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Virtual Meeting Recap—Challenges and Innovations: Using Concrete in Sustainable Infrastructure

Date: April 21, 2021

On April 20, the NSPE-NV Southern Nevada Chapter sponsored a virtual meeting on the topic of challenges and innovations around using concrete in sustainable infrastructure. The meeting featured Thomas J. Van Dam, Ph.D., P.E., a principal at Nichols Consulting Engineers with over 35 years of civil engineering experience, specializing in concrete design, assessment, sustainability, and resiliency.

Thomas J. Van Dam, Ph.D., P.E.

Van Dam is a co-principal investigator on the FHWA’s Sustainable Pavements Program and principal author of the FHWA's Toward Sustainable Pavements–A Reference Manual amongst other documents focused on bringing sustainable design into practice. He is active in the American Concrete Institute where he serves on the Technical Activities Committee as well as numerous other technical committees.

Van Dam has also published over 100 technical articles and is a frequent presenter on pavements, pavement materials, and sustainability.


NSPE-NV Member David James Reflects on 30-Year UNLV Career

Date: April 21, 2021

Did you know that NSPE-NV member David James, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE, pursued an engineering career because his parents believed that he should be in a fun field? Also, did you know that his interest in K-12 STEM outreach began in 2010 when he attended a science and technology festival at the National Mall to help attendees with a "Pop Fly Catapult" activity?

David James, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE

A recent article on the UNLV News Center site spotlights David James' 30-year career as civil and environmental engineering faculty member at the Southern Nevada institution in addition to his contributions to increase environmental research and advocacy, as well as K-12 outreach.

Read more.


Volunteer Opportunity at the Mobile Food Market

Date: April 21, 2021

The NSPE-NV STEAM Outreach Committee wants to thank members for their past and current commitment to serving the community.

The society is calling on members to volunteer for the next Mobile Food Market distribution project on Saturday, April 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Canyon Springs High School (350 E Alexander Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032).

If you can volunteer, please RSVP to brook.demitropoulos@jacobs.com or 702-336-9896. If you can't make it to this location, you can still register online for a different location.


How the Infrastructure Report Card Could Benefit the State

Date: April 21, 2021

Nevada's drinking water infrastructure will need more than $5 billion in maintenance costs over the next two decades, according to a Las Vegas Sun article. Internet access in portions of the state's vast rural areas is lacking. And extreme weather has brought more than $1 billion in repairs over the last decade.

These issues were part of a list of Nevada infrastructure needs released by the Biden administration in a push for support of the president's $2.3 trillion jobs and infrastructure bill, the American Jobs Plan.

Read more.


Nevada Continues to Embrace an Autonomous Vehicle Future

Date: April 21, 2021

Nevada has been at the forefront of recognizing the role autonomous vehicles will have in its transportation future. A recent article featured on the Sierra Nevada Ally website examines the legislative activities that are paving the way for this technology.

The article points out that Nevada became the first state in the US to authorize the operation of autonomous vehicles by passing Assembly Bill 511 in 2011. In 2017, state lawmakers made Assembly Bill 69 law, a measure that authorized fully autonomous vehicles to be tested or operated on state highways, as long as certain safety requirements are met.

Nevada recently took another step in evaluating and licensing of autonomous vehicles during an Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee hearing to consider Assembly Bill 412. The bill is a measure that would update sections of state law to reflect technological advances in the autonomous vehicle industry.

Read more.


NSPE Career Center

Date: April 21, 2021

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today's top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Civil Engineer and CAD Drafter
Reno, NV

Engineering Associate
North Las Vegas, NV

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

NSPE-NV Engineers Week Success

Date: March 17, 2021

Everyone who participated in the 2021 Virtual Engineers Week—Imagining Tomorrow activities made it a success! The Order of the Engineer ceremony and a Virtual Finale Banquet and Afterparty (complete with bingo and beer tasting fun) allowed members to safely celebrate the profession and recognize the significant contributions of their peers.

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of the 2021 Engineers Week Committee, the contributions of sponsors, and the collaboration of professional societies. Thank you!  If you missed out on this year's activities, stay tuned for a recording of the Finale Banquet and other highlights on the NSPE-NV website. 

