A Word From
this issue of The Observer you receive your ballot to elect new officers
for the coming year, a sure sign that spring is coming soon.
year we have, with the Engineers Week meeting, had three general membership
meetings. We plan on three more as described more completely in this issue.
They are the April 6 meeting in conjunction with the P.E. Board (introducing
new registrants), a meeting in May to induct NHSPE's new officers for
the next year, and we are invited to join SAME for their June 14 meeting
at the Wayfarer in Manchester. The presentation will be on "The Big
Dig" in Boston.
competitions in the state have been completed and the program is winding
down for 1999-2000, and preparing for next year, the program's 18th. State
results are noted inside in a special article.
8 was a busy day with testimony given to the House Legislative Committee
reviewing SB-372 (regarding the use of "Engineer" in business
names). That evening your board, in review of materials received, voted
to endorse Mr. Jeffrey Tirey, P.E., for membership on the State Board
of Licensure of Professional Engineers. Additionally a letter supporting
UNH Durham's proceeding to update its antiquated engineering education
facilities was authorized by the Board.
Week Mall Display
There is something in every day that surprises me and really makes
me think about what WE do. Some of the questions that I fielded
at this years Engineers Week Mall Display really brought some of
this to the forefront for me. I am always quite amazed to find just
how little the general public knows and understands about the field
of engineering, or how we are operating within their local communities,
as well as around the world. I suppose it should not really come
as a surprise to me though since, for instance, I know absolutely
nothing about the art of making a perfect coffee bean or why I feel
compelled to stop at every Dunkin' Donuts that I might see. Even
so, that first cup of coffee in the morning is something so fundamental
to our existence on this planet that 80% of us cannot function or
survive without it.
aside, our title as an "Engineer" is something that many
of us sometimes begin to take for granted, to a point where it just
becomes the job we do in order to pay the rent or mortgage. Fortunately
for me, or, those of you who work with me may say unfortunately
for me, I still wake up every morning with a fire in my belly and
a driving desire to get to the office to face new challenges that
may change the world, or at least my local community. It is unfortunate
that many people will never feel that way about their profession
and will go through life unchallenged or unmotivated to maximizing
is what Engineers Week means to me. It is a celebration of what
we have done and a time for engineers to boast about what we can
do. It is also a time to reach out to our local community to educate
and inspire students and adults alike to the wonders of an engineering
career. It is up to all of us to perpetuate our own existence as
engineers by promoting what we do and by sharing with others why
we love it. I was recently at a conference where the Assistant Transportation
Commissioner, Carol Murray spoke about how she was surprised at
hearing that enrollment in Engineering Programs was on a downtrend
and that there was a general concern for our profession in the coming
years. President Clinton noted in his endorsement letter to the
engineering community that engineers have a passion for discovery
and have made our lives safer, easier, and more fulfilling. My challenge
to each of you is to reach out with that passion to those around
you and to inspire them to maximize their own potential, either
as an engineer, a brain surgeon, or social worker. Each of these
makes our world a better and more fulfilling place to live.
year's Mall Display certainly echoed this challenge. The Mall Display
was hosted once again by the Steeplegate Mall and was perhaps one
of the largest displays in recent years. The event was very well
received and attended. With the help of some attention getters that
I called "blinkie-blinkies", a traffic signal display
provided by a local contractor, there was a high level of interest,
exposure and a good gawking factor. Many of the supporting consultants
and educators helped to provide for a very professional and well
represented view of how engineering is being used in our everyday
lives, and how it is being promoted within our local schools. Special
thanks should go out to our educators that were represented. These
included New Hampshire Technical Institute, the University of New
Hampshire, Dartmouth, as well as Hopkington High School.
would like to thank all of those who had some part in organizing
the events during Engineers Week and I look forward to seeing each
of you in the future.
Roch D. Larochelle, P.E.
of the many who enjoyed this year's E Week display.
buggy designed and constructed by UNH engineering students in Durham
family examines a highway site plan.
Hampshire Engineers Week Banquet is Popular Event
NHSPE hosted the 50th annual New Hampshire Engineers Week Banquet
on Thursday, February 26 at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester.
event proved again to be the most popular and well-attended event of the
year, drawing engineers from across the state. The Engineers Week Banquet
featured recognition of two outstanding professionals. Leonard Zebelanski
is the 2000 Engineer-of-the-Year. Sally Gunn is this year's Young Engineer-of-the-Year.
The keynote speaker was Dean Roy Torbert of the UNH Engineering and Sciences
Department. Dean Torbert spoke of the evolution of engineering and his
forecast of the future.
Ahlgren was a special guest of NHSPE at this banquet. Mr. Ahlgren is the
oldest active P.E. in the state of New Hampshire. Over thirty years ago,
he had been honored as the engineer of the year. And it was certainly
a treat for those of us who had a chance to chat with him at this year's
of all, attendance at this year's banquet surpassed last year, and that
continues a trend that we have seen over the past few years. In a time
when we often hear discussions about how thin enthusiasm has grown for
all those extracurricular societies, associations, meetings, clubs, etc.,
it is great to know that National Engineers Week still holds a special
meaning to the professionals of New Hampshire.
