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Advocacy Alert: Lend Your Voice to Improve PE Mobility

To improve PE license mobility in the state, NSPE-DE has launched an advocacy campaign in support of a state bill that could soon arrive on the House floor for a vote and needs your support. The bill (H.B. 142), would make license mobility easier for those individuals seeking licensure in Delaware, especially for those who have an NCEES record or who qualify as a Model Law Engineer. The bill would also expand qualifications for licensure to those whose degree is accredited by a signatory country of the Washington Accord, an international accreditation agreement. The accord, which is signed by ABET, sets standards for equivalency among engineering programs internationally. Voice your support today!

Voice your support today!


Site Readiness Fund Could Spur Job Growth

Date: June 7, 2021

State senators introduced a bill (S.B. 127) last month that would create a fund for providing loans, grants, or other economic assistance for construction of sites where new projects would create jobs in the state. The Site Readiness Fund would be funded by taxpayer-backed appropriations from the state’s operating budget. Benchmarks like capital investment or job growth would be monitored by the Delaware Division of Small Business, the Delaware Business Times reports.

The passed the Senate on May 20.


Riverfront Development Plan Announced

Date: June 7, 2021

A $100 million Riverfront East project was announced in May as an extension of the current Riverfront area, reports the News Journal. Riverfront East will be an 86-acre mixed-use development with homes, office space, and retail. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is working on a plan with the Riverfront Development Corporation to remediate the ground at the former manufacturing district. Some of the land is brownfield property that has been unused for years.

To prevent confusion, the current Riverfront area will be rebranded as Riverfront West. When Riverfront East is built, both sides combined will be referred to as the Riverfront.


Life Science Caucus Aims to Foster Investment, Innovation

Date: June 7, 2021

A bipartisan coalition formed the “Life Science Caucus” in the Delaware General Assembly last month, to engage with and support Delaware’s bioscience sector. The caucus will meet regularly to facilitate discourse about innovative bioscience research and business development across the state in order to inform policies and programs to help grow the sector in Delaware.

Anaerobic Digester Could Turn Organics to Energy

Date: May 18, 2021

Sussex County has approved a rule change that will allow for anaerobic processing of tons of the Delmarva Peninsula’s chicken manure and organic matter. Bioenergy Devco wants to build one of Delaware’s first anaerobic digesters near the town of Blades. The machine would turn organic chicken materials into a soil additive and renewable natural gas.

If final approval is given by the state, the digester tanks will ferment poultry waste to create a compostable soil conditioner, and natural gas, which rises to the top of the tank for removal. Chesapeake Utilities has expressed interest in adding the gas to its pipeline. The digester tank should be operational early next year if the company gets approval, reports the Delaware Business Times.


Contaminated Water Found in Wells Near New Castle Airport

Date: May 18, 2021

The levels of “forever chemicals” found in some public drinking supply wells in Delaware are higher than reported in previous years, reports Delaware Online. The contaminants have been found in all four New Castle city public wells and six Artesian Water Company wells. An EPA spokesman was quoted as saying the wells contained PFAS that exceed the EPA’s lifetime health advisory levels. Unlike when higher than recommended levels were found in area water in 2014, no public notice has been issued.

From the NSPE-DE President

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

Date: April 20, 2021

In February, we announced that we would be started a new Lunch and Leadership series later this year. We are now accepting presentation submissions for consideration to be a part of this program. Topic areas to be discussed included engineering crisis management, professionalism, risk management, and liability, engineering ethics, licensure and threats to licensure, leading project teams, communications, strategic planning, contracts and public policy. Starting out, events will be conducted virtually and will eventually move to an in person format. If interested in doing a presentation, please submit the following information to president@nspe-de.org:

  • Contact information
  • Abstract
  • Proposed Title of Session
  • Session Description
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Any additional information

NSPE-DE will be working on the schedule and sessions to be provided over the next couple of months. This is just one step we’re taking at NSPE-DE to help provide additional value to our membership. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions and we’re looking forward to some great sessions in the near future!