Congratulations to the 2021 NSPE-NV Award Winners!

Engineer of the Year
Brian Kalina, P.E.
Brian Kalina PE

Young Engineer of the Year
Turhan Bae, P.E.
Turhan Bae PE

Ramona Lesley Distinguished Service Award
Mary Clyburn, P.E.Mary Clyburn PE

Charlie Vaughn Scholarship Recipients
Meral Abu-JaserMeral Abu Jaser
 Konrad CampbellKonradCampbell.bmp
Project of the Year

Allegiant StadiumAllegiant Stadium


Governor Sisolak Proposes Innovation Zones

Date: March 17, 2021

On February 26, 2021, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak was joined by Michael Brown, the executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, and Jeremy Aguero, principal analyst at Applied Analysis to discuss the state’s Innovation Zone proposal.

As previously reported in Interesting Engineering, Governor Sisolak first unveiled plans for Innovation Zones during his 2021 State of the State address on January 19, 2021.

At the press conference, Sisolak described the unprecedented economic impact COVID-19 has had on Nevada's tourism and gaming industries, and he described the Innovation Zones as a way to lure to the state companies that are at the forefront of "groundbreaking technologies", such as blockchain, autonomous technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, wireless technology and renewable energy.

Innovation Zones would allow companies who purchase a minimum of 50,000 acres of land to be granted the same powers as that granted county governments, including the ability to impose and collect taxes, create court systems, build schools and other infrastructure and make land and water management decisions.

Sisolak pointed out that Innovation Zones don't require authorities to offer companies tax abatements or other financial incentives. Companies will be required to make an immediate investment of $250 million in infrastructure plus make $1 billion in investment over the course of ten years.

Read more.


Greenlink Nevada Aims to Transform Clean Energy Landscape

Date: March 17, 2021

NV Energy's Greenlink Nevada transmission infrastructure initiative is poised to be among Nevada's first major infrastructure projects that will create immediate, good paying jobs for thousands of Nevadans and align with Governor Steve Sisolak's vision for the state's new sustainable energy economy.

NV Energy proposed Greenlink Nevada to transform the clean energy landscape by tapping into resource-rich renewable energy zones throughout western and northern Nevada, to increase electric reliability for all Nevadans and to drive the creation of jobs and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an agency release. The project is currently pending regulatory approval in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and a decision is expected in March 2021.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the job and economic benefits of essential clean energy infrastructure initiatives like Greenlink Nevada to the forefront, not only in Nevada, but nationally, as seen in President Joe Biden’s executive order on the climate crisis that calls for the deployment of clean energy and transmission projects," said Doug Cannon, NV Energy president and chief executive officer. "NV Energy is committed to working with Governor Sisolak to help propel our state’s economic recovery while also advancing the State's renewable and climate action goals."

NV Energy's investment of more than $2.5 billion in Greenlink Nevada is expected to generate $690 million in economic activity and support nearly 4,000 jobs, including the utilization of skilled union labor. The initiative will also allow for the development of renewable energy projects throughout Nevada that will contribute significant economic growth in the form of nearly 2,000 additional construction jobs and related tax revenue.


NSPE Career Center

Date: March 17, 2021

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today's top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Principal Civil Engineer
Reno, NV

Civil Project Engineer/Project Manager
Reno, NV

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

Volunteer Opportunity

Topic: EF Phase II Workshop 2

Description: Fellows (educators) and PE (professional engineers) will collaborate to develop authentic engineering lesson contexts.

Virtual Session with CCSD teachers on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 9 am – 12 pm. Register for the Zoom meeting.

RSVP: Please RSVP by email to Brook Demitropoulos or call Brook at 702.336.9896, so she can get an accurate count of volunteers.


NSPE-NV Members Share Perspectives on Outreach During a Pandemic

Date: February 17, 2021

PE Magazine
As the pandemic continues taking a heavy toll, the profession finds new ways of reaching students—from a distance. MATHCOUNTS, DiscoverE, and other STEM outreach programs, are using virtual technology to provide creative initiatives and programs.

In a recent PE magazine article, Brook Demitropoulos P.E., and Claire Kohatsu P.E., shared how NSPE-NV shifted its focus to provide STEM Outreach resources and programs despite the challenges.

