National Society of Professional Engineers - Colorado

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Climate Change Dinner and Program- Thursday, January 24th
 
Join the NSPE-CO Central Chapter for a dinner program "Climate Change Has Arrived," Thursday, January 24th at the Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek.
 
Climate modeler Kevin Schaefer says "Climate changed has arrived. Global temperatures have increased and we already see regional impacts to the United States in the form of thawing permafrost, extensive droughts, larger and more frequent fires, and exploding pine beetle infestations."  In this presentation, he will explain the underlying physics of how the burning of fossil fuels drives climate change. He will discuss impacts of climate change,
with a special focus on the United States and the American West in particular. He will discuss the Paris accord and the various policy options available to us to reduce fossil fuel emissions and their impacts to the American economy. "Responding to climate change represents the biggest opportunity for economic growth in the 21st century with corresponding expansion of American industry and jobs," according to Schaefer. 

This dinner is at the centrally located Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek (600 South Colorado Blvd).  Join us for a social hour at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. The entrance to the Hilton Garden Inn is on the east side, take Cherry Creek Drive South, east from Colorado Blvd, take the first right turn into the Hilton Garden Inn.
 
This event is eligible for 1 PDH and is just $40 per person before January 22nd with a special student rate of $5 for advance registration. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
 
Presenter Kevin Schaefer is a Research Scientist III and Lead Scientist for NSIDC Science Team.  He has a PhD from Colorado State University.
His specialties include Permafrost carbon feedback, modeling of the terrestrial biosphere, biogeochemistry, remote sensing of active layer thickness.  Schaefer is lead organizer of the North American Carbon Program (NACP) Site.
 
Join us for this timely program!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
 
 
Future City Competition-  Judges Needed
  
Across the country, teams of middle school students work with educators and STEM  mentors to build cities of the future. Over four months, student teams design a virtual city using SimCity software; research and write an essay addressing this year's theme-Powering Our Future: design a resilient power grid for your future city that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster; build a model of their city using recycled materials; complete a project plan to help organize their work; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. 

Judges are needed for the Regional Competition which will be held at the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday January 19th, 2019.

To be a general volunteer please click here and, pull down the Colorado Region, and check boxes as needed. Volunteers are needed to audit and enter scores.
To be a volunteer to judge the January 19th competition, please click here, pull down the Colorado Region and check the appropriate box. When volunteering, please note that you are with NSPE-CO.   Judges are needed for the Model and Presentations in the morning.   Check-in between 8 and 8:30am, with briefing at 8:30am.  A light breakfast, refreshments and lunch are provided.
 
 

NSPE-CO The NSPE-CO Awards - Celebrating Excellence In Engineering

 

Thank you to everyone that joined us to celebrate excellence in the Colorado Engineering community.  

The 2018 Honorees are:

High School Educator of the Year:  Lindsay Fox of Erie High School

University Educator of the Year:  Dr. P.K. Sen of Colorado School of Mines

Student of the Year:  John Massale, P.E., Masters student at Colorado School of Mines

Young Engineer of the Year:  Ricky Nguyen, P.E. 

Project Manager of the Year:  Jeff Sickles, P.E.

Woman Engineer of the Year:  Margaret Brown, P.E.

Manager of the Year:  Stanley Stoll, P.E.

Project of the Year:  Canvas Stadium at Colorado State University (Martin/Martin Inc.)

The Gene Burdick Leadership Award:  Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE

 

 CLICK HERE FOR THE AWARDS PAGE for more information.

Our thanks to Platinum Sponsor Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers for their support of the NSPE-CO Awards. 

Thank you also to Silver Sponsors:

 

 

 

and our Bronze Sponsors:

Critical Guidance Engineering

The Law Office of James Nelson

NSPE-CO Central Chapter

 

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, contact the state office at (303) 480-1160 for more details.  

 Awards will be presented Thursday October 25, 2018.   CLICK HERE FOR THE AWARDS PAGE for more information

 

 

 

Threats to Licensure

Two bills under consideration this legislative session threaten the licensure of Professional Engineers in Colorado (as well as other licensed professions). NSPE-CO has been monitoring these bills and working to defeat them.  Licensure of professional engineers is critical to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.  The practice of engineering is not a right but is a privilege granted only to those who hold the proper qualifications.  Licensing boards and governing jurisdictions are necessary to regulate the profession.  BOTH BILLS LOST IN COMMITTEE DURING THE LAST FULL WEEK OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

SB18-193 Limit State Agency Occupational Regulations was called The Right To Earn A Living Act. The bill would prohibit state agencies from imposing a personal qualification requirement in order to engage in a profession or occupation unless the agency can show that the requirement is demonstrably necessary and narrowly tailored to address a specific, legitimate public health, safety, or welfare objective.  The bill would have required that prior to July 1, 2019 all state agencies review the regulations promulgated or administered by that agency and that any regulation not meeting the specific criteria in the bill be repealed. SB18-193 passed the Senate, but lost in committee in the House on Wednesday May 2nd.  You can read the text of SB18-193 here.

