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  • 10 Sep 2020 9:30 AM | Andrea Isaia (Administrator)

    Call for Volunteers! Membership Guidance Needed for 2021 MSPE Convention Planning

    MSPE is heading back to the Lake of the Ozarks for our 2021 Annual Convention on June 9-11! We are excited for the opportunities to see and meet new friends while earning PDH hours.

    MSPE’s 2021 Convention Planning Committee is kicking off and we are asking for volunteers from each chapter to participate. The primary role of committee volunteers is to help provide input on PDH programing and other feedback to staff. MSPE aims to have programing that appeals to many disciplines. Volunteers from each chapter provide geographic input to showcase the many developments across the state.

    The Committee typically meets one time per month over the lunch hour via Zoom video. The Committee will meet a couple extra times in the weeks immediately prior to the event. There are no committee meetings in person.

    We review membership feedback from previous year surveys and sincerely appreciate committee input to incorporate ways to make each event bigger and better each year.

    Please consider lending a hand!

    Contact Alison Connell at aconnell@mspe.org for questions or to volunteer. 


  • 3 Aug 2020 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Members,

    The Missouri Society of Professional Engineers is excited to announce two of our own past presidents, Britt Smith, P.E., F.NSPE and Breck Washam, P.E., are taking the national stage. On August 1, 2020, during the National Society of Professional Engineers Virtual Conference, NSPE officers installed Trish Hatley, P.E., F.NSPE as president and Britt Smith as vice president. Breck Washam was elected to represent the North Central Region on the NSPE Board of Directors.

    For over two decades, Mr. Smith has served MSPE in multiple capacities, including MSPE president and Jefferson City Chapter president. He has served the Society by his active involvement in NSPE via the Committee on Policy and Advocacy, Honors and Awards Committee, Candidate Screening Committee, Communication and Technology Task Force, Collaboration Group Task Force, and as Missouri’s representative to the House of Delegates. Mr. Smith was named an NSPE Fellow in 2016. Mr. Smith serves as Operations Division Director for the City of Jefferson. Smith holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

    During the nomination process, Smith noted, “I am passionate about promoting the ethical and competent practice of engineering, the honor of our profession, and our rights and responsibilities to protect it. My primary goal, if elected, is to continue working to strengthen the bonds between the national and state organizations.”

    Mr. Washam, who first joined MSPE in 1991, has also served MSPE in several roles, including MSPE president and St. Louis Chapter president. Mr. Washam is a vice president of Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc., and general manager of the firm’s St. Louis Regional Office.  He has been with Burns & McDonnell for 25 years and joined them after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

    As North Central Region Director, Mr. Washam will chair monthly meetings of regional meetings, which include the Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota state societies and serve on the NSPE Board of Directors for the next two years.

    The Missouri Society of Professional Engineers would like to thank all those who assisted and supported Smith and Washam during the nomination process and thank both gentlemen for their service at the national level.


  • 29 Jul 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous

    The Board of Directors governing the MSPE’s Educational Foundation (EF) has a new look. The EF Board of Directors, which has historically featured the same members as the MSPE Board of Directors, now has its own eleven-member Board populated by stakeholders solely focused on the foundation mission.

    The new EF Board of Directors features representatives from functions that support the foundation’s mission and business, such as representatives from the Kimel Endowment, MATHCOUNTS, Building Committee, university representatives, a former MSPE president and a MSPE Board representative, along with at-large positions from the membership. The MSPE treasurer will also serve as the EF treasurer, mimicking NSPE’s treasurer with the national Educational Foundation.

    During MSPE’s 2020 Annual Convention, held in a virtual format this year, the new Board met for its first meeting and elected Marie Collins, P.E. as President and Dr. Charles Morris, P.E. as Vice President. Ms. Collins serves on the Board as a former MSPE president with Charles Morris serving as the Kimel Endowment representative. Kelsie Clark, P.E. serves as the treasurer.

    The Board is meeting bi-monthly to handle Foundation business. EF Executive Director Travis Lowe and the team at Braden Heidner Lowe & Associates will continue to serve MSPE EF.