Company Chosen for Selective Shell Incubator Project

Date: April 20, 2021

Wilmington-based Vesogen, formerly known as W7energy, has been selected for the fourth cohort of Shell’s Gamechanger Accelerator Powered by NREL. The highly competitive incubator program partners with startups to support their efforts in developing tech for the transition away from fossil fuels. Participating companies get access to resources, experts, and world-class facilities available through DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Gamechanger.

Versogen is developing electrolyzer technology that uses water and renewable energy to produce green hydrogen at scale in a reliable and affordable way. Versogen’s systems are built around its patented anion exchange membranes and earth-abundant materials.


Delaware Licensing Board Council Seats Open

Date: April 20, 2021

In 2021, the following DAPE Council seats will be up for election: “Other” Engineering, Government and Chemical Engineering. Individuals interested in getting involved in DAPE’s Council for the first time can start by volunteering on a committee. More information on committees can be found at www.dape.org.


White House Identifies Need for Infrastructure Investment in Delaware

Date: April 20, 2021

In its “American Jobs Plan,” the Biden White House released state fact sheets identifying areas of need, and cited infrastructure as an area lacking in investment in Delaware. The state received a “D” grade on its Infrastructure Report Card.

The report identified 12 segments of infrastructure that the White House says will be boosted by the Jobs Plan. For example, it points out that there are 19 bridges and more than 250 miles of highway in Delaware in poor condition and says the plan will dedicate $600 billion to our nation’s transportation infrastructure. Other areas of need emphasized in the state include public transportation, infrastructure resilience, drinking water, housing, broadband, manufacturing, and energy.

From the NSPE-DE President

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

Date: March 18, 2021

We’re just about a quarter of the year through 2021 and have officially been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for one year. It’s crazy to think how much has taken place over the last year and how many engineering improvements have been made. In February we held our annual Engineers Week Celebration, although virtual, it was great to be able to recognize the engineering profession in the State of Delaware. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the recording here.  We also were able to award scholarships to two individuals who will be pursuing the engineering profession in college starting in the fall. This year our award winners were Divita Taduvayi from MOT Charter High School and Dermot Williamson from Polytech High School. Both had some very impressive applications and we look forward to following their engineering profession in the future. I want to thank those who have contributed to those scholarship so far:

  • Landmark Science & Engineering
  • Baker, Ingram & Associates
  • Rybinski Engineering
  • Jason Winterling
  • Halmar International

If you would like to make a donation and make an impact on future engineers, you can make a donation to the scholarship fund.

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Lunch and Leadership Series

Date: March 17, 2021

At that event, I also announced our brand new Lunch and Leadership series beginning later this year. Topic areas to be discussed included engineering crisis management, professionalism, risk management, and liability, engineering ethics, licensure and threats to licensure, leading project teams, communications, strategic planning, contracts and public policy. We are now accepting presentation submissions for consideration to be a part of this program. Starting out, events will be conducted virtually and will eventually move to an in person format. If interested in doing a presentation, please submit the following information to president@nspe-de.org:

  • Contact information
  • Abstract
  • Proposed Title of Session
  • Session Description
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Any additional information

NSPE-DE will be working on the schedule and sessions to be provided over the next couple of months. This is just one step we’re taking at NSPE-DE to help provide additional value to our membership. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions and we’re looking forward to some great sessions in the near future!


Amazon Adding Two Delivery Stations for Electric Vehicles in Delaware

Date: March 18, 2021

Amazon plans to add two new delivery stations geared to its electric delivery vehicles in Delaware, according to delawarebusinessnow.com. The stations will be located south of New Castle and west of Wilmington, the company says, and will create hundreds of new full and part-time jobs. The stations are expected to open later this year. The new facilities are in addition to two previously announced fulfillment centers.


Delaware River Basin Commission Bans Fracking Permanently

Date: March 18, 2021

The Delaware River Basin Commission has approved a final rule prohibiting high volume hydraulic fracturing in the Basin. The ban is meant to “control future pollution, protect the public health and preserve the waters of the Basin,” according to the commission. The agency also seeks to reevaluate its rules concerning the importation of wastewater from outside the basin and exportation of basin waters.

From the NSPE-DE President

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

Date: February 11, 2021

Greetings!

