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  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:09 AM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    On behalf of the nominating committee of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, it gives us great pleasure to share our 2018 Chapter Awardees:

    Engineer of the Year

    Dolores M. Funke, P.E.  – Erie County Department of Health

    In recognition of a distinguished career as a Professional Engineer in service to the citizens of Western New York, demonstrating excellence in professional practice, contributions to the profession, and leadership and longstanding service to the engineering community through the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

    Engineering Manager of the Year

    Douglas J. Goodnick, P.E. – Buffalo Pumps

    In recognition of a distinguished career in engineering and management. For steadfast commitment to the promotion of the engineering profession and service to the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

    Basinski-Wohler Distinguished Service Award

    Edward G. Szpala, P.E. – Bergmann Associates

    In recognition of many years of steadfast and dedicated service as an officer and Past President of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, professional service to the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and professional service to the Western New York engineering community and students at large.

    Young Engineer of the Year

    Alexander Belous, P.E. – Hatch

    For exemplary performance as a young licensed professional engineer, of high ethical character, who has displayed a sound knowledge and dedication to the engineering field and devoted service to the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers in its activities.

    Engineering Educator of the Year

    Przemyslaw S. Kobialka, P.E. – Mott MacDonald

    In recognition of leadership and initiative in the promotion of the practice of professional engineering supporting the student outreach activities of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers while serving as an example and mentor to the young engineers of his firm.

    Citizen of the Year

    Christopher Kreiger, Sr. – WNYHeroes, Inc.

    For distinguished service and sacrifice in service to our nation in the United States Army and in recognition of his co-founding and leadership of WNY Heroes, a veteran’s assistance organization founded to provide the support, assistance and resources – financial, physical and emotional – that veterans need following service to our country.

    Please join us in recognizing our awardees at our 2018 E-Week Awards Banquet, Friday, February 23, 2018 at 6:00PM.   You can register for the dinner, here.


  • Saturday, February 03, 2018 10:16 AM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    Visit www.erieniagarape.org/scholarships for more information.

  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 11:34 AM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    Erie-Niagara Chapter NYSSPE

    Dear Member:

    The Erie-Niagara Chapter of NYSSPE is soliciting from our members nominations for our annual chapter awards, which will be presented at an awards banquet the evening of February 23, 2018.   Below are the awards which the chapter confers each year, for which we are soliciting nominations:

    ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer displaying professional integrity, of high moral character and reputation, who consistently promotes the social and professional interest of the engineering community.

    ENGINEERING MANAGER OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer in responsible charge over a firm or business related to the field of engineering who has distinguished himself through continuous professional growth.

    YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer, less than 35 years of age, who has displayed a sound knowledge and dedication to the engineering field and has devoted service to the Chapter in its activities.   Traditionally this award has been held for members of Erie-Niagara Chapter NYSSPE members.  This year we will accept nominations from non-members as well and award a NSPE membership to the awardee. 

    ENGINEERING EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to the goals of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers in the field of education.

    BASINSKI-WOHLER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer or land surveyor who has distinguished himself over time in service to the Chapter, is aware of the significance of the Chapter, and works diligently to preserve its existence.  This award is reserved for Erie-Niagara Chapter Members.

    CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a person who has demonstrated a high degree of effectiveness in carrying out their responsibilities and has distinguished themselves to the community through professional and civic commitment.   This award is open to any citizen.

    For more information about the awards, the nomination process, or to recommend someone for any of these awards, please contact Ed Murphy, PE at (716) 380-0687 or email at emmurphy@yahoo.com.   A nomination requires submission of a name, the company and position the engineer holds with the firm, and a short narrative as to why the person should be considered for the award.


  • Friday, February 03, 2017 9:39 AM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    The Awards Committee of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) is pleased to announce the following award winners for 2017:

    Engineer of the Year

    Donald R. McMahon, P.E. – McMahon and Mann Consulting Engineers

    In recognition of a distinguished career, excellence of professional practice, contributions to the profession, leadership and longstanding service to the Western New York engineering community through the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

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    Engineering Manager of the Year

    Theodore G. Fowler, PE, LEED AP – CannonDesign

    In recognition of a distinguished career in engineering and management. For steadfast commitment to the promotion of the engineering profession and support of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

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    Basinski-Wohler Distinguished Service Award

    Kevin M. Madoo, P.E. - ECMC

    In recognition of many years of steadfast and dedicated service as an officer of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and professional service to the Western New York community at large.

