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The PSPE Philadelphia Chapter
official newsletter
The Philadelphia Engineer
is published several times each year.

Most recent information and all chapter announcements are published via
our Chapter Website.

Several recent editions are:

June 2020
May 2020
Late-April 2020
Mid-April 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020 Reminder
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019 #2
December 2019
Mid-November 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
December 2017
November 2017
September 2017
March 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
May 2016
September 2015
May 2015
February 2015
December 2014
November 2014
September 2014
April 2014
January 2014
December 2013
September 2013

Samples of past year newsletters are provided below:

NEWSLETTERS 2008 - 2010

The Philadelphia Engineer

January 2010
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
September 2008
October 1985

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Engineering in the news


NSPE's Open Forum Digest for Tuesday January 31, 2017, Stuart Walesh had posted a message (presented below) on licensure and the industrial exemption.  A direct link to the article by Liberty University law professor, Paul Spinden is provided at
The report is 51 pages with numerous citations and footnotes and is a fascinating read.

NSPE UPDATE for January 2019:
After Pipeline Explosion, NSPE Wins Case for Ending License Exemption

NSPE's major effort to improve public safety in the aftermath of a deadly pipeline explosion in Massachusetts has resulted in a new state law. On December 31, Governor Charlie Baker signed emergency legislation that requires a licensed professional engineer to approve plans for engineering work associated with natural gas infrastructure in the commonwealth.

Following the Merrimack Valley gas line explosions in September, the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the incident and consulted with NSPE. The Society and NTSB staff spent several weeks discussing the engineering licensing process, its standards, and NSPE's opposition to licensing law exemptions. NSPE shared several documents, including its industrial exemptions position statement and fact sheet, and public testimony from professional engineers.

Among the NTSB's recommendations: Massachusetts should eliminate the professional engineer licensing exemption for public utilities and require a PE to seal public utility engineering drawings.

NSPE believes that Governor Baker took an important step by heeding the call for professional engineer oversight and signing the legislation, which took effect immediately. The Society encourages more states to follow Massachusetts' lead in ending engineering license exemptions and elevating the PE's role in protecting the public. Currently, 53 states and territories allow licensing exemptions in some form while 16 states allow exemptions for public utilities.

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