Read the full article.


Engage and Celebrate During Engineers Week!

Date: February 17, 2021

Engineers Week is a time to celebrate the important work of engineers and engage the next generation of innovators. Even with social distancing, you can make a difference. Here are a few activities that will be of interest to NSPE-NV members.

NSPE-NV Events



Engineers Week Banquet

This year’s Engineers Week Finale Banquet will be held as a virtual event on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 5p.m. The banquet will be followed by a virtual after party.
Registered attendees will receive a registration goodie bag and will have a chance to win a GRAND PRIZE and other door prizes!

Order of the Engineer Ceremony
The Engineers Week Virtual Order of the Engineer Ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12p.m.  A link to the virtual event will be provided to all registered attendees.

NSPE Events
Future of Engineering
Join NSPE leaders Tricia Hatley, P.E., F.NSPE and Rick Guerra, P.E., F.NSPE, as they discuss the future of engineering and how our changing world will impact the profession during a free webinar on Monday, February 22 (1 p.m.-2p.m. ET/10 a.m.-11 a.m. PT). Webinar participants can earn one professional development hour.

2021 NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year Award Webcast
NSPE celebrates the 2021 federal agency winners, the Top 10 Finalists, and announces the 2021 NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year via pre-recorded webcast on Wednesday, February 24 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on the NSPE website and YouTube channel.

NSPE Trivia Hour
Cap off your Engineers Week with some Friday fun. Join your peers for a lively game of trivia on Friday, February 26 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. The cost is just $15 for members or $25 for non-members. Sign up to show off your trivia knowledge—or just to play a fun game with new friends.


Nevada Receives Funding to Deploy Emerging Technologies on Las Vegas Freeways

Date: February 17, 2021

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, the Nevada DOT, and partners received a $6 million grant to expand emerging technologies on Las Vegas freeways.

The 5-mile expansion will extend west of downtown Las Vegas between I-15 and Summerlin Parkway on US 95, a critical corridor that carries approximately 230,000 vehicles daily, according to a Roads & Bridges article. These technologies will help enhance safety by mitigating congestion, decreasing the number of crashes, reducing travel time, and increasing overall efficiency of the freeway.

The $6 million in funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) program. The ATCMTD program funds early deployments of forward-looking technologies that can serve as national models.

Read more.


Nevada DOT Accepting Internship Applications

Date: February 17, 2021

The Nevada Department of Transportation is looking ahead to the summer road construction season by accepting applications for paid summer internships through February 26.

The internship program allows students to gain real-life engineering and construction experience with on-the-job training in civil and environmental engineering, including highway construction, maintenance, surveying and asset management, as well as traffic engineering, ADA compliance and civil rights, environmental stewardship and bridge inspection.

The internships take place May through August 2021 and pay up to $19 per hour, depending on education and experience. Applicants must be a high school graduate and currently enrolled in a college program. All interns will also be provided a health safety class including COVID-related health safety protocol.

Applications are being accepted for positions in Carson City, Las Vegas, Reno, Elko, Ely, Tonopah and Winnemucca. Applications can be submitted by selecting the “careers” link of nevadadot.com.


New Report Highlights Benefit of Clean Car Standards

Date: February 17, 2021

Transportation is the number one source of climate pollution in Nevada, and without bold action in this sector, the state will fall short of its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero or near-zero by 2050. A new report highlights the environmental and economic benefits of the Clean Cars Nevada program, which is designed to bring more low- and zero-emission vehicles to dealerships, increasing affordability and delivering cleaner options for sale in the state.

In 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak directed the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection to start the process of adopting Clean Cars Nevada. The initiative includes a public process to establish low-emission vehicle and zero-emission vehicle requirements for automakers similar to those that have already been adopted in several states.

The Nevada Department of Environmental Protection is launching a series of technical sessions on February 23 to gather public input on the proposed Clean Cars Nevada program.

Access the report.


NSPE Career Center

Date: February 17, 2021

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today’s top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Director Engineering & Operations
Wells, NV

Civil Project Engineer/Project Manager
Reno, NV

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.


