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State Infrastructure Driving Business

Date: June 16, 2021

Infrastructure for industry took on new importance in 2021. Natural gas, electricity, drinking water and waste removal, often taken for granted, got noticed this year. Unprecedented spring freezes changed the anonymity as vast swaths of the nation went cold and dark.

Even young Arizona, the third-youngest US state, sees its cities replacing century-old pipes under the streets in the original city cores.

"We started investing in the infrastructure of the future about 10 years ago," said Bill Jabjiniak, economic development director for Mesa. "It was a controversial move at the time putting in fiber, improving roads and getting power, sewer and water to an essentially undeveloped area. Now, new construction is starting all the time along Elliott Road because it's 'shovel ready.'"

Mesa is not alone. Torn-up streets across the Valley mean cities and private utilities are updating underground infrastructure. The electric companies are consistently adding lines to power Arizona’s growing and expanding industries.

"Whether it's infrastructure or energy, businesses are looking for reliability," said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. "Arizona was recently ranked as having the second most reliable energy grid in the country. When you pair that with our abundant renewable energy and modern highways, airports, rail, ports of entry and public transportation, Arizona stands out as an ideal location for doing business in the global economy."

Read more in the Phoenix Journal.


Arizona Tech Council Applauds 2022 State Budget

Date: June 16, 2021

The Arizona Technology Council applauds the state's fiscal year 2022 budget package proposal. This budget invests dollars and directs policy that will support economic success and growth for many programs of immense importance to Arizona's technology sector.

"Arizona is growing at an incredibly fast pace, especially in technology-related fields, and this budget will ensure Arizona maintains and accelerates its competitiveness on a global scale while making substantial payments towards the state's debt and giving Arizonans a tax cut," said Steven G. Zylstra, the council's president and CEO, in a statement. "The Arizona Technology Council thanks Governor Ducey and the Legislature for including the council's key education, infrastructure and tech-focused priorities in this proposal, and encourages members to support these provisions in the final budget package."

Key council priorities funded in this budget package proposal are

  • Increased funding for universities, including $130 million in new higher-education investments.
  • Restoration of fourth-year Career Technical Education District (CTED) funding.
  • An additional $50 million appropriation for the Arizona Competes Fund.
  • $2.5 million for a Dark Skies Discovery Center.
  • $140 million dedicated funding for broadband infrastructure across the state, with an emphasis on rural Arizona.
  • Reduction in the Class 1 commercial property tax assessment ratio from 18% to 17% over two years.
  • Investment in Arizona's highway infrastructure to support commerce.
  • K-12 education investments, including new school construction, a building renewal fund, full funding for district and charter assistance, and the provision of gap funding for schools and students to address school budget issues that arose during the pandemic.

Empower STEM Program Creates Student Pathways

Date: June 16, 2021

University of Arizona associate professor Erin Ratcliff was fascinated by the work she did as a faculty fellow at the Naval Research Lab in 2017 and again, remotely, in 2020. She wanted her engineering students to see the possibilities of similar positions.

"NRL has cutting-edge, amazing equipment and capabilities, and they have a lot of it," said Ratcliff, an associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering in the UArizona College of Engineering. "They're doing all kinds of highly classified science and technology development–from fundamental concepts to things that almost seem like science fiction."

Ratcliff and a team of engineering researchers have created a unique program at the university that builds a bridge between students and government research jobs.

EMPOWER STEM, funded by $748,000 from the Office of Naval Research, creates connections between Navy scientists and UArizona students and faculty. The program gives students opportunities to learn about the engineering behind the latest technologies in the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy. In return, government labs gain access to a well-prepared, diverse pool of potential employees.

Read more.


NSPE Career Center

Date: June 16, 2021

NSPE's Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today's top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Manager, Engineering and Design
Phoenix, AZ

Engineer
Chandler, AZ

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Governor Signs Bill to Expand Broadband in Arizona

Date: May 18, 2021

On May 10, Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation (H.B. 2596) that allows private broadband providers to install, operate and maintain telecommunications equipment within the Arizona Department of Transportation's (ADOT) rights-of-way. It also allows ADOT to grant access to its own broadband conduit to private telecommunications companies in a non-exclusive and non-discriminatory manner—reducing the cost of installing rural broadband infrastructure.