  • 7 Apr 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Members,

    The Nominating and Tellers Committee, chaired by Immediate Past President Michael Purol P.E., and composed of Past President Matt Bedinghaus, P.E. (Ozark Chapter), Past President David Howe, P.E. (Western Chapter), Past President Kurt Higgins, P.E. (Southwest Chapter) and Past President Breck Washam, P.E. (St. Louis Chapter) met by conference call on March 18, 2020 to select the Vice President that will join the current slate of officers that will lead MSPE in 2020-2021.

    The nominees are:

    John Riediger, P.E., President
    Mitch Krysa, P.E., President-Elect
    Rachel Goeke, P.E., Vice President
    Kelsie Clark, P.E., Treasurer (Second year of a two-year term)
    Bob Becnel, P.E., F.NSPE, who will continue as the Immediate Past President

    In accordance with MSPE’s Bylaws, the President-Elect automatically assumes the position of President. MSPE’s current Vice President’s interest in continuing as an officer was also confirmed, and MSPE’s current Treasurer will remain in the role for the second year. This leaves only the Vice President position open for new candidates- for which two members applied.

    The election of the Slate of Officers presented by the Nominating and Tellers Committee will take place on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 during MSPE’s Annual Convention in Columbia, Missouri.

    In accordance with MSPE’s Bylaws Article VII, Section 4: Election of Officers (B) additional nominations for the respective offices may be made by written petitions containing the signatures of at least thirty (30) members eligible to vote provided that not more than ten of those signing any one nomination petition shall be members of the same local chapter, and provide further that such nominating petition shall reach the Society’s secretary (Executive Director Travis Lowe) not later than 35 days prior to date of the annual election.
  • 6 Apr 2020 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    MSPE Members,

    Governor Mike Parson has announced a statewide stay-at-home order that will go intoeffect at 12:01 am Monday April 6 and expire on April 24. The Governor’s Stay-at-Home order is similar to those issued in other states and reflects the essential businesses that are exempt may remain open. Those businesses are listed in the Department of Homeland Security’s list of Essential Businesses.  Below are linkto the official order and DHS’s list of essential businesses. 

    https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MOGOV/2020/04/03/file_attachments/1419322/Stay%20at%20Home%20Missouri%20Order.pdf

    https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA_Guidance_on_the_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workforce_Version_2.0_Updated.pdf


  • 25 Mar 2020 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Missouri Society of Professional Engineers recently joined eleven related stakeholders in a joint letter submitted to Governor Mike Parson. Specifically, the letter urges Governor Parson to "consider engineering, design, construction, mining, and manufacturing essential services, so that individuals may continue to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of “essential infrastructure,” including, but not limited to, public works construction, the engineering, design, permitting, inspection, construction, transfer and recording of ownership, of housing and anything incidental thereto, water, sewer, gas, electrical, bridges, roads and highways.”

    MSPE thanks the Missourians for Transportation Investment and the other stakeholders in this effort.



  • 17 Mar 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    The MSPE Educational Foundation is forming its new Board of Directors. Effective on July 1, the new Board of Directors will feature eleven stakeholders charged to support the EF mission and objectives.

    Several seats on the new EF Board of Directors are appointed by committees directly involved in the EF mission or interests. However, several seats are open and solicited by the Nominating & Tellers Committee. 

    Nominating & Tellers Committee, chaired by Michael Purol, P.E., is seeking members interested in the following Board seats:

    • Two at-large MSPE members interested in furthering MSPE EF objectives.
    • A former president of MSPE.
    • Two representatives from University faculty.

    The Nominating & Tellers Committee is now accepting applications for candidates. Deadline for submission is April 30

    Click this link for the application for the at-large representative to return to the MSPE office by April 30. If you are a former MSPE president or university faculty interested in serving, please contact Michael Purol via the MSPE office at info@mspe.org.

    In addition to the seats listed above, the balance of the EF Board will be populated by the following: a MATHCOUNTS representative, representative of the Kimel Endowment Committee, representative of the Building Committee (EF owns the MSPE office building), the EF Treasurer is automatically the same person as the MSPE treasurer, representative from the MSPE Board of Directors (not including treasurer) and the MSPE Executive Director (ex-officio).

    Once the new Board of Directors is formed, the EF Board will meet for the first time on June 15 in Columbia at the MSPE Convention and elect a President and Vice President among the members of the Board. 

