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
MSPE fondly remembers our friend and colleague, Alfred “Al” Marzullo, PE, who passed away in March. Al served as MSPE President Elect from 2008-10, and we are grateful for his contribution to our profession and our Society.
His obituary is as follows: Alfred M. Marzullo January 13, 1947 – March 21, 2016
The aftermath of 6 recent MATHCOUNTS Chapter competitions has determined the students and coaches who have earned a coveted invitation to advance to the Massachusetts State Competition. On March 5 at 9:00 a.m. at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, the State Competition will determine which team and individuals will represent Massachusetts at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition on May 7-10 in Washington, DC.
More than 900 Student Mathletes will soon compete against their peers in chapter and state competitions, to determine which team & individuals will represent our state at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition in May. Here’s how YOU can be part of the success on their journey to represent our state in the National Match-up:
Participants enjoyed three presentations from experienced industry professionals, as well as a full tour of the Harpoon Brewery. Continue reading
Cap’n Tim Johnson, PE is Principal of Captains Engineering and Consulting. He served as President 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
MSPE members and their guests enjoyed MSPE’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner on the evening of Wednesday, June 17 at Chateau Restaurant in Norwood, MA. MSPE Past President Kenneth R. Skinger, PE, Esq. oversaw the Installation of Officers Ceremony, and led the incoming officers and board members in a recitation of the Engineers Creed.
At the 2015 National MATHCOUNTS Competition on May 8 in Boston, Team Massachusetts Mathletes placed 3rd in the nation out of 56 state teams. Additionally, each of our state’s individual ‘Mathletes’ placed in the Top 20 Percent of 224 of the brightest students in the nation, and two of them earned their way into to the final Countdown Round – a fast-paced, one-on-one, elimination style oral contest.
Of the four Massachusetts participants this year, three were 8th graders and will therefore age out of the program next year, and one is a 7th grader who is eligible to participate in MATHCOUNTS next year.
Thomas Converse, PE is President of LIG Consultants, Inc. based in Hopedale, MA. He served MSPE as President from 2008-09, and currently serves as MSPE Secretary. As Advisor to the MSPE Programs & Events Committee, Tom welcomes input and feedback from all members.
Mr. Converse has answered the questions below so we may know him better. Thank you, Tom, for your support and dedication to MSPE.
Q: Why did you join MSPE?
A: I joined NSPE/MSPE while I was a college student. Working with engineers during my Co-Operative Education periods, they encouraged me to join organizations such as NSPE, IEEE and electrical industry organizations. I became more active in MSPE during the period leading up to the National Meeting in Boston, and worked on that effort. I have held officer positions since.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) regulates the practice of “plan stamping”. NCARB has provided several documents, available both to Engineers and Architects, regarding standards supporting their position on good architectural practice and responsible regulations. Below, I briefly touch upon NCARB’s position on plan stamping, and provide limited comment to their position and, hopefully, some helpful suggestions and guidance to Massachusetts Architects and Engineers.
NCARB’s position is based upon Rules 5.2 and 6 of their Rules of Conduct and Model Law. In pertinent part the rules provide that: “An Architect may sign and seal technical submissions only if it is (it can be any of these four): (i) prepared by an architect; (ii) prepared by persons under the architect’s responsible control; (iii) prepared by another registered architect if the architect has reviewed the work and has either coordinated the preparation of the work or has integrated the work into his own technical submission; or (iv) prepared by another architect registered in another U.S. jurisdiction and holding a certification by the NCARB if (a) the architect has reviewed the work and integrated the work into his own technical submissions, and (b) the other architect’s submissions are prototypical building documents. Continue reading