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Education Seminar looks at latest technology

Attendees got a first-hand look at some drones during the Fall Education Seminar held last week in Lansing. Speakers discussed the current technology, laws and regulations as well as uses for the drones. Paul McCurdy of Flyby Aerial Media LLC, gave a demonstration of two different types of drones, and Matt Henry of Consumers showed his drone and gave many examples of how his company is using the technology.

The seminar continued with presentations about Autonomous Vehicles(AV) and the technology being used to test and further develop the vehicles and infrastructure needed to get these cars on the road. Attendees learned how Michigan has become and continues to be a leader in the AV industry.

MSPE adopts Strategic Plan

The MSPE officers and executive director spent many hours over the summer working on a Strategic Plan for the organization. This plan is meant to guide the organization for the next three years. It lays out the mission, vision, values and goals for MSPE, and goes a step further in listing the actual objectives and strategies for achieving the goals. MSPE leadership believes that this plan will help to re-focus the organization and move it forward.

The Board of Directors adopted the Strategic Plan at the September Board meeting and has published it on the website.If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Strategic Plan, please feel free to contact any Board member or Shada Biabani, executive director.

Committee members needed

We are looking for some members that are interested in working on the MSPE Education Committee. This committee will be charged with developing educational programs for the Annual Conference and other seminars held throughout the year. MSPE is developing programs so members can acquire a number of their required Professional Development Hours at our events. The committee will meet four times per year. If you are interested in participating, please contact Shada Biabani at the MSPE Office at 517.487.9388 or

Do you use QBS? 

MSPE participates in the Michigan QBS Coalition. The Michigan QBS Coalition offers assistance to the public in implementing a QBS program. The Coalition provides helpful guides and forms as well as the services of a knowledgeable facilitator at no cost to the owner.

Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) is an objective and fair process used by owners to select architects, engineers, and land surveyors based on the design professionals' qualifications in relation to the project. A low bid process does not work when selecting design professionals.

Selecting design professionals is one of the keys to a successful project. The design will determine the construction costs, financial and functional feasibility as well as the operation and maintenance costs during the life of the project. 

QBS has been required by law for all federal projects since 1972. In Michigan, a resolution was passed in 1987 "urging the departments of Michigan state government and the political subdivisions of this state to select the services of a design professional based upon qualification". In 2002, a state law was passed that requires the Department of Management and Budget to use QBS. Numerous other state and local agencies use QBS because it works. The QBS process is endorsed by the American Public Works Association and included in the American Bar Association's Model Procurement Code for State and Local Governments.

For more information visit the QBS webiste.


MSPE Members Can Now Save with UPS

MSPE is excited to announce an updated UPS® Savings Program for our members! You and your business can now save up to 34%* on UPS’s broad portfolio of

shipping services, including air, international, ground and freight. Plus get 50%* off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll!* You can receive these discounts even if you already have a UPS account. Plus, the more you ship, the more you can save. To enroll and start saving, visit or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

*Visit for specific services and discounts. Click here for details on Introductory Program discounts.

MSPE Welcomes New Associate Members

MSPE would like to welcome a number of new Associate Members to our organization. Associate Members are vendors and supporters of the engineering industry. Please check these members out (links below) when you need products and services! 

Advanced Drainage Systems

Advance Concrete Products


Jensen Bridge & Supply Company

Northern Concrete Pipe Inc.

Professional Underwriters, Inc.

Rockworks LLC

Silver Edge Systems Software Inc.

Triton Stormwater Solutions

Wolverine Power Systems  

Office Space Available

MSPE has some space available in our building in Lansing. We have approximately 600 sq. ft. of space on the second floor. There are also a shared conference room and restrooms on the same floor. The space also includes on-site parking for tenants. This is a great space for a small office (2-3) people and is just steps from the Capitol at 215 N. Walnut.

If you would like more information regarding leasing the space, please contact the MSPE office at 517.487.9388 or

New Logo, New Look

Over the last several years, NSPE leaders have been working overtime to create a new-look organization for professional engineers while still holding true to the principles on which NSPE was founded in 1934. To complement the organization’s new strategic direction and outlook, the board of directors recently approved a new logo.

The Michigan Society of Professional Engineers has chosen to follow NSPE's lead and update our look. The new logo, pictured here, will be used going forward. MSPE's leadership believes that we, too, are moving in a new direction and the new logo is a symbol of that change.

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Michigan Society of Professional Engineers
215 N. Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933
Phone : (517) 487-9388