Calendar of Events


  • Wednesday
    14
    April

    National Register of Historic Places Restoration: Building Science, Structural, and Budget Challenge

    Apr 14, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

    This will be a case study of the restoration of Dr. Ferguson’s Office, a diminutive 1870’s French Second Empire brick building.  The restoration won a Capital District Chapter of the NYSSPE Project of the Year Award, an Adirondack Architectural Heritage Preservation Award and a Preservation League of New York State’s Excellence in Preservation Award.

    The presentation will offer insights into a wide range of engineering considerations associated with the restoration of an historic structure including municipal regulation navigation, building code compliance, temporary stabilization, building demolition, masonry repairs, wood framing, thermal/moisture, mechanical systems, budget constraints as well as public sentiment and social considerations.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understanding structural characteristics of spray foam as a building system component
    2. Understanding the properties of Mineral Paint in order to minimize brick damage during freeze/thaw cycles.
    3. Understanding hardware techniques to stabilize brick walls.
    4. Understanding building jacking principles.
    5. Understanding various building science considerations associated with restoring an historic building (under slab vapor barrier to control rising damp, humidity, water management, air changes, etc.)

  • Friday
    16
    April

    NSPE-CA Board of Directors meeting

    Apr 16, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (PT)
    All NSPE-CA members are welcome to attend NSPE-CA board meetings. Please join us to learn more about your association, including how you can develop your leadership skills by becoming more involved.

  • Wednesday
    21
    April

    Mitigating Disease Transmission with Germicidal UV-C

    Apr 21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

    This presentation will briefly discuss the basics of Germicidal UV-C technology and its ability to inactivate infectious diseases, such as MRSA, TB (drug-resistant), Ebola, SARS, MERS and even the flu. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolved into a worldwide pandemic, UV-C has become a go-to technology in the battle against the spread of COVID-19.

    This presentation will provide engineer-level guidance for the use of UV-C energy to continuously reduce and even prevent the spread of dangerous microbes in HVAC systems and the circulation of infectious pathogens in airstreams. It will also examine the operating conditions that increase or decrease the required minimum UV-C dose for pathogen inactivation, including UV-C fixture placement, air temperature, air velocity and AHU material reflectivity. The presentation will also review ASHRAE’s position documents relative to the transmission of airborne pathogens, as well as maintaining HVAC maintenance and efficiency.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Basic understanding of germicidal ultraviolet light and how it is used to mitigate airborne pathogens.
    2. How to properly apply and size Ultraviolet systems for HVAC equipment.
    3. Learn how to apply Upper Room germicidal fixtures for source control of airborne pathogens
    4. Updated information from ASHRAE's epidemic task force on COVID-19.

  • Wednesday
    28
    April

    Turn Your Ideas Into Gold - A Guide to Intellectual Property

    Apr 28, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

    Having your ideas stolen is a bad thing; being sued is even worse.  Intellectual Property can account for 1/3 or more of your company’s value. Cash in on assets you may not even recognize, and avoid costly litigation.

    In this fast-moving program, you will learn the three steps of protecting your intellectual property, and how these steps create value for your business. Through real-life examples, the program addresses the main issues that innovators must know to protect their creations.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. The 5 Pillars of IP Value
    2. How to protect your ideas, innovations, and brand from theft
    3. How to avoid being sued, or worse yet, put out of business
    4. How to create an inventory of your most valuable IP assets
    5. A simple system to recognize, prioritize and maximize business value

  • Wednesday
    5
    May

    Engineering Ethics – Canon IV – Fidelity to Employers/Clients

    May 5, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

    A panel composed of David Kish, Jeff Greenfield, and Rebecca Bowman, NSPE Sr. Director for Ethics and Professional Practice and NAFE Executive Director will consider duties to employers and clients, and circumstances under which those duties can be pre-empted by higher duties, especially to the public health, safety, and welfare.

  • Wednesday
    12
    May

    Engineering Leadership Success by Design

    May 12, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

    The main focus of the webinar would be to ensure engineers understand the need to/how to grow from being individually focused technical experts to people and relationship focused collaborators if they are to progress in their careers. Differentiating themselves as leaders as they progress in their careers will require less of an analytical/engineering mindset and more of a focus on the soft skills of leadership and the application of basic brain science. I would present research from related case studies involving engineers as well as my own anecdotal experiences as a coach working with engineers and provide tools the participants can use to grow their own self awareness and self management skills to improve their relationships and increase their chances for career success.
     
    Learning Objectives:

    1. Be able to assess their leadership agility level and why it matters to their success.
    2. Understand the basic neuroscience of leadership and change.
    3. Learn how emotional intelligence and neuroscience intersect to increase leadership agility, drive connection with others, and improve team performance.
    4. Eliminate the gap between their leadership intentions and how they impact the emotions and behavior of others.

