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Watch your mail for renewal

Many MSPE members will receive dues renewal notices in November and December. Please watch for your renewal notice coming from NSPE. Dues renewals are e-mailed to members and can be renewed online through www.nspe.org. If you don't receive a dues notice and believe you are due, please feel free to contact the NSPE Office as they handle renewals.


West Michigan Municipal Engineers group

Over the past year and a half, a group of municipal engineers working in west Michigan has been meeting informally to share ideas. One of the challenges that many municipal engineers face is that they are really alone in addressing the issues that they have before them. Larger city's have some additional support but most agencies have small departments. This group is trying to provide support to fellow engineers in like situations. 

MSPE has historically had a committee for PE's in Government (PEG). This group hasn't been very active in recent years, however, we have some new leadership and would like to make some changes. Scott Conners, city engineer for the City of Walker, was elected as the chair of PEG and is helping MSPE develop a useful program for municipal engineers.

We are putting together an educational program directed at municipal engineers during the 2017 Annual Conference. We would also like to provide a networking opportunity during that meeting. We are hoping that this will be the start of a specialized section of MSPE that can be a resource for municipal engineers throughout Michigan. 

If you are a municipal engineer and would like to receive more information regarding this group, please contact the MSPE office at mspe@michiganspe.org or 517.487.9388.


The Michigan Society of Professional Engineers is a sponsor of MATHCOUNTS, a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. MSPE holds competitions throughout the State through its chapters. 

Students compete at the Chapter level and then can advance on to the State and National levels. Competitions in Michigan will begin in early 2017, with the State competition taking place on March 11, at the GM Warren Tech Center - Vehicle Engineering Center. Please visit www.michiganspe.org for more information on local competitions.


Federal Automated Vehicle Policy needs the Professional Engineer

On October 25, NSPE submitted a formal public comment to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calling for greater involvement by professional engineers in NHTSA’s guidelines for the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles.NHTSA’s recently released Federal Automated Vehicles Policy,while not binding, is a clear indication of the agency’s views on the regulation of this quickly developing technology.

 

NSPE urges NHTSA to address critical safety and ethical challenges posed by autonomous vehicles, which were not resolved in the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, by supporting a key role for the professional engineer. “These guidelines allow manufacturers and suppliers to self-certify, eliminating a critical third-party safety check,” wrote NSPE President Kodi Jean Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE. “In the absence of a third-party certification, verification is needed by a licensed professional engineer, internal to the development company. The licensed professional engineer will affix his or her seal to the engineered component attesting to the conclusion that the design is adequately protective of the public health, safety, and welfare.”

Read NSPE's public comment to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



MSPE-PAC supports candidates

During this election cycle, the MSPE Political Action Committee (PAC) supported 22 candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives. A total of $3,700 was presented to the candidates. The candidates were split between Republicans and Democrats and all but one were elected.

We will continue to develop relationships with Michigan legislators in various ways, including our annual Legislative Day. You can get more involved with the MSPE-PAC by participating in Legislative Day on March 7, 2017. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with legislators and help them understand issues that are important to Professional Engineers.This outreach is only possible with contributions from our members. If you would like to make a contribution to MSPE-PAC, your personal checks can be sent to the MSPE office at 215 N. Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933.


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 savewithups.com/michiganspe or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

*Visit savewithups.com/michiganspe for specific services and discounts. Click here for details on Introductory Program discounts.


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 sbiabani@michiganspe.org

 
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2/1/2017
Southeastern MATHCOUNTS Competition

2/3/2017
Big Rapids MATHCOUNTS Competition


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