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E-News from the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia - February 28, 2014

02/28/14

IN THIS ISSUE

CLUB NEWS

CLUB EVENTS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

AFFILIATE SOCIETY AND PARTNER NEWS AND EVENTS

OTHER INFORMATION

UPCOMING EVENTS
March 6: Joint Meeting with Philadelphia Society of Professional Engineers, Philadelphia Chapter
March 11: Joint Meeting with American Society of Civil Engineers Construction Technical Group
March 26: A/E/C Business Development - The Decade Ahead
April 11: TOUR: Singh Center for Nanotechnology, University of Pennsylvania
May 6: Affiliate Society Leadership Summit
June 19: Stephen Ayers, the Architect of the Capitol (preceeded by a brief Club Annual Meeting)

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CLUB NEWS

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Goooood Morning Philadelphia!

Well, we’ve successfully completed the 2014 Delaware Valley Engineers Week events culminating in last Friday’s “snow delayed” DVEW Award Luncheon.  Kudos again to Suzette Schultz (Engineer of the Year) and Philip M. Gonski, PE, (Young Engineer of the Year) as well as our new Hall of Famer, Professor Vukan Vuchic, PhD and our engineering man about town, Ruben David, PE who is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Service award.  Congratulations also go out to our scholarship and technical paper awardees and the teachers who start the ball rolling and keep it going with students in high school and on through college and to those projects and professionals presented by our partners in the various technical societies and associations that make up the engineering diaspora. 

We are hopefully on the way to (real) spring and an uptick in the temperature and with that, opportunities to get out and about and see the sights.  Coming up soon for the Club is our tour of the Singh Nanotechnology Center at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday, April 11th. It coincides with Philly TechWeek (April 4 – 12).  In March there is the first TEDx Conference in Philadelphia focused on the emergent custom fabrication or “maker” movement. The theme is “The New Workshop of the World”.

The ECP is looking to expand its involvement with programs like TechWeek and TED to offer our membership opportunities to see what’s happening and in the brewing on a number of fronts that include engineering and the engineering ethos.  I hope that you are open and ready to engage and share your experience as well as learn some news ways of seeing things! 

Have a great day and dress warmly!

E. MItchell Swann, PE, LEED AP
ECP President
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CLUB TO PARTICIPATE IN PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL'S CARNIVAL ON THE PARKWAY - LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
For the fourth year, we will be sponsoring a booth this year at the Philadelphia Science Festival's Science Carnival on the Parkway. The Carnival is a highly visible outdoor event that provides opportunity for exchange between children, teens, families and local scientists/engineers! This all-day affair will take place Saturday May 3, 2014. Our goal is to provide family-oriented science entertainment with a hands-on activity or an interactive demonstration to get kids excited about engineering! This is a great outreach opportunity to interact with kids and teens of all ages.

We are looking for participants to volunteer and join us as a society or as individuals at our booth. If participating as a society, we can incorporate signage that includes the name of your society. Volunteers can either be there all day or take a specific time slot when they are available. If you don’t wish to participate as a society, please make this information available to your members who may want to assist for part of the day or have suggestions or activities they would like to contribute.

Our booth will be called “What Do Engineers Do?” The Carnival and the Science Festival’s purpose is to offer something for everyone in hopes of sparking interest and involvement in the sciences so we are hoping to get a broad range of volunteers. 

If you are interested in participating or have any questions before making your decision feel free to contact Emily Scholl.
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CLUB ADOPTS NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
As with any organization, it is important that the Club has a plan for where it wants to go and what it wants to do. To that end, the Club's Board of Directors adopted a new 2014-2016 Strategic Plan. The specific wording of the Mission Statement and the Goals and Objectives have changed, but mostly in wording, emphasis, and clarity.  The newly adopted Vision is "
Be the unifying club for engineers and related professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Region" and the Mission is "The Engineers' Club of Philadelphia is dedicated to relationship building and networking among technical professionals, communication and collaboration among engineers, raising the awareness of engineering in our society, and the professional development of its members." Visit the Club's website for the Goals and Objectives.
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ENGINEERS' CLUB WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
We welcome the following new Individual, Younger, and Full-Time Student members since January 31.

