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Beers With Engineers -Second Tuesday of Every Month
Wednesday, February 8
Wednesday, March 8
Wednesday, April 12
Rogers Liquid Oasis at the Edgewater Public Market
NSPE-CO is hosting a monthly happy hour to meet and interact with other NSPE-CO members. We'll provide some appetizers from the many food vendors at Edgewater Public Market. Beers (or other drinks) are available for purchase.
Beers With Engineers is a monthly happy hour (the second Wednesday of the month) at Edgewater Public Market, 5505 W. 20th Avenue (20th and Depew) just four blocks west of Sheridan Blvd. There is easy highway access to Sheridan Blvd from both I-70 and 6th Avenue.
There is ample free parking. Rogers Liquid Oasis is to the right inside the main entrance. We'll be there from 5 to 7pm. Call NSPE-CO at (303) 480-1160 if you have any difficulty finding us!
No registration or RSVP required.


2023 Bridge Building Competition



The contest will be held on Saturday, March 4 at the Denver Federal Center. More details on the accessing the location will be posted soon.  We will always accept mail-in entries. We would like to have all mail-in entries in hand by Friday, February 24 (mailing address below).

Click here for the 2023 specifications, including explanatory diagram

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. Previously, a student from Parker, Colorado took first place in the International competition and received a four-year scholarship to the Illinois Institute of Technology! For more information on the International Contest, see the National Bridge Contest link.


Competition Guidelines/Contact Information  2023 Contest Specifications/Rules and diagram
  National Bridge Building Competition


The first-place winner in each of two regions will receive a combination of a $500 check award and a $1500 scholarship to an accredited engineering program. NSPE-CO Colorado and ACEC Colorado sponsor the first-place prizes.


Questions & Answers will be posted as they are received.

Question:  Who is eligible to participate?

Any high school or junior high school student may enter one model bridge for individual competition. Teams of students may construct bridges, but only one student may be listed and recognized as the entrant. ONLY ONE STUDENT PER BRIDGE IS ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES.

Question:  Is a school limited on numbers of entries?

There is no limit to the number of official bridge models that may be entered from any one school. The winners of the school team competition will be determined by the average of the three highest efficiencies of official entries of that school.


Mailing Address for Bridges:

Bridge Building Contest, ATTENTION 86-68530
Bureau of Reclamation
P.O. Box 25007
Building 67, Room 152
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225-0007

Each bridge must have the students name and school clearly printed in ink on the bridge. All mail-in bridges must have a tag firmly attached to the bridge with the following information clearly printed in ink:

  • Student's name
  • Student's email address
  • Student's phone number
  • Name of the sponsoring teacher (if any)
  • School name
  • City in which school is located
  • School return address
  • Specify Region (1 or 2)


Please indicate if you would like your bridge and contest related documents returned

Mail-in entries will be returned to the student along with any contest related documents if indicated as such on the information tag.

First Place Winners in both Region I & II receive $500 cash/check, and a $1,500 College Scholarship valid for enrollment in an accredited Engineering program.   Scholarships provided by the NSPE-CO Education Foundation and the ACEC Foundation. 




NSPE-CO Ethics Presentation:

Implicit Bias: Definition, Examples and Best Practices

Thank you to everyone that participated in this program, and thanks to Professor Eli Wald who presented.

What is implicit bias?  How does it impact our decision making and conduct?  What can and should engineers do about it?  In this presentation, Professor. Eli Wald from the University of Denver offered a definition, provided examples drawn from the day-to-day experiences of engineers, and discussed best practices.  T

Eli Wald is the Charles W. Delaney Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. A legal ethics and legal profession scholar, Wald has written on topics such as increased lawyer mobility, conflict of interests and attorney disqualification, lawyers' fiduciary duties to clients, the nationalization and globalization of law practice, the challenges facing lawyers representing clients in the emerging marijuana industry and, most recently, in-house lawyers. Professor Wald is a co-author of a leading casebook on the law governing lawyers. His work has appeared in leading journals such as the Fordham, Stanford, University of Colorado and Wisconsin law reviews, and the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Wald’s articles have been cited in ABA ethics opinions and excerpted in legal ethics casebooks.



How Can You Help The Fire Victims?

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to everyone impacted by the fires that ravaged Louisville, Superior and other nearby communities.  

One of the best ways to help now is financial support.  Here are several links to donate to assistance programs:


Congratulations Ben Railsback, P.E., F-NSPE

NSPE-CO Past State President and current House of Delegates delegate Ben Railsback. P.E., F-NSPE has been elected Regional Director of the NSPE Southwest Region.  The Southwest Region includes Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas.   Ben was one of three candidates for the position.  As Director, Ben will serve a two year term (2021-23) on the NSPE national Board of Directors and will convene Southwest Region meetings.  Congratulations Ben!


NSPE-CO Awards

The NSPE-CO Awards honor excellence in Engineering in Colorado, as well as educators and students. Due to the pandemic, the awards have been [postponed until 2022.   Stay tuned for information on the NSPE-CO Awards!


Threats to Licensure in 2018 (Archive)

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 Completes Service on NSPE National Board

Michael E. Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE served as 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 completed service on the national board as Immediate Past President in July 2020.  We thank him for his service!

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.  Aiken was recognized at the 2018 NSPE-CO Awards with "the Gene Burdick Award."


NSPE-CO Education Foundation


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 

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.


Job Postings

City of Aurora,  Project Engineer –SCADA Project Engineer (Aurora Water)

Hiring salary range: $94,251 to $117,814

First resume review:  Friday, December 9, 2022. 

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