Get Ready for Engineers Week: Finale Banquet, Order of the Engineer

Date: January 27, 2021

Engineers Week Banquet
This year’s Engineers Week Finale Banquet will be held as a virtual event on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 5pm. The banquet will be followed by a virtual after party.

Please register by Friday, February 12, 2021
. All registered attendees will receive a registration goodie bag and will have a chance to win a GRAND PRIZE and other door prizes! Visit the registration page for more details.

Order of the Engineer Ceremony
Please join us for this year’s Engineers Week Virtual Order of the Engineer Ceremony on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 12pm! A link to the virtual event will be provided to all registered attendees. See Registration for more details. The last day for registration is Friday, February 12.

This is a separate event from the Engineers Week Finale Banquet and participation in the banquet is not required to join the Order of the Engineer Ceremony. NSPE-NV asks that participants register so they can pick up their ring and event package at the UNLV pick-up location.

The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the US to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol identifying the engineer. The Order is not a membership organization; there are never any meetings to attend or recurring dues to pay. Instead, the Order fosters a unity of purpose and the honoring of one’s pledge to the engineering profession.

All attendees that register by Friday, February 12, 2021 will be included in the inductee video and will be able to invite friends and family at no additional cost to cheer them on during the ceremony.


Virtual Meeting Recap—RNG: Renewable Fuel

Date: January 27, 2021

On January 19, the NSPE-NV Southern Nevada Chapter sponsored a virtual meeting to put a spotlight on Southwest Gas’ first renewable natural gas project in southern Nevada. The supply of renewable natural gas (RNG) is sufficient to meet energy demands, according to a 2019 study, and by 2040 RNG has the potential to play a substantial role in significantly lowering emissions, with costs that are lower or competitive with other emission reduction approaches.

Tori Dickey and Ryan Stemmerik served as webinar presenters to share their knowledge and experience working on the RNG project.

Tori Dickey has worked in the natural gas industry at Southwest Gas for 6 years starting as an intern until graduation in 2016, then she became an engineer. She works in the New Business department designing infrastructure for new developments. Dickey graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

For the last 7 years, Ryan Stemmerik has worked exclusively in the energy industry, ranging from electric generation to natural gas. He worked as an intern for NV Energy at their Tracy Generating Station in northern Nevada and then transitioned to residential solar electric generation after college to work for SolarCity in Las Vegas. In 2016, Stemmerik was hired at Southwest Gas starting as a New Business engineer and then transitioned to a System Planning engineer, focusing on gas infrastructure planning and system improvements. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.


Will California-Las Vegas High Speed Line Construction Start in the Spring?

Date: January 27, 2021

High-speed rail company Brightline West hopes to begin construction of its $8.4 billion, 168-mile California–Las Vegas high speed line in the second quarter of 2021.

Work on the project was originally scheduled to begin at the end of 2020, but was delayed due to a failure to source buyers for $2.4 billion of private bonds, according to a Railway Age article.

The bonds, approved for the project by the states of California ($600 million) and Nevada ($200 million), were later repurposed to support affordable housing projects in the two states.

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NSPE-NV Virtual Conference Recap—Charitable Organizations and Holiday Fun

Date: December 18, 2020

On December 17, NSPE-NV joined other professional societies during the APWA ReNVision Virtual Conference to hear from charitable organizations involved in the Stuff the Stocking Drive.

Members were challenged to support a $7500 fundraising goal to help the APWA Southern NV Branch support The Just One Project, a local non-profit providing fresh food and necessities to food insecure neighborhoods.

The event also provided an opportunity for some holiday fun with a game of jeopardy and contests for the best Zoom background and ugly sweater.

Thanks to our sponsor for this event!

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Thanks to our virtual platform (zoom) sponsor!

Jenson


Stay tuned for information on the next virtual meeting for the New Year!


Volunteers Needed at Mobile Markets

Date: December 18, 2020

What: Mobile Food Market - Distribute food from a semi-truck into trunks or backseats of vehicles.
When: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Where: Hyde Park Middle School (900 Hinson St, Las Vegas, NV 89107) at 8:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m. or Clark High School (4291 Pennwood Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102) at 7:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Gloves will be provided. The Just One Project is asking volunteers to bring their own masks...they can be homemade.

