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NSPE-CO Central Chapter October Dinner-  The Hyperloop: A New Form of Transportation

What is hyperloop? The fastest, cleanest and safest way to connect the world. 

Learn more about it Thursday, October 26th at the Central Chapter October Dinner Program.

A proposal to build a 'hyperloop' transportation system in Colorado with people riding back and forth in a tube at high speed has been named one of 10 winners in a global competition held by Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One.  The state’s winning proposal was from the Rocky Mountain Hyperloop team, which includes the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Denver International Airport and the city of Greeley.

Hyperloop One, CDOT, and AECOM -- CDOT’s partner in the proposal -- will shift into a public-private partnership to start a feasibility study of a Front Range hyperloop route from Cheyenne to Pueblo

Presenter Dave Clute has spent more than 35 years working with architects, engineers, facility managers, owners and others on a range of global architectural and engineering projects involving facility life-cycle management from concept design to demolition/disposal.  As the Intelligent Building Operations Director at ESD, he provides thought leadership, leading key initiatives and ensuring clients and project teams deliver truly intelligent buildings. He is a frequent speaker, presenter and panelist at conferences such as Realcomm, IBcon, CoreTech and CoreNet Global.  As an NREL Energy Executive, CoreNet Global Innovator award winner and co-founder of OSCRE, he is focused on Improving Society Through the Built Environment.  

 

This dinner is at the centrally located Holiday Inn Select Denver- Cherry Creek (455 South Colorado Blvd at Cherry Creek Drive North). Parking in the hotel's garage is free.   
 
Registration starts at 6pm, with networking time before the dinner at 7pm,  followed by the dinner presentation about 7:30pm. Cost is $40 per person and students are welcome at a special student discounted rate of just $5 for the dinner and program. Cash or check are accepted for payment at the event, or

you can RSVP and pay by credit card here.  Registrations after noon on Tuesday October 24th are $45.

For questions or to RSVP contact Rick Skaflen by email at rick.nd66@live.com.  or call (720) 201-5990. 

 

 

Symposium for Sustainable Infrastructure - 2

SSI-2 will be held November 3-4, 2017 at the SEEC MacAllister Building on the University of Colorado Boulder Campus. The Symposium brings together professionals, government officials, academics and students from all areas, including engineering firms, government agencies, utilities and universities.

Over 200 attendees will come  together for two full days of learning and networking. The second day is devoted to Envision training that will empower many of them to assess sustainability projects.

Join us for SSI-2 and take the opportunity to interface with some of the brightest minds in academia, engineering, planning, and policy.

Click here for details and to register.

 

 

A Volunteer Opportunity:

FIRST® LEGO® League Introduces students (ages 9-14) to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their creativity, imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
FIRST LEGO League Competition Volunteers are needed across Colorado for events in November and December.

Get more information here. 

 

 

2017 NSPE-CO Awards - Congratulations to the 2017 Honorees

Congratulations to those honored at the 2017 NSPE-CO Awards on Thursday, June 15th:

Dave Kreneck, P.E., F-NSPE  2017 Selection as NSPE Fellow

Ethan Alcazar (Eaton High School) - K-12 Student of the Year

Clinton Parapat (Colorado School of Mines 2017 Graduate) - University Student of the Year

Matt Bixby (Cherry Creek Challenge School) - K-12  Educator of the Year

Peter Marxhausen, P.E.  (University of Colorado- Denver) - University Educator of the Year

William Pierce, P.E. (Knott Laboratory) -Young Engineer of the Year

Steve Knapp, P.E.  (Knott Laboratorys)  -Project Manager of the Year

Mark Westberg, P.E. (City of Wheatridge) - Public Sector Engineer of the Year

Nate Dowden, P.E. (RMG Engineering) - Manager of the Year

Pamela Quillin, P.E. (Quillin Engineering) - Woman Engineer of the Year

Martin/Martin, Inc.  - Project of the Year

Photos of the 2017 Awards courtesy of the Unfound Door will be posted soon.

