Newsletter: September 2016

AAES Chair's Message 

Dear AAES Member

Welcome to the third edition of the 2016 AAES newsletter! I hope that you had a restful summer and are reenergized as we head into fall. I look forward to attending our Fall AAES event, as well as Society conferences to continue lifelong learning and making connections with friends and colleagues. The Annual Fall AAES meeting will occur on Thursday, November 3, in Reston, Virginia.

The theme for our Fall AAES meeting is globalization of the engineering profession – preparing the U.S. engineer and supporting the international one. The morning session will focus on programs that help domestic engineers develop a global perspective and how engineering associations are engaging globally. I look forward to hearing from our Member Societies to better understand their market development strategies and approach to global partnerships.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the General Assembly business meeting. A key item of the meeting is the annual election of members of the Board of Directors. This year we have one vacant Board position. The Board’s efforts this fall include continued strategic planning discussions.



Alyse R. Stofer

2016-2017 Chair, American Association of Engineering Societies


Nominate Your Worthy Members for AAES Awards - Deadline October 17th

AAES’s awards program is an important cross-disciplinary recognition opportunity for your members. Honor your outstanding members for their leadership, innovations, and dedicated service in areas including education, scientific or industrial achievement, communications, journalism, public policy, and solving environmental challenges. While the nomination deadline for each of six awards is typically October 15, the deadline this year is extended to October 17 due to the weekend. Awardees will be recognized at the AAES Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the NAE-AAES Convocation of the Professional Engineering Societies on April 24, 2017. Visit the AAES Awards page for details; click to download a nomination form (PDF). For questions and to submit nominations, contact


Mark Your Calender - November 2016 AAES General Assembly Meeting

Location: Reston, Virginia

Dates: Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Light Reception at the Westin Hotel
          Thursday, November 3, 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – General Assembly meeting at ASCE headquarters

Member Society presidents, executive directors and representatives (where applicable) are invited to attend. Additional members/subject matter experts are always welcome. An email with registration information and hotel details was sent out in early September. See the Chair’s Message above for information on the educational session program and business meeting. If you have questions, please e-mail We look forward to seeing you in November!


AAES Recieves Top ASAE Honors for Its Engineering Competency Model

AAES has earned a 2016 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Power of A Gold Award for its Engineering Competency Model (“the model”), a guide for the development of professionals in the engineering workforce which promotes an understanding of the skill sets and competencies that are essential to educate and train a globally competitive engineering workforce.

Funded by a grant from the United Engineering Foundation, the model was developed by AAES in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and AAES subject matter experts from education, industry, and private practice.

Resources, including a two-minute video and PowerPoint presentation with speaker’s guide, have been created and can be downloaded from


AAES Former Executive Director Tom Price Passes Away

Tom Price, Executive Director of AAES from 1995-2005, passed away at the age of 68 on June 30, 2016, due to brain cancer.

Price was an advocate for engineers and minorities in engineering, and held many key roles in the engineering association community. Most recently, he was Director of External and Government Affairs for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). His previous leadership positions included Executive Director of Scientists and Engineers for America (SEA), STEM consultant for the United Negro College Fund, Senior Vice President of Operations for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), and Executive Director of AAES. Price was a Manager in the D.C. office of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He has also served as Director, Vice President and General Counsel for government relations for two nuclear regulatory associations and served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Executive Office of the President evaluating energy policy.

Price earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, a Master’s Degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Western New England School of Law.

Karl Reid, Ed.D, the Executive Director of NSBE, shared that “Tom will be fondly remembered for his wisdom, deep sense of caring, and passion for improving the world for the under-served and underrepresented.” Tom was also a devoted family man and is survived by his wife of 44 years and three adult children.


AAES Past Chair Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

AAES congratulates Dr. James L. Melsa, 2015 AAES Chair and Dean Emeritus, Iowa State University College of Engineering, for being recognized by the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity for lifetime achievement. Their Order of West Range recognizes outstanding alumni for achievement in their careers, service to society and/or service to Pi Kappa Alpha.


Add STEM Outreach to Your Foreign Travel Plans

If you’re traveling abroad, have a free morning or afternoon, and are interested in speaking to youth about a career in engineering, contact AAES' Melissa Prelewicz at to learn about AAES’s participation in the State Department's Science Technology and Innovation Expert Partnership (STIEP). Learn more.