If you can volunteer, please RSVP which location you can be at to brook.demitropoulos@jacobs.com or 702-336-9896.


PE Takes the Lead as Las Vegas City Manager

Date: December 18, 2020

In November, Jorge Cervantes, P.E., began serving as City Manager of Las Vegas. Cervantes joined the City of Las Vegas in 1998 as a project manager and was promoted to assistant city traffic engineer in 1999. He was later promoted to city engineer/deputy director in 2006, director of Public Works in 2008 and appointed executive director of community development in 2014.

Cervantes

Cervantes earned a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s of business administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is a licensed engineer in Nevada and Texas, and was one of the first in Nevada to be registered as a professional traffic operations engineer.

Since taking on this role, Cervantes has filled key positions for the city government. Chief Operations and Development Officer Tom Perrigo; Executive Director of Community Development Mike Janssen, who is a licensed professional engineer; Fire & Rescue Chief Jeff Buchanan; and Department of Public Safety Chief Louis Molina.

Watch a KTVN news interview with Jorge Cervantes.

Also read a Las Vegas Review-Journal article highlighting Jorge Cervantes' new role.


Construction Forecast Remains Steady Despite Pandemic

Date: December 18, 2020

Economists say that characteristic of the industry’s post-recession rebound may prove crucial as the state weathers the effects of the pandemic. As of October, construction made up 7.3% of the state’s jobs, or roughly 1 in 14, according to a Nevada Independent article.

“This is not an overinflated sector,” said David Schmidt, chief economist for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. “It’s actually at a pretty normal place right now.”

Construction was one of the few industries exempt from coronavirus-related shutdowns this year. Governor Steve Sisolak declared construction essential alongside other sectors such as health care, public transportation, and mail delivery. That move alone helped spare the building trades from some of the mass layoffs experienced by service-providing industries.

Read more.


Industrial Park Planned for Reno to Tap Solar and Geothermal Energy

Date: December 18, 2020

Planned large-scale investment of up to $3 billion has been announced in Reno, Nevada. TerraScale, a Southern California-based clean infrastructure design and development company, is planning this ambitious green technology project.

The Energos Reno development is centered around two key strategies, according to a Think Geoenergy article. The first is the development of critical infrastructure (roadways and utilities) that meet the demands of digital data/technology, manufacturing, distribution and warehousing for the US supply chain. The second is the development of renewable power by expanding the existing solar and geothermal sources; along with, future development of other potential technologies under discussion.

Read more.

Also read this Nevada Appeal report on the Energos Reno project.


Where Does Nevada Rank on Highway Performance?

Date: December 18, 2020

Nevada’s highway system ranks 27th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report by the Reason Foundation. This is no change from the previous report, where Nevada also ranked 27th overall.

In safety and performance categories, Nevada ranks 27th in overall fatality rate, 2nd in structurally deficient bridges, 18th in traffic congestion, 24th in urban interstate pavement condition, and 20th in rural interstate pavement condition. On spending, Nevada ranks 30th in total spending per mile and 33rd in capital and bridge costs per mile.

“To improve in the rankings, Nevada needs to decrease its administrative spending per mile and rural fatality rate. Nevada is in the bottom 10 states for both categories. Compared to neighboring states, the report finds Nevada’s overall highway performance is better than California (ranks 43rd) and Oregon (28th), but worse than Idaho (5th),” said Baruch Feigenbaum, lead author of the Annual Highway Report and senior managing director of transportation policy at Reason Foundation. “Nevada is doing worse than comparable states like Arizona (23rd) and Utah (ranks 17th).”

The foundation’s Annual Highway Report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-controlled highways in 13 categories, including pavement condition, traffic congestion, structurally deficient bridges, traffic fatalities, and spending (capital, maintenance, administrative, overall) per mile.

Access the full report.


NSPE Career Center

Date: December 18, 2020

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today’s top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Job
Principal Engineer
Incline Village, NV

Project Manager (Civil Engineering)
Reno, NV

Project Civil Engineer
Reno, NV

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

Volunteer Opportunity—Mobile Food Market

NSPE-NV is calling on members to volunteer for a Mobile Food Market distribution project on Saturday, December 12 from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Schofield Middle School (8625 S Spencer St, Las Vegas, NV 89123).

