September 2015 AAES Newsletter

AAES Chair's Message 

Dear AAES Member


The next AAES event is the General Assembly meeting on November 5th in Reston, VA.  I hope you are all planning to attend what should be an interesting meeting. In the morning educational sessions, we’re going to focus on a continuation of our spring big-data presentation with a focus on data security for professional societies in the era of big data breaches. The second part of the morning session will look at some public policy issues with an emphasis on the 2016 elections and what societies should be advocating for in regards to public policy.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the General Assembly business meeting. The main item of importance will be the election of three members of the Board of Directors. It appears we will have six candidates to choose from. There will also be a discussion and hopefully decisions regarding affiliate memberships for corporation and educational institutions in AAES. 

The Lifelong Learning Working Group has completed the first phase of its work involving an Engineering Competency Model. They are now seeking additional funding from the United Engineering Foundation to further deploy this work. Of particular interest is the possible use of this model in K-12 STEM activities.




James L. Melsa, Ph.D.

2015 Chair, American Association of Engineering Societies


Launch of the Engineering Competency Model is a Success

In July, AAES and the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) launched the Engineering Competency Model (“the model”) to serve as a guide for the development of the engineering workforce. Funded by a generous grant from the United Engineering Foundation, the model is designed as a resource that provides a lifelong learning template of the core competencies and skills necessary for entry into the engineering profession as well as for maintaining proficiency during one's career. AAES Member Societies and others in the engineering community have promoted the model through a variety of communication channels resulting in an estimated total number of impressions over 250,000:     

  • AIAA – Propulsion and Energy conference; September issue of Aerospace America magazine
  • AIME and it's Member Societies – Press Release; SME eNews; TMS eNews; September posting to TMS LinkedIn Community; December issue of TMS’ JOM 
  • ASCE – Press Release; upcoming Leadership Imperative blog post
  • EWB-USA – Twitter
  • ISA – Press Release; InTech magazine
  • NCEES – Email to board members, video interview with Wendy Cowan and Cathy Leslie about the model
  • SWE – Fall issue of SWE magazine

Additional Outreach

  • Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) – Article on Website
  • STEMConnector – STEMdaily News Alert
  • USDOL – Competency Model Clearinghouse Website

To learn more about the model and development process, click here. We look forward to continued engagement with the engineering community as discipline-specific tiers are developed and the model is put into use.  


AAES General Assembly Meeting - Plans for November

Mark your calendar for the upcoming AAES General Assembly meeting. 

  • Where? Reston, Virginia
  • When? Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Light reception at the Westin Hotel
    Thursday, November 5, 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. More information, including an RSVP e-mail, will be distributed in the upcoming weeks. See the Chair’s Message above for information on the educational session program and business meeting topics. If you have questions, please e-mail


Nominate Your Deserving Members for AAES Awards - Deadline October 15th

AAES’s awards program is an important cross-disciplinary recognition opportunity for your members. Act now to 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. The deadline is October 15 for each of six awards. Awardees will be honored at the AAES Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the NAE-AAES Convocation of the Professional Engineering Societies in April 2016. Visit the AAES Awards page for details; click to download a nomination form (PDF). For questions and to submit nominations, contact


AAES EWC Reports Continued Increase in the Overall Median Salary for Engineers

According to AAES EWC’s 2015 Engineering Salary Survey, the median salary for engineers increased by 3% in 2015. The 2015 salary survey received record participation and this year’s report will include salary data for over 50,000 engineers working in industry, government and academia. The 2015 Engineering Salary Survey report provides detailed data on engineers’ salaries by years of experience, degree level, supervisory status, discipline, geographic region and industry sector.

The 2015 Engineering Salary Survey also includes salary data for thousands of engineers working in academic settings. Notably, professors and instructors working at non-PhD granting institutions reported an above average salary increase of 3.4%. Additionally, the report includes salary details by institution type, academic rank and contract length for academic participants.

The 2015 Engineering Salary Survey is scheduled for release later this month. For more detailed information and to see how you compare, contact AAES EWC at 202-296-2237 or to pre-order your copy today!  As always, AAES Member Societies receive a complimentary copy of all EWC publications.


