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  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:16 AM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

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  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:00 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    2019 Award Winners Announced

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 5:30 pm |Ed Murphy

    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 2019 Chapter Awardees:

    Engineer of the Year

    Joseph Fonzi, P.E.  – WSP USA, Inc.

    In recognition of a distinguished career as a Professional Engineer in service to a variety of Clients, young Engineers and co-workers, as well as the citizens of Western New York, demonstrating excellence in professional practice, contributions to the profession, and leadership and longstanding service to the engineering community.

    Engineering Manager of the Year

    Anthony Dell’Isola, P.E. – NYPA

    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

    Irvine G. Reinig II, P.E. – Erie Community College

    In recognition of many years of steadfast and dedicated 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

    Ashlee C. Smith, P.E. – E & E

    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 volunteer service to the WNY Community.

    Engineering Educator of the Year

    Sushil Patel – Professor at E.C.C.

    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 at E.C.C. and serving as an example and mentor to students.

    Citizen of the Year

    Russell J. Salvatore – Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

    For distinguished lifelong service to the professional development and education of people and students in the hospitality industry and his continuing philanthropy to help provide improved community services in Western New York.

    Please join us in recognizing our awardees at our 2019 E-Week Awards Banquet, Friday, February 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm.


  • 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 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.

    May he rest in peace.

  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015 7:30 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

  • 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:


    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.


    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.


    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. 


    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.


    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.


    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   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 if interested in speaking.
  • Sunday, November 03, 2013 1:22 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    The Erie-Niagara Chapter of the NYSSPE mourns the passing of Edward O. (Ed) Watts, PE, QEP on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Ed was a Past President of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of NYSSPE, and founder of Watts Architecture & Engineering.

    Ed received his B.S. Degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University in Alabama and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio. He was licensed as a professional engineer in seven states and was also certified as a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) by the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP). Ed started Watts Architecture & Engineering over 26 years ago and was extremely pleased to watch his son, Ed, and so many of the firm’s employees that have been with Watts for 10-15-20-25 years work together to ensure the goals he set decades ago were continually met.

    Ed resided on Grand Island with his wife Lydia was the proud father of Edward, Jr., an architect, Jonathan, an engineer, and three beautiful grandchildren.

    Ed's obituary from the Buffalo News can be found with arrangements
    here. The Chapter will be making a donation in Ed's memory to the Tuskegee University Engineers Alumni Assocation, at the request of the family.

    Our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ed Watts. He will be missed.

  • Monday, June 10, 2013 9:40 AM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    The Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York Society of Professional Engineers strives to provide an informative and varied continuing education program to assist our members in meeting New York State Continuing Education Requirements with approved Professional Development Hours (PDHs).   As such, we are continually interested in hearing from interested parties who wish to provide continuing education content to our membership.   In addition, we will be focusing on programming the 2013-2014 year during the upcoming summer months.  Our speaking opportunities include:

    • Monthly chapter meetings, typically for 1 PDH, held over lunch or dinner, at local restaurants, hotels, and banquet venues, from September to June;
    • Periodic Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) meetings, also 1 PDH, held typically about every two months, over lunch, from September to June; and
    • Our annual Engineer’s Week Seminar Series, to be held at the Hearthstone Manor, Depew, New York, on February 21, 2014.  These seminars are slated to be 1.5 hour PDHs across four tracks, with an additional general interest session for 1 PDH over lunch.

    We can accept pre-approved PDH talks accredited by an organization recognized by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), or our chapter can approve the talk for use at our sessions only.   Professional engineers obtain triple credit for preparing and delivering the seminar the first time it is offered.   Speakers need not be professional engineers but should be recognized as knowledgeable in which the field they are speaking.   Talks should not be overtly commercial in nature, but may highlight the benefits and comparisons of their product (if applicable) with others in the market.  Speaking not only is a form of professional service, it provides good exposure for your firm and the services it provides.


    For more information, or to offer to provide a seminar at one of our above events, please contact our First Vice-President, Ed Murphy, PE, at 716-380-0687 or at   We also are interested in referrals of vendors and other firms not affiliated with our chapter which may have a topic of interest to our membership.   With the exception of our Engineer’s Week Seminar Series, we have significant flexibility in scheduling dates and venues to meet your needs.

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