    Objectives of the MSPE Educational Foundation:

    • To study and improve the practice of professional engineering and to promote the elevation of engineering standards.
    • To promote the study of engineering and research therein, the diffusion of knowledge thereof, and the continuing education of engineers by only charitable, educational or literary means.
    • To cause to be published and to distribute addresses, reports, treatises, and other works on engineering subjects.
    • To improve relations between engineers and the public by only charitable, educational or literary means.
    • To foster suitable standards of engineering education for the licensing of Professional Engineers.
  • 17 Mar 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Members,

    The Board of Directors governing the MSPE’s Educational Foundation (EF) will have a new look this summer. The EF Board of Directors, which has historically featured the same members of the MSPE Board of Directors, will have its own eleven-member Board populated by stakeholders solely focused on the foundation mission.

    MSPE EF is a 501(c)(3) foundation charged with seven objectives centered on engineering education and research.  It is linked to the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, a 501(c)(6) organization that serves as a professional society representing the state’s Licensed Professional Engineers. For decades, the EF and MSPE have been governed by the same Board of Directors, handling their respective business in separate but usually consecutive meetings.

    Over the last several months, the EF Board of Directors considered amending its bylaws to allow the EF to have its own directors that specifically cater to the needs of the foundation. In March, the Board voted to amend the bylaws to form an eleven-member Board of Directors to take place this summer with the inaugural meeting held in June during the MSPE Convention in Columbia. 

    Once formed and activated, the new EF Board will meet throughout the year. EF Executive Director Travis Lowe and the team at Braden Heidner Lowe & Associates will continue to serve MSPE EF.

    The new EF Board of Directors will feature representatives from functions that support the foundation’s mission and business, such as representatives from MATHCOUNTS, the Kimel Endowment, Building Committee, university representatives, a former MSPE president, a MSPE Board representative, along with at large positions from the membership. The MSPE Treasurer will also serve as the EF Treasurer, mimicking NSPE’s Treasurer with the national Educational Foundation.

    The Nominating & Tellers Committee, chaired by Michael Purol, P.E., will provide dual roles for both the MSPE and EF Boards, and seek candidates for the new EF Board this spring.

  • 16 Mar 2020 5:13 PM | Anonymous

    MSPE Members,

    MSPE recognizes the growing concern associated with the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as federal, state and local governments work to minimize risk and prevent its spread. We are closely following the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our public health officials.

    To that end, we urge our society chapters to follow CDC recommendations regarding upcoming meetings this spring. No changes have been determined for future MSPE state events at this time.

    MSPE staff remains committed to maintain membership services without interruption. We are equipped with technology services and solutions that allow us to continue serving you from our Jefferson City office or in the event staff must work from home.

    MSPE has a dedicated conference call line available for committees and chapters to continue necessary business while avoiding in-person meetings. For assistance in this area, please contact our office at 573-636-4861 or info@mspe.org.

    We will keep our membership abreast of updates as soon as it becomes available.  We urge our members to use caution and stay safe during the following weeks.


    Kind regards,
    MSPE Staff

    Link to CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html


  • 21 Jun 2019 10:45 AM | Andrea Isaia (Administrator)

    MSPE Membership Alert

    MSPE Approves Bylaws Amendment to Reduce Board Size From 30 to 24

    JEFFERSON CITY- The MSPE Board of Directors composition is changing for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1. At the 2019 Annual Convention at the Lake of the Ozarks, MSPE members cast their votes on the proposed amendment that was provided to all members in April and May. The motion passed overwhelmingly and takes effect with the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

    The amendment condensed the MSPE Board of Directors from 30 to 24 Directors by allowing each chapter to have a single board representative that has weighted voting.

    President Michael Purol and President-elect Bob Becnel previously asked the Bylaws Committee, chaired by Ross Kasmann, to consider the amendment. MSPE currently has the largest Board of Directors among the state societies across the nation.

    The “weighted voting” concept reduces the Board size while allowing each chapter to keep their respective voting power. For example, the Ozark Chapter will name one person as their Board representative who will attend Board meetings and carry three votes. With this change, the Board is smaller and more manageable but does not harm chapters by taking away any voting power. The amendment was modeled off of how the NSPE House of Delegates works. Each state/territory has one person in the HOD with different numbers of votes, based on their membership size.

    MSPE staff is reaching out to chapter leaders now to name their primary representative.

     

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