Download a map. (PDF)

If you can volunteer, please RSVP to brook.demitropoulos@jacobs.com or 702.336.9896

Thank you so much for your service to the community! NSPE-NV STEAM Outreach Committee


Stuff the Stocking Holiday Fundraiser

The deadline to submit donations is December 17, 2020.
DOWNDLOAD A FLYER. (PDF)

Help APWA Southern NV Branch support THE JUST ONE PROJECT, a local non-profit providing
fresh food and necessities to food insecure neighborhoods.

In partnership with ASCE, NSPE, ITE, CMAA

Fundraising goal = $7500

Community need is greater ~ please be more generous than ever!

Stuff the Stocking

Accepting credit card donations via the QR code above or checks.

Checks can be delivered to Gina Venglass, City of Las Vegas City Hall, payable to APWA.

Questions? Email gvenglass@lasvegasnevada.gov


NSPE-NV November Virtual Lunch and Learn Recap

Tracer Study and Hydrodynamic Modeling in an Alpine Lake

Date: November 18, 2020

On November 17, the NSPE-NV Southern Nevada Chapter hosted a free virtual lunch and learn event with a presentation by Dave James, Ph.D., P.E., on “Tracer Study and Hydrodynamic Modeling in an Alpine Lake.”

Dave James is an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1975 and his MS and PhD degrees environmental engineering science from the California Institute of Technology in 1983 and 1989, respectively.

James has been licensed as a civil engineer (Nevada) since 1998. He formerly served as President of the Nevada Society of Professional Engineers, Chair of the Nevada Professional Engineers Foundation, and as Western Region Director for NSPE (2010-2012). He currently serves as the liaison for NSPE Link 154 of the Order of the Engineer, on the Nevada PE Foundation Board of Trustees ,and is a member of the Nevada Society’s Outreach Committee.

On the UNLV faculty since 1990, James teaches courses in senior design, wastewater treatment and air pollution control. His areas of research expertise comprise acquisition and interpretation of field data in water quality and dust emissions.


Volunteer Opportunity—Mobile Food Market

Date: November 18, 2020

NSPE-NV is calling on members to volunteer for a Mobile Food Market distribution project on Saturday, December 12 from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Schofield Middle School (8625 S Spencer St, Las Vegas, NV 89123).

This activity is just one of many coordinated by the NSPE-NV STEM Outreach Committee to support the Just One Project’s “Pop Up & Give” program designed to bring groceries into food deserts and food insecure neighborhoods across Southern Nevada. The program has provided 300,000+lbs of groceries to 20,000+ people. Since its founding in 2014, the Just One Project has become one of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations in southern Nevada with a mission to connect the community through giving back.

NSPE-NV members participated in a distribution of goods hosted at Orr Middle School on October 24 and at Schofield Middle School on November 14.


In Response to Pandemic, NCEES Schedules Regional Testing for PE Civil Exam

Date: November 18, 2020

To accommodate as many pencil-and-paper examinees as safely as possible, NCEES has added a regional exam administration on January 26, 2021, for PE Civil examinees only. Las Vegas, Nevada is a host city.

Registration for the regional PE Civil exam administration opened on November 1, 2020, and closes on December 14, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EST. The exam will be administered in Las Vegas and the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Pomona, CA; Denver, CO; Groton, CT; Orlando, FL; Topeka, KS; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; Raleigh, NC; Cleveland, OH; Salem, OR; Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA.

Additional cities may be added. Visit the NCEES website for details.


Reno Named a Top STEM City

Date: November 18, 2020

Reno, Nevada was recognized as a 2020 Top STEM City for being a community showcasing exceptional dedication to science, technology, engineering, and math education and careers.

The data science team at Insurify (an insurance quotes comparison site) analyzed both proprietary and publicly accessible data to determine the top STEM city in each state. The team identified cities with the highest proportion of residents in STEM-based careers and compiled data from Niche on the colleges and graduate schools with the best programs in STEM, as well as the best cities for women in tech.

Read more.


Construction of High-Speed Rail Line Delayed as Bond Sale Postponed

Date: November 18, 2020

Construction on a long-anticipated high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California that was to begin this year has been delayed indefinitely because of financing issues, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal article.

