March 2016 AAES eNewsletter

AAES Chair's Message 

Dear AAES Member

Welcome to the New Year! I am looking forward to the incredible speakers and discussions at the upcoming NAE-AAES Convocation. First, let me thank Jim Melsa, Ph. D., for serving as the 2015 AAES Chair and for his unwavering commitment to finding ways for member societies to work together to address important issues in the engineering profession. 

I am honored and privileged to be serving as the 2016 – 2017 AAES Chair. In 2015 I served as the AAES Vice Chair and prior to that as a Member-At-Large on the Board of Directors. In FY13, I served as Society of Women Engineers President. I have been employed at Medtronic, the world’s leader in medical technology devices, for the past six years and preceding that several small medical device companies in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area. At Medtronic I lead the R&D Project Management Office (PMO) for the Neuromodulation business sector.

I plan to continue Dr. Melsa’s commitment to finding ways for member societies to work together to address important engineering issues. In 2016 this effort will kick off with a collaborative discussion between the Board and Working Group Chairs on April 17. This meeting will focus on current plans and new opportunities for the Working Groups in 2016 and beyond. I encourage you to discuss additional ways to advance AAES’s vision and mission with me and the Board of Directors.

On April 18, approximately 100 engineering leaders will convene once again for the annual NAE-AAES Convocation. I am pleased to share that Dr. Charles “Chuck” Romine, the Director of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will serve as moderator for our 2016 Convocation session “The Revolution in Modeling and Simulation for Engineering.” Panelists for this morning session will discuss driving innovation through computational modeling, simulation and visualization tools. Similar to the timely 2015 Convocation discussion on Big Data, the session will highlight how modeling and virtual simulation assists engineers in understanding complex systems to accelerate development and advancement across engineering disciplines. 

The afternoon topic, “Education and Work in the Engineering--Engineering Technology Continuum” will include panelists discussing two ongoing NAE studies of engineering and engineering technology education and employment. Experts familiar with both variants of engineering education and employers of engineering-related talent will provide commentary and insights. The AAES Awards Banquet will follow the NAE-AAES Convocation on April 18. Seven prestigious engineering awards will be presented to distinguished recipients.

The next General Assembly meeting will be held the afternoon of April 19, following the Engineering Public Policy Symposium. The AAES Board of Directors has been working on Bylaws updates to align with the new governance structure introduced last year. The proposed Bylaws amendments will be discussed and votes cast during the General Assembly meeting. I hope you’ll join me for the General Assembly meeting and this important discussion.




Alyse R. Stofer

2016-2017 Chair, American Association of Engineering Societies


2016 Spring Events Schedule

Monday, April 18

  • NAE-AAES Convocation of the Professional Engineering Societies, 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • NAE Reception, 5:30PM – 6:30PM
  • AAES Awards Banquet, 6:30PM – 9:00PM

All Monday events will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC.

Tuesday, April 19

  • Engineering Public Policy Symposium, 8:00AM – 1:00PM
    B338-339-340 Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Avenue, Capitol Hill
  • AAES General Assembly Meeting, 2:00PM – 4:30PM
    Keck Center of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

NAE-AAES Convocation to Explore Modeling/Simulation and the Engineering--Engineering Technology Continuum

On Monday, April 18, engineering leaders at the NAE-AAES Convocation of the Professional Engineering Societies will delve into two important topics in the engineering community: one technical and one workforce-related, and both impacting society and the economy. 

“The Revolution in Modeling and Simulation for Engineering” morning session will focus on computational modeling, simulation, and visualization tools as key drivers in providing accelerated innovation and cost reduction in processes and products across numerous engineering disciplines. The application of these tools in materials science, the built environment, electrical arenas and other engineering uses will be explored to demonstrate not only the power of modeling and simulation, but also the impact they ultimately have on society.

The afternoon session will center on “Education and Work in the Engineering--Engineering Technology Continuum.” The engineering workforce is commonly thought to be comprised primarily of those who have graduated with four-year, BS engineering degrees. However, not only is the engineering workforce comprised of many individuals who do not have degrees in engineering, but the contributions of those with engineering degrees who choose to pursue other lines of work is substantial. In addition, there is an entire cohort of workers and degree holders in “engineering technology” that typically are not included in discussions about the engineering education—workforce continuum. This session will provide insights on two ongoing NAE studies of engineering and engineering technology education and employment.

In addition, Raymond Paul Giroux, Senior Engineer with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., and the 2016 Norm Augustine Award Winner, will provide a keynote on “Static Structures, Dynamic Engineering.” Using his ability to effectively capture the public’s attention in understanding mega engineering projects, Mr. Giroux will provide insights on the dynamic, timeless, and inspirational stories behind some of mankind’s most impressive engineering structures.

The NAE-AAES Convocation of the Professional Engineering Societies will take place at the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. We look forward to your participation.


AAES Award Winners to be Honored at Banquet Ceremony

AAES is pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of seven deserving award winners on April 18, at the banquet ceremony following the NAE-AAES Convocation. It will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building.