Additionally, the legislation creates the "Smart Highway Trust Fund" to deposit leasing revenues generated from the use of ADOT rights-of-way, which are to be used for operation and maintenance of telecommunications facilities within ADOT's rights-of-way.

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Engineering Experts Offer Perspective on Biden Plan to Improve Infrastructure

Date: May 18, 2021

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers publishes a Report Card for America's Infrastructure. This comprehensive assessment evaluates the performance and capacity of our national road network, rail system, bridges, ports, drinking water, wastewater and other key resources.

Results are consistently gloomy. For more than two decades, the United States has averaged "D" grades on these engineering report cards. The 2021 report shows a "C-minus," which indicates improvement. But the ASCE notes that our national infrastructure still suffers grave shortcomings that represent risks to America's economy, security and public health.

"Funding infrastructure is a significant problem in part because we've let deficiencies accumulate over time. We spend only when we have to fix something," said Brad Allenby, a President's Professor of civil, environmental and sustainable engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

"Of course, that is a very expensive way to manage infrastructure. It means that we're always tackling significant problems, whether it's roads that become essentially impassable because of potholes or fragmentation of the power grid, the consequences of which Texas suffered very recently," Allenby said. "We continually 'fix' our infrastructure systems, but we don’t invest to bring them up to necessary standards. That needs to change."

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Report Identifies Shovel Ready Transmission Projects

Date: May 18, 2021

A new report identifies 22 shovel ready, high-voltage transmission projects—including three in Arizona—that, if constructed, would create approximately 1,240,000 American jobs and lead to 60,000 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity, increasing America's wind and solar generation by nearly 50%. The report outlines how these projects could begin construction soon if more workable transmission policies are enacted.

These regional and interregional transmission lines would not only bring quality wind and solar resources to areas with high demand but also increase economic development and grid resilience as well as provide cost-savings for consumers.

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State Licensing Board Meeting

Date: May 18, 2021

The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, May 25. The meeting agenda can be accessed here.

Individuals that want to attend the meeting remotely must make a request in advance. Contact Kurt Winter at kurt.winter@azbtr.gov if you're interested in attending remotely.


NSPE Career Center

Date: May 18, 2021

NSPE's Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today's top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Water/Wastewater Engineer
Phoenix, AZ

Beavers-Ames Lecturer (all ranks) in Heavy/Civil Construction
Tempe, AZ

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

NSPE-AZ Member Named Top Advocate for April

Date: April 21, 2021

On April 19, NSPE’s Government Relations staff announced the Top Advocates for April, who are being recognized for their March advocacy activity.
NSPE-AZ member Scott Wertel, P.E., and seven other NSPE members achieved this top status by consistently participating in the NSPE Advocacy Center campaigns during the month of March.

Each NSPE Advocacy Center campaign is worth a certain number of points. The more campaigns a member participates in, the more points he or she earns. At the end of each month, staff tabulates the total number of points each participating member has accumulated. The top point-earners are recognized the following month.

As a thank you for their high level of engagement and commitment to the profession, all top performers have been invited to an exclusive online event with NSPE and state society staff.


ASU Researchers Release Data on COVID's Impact on Transportation

Date: April 21, 2021

Just over a year ago, governments around the world issued stay-at-home orders, significantly changing day-to-day lives in an instant. Working from home, postponing travel, having groceries delivered to front doors and ordering "to go" at restaurants are just a few ways many habits have changed. But which of these changes are likely to be maintained in a post-COVID-19 world?

Researchers from Arizona State University (alongside colleagues from the University of Illinois Chicago) conducted a nationwide survey to measure the potential for lasting changes and what they could mean for our cities, according to an ASU News report.

"Many observers have put forth ideas about how the pandemic will change how we live for the long term, but nobody that we've seen has concrete evidence to support or refute these predictions," said Deborah Salon, associate professor in ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and co-principal investigator of the COVIDFuture Survey. "We collected the data in order to provide this evidence, and we are sharing it so that it can be used to help plan for what's next."

