NYSSPE Visits Engineering Students at the University at Buffalo

On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers visited the University at Buffalo and gave a seminar on resumes, interviewing, and obtaining your engineering license. The presentation was given by NYSSPE President Keith Lashway, PE; NYSSPE Erie/Niagara Chapter President Ed Szpala; and NYSSPE Executive Director Anthony Fasano, PE. Approximately 30 students attended the event, which lasted a little over an hour and prompted many questions from the students.

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Why Students Don’t Want to Pursue Engineering

Schools across the country are improving their STEM education programs, but that doesn’t mean more students are interested in entering into a STEM related field.  Eighth grader Maura Charette of Virginia is well aware of the fun, interesting, well-paying careers waiting for students who show good performance in math and science, however she isn’t quite convinced a STEM career is the right choice.  She feels that engineering is overemphasized and misrepresented.  A career in engineering is explained with a team project such as “building bridges out of drinking straws and marshmallows or telling a toy robot to turn left and right”.   She states that careers in science, technology and math come off as existing only to support the engineering profession. Continue reading

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New STAR Property Tax Exemption Legislation

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is requiring all homeowners receiving a BASIC STAR exemption to register with the NYS Tax Dept. in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. Generally, the STAR tax exemption will save homeowners between $600 and $1200 per year on their property taxes. If homeowners do not register with the Tax Department by  December 31, 2013, they will see their taxes increase.

  • Basic STAR Tax Exemption Requirements:
    • Combined income of homeowner and spouse must be less than $500,000 per year.
    • Can only be applied to one residence (primary home). Continue reading
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A Message from the NYSSPE President

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Keith Lashway, PE

Hello NYSSPE members, I hope all is well. Well, it’s that time again. The summer is over and it’s time to get back to business, starting with September meetings! This will be a year where we can really make a difference by increasing chapter participation and membership focus. Perhaps using the new event guidelines prepared by our State office with the adoption of some strategies from the book the “Race for Relevance” would be an approach we should consider. Who knows, with our student outreach plans, we may be able to land a few recent graduate engineers as well. Another focus needs to be at the college level, educating students on the opportunities available should they pursue engineering licensure. So a major goal this year is to make improvements in these areas. Continue reading

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The New York State Society of Professional Engineers serves as the Premier Sponsor for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond Program

NYSSPE Attends the RPI Honor the Code Event

NYSSPE Attends the RPI Honor the Code Event

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RPI – Honor the Code

During the week before classes start in every fall semester, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) welcomes an incoming group of bright and talented freshman to their campus for their convivial Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond (NRB) program. Throughout this weeklong event, staff, upperclassmen, and new students all partake in fun and challenging activities to socialize and become familiarized with the University’s campus and procedures. During the induction ceremony, a presentation involving the School of Engineering Code of Professional Integrity and Professional Ethics will be delivered to the entire incoming freshman class. Continue reading

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The NYSSPE is Following 305 Bills in an Effort to Protect the Professional Engineering License in New York

The NYSSPE is working hard to follow a list of 305 bills in the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate. We do this in an effort to protect the public health and welfare by maintaining the mission and goals of the NYSSPE: promoting the ethical, competent and lawful practice of engineering by protecting the image and stature of engineering professionals.

Mark C. Kriss, Esq., legislative and legal counsel for the NYSSPE, is actively monitoring these bills to keep members of the NYSSPE protected and informed about any legislative updates. For more information, please contact us directly.

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The NYSSPE 2013 Annual Conference in Lake Placid, NY – Slideshow Video

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers held their annual conference in Lake Placid, NY this year. The above video is a slideshow has been created, highlighting all of the major events at the conference, including the Opening Reception, Lunch with Assemblyman Santabarbara, Learning Sessions, an Olympic Center Tour, and finally an Awards Banquet. Look out for former NYSSPE Presidents, various members of the NYSSPE Executive Committee, the NYSSPE Executive Director & Staff, and many more.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers work together with MultiState Associates, Inc.

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NYSSPE Executive Director Anthony Fasano with NSPE Govt Relations Manager Arielle Eiser

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) has announced enhanced services that are now available to its’ state organizations for state legislative tracking and regulatory tracking. By working with MultiState Associates, Inc., the NSPE now has access to MultiState’s legislative tracking service, which provides access to the most updated and comprehensive data of national legislation and regulation.

The most convenient resource from this agreement is the 24/7 online access to extensive details of all bills, regulations, legislators, and committees, all of which are updated continuously. Another major resource available to all state organizations is MultiState’s ability to produce and distribute legislative reports based on the specifications desired, which can be categorized by priorities, regions, states, or subject matter.  In addition, these bill and regulatory updates are available online or through email on a daily, weekly, or bi-weekly basis. MultiState’s technology enables its’ users to customize their searches quickly and accurately. Once a bill has been identified, the user may categorize, prioritize, and track the progress of the bill through each step of the legislative process, if Continue reading

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NYS FE Exam or Fundamentals of Engineering Exam transforming to Computer Based Testing in 2014

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CBT FE Exam Coming Soon

Many of our New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) refer to the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam as the NYS FE exam however this is a national examination.  Beginning in January of 2014 the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) will offer the FE and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exams exclusively on computers.   These new computer based tests (CBT) will be offered at Pearson VUE testing centers across the United States.

If you are taking the exam in the State of New York, you will have to follow the proper registration procedure which is currently being developed by the New York State Education Department.  Once this information is available we will post on our site and link to it from this article.

The new computer based tests can now be administered more often, and results from the tests can be delivered more quickly.  Before, tests were offered twice a year, once in April and once in October, with candidates waiting 8-10 weeks for results.  With the new CBT, tests will be offered in two-month testing windows.  The windows run January-February, April-May, July-August and October-November with no testing during the months of March, June, September and December.  Candidates are allowed to take the test one time per testing window and no more than three times per 12-month period.  Results will now be delivered to the candidates in as little as 7-10 days. Continue reading

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NYSSPE 2013 New York State Legislative Session Summary

The 2013 regular session of the New York State Legislature was scheduled to end on June 20th, 2013.  In fact, the session ended in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22nd, just before sunrise.  In a manner consistent with tradition, the end of session played out as a series of marathon days leading to the July 4th holiday break.  In its entirety, the session has been viewed by many as a lost opportunity to address major obstacles impeding economic growth in the state, particularly upstate.  Mandate relief, including Wicks Reform and Municipal Tort Reform, was left on the table.  (The legislature did approve legislation authored by Governor Cuomo which grants targeted tax relief to new businesses locating in specified zones including SUNY campuses, but this legislation has not generally been viewed favorably by the business community.)  Additionally, the failure to enact broad, sweeping legislation to ensure womens’ rights and legislatively address political corruption and campaign finance reform were viewed as major disappointments. However, it is likely that the legislature will return to Albany before the year is out, as discussions continue on a range of topics, including those touched upon above.

With regard to the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and the professional engineering community, the session can be categorized as a success in light of the defeat of a series of bills strongly opposed by NYSSPE.  A brief description of some of the more prominent bills DEFEATED is set forth immediately below. Continue reading

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