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“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!


2016 NSPE-CO Awards

NSPECO Award Honorees and VIPs 2016


Thank you to everyone that participated inThe 2016 NSPE-CO Awards on July 21st at the Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel.  In its third year, the NSPE-CO Awards dinner was our most successful yet. The 2017 Awards will be presented on Thursday, June 15th, 2017.   Nominations are open now for the 2017 Awards!

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

Congratulations to the 2016 NSPE-CO Award Honorees:

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 2016 NSPE-CO Awards sponsors!

 2016 Platinum Sponsors:


2016 Silver Sponsors: 


Print Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsors: 

Quillin Engineering

The Law Office of James E. Nelson

Rocky Mountain Group (RMG) Engineers

Palace Construction



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Contact the NSPE-CO state office at (303) 480-1160 to get information on how your company can sponsor the 2017 NSPE-CO Awards.



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!  


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

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.


NSPE-CO State Board Meetings for 2016

October 22nd - Meeting to occur in Colorado Springs.


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 NSPE-CO is open to any new ideas and appreciates your suggestions.


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Job Postings

Job Announcements

Job Title:  Engineering Manager (Colorado Springs, CO)

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an experienced Municipal Water/Wastewater/Civil Engineer to join the Farnsworth Group Colorado Springs, CO office.  This key leadership position will work to build a client focused, technically excellent municipal and water/ wastewater engineering team to serve clients in the state of Colorado and the western region of our company. 

Qualified candidates will provide technical leadership related to water/ wastewater engineering as well as have an entrepreneurial drive to develop business opportunities.  Specific responsibilities include cultivating strong client relationships, leading marketing activities, building a local team, developing and mentoring staff, collaborating with other disciplines, establishing and maintaining budgets, and working in partnership with leadership throughout the company.  The position will involve close coordination with the existing established team of water and wastewater engineers located in our Fort Collins, CO office.

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