  • Ann Smith, Individual Member, Ecoflo, Inc.
  • Martin (Marty) Lindenberger, Full-Time Student Member, Drexel University
  • Robert (Bob) Pennock, Younger Member, University of Pennsylvania

Click here for more information on Club membership and a complete list of our corporate members and agency partners.
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CLUB EVENTS

JOINT MEETING WITH PSPE PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER - March 6
The Engineers' Club is co-sponsoring a meeting with the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Philadelphia Chapter on Thursday, March 6, 2014. The meeting will be at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City, 36th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Dinner will be at 6:15 pm and there will be two one-hour presentations beginning at 7:00 pm. The two sessions are: "Industrial Exemption: What it is – What it is not" and "Case Studies – VFDs Large and Small". Dinner will be $40 ($20 for students). See the flyer for more detail, including information on continuing education credits. The Club is not taking reservations for this meeting; all reservations must be from PSPE, Philadelphia Chapter's website
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JOINT MEETING WITH ASCE CONSTRUCTION TECHNICAL GROUP: PHILADELPHIA FAMILY COURT – NEW BUILDING PROJECT - March 11
The Engineers' Club is co-sponsoring a meeting with the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Construction Technical Group on Tuesday, March 11, Noon to 1:30 pm. Charles Rudalavage, AIA, LEEP AP, Principal, Ewing Cole, will provide information on the new Family Court Building now under construction at 15th and Arch Streets in Center City. The meeting will be at Urban Engineers, Inc., 530 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.  The cost will be $15 (on or before Friday, March 7) and $20 (after Friday, March 7). A light lunch (sandwiches) will be served starting at 12:00 noon. Participation in this presentation entitles each attendee to one (1) PDH for Pennsylvania and New Jersey Professional Engineer continuing education requirements. Click here for reservations. Click here for a flyer.
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TOUR: SINGH CENTER FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - SAVE THE DATE - April 11
The Club is finalizing plans for a tour of the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, 3205 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.  The presentation and tour will be Friday, April 11, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  Afterwards, we will have a happy hour at a nearby establishment. More details to follow. This tour is being planned in conjunction with Philly Tech Week, April 4-12. Return to Top

AFFILIATE SOCIETY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - SAVE THE DATE - May 6
The next semi-annual Affiliate Society Leadership Summit will be held Tuesday, May 6. The leadership of all the engineering-related technical societies are welcome to attend this summit. Details, agenda information, and an invitation will be sent to the leadership in our records. Return to Top

STEPHEN AYERS, ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL - SAVE THE DATE - June 19
The Club will be hosting a presentation by Stephen Ayers, the Architect of the (U.S.) Capitol on Thursday, June 19. There will be a cash bar / networking and dinner, followed by the presentation. Prior to the networking period, the Club will hold its (brief) Annual Meeting. Return to Top

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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 NJ PE renewal is due April 30, 2014. The professional development hour (PDH) value for each course is provided. It is the participant's responsibility to determine whether the course complies with the requirements of the registration or certifying agency. A certificate of completion will be provided to those completing the course. We will also maintain registration and attendance records. Pennsylvania does not approve courses or providers. We have been designated by New Jersey as an exempt provider of continuing professional competency credits.

Click here for more information on these multi-week evening course offerings or click each session title for more information. You can download a course catalog here.

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AFFILIATE SOCIETY AND PARTNER NEWS AND EVENTS

A/E/C BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - THE DECADE AHEAD
The Engineers' Club is a promotional partner with the Society for Marketing Professional Services for a meeting on A/E/C Business Development - The Decade Ahead. The meeting will be March 26, 2014 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Click here for more information, including reservations.
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JOIN US AT THE PHILADELPHIA SCIENCE FESTIVAL
As noted in the article above, the Club has reserved two booths for the Philadelphia Science Festival. We would like your society to join us, so we can present a multi-disciplinary view of engineering. This also allows your society to participate in the festival without having to take a whole booth for the entire day. Contact Emily Scholl for more information.
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HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION WITH THE CLUB?
If you changed your society leadership in January, have you let us know your current contacts? We only send our emails to the key three to six people in each organization. Our ability to communicate with the correct people in your organization depends on you updating us when your leadership changes or when someone changes email addresses. To update your society contact information, go to our website for the Technical Society Contact Update Form.
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AFFILIATE SOCIETIES - BROADEN YOUR PR EFFORTS
We're adding a new section to the E-News -- Affiliate Society News. This section will be an opportunity for the Affiliate Societies to publicize "out-of-the-order" news items, such as hosting a national annual meeting of your society, a major / national award received by a member, or a major event.  This would not include routine meetings (they can be listed on the Joint Technical Society Calendar), student outreach events or scholarship information that can be posted on the Discover Engineering in Greater Philadelphia website, or local section awards (they can be recognized as part of the DVEW Affiliate Awards Recognition). We can include calls for nominations for awards that are not limited to members of your society. Send the URL for the information that is on your website to contact@engrclub.org and we will include a link to it (similar to the links below under "Additional Helpful Links") in the next E-News.
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OTHER INFORMATION

ADDITIONAL HELPFUL LINKS
Technical Advisory Council
Discover Engineering in Greater Philadelphia - Student Outreach Website
- Sparks Philadelphia Looking for Mentors for 7th and 8th grade students.
- Resources for Teachers, STEM Program Providers, and Engineers
Speakers Bureau
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