 

 

2016 Honorees:

 

NSPECO Award Honorees and VIPs 2016

Click here for a pdf of the 2016 NSPE-CO Awards Program.

Congratulations to the 2016 NSPE-CO Award Honorees (pictured above):

Maito Okamoto (Colorado School of Mines) - Student of the Year

Rich Schultz (Cheyenne Mountain High School) - High School Educator of the Year

Dr. Ray Littlejohn (University of Colorado) - College Educator of the Year

Kelly Rhoades, P.E. (Zachry Engineering) -Young Engineer of the Year

Victor Sam, P.E. (Santech)- Minority Engineer of the Year

J.R. Whipple, P.E.  (Knott Laboratorys)  -Project Manager of the Year

Kevin Houck, P.E. (State of Colorado, Colorado Water Conservation Board) - Public Sector Engineer of the Year

Chuck Piersall, P.E. (Missle Defense Agency) - Manager of the Year

Noelle Cochran, P.E., F-NSPE (AECOM) - Woman Engineer of the Year

RMG - Residential Project of the Year

Knott Laboratorys -Private Sector Project of the Year

 

Thank you to our great 2017 NSPE-CO Awards sponsors!

 2017 Platinum Sponsor:

          

 

2017 Silver Sponsor:

 

Photo Sponsor:

 

Bronze Sponsors

Palace Construction, The Law Office of James Nelson and The NSPE-CO Central Chapter

 

Educator of the Year and Student of the Year Awards sponsored by the NSPE-CO Education Foundation

 

Click here for details!

Contact the NSPE-CO state office at (303) 480-1160 to get information on how your company can sponsor the 2017 NSPE-CO Awards.  You can also click here for more details on sponsorship opportunitiues.

 

 

NSPE-CO & ASCE Southern Colorado Branch 2017 Golf Tournament

June 19th was the 24th annual NSPE-CO Golf Tournament (and fourth year in partnership with ASCE Southern Colorado Branch). !Thank you to everyone that participated in support of the NSPE-CO Education Foundation.

 

The NSPE-CO Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
Organization, supporting engineering and scientific
educational activities of the National Society of
Professional Engineers—Colorado, including Bridge
Building for high school students, MATHCOUNTS
for junior high school students, and other
educational programs and scholarships.

 

 

Bridge Building celebrates 50 Years!

Congratulations to the participants in the High School Bridge Building Contest!

About Bridge Building:
The annual Model Bridge Building Contest is a statewide program aimed at  providing interaction and communication among practicing engineers, high school   students, and other professionals. Its underlying objectives are to enhance the  appeal of engineering careers to high school students, begin establishing their   relationships with the professional community, and improve the prospects that such careers will be mutually beneficial to both society and the individual.

The top winners from each region in the state competition are eligible to  advance to the International Contest. A student from Parker, Colorado took first place in the International competition and received a four year scholarship to the Illinois Institute of Technology!

Click here for the Bridge Building main page.

 

First Place Prizes of a $2,000 scholarship for the winning student who enrolls in an accredited Engineering program, courtesy of ACEC-Colorado and the National Society of Professional Engineers- Colorado Education Foundation.

 

Second prize awards of $250 in each region courtesy of American Public Works Association -  Colorado Chapter.

 

NSPE-CO Member Spotlight

“A virtual cup of coffee with Paul Gulman"

Paul Gulman has been an NSPE member since 1977.  He's served in leadership, and has been a tireless volunteer with MATHCOUNTS.
 
Where did you attend college?
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York City
 
What originally drew you to the engineering profession?
Growing up, I built models of ships and airplanes, and wanted to create machines that would work like the prototypes.  I was also inspired by the space missions, especially those to the Moon.
 
What is/was the focus of the work you accomplished in the engineer field?
Although I worked in various industries early in my career, when I started my own business in 1993, I focused on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, working on Wind Turbines, Hybrid Electric buses, etc.
 
What is one thing you have completed during your time in engineering that makes you proud to call yourself an engineer?
I designed part of the power system for RTD's 16th Street Mall shuttle buses.  They reduced pollution about 80% compared to the diesel buses that they replaced.
 
