January 1935: The American Engineer,
originally a publication of the New York
State Society of Professional Engineers,
becomes NSPE’s official publication.
March 1950: US Senator Harry Darby of
Kansas, a member of NSPE and KSPE,
says, “If the engineer takes no interest
in politics, the loss is his own.”
January 1971: Ervin Perry is posthumously named NSPE’s
first Young Engineer of the Year. He was the first African
American to earn the rank of professor at the University of
Texas at Austin. He died of cancer at 34 in December 1970.
January 1990: “Moscow is attempting a major
modernization of its construction management
machine as it strives to rebuild its
infrastructure by the turn of the century.”
2014 and beyond
January/February 2014: NSPE publishes
the Engineering Body of Knowledge,
outlining the capabilities and attributes
that contribute to the success of PEs.
July/August 1941: NSPE approves committee
to plan for national recovery after war; young
engineers from New York Society approve
proposal to create “Engineers in Training.”
August 1964: Women make up
about 1% of engineering
profession. There are “only 24
lady P.E.’s on the NSPE roster.”
January 1980: Engineering graduates see
one of the best job markets since the 1960s.
Starting salaries for engineering grads
average about $18,000.
NSPE asked members what they thought was the
engineering feat of the century. The Apollo program
topped the list. Other responses included the integrated
circuit, the microprocessor, the Interstate Highway
System, and the twist-off beer bottle cap.
80 Years of
Since its founding in 1934, NSPE has been the
PE's source for news about the profession.