Zebelanski, P.E. (right) of CRREL accepts the Engineer-of-the-Year
Award. George Fredette, P.E. (left) hosted this year's banquet.
Gunn, P.E. of CLD Consulting Engineers received the Young Engineer-of-the-Year
Ahlgren, P.E., who holds NH’s Professional Engineer License #50,
was honored at the banquet.
Dr. Roy Torbert,
Dean of College of Engineering & Physical Sciences at UNH, was the
legislature is very much preoccupied with the education funding issue
and related items. However, we will be successful, we believe, in resolving
an issue raised under Senate Bill 372 which would have allowed any company
to use the word "engineer" or "engineering" in corporate
titles without a licensed professional engineer as a partner or on the
board of the company. The bill passed the Senate and when heard in the
House an amendment was offered to resolve the situation and was treated
favorably in the hearing. The amendment essentially included a grandfather
clause for companies that were registered with the State before 1999,
but maintained requirements for a licensed professional engineer as currently
provided in law. Input was provided in support of the amendment by NHSPE
President Lee Carroll. Representative Maurice Goulet of Bedford has been
and remains a friend to professional engineers in protecting our titles
and public relations. Therefore, we hope and expect the House will approve
the amended Senate bill and also anticipate the Senate will concur because
it is an amendment acceptable to the sponsor, Senator Hollingworth, and
to her constituent involved in the bill.
subject, Ed Bergeron, P.E., will conclude two terms on the P.E. Board
this summer. Therefore our board passed a resolution endorsing Jeffrey
L. Tirey, P.E., For P.E. Board membership. Tirey is president of his own
structural engineering company in Littleton, NH. He has over twenty years
of experience in the planning, designing and construction administration
of building structures. Also, he is active in his community. Those who
know him or his work may write the Governor urging her to nominate him
to the P.E. Board and contact your Executive Counselor requesting they
confirm his nomination if it is offered by the Governor.
by Rep. John Alger, P.E.
NHSPE Legislation Committee Chair
MEMORIAL AWARD MATHCOUNTS 1999
has, for several years, awarded $50 savings bonds to the top individual
student scorers in each of the six regions (Seacoast, Manchester, Keene,
Lebanon, Plymouth, and North Country) of the MATHCOUNTS program, based
on the regional competition results. This award was established in memory
of Bob Evans, the individual most responsible for organizing the MATHCOUNTS
program in the state from its inception in 1983 until he passed away,
having served as MATHCOUNTS State Coordinator for 13 years.
year the award recipients are:
Prendergast, Frances C. Richmond School; Margot Maddock, coach
Liu, Oyster River Middle School; Sue Gagnon, coach
Snow, Berlin Jr. High School; Tammy Fauteux/Laura Reynolds, coaches
Chittim, Hopkinton Middle-High School; Melanie Thornley/Susan Roberts,
Dunlap, Gilford Middle School; Sue Leitch, coach
Westgate, NH Alliance for Home Education; Brad Westgate, coach
to ensure continuation of this memorial award is provided from donations
from NHSPE members. Your contribution made payable to "MATHCOUNTS
Foundation" and noted "Bob Evans Award" in the lower left
comer of the check will be appreciated. Your gift is tax deductible.
MATHCOUNTS STATE COMPETITION
This year, of approximately 216 schools with 7th and 8th grade students
in New Hampshire, there were 52 schools formally registered to participate
on the local, regional, and state levels of the MATHCOUNTS program. This
resulted in 17 school teams and three regional individuals participating
as official competitors, and many other students unofficially participating,
at the March 11th State MATHCOUNTS Competition held at Plymouth State
College. Thanks to the excellent coordination of activities arranged by
Dr. Dick Evans of Plymouth State's Math Department and the assistance
of students with registration and grading of exams, the day's program
went very smoothly.
team to represent New Hampshire at the National Competition in Washington,
DC is composed of the top four individual scorers based on two rounds
of exams presented at the State Competition. The coach for the team going
to the National Competition is selected based on the best total score
obtained by the participating school teams at the State Competition, which
is a combination of individual team member scores and a third round exam
where the team's four members work as a group to solve problems.
Hampshire State MATHCOUNTS team that will compete in the National Competition
in Washington from May 11-14 this year will be coached by Suzy Gagnon
of the Oyster River Middle School, Durham. Her school team of Yichuan
Liu, William Lewis, Jan Ng and Brain Malley were the top school team at
the State Competition.
state team members will be:
Liu, 8th grade, Oyster River Middle School, Durham; School Coach, Suzy
Prendergast, 8th grade, Frances C. Richmond School, Hanover; School
Coach, Margot Maddock
Wang, 8th grade, Cooperative Middle School, Stratham; School Coach Josh
Harper, 8th grade, Frances C. Richmond School, Hanover; School Coach,
the official opening of the competition, which included the reading of
a formal letter of greetings from Governor Jeanne Shaheen, this year's
Honorary Chairman of the NH MATHCOUNTS, the morning written competitions
and lunch, the top students participated in two oral exams. The oral exam
portion is not used to decide selection of team or individual placement
at the State Competition, but they do provide trophies to the participants.
a "Masters Round", is open to the top four individuals and consists
of each student, in turn, having a 30 minute isolated period to review
a special problem, then having a 15 minute time to present their solution
and reasoning to a panel of three professors on the Plymouth State faculty
and with non-competing students, teachers, and parents in attendance.
