Northeast Region NSPE Members Invited to Participate in ‘What NSPE Means to ME’ Contest

Kenneth R. Skinger, PE, Esq., Northeast Regional Delegate for NSPE and Past President of MSPE, invites ALL members of Northeast Societies of NSPE to participate in a contest, “What NSPE Means to Me”. He will personally award a gift of two tickets to the 2016 MSPE Holiday Feast ($250 value) to the member who submits the entry deemed most compelling by a Contest Review Committee.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Simply write a compelling paragraph that shares your personal experience with the Society of Professional Engineers (our National Society, NSPE, and/or your local State Chapter). Include what you believe are the tangible and intangible benefits that you receive from your membership and/or participation. (Think: How would you describe your experience, to compel others to join NSPE and experience the advantages and benefits for themselves?)

Submit your paragraph via email to MSPE Secretary Anthony Cipolla with the Subject Line: “Contest Entry: What NSPE Means To Me” by the contest entry deadline of Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Entries will be reviewed by a Committee, and Ken Skinger will announce and reward the winner at the 2016 NSPE Annual Northeast Region Meeting in November. The most compelling entries will also be published in MSPE Briefings, with the authors’ permission.  Good luck – and thank you to all Northeast Region members, for your support of NSPE and your State Society of Professional Engineers.

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.

Mike joined TMP’s predecessor firm, Scorziello Associates in 1974 designing numerous K-12 public and private schools, libraries, college, municipal and private sector projects. In 1982, the firm was acquired by The Mitchell Partnership, based in Toronto. Mike became a partner in the Boston office of TMP Consulting Engineers. TMP became an independent Boston firm in 1992 and Mike became the President in 2003.
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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.

Q: What are your goals as an engineer?
A: I set my initial engineering goal, which was to obtain my professional registration. That goal was achieved in the late 1970s. Technology at that time was advancing at a rapid pace and my career / professional goal was to Continue reading

MSPE Participated in 2015 NSPE Northeast Regional Meeting

The 2015 NSPE Northeast Regional (NER) Meeting was held from Oct 8-10 in Galloway, New Jersey.  MSPE was represented by MSPE Director and Past President, Kenneth R. Skinger, PE, Esq., F-NSPE, who serves as Northeast Region Manager. At the business meeting, NSPE Past-President Harve Hnatiuk, PE, discussed current NSPE initiatives including the society’s re-branding efforts. All attendees earned 6 PDH credits for their participation.

Pictured from left: Holly Stichka, John Schanz, David Stichka, Liz Schanz. and Kenneth R. Skinger. PE, Esq. The couples scaled Mt. Kilimanjarao, and presented their experiences at the NER dinner meeting.

Pictured from left: Holly Stichka, John Schanz, David Stichka, Liz Schanz. and Kenneth R. Skinger. PE, Esq. The couples scaled Mt. Kilimanjarao, and presented at the NER dinner meeting

At the dinner meeting, Mr. and Mrs. John Schanz presented Experience the Scaling of Mt. Kilimanjarao. They discussed how, as untrained mountaineers, they and another couple (Holly and David Stichka) and their local escort party successfully reached the peak. The reprise of their climb and descent provided insight to the perils and exhilaration of their personal experience. All attendees earned 6 PDH credits for their participation.

Meet MSPE Member David Desrosiers, PE

Dave-Desrosiers-LoResDavid Desrosiers, PE is a DPW Director for the Town of Granby, MA. An MSPE member since 1981, David also volunteers as the Connecticut Valley Chapter Coordinator for MSPE’S key outreach program, MATHCOUNTS. (mspe.com/mathcounts)  David has answered the questions below so we may know him better. Thank you, David, for your long-time Society membership and your generous support of MATHCOUNTS.

Q: Why did you join MSPE?
A: I was encouraged to join NSPE shortly after I began my first job working as an engineer in Florida. My boss and the firm supported and encouraged participation and networking in many professional organizations. Keep in mind this was before the Internet, at a time when networking was done face to face. The parent organization NSPE provided networking opportunities and many beneficial programs such as continuing education. After moving back to Massachusetts, I saw the value of maintaining these connections and continued membership in NSPE.

Q: What are your goals as an engineer?
A: As with most engineers, I love to solve problems. My goals as an engineer have always been to find economical solutions and answers to any and all problems. Since I have always been a tinkerer, this does not mean just looking up an appropriate formula and plugging in numbers. When I encounter a problem, I need to fully understand Continue reading

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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Meet MSPE Member Timothy Johnson, PE, Cap’n

Cap’n Tim Johnson, PE is Principal of Captains Engineering and Consulting. He served as TimJohnsonPresident of MSPE (2004-2005). In May 2015, he retired from a 15-year career as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Technology at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Tim is currently pursuing a doctorate in Computer Science at Pace University, as well as a venture with his son to develop a revolutionary infrared temperature device. Tim has answered the questions below, so we may know him better… Continue reading