural disaster. This is done by building shelters, streamlining logistical strategies for reducing food and water shortages, and facilitating evacuation routes. In addition engineers have assisted with the rescue of individuals by the use of drones. Drones can be used to capture images and locations of people who need to be rescued. This is an easier, safer, and more efficient rescue effort than having a team physically search for stranded people via boat. 

The importance of engineers both before and after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, can not be overlooked. Engineers assist in the strategies to prevent destruction and in the relief efforts exerted after such destruction takes place. 

 

1 Campo-Flores, A., & Wolfe, R. (2021, August 30). Hurricane Ida leaves more than 1 million without power in Louisiana. The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/hurricane-ida-leaves-more-than-1-million-without-power-in-louisiana-11630330467.
2 SCHOOL OF PE. (1970, October 17). HOW ENGINEERING PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN HURRICANE RECOVERY. SCHOOL OF PE. https://www.schoolofpe.com/blog/2018/10/how-engineering-plays-big-role-in-hurricane-recovery.html.
3 Gullion, S. (2020, May 4). How civil engineers help during disaster recovery. Keck & Wood Civil Engineers, Duluth, Fayetteville GA, Rock Hill, North Charleston SC. https://keckwood.com/news-updates/how-civil-engineers-help-during-disaster-recovery/.

Why is Diversity in Engineering Important?

Has a lack of diversity in engineering limited the profession’s success thus far? Engineering and STEM fields, in general, tend to be primarily occupied by white males. As a professional engineering society, we recognize that diversity within our industry is so important. Professional engineers across the country are working to raise awareness, start a conversation, and take meaningful steps to make a difference within the engineering profession. While we can’t change our past, we can take control of the future.

The call for diversity in engineering has become more urgent. Last June, NSPE President David Martini, P.E., F.NSPE, delivered a statement on the growing protests across the country and in his own state of Minnesota. He reminded all members that basic human decency and the NSPE Code of Ethics demand that “Engineers shall treat all persons with dignity, respect, fairness and without discrimination.”

He continued: “As professional engineers and leaders in our communities, we are committed to applying our talents and knowledge to make the world a better place for all. The events we are witnessing make us all painfully aware of the work that remains to be done to address the root causes of this societal ill and heal its wounds, and underline the imperative, as a profession, of putting our own house in order.”

It’s time to start a conversation and recognize why diversity equals success for the future of engineering!

Diversity is the key to the future of engineering

Diversity means introducing and encouraging the profession of engineering to all races, genders, nationalities, and sexualities. Women and racial minorities make up a very small number in the grand scheme of the engineering industry. Currently about 13 % of Engineers are female and on average they earn 10 % less than male engineers. A problem engineering has had in the past is that from K-12 education, we’re not encouraging and presenting the opportunity of joining the STEM fields to all. The future of engineering depends on diversity for many reasons:

Innovation and talent

A lack of diversity is directly related to a deficit of talent and loss of potential innovation. The capacity for success in the field of engineering is not at all curtailed by race or gender. In the past by not encouraging diversity, the engineering industry is likely missing out on talented individuals!

Profit

Greater diversity brings a large range of perspectives to the table. With more of these brains working together, you can imagine that innovation, growth, and financial success would be increased. The Peterson Institute for International Economics’ 2016  survey , of 21,980 firms from 91 countries, found that having women at the C-Suite level significantly increases net margins.

Shifting demographics

According to the US Census, more and more infants being born today fall into the “non-white” category. The future society is going to be more diverse and the workforce will likely not be dominated by all white males. The engineering industry needs to make efforts to diversify now to move with the shifting demographics.

Ethics

Every professional engineer must complete an ethics course in order to keep your professional engineering license in good standing. Additionally, the code of ethics for engineering says that engineers shall treat all persons with dignity, respect, fairness, and without discrimination. 

Diversity in engineering is so important to the overall success in the industry, not just from a financial standpoint but also because if we’re not taking diversity into consideration, we’re missing out on new perspectives and ideas that could push this industry forward!

Be a part of the conversation by joining a professional engineering society today! Learn more about joining NJSPE.

Engineers Piece Together Champlain Towers Probable Collapse Sequence

Structural engineers have compiled the probable sequence and speculated over the initial trigger of the fatal collapse of the 12 story Champlain Towers in Surfside Florida. The fatal collapse has claimed a dozen lives and left 149 individuals unaccounted for. Allyn Kilsheimer, a veteran engineer and founder of KCE Structural Engineers, has been hired by Surfside to investigate the collapse. The investigation into the collapse will likely take months and may never find a single definitive cause. 

It has been reported that in October 2018 an engineer, Frank P. Morabito, had discovered “major structural damage” to a concrete slab below the pool deck in the section of the Champlain Towers South condominium building. Morabito stated that waterproofing below the pool deck and entrance drive had failed, allowing for damaging leaks and limited water drainage. Utilizing this information, a surveillance video, photos, and the original 1979 plans, structural engineers are beginning to piece together this disastrous collapse.

While examining images of destruction experts observed indications of “punching shear failure,” in the parking garage below the building. Punching shear failure of foundation, defined by Neenu S K editor of The Constructor, occurs when there is a localized force acting on the structure. It is mostly found in foundations but also common in flat slabs. When the total shear force exceeds the shear resistance of the slab, the slab will be pushed down around the column, or this can be viewed as the column being punched through the slab.

