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Executive Committee Changes
The WSPE Executive Committee met on November 21. The makeup of the committee was an agenda item for this meeting. The following actions took place at the meeting. Martin Hanson, P.E. resigned from the President-Elect position. The committee accepted the resignation and immediately voted and appointed James Buggs, P.E. to fill the President-Elect position. James Buggs, P.E. had held the position of Treasurer on the committee--this created a vacant Treasurer position. The committee voted and appointed Martin Hanson, P.E. to fill the Treasurer position.
These changes are made to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of WSPE and the Executive Committee by better matching the skill sets and WSPE experience of the persons appointed to new positions. Both Hanson and Buggs remain committed to serve and contribute to the future success of WSPE and have the Executive Committee's full support.
WSPE plans to continue operating on a “all volunteer” basis for the remainder of the year (June 30, 2017). The Executive Committee is still pursing a Discovery Conference, MATHCOUNTS Competition, and Governor’s New Product Award. These activities do not happen by themselves—they happen with the hard work and dedication of volunteers. WSPE is continuously looking for people with a wiliness to “give back to the profession” with their time and talents. Let me share one response we received from the call to help in the last newsletter.
I am writing to let you know that after reading your newsletters, I realize that it is probably time I volunteer to help the WSPE organization and the various chapters.
Like many members, I just paid my dues, read the newsletter and that’s where my participation ended. When Wisconsin changed the laws regarding PE licensure, several engineering co-workers and I started attending the Discovery Conferences to obtain the PDH’s necessary to retain our licenses. During that time I got to know Ed Rodden and now that he’s left the Exec Directors role, one realizes how much effort went into organizing these events.
My co-workers and I are Mechanical Engineers and we are not typical PE’s because we do not design roads, or build buildings. We design, and test mechanical components: (i.e. speed reducers, bearings, couplings, etc). Having a PE license is not a requirement for our positions, but it lends credibility to the test reports we issue.
I do not know what type of presentation, training session, etc. would meet the criteria to earn a PDH, but what I do know is that we could reach out to engineers in the power transmission industry and find engineers willing to create hour long information / knowledge transfer presentations regarding product design, manufacture, testing, and application.
Please let me know how I can help our organization(s) and our profession.
Mike Mitchell, P.E.
Thank you so much Mike for stepping up to the plate to help. WSPE is still looking to add to the team—are you ready to make a difference? If so, please contact us at ExecDir@wspe.org.
Martin Hanson, P.E.
Former WSPE President-Elect