Each year, the Delaware Engineering Society is proud to host the Engineers Week banquet where we award scholarship recipients, recognize newly inducted Professional Engineers (presented by DAPE), celebrate the Engineering Excellence Awards (presented by ACEC-DE), and honor the Young Engineer of the Year and Engineer of the Year recipients. This year, we will be moving to a virtual format for an Engineers Week Celebration. The event will be held on Thursday, February 25. Please see the attached flyer for details. This will be a free event this year, so feel free to invite your entire company.

Following tradition, the program will highlight award winning engineering design projects, recognize newly inducted Professional Engineers and scholarship recipients, as well as honor the 2020 Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year recipients. This year’s Young Engineer of the Year is Jennalee Fede, P.E. ,and the Engineer of the Year is Scott Rathfon, P.E. Please see our press release for more information on both of the award winners.

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. and we anticipate being completed by 2:00 p.m. Please visit our registration page to sign up.

In addition, as this is a free event, we are asking for donations to offset the scholarships awarded to high school seniors each year. If you or your firm is interested in donating, please contact me. Information for donations will also be posted on the Delaware Engineering Society website. A special thanks will be included to those donating.

If you could also forward this email to your respective organizations, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continuous support of this event. We look forward to celebrating everything engineering on February 25!


Manufacturing, Chemical Jobs Coming to Delaware

Date: February 11, 2021

Highway and bridge construction company Eastern Highway Specialists, New Jersey headquartered Advantage Building Supply, and AWSM Solutions Delaware are expanding into the state. The companies will add more than 150 manufacturing and chemical jobs.

Becky Harrington, business development director of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, says this trend will probably continue. The three companies’ combined investment is about $13 million, and the state has approved grants for all three totaling more than $709,000. Harrington says the funding is part of the state’s effort to secure new business.


Boosting Ready-to-Go Lab Space to Attract Tech, Science Firms

Date: February 11, 2021

Delaware has launched a pilot grant program designed to spur private sector-led projects that will help the state attract and retain science and tech companies by expanding its inventory of ready-to-go lab space. Companies will need to partner with developers on a specific project to apply.

The state’s Council on Development Finance allocated up to $3 million from the Delaware Strategic Fund in December, and Governor John Carney committed to including additional funding from the FY22 budget.

“We want to improve the available inventory in the state and continue to support companies we’ve already invested in or are interested in coming to Delaware with the types of high-paying jobs we see with these sorts of operations, said Delaware Prosperity Partnership Director of Innovation Ariel Gruswitz.

In the long run, Gruswitz said, the need for the program should decrease as infrastructure increases and industry needs are better understood by the local commercial real estate market.

From the NSPE-DE President

Date: January 27, 2021

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

2020 has come and gone and here we sit in 2021.  We hope that everyone had a great end to 2020 and is looking forward to a great new year.  This month we are excited to announce the 2021 Delaware Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year.  The awards are nominated by those in the engineering industry in the State of Delaware and are selected by the past presidents of the Delaware Engineering Society (now NSPE-DE).  This year’s award winners are Scott Rahfon, P.E. (Engineer of the Year) and Jennalee Fede, P.E. (Young Engineer of the Year).

Scott Rathfon, P.E.Scott Rathfon, P.E. is a Professional Engineer licensed in multiple states throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He has over 40 years of comprehensive engineering experience in various areas of the civil engineering field as well as project and program management. Scott has been employed by Century Engineering in the Delaware office for over 33 years and has been involved in numerous projects throughout the State.  Scott has guided the Delaware operations for over 20 years and has been involved with various design and construction projects throughout the State of Delaware, as well as surrounding states. He has been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in the State including the SR1, US 13 Relief Route project and the recently completed US 301 project. One of the highlights of his engineering career was having the opportunity to work on the management team for the design and construction of the cable-stayed bridge over the C&D Canal. Many of the projects he has been involved with over the years have been recognized in the state for their excellence by his peers.

