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Sunset Report
The Coloeado Office of Policy, Research and Policy Reform has issued their Sunset report on the Licensure of 
Architects, Professional Engineers,and Professional Land Surveyors.  The current Practice Act sunsets (or ends) in September 2024.
The report will be drafted into legislation that will be introduced in the 2024 session, which starts in January.   The report recommends that licensing be contined for nine years (until 2033), and some relatively minor changes to the practice act.
NSPE-CO has met virtually with the policy analyst as have many other stakeholders.  On the whole, we are pleased that the report recommends continued licensure and doesn't make major changes to the practice act.  If you have specific feedback you would like NSPE-CO to bring forward email
2024 Model Bridge Building Date and Specifications Announced
 The 56th Annual Bridge Building Competetion will be Saturday, March 2nd, 2024.   Click here for more information
Beers With Engineers - Second Wednesday of Every Month
Wednesday, November 8
Wednesday, December 13
Wednesday, January 10
Rogers Liquid Oasis at the Edgewater Public Market
NSPE-CO is hosting a monthly happy hour to meet and interact with other NSPE-CO members. We'll provide some appetizers from the many food vendors at Edgewater Public Market. Beers (or other drinks) are available for purchase.
Beers With Engineers is a monthly happy hour (the second Wednesday of the month) from 5-7pm at Edgewater Public Market, 5505 W. 20th Avenue (20th and Depew) just four blocks west of Sheridan Blvd. There is easy highway access to Sheridan Blvd from both I-70 and 6th Avenue.
There is ample free parking. Rogers Liquid Oasis is to the right inside the main entrance. We'll be there from 5 to 7pm. Call NSPE-CO at (303) 480-1160 if you have any difficulty finding us!
No registration or RSVP required, just drop in when you can.


NSPE-CO Dinner Meeting:  CDOT and the Floyd Hill Project 

 Thank you to everyone that joined us for dinner and a presentation from CDOT on the I-70 Floyd Hill Project!
The I-70 Floyd Hill Project will address the deficient infrastructure and improve travel time reliability, safety, and mobility along 7 miles of I-70 from west of Evergreen in the Floyd Hill area through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to the eastern edge of Idaho Springs.
Major elements of the Project include adding a third westbound travel lane on I-70, constructing a missing frontage road connection, adding an eastbound auxiliary lane to the uphill section of Floyd Hill, improving interchanges and intersections, improving design speeds and stopping sight distance on horizontal curves, improving the Clear Creek Greenway trail, and implementing environmental mitigation for wildlife connectivity, air and water quality, stream conditions, and recreation. The Project addresses critical infrastructure deficiencies, including replacing one of the worst-rated bridges in the state.

NSPE-CO Ethics Presentation:

Implicit Bias: Definition, Examples and Best Practices

Thank you to everyone that participated in this program, and thanks to Professor Eli Wald who presented.

What is implicit bias?  How does it impact our decision making and conduct?  What can and should engineers do about it?  In this presentation, Professor. Eli Wald from the University of Denver offered a definition, provided examples drawn from the day-to-day experiences of engineers, and discussed best practices.  T

Eli Wald is the Charles W. Delaney Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. A legal ethics and legal profession scholar, Wald has written on topics such as increased lawyer mobility, conflict of interests and attorney disqualification, lawyers' fiduciary duties to clients, the nationalization and globalization of law practice, the challenges facing lawyers representing clients in the emerging marijuana industry and, most recently, in-house lawyers. Professor Wald is a co-author of a leading casebook on the law governing lawyers. His work has appeared in leading journals such as the Fordham, Stanford, University of Colorado and Wisconsin law reviews, and the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Wald’s articles have been cited in ABA ethics opinions and excerpted in legal ethics casebooks.





Threats to Licensure in 2018 (Archive)

Two bills under consideration this legislative session threaten the licensure of Professional Engineers in Colorado (as well as other licensed professions). NSPE-CO has been monitoring these bills and working to defeat them.  Licensure of professional engineers is critical to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.  The practice of engineering is not a right but is a privilege granted only to those who hold the proper qualifications.  Licensing boards and governing jurisdictions are necessary to regulate the profession.  BOTH BILLS LOST IN COMMITTEE DURING THE LAST FULL WEEK OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

SB18-193 Limit State Agency Occupational Regulations was called The Right To Earn A Living Act. The bill would prohibit state agencies from imposing a personal qualification requirement in order to engage in a profession or occupation unless the agency can show that the requirement is demonstrably necessary and narrowly tailored to address a specific, legitimate public health, safety, or welfare objective.  The bill would have required that prior to July 1, 2019 all state agencies review the regulations promulgated or administered by that agency and that any regulation not meeting the specific criteria in the bill be repealed. SB18-193 passed the Senate, but lost in committee in the House on Wednesday May 2nd.  You can read the text of SB18-193 here.

SB18-236, Least Restrictive Regulation Professions and Occupations has many similarities to SB18-193, though it generally does not address health safety and welfare of the public (except for the cleanliness of facilities). The bill requires the department to find present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers before recommending regulation. The bill further requires the department to recommend only the least restrictive regulation necessary to address the harm. Licensing is only allowed after other least-restrictive options including market competition, third party and consumer generated reviews, private certification and bonding.

This legislation requires the Department of Regulatory Agencies to presume that consumers are sufficiently protected by market competition and private remedies, and to create occupational regulations only where the department finds credible evidence of a present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers. This represents a fundamental shift from the current system of licensure which has long protected the citizens of Colorado.  Read the text of SB18-236 here.


 NSPE-CO is the interdisciplinary professional engineering organization dedicated to supporting members in the ethical and professional practice of engineering, preserving the health, safety and welfare of the public while promoting the growth and development of the profession.    

Colorado's Michael Aitken, P.E, F.NSPE Completes Service on NSPE National Board

Michael E. Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE served as the 2018–2019 President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).  He is the first Colorado Professional Engineer to lead the national society.  He completed service on the national board as Immediate Past President in July 2020.  We thank him for his service!

He is a mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of engineering, project management, property condition inspections and expert witness testimony. He is currently the Vice President of MEA Consulting Engineers which he founded with his wife in April 2000.

Long active in both the National Society of Professional Engineers and its state affiliate, NSPE-Colorado, Mr. Aitken he has been president of NSPE-Colorado and a member of NSPE’s Board of Directors, House of Delegates, Budget & Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and PE Conference Task Force. In 2016 he was named a NSPE Fellow.

Mr. Aitken received his BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Metropolitan State College in Denver and is registered as a Professional Engineer in 28 states. He has also attained LEED® AP O+M certification, the recognized standard for design sustainability.  Michael is a Certified Commissioning Authority through the AABC Commissioning Group.

Mr. Aitken volunteers as a coach and mentor with FIRST Robotics and the FIRST Lego League to encourage elementary, middle and high school student to pursue a career in engineering. He also mentors college students and young engineers on the value of engineering licensure and the importance of giving back to their profession.  Aiken was recognized at the 2018 NSPE-CO Awards with "the Gene Burdick Award."


NSPE-CO Education Foundation


The NSPE-CO Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
Organization, supporting engineering and scientific
educational activities of the National Society of
Professional Engineers—Colorado, including Bridge
Building for high school students, MATHCOUNTS
for junior high school students, and other
educational programs and scholarships.


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