Accolades to Current AAES Board Member and Past-Chair for Member Society Service

AAES would like to congratulate Gene Dinkins, P.E., P.L.S., current AAES Board Member, and Jon Nelson, P.E., past-chair of AAES, for receiving 2015 service awards from the National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). A past-president of NCEES, Mr. Dinkins was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award for being an integral part of the Council, their boards, and their communities. Also a past-president of NCEES, Mr. Nelson was honored with the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his continued service and leadership to NCEES and the profession.  Their contributions were recognized during the awards gala at the NCESS annual conference this past August in Williamsburg, Virginia. To find out more about the award winners, visit


AAES Welcomes NSBE as a Member Society

AAES welcomes the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as the newest AAES Member Society. Founded by six engineering undergraduates at Purdue University in 1975, NSBE is dedicated to moving black students and professionals from underrepresentation to overrepresentation in the field of engineering. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”


 Pack Your Travel Bag With STEM Outreach!

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).


Working Group News

WFEO Finalizes Slate for December 2015 Elections

The finalized slate for the upcoming WFEO elections is summarized in the Report from the WFEO Nominations Committee Chair. AAES nominee Dr. Vilas Mujumdar is one of two individuals pursuing the position of President Elect. Elections will be held at the WFEO General Assembly meeting in Kyoto, Japan on December 3, 2015.

AAES' IntAC, through WFEO, Provides Input into UN Sustainable Development Goals

In June, AAES’ International Activities Committee created a Task Force on Global Sustainability (Task Force) to provide a unified engineering voice on the engineer’s contribution to the United Nations (UN) Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals consistent with World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) policies and guidance. The WFEO UN Relations Committee, with support from the Task Force, created two documents that are being circulated among WFEO Committees for comment and input – the WFEO Engineers for a Sustainable Post 2015 - areas where WFEO could potentially contributeand a statement Sustaining Collaboration for Sustainable Development; final versions will be provided to the UN. Further, AAES IntAC has members registered with the UN to provide comment on the goals.

The Task Force is also developing WFEO input on the proposed metrics that will be used to assess achievement of the goals. The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held September 25-27, 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. AAES IntAC will continue to support WFEO efforts to provide input to the UN as the goals are implemented.


Member Societies News

AIAA Joins Coalition Tackling Government Conference Travel Restrictions

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has joined with a large coalition of scientific and engineering societies actively advocating to ease travel restrictions for federal employees attending science and technology conferences. Coalition members have held several meetings with congressional offices in an attempt to incorporate language into germane legislation that will define an exemption for the sciences. The Coalition has also been engaged in formal conversations with federal agencies to find ways to ease the restrictions at the department level. To assist with advocacy efforts, members have been asked to submit stories highlighting the importance of conference participation to a healthy scientific and technical community. AAES Member Societies ASEE, ASCE, ASME, and IEEE-USA, are also working with AIAA and the coalition. If other AAES member societies would like to get involved in these efforts, contact Jennifer Douris (SPIE) at or Josh Shiode (AAAS) at


NCEES Adopts Position Statement on the Future of Engineering Licensure

At the 2015 NCEES annual meeting, held August 19–22, delegates voted to adopt a position statement on future engineering education requirements for licensure as a professional engineer. The statement asserts NCEES’ dedication to ensuring that the education requirements for engineering licensure continue to safeguard the public in the future and outlines several pathways for a licensure candidate to obtain the body of knowledge necessary to enter the profession. It also reaffirms NCEES’ commitment to engaging with technical engineering societies and other interested parties to explore additional education pathways.
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ISA Introduces New Enhanced Suite of Integrated Industrial Cybersecurity Courses and Certificate Programs


Building on its global leadership in industrial cybersecurity, the International Society of Automation (ISA) has introduced an expanded suite of industrial automation and control system (IACS) cybersecurity training, including three new technical training courses with associated certificate programs.

The three new ISA cybersecurity training courses are:

By combining these new courses and aligned certificate programs with its current IACS security offerings, ISA delivers a comprehensive set of industrial cybersecurity training solutions and addresses the complete “lifecycle” of cybersecurity training requirements.



Successful Licensure Advocacy by NSPE and Indiana Society of Professional Engineers

On August 20, as the result of extensive advocacy efforts by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the Indiana Job Creation Commission (JCC) rescinded its troubling recommendation to eliminate state licensure of engineering. ISPE and NSPE had organized a swift, coordinated response to urge the JCC and Governor Mike Pence to reverse the recommendation, explaining the state and national public safety and economic impacts via letters to the JCC Chairman and Governor’s office. This is an important victory and an absolutely critical reminder to all states to remain vigilant against efforts to compromise or eliminate professional engineering licensure.


