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E-News from the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia - August 9, 2013

08/09/13
IN THIS ISSUE

  • President's Message
  • George Washington Medal awarded to former Gov. Ed Rendell
  • Order of the Engineer Induction, Reception, and ECP Annual Meeting
  • Inaugural Mulford Volunteerism Award
  • Professional Development Courses Announced
  • Delaware Valley Engineers Week Awards Calls for Nomination
  • Affiliate Society Leadership Summit - September 24
  • Secrets of the Schuylkill River Boat Tour - September 5
  • Networking Event and Tour of Veolia Energy’s Grays Ferry Cogeneration Plant - September 16
  • PEF / DVEW Golf FUNdraiser- October 7
  • Multi-Society Meeting – December 9
  • Sparks Philadelphia Looking for Mentors
  • Design on the Delaware - October 29 - November 1
  • Additional Helpful Links

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
So here we are in the waning of the dog days of summer. Hopefully the blast furnace weather of June and July is not coming back any time soon.  I hope you all have had a good summer and a chance to relax.  The Engineers' Club has been working right on through the summer, putting together programs and events that we think will pique your interest and offer you a chance to find out more about some of the exciting opportunities our region has to offer for technical professionals.  The listing below shows you our upcoming boat tour on September 5, clean energy tour on September 16, technical seminar on September 20 on Advanced Engineering Project Management: Avoiding Project Failure as well as the next Affiliate Society Leadership Summit and the major PEF/DVEW Golf FUndraiser on October 7. Other events coming to the area include the International Facilities Management Association conference in October; the Philadelphia AIA’s Design on the Delaware conference and the arrival of the US Green Building Council’s GreenBuild conference in November. And just last week, the ECP had members testify in Philadelphia City Council on the issue of building demolition standards and guidelines.

But key in all of these activities is you – our members, both individual and corporate.  We need to have your participation to make these events great and to show people what engineers do and how we bring our special skill set to find solutions to everyday problems.  We look forward to seeing you at one (or more!) of our upcoming events and bring a friend.  They don’t have to be an engineer (although that’s a plus!).

GEORGE WASHINGTON MEDAL AWARDED TO FORMER GOV. ED RENDELL
On June 7, the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia recognized the contributions that former Gov. Ed Rendell has made to the engineering profession and to the public in general throughout his career as an elected official by awarding him the George Washington Medal.  Mr. Rendell has been a tireless supporter and advocate for increased funding for and improvements to public infrastructure, both while in elected office and since his return to private life. More Information

ORDER OF THE ENGINEER, RECEPTION, AND ECP ANNUAL MEETING
On June 19, the Engineers’ Club inducted four engineers into the Order of the Engineer, followed by a reception and the Club's Annual Meeting. The Order was first initiated in the United States in 1970 to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. More information

INAUGURAL MULFORD VOLUNTEERISM AWARD
On June 19, the Engineers' Club presented the inaugural Mulford Volunteerism Awards to Colette Montague, PE of Urban Engineers, Inc. and Kathryn P. Russo, PE, PTOE of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. The Board of the Engineers’ Club created the Mulford Volunteerism Award, to be presented for exemplary service to the Club or Philadelphia Engineering Foundation. The award was named to honor Richard A. Mulford, PE, one of the key volunteers who has served in many and various roles in both the Club and Foundation since the 1950's, including his tenure as the volunteer Executive Director of the Club for nearly 20 years starting in the early 1990's. He continues his service today as a Director Emeritus of the Club. More Information

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES ANNOUNCED
The Engineers' Club offers a variety of courses with the goal of meeting the continuing educational requirements of its members and the broader engineering community. Information on the fall courses is now available. Remember that PA PE renewal will be due September 30, 2013, at which time you will need 24 PDHs. NJ PE renewal is not far behind, due April 30, 2014. The professional development hour (PDH) value for each course is provided. Pennsylvania does not approve courses or providers. We have been designated by New Jersey as an exempt provider of continuing professional competency credits. Half-day and full-day courses in September include a three-seminar series on Geology for Design and Construction Professionals and Advanced Engineering Project Management.   More information