Working Group/Program Committee News

WFEO President- Elect and Executive Vice President Nominations

The AAES International Activities Committee (IntAC) is now accepting nominations for the positions of WFEO President-Elect and Executive Vice President from the AAES Member Societies participating in WFEO. Both positions begin in December 2017. The WFEO President-Elect will assume the position of WFEO President (for two years) after serving two years as President-Elect. The Executive Vice President will serve a four-year term. Nomination packets proposed by the Member Societies should be sent to IntAC (via for their review and approval by January 2, 2017. Subsequently, IntAC will provide a recommendation to the AAES Board for final approval.

Candidates for both positions must have served at least one term as a member of the WFEO Executive Council. In addition, they are required to provide their qualifications and experience, specifically:

  • service to their member society and AAES, other international engineering organizations, and WFEO;
  • special areas of expertise;
  • languages;
  • a photograph;
  • and a one-page personal message of why the person should be approved for this position.


WFEO Meetings and Disaster Risk Reduction Conference Take Place in December

The World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in conjunction with the WFEO Executive Council and Committee Meetings in Lima, Peru, this December. Vilas Mujumdar, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., U.S. representative to WFEO, has been invited to give a keynote talk at the conference. More information about WFEO can be found in their newsletters.


Member Societies News

Webinar to Highlight ASME Foundation Swanson Fellowship and the National Network for Maufacturing Innovation

On Sept. 15, ASME Government Relations will present a special webinar, titled “The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI): Striving for U.S. Global Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing,” which will feature two ASME Foundation Swanson Fellows.

During the webinar, which will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Fellows will provide viewers with an update on the NNMI program, the program’s network of manufacturing innovation institutes, its strategic plan and institute partnerships, current and future NNMI opportunities, as well as highlights from their yearlong ASME Fellowships. This webinar is open to both ASME members and non-members.


ISHOW Winner Featured on The Takeaway

ASME member Jessica Menold, one of this year’s winners of the ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) in Washington, D.C., was recently interviewed for the public radio program The Takeaway by the show’s host, award-winning journalist John Hockenberry.

The Takeaway reaches more than 2 million listeners on approximately 280 stations throughout the United States. During the segment, which aired Aug. 2, Menold discussed her winning ISHOW invention, Amparo, a low-cost bioengineered prosthetic that can be fitted into a human socket in just two hours. Visit to listen to the interview on The Takeaway’s website.

       Jessica Merold, ASME ISHOW Winner


WISE Policy Summer Internships in Washington, D.C. Completed for 2016

Ranked in the past as one of the best internships in the U.S. by the Princeton Review, Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) offered a unique opportunity to third- and fourth-year engineering students to spend the summer of 2016 in Washington, D.C., learning about the interaction of technology and public policy. WISE, which began in 1980, has shown hundreds of the most gifted engineering students from throughout the United States how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, and the role of engineers and scientists in contributing to the legislative process and regulatory decision-making.

AAES Member Society sponsors are the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - USA (IEEE-USA). Congratulations to their 2016 WISE interns:

Applications for summer 2017 are due to the sponsoring society by December 31, 2016.

(Left to Right) ASME WISE intern Brenna Doherty, ASME Government Relations Manager Melissa Carl, and WISE intern Emily Sheffield.
(Left to Right) IEEE-USA WISE interns Logan DiTullio, Jennifer Madary, and Michael Crenshaw.


Seeking Partner Organization for the Engineering Solutions for Sustainability Workshop

AIME is seeking partner organizations and sponsors for the Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources (ESS: M&R 3) “Towards a Circular Economy” symposium/workshop. A circular economy has been defined as “an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, and then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.” (source: Abstracts are due by September 30 and registration will be open in October – for additional details see AAES is a promotional partner for the ESS: M&R 3.


Innovative Applications for Steel May Win AIST Prize

The Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) is looking for ideas that make an impact! The purpose of the T.C. Graham Prize is to recognize innovative new applications for steel that may lead to the development of new markets. The winning entry will receive a US$20,000 cash prize. Individuals and/or groups of individuals (maximum of four) are encouraged to submit an entry form and an abstract by January 31, 2017. Submit your entry now!


Emerging Leaders Alliance to Conduct 9th Annual Leadership Conference

The Emerging Leaders Alliance will be presenting their 2016 Leadership Training Conference, which will be held November 9-12 at the Westin Tysons Corner in Falls Church, VA.  The conference will offer an array of leadership training relevant to emerging engineering and scientific professionals. Individual participation is $1,500 per person, and discounts are available for multiple attendees, sponsors, and new partner organizations.