  • National Engineering Award – Sarah A. Rajala, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth Andrew Roe Award – Brajendra Mishra, Ph.D.
  • Norm Augustine Award – Raymond Paul Giroux
  • John Fritz Medal – H. Vincent Poor, Ph.D., NAE
  • AAES Engineering Journalism Award – Jessica Morrison, Ph.D.
  • Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal – Wendi Goldsmith, Ph.D., P.G.
  • Chair’s Award – Betty Shanahan

Click here for more information on the 2016 AAES award winners.


Pack Your Travel Bag with STEM Outreach!

During your next trip abroad, participate in the State Department's Science Technology and Innovation Expert Partnership (STIEP) and inspire youth, including females and minorities, to pursue STEM careers. Learn more about how to get involved and help motivate the next generation of engineers to create solutions to shared global challenges.


AAES Awardee and Past WFEO VP Don Roberts Passes Away

Don V. Roberts, P.E., Vice-President of WFEO and 2004 recipient of the Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal, passed away peacefully at his home in Denver, Colorado on January 31, 2016 at the age of 87.

Roberts began his career with Dames & Moore and left, as a senior partner, to become vice-president of CH2M Hill. After his retirement in 1994, Roberts held senior positions in several professional engineering societies including Engineers Without Borders USA, GBA (ASFE), WFEO, HWAC, and FIDIC.

Roberts received several awards for his contributions to engineering including WFEO’s Gold Medal in 2003 for “outstanding service to humanity”, the National Audubon Society Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal in 2004 (presented by AAES) for “outstanding achievement in environmental conservation as one of the engineering profession’s most eloquent spokespersons for sustainable development” and the American Society of Civil Engineers Presidents’ Award in 2005 “for his advocacy for the engineering community’s engagement in the dialog on sustainability issues internationally, his leadership in WFEO and his tireless efforts to serve civil society by incorporating the tenants of sustainable development into engineering practice.”  

Roberts will be fondly remembered for his creativity, wisdom, vision, and professional and personal kindness to many engineers. Read more about Don Roberts.


Working Group News

EFS Members Deliberating Implementation of Paris Accords on Climate Change

Engineers Forum on Sustainability (EFS) members held a webcast meeting on February 11, 2016 to discuss engineering needs and opportunities for engineers in implementing the Paris Accords on climate change. Efforts are underway to explore the merit of collaborating between engineering societies to host an international workshop to address the following questions: What engineering is necessary to meet the goals? What can and should we do beyond what is already being done? It was acknowledged that proposed solutions must be technologically feasible, politically acceptable, and economically attainable in the short time period called for in the Paris Accords. Further information will appear on the EFS website Contact Lucy Alexander at with any questions or to get involved.

Forum for Sustainable Development Goals to be held in NYC

The First Annual Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals will be held June 6-7, 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Forum is part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM), launched at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit. According to the UN web site, the Forum is intended to be a collaborative multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals.  


Member Societies News

First-Ever IEEE-USA Future Leaders Forum

The first-ever Future Leaders Forum, presented by IEEE-USA, will focus on early career technology innovators and thinkers. Join us July 28-30 in New Orleans to meet world-renowned technology leaders and learn how to become one yourself. Be energized by the insights and wisdom of your fellow attendees. Be inspired by the specially formulated leadership labs to boost your career, and enjoy the music, food, and culture of New Orleans. Early bird registration is now open.


IEEE-USA InSight Podcast: EWeek Update and more

IEEE-USA InSight Podcast: Episode 9 features news and information on a variety of topics, including: Engineers Week 2016 Discover Engineering Family Day; eBook Corner; Newsmaker interview with IEEE-USA President Pete Eckstein on his plans for 2016; IEEE-USA Conference Calendar; product and services update; free monthly eBook for IEEE members; and more. Tune in online or subscribe via iTunes or your favorite Podcast application.


 Applications Being Accepted for the ASME Innovation Showcase Program

The ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) program offers innovators from around the world the opportunity to win a share of $500,000 in prizes and receive an extensive design and engineering review of their products by a panel of industry experts. The program’s organizers are accepting applications for the 2016 competition through March 16.

This year, ASME will host ISHOW finals and demo-days on three continents. The first ISHOW event will take place on April 28 in Bangalore, India, followed by a second competition on May 26 in Nairobi, Kenya, and a third event in North America, to be held on June 15 in Washington, D.C.


ASME Symposium to Focus on Verification and Validation in Computational Modeling and Simulation

Engineers and scientists from a variety of fields that use computational modeling and simulation will convene this May at the ASME Verification and Validation (V&V) Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada, to discuss and share ideas and methods for the verification and validation of codes and solutions, simulation validation, and assessment of uncertainties in mathematical models, computational solutions, and experimental data.

The ASME V&V Symposium, to be held May 18-20 at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, will provide engineers, computational scientists, software developers, analysts and other stakeholders with a venue for showcasing and exchanging ideas, methods and solutions in verification, validation and uncertainty quantification.


