Former MSPE Board Member, Michael Spence, PE Announces Retirement

Spence-LoResAfter 48 years in the Boston mechanical and electrical consulting engineering field, MSPE member Michael Spence, PE, Executive Vice President of Bala|TMP Consulting Engineers, has announced his retirement as managing principal, effective this June. He will remain with the firm on a part time consulting basis.

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Member Benefit Opportunity: Underwriting Premium Credit for Small and Mid-Large Size Firms

A valuable benefit of NSPE membership is the 5% underwriting premium credit offered by Victor O. Schinnerer & Company. Qualifying engineering firms are eligible for an underwriting premium credit of up to 5% if at least 50% of the firm’s professional staff are NSPE members. Continue reading

Meet MSPE Member Michael Perrault, PE

Michael Perrault, PESince 1992, Michael Perrault, PE has been the Principal of P.M.P. Associates, LLC Civil Engineering & Land Planning Consultants. He served as President of the Southeast Chapter of MSPE in the late 1970s and currently serves as an MSPE Director. Michael is also a Life Member in the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has answered the questions below, so we may know him better. Thank you, Mike, for your membership and contributions to MSPE and the engineering profession.

Q: Why did you join MSPE?
A: I joined MSPE in the late 1970s at the suggestion of a Professional Electrical Engineer friend. The Southeast Chapter members were fellow practicing professional engineers with various backgrounds. Membership in the Society provided both a social as well as a technical network.

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MSPE Coordinates Successful CHP Seminar & Tour of Harpoon Brewery

GroupShot-CroppedThe Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) held a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Seminar at the Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall in Boston, MA on Thursday, September 17 from 2-5 p.m.

Participants enjoyed three presentations from experienced industry professionals, as well as a full tour of the Harpoon Brewery. Continue reading

MSPE Formally Opposes SE Licensure; Submits Letter to the Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors

In August 2015, the Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers voted unanimously to oppose separate licensure for Structural Engineers.   In a letter to The Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, the MSPE Board recorded their opposition, outlining these reasons:

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P.E. Magazine Features Article by MSPE Member Tom Vaughan, PE

The article below by Thomas J. Vaughan, Jr., PE, Principal of GSC Engineering, Inc. and MSPE’s President-Elect, was featured on page 3 of the June issue of PE Magazine, the publication of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Thank you, Tom, for sharing your insights and your continued contributions to the engineering profession and fellow members of MSPE and NSPE.

FE ‘Right of Passage’
by Thomas J. Vaughan, Jr., PE
Principal, GSC Engineering, Inc.

The new FE exam format appears to fraction engineering into specialties that don’t communicate with each other and further reduces the feelings of “community” within the profession. We talk about “raising the bar” and broadening the humanities background of engineers, but the FE is narrowing even the technical scope we expect of engineers (“The Evolution of the FE,” March, p. 20).

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Member Resource: Northeast Regional Calendar

main_logo_smallThe MSPE website ( now includes the Northeast Regional Calendar page, which is devoted to promoting events offered by the 12 Societies of Professional Engineers throughout our region (CT, DC, DE, MA, ME, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT).

This resource provides all NSPE members with information about regional meetings, events, and opportunities to participate or become involved.  The calendar may be viewed in monthly, weekly, or daily format, and leaders of each State Society have been provided with access to post their events.

MSPE Seeks Appointee for MCCA’s Designer Selection Committee

MSPE is often approached by groups throughout the Commonwealth with requests to appoint or recommend qualified candidates to serve on Designer Selection Committees.

MCCA LogoThe Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCAA, or the “Authority”) is currently soliciting MSPE’s assistance in recommending qualified engineer candidates for appointment to their Designer Selection Panel. The Designer Selection Panel consists of six members, and the Authority is seeking to fill an upcoming vacancy for an engineer, for the term of two years.  If you or someone you know may be interested in this position, please contact MSPE Treasurer Tom Vaughan, PE via email or call him at 781-344-0087.

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Register by July 25 for FE Exam Prep Course (Begins Aug. 1)

This is the LAST OPPORTUNITY to take this course, before the exam format changes in 2014.

The Massachusetts Society of Engineers (MSPE) is offering a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination Preparatory Course, to support new and experienced engineers who plan to take the FE Exam on October 26, 2013.  The course begins on August 1, 2013, and meets once a week for 13 weeks, on Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m. at the CB&I office at 150 Royall Street in Canton, MA.  The course cost is $725, which includes 39 hours of instruction and all course materials. Space is limited to 30, the registration deadline is July 25, 2013. Continue reading

MA Students Win First Place in 2013 National MATHCOUNTS Competition

From left: John Hayden, MSPE State Coordinator for MATHCOUNTS,, Team members Alec Sun, Matt Lipman, Michael Ren, James Lin, and Coach Josh Frost.

MSPE is a major Massachusetts sponsor of MATHCOUNTS, a national math enrichment program and competition for students in grades 6-8.  At the 2013 national competition, held in Washington, DC on May 10, MA students placed first in the nation for the second consecutive year.

Massachusetts students successfully defended their Championship title by beating 55 teams from across the nation.Individually, out of 224 competitors, Matthew Lipman placed 33rd and  Michael Ren placed 27th.  Both James Lin and Alec Sun made it into the Countdown Round, in which the top 12 competitors compete directly to determine the National Champion.  For Alec Sun an 8th grader, this was his third time in the Countdown Round – a first in the 30-year history of the competition.   James Lin placed as quarter finalist in the Countdown Round.  Alec Sun, made it all the way to the final round and won the National Individual Championship.