SME Files Comments on SEC Proposed Rulemaking

On August 4, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) filed comments with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on their proposed rule, “Modernization of Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants.” SME has advocated for more than a decade for overhauls to the reporting requirements that will align U.S. resource and reserve reporting with those of the rest of the globally-accepted Committee for Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO) reporting template which contains definitions for public reporting of exploration results, mineral resources and mineral reserves.


TMS Launches Materials Data Infrastructure Study

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) has convened a team of volunteer experts to develop its newest roadmapping study, Materials Data Infrastructure: A Roadmap for Enabling Storage and Sharing of Data in the Materials Community. The intent of the study is to produce an integrated set of recommendations that can provide practitioners and policy makers with a clearer picture of how to approach creating a materials data infrastructure. The final report of the Materials Data Infrastructure project will be released at the 4th World Congress on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME 2017). The study will then be made available for free download on the TMS website. TMS is conducting the study on behalf of the National Science Foundation.  


TMS Confers Inaugural Frank Crossley Diversity Award

Carolyn Hansson, Professor, University of Waterloo, received the inaugural TMS Frank Crossley Diversity Award at the Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM2) summit in July. Frank Crossley, a TMS/AIME member since 1947, was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering. The Crossley Award “recognizes an individual who has overcome personal, professional, educational, cultural, or institutional adversity to pursue a career in minerals, metals, and/or materials.” It joins the TMS Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award—established in 2013 in tribute to the first female member of AIME. Lynnette Madsen, Program Director, National Science Foundation, received the 2016 Richards Award at DMMM2. Nominations for both TMS diversity awards are currently being accepted at the TMS Professional Honors and Awards website.


SWE to Host WE16 - the World's Largest Conference and Career Fair for Women in Engineering and Technology
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host WE16 from October 27-29—a global gathering in Philadelphia of 9,000+ women at all stages of their careers. Collegiates will find internships, that all-important first job, new friends, mentors and life-skills not learned in lecture halls. Professionals will network, find new approaches to their current job or discover a whole-new path. WE16 will feature 300+ professional development sessions and more than 300 employers and grad schools ready to interview qualified candidates. Register at


ASEE's First-Ever Hispanic President Sworn in at Annual Meeting

A record-setting 4,400 attendees were “Jazzed about Engineering Education” at ASEE’s Annual Conference and Exposition, held at the end of June in New Orleans. Attendees enjoyed, among other things: keynote speaker and Apple executive Lisa Jackson, an autonomous robot design competition, and hundreds of discipline-specific technical sessions. ASEE’s Board of Directors has named the Society Year June 2016 to June 2017 as the year to “Commit to P12: When Engineering Begins” (P12 refers to pre-kindergarten through 12th grade). At the conclusion of the conference Louis A. Martin-Vega, Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University, was sworn in as ASEE’s first-ever Hispanic president.


ASCE Partners with Group Aiming to 'Actuate' Innovative Infrastructure Applications

ASCE has formed an alliance with Smart City Works to collaborate on ways to bring innovative civil engineering-related technologies to market. The agreement, which seeks to reduce the life-cycle costs of infrastructure, develop future generations of engineers, and move innovations from ideas to reality, aligns closely with ASCE’s Grand Challenge strategic initiative. Read more on how the partnership is giving businesses a path to commercialization.


ASCE Interchange: Overcoming the Obstacles of Innovation

Introducing innovation inherently presents several obstacles for organizations and businesses to overcome. No matter the obstacle, DC Water’s CEO and General Manager George Hawkins, Esq. believes innovation is beneficial even for the most risk-averse businesses.

In a recent edition of ASCE Interchange, Hawkins discusses how he reinvented his organization after it had lost the public’s trust. He introduced money saving innovations that will benefit customers for decades to come, all while ensuring the highest level of sustainability in the projects.


IEEE-USA MOVEs into Action in West Virginia

At the request of the American Red Cross, the IEEE-USA MOVE vehicle was recently deployed to West Virginia to aid residents in recovery from catastrophic flooding. The MOVE project (short for Mobile Outreach VEhicle) sends volunteers to communities hit hard by natural disasters and infrastructure failures. MOVE provides technical expertise, rechargeable power banks, real-time survivor information and satellite based Wi-Fi until services can be restored. When not deployed for disasters, it's used for STEM-related activities and more.

Read more about this IEEE-USA initiative, or volunteer:
Donate to MOVE through the IEEE Foundation:
Follow the MOVE truck and its deployment:


New IEEE-USA E-BOOK is Now Available - Women in Engineering--Book 12: It's Not a Career Path - It's an Obstacle Course!