Brightline West announced it is delaying a $2.4 billion bond offering that would have funded the initial work on the planned $8 billion project. Brightline tied the delay to market conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and this being an election year. Nevertheless, Brightline insisted there’s still investor interest in the project and it will continue to move forward.

Read more.


NSPE-NV Outreach in Action—Mobile Food Market

Date: November 2, 2020

What: Mobile Food Market - Distribute food into trunks or backseats of vehicles
When: Saturday, November 14, 2020 & Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 8:45 am – 11:00 am
Where: Schofield Middle School (8625 S Spencer St, Las Vegas, NV 89123).

Gloves will be provided. Just One Project is asking volunteers to bring their own masks.

If you can volunteer, please RSVP to Brook Demitropoulos or call Brook at 702.336.9896

This activity is just one of many coordinated by the NSPE-NV STEM Outreach Committee in conjunction with the Just One Project. Since its founding in 2014, the Just One Project has become one of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations in southern Nevada with a mission to connect the community through giving back.

Learn more about outreach opportunities.


NV Considers Changes to Vehicle Fees and Taxes

Date: October 28, 2020

Pursuit underway at the Nevada statehouse would revise a vehicle fee and tax revenue rule in place for the past 80 years. The Nevada Constitution mandates that any license fee, registration fee, or excise tax on gas or diesel be used solely for the construction, maintenance and repair of public highways.

As reported on the Land Line website, the Legislature’s Interim Committee on Energy has voted to move forward a plan that would open the door to diverting from roads a portion of vehicle taxes and fees. Specifically, the group authorized continued pursuit of a plan to amend the constitution to allow affected revenue to be applied for all “transportation infrastructure.”

The directors of multiple state agencies including the DOT and Department of Motor Vehicles submitted a letter to the committee on sustainable transportation funding. “The long-term solution should, to the greatest extent possible, address the needs of all transportation mode users, including bicyclists, pedestrians and transit users,” the letter said, “as well as promote social and user equity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and establish sustainability of the fund.”

Read more.


US Senator Rosen Sponsors STEM Jobs Bill

Date: October 28, 2020

Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) introduced legislation that would help small and medium businesses hire and train mid-career professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The bill would provide $50 million in grants to those employers competing for STEM workers, prioritizing businesses looking to hire women, Black and Latino workers and individuals from rural areas, as reported in The Hill. The measure would fund “returnships," or midcareer internships, for workers who have either left the STEM workforce, or who want to transition into the field.

Read more.


University of NV-Reno Doctorate Program Seeks to Improve Engineering Education

Date: October 28, 2020

This fall, the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, launched a Ph.D. in engineering education. The cross-disciplinary program will prepare graduates for research, academic and other demanding careers in engineering education from pre-kindergarten classrooms to workforce development.

For College of Engineering Dean Manos Maragakis, the recent approval of the program by the Nevada System of Higher Education is the culmination of a vision many years in the making, according to a Nevada Today article.

Read more.


NSPE Career Center

Date: October 28, 2020

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today’s top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Director of Public Works
Incline Village, NV

Director – Process Engineering
Las Vegas, NV

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

Announcement: Nevada Department of Transportation and The Associated General Contractors of Nevada (AGC)

The Nevada Department of Transportation and The Associated General Contractors of Nevada (AGC) are pleased to announce the roll out of our revitalized and updated partnering program “Partnering with a Purpose”. We would like to invite you to join us for an hour-long virtual roll out at either 6:00 AM or 1:30PM Thursday, August 19, 2020. We encourage all available staff to “tune in” and learn about our updated tools and resources.

There is no charge for participation and registration can be found at: www.ndotpartnering.com


Announcement: Clark County Water Reclamation District (District)

Clark County Water Reclamation District (District) is seeking qualifications from qualified firms. The District awards professional services contracts using a qualifications-based selection process called the Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). All categories approved at the December 18, 2018 Board meeting will remain active through December 31, 2021.

