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Event celebrates new engineers and industry leaders

 

Posted December 13, 2017

Gathered at the iconic Engineers Club in November, MDSPE members honored Maryland’s newest professional engineers, leading supporters of the industry and a little engineering history. 

“I believe it is very appropriate that we gather here tonight,” David S. Thaler, Awards Committee Chair, said at the outset of the awards ceremony. 

The Engineers Club, Thaler said, was commissioned by the president of the B&O Railroad, designed by two of America’s greatest architects of the era, and later became the site of some engineering history.

“In February 1905 on the first anniversary of the Great Baltimore Fire, which destroyed most of the downtown, the engineers of Baltimore gathered here to plan the rebuilding of the city,” he said. “It is that work which we carry on today.”

During the evening, officials from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and the Maryland Board of Professional Engineers presented licenses to 30 new professional engineers and swore new PEs into the Order of the Engineer. 

The Order’s oath and ring reminds engineers of their “sacred responsibility to the public,” Thaler said. 

The evening celebrated Maryland’s engineering industry in further ways. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Secretary Kelly Schultz delivered the keynote address.  

Schultz brought “a wealth of experience to the department from her years of experience working in government [as a state delegate], in the private sector and as a small business owner” and has leveraged that experience to increase DLLR support of the engineering industry, Thaler said.

MDPSE also presented two awards during the evening.  

MDSPE named Senator Joan Carter Conway (District 43, Baltimore City) Legislator of the Year. 

“She recognizes, respects and supports the engineering industry, and she is an advocate for promoting diversity in engineering,” said Tory Pierce, MDSPE President.

As Chair of the Senate’s Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Carter Conway has presided over numerous debates about licensing, regulation and procurement issues that impact engineers, said Chris Costello, Senior Partner in Public Sector Consulting Group and lobbyist for MDSPE. “She has been very helpful on many issues.” 

Recently, Carter Conway provided important help with easing sweeping restrictions that prevented engineering companies from competing for state contracts and in passing legislation that prevented government officials from altering engineering documents without the consent of a PE.

During “Celebrating the Industry” event, MDPSE also inducted Past President Patrick Mudd into the MDSPE College of Fellows.

MDSPE created the state College of Fellows in 2005 to recognize professional engineers who have demonstrated exemplary service to the profession, the society and their community. Since then, just seven other individuals have been inducted into the College.

“Pat had shown tremendous dedication to the society,” Pierce said. “He clearly recognizes the positive impact this organization can have on the engineering profession and he has worked hard to strengthen the society.”

A member of the MDSPE board for more than a decade, Mudd lead efforts to recruit new board members, expand networking and ensure Southern Maryland was represented in the society. He also shouldered hefty responsibilities while MDSPE worked through the challenging task of replacing management companies, Pierce said. 

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