Jennalee Fede, P.E.Jennalee Fede, P.E. has over nine years of experience assisting clients with a variety of environmental projects. Her experience with projects and knowledge of environmental regulations in Delaware, along with her passion for contributing to the health and environment of her own community, drive her to implement practical, economical, and ethical solutions on every project.  She has performed Phase 1 and 2 Environmental Site Assessments, remedial (Brownfield) investigations, soil disposal characterization, and clean fill testing. She has navigated clients through regulatory compliance and permitting processes relating to NPDES, aboveground and underground storage tanks, and air emissions. She has performed human health and ecological risk assessments, statistical comparisons, stormwater infiltration tests, groundwater level readings, hydrologic slug testing, air emissions calculations, and sampling of various media.  She has plenty of experience communicating with local, DNREC, and federal agencies, and developed conceptual site models and work plans, including, but not limited to contaminated materials management plans, health and safety plans, long-term stewardship plans, and remedial investigation work plans.

For more information on both the award winners, please visit our website: www.nspe-de.org.  Normally, these award winners are recognized at the yearly Engineer’s Week banquet held at the end of February.  With the current COVID restrictions in place, we will be switch to a digital format to recognize these individuals (as well as scholarship winners, newly licensed Professional Engineers and the ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards) at a virtual event during Engineer’s Week.  We will look to schedule an in person event later in 2021.  Stand tuned for more information on that event.

Sincerely,
K. James Taylor, Jr., P.E.
NSPE-DE President


DNEC Seeking Water Quality Improvement Grant Proposals

Date: January 27, 2021

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is accepting grant proposals for projects that will improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay by reducing nutrient and sediment loads. For fiscal year 2021, $350,000 is available. The DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will consider applications of up to $200k. It is seeking project proposals from state agencies, county and municipal governments, conservation districts, and other organizations. The Implementation Funding Grant is an annually determined set-aside within the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant.


Dismissed: Lawsuit Alleging DuPont Downplayed Environmental Liability Costs

Date: January 27, 2021

Delaware’s Supreme Court recently upheld a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the DuPont Co. largely downplayed the cost of environmental liabilities that would be faced by Chemours, a spinoff company. Chemours sued DuPont last year, saying that the company was dishonest about the cost of environmental liabilities Chemours would have to contend with when reimbursing DuPont for pollution related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The so-called “forever chemicals” are found in materials like Teflon. Chemours, DuPont, and other chemical companies have been the subject of new lawsuits over water contamination related to PFAS chemicals, Manufacturing.net reports.

DelDOT Preps Drivers for Massive Overhaul of I-95 Through Wilmington

Date: December 14, 2020

The Department of Transportation recently held a townhall meeting to address community concerns about the I-95 overhaul project in Wilmington. A representative of DelDOT discussed the work that will be done, including resurfacing the viaduct that runs through the center of the city, according to Delaware Public Media. Drivers were told they will notice the effects of the construction in mid-February.

Wilmington will still be accessible via 495, in addition to one lane of I-95 going in each direction that will be open at all times, a DelDOT representative said. The highway is 60 years old, and the $200 million project to repair it will involve removing the top two inches of the roadway and laying down new concrete. The project is expected to last three years.


New Innovation Lab to Guide COVID Response

Date: December 14, 2020

The Delaware Data Innovation Lab, recently funded by a CARES Act grant (awarded to the company CompassRed), will develop novel data and analytics approaches to fighting COVID-19 related problems. This could include enhanced automation, pandemic analytics, and data visualization strategies for businesses impacted by the virus, helping to guide their decision making. Using best practices, diverse industry experience, access to technical and scientific talent, and core technologies, the lab will solve community-based issues while attracting national talent to the region, as well as provide work for the technical and innovative talent of Delaware. Follow updates about the lab’s work on its Twitter feed.

From the NSPE-DE President

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

Date: November 18, 2020

November has become one of the busier months of the year. It started off with Election Day. Then we celebrated Veterans Day on November 11. To all veterans of all branches: Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. We appreciate the sacrifice you have made to protect our country. And we know that we’re all trying to get as much work done before the new year comes in a little over a month.
 
In addition, those other items, November is also considered to be a month of giving thanks. In the US we celebrate thanksgiving, where typically many get together with their family for a day of food, family, and football. The day usually ends with shopping and that carries into Black Friday as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season starts. This year might look a lot different, but we still have plenty of things to be thankful for.
 