NSPE Recognizes Its Federal Engineer of the Year

On February 26, NSPE hosted its 37th annual Federal Engineer of the Year Award ceremony at the National Press Club. NSPE was honored to welcome the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, Estevan Lopez, P.E., as this year’s keynote speaker. The top engineers representing the military and federal agencies were in attendance to celebrate their candidates, and to congratulate this year’s winner, Maj. Josh Aldred, Ph.D., P.E., from the U.S. Air Force, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron.


NSPE Supports Upholding Qualifications-Based Selection in Kansas

On February 11, NSPE President Tim Austin, P.E., F.NSPE, sent a letter to Kansas state legislators in response to a report claiming that the Kansas Department of Transportation could save money by eliminating qualifications-based selection (QBS) in the department’s procurement of architectural and engineering services. NSPE strongly opposes efforts to erode QBS. In his letter to state legislators, Austin clearly established that QBS protects the public health, safety, and welfare. He also noted that QBS protects taxpayers, benefits small firms, and promotes technical innovation.


STEM Engineering & Construction Camps - Building Our Nation's Future Engineers

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), in collaboration with public and private agencies, is hosting its STEM Engineering and Construction camps for the 16th year this summer. These one week camps are high energy, hands-on events for high school students from across the country and around the world. To date there are over 2,000 graduates and about 30% are now engineers. Former campers have jobs ranging from NASA to supporting water projects for New Orleans. High school students who excel in math, science and technology courses and are interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or a related field in college are encouraged to apply by the April deadline.


ASCE Summit Tackles Sustainability Challenges

What stands in the way of greater adoption of sustainability in civil engineering? How can a sense of urgency be driven home? In early January, ASCE hosted a Sustainability Summit of industry leaders, stakeholders, and practitioners to brainstorm new approaches to transform civil engineering to be more responsive to society's needs for sustainable infrastructure development. The Summit will help ASCE develop a roadmap to transform how infrastructure is conceived, designed, and delivered. Watch a Summit video to learn more.


ASCE Active in Securing Five-Year Highway Bill, Boosting Investment

ASCE’s extended advocacy efforts on federal surface transportation helped Congress pass the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, signed into law by President Obama in December. The new law provides five years of increased funding for federal highway, transit and passenger rail programs. To help educate officials in the process to secure the bill’s passage, ASCE members engaged in personal visits with lawmakers, placed individual phone calls to Congressional staff, wrote letters to their members of Congress, promoted the #FixTheTrustFund message on social media and worked with ASCE to place op-eds in key Congressional districts.


ISA Develops White Paper on Threat of Industrial Cyberattack

To improve industrial cybersecurity understanding and awareness, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has developed a new white paper, "What Executives Need to Know about Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity." The publication was written by Joseph Weiss, PM, CISM, CRISC, a widely recognized expert on control system cybersecurity who has advised the US Congress on the growing threat of industrial cyberattack.

Weiss also serves as Managing Director of the ISA99 standards development committee, which has established the world’s only consensus-based series of industrial cybersecurity standards (ISA/IEC 62443).


ASEE Deans Council Activities and Interview

ASEE’s Engineering Deans Council held its annual Public Policy Colloquium in mid-February with Deans assembling in Washington for updates on health engineering, cybersecurity, immigration, and other topics. Deans spent part of one day on Capitol Hill, hearing from staffers and meeting with members of Congress. In late March, the Deans will gather at the Engineering Deans Institute in San Francisco. Among the speakers will be Janet Napolitano, Paul Jacobs, Vint Cerf, and other Silicon Valley luminaries and leaders. Associate Deans for Research will gather at their annual Engineering Research Council meeting in Washington this month, where they will get an update on the federal funding landscape.

NPR Interview on STEAM

ASEE Executive Director Norman Fortenberry was recently featured on NPR’s Air Talk, on the topic of turning STEM in to STEAM.


One-Stop Access to Diversity and Inclusion Resources

TMS has launched a new Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives website for the science and engineering community. Through the site, you can:

  • Access an interactive toolkit of diversity and inclusion resources
  • Download the final report from the first TMS Summit on Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM1)
  • Preview the upcoming DMMM2 Summit taking place in July 2016
  • And more!

This site is an excellent resource for learning how to get involved with TMS’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the minerals, metals, and materials fields, but also, more generally, for educating yourself on these important topics.


Member Societies Looking at Future with Autonomous Vehicles

NSPE Plays Key Role in Efforts to Address Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Embracing its Grand Challenge to foster ethical innovation, NSPE has been working on multiple fronts to promote and protect the public health, safety, and welfare in the development and deployment of autonomous vehicle technologies by collaborating with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which has been tasked with developing the nation’s first deployment regulations. NSPE recently participated in key stakeholder meetings in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, and has provided formal written input to the California DMV urging a comprehensive and informed approach, and additional written input to the California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology.

ASCE Interchange: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Redefine Mobility

Apple, Google, Tesla and Uber are racing to bring self-driving vehicles to market. According to the Gartner Group, there will be 250 million connected vehicles on the road by 2020. In ASCE’s Interchange, the executive director of Contra Costa, California’s transportation authority, Randy Iwasaki, P.E., explains how connected and autonomous vehicles can transform our nation’s transportation system to make it safer, smarter, and more sustainable. Watch the Interchange video.