NM Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting

May 22, 2017

NMSPE will hold its annual meeting on June 16, 2017, at the CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Albuquerque.  The conference runs from 7:15 am to 4:30 pm. Early Bird registration rate, good until June 1, is $50 for university students, NMSPE members $150, and non-members $175.  Special guest if Tim Austin, P.E., F.NSPE, a Professional Engineer with the firm of Kaw Valley Engineering, Inc. 

The program for the meeting is here.

Membership application is here.

 Outgoing President Dr. Walter Gerstle offers this message:

 It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as your NMSPE president this year. We have made progress on several fronts.  First, we have a new Executive Director, Deanna Trujillo, who has worked this year to organize our membership records, financial accounting system, web page, and several conferences. Her efforts have been successful. She is also helping the Albuquerque Chapter of NMSPE with its outstanding array of activities, which include the E week conference, the monthly luncheon series, and sponsorship of Math Counts competitions.

We held the Issues Conference on November 4 at the UNM Science and Technology Park, which drew over one hundred registered attendees. In addition to excellent keynote speakers, a very interesting student research symposium drew fourteen student speakers from all three major research universities in New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Chapter organized the E week Conference held on Friday, February 24 at the Marriott Hotel. More than three hundred engineers attended the conference, which included the E week Luncheon. That evening, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History was the venue for the Dream Big Gala. At the Gala, ASCE premiered a brand new New Mexico Dream Big movie, as well as a 3D Dream Big Imax movie.

On Saturday February 11, the Albuquerque Chapter of NMSPE conducted the Albuquerque MathCounts competition at the Albuquerque Academy under the guidance of Tyler Robinson, and on Saturday March 18, the statewide MathCounts competition was held at UNM, under the guidance of Sarah Suite. Many NMSPE members volunteered at both competitions. The middle school students who placed highly in MathCounts displayed amazing intelligence and mathematical aptitude.

At the legislative level, NMPSE has advocated for the infrastructure spending reform bill SB262 (which has not yet been passed), and has also advocated for passage of the Engineering and Surveying Practice Act (HB188 and SB87). NMSPE also supported the 2016 AMAFCA Bond Issue, and supports the Quality Based Selection program for government-funded projects by helping to fund the Professional Technical Advisory Board (PTAB).

The Northern Chapter and the Santa Fe/Los Alamos Chapter of NMSPE have conducted a number of interesting events and talks. We are initiating a Southern Chapter of NMSPE in Las Cruces. The Young Professionals Council, led by Joe Higham, conducted a social and networking event in Albuquerque with the Duke City Pedaler.

In addition, NMSPE has supported our university engineering students with scholarships and donations toward student organizations.

Please be sure to vote for officers from the slate that our nominating committee have selected, or write in your own nominees. We are looking for new board members; please let us know if you are interested in serving on the board. Finally, please register for the Annual Meeting, which will be held on June 16, and encourage your coworkers to attend and to join NMPSE!