DELAWARE VALLEY ENGINEERS WEEK AWARDS CALLS FOR NOMINATION
The Engineers' Club of Philadelphia is soliciting nominations for various professional, collegiate and secondary school awards to be presented as part of Delaware Valley Engineers Week. Nominations for Engineer of the Year are due October 11; nominations for Young Engineer of the Year, Hall of Fame, and Outstanding Service Awards, as well as the collegiate awards, are due November 18. Nominations for the secondary school student and teacher awards are due December 9.  Information on affiliate society awards to be recognized is due January 15.   All the award recipients will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on February 14, 2014 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Philadelphia.  More information

AFFILIATE SOCIETY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
The fall Affiliate Society Leadership Summit has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 24.  All engineering and technical societies in the Delaware Valley are invited to send one or more of their key leaders to discuss common issues related to engineering in the area and the promotion of engineering.  We will discuss current opportunities for coordination among the engineering and technical societies and issues common to many societies.  If your society has specific topics and/or concerns that you would like to present or discuss, email them to Susan Best.  If you have never been to a Summit and have questions on what this is all about, email Susan.

SECRETS OF THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER BOAT TOUR - September 5
Take a one-hour fun and fact-filled guided sunset boat tour that highlights the past, present and future of the Hidden River. Discover the sights, sounds, and history of the river, from the early 1700s at historic Bartram's Garden, to the 1800s at the Fairmount Water Works, to award-winning 21st century skyscrapers. The Banks offers a setting and experience unlike any other in Philadelphia. More Information

NETWORKING EVENT AND TOUR OF VEOLIA ENERGY’S GRAYS FERRY COGENERATION PLANT – September 16
The Club will kick-off the program year with a tour of Veolia Energy's Grays Ferry steam plant, a 163-megawatt cogeneration facility with a combustion turbine and an extraction/condensing steam turbine.  Since the 2012 completion of a $60 million investment to upgrade the natural gas infrastructure and to install two rapid-response boilers, Veolia Energy has increased its efficient production of up to 4 million pounds per hour of cogenerated steam ("green steam") and 7,000 tons of chilled water for cooling.  More information

PEF / DVEW GOLF FUNDRAISER- October 7
Mark your calendar and hold the date for the 14th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, October 7. We will be returning to the Blue Bell Country Club and plan to expand upon the successful Adopt-A-Hole program. The Outing will be a fun and enjoyable event, and while we will have some challenges that will reward those with the best skills, we have something enjoyable for all levels of players. Save the Date and Sponsorship flyers are now available; registration will be coming soon.  The proceeds of this outing support the Delaware Valley Engineers Week student awards and other student outreach activities of the Philadelphia Engineering Foundation. More information

MULTI-SOCIETY MEETING SAVE-THE-DATE – December 9
A task force involving 12 different engineering and technical societies has been planning this year’s Multi-Society Meeting.  After some discussion, it was decided this event would continue to be a dinner meeting in Center City.  It will be held Monday, December 9.  A recent survey of the task force has developed a priority ranking of meeting topics and several venues have been investigated.  The selected topic and venue should be available soon.  In the meantime, save the date and plan on joining engineers from all disciplines at this event.  Once again, we will be participating in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection.

SPARKS PHILADELPHIA LOOKING FOR MENTORS ON DEGP
Sparks Philadelphia is a new listing on the Discover Engineering in Greater Philadelphia website and they are looking for mentors for 7th and 8th grade students  More information

DESIGN ON THE DELAWARE – October 29 – November 1
Every year Design on the Delaware, presented by AIA Philadelphia and collaborating partners, brings architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, contractors, product and service providers together for professional education and networking, and a two-day trade show. The 11th Annual Design on the Delaware Conference will run four days. October 29th & 30th will feature 36 programs, 6 tours, 2 plenary sessions and trade show at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. A full day of tours departing from the Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia will be presented on October 31st and on November 1, the Community Design Collaborative will host a full day design charrette at the Center for Architecture.  Exhibiting, sponsorship, and advertising opportunities are available.  More information

ADDITIONAL HELPFUL LINKS
Technical Advisory Council
Discover Engineering in Greater Philadelphia - Student Outreach Website
Speakers Bureau