Take a moment and think about all the things you have to be thankful for this year. Although we’re still battling the COVID pandemic, I’m thankful for so much this year. I’m thankful for the advances in technology which has helped all those working from home. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to be home to watch my son grow up. At the beginning of COVID and starting to work from home, he was just 2 months old. Now 10 months, I’ve been able to watch him grow these last 8 months more than I would have normally. I’m thankful to be a Professional Engineer. I’m thankful for a State who values engineers. And I’m thankful for NSPE who has helped me grow my leadership skills over this past year through the annual PE Conference, as well as the Emerging Leaders Program.
 
As we get closer to the end of the year, don’t let 2020 get you down. And don’t skip over the next month to try and predict what 2021 is going to hold. Be thankful in this moment.


Scholarships for High School Seniors

Date: November 18, 2020

The 2020–2021 scholarship program for Delaware high school seniors who plan to enroll in a college engineering program next fall is now accepting applications. The scholarships are offered in conjunction with two other organizations: The Society of Women Engineers-DelMar Section, and the University of Delaware.
 
The scholarships and requirements are listed in the application. If additional scholarships become available, you will be considered based on your application, SAT scores, transcript, and essay. The application must be completed and returned to the DES Scholarship Committee by December 31, 2020. Separate applications are not required for each of the above awards. However, your application must include the names of awards for which you are applying. NSPE-DE/DES cannot be responsible if sponsor(s) terminate funding of the scholarship at any time.
 
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Brett Marshall at 302-351-5246.


Engineer of the Year/Young Engineer of the Year Awards

Date: November 18, 2020

The Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year are the most prestigious awards presented by the Delaware Engineering Society/NSPE-DE. Presentation of these awards take place at the Delaware Engineer’s Week Celebration held in February. These awards recognize those who provide sustained and unusual welfare, the advancement of the engineering profession, and/or service to humankind. If you know or work with someone who you think is deserving of either the Engineer of the Year or Young Engineer of the Year, be sure to nominate them. Nomination Forms can be downloaded from the NSPE-DE website and are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2020. Completed forms or any questions related to the application process can be submitted to president@nspe-de.org.


Transportation Improvement Plan for Southern Delaware Approved

Date: November 18, 2020

The recently approved Henlopen Transportation Improvement District for Sussex County will address traffic congestion in the quickly growing area of southern Delaware. It will be the first TID in the county and the fourth in the state.
 
DelDOT defines a TID as a geographic area where land use and transportation needs are planned in detail in advance to better serve people while fostering economic vitality. Planners consider how traffic will impact the area surrounding a project in the future, rather than only focusing on infrastructure needs.
 
“Many states are eyeing or have adopted alternative funding mechanisms, including TIDs, to supplement traditional transportation revenue streams,” according to the University of Delaware. “As a transportation-based impact fee, TIDs provide a way to equitably distribute the cost of development-related growth and infrastructure improvements to the private sector that benefits from the facilities, rather than costs being absorbed by the general public.”


Large Solar Power Arrays Coming to Dover

Date: November 18, 2020

The city of Dover has signed two agreements with Freepoint Solar to bring locally generated solar power to the area for 25 years through the construction of a pair of jumbo arrays. The two projects include a 114-megawatt Cedar Creek Solar Project in Townsend and the 50-megawatt Raceway Solar Project in Harrington. Currently, Delaware’s largest array is the 12-megawatt Milford Solar Farm. Delaware is under a mandate that requires 25% of its electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025, according to Delaware Business Now. Even with the completion of the $160 million venture, however, only a small portion of the state’s energy will come from solar power. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 3.6% of the state’s electricity currently comes from solar.


From the NSPE-DE President

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

Date: October 28, 2020

It’s incredible to think that we’re nearing the end of 2020. It has been a very interesting and strange year as all of us dealt with COVID-19. At this time every year we start planning the upcoming Engineer’s Week Banquet which takes place in February. Although the details are still in the works, we’re excited to announce the opening of the application period for the annual scholarships as well as for the Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year Awards.