  • Wednesday
    19
    May

    Energy Storage: The Other Half of Renewable Energies

    May 19, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

    It is unethical for Professional Engineers to design a project that is not sustainable, but costs may prohibit choosing sustainability over conventional construction methods. With PV alone, we get enough sun every 13 minutes and 20 seconds to meet the world’s energy needs all day, every day, but the sun does not always shine. Wind alone can meet our daily needs more than 40 times over, but the wind does not always blow, and it does not blow where we need it most. Many new technologies reduce the demand for energy thus avoiding costs and environmental issues. New technologies, and a few old ones, are making energy storage more practical. Storage can now make renewable energies affordable that were too expensive a few years ago. This session will help you design sustainable, cost-effective projects.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will better understand renewable energies available today.
    2. Participants will understand new and old energy storage technologies.
    3. Participants will be able to adapt energy storage to their projects.

  • Wednesday
    19
    May

    Energy Storage: The Other Half of Renewable Energies

    May 19, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

    It is unethical for Professional Engineers to design a project that is not sustainable, but costs may prohibit choosing sustainability over conventional construction methods. With PV alone, we get enough sun every 13 minutes and 20 seconds to meet the world’s energy needs all day, every day, but the sun does not always shine. Wind alone can meet our daily needs more than 40 times over, but the wind does not always blow, and it does not blow where we need it most. Many new technologies reduce the demand for energy thus avoiding costs and environmental issues. New technologies, and a few old ones, are making energy storage more practical. Storage can now make renewable energies affordable that were too expensive a few years ago. This session will help you design sustainable, cost-effective projects.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will better understand renewable energies available today.
    2. Participants will understand new and old energy storage technologies.
    3. Participants will be able to adapt energy storage to their projects.

  • Wednesday
    26
    May

    Catapult Your Win Rate by 50%

    May 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

    It’s no longer just good enough to submit a highly-qualified RFP response. Organizations must understand and embrace their entire strategy – from people, to process, to content. And it starts long before an RFP hits the street. In this session, Lisa will talk through the framework that you must adopt to be a high-performing RFP culture. Walk away with simple strategies that you can implement immediately that can increase your win percentage and get your team working better together.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Attendees will gain an understanding of behavioral styles and how to apply those to win more business.
    2. Attendees will learn tangible strategies for winning the bid for attention span by evaluators which will allow them to stand out above competition.
    3. Attendees will learn how to maximize their positive influence while staying true to themselves.
    4. Attendees will gain an understanding of the Human Intelligence (HI) of business capture and how to optimize their own team for success.

  • Wednesday
    2
    June

    Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century: A Discussion with Leaders of Engineering Change Lab – US

    Jun 2, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (ET)

    The world is facing an unprecedented wave of change. Accelerating technological progress, rapidly evolving societal needs, and growing environmental imperatives, including climate change, all present significant, existential challenges and opportunities. The world’s experiences with the coronavirus pandemic has heightened awareness of the need to be better prepared for these challenges. Maintaining the status quo is not an option for the engineering community.  The Engineering Change Lab – USA (ECL-USA) is a catalyst for change within the engineering community, helping it reach its highest potential on behalf of society in addressing the engineering challenges of the 21st Century.  This session will provide an overview of ECL-USA, its history, vision/mission, and key learnings about the future of engineering.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Become better informed on the current state of the construction community, as informed by ECL-USA’s diverse group of stakeholders.
    2. Contribute in new ways to addressing challenges of the 21st century through teaching new engineers; through adapting the public sector, private sector and industry practice of engineering; and through engagement in public policy.
    3. Become better informed about trends and issues that will impact the role of engineering in the future and incorporate these trends into the teaching of engineering, the practice of engineering, and lifelong learning.
    4. Understand the new types of skills that engineers of the future will need to embrace to contribute at higher levels (leadership, collaboration, high level communication, systems thinking, etc.) and invest in ensuring that engineers acquire these skills through education at all levels, including through lifelong learning.
    5. Pursue partnerships and collaborations that capitalize on the linkages between emerging technologies and engineering challenges of the 21st century.
    6. Inspire participants to extend the discussion of the future of engineering in their own organizations.
    7. Spark interest in future engagement with ECL-USA.

  • Friday
    18
    June

    NSPE-CA Board of Directors meeting/Annual Membership Meeting

    Jun 18, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (PT)
    All NSPE-CA members are welcome to attend NSPE-CA board meetings. Please join us to learn more about your association, including how you can develop your leadership skills by becoming more involved.

  • Friday
    30
    July

    2021 NAFE Summer Conference

    Jul 30 - Aug 1, (ET)
    The July/August 2020 NAFE Summer Conference has been postponed until July 30-August 1, 2021 in Providence, RI (Hilton Providence).
    Providence, RI, United States

  • Wednesday
    4
    August