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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.”


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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