The COVIDFuture research team—which also includes Sybil Derrible, co-principal investigator and associate professor from the University of Illinois Chicago, and Ram Pendyala, professor with ASU's School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment— collected online survey responses from over 8,700 adults across the US and weighted the dataset to be representative of the US adult population, according to the report.

The group is now releasing the full de-identified Wave 1 dataset to be used by city planners, businesses, researchers, and others interested in understanding how people's choices in the US have evolved during the pandemic and their expectations for the future. The data include information about travel-related behaviors and attitudes.

Read more.


Arizona Tech Leaders Transforming Mining into Zero-Harm Industry

Date: April 21, 2021

Major mining operations worldwide are becoming safer and more sustainable with the use of new and emerging technologies designed specifically for the sector, according to an AZ Biz Media report. Leading the way? Arizona companies and University of Arizona researchers who are making the industry safer, sustainable—and profitable.

Climate change is inspiring these companies and researchers to find solutions, said Claudio Cossio, project manager for Stantec Mining, a global mining technologies firm headquartered in Chandler that provides technology solutions focused on sustainability for every stage of operation, from mine exploration to closure and reclamation.

Investors are also demanding it. They want to see a positive return, not just on financial performance, but on keeping the planet safe, Cossio said.

"Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is becoming like safety in the mining industry. Right now, it's still a priority, but it's becoming more ingrained as a core value as part of our culture. A lot of the major mining corporations are setting pretty high goals to get to net-zero emissions by 2030 or 2040, depending on the mining company," he said.

Read more.


State Licensing Board Meeting

Date: April 21, 2021

The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, April 27. The meeting agenda can be accessed here.

Individuals that want to attend the meeting remotely must make a request in advance. Contact Kurt Winter at kurt.winter@azbtr.gov if you’re interested in attending remotely.


NSPE Career Center

Date: April 21, 2021

NSPE's Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today's top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Traffic Design Engineer
Phoenix, AZ

Civil Engineer PE
Avondale, AZ

Engineer for the Town of Carefree
Carefree, AZ

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

Arizona Transportation Investment Proposal Advances

Date: March 17, 2021

Arizona state officials said $230 million has been proposed for a series of transportation investments, including support for Interstate10 Gila River Bridge construction and varied road repaving projects, according to a Transportation Today article.

“Despite the pandemic, Arizona’s economy is strong and families and businesses continue to relocate here in record numbers,” Governor Doug Ducey said during the recent announcement with Arizona Department of Transportation personnel. “Now is the right time to use our state and federal dollars to make investments that create jobs, modernize our infrastructure and improve highway safety.”

The funding allotment would involve $33 million to rebuild and widen the Gila River Bridge on I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson, paving the way for a full expansion of I-10 between the two cities; $41 million to widen US Route 93 north of Wickenburg; $40 million to add capacity to Interstate 17 north of metro Phoenix; and $117 million to improve more than 600 highway lane-miles statewide.

The funding plan is in partnership with ADOT and follows prior formal action by ADOT’s Priority Planning Advisory Committee. The proposal is slated to be presented to the State Transportation Board for consideration.

Read more.


ADOT Program Inspires Kids During Engineers Week

Date: March 17, 2021

When many school children started staying home when the pandemic hit last year, the Arizona Department of Transportation launched a new outreach campaign called “ADOT Kids,” which seeks to educate children on transportation through videos, games and activities geared for them.

With National Engineers Week, ADOT Kids launched new content to get children interested in engineering as a career, including videos and activities to help kids learn about different areas of engineering. Part of the content includes Joselyn Valero, a development engineer with ADOT, who shares her story in a video to encourage kids to pursue engineering careers. “I always loved math and I wanted to be where math is a big part of it. The idea of building a bridge or a skyscraper fascinated me,” Valero said.

The program was recognized by the National Academies for Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Transportation Research Board at its annual meeting in January. It also won the 14th Annual Communicating Concepts with John and Jane Q. Public Competition which showcases creative and fresh ways of communicating technical transportation issues with a general audience.

