The NSPE-CO Awards - Celebrating Excellence In Engineering

Our thanks to Platinum Sponsor Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers for their support of the NSPE-CO Awards. 

Thank you also to Silver Sponsors:

The Law Office of James Nelson

NSPE-CO Central Chapter

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, contact the state office at (303) 480-1160 for more details.  

Awards will be presented Thursday, October 25th. Tickets on sale now.   


Congratulations to those honored at the 2017 NSPE-CO Awards:

Dave Kreneck, P.E., F-NSPE  2017 Selection as NSPE Fellow

Ethan Alcazar (Eaton High School) - K-12 Student of the Year

Clinton Parapat (Colorado School of Mines 2017 Graduate) - University Student of the Year

Matt Bixby (Cherry Creek Challenge School) - K-12  Educator of the Year

Peter Marxhausen, P.E.  (University of Colorado- Denver) - University Educator of the Year

William Pierce, P.E. (Knott Laboratory) -Young Engineer of the Year

Steve Knapp, P.E.  (Knott Laboratorys)  -Project Manager of the Year

Mark Westberg, P.E. (City of Wheatridge) - Public Sector Engineer of the Year

Nate Dowden, P.E. (RMG Engineering) - Manager of the Year

Pamela Quillin, P.E. (Quillin Engineering) - Woman Engineer of the Year

Martin/Martin, Inc.  - Project of the Year


Mediation and the Professional Engineer

Join the Central Chapter of NSPE-CO on Thursday, September 27th for a dinner program highlighting new legislation regarding mediation that impacts licensed Professional Engineers. This dinner is at the centrally located Hilton Garden Inn Cherry Creek (600 South Colorado Blvd in Denver). 

Dinner and the presentation (eligible for 1 PDH) is just $40 per person ($45 per person after September 25th at noon) with a special student rate of $5 for advance registration.   CLICK HERE  TO REGISTER.

In May 2018, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB-1224 into law.  The Act has given DORA licensed professionals the right to insist on mediation with a mediator of their choice in any action to suspend or revoke their certification.  The Colorado legislature has obsrved that “mediation typically achieves a resolution in a matter of hours.  Taking less time means expending less money on hourly fees and costs.”  At the heart of HB-1224 is a requirement that the hearing officer or administrative law judge shall order mediation.  At the licensee’s request, the judge must allow a public or private mediator chosen by the licensee.

A client who feels injured may complain to DORA about your professionalism.  Perhaps the client hasn’t paid or they have been difficult to deal with.  It is precisely when everyone is mad at each other, that you should think to mediate.   Successful early mediation can protect more than your license, it can protect a business relationship and your wider reputation in social media and elsewhere.

Mediation is a process that brings parties together to resolve their differences through discussion and problem-solving. The goal is to achieve "win-win" solutions. The mediator is a neutral third party who helps facilitate the dialogue but is not the final decision-maker or judge. Mediation can resolve disputes quickly and effectively without the anxiety of litigation.

Presenter Simon Mole is a former magistrate who resolves disputes through mediation and arbitration.  He is the current President of the Mediation Association of Colorado. He holds a BA from Cambridge University (England); a PhD in ecology from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland), and a JD from the CU Law School in Boulder. His training in mediation and conflict resolution is through the Colorado Bar Association, and from more than a decade working in Colorado’s courts.  He was one of Colorado’s first Family Court Facilitators, and he has served on the Colorado Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on Family Issues.  He is passionate about helping everyone through the system, whether they have a lawyer or not.