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    Young Engineer of the Year

    Joseph M. Lowry, III, P.E. – RJR Engineering, PC

    In recognition of strong leadership of a professional engineering firm, contributions to the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and distinguished service and sacrifice to our nation as a member of our armed forces.

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    Engineering Educator of the Year

    Andreas Stavridis, Ph.D. – University at Buffalo

    In recognition of a distinguished career in engineering, education, outreach as well as the promotion of practice of professional engineering and support of the student outreach activities of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.

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    Citizen of the Year

    Marylou Borowiak and WNY Food Bank – WNY Food Bank

    For distinguished service through the procurement and distribution of nutritious food to and support of service agencies throughout our Chapter area and working to ensure that no member of our community goes hungry.

    Please join us in congratulating our 2017 Awardees!


  • Tuesday, February 02, 2016 6:01 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    The Erie-Niagara chapter of the NY State Society of Professional Engineers is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2016 Engineers Week Awards:

    • Engineer of the Year: Kevin R. Drozynski, PE - (National Grid)
    • Engineering Manager of the Year: Joseph S. Frandina, PE - (Buffalo Bills)
    • Young Engineer of the Year: Rosaleen B. Nogle, PE - (Buffalo Sewer Authority)
    • Engineering Educator of the Year: Dr. Andrew S. Whitaker, Ph.D., PE - (University at Buffalo)
    • Citizen of the Year: Thomas P. Dee - (Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.)
    • Basinski-Wohler Distinguished Service Award: Richard J. Kotecki, PE - (NYSDOT retired)

    Please join us in honoring the award recipients at our annual Engineers Week Awards Banquet to be held on the evening of February 26th, 2016 - 5:30PM at the Grapevine Banquets (formerly Hearthstone Manor) 333 Dick Road, Depew, New York. For detail please visit our website at:erieniagarape.org/events for additional information and to make reservations and dinner selections.


  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 11:38 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    It is with deep regret the chapter shares the passing of William R. Trautman, PE, F.NSPE this past Thursday morning.   Bill was a past president of our society prior to the merger of the Erie and Niagara Chapters, serving during the 1961-1962 term.    Bill later became president of NYSSPE (State) for the 1968-1969 term, and as I understand was a past director of NSPE at a national level, where he became a fellow in 2001.   He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a MS degree in mechanical engineering in 1950 and served the engineering alumni association as President from 1974 to 1976.    He obtained his engineering license in New York in 1951.

    Bill was founder of what is now Trautman Associates.  As noted on their website, “William R. Trautman, P.E.’s engineering career began at the prestigious Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory on Genesee Street where he learned how to build and manage a complex design organization.  In 1956 Trautman joined with architect M. Russell Turley and Norman Schlenker, P.E. to form one of the earliest integrated architectural and engineering firms in the City of Buffalo. Within one year Trautman and Schlenker set out together moving to office space at 879 Seneca Street. The early years of this practice were not all that different from the current times and the firm maintains strong relationships with several of the original clients.  In 1975 the growing firm moved to 369 Hamburg St. and conducted business as William R. Trautman Associates for several years.  Trautman King Markwart Associates, PC formed in 1980 and has been doing business as Trautman Associates ever since.  Bill’s early focus on professionalism, providing integrated architectural and engineering design services and building a cohesive organizational structure, became the foundation for the firm's continuing success.”

    Bill was the beloved husband of the late Rosemary (nee Rathman) Trautman; father of the late Richard W. Trautman; and brother of the late Frank E. Trautman, Jr.  He is survived by his daughter, Ellen F. Trautman of East Aurora; son, Dr. Paul D. (Kristin) Trautman of NYC; daughter-in-law, Donna (nee Gottry) Trautman; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

    Bill was quite active in the chapter, and was known as freely providing advice and support to the board, well into late in his life.   I personally remember a few calls from him sharing his views and advice on various matters affecting he chapter and profession.

    An obituary for Bill is below…  services are next Friday and Saturday in the East Aurora area as noted in the obituary.

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/buffalonews/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=177229510

    May he rest in peace.


  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015 7:30 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)
    http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/obituaries/alvin-j-oberst-structural-engineer-co-founded-prominent-firm-20150131


  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:42 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    The Erie-Niagara Chapter of NYSSPE is soliciting from our members nominations for our annual chapter awards, which will be presented at an awards banquet the evening of February 27, 2015.   Below are the awards which the chapter confers each year, for which we are soliciting nominations:

    ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer displaying professional integrity, of high moral character and reputation, who consistently promotes the social and professional interest of the engineering community.

    ENGINEERING MANAGER OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer in responsible charge over a firm or business related to the field of engineering who has distinguished himself through continuous professional growth.

    YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer, less than 35 years of age, who has displayed a sound knowledge and dedication to the engineering field and has devoted service to the Chapter in its activities.   Traditionally this award has been held for members of Erie-Niagara Chapter NYSSPE members.  This year we will accept nominations from non-members and award a NSPE membership to the awardee. 

    ENGINEERING EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to the goals of the NYS Society of Professional Engineers in the field of education.

    BASINSKI-WOHLER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

    To recognize a licensed professional engineer or land surveyor who has distinguished himself over time in service to the Chapter, is aware of the significance of the Chapter, and works diligently to preserve its existence.  This award is reserved for Erie-Niagara Chapter Members.

    CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

    To recognize a person who has demonstrated a high degree of effectiveness in carrying out their responsibilities and has distinguished themselves to the community through professional and civic commitment.   This award is open to any citizen.

    For more information about the awards, the nomination process, or to recommend someone for any of these awards, please contact Ed Szpala at (716) 773-6281 or email at eszpala@roadrunner.com.   A nomination requires submission of a name, the company and position the engineer holds with the firm, and a short narrative as to why the person should be considered for the award.

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:40 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    Election for 2014-2015 Chapter Officers and Directors

    The administration of the Erie-Niagara Chapter, NYSSPE is vested in a 13 member Board of Directors consisting of 6 Officers (President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership Secretary), 6 Directors, and the Immediate Past President.  The Officers are elected annually for one year terms while Directors are elected for three year staggered terms with two being elected each year.

    Ballots are being sent to the membership in the March newsletter.  Return them as indicated by April 30th.  The results will be reported at the May 6th Board meeting by the Chapter Secretary, Kevin Madoo, P.E. 

    The nominees are:

    President:    Edward M. Murphy, P.E.

    First Vice President:   Mark S. Adams, P.E.

    Second Vice President:   Lawrence D. Zamojski, P.E.

    Secretary:   Kevin M. Madoo, P.E.

    Treasurer:   Peter T. vom Scheidt, P.E.

    Membership Secretary:  Anthony J. Dell’Isola, P.E.

    Director:    Eustace A. Mendez, P.E. (term ending 2017)

    Director:    James R. Walsh, P.E. (term ending 2017)

    Director:     Mark L. Bajorek, P.E. (balance of term ending 2016)                                                

    The Directors whose terms are continuing are:

    Director:   Edward R. Gerecke, Jr., P.E. (term ending 2015)

    Director:   Przyemyslaw Kobialka, P.E. (term ending 2015)

    Director:  Joseph F. Kessler, P.E. (term ending 2016)

    The thirteenth member of the Board is the Immediate Past President, Edward G. Szpala, P.E.

    2014 Nominating Committee

    William Klepser, P.E., Chair

    William Schutt, P.E.

    Dolores Funke, P.E

    Edward Szpala, P.E.

  • Thursday, November 07, 2013 2:12 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)
    In an effort to allow our chapter access to more pre-prepared and pre-approved presentations, the Chapter Board has decided we will move to 1.0 PDH sessions from the previous 1.5 PDH sessions for our 2014 E-Week Seminar Series.   We anticipate more available talks, more willing participants, and less effort approving new courses.  In addition, there will be more breaks (one short and one long in the morning and afternoon, each).

    There will still be 7 PDHs offered throughout the day, 3 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon, and one lunch PDH.

    Speakers are being sought for the seminars.  Please contact Ed Murphy at emurphy@golder.com if interested in speaking.
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