What aspects of NSPE make it the type of professional society that you wanted to be involved in?
As a multidisciplinary society with a focus on professional and business ethics, NSPE is very inclusive for Engineering practice.
 
Tell us a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
For many years I climbed mountains all over North America.
 

 

 

 

NSPE – New Member Spotlight  

“A virtual cup of coffee with Greg Shoss, P.E., S-E-A, Ltd."

Where did you attend college?
University of Denver, School of Engineering and Computer Science
 
What originally drew you to the engineering profession?
In grade school, I gravitated towards math and science.  I think the first time I heard of and understood the concept of engineering was during a project I chose: gene splicing (i.e. genetic engineering).  Then, I had a set of fantastic experiences and classroom education with physics and calculus teachers in high school.  Black holes and astronomy were a real attention-grabber, too!
 
What is/was the focus of the work you accomplished in the engineer field?
So far, I’ve helped numerous commercial and industrial companies perform short circuit, protective device coordination, and arc flash studies on new and existing electrical installations.  I am now assisting insurance and legal personnel, acting as their investigator and expert witness, determining cause and responsibility of fault of product accidents and malfunctions.
 
What is one thing you have completed during your time in engineering that makes you proud to call yourself an engineer?
The entire process of obtaining the certification, license, and title of a professional engineer including both the F.E. and P.E. exams and the experience requirements needed to apply.  While most typically find processes like the P.E. application process grueling and an annoyance, the act and time spent doing so is what sets us apart as engineers from those that don’t have the patience or wherewithal to commence with the process. 
 
What aspects of NSPE make it the type of professional society that you wanted to be involved in?
I just like the fact that it is a group of like minded individuals  coming together to improve our society and ensure there are good practices, training, etc.
 
Tell us a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
I’ve lived in 6 states including Texas, New York, Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Welcome to NSPE-CO Greg!

 

New Belgium Brewery Tour

 Thanks to everyone that joined the Central and Northern Chapters tour of New Belgium Brewery!


In 1988, electrical engineer Jeff Lebesch rides his 'fat tire' mountain bike through European villages sampling beers.  When he returned to Ft. Collins, he had ideas of recipes and ingredients to use in his basement home brews. 

"Jeff's first two basement-brewed creations? A brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a remarkably well-balanced amber he named Fat Tire. To say the rest was history would be to overlook his wife's involvement. Kim Jordan was New Belgium's first bottler, sales rep, distributor, marketer, and financial planner, as well as the company's longtime CEO."

"Before they ever sold a bottle of beer, they hiked into Rocky Mountain National Park with a jug of home brew in one hand and a pen and pad in the other. Together, they wrote down what they wanted to instill into this business dream of theirs. The New Belgium Brewing Purpose Statement: To manifest our love and talent by crafting our customers' favorite brands and proving business can be a force for good." 
By the way, our tour guide Jack is officially known as a "Liquid Center Representative."  We were his first tour and he did a great job!

 

 

 

Michael Aitken, P.E.,

Elected NSPE National Vice President

At the NSPE Annual Meeting in Dallas in June, the NSPE House of Delegates governing body elected NSPE-CO Past President Michael Aitken, P.E., to serve at the national level.  Michael will be Vice President 2016-17, President-Elect 2017-18, and will be national President in 2018-19.

NSPE-CO nominated Michael for the position and wishes him great success!  

 

Remembering NSPE-CO Leader Gene Burdick

Gene Burdick  joined NSPE in 1972. For over four decades he served the association at the chapter, state and national level.  Earlier this year, Gene was honored by NSPE nationally when he was awarded the status of NSPE Fellow (F-NSPE).  You can share your memories of Gene by clicking here.


Gene was a Consulting Civil Engineering and Land Surveying predominately in the land development arena and owned Burdick Engineering Company.  At 43, he became a licensed private pilot.

