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From the NSPE-DE President

By K. James Taylor, Jr., P.E.

This past month signified the beginning of my second year serving as president of NSPE-DE and as Delaware’s representative for the House of Delegates. In the past year, I have spent most of my time learning about NSPE. This has led me to understand why it is so important to be a part of NSPE.

Here are some highlights of what has happened in the past year and what we have planned:

  • Our 2020 Engineers Week Banquet was a huge hit once again. The 2021 Engineers Week banquet details will be announced in the coming months. Nominations for Engineer of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year, and scholarship applications will be available in the fall.
  • We currently have 61 members in NSPE-DE. In the last 6 months, we have added 5 new members including 1 student membership. There are over 7,000 professional engineers in the State of Delaware. There is a lot of room for growth.
  • We are working on developing a new presence with the University of Delaware and the renewal of the Student Chapter in the College of Engineering.
  • We will continue of our support of MATHCOUNTS. Although the 2020 competition was cancelled and the 2021 competition will be switching to an online format, we will continue to provide support for this program.

As I begin my second year, I look forward to pushing NSPE-DE to the next level. There is always room to help and get involved. We are currently looking to fill on the executive committee, including vice-president and secretary. We are also looking for committee members to fill the roles of Engineers Week Coordinator and MATHCOUNTS Coordinator. If you are interested, feel free to reach out for more information on how you can make an impact on the engineers and the future engineers in the State of Delaware. Get involved and be a part of the leadership for NSPE-DE!

2020 Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year

2020 Engineer of the Year

Ted C Williams

Ted C. Williams, PE, FACEC has been selected as the 2020 Engineer of the Year. Mr. Williams serves as President of Landmark Science & Engineering, a multidisciplinary site/civil and environmental sciences consulting firm. He has 43 years of comprehensive experience with land development, transportation and traffic studies for large mixed-use construction projects. Ted is heavily involved in technical and professional organizations representing the Delaware engineering community. Some of the organizations where Mr. Williams currently serves is ACEC Delaware where he is the New Castle County Partnering Chair, Delaware Council on Transportation where he is Chair, and Committee of 100 where he is President. Mr. Williams has been a tireless advocate for engineering and business within the State of Delaware and nationally through these organizations. He is well known throughout Delaware’s State and Local Legislatures, Councils, and agencies for his support of improving Delaware’s Infrastructure. He has also been involved in the broader community of Delaware through activities such as coaching and advocating for STEM-based education for all of Delaware’s middle and high school students. He has been a dedicated advocate for efficiency in public school construction projects and has been instrumental in developing a model for future school development based on a full-school campus design.

2020 Young Engineer of the Year

Chris Brendza

Mr. Brendza graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2008. Shortly after graduation he began working in the field of water and wastewater engineering for Hydraterra Professionals in Chester County PA. At Hydraterra Professionals he spent the majority of his time performing construction inspection and design services for wastewater and drinking water facilities. In 2013, Mr. Brendza began his career at Johnson Mirmiran and Thompson in their water and wastewater group. During his time at JMT he has worked for various government agencies and utilities throughout Delaware such as City of Newark, New Castle County, and Kent County. Chris has also led various design projects for regional authorities and government agencies in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and volunteering in his community.

MATHCOUNTS Delaware State Coordinator Position Open

Help prepare the next generation of engineers, doctors, scientists and teachers by volunteering with MATHCOUNTS!  There are many ways to volunteer. We are currently looking for a new MATHCOUNTS Delaware State Coordinator.  After many years of great service, our previous State Coordinator has stepped aside.  MATHCOUNTS is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers.  In March each year, the Top Students participate in the State Competition.  The Top 4 individual competitors from each State Competition receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Competition in May.  The State Coordinator is responsible for encouraging the local schools to participate and organize the competition for the State of Delaware.  If you're interested in finding out more about this volunteer role please click here to watch a video we have created for new/prospective coordinators.  If you are interested in getting involved please email for more information.

DES Member Brings Educator’s Talents to Licensing Board

Date: February 28, 2019

Carmine Balascio

Since 1979, DES member Carmine Balascio, Ph.D., P.E., has been building a distinguished career as an engineering educator, teaching the profession’s future engineers and conducting research in hydrology. Now, Balascio is putting his educator’s skills to work as the president of the state licensing board.

Balascio began his term as president of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers in the fall of 2018. Prior to this position, he served as the DAPE council member representing the field of education. In the council’s more than 45-year history, Balascio appears to be the first educator to serve as president.

An associate professor of water resource engineering at the University of Delaware, Balascio teaches courses like introduction to surveying, site engineering, and higher-level courses on urban hydrology and stormwater management. His research interest include outcomes assessments of college engineering programs and teaching with technology and active-learning methods, in addition to urban hydrology and stormwater management.

Because of his own experiences as a student and an educator, Balascio says his goal as licensing board president is to work to promote professional licensure, specifically in academia.

“As a faculty member at the University of Delaware, I am keenly aware of the struggle to get engineering faculty interested in becoming licensed,” he wrote in his first president’s message. “I believe it is important to promote licensure of engineering faculty because they serve as role models for their students.”

Balascio knows the impact educators can have on young engineers. He says his undergraduate advisor at University of Delaware and his graduate advisor at Iowa State University—both PEs—encouraged him to pursue the license.

He wants other PEs to do the same. “If you are enthusiastic about the engineering work you do and would like the chance to convey that enthusiasm to UD students, we’d really like to talk to you about making it happen,” Balascio wrote in his latest message to Delaware PEs. “We are especially interested in new licensees who are also relatively recent graduates who feel they can make a connection with a college student audience.”

NSPE President Visits Delaware

Date: April 28, 2018

@NSPEPrez Apr 28
In addition to NAE and AAES mtgs this week - also met with DES member to find a way to integrated partnership.

Lewes, DELewes, Delaware

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