2020-2021 Scholarship Program
The 2020–2021 scholarship program for Delaware high school seniors who plan to enroll in a college engineering program next fall is now accepting applications. The scholarships are offered in conjunction with two other organizations: The Society of Women Engineers-DelMar Section, and the University of Delaware.

The scholarships and requirements are listed in the application. If additional scholarships become available, you will be considered based on your application, SAT scores, transcript, and essay. The application must be completed and returned to the DES Scholarship Committee by December 31, 2020. Separate applications are not required for each of the above awards. However, your application must include the names of awards for which you are applying. NSPE-DE/DES cannot be responsible if sponsor(s) terminate funding of the scholarship at any time.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Brett Marshall at 302-351-5246 or bmarshall@pennoni.com.

Engineer of the Year/Young Engineer of the Year Awards

The Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year are the most prestigious awards presented by the Delaware Engineering Society/NSPE-DE. Presentation of these awards take place at the Delaware Engineer’s Week Celebration held in February.

These awards recognize those who provide sustained and unusual welfare, the advancement of the engineering profession, and/or service to humankind. If you know or work with someone who you think is deserving of either the Engineer of the Year or Young Engineer of the Year, be sure to nominate them.

Nomination Forms can be downloaded from the NSPE-DE website and are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2020. Completed forms or any questions related to the application process can be submitted to president@nspe-de.org.


State Climate Action Plan Nears End of Public Input Stage

Date: October 28, 2020

Delaware is one step closer to finishing a plan to guide the low-lying state through the impacts of climate change. Officials are almost finished gathering public input.

The state Climate Action Plan will provide a roadmap to meet the challenges of climate change, says Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Sec. Shawn Garvin in a Delaware Public Media report. “This plan is to really look at the various facets of climate change—the mitigation side, which is how do you reduce the greenhouse gases that are contributing to the situation we’re in? And how do we address adaptation, resiliency, recognizing we have these low-lying towns, and we have coastal areas, and we have impacts on agriculture?”

Delaware is already experiencing the effects of climate change, including higher temperatures and more than a foot of sea level rise since 1900. According to DNREC, sea level rise threatens $1.5 billion in tax-assessed property value statewide.

Read more.


Oil Spill Cleanup of Delaware Coastline Intensifies

Date: October 28, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and US Coast Guard spearheaded a cleanup operation for the oil spill that has deposited blobs of oil called tar balls and oiled debris over a stretch of Delaware coastline extending from the upper Delaware Bay to the tip of the Atlantic Ocean. The cleanup operation intensified last week with additional resources deployed by state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations, according to Delaware.gov news release.

More than 125 environmental professionals from DNREC, the Delaware Department of Transportation, the Coast Guard and its environmental contractor, and the Delaware Bay and River Cooperative removed oil found littering beaches and rafting around debris offshore. The Delaware Bay and River Cooperative, a non-profit funded by industry in the event of an oil spill, dispatched an oil skimming vessel to remove oily debris seen afloat in the Bay. Tri-State Bird Rescue of Newark continued to play a key role in the cleanup coalition, investigating reports of wildlife impacted by oil and treating captured sea gulls and other wildlife that has been oiled in the water.

Read more.


DelDOT Seeks Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund Grant Applicants

Date: October 28, 2020

The Delaware Department of Transportation is reminding interested businesses that applications for the next round of Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund (TIIF) grants will be accepted until Monday, November 16, 2020. A total of $12,501,000 is available for the second round of TIIF applications.

TIIF was established in 2019 to provide economic assistance for renovation, construction, or any other type of improvements to roads and related transportation infrastructure in order to attract new businesses to this state, or expand existing businesses in the state, when such an economic development opportunity would create a significant number of direct, permanent, quality full-time jobs.

The council’s first recommendations were made in June 2020, and seven projects totaling more than $7 million in grants were approved by Secretary Jennifer Cohan and Secretary of State Jeff Bullock.

More information on TIIF can be found at https://de.gov/TIIF.


NSPE Career Center

Date: October 28, 2020

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today’s top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Job
Water Resources Engineer
Wilmington, DE

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

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 jtaylor@duffnet.com 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.”


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

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