SB18-236, Least Restrictive Regulation Professions and Occupations has many similarities to SB18-193, though it generally does not address health safety and welfare of the public (except for the cleanliness of facilities). The bill requires the department to find present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers before recommending regulation. The bill further requires the department to recommend only the least restrictive regulation necessary to address the harm. Licensing is only allowed after other least-restrictive options including market competition, third party and consumer generated reviews, private certification and bonding.

This legislation requires the Department of Regulatory Agencies to presume that consumers are sufficiently protected by market competition and private remedies, and to create occupational regulations only where the department finds credible evidence of a present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers. This represents a fundamental shift from the current system of licensure which has long protected the citizens of Colorado.  Read the text of SB18-236 here.

 

 NSPE-CO is the interdisciplinary professional engineering organization dedicated to supporting members in the ethical and professional practice of engineering, preserving the health, safety and welfare of the public while promoting the growth and development of the profession.    
 
 

Colorado's Michael Aitken, P.E, F.NSPE is NSPE National President

Michael E. Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE is the 2018–2019 President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).  He is the first Colorado Professional Engineer to lead the national society.

He is a mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of engineering, project management, property condition inspections and expert witness testimony. He is currently the Vice President of MEA Consulting Engineers which he founded with his wife in April 2000.

Long active in both the National Society of Professional Engineers and its state affiliate, NSPE-Colorado, Mr. Aitken he has been president of NSPE-Colorado and a member of NSPE’s Board of Directors, House of Delegates, Budget & Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and PE Conference Task Force. In 2016 he was named a NSPE Fellow.

Mr. Aitken received his BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Metropolitan State College in Denver and is registered as a Professional Engineer in 28 states. He has also attained LEED® AP O+M certification, the recognized standard for design sustainability.  Michael is a Certified Commissioning Authority through the AABC Commissioning Group.

Mr. Aitken volunteers as a coach and mentor with FIRST Robotics and the FIRST Lego League to encourage elementary, middle and high school student to pursue a career in engineering. He also mentors college students and young engineers on the value of engineering licensure and the importance of giving back to their profession.

NSPE-CO Education Foundation 2018 Golf Tournament

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2018 Education Foundation Golf Tournament.  Special thanks to Balu Bhayani who has coordinated the tournament for many years.  Thank you for your many years of work Balu!

 

The NSPE-CO Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
Organization, supporting engineering and scientific
educational activities of the National Society of
Professional Engineers—Colorado, including Bridge
Building for high school students, MATHCOUNTS
for junior high school students, and other
educational programs and scholarships.

 

Bridge Building celebrates 51 Years!

Congratulations to the participants in the High School Bridge Building Contest!

About Bridge Building:
The annual Model Bridge Building Contest is a statewide program aimed at  providing interaction and communication among practicing engineers, high school   students, and other professionals. Its underlying objectives are to enhance the  appeal of engineering careers to high school students, begin establishing their   relationships with the professional community, and improve the prospects that such careers will be mutually beneficial to both society and the individual.

The top winners from each region in the state competition are eligible to  advance to the International Contest. A student from Parker, Colorado took first place in the International competition and received a four year scholarship to the Illinois Institute of Technology!

Click here for the Bridge Building main page.

 

First Place Prizes of a $2,000 scholarship for the winning student who enrolls in an accredited Engineering program, courtesy of ACEC-Colorado and the National Society of Professional Engineers- Colorado Education Foundation.

 

Second prize awards of $250 in each region courtesy of American Public Works Association -  Colorado Chapter

 

Job Postings

The City of Evans is seeking a dynamic City Engineer to serve as a member of a collaborative team to pave the way for future success. The City Engineer will lead a team of professional staff and ensuring high quality design, construction, and functionality of City infrastructure; collaborate with community development and public works staff to ensure effective and efficient, customer–centered service; and represent Evans in regional infrastructure planning forums.

The hiring range for the City Engineer is $99,800 - $123,200 annually and will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and match the desired attributes sought by the City. The City also offers a highly competitive benefits package. Further details on compensation and benefits may be obtained on the city’s website.

Get more details on the position and how to apply.


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