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What is an MSPE Fellow?

The MSPE Fellow membership was established in 1992 to honor those active Society members who have demonstrated exemplary service to their profession, the Society, and their community.  Since its creation more than two decades ago, less than one percent of all MSPE members have advanced to this highest volunteer membership rank.  Fellow members are entitled to use the designation Fellow MSPE or F.MSPE behind their name.

Article 1, Section 2(g) of MSPE’s Bylaws state “A Fellow Member shall be a Professional Engineer member of recognized high character with distinguished engineering achievements and who shall be elected Fellow only by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board.”  

There have been 103 Fellows elected since the inception of the MSPE Fellow program, 49 of which are still currently active members.


What is the Assembly of Fellows?

The Assembly of Fellows are those members of MSPE who have been elected to the honorable position of Fellow.  They meet at least once per year to act on nominations for Fellow Membership and such other appropriate business as may be brought to its attention.  MSPE’s Executive Director provides the assistance needed to support the activities of the Assembly of Fellows. 

What are the basic criteria for nomination as a Fellow Member?

a)       The nominee must have been practicing the profession of engineering for at least 20 years.

b)      The nominee must be a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan with an active status.

c)       The nominee must have been a MSPE member for at least 5 years.

d)      The nominee must have a conspicuous record of achievement in professional affairs, including substantial interest and active work in MSPE at the Chapter, State, and/or National level

e)      The nominee’s integrity shall be beyond question.

f)        The nominee’s professional reputation shall be more than local in character.

g)       The nominee shall have been active in civic, community, and public affairs.


Who can nominate?

Nominations for Fellow Membership may be made by any Professional Engineer member of MSPE or by a Chapter.


How are nominations made?

Nominations shall be submitted by letter addressed to the Assembly of Fellows, c/o MSPE’s state office at 215 N. Walnut St., PO Box 15276, Lansing, MI 48901-5276, no later than November 1st.  Nominating letters should be responsive to the basic criteria described above. 


Who approves nominations?

The Assembly of Fellows reviews the nominations and makes its recommendations to the MSPE Board of Directors.  The MSPE Board of Directors shall endeavor to limit the number of Fellow Members to no more than two per year or 5% of the number of Professional Engineer Members in MSPE.  Upon approval by the Board of Directors, new Fellow Members will be notified in writing.  The Fellow Member Plaque and Medallion Presentation and Induction is made at MSPE’s Annual Conference.


Does an MSPE Fellow automatically become a National (NSPE) Fellow?

No.  The National (NSPE) Fellow is a different process that requires nomination of an individual who has already attained MSPE Fellow status from the state society and completion of an application (due every year by February 1).  More information about National Fellows on the NSPE website can be found here:

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