NSPE Highlights Professional Ethics at Annual Meeting

As part of its annual meeting in Seattle in July, NSPE was proud to welcome and recognize two engineers for their commitment to protecting the public health, safety, and welfare, even when doing so wasn’t the popular or easy path. First, NSPE heard from and recognized Allan McDonald, the engineer who in 1986 refused to sign the launch recommendation for the space shuttle Challenger due to safety concerns, only to be overruled to disastrous result. Second, NSPE honored Andrew Braum, P.E., the engineer featured on 60 Minutes, for blowing the whistle on altered engineering reports following Hurricane Sandy. Meeting highlights, photos, and McDonald’s presentation may be found at:


NSPE Debuts New PE Legislator Webpage

Although professional engineers are expert problem-solvers, you'll find few P.E.s in the halls of Congress or the state legislatures--precisely the places where problem-solving skills are needed. To highlight the contributions of those P.E.s who are lawmakers, NSPE recently launched the PE Legislators webpage as an advocacy resource.  Visitors can learn about P.E.s who became legislators and gain insights into how they can advocate for the profession. The site also features a video interview with Congressman Bruce Westerman, P.E., and articles highlighting the experiences of P.E.s serving in state legislatures. 


NSBE Reaches Out to Youth with SEEK and "Be 1 of 10,000" Campaign

NSBE’s Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program, held in 16 cities, enjoyed unprecedented success in this its ninth year. SEEK teaches pre-college students about STEM through hands-on engineering design activities led by NSBE collegiate “mentors.” The program’s ultimate goal is to increase the number of African-American K–12 students prepared for engineering programs in college.

NSBE also has a campaign launching September 14, “Be 1 of 10,000”, for African-American 7th graders across the country. The campaign is aimed to help NSBE achieve its goal of having the U.S. produce 10,000 African-American bachelor’s degree recipients per year in engineering by 2025, up from the current number of 3,620. NSBE is asking the middle school students to pledge to achieve academic excellence in subjects such as algebra, chemistry and physics and will then provide online resources to help these students achieve their goals.


Google Is Most Popular Among NSBE Collegiates

Google gained the top spot as the most preferred employer of NSBE collegiate members this year, up from No. 2 in 2014. The Boeing Company dropped from the top spot in 2014 to second this year. The top 10 of NSBE’s Annual Employer Preference Survey included the same employers as in 2014 and has been remarkably stable over the last four years. Government and military employers gained in popularity this year, a turnaround from last year, with both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy moving up the list significantly.


NSBE to Hold Professional Development Conference in Hartford

NSBE Professionals, the organization for technical professionals of the National Society of Black Engineers, will host its 4th Annual Professional Development Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut, October 8–11, 2015. The conference theme is “Transforming Your Path to Professional Success.” Attendees will connect with other professionals; transform their technical and professional acumen by attending workshops and panel discussions; attend the Evening of Excellence awards ceremony and close the conference with a community impact project designed to inspire the next generation of engineers.


 Download Your Free Copy of TMS' Modeling Across Scales

Modeling Across Scales, a roadmapping study released by The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) in June, provides practical guidance for bridging materials models across length and time scales in order to achieve a highly accurate and comprehensive analysis. Each of the study’s 16 recommendations includes specific and actionable tactics, projected timeframes, and discussion of required personnel or expertise. Organized by TMS and sponsored by National Institute of Standards and Technology, Modeling Across Scales offers valuable insights into new techniques and approaches to resolving important problems in applied mathematical modeling. Download it for free.



Registration Opens for 1st TMS Summit on Integrated Manufacturing and Materials Innovations

Make connections and learn tested approaches and strategies from key players engaged in advanced manufacturing institutes and consortia from throughout the United States. Register for the 1st TMS Summit on Integrated Manufacturing and Materials Innovations, taking place on November 15-18, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Technical sessions focus on techniques for accelerating the application of integrated manufacturing and materials innovations. Interactive panel discussions with funding officers and recognized leaders in the field offer valuable insights into the rapidly changing manufacturing landscape.



TMS Announces Top Ten Greatest Works of Materials Fiction

Looking for a reading list of substance? Try the Top Ten Greatest Works of Materials Fiction, revealed by TMS in the July 2015 issue of JOM, the organization's member journal. The list is a result of a reader nomination and voting process conducted by JOM to select great fictional works that also celebrate the impact of minerals, metals, and materials science and engineering on the world. Read the July 2015 JOM article, "A List Beyond Words," to find out what made the final cut.


Emerging Leaders Alliance Presents 8th Annual Leadership Conference

The Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA) will be holding their 2015 Leadership Training Conference, November 8-11, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. The conference will offer an array of leadership training relevant to emerging engineering and scientific professionals. Individual participation is $1,500 and discounts are available for multiple attendees, sponsorships, and new partner organizations. The following AAES Member Societies are among the partners in this program: AIME and its Member Societies, AIST, SME, SPE, and TMS; ASCE; NACE International; and SAME.