In the twelfth and latest volume in the award-winning IEEE-USA Women in Engineering (WIE) E-Book series, author Lisa Schoedel cuts across her career path in three male-dominated industries: defense, oil and law. Schoedel readily admits she did not carefully plan her vocation--stumbling upon earlier jobs with little thought or consideration. WIE Book 12 reflects the author's pragmatism and sense of humor. And her work is brimming with anecdotes about why she made many of her career choices, and the lessons she learned along the way.


NSPE Provides Latest Fee Information on PE Licensure, Renewal, and Reinstatement

On July 7, NSPE issued comprehensive information regarding the fees to apply for PE licensure, renewal, and reinstatement in each state and territory as well as the cost of taking the PE exam in each state. NSPE provides this information as a resource for those looking to earn and maintain the license, and encourages our partners to share this information with their members interested in pursuing licensure.


First Annual Professional Engineers Day Celebrated in August

On August 3, 2016, PEs across the globe came together to celebrate the first annual Professional Engineers Day. Designed to increase awareness and appreciation of PEs, this mostly virtual event saw NSPE members, partner organizations, engineering firms, engineering schools, and even the general public recognizing the event and posting the #LicensedPEDay hashtag across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In addition to all of the virtual activity, many state societies and members took the initiative to secure official proclamations for Professional Engineers Day from their governors, mayors, and county officials. Others celebrated with in-person events. Next year’s event will be Wednesday, August 2, 2017.



NSPE Continues Efforts to Recognize the Need for PEs

In a victory for professional engineers, NSPE was able to successfully incorporate a provision requiring PEs to prepare and seal engineering reports as part of all permit applications for abandoned mine lands cleanups. The Locatable Minerals Claim Location and Maintenance Fees Act of 2015 (H.R. 3843), finally addresses Good Samaritan remediation of abandoned mine lands and sets up a system for resolving this long-term public safety issue. NSPE worked with the House Natural Resources Committee to include the requirement which passed committee with unanimous consent.


NSPE Unveils New Logo

NSPE recently unveiled a new logo for the organization during its Professional Engineers Conference in Dallas in June. The new logo provides a cleaner, more modern look, in line with the Society’s other offerings.


ISA Publishes Second Edition of Industrial Cybersecurity Book

ISA has published the second edition of Industrial Automation and Control System Security Principles, a highly acclaimed book on industrial cybersecurity that became ISA’s best-selling publication during 2013—the year of its introduction. The second edition—titled Industrial Automation and Control System Security Principles: Protecting the Critical Infrastructure—was expanded and updated to reflect the latest progress in industrial automation and control system security. “The book highlights the most recent advances—among industrial, governmental, and commercial sources—in critical infrastructure protection, and shows how they can be practically applied,” reports the book’s author, Ronald L. Krutz, Ph.D.


Events and Items of Interest

NAE Annual Meeting Addresses Mega- Engineering Projects and Sea Level Rise

On October 9–10 the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) will host its annual meeting in Washington, DC. The Sunday afternoon program features three plenary lectures that illuminate mega-engineering in diverse areas: space, particle physics, and the environment. Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX, will talk about the company’s vision for a Mars mission. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, former general director of CERN, will discuss the engineering involved in the Large Hadron Collider. And Robert Nicholls, professor of coastal engineering at Southampton University, will speak on engineering adaptation to sea level rise; his presentation will set the stage for Monday’s forum, featuring leading thinkers providing global perspectives on sea level rise. Information about the annual meeting and public registration are here.

The NAE's Relaunched Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science

Engineering societies are crucial in supporting professional ethics because they define ethical codes, help members live up to these codes, and encourage ethics education. NAE’s recently updated and expanded Online Ethics Center (OEC)features a popular repository of resources on ethics for engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens. As part of an NSF-funded expansion of the site, it now also includes an organization directory that allows professional societies to share information about their ethics activities, policies, and educational resources. To add your engineering society to the OEC, email

Join LinkEngineering!

LinkEngineering is the NAE website supporting implementation of preK–12 engineering education in the US. Funded by Chevron, this interactive online educator exchange aims to provide high-quality resources and build a professional community for preK–12 educators both in classrooms and out-of-/after-school settings; for preservice teacher educators and professional development providers; and for school, district, and state administrators. The site, now paired with TeachEngineering, helps outreach volunteers find local educator partners and provides a forum for educators to receive feedback on activity and lesson ideas.