This solicitation is strictly for the addition of two specific categories: 1. Independent Cost Estimator 2. Scheduling and Claims Analysis

Interested firms may apply by submitting an SOQ during the open period: August 11, 2020 - September 10, 2020. SOQ information is posted online at: https://www.cleanwaterteam.com/Pages/Statement-of-Qualifications---(SOQ).aspx

If the Applicant has a question regarding the SOQ process, please contact Rosaura Gallagher, Associate Engineer, rgallagher@cleanwaterteam.com, (702) 668-8248. SOQ's will be accepted at the Clark County Water Reclamation District Customer Service Counter, 5857 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89122, on or before September 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM based on the time clock at the Clark County Water Reclamation District Customer Service Counter. Late SOQ's will not be accepted.


Volunteer Opportunity - Saturday, July 25, 2020

Volunteers needed at Clark High School

What: Mobile Food Market - Distribute food from a semi-truck into trunks or backseats of vehicles
When: Saturday, July 25, 2020, 7:00 am – 9:30 am
Where: Clark High School (4291 Pennwood Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102)

Gloves will be provided. Just One Project is asking volunteers to bring their own masks...they can be homemade.

Please use the parking lot on "Arville" just north of "Sirius" right next to the performing arts center. The parking lot where the food is distributed is a short walk from this parking lot.

If you can volunteer, please RSVP to brook.demitropoulos@jacobs.com or 702.336.9896


30 volunteers needed at Orr Middle School

This volunteer opportunity was setup by Claire Kohatsu with the Las Vegas Basketball Center

Please follow them on Instagram: @lasvegasbasketball

What: Mobile Food Market - Distribute food from a semi-truck into trunks or backseats of vehicles
When: Saturday, June 27, 2020, 7:45 am – 10:30 am
Where: Orr Middle School (1562 E Katie Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119)

Gloves will be provided. Just One Project is asking volunteers to bring their own masks...they can be homemade.

If you can volunteer, please RSVP to brook.demitropoulos@jacobs.com or 702.336.9896


70 Volunteers needed! 35 volunteers at each location.

What: Mobile Food Market - Distribute food from a semi-truck into trunks or backseats of vehicles

When: Saturday, May 30, 2020

Where: Clark High School (4291 Pennwood Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102) 7:00 am – 9:30 am

or

Or Middle School (1562 E Katie Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119) 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Gloves provided but Just One Project is asking volunteers to bring their own masks...they can be homemade.

If you can volunteer, please RSVP and specify which location.

RSVP to Brook at brook.demitropoulos@jacobs.com or 702.336.9896


Society Celebrates National Engineers Week and Welcomes NSPE President

March 2020 Eweek Finale Banquet
Martini Order of the Engineer

The Nevada Society was honored to have NSPE President David Martini, P.E., F.NSPE, and his wife Julie as its special guests in February over the weekend of Engineers Week. President Martini attended the DiscoverE Introduce a Kid to Engineering event at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the National E-Week Finale Dinner hosted by NSPE-NV. He spoke at the Order of the Engineer ceremony that was part of the evening.

The National E-Week Finale Dinner on Saturday, February 22 took place at the Orleans Hotel and Casino with a 1920s theme. The ceremonies included the Order of the Engineer oath; a hosted cocktail hour; dinner; and the presentation of scholarships, awards, door prizes, and an escape room puzzle. WTS hosted the after-party. Attendees numbered 330!

Congratulations to the award winners from NSPE-NV:

  • Engineer of the Year – Craig Sisco, P.E., F.NSPE, Southwest Gas Corporation
  • Young Engineer of the Year – Trisha Nakaura, EI, Atkins
  • Ramona Lesley Dedicated Service Award – Molly Marks, UNLV
  • Project of the Year – Starr Avenue Interchange – NDOT

Access additional info and photos.


Nevada Society at the 2018 Professional Engineers

From July 18–22 in Las Vegas, at Caesars Palace, NSPE members enjoyed an exciting week full of exceptional education programs, speakers, and great networking.

Nevada Society MembersNEVADA SOCIETY MEMBERS WITH ELVIS

Nevada Society Members DAVID JAMES, P.E., F.NSPE; DOUG BLATCHFORD, P.E.;

Nevada Society MembersDOUG BLATCHFORD, P.E. AND ELVIS

IMAGES COURTESY OF NSPE AND CHRISTIE'S PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIOS