Our speaker will be Mary Frances Stanford from the Baldwin County Commission. Ms. Stanford will speak on economic development in Baldwin County.


Daniel Craven, of the law firm Craven Wood and Norton, spoke on liability issues for engineers. Mr. Craven is a registered professional engineer and began his career with Alabama Power. Mr. Craven had several suggestions for engineers to reduce their liability risks:

1. Do not delegate too much.
2. Review the site of your work as much as possible.
3. Get everything in writing.
4. Document, document and document.

The lecture lasted 45 minutes.



Mathcounts is set for Februay 10, 2001 at Mobile Gas. The festivities will kick off at 12:00 noon. Volunteers are still needed for grading and proctoring. Please contact David Webber (342-1070) to volunteer.

The ASPE state summer conference in Sandestin is approaching quickly, please contact Kathryn Wilhelm ([email protected]) to provide your support. We are joining Louisiana and Mississippi this year for a tri-state conference. Organizing the conference is a major undertaking, so please contact Kathryn to volunteer.

The Mace Banquet is set for Friday, March 2. Tickets are available. Contact J.T. Little at 665-7151for tickets or any other information on the Mace Banquet.




Mark your calendars for February 20, 2001 to attend Engineer's Day on Capitol Hill. The date has been set aside during national Engineer's Week to achieve maximum exposure of the engineering profession in our state. This date will coincide with the first few weeks of the 2001 Legislative Session so that the JECA-sponsored Legislative Reception will be well attended by our state legislators and government officials. The event will be held at the RSA Plaza Terrace in Montgomery. We hope that you will make plans to join us. A preliminary agenda is as follows:

11:30 am-Noon
ACECA Engineering Excellence Awards & Scholarship Ceremony

Noon-2:00 pm
Montgomery Area Engineer's Week Luncheon

2:00-4:45 pm
Board of Licensure Joint Meeting and Legislative Update with all engineering societies

5:00 pm - ?
Joint Engineers Council of Alabama Legislative Reception



To celebrate National Engineers Week's 50th Anniversary, why not engineer your way across America and visit the fascinating, remarkable, and just plain fun engineering achievements that are found in every corner of every state and all the places in-between.

With A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering, you'll know all the hot spots!

As the chair society of E-Week 2001, NSPE and its partners are creating this unique travel guide so that both adults and kids make sure they add some engineering achievements and activities, both famous and not-so-famous, to their vacation itineraries. NSPE is particularly looking for places that involve its visitors, be it through a tour, a ride, a special activity, etc.

Sights might include a college lab/research hub, an interesting manufacturing facility, a rollercoaster, a ski lift, the home town/museum of a famous engineer/inventor, a lighthouse, a telescope, and such obvious engineering marvels as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hoover Dam, to name only a few.

We'd love to get your suggestions on the exciting places to visit where you live!

Go to the NSPE website at to register.



You Might Be an Engineer if...

* your favorite James Bond character is "Q".
* you see a good design and still have to change it.
* you still own a slide rule and you know how to use it.
* your family haven't the foggiest idea what you do at work.
* in college you thought Spring Break was metal fatigue failure.
* you have modified your can-opener to be microprocessor driven.
* you are better with a Karnaugh map than you are with a street map.
* you think the real heroes of "Apollo 13" were the mission controllers.
* you take a cruise so you can go on a personal tour of the engine room.
* you think "cuddling" is simply an unproductive application of heat exchange
* you have owned a calculator with no equal key and know what RPN stands for.
* you make four sets of drawings (with seven revisions) before making a bird bath.


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David Webber    Volkert & Associates, Inc.     ASPE Secretary    342-1070         [email protected]