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Schedule At A Glance

Wednesday, May 1

TBD  Golf Outing

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Board Meeting


Thursday, May 2

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM  Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM  Educational Session

Noon - 1:30 PM  Lunch in the Exhibit Area

1:30 PM - 3:45 PM  Educational Sessions

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM  Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  Tour & Social at Lansing Brewing (extra fee)


Friday, May 3

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM  Breakfast

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM  Educational Sessions, Business Meeting, Order of the Engineer Ceremony

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  Awards Luncheon & Recognition of Newly Licensed Engineers

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  Dye Water Plant Tour (maximum capacity: 20 registrants)


Earn up to 8 PDH's, with the option to earn 1 more PDH if you attend the Dye Water Plant Tour.

View/print the full schedule here.

Conference Venue & Hotel Information


The 2019 MSPE Annual Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. It is conveniently located in downtown Lansing.

Hotel reservation information:

Room rate: $125/night + taxes/fees

Reservations must be made by April 5, 2019 to guarantee the room rate.

Phone reservations: 1-800-333-3333; promo code: MSPE19

Reserve your room online here; promo code: MSPE19

Parking Information

Hotel guests: $15/night valet parking

Temporary valet parking: $20/entry

Temporary self-parking is also available on a first come, first served basis for $1.50/30 minutes, maximum of $15/day.

Special Events

Golf Outing

Wednesday, May 1

Shot gun start at 10:00 AM - 18 holes

Groesbeck Golf Course (1523 E César E. Chávez Ave, Lansing, MI 48906)

Cart and a hot dog bagged lunch included

Proceeds will benefit the Michigan Engineers Foundation.


John F. Dye Water Plant Tour

Friday, May 3 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

John F. Dye Water Conditioning Plant which recently underwent a $10 million restoration, has the capacity to condition and distribute 40 million gallons of water per day. The Dye plant’s architecture reflects the art deco style prevalent when it was built in 1939 as a project of the Works Project Administration (WPA). In the plant’s lobby, large murals painted by artists Frank Cassara and Charles Pollock depict the beneficial and destructive forces of water.

*This tour is limited to the first 20 registrants.*


Thursday, May 2

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote Speaker - Emerging Technologies in Transportation  (1 PDH)

Collin Castle, MDOT, ITS Program Manager

MDOT is a leader in the Connected Autonomous Vehicles Technologies.

Collin Castle has worked in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Office for the past 12 years. He is currently serving as the MDOT ITS Program Manager responsible for the administration, support and oversight of the statewide ITS, Signals, connected and autonomous vehicle program at MDOT. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Civil Engineering with a focus on Transportation, and is registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.

Legislative Update  (1 PDH)

Melissa McKinley, Kelley Cawthorne, MSPE Lobbyist

Leanne Panduren, MSPE Government Affairs Committee Chair

Learn about the current legislative issues in the state of Michigan.

11:00 AM - Noon

The Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources: Knowns and Unknowns  (1 PDH)

Alan Steinman, PhD, Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University

This session will examine the potential impacts of climate change on water resources, including a brief overview of what we do know and what we don’t know about climate change. Attendees will also review the latest findings from the 4th Annual Climate Change Assessment Report.

Asset Management in Michigan (1 PDH)

Brian Vilmont, Prein&Newhof

Description coming soon.

Noon - 1:30 PM

Lunch in the Exhibit Area

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Introduction to Human Centered Design (1 PDH)

Annie Mabry, Human Centered Design Instructor and Coach

From providing clean water in Africa to the hottest tech, Human Centered Design is used all over the world to solve the most complex problems. By putting people first, organizations of all types are reaping the benefits of applying this discipline. In this session, you will learn the basic principles of Human Centered Design and explore how applying it in your organization may spark innovation and growth.

Fantastic Nuclei and Where to Find Them (1 PDH)

Zach Constan, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

Stars are fascinating to study, but you wouldn’t want to live there. MSU’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory can recreate the stellar environment for more controlled (and safer) research. Discover how our scientists use various accelerators to produce the kinds of nuclei only found in stars and give them the right energy to duplicate star-like reactions!

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Holland Energy Park: Benefits of Stakeholder Engagement in Major Infrastructure Projects (1 PDH)

Dave Koster, Holland Board of Public Works

Holland Energy Park is the product of years of careful planning and community stakeholder engagement. Find out how the Holland community used unique evaluation processes and a commitment to stewardship to develop and construct this world-class power generation facility, guided by the goals of resource, gateway and destination.

Micro Co-Generation (1 PDH)

James Leidel, DTE Energy

For many businesses and institutions, energy efficiency and clean energy are now becoming part of everyday business. Close to one half of Fortune 500 companies have set energy targets using metrics of greenhouse gas reductions, energy efficiency or renewable energy usage. What are the strategies utilized by highly efficient commercial and industrial facilities in both their building systems, processes and energy supply? This presentation will provide an overview of strategies that can be implemented to achieve 50% and 75% energy reductions as well as the ultimate goal of zero net energy (ZNE).

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

Be sure to visit our exhibitors while you are at the Conference! This is a great opportunity to see what new products and services are available to the engineering community. We appreciate the support of these vendors so be sure to stop by to see them!

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tour & Social at Lansing Brewing Company

Join your colleagues at Lansing Brewing for hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a tour of the facility, and some good conversation! This is a great opportunity to meet other engineers in a casual setting and enjoy the brews Lansing Brewing has on tap. Additional fee: $25

Friday, May 3

8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

NSPE Update: Three Critical Elements to Growing our Society  (1 PDH)

Tricia Hatley, NSPE Vice President

NSPE is working on numerous fronts including legislative issues, threats to licensure, member value and state society support. Our mission remains the same – protect the health, safety and welfare of the public while providing an organization that meets the needs of Professional Engineers, but the issues we face are evolving daily. Growing our organization means being relevant and impactful while clearly articulating and providing member value.

Business Meeting & Order of the Engineer Ceremony

MSPE leadership will provide an update on the current status of the Society and what is coming in the future.

Order of the Engineer - New this year!

MSPE will be conducting an Order of the Engineer Ceremony to celebrate the engineering professional. Ceremonies are held across the United States where graduate and registered engineers are invited to accept the Obligation of the Engineer and a stainless steel ring. Learn more here.

Contact Debbie Dawson at if you would like to participate in the ceremony. Registration will be limited to the first 20 individuals.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Road Recycling (1 PDH)

Christopher Bolt

More information coming soon.

Enbridge Pipelines in Michigan (1 PDH)

Brian Buck, Enbridge, Inc.

Paul Meneghini, Enbridge, Inc.

This presentation will begin with a quick overview of Enbridge assets in North America and closer to home here in Michigan before discussing the original unique construction materials and techniques to install the Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac. Topics covered will also be recent testing and maintenance of the Line 5 Straits pipeline and current agreements and plans to replace the pipeline in an underground tunnel deep beneath the Straits.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Build a Mile of Road = Go One Mile, Build a Mile of Runway = Go ANYWHERE! (1 PDH)

Casey Riles, Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority

Airport infrastructure represents a fraction of the MDOT annual budget while providing safe and efficient national and international connections for passengers and cargo every day. Supporting the Michigan economy is a network of airports which will be discussed from 30,000 feet. Descending into GRR, Michigan’s second busiest airport, we will take a look at a robust capital improvement program and engineering efforts to support the continued growth and connection of West Michigan.

Michigan Infrastructure Council: Building a Long-Term Strategy for Michigan (1 PDH)

Palencia Mobley, Michigan Infrastructure Council

More information coming soon.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Awards Lunch & Recognition of Newly Licensed Engineers