SAVE THE DATE: Nov. 3-5, 2017 for NSPE Northeast Regional Meeting

MSPE invites all State Societies in the Northeast Region to save the date and encourage their members to attend the 2017 Northeast Regional Meeting & Conference from November 3-5, 2017.

The theme will be: Energy Transportation and Manufacturing Solutions, and will feature unique professional development sessions and opportunities to network with engineers from throughout the Northeast.

Details are currently being finalized, and will be announced in the Northeast Regional Calendar at, as well as MSPE’s electronic newsletter.

For inquiries or to explore sponsor opportunities, please contact Thomas J. Vaughan, Jr., PE, MSPE President Elect via email or by calling 781-344-0087.

Call for Nominations for 2017-19 MSPE Board of Directors

Please Respond by February 24, 2017:
The Board of Directors of The Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers is soliciting people interested in actively serving on the MSPE Board.

Open positions include:

  • President Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Delegate to NSPE
  • Director

Each position is for a 2-year period (July 2017-June 2019), except Director(s) elected to a 1 year term, and the President-Elect will transition to serve as President from July 2019-June 2021.

Who is Eligible?
Eligible candidates include all MSPE members, except “Student” and “Honorary” members.

How You Can Help:
Please take a moment to consider this opportunity for yourself, and encourage your professional colleagues to consider how they can contribute to this great organization, as well as benefit from their service.

Why Serve?
As the only organization dedicated to the interests of PEs across all disciplines, The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and our State Chapter, MSPE, recognize your professional goals and your dedication. Your service on the MSPE Board will help to advance the goals we all share, and to maintain our State Society’s contribution to our profession.

If you are not yet a member:
Join NSPE and you’ll be part of a growing network of like-minded professionals who share your commitment, integrity, pride, and desire to be held to a higher standard.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: February 24, 2017

Kenneth R. Skinger, PE, Esq., F.NSPE
Nominating Commitee Chair

Dickens Christmas Dinner Train Event – Newport, RI

MSPE invites all members and their guests to our annual Holiday celebration on Friday, December 16, 2015 from 6-9 p.m. at the Dicken’s Christmas Train in Newport, RI. A Newport tradition, the Victorian Christmas Feast is an interactive evening of fine food,  entertainment and Christmas cheer.
Buy Tickets Here: Purchase Newport Dickens Christmas Event Tickets
Your Ticket Price Includes:

Performance, train ride, meal, tax, and gratuity. Entrees include sliced beef tenderloin, holiday ham dinner, and turkey dinner. The train features a full bar with mixed drinks, wine, spirits, and beers. Reservations are required. Private tables for two are available for $50 additional. Each train is limited to under 50 passengers. The theatrical train experience is approximately two hours and 30 minutes long. Please no children under 12


The Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers has set up a block of rooms at the Newport, RI Marriott located at 25 America’s Cup Avenue, about 0.07 mile from the train station.   The room rate is $119.00 plus tax and there is car self-parking fee of $28.00.   Rooms must be booked not later than December 5, 2016.

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.

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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Brightest Young Math Students Win State MATHCOUNTS Competition; National Competition is May 8-9

Our state’s brightest young math students gathered on Saturday, March 5 for the

2016 MA State MATHCOUNTS Winners

Massachusetts State MATHCOUNTS Competition, and four of them — two girls and two boys, out of 136 students representing 36 Massachusetts middle schools — emerged as State Champions.  This accomplishment earned each winner a full four-year scholarship to Wentworth University, as well as the coveted opportunity to represent our state at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition on May 7-10 in Washington, DC.

2016-State-Team-Competition-PicThe State Competition was intense, as the students competed via written exam in the subjects of algebra, probability, statistics and geometry.  They also experienced a simulated (non-scored) version of the Countdown Round, the fast-paced oral competition that follows the written contest at the National MATHCOUNTS competition in May.

These four students will represent Massachusetts at the 2016 National MATHCOUNTS Competition:  Benjamin Epstein (First place) from Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington MA, coached by Josh Frost; Angelina Zhang (Second place) from Dover-Sherborn Middle School in Dover, MA, coached by Olive Woodward; Srinivasan Sathiamurthy (Third place), from Jonas Clarke Middle School; and Janabel Xia (Fourth place), from Jonas Clarke Middle School.

Joshua Frost from Clarke Middle School in Lexington, MA will once again serve as the Coach for Team Massachusetts.  The students are now holding multiple practices per week as they prepare to compete against their peers from across the nation in May.

How to Tune in to View the Live National Competition:
Tune in to ESPN2 on Monday, May 9 to see the live broadcast of the Countdown Round.  Visit the national MATHCOUNTS website,, for the exact schedule and links to view the broadcast or webcast.
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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

March 5 Volunteer & Donor Opportunity: State MATHCOUNTS Competition Determines Students to Represent MA at National Competition

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.

The State Competition will include three rounds of questioning —The Sprint Round, a 40-minute round of 30 questions; the Target Round, four two-question tests with six minutes to answer each; and the Team Round, a 20-minute round of 10 questions.

How YOU (and/or Your Firm) Can Make a Difference on Saturday, March 5:
Volunteer to serve as a proctor or scorer. Just a few hours makes a huge difference!
Sponsor / Donate to help pay for the 4 winners’ trophies, and/or pizza to help feed 400 students, coaches and volunteers (your contribution is tax-deductible).

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