In addition, ELA is offering “on demand” leadership training taken from past conferences. The sessions are available for individual purchase (only $69), complete conference sets ($499), and special pricing is available for organizations wishing to make the ELA On Demand library available to their members.


AIST's T.C. Graham Prize Awards $20,000 for Innovative Steel Applications

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. Submit your entry and abstract by December 31, 2015.


Take Note of ASCE 'Game Changers' to Enhance Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is highlighting “game changing” infrastructure projects that serve as models for the rest of the country. At a July event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., ASCE debuted Infrastructure #GameChangers, a new report and associated website——that shows how communities across the country have met infrastructure challenges through innovative ideas and solutions in transportation, water, freight, and energy. At the launch event, Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) each stressed the need for innovation and investment, not only for highways and bridges but for the “infrastructure we don’t see,” as Norton noted.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) speaks at a program announcing the release of ASCE's Infrastructure #GameChangers.


Engineering Ethics in the Real World Video

AAES Member Societies seeking ethics resources for their membership are invited to share the Engineering Ethics in the Real World video recently posted on the ASCE YouTube channel. Sponsored by a generous grant from the United Engineering Foundation, and with input and support from the UEF Founder Societies (AIChE, AIME, ASCE, ASME, and IEEE), this video features interviews with four professionals speaking of their personal connection to some of the most significant engineering ethics case studies of modern times: the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, the Kansas City Hyatt Regency collapse, the Piper Alpha fire, and the Spiro Agnew scandal. Intended for engineering students and professionals alike, the purpose of this video is to emphasize the personal role that engineers must play in protecting the public welfare and preserving the public trust. Click here to view the video.


New ASCE Institute Serves Utility, Pipeline, Surveying Professionals

In August, ASCE launched its new Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute during the ASCE Pipelines Conference in Baltimore. ASCE’s UESI will be the first national organization designed to embrace professionals engaged in utility and pipeline infrastructure engineering, planning, design, construction, mapping, coordination, operations, and asset management, for all utility pipelines regardless of the products they transport. “Professionals working within the utility engineering and surveying communities need a recognizable home that they can join to collectively work to improve our professions,” said UESI’s first president, Randy Hill, P.E.


Separation Science and Technology as a Convergence Platform for SusChEM

On August 12-13, 2014, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE’s) Center for Energy Initiatives (CEI) partnered with the American Chemical Society (ACS) to hold an NSF-sponsored workshop on critical materials entitled Separation Science and Technology as a Convergence Platform for SusChEM. The workshop was held in San Francisco, CA, and focused on identifying research priorities needed to enhance the role separation science and technology (SST) plays in addressing critical materials (e.g. technology metals) and resources. The final report for this workshop is expected to be released in October 2015.  AIChE plans to hold another critical materials and separation sciences event later this year.


Additive Manufacturing and Design Simulation Prototypes Showcased at Two ASME Challenges in Boston

Nearly 30 teams of engineering students put their ingenuity and design skills to the test during two American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) competitions — the Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D Challenge (IAM3D) and the Innovative Design Simulation Challenge (IDSC) — last month at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

A team from Texas Tech University won the IAM3D’s Best Overall Design Award with its entry, “The Low Temperature Salt-Water Desalinator.” Two teams received the Best Overall Simulation Award in the IDSC’s commercial software category: National Taiwan University for its “Novel Tapered-Strut NiTi Stent for Enhancement of Stent Fatigue Life,” and NIT Silchar, India, for “Application of Coanda Effect in a CPU Heat Sink Fan.”



Events of Interest

NAE Launches New PreK-12 Engineering Website

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has launched LinkEngineering, a new website to support implementation of preK–12 engineering education in the United States. LinkEngineering aims to provide high-quality resources and build a professional community for three groups: educators working in preK–12 classrooms and other settings; those engaged in the education of people enrolled in teacher education programs at colleges/universities and in the professional development of current teachers; and school, district, and state administrators. The website responds to recent efforts, including the Next Generation Science Standards, to introduce preK–12 students to engineering concepts and practices. The LinkEngineering project was made possible by the generous support of Chevron. NAE welcomes you to visit the site, join the community, and comment on and submit resources.

Additional Items of Interest from NAE

The five winners of the “The Next MacGyver” competition, a global crowdsourcing initiative to inspire greater interest in the field of engineering by challenging contestants to create a TV series with a female engineer protagonist, were announced at the end of July.

The 2015 NAE Annual Meeting, taking place October 4-5, is focusing on the Grand Challenges of Engineering, including engineering better medicine, cyber security, and the Grand Challenge Scholars Program.