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  • 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.

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:57 PM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    The Erie-Niagara Chapter mourns the loss of Mr. Philip F. Frandina, past president (1983-1984).  Our condolences to the family, including the legacy of engineers who live on as his children.

    FRANDINA - Philip F. February 26, 2013, beloved husband of Mary Lou (nee Klice) Frandina and the late Josephine (nee Falsone) Frandina; dearest father of Frank P. (Peggy), Joseph S. (Lynda) and Rosanne (Jim van Oss) Frandina; cherished grandfather of Mary Ellen (Andrew) Parker, Anne (Warren) Emblidge, Dr. Sandra (Ben) Segerson, Peter (fiance Sara Paduano) Frandina, Carolyn Frandina, Philip (Jessica) Frandina, Timothy, Daniel and Katie van Oss; great-grandfather of William and Alex Emblidge; son of the late Frank P. and Rose (nee Gugino) Frandina; dear brother of Mary (late Victor) Leone, Anthony Frandina, Joseph M. (Barbara) Frandina, and the late Vincent (Joan) Frandina, late John (Frances) Frandina and late Joanne (Richard) Croad; also survived by many loving brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Frandina retired as Erie County Commissioner of Public Works. The family will be present Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1132 Delaware Ave. (near W. Ferry St.). Family and friends are invited to assemble for a Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 10 AM in Blessed Sacrament Church, Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY. Flowers gratefully declined. If so desired, donations in Philip's memory may be made to the Philip Frandina Scholarship Fund Support the Assn. for Bridge Construction & Design (ABCD) through Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 726 Exchange St., Buffalo, NY 14210 or Hospice-Buffalo, Inc. Please share condolences online at

  • Thursday, September 27, 2012 6:17 AM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)

    Prepare for the
    Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam or the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam

    Take a Review Course (RC)*:
    FE Exam review course - classes begin September 11, 2012, Room 222 Natural Science Complex on the UB Amherst Campus.
    ·        Classes meet 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. for 22 review sessions in preparation for the April 2013 exam.

    ·        Register at 6:30 P.M. on 1st night of classes or advance registration by mail. To guarantee a textbook and review manual on the first night of classes, application with payment must be received by August 31, 2012.

    ·        Registration fee is $800.00 or $400.00 if you are a full-time undergraduate student and includes lectures, lecturers’ notes, a reference booklet and a review manual.

    ·     For additional information, call the FE course coordinator Gino Forte, Ph.D., P.E., at (716) 417-2971 (cell) or email
    PE Exam review courses - classes in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering begin in January 2013.

    ·        Classes meet from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. for 11 review sessions.
    ·        For additional information, call the PE course coordinator Donald McMahon, P.E. at (716) 834-8932 or email

    Organized and Coordinated by the Engineering Society of Buffalo and the Erie-Niagara Chapter New York State Society of Professional Engineers, in conjunction with the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2012 5:40 AM | Ed Murphy (Administrator)
    The Erie-Niagara Chapter of the NYSSPE enjoyed our annual family outing at the Buffalo Bisons on August 10, 2012.  Members and their families were treated to game tickets, food coupons for a hot dog, beverage, and pop-corn, and a post game fireworks show.   While the Bison's (NY Mets affiliate) lost 10-4 to the Scranton/W-B Yankees (NY Yankees affiliate), a good time was still had by those who attended.  Approximately 60 members, families, and their guests attended the game.
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