Read more.


How Arizona Universities are Meeting Demand for Skilled Talent

Date: March 17, 2021

Grand Canyon University, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Phoenix, and Maricopa Community Colleges are a sampling of another growing list—a catalog of higher education institutions that are supplying talented, forward-thinking and dynamic graduates to fuel innovation and entice new businesses to the state, according to an AZ Big Media article.

“After infrastructure, the labor supply and labor production of a market is its second most critical ingredient,” says Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “What I’ve observed in the last decade with the manifestation of our engineering capacity within ASU, UArizona, GCU, University of Phoenix, and a lot of the regional university systems and community colleges, is we’re constantly iterating and modernizing the way that we induce curriculum to meet industry needs.”

The local markets for which Camacho refers range from healthcare and bioscience to software and cybersecurity to advanced business services and financial services to startups and advanced manufacture, to a host of operations-based industries — and then some. And, to ensure these business sectors and others receive the talent they require, higher education leaders are remaining attuned to the pulse of growing industries.

Read more.


State Licensing Board Meeting

Date: March 17, 2021

The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 23. The meeting agenda can be accessed here.

Individuals that want to attend the meeting remotely must make a request in advance. Contact Kurt Winter at kurt.winter@azbtr.gov if you’re interested in attending remotely.


NSPE Career Center

Date: March 17, 2021

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today’s top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Transportation Project Manager
Phoenix, AZ

Structural Engineer
Phoenix, AZ

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

Get Ready for Engineers Week!

Date: February 17, 2021

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Engineers Week is a time to celebrate the important work of engineers and engage the next generation of innovators. Even with social distancing, you can make a difference. Here are a few activities that will be of interest to NSPE-AZ members.

Future of Engineering
Join NSPE leaders Tricia Hatley, P.E., F.NSPE and Rick Guerra, P.E., F.NSPE, as they discuss the future of engineering and how our changing world will impact the profession during a free webinar on Monday, February 22 (1 p.m.-2p.m. ET/10 a.m.-11 a.m. PT). Webinar participants can earn one professional development hour.

2021 NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year Award Webcast
NSPE celebrates the 2021 federal agency winners, the Top 10 Finalists, and announces the 2021 NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year via pre-recorded webcast on Wednesday, February 24 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on the NSPE website and YouTube channel.

NSPE Trivia Hour
Cap off your Engineers Week with some Friday fun. Join your peers for a lively game of trivia on Friday, February 26 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. The cost is just $15 for members or $25 for non-members. Sign up to show off your trivia knowledge—or just to play a fun game with new friends.


State DOT Studies “Smart Work Zone” Remote System Technology

Date: February 17, 2021

In order to increase safety and mobility in highway work zones, the Arizona Department of Transportation is studying a “smart work zone” at an existing I-40 bridge project located between Flagstaff and Winslow.

A smart work zone is a traffic management system that can be controlled remotely through computer networks, portable message boards and sensor technology to provide motorists with real-time traffic information as they approach construction work zones. This project utilizes a dynamic merge system, which is a specific type of smart work zone.

The dynamic merge system is designed to mitigate the potential hazards of lane closures by altering the time to merge based on the current level of traffic. When traffic is light, electronic signs placed well ahead of the work zone encourage drivers to merge into the open lane prior to the lane closure. When traffic is heavy, the system will encourage drivers to remain in the closed lane for as long as possible in what is known as a zipper merge.

Read more.


Researchers Develop Smartphone-Based COVID-19 Test

Date: February 17, 2021

Researchers at the University of Arizona are developing a COVID-19 testing method that uses a smartphone microscope to analyze saliva samples and deliver results in about 10 minutes.

The university research team, led by biomedical engineering professor Jeong-Yeol Yoon, aims to combine the speed of existing nasal swab antigen tests with the high accuracy of nasal swab PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, tests. The researchers are adapting an inexpensive method that they originally created to detect norovirus–the microbe famous for spreading on cruise ships–using a smartphone microscope.