“There is a possibility that part of the pool [area] came down first and then dragged the middle of the building with it, and that made that collapse, and then once the middle of the building collapsed, number two, then the rest of the building didn’t know how to stand up and it fell down also, number three.”stated Kilsheimer

The president of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Joe DiPompeo expressed his beliefs that there must be “a very specific sequence of events that somehow evaded all the fail-safes in the code and everything else.”

 

  1. Jon Swaine, B. S. (2021, June 29). Video, images and interviews deepen questions about the role of pool deck in condo collapse. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/interactive/2021/building-experts-miami-condo-collapse/?tid=usw_passupdatepg. 
  2.  What is Punching Shear? Punching Shear in Slabs and Foundations. The Constructor. (2017, September 28). https://theconstructor.org/structural-engg/punching-shear-slabs-foundations/17716/.
  3. Jon Swaine, B. S. (2021, June 29). Video, images and interviews deepen questions about the role of pool deck in condo collapse. The Washington Post.

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!

 

 

1.MATHCOUNTS, MATHCOUNTS Foundation, 2021, www.mathcounts.org/our-story.
2.NSPE Update: May 2021, www.magnetmail.net/Actions/email_web_version.cfm?publish=newsletter&user_id=NSPE&message_id=20281500. 

5 Engineering and Architecture Trends in 2021

2020 was a year of pause and transition. A time of innovation and pivoting. Professionals were asked to halt work and new methods were put into practice. Many of which are here to stay. As we settle into 2021, it is evident that certain trends will continue to flourish.

*Information for this blog post was provided from an article cited below.

 

1. A Heightened Concern with Sustainability and Climate Resilience

Innovative green alternatives and improvements to infrastructures with regards to climate change is a key focus for 2021. The Alliance for a Sustainable Future – a joint effort between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – released a 2020 report citing that 60% of surveyed cities across the U.S. have launched or significantly expanded a climate initiative or policy. Displaying a proactive approach in the importance of protecting our natural environment and enhancing existing infrastructure resilience to climate change.

2.Rising investment in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure

Stemming from the same climate cautious mindset expressed in trend number one, biking and pedestrian infrastructures are greener alternatives that continue to grow in popularity.

3. Technology brings better ways to visualize projects

Visualization technologies, such as 3D modeling, gained traction as viable solutions during the challenging year of 2020. However, the benefits of these tools prove that they will continue to play a part moving forward. 3D renderings and animations offer a better understanding of a project while it is still in the beginning phases of design. Offering earlier problem solving solutions and overall lower costs and higher satisfaction of a project.

4. Virtual public engagement is here to stay

Virtual public engagement is an efficient and price conscious alternative to in person engagements. With more tools available that ever before virtual engagements and events will last well beyond present circumstances.

Example of virtual tools include:

  • Drone filming and photography
  • 360-degree high-definition webcams
  • Virtual meetings, webinars, and video conferencing
  • Dedicated websites
  • Strategic social media
  • Email outreach
  • Online surveys

5. The need for creative, multi-family land developments

The housing marketing is fluctuating. People across generations are in search of houses in more rural areas, leaving cities behind. However, the vast amenities and cultural experiences are still desired. “This high demand paired with the limited supply creates an opportunity for private developers to explore creative options such as duplexes, multiplexes, bungalow courts, townhomes and live-work spaces.”

Do you agree with these trend forecasts? Do you see them as beneficial or detrimental to the engineering industry? Follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn and let us know what you think.

1 Broses, M., Crow, B. and Wells, P., 2021. 8 Trends in Architecture and Engineering for 2021. [online] SEH®. Available at: <https://www.sehinc.com/news/8-trends-architecture-and-engineering-2021> [Accessed 7 April 2021].

New Robotics Technology may Improve Building Construction

Previously untouched by automation, the construction industry has become recently permeated with new technology and robotics. While manual labor is likely to always remain a vital component in modern construction, technology has and continues to evolve to support and optimize the construction process. Over the last few years multiple digitized strides have been made within the construction industry. The newest piece of technology is emerging from Purdue University. Innovators are developing robotic technology that promise to assist construction companies and contractors in producing higher quality buildings, at a lower cost, and faster turnaround.  

The National Science Foundation provided support for the development of this new technology. This new automation combines a contemporary mechanical design with advanced computer vision sensing technology. Jiansong Zhang, an assistant professor of construction management technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, describes their technologies as “help[ing] to address workforce shortages in the construction industry by automating key construction operations.” Zhang goes on to explain “on a construction site, there are many unknown factors that a construction robot must be able to account for effectively. This requires much more advanced sensing and reasoning technologies than those commonly used in a manufacturing environment.”The group of innovators working on this project reimagined the extent to which robotic sensing can be utilized, focusing on the computer vision sensing mechanics. The computer vision sensing software curated for this project uses a newly developed algorithm “which allows the robotic system to sense building elements and match them to building information modeling (BIM) data in a variety of environments.” This novel technology will monitor safety hazards and decrease the amount of equipment required in the field. In the end helping to minimize expenses while also speed up production.

 


 1 Purdue University. “Emerging robotics technology may lead to better buildings in less time.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 February 2021. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210210091126.htm>.

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