 He was elected Chapter President of the former Jefferson Chapter within four years of joining NSPE.  Eleven years after joining he was elected State President of what was then the Professional Engineers of Colorado (now NSPE-CO), followed by six years in service representing Colorado as Alternate National Director. He has actively participated in many regional and national meetings, including the national kickoff for MathCounts in Washington DC.  He was a major supporter of the Order of the Engineer and of the Bridge Building competition for high school students.

Gene served on the Colorado State Board of Directors for many years, and served as a member or chair of numerous committees. Probably no other NSPE-CO member participated in more board meetings, more committee meetings and more educational programs than Gene.

In 2008, he was awarded a "Director Emeritus" title, which could suggest that his service was wrapping up. It wasn't. He continued to be very involved in impactful and significant ways to serve the needs of the association.

In 2013, the NSPE-CO Central Chapter experienced a sudden and serious leadership void. Unexpectedly, existing leaders stepped down, potential leaders stepped back. Gene Burdick stepped up.

At 80, retired with 40 years of service to NSPE behind him, Gene volunteered to again serve as President of the Chapter. Upon his election by membership, he went to work immediately building a young and motivated leadership team around him. He worked effectively with emerging leaders less than half his age to strengthen the foundation of the chapter and ensure its long-term health. He actively worked to create a diverse leadership team, and welcomed views from people very different from himself. He was forward thinking and proactive as he led the state's largest chapter.

Pictured: Gene presented with his NSPE Fellow certificate by four of the new generation of leaders he helped cultivate(left to right) are Central Chapter president-elect Pam Quillin, NSPE-CO President Patrick Roberts, Gene Burdick, NSPE-CO president-elect Ben Railsback and Central Chapter President John Andrews.

Gene served as a very special president during that term. He used his wealth of leadership experience to the chapter's advantage, but didn't simply rest on what had been done before. He was forward thinking, motivating and willing to listen and learn from those around him. He was unwavering in his support for others and NSPE. He bridged the generations.

Gene continued to be one of the most dedicated and committed members of NSPE-CO, and was a mentor and role model to many including members, leadership and staff.

Our thoughts are with Gene's wife Mary Ann and the entire Burdick family including 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations to the Gene Burdick Bridge Building Fund of the NSPE-CO Education Foundation or to Metro Denver Partners.
Donations to support Bridge Building can be sent to the NSPE-CO Education Foundation c/o PO Box 261354, Denver CO 80226.  Please make checks to the NSPE-CO Education Foundation and note Gene Burdick or Bridge Building on the check.
Click here for the obituary that appeared in the Denver Post.

 

Develop the next generation of engineers

Denver Public Schools CareerConnect is seeking engineering companies to host interns this summer from June 12-July 13.  CareerConnect provides more than 6,000 high school students with career-focused courses in Colorado’s highest-opportunity industries (including engineering), experiential learning opportunities, and additional links to higher education.  
 
Through the CareerLaunch summer internship program, students have the opportunity to explore STEM careers that they have been studying in school.  Students work 25 hours per week, earn high school credit, and are eligible for a financial award based on their performance. They will learn the practical applications of their engineering coursework and can make meaningful contributions to their host companies.  

Host a CareerLaunch intern and change the life of an aspiring engineer!  More information is available at http://www.dpscareerconnect.org/engagement-opportunities/internships

About Denver Public Schools: DPS is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of 185 schools, with an enrollment of 88,000 students. Of those, 58% of the school district’s enrollment is Hispanic, 20% is Caucasian, and 15% is African American. Seventy-two percent of the district’s students qualify for free and reduced lunch.

 

Interested in speaking on an engineering-related topic?

NSPE-CO welcomes the opportunity to learn more about engineering-related projects going on within the state. If you have a suggestion or contact for a potential guest speaker, please submit your ideas to steve@nspe-co.org. NSPE-CO is open to any new ideas and appreciates your suggestions.

 

Express Yourself!

NSPE-CO offers eNews updates to members and welcomes article submissions from members. If you feel strongly about a current issue and would like to voice it, please submit your article to steve@nspe-co.org.


 

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