The results of this competition were:
Liu, Oyster River Middle School, First
Harper, Frances C. Richmond School, Second
Wang, Cooperative Middle School, Third
Prendergast, Frances C. Richmond School, Fourth
a "Countdown Round" places the top 10 individual students in
a contest. Here the students all have a 45 second time to answer a problem
after it is displayed on a screen at the front of the room. Speed in indication
of having an answer as well as accuracy in having the correct answer determines
the ultimate winner. In this contest the winners were:
Wang, Cooperative Middle School, First
Liu, Oyster River Middle School, Second
Pendergast, Frances C. Richmond School, Third
Harper, Francis C. Richmond School, Fourth
year's State Competition included 70 official competitors and 22 alternates
(students not eligible to win awards, but permitted to informally participate).
The official participants included 26 females and 44 males.
Hampshire MATHCOUNTS program is funded by donations. The major contributors
supporting this year's program were Bell Atlantic, The Millipore Foundation,
The NH Teachers of Mathematics, Laconia Savings Bank and the NH Society
of Professional Engineers. Many other businesses and individuals also
look forward to planning for next year's competitions, the 18th year of
by Lee F. Carroll, P.E.
State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator
Attends NSPE 2000 Winter Meeting
In January, 2000, the NHSPE Board of Directors sent Judith E. Houston,
President-Elect, and Matt Purcell, Vice President, to the NSPE 2000 Winter
Meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting included "Leadership Training"
and the "Strategic Planning Consensus Congress", for all participating
The "Association Leadership" training was geared towards providing
pointers to State leadership for leading the state organization. The following
issues were discussed: how to develop a "New Reality" to greatly
reduce volunteer time needed to accomplish goals; a strong emphasis was
placed on the necessity to develop a State Strategic Plan and to tie everything
the organization does to that plan; how to carry the message beyond the
board, and get members involved and communicative; focus on "outcome"
not "progress" of the organization; and, lastly, how to develop
leadership as a "Relay Race", not a "series of Sprints"
- each new President actually has a 3 year term, as Pres.-Elect, Pres.,
and Past President.
of these ideas will be useful for the NH Chapter, and, as President-elect,
I found renewed energy for my upcoming year at the post.
The National Leadership Consensus is a national meeting of state and chapter
leaders to solicit the membership for their input in order to update the
NSPE Strategic Plan. The consensus is divided into two portions. During
the first segment the congress is broken into small working groups and
the proposed issues are discussed in a round table manner. The second
segment collects all members into a voting hall and provide for consensus
voting on the issues.
general issues were presented to the working groups, deliberated and voted
on by the congress:
programs/resources should NSPE provide to promote the ethical practice
of the Engineering Profession? Develop ethics resources targeted at
selected audience, members, college students and the general public.
members be required to complete any ethics program/activity for NSPE
should be the target audience to receive PR message to enhance the image
of and stature of engineering professionals? General public, college
students, public and private clients, public officials, and educators/college
should be NSPE's message? "Who, and What Engineering Professionals
are, and what they do."
should NSPE fund a major PR Program? Uniting other organizations, short
term dues assessment or voluntary check off, corporate partnering, fund
raising campaign, and increasing dues.
can NSPE best facilitate cross-state practice of engineering? Adoption
of NCEES Model Law, uniform national P.E. license for all states, and
NSPE encourage and stimulate professional development? Yes.
are expected roles and functions of NSPE Regions? Elect representatives,
foster communications among states, foster communications between NSPE
national and members, expand regional practice division involvement,
meet and discuss regional issues and educate regionally, form policy,
state consensus and networking, and form leaders.
a new NSPE Board structure and regional emphasis, how do states ensure
proper representation of the issue and concerns to the NSPE Board? Require
attendance to Regional Meetings, state representative to elect regional
representation on NSPE BOD, states to attend Consensus Congress, regional
representative to be state's and region's representation on NSPE BOD,
state resolutions, and letters on constitutional issues.
that there may be value in future changes of our regional alignments,
develop criteria for creation of realignment of regions: contiguous
geographic area, minimum of 2 states per region, limit the number of
regions, require mechanism for realignment if requested by state, consider
other interests, and need diversity of large and small states.
conclusion of the Consensus Congress consisted of a discussion regarding
the streamlining of the governance of the NSPE Board of Directors, from
over 60 members to 30, and the "NSPE Governance Cycle". The
BOD revisions will be included in the April NSPE ET magazine for membership
voting. We encourage you to review the revisions and post your ballot.
In summary, the board is proposed to consist of 23 Board of Directors
and a 7 member Executive Committee. The revised governance cycle keeps
the Consensus Congress and Leadership Training in the Winter, with a
summer "All Members" Meeting for the Board of Directors and
Judith E. Houston, P.E.
(in conjunction with Matt Purcell, P.E., NHSPE Vice President)
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