ME Winter 2018

Winter 2018

The Missouri Engineer, Page 2

President’s Message:

Take Pride In Being An Engineer; Stay Invested and Be Engaged In MSPE

By Ron Black, P.E. MSPE President

events as well. More to come later this year. Past-Presidents Subcommittee on Appointments (APEPLSPLA), chaired by Matt Bedinghaus,P.E.,MPSEPast-President, has evaluated potential APEPLSPLA board member replacements and made a recommendation to the board. We are prepared to promote these replacements when called upon. Annual Convention , and Focus 85-Strategic Plan Committees have been very active as well, preparing for upcoming events. I would like to ask you to review your calendar and put a placeholder to attend this year’s Annual Convention at Camden on the Lake.from June 17-20. You will be glad you did! For the Good of the Society Help needed! Looking for a new tenantt. Please note that since our downstairs tenant vacated the space at the end of 2017, we are still looking for a new tenant. We remain contracted with Kolb Properties so help us with this important task. If you have any suggestions or leads on a tenant, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff. I would like to thank you for providing and maintaining your investment in our organization and sincerely hope that we are meeting your expectations. If you have any suggestions on how we can better serve your needs, I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, Be Engaged!

As I write this message, Engineers Week 2018 is in full swing. My Twitter and Facebook feeds are filled with great examples of engagement from around the country and include a significant amount of activity in our state. It makes me proud to be a licensed professional engineer as I see all the good we are doing in our community. I hope you joined me in celebrating our week and recognizing how engineers add value in society and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the public we serve. Recent activity Since our decision to integrate MSPE with NSPE according to the new business model, our MSPE staff has been working diligently on the transition. I’m sure we will experience some short term challenges that we will need to work through, so please be patient and understanding. I was able to attend and participate in the recent MATHCOUNTS event in St. Louis area. It is refreshing to see so many talented young mathletes competing for an opportunity to advance in the competition. I left this event feeling hopeful for our future with regard to engineering talent in the pipeline. Kudos to those volunteers that helped make this such a well-run and organized event. I also representedMSPE and professional engineers in our Professional Design Alliance meeting 1/31/18. There was

Other Committee Activity Our Membership Committee , led by Jason Sommerer, P.E. and Stacey Meyer, continues meeting and addressing opportunities to increase membership and promote engagement in each chapter. They have worked to schedule a PE Certificate Ceremony April 7 th at the Capitol Rotunda featuring Keynote Speaker: George John, P.E., President/ Founder EDSI – Engineering Design Source, Inc. (See related article on Page 3) Government Relations Committee Chair, Ben Ross, P.E., is leading this committee during our 2018 legislative session in Jefferson City and, with the help of our MSPE lobbyist, ensuring that your license is protected and acting on opportunities to promote activities that support professional engineers. Our IT Advisory Team , led by Mitch Krysa, P.E., MSPETreasurer, are evaluating event-management software solutions that can help schedule and track events and accommodate online payments. Once evaluated and vetted, this will likely enable chapters to use this for their

much discussion about legislative activity and how our registration board may be impacted. This has the potential to have a direct impact on our PE license renewal fees that we pay every other year. Rest assured that our interests are well represented in Jefferson City! During our January MSPE BOD meeting, I requested that each chapter complete a SWOT analysis (Strengths-Weaknesses- Opportunities-Threats) and deliver the review this spring prior to our next MSPE BOD meeting in June at the Annual Convention. Please feel free to contact your MSPE chapter officers if you have something to add. Our goal is to evaluate current condition and review how our organization is positioned and where we need to focus to be successful and relevant. It will likely be different for each chapter. I’d also like our MSPE staff to understand each chapter’s perspective as we develop a plan to support the chapters. After all, our MSPE BOD and staff works for you! Board of Directors SWOT Analysis

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Life Membership upon me. This is an inspiring recognition that I will cherish forever. Once a Professional Engineer always a Professional Engineer. In the performance of duty and fidelity to my profession I shall give the utmost with divine guidance. I shall ever be thankful and respectful for MSPE and NSPE in my Engineering career. Sincerely (signed) Ronald E. Hill, P.E.

.... That was the New Year’s message former MSPE Executive Director Paul E. Jobe and his wife, Helen, (pictued above) sent. The pair recently relocated to Kirkwood, Missouri to be closer to their two daughters after their son moved to Alaska. If you’d like contact information for The Jobes, please email MSPE Director of Operations Cherie Bishop at

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