They plan to use the method in conjunction with a saline swish-gargle test developed by Michael Worobey, head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and associate director of the University of Arizona BIO5 Institute.

Read more.


NCEES April 2021 Test Registration

Date: February 17, 2021

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is accepting registrations for the pencil-and-paper April 2021 PE exams until March 4 (3 p.m. ET).
The exam administration will take place over two days—Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23. Registration for the computer-based FE and PE exams will remain open year-round.

According to NCEES, every effort will be made to accommodate all registered examinees in a manner that protects the health and safety of everyone involved. All sites for the April 2021 exam administration must operate in compliance with capacity and social distancing requirements. In most cases, this will reduce the number of examinees that can be accommodated at an exam site.

Access information for registering.


State Licensing Board Meeting

Date: February 17, 2021

The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration will hold meetings on Thursday, February 18 and Tuesday, February 23. The meeting agendas can be accessed here.

Individuals that want to attend the meeting remotely must make a request in advance. Contact Kurt Winter at kurt.winter@azbtr.gov if you’re interested in attending remotely.


We Want to Hear from You!

Date: February 17, 2021

Do you know of engineering news in Arizona that would be great for this newsletter? Maybe it’s a project you or your firm is working on, or perhaps you read some interesting engineering news in your local newspaper. Or maybe you know of a fellow PE or student who deserves a little recognition. If so, we want to hear from you. Email your ideas to pemagazine@nspe.org.


NSPE Career Center

Date: February 17, 2021

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today’s top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Engineer for the Town of Carefree
Carefree, AZ

Senior Electrical Engineer
Phoenix, AZ

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

‘Prompt Pay Act’ Court Case Offers Lessons for Construction Industry

Date: January 27, 2021

Last November, Arizona’s Court of Appeals issued a memorandum decision analyzing Arizona’s Prompt Pay Act. Though the decision was not published and is not binding authority, it does guide the construction industry and practitioners as to how this court analyzed Prompt Pay Act enforcement, according to a JDSupra analysis.

To set the table, Shea Connelly Dev. LLC v. Ariz. Registrar of Contrs. was limited to a payment dispute between the general contractor Shea Connelly, and its subcontractor, Revive. The project owners effectively had no role in the dispute.

Critically for Shea Connelly’s arguments, Revive was hired to provide framing work on two separate Arizona projects, one in Glendale, and one in Fountain Hills called Park Place. The Glendale subcontract included a cross-default term providing that if Revive defaulted on any subcontract with Shea Connelly, it would be deemed to have defaulted on all of its subcontracts with Shea Connelly.

On the Glendale project, Revive never did any work. It’s not clear from the record why, but it appears that Revive was paid nearly $60,000 without doing any work on the Glendale Project. However unfair it may be, this fact had no impact on the court’s Prompt Pay Act analysis.

Read more.


University of Arizona Seeks to Increase Native American Students in STEAM Majors

Date: January 27, 2021

The University of Arizona has been awarded a four-year grant to encourage and support Diné College students to transfer to the university to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math majors, according to an Arizona Public Media report.

The Advancing Postsecondary Attainment and Research in STEAM for Tribal Students project aims to increase the number of Native American students in STEAM majors through mentorship and other forms of institutional assistance. (The “A” in STEAM is commonly used elsewhere to refer to “arts.” )

These are the fields where some communities in tribal lands could use more experts. During the pandemic the lack of running water, electricity, food, access to health care or communication infrastructure in some Indigenous towns in Arizona have made national news.

Read more.


Is Arizona Leading the Way on Clean Energy?

Date: January 27, 2021

A new report released by The Western Way, an environmental advocacy organization, and the Arizona Technology Council reveals that Arizona is on track to continue building on its booming carbon-free energy sector, according to a Chamber Business News article.

Beyond recording Arizona’s progress to this point, the report outlines recommendations that the groups hope lawmakers and policymakers will implement in order to “incorporate the energy innovation sector into Arizona’s economic recovery plan.”

According to the report authors, the innovation sector at-large is the most significant nexus between good business and good environmental stewardship.

Read more.


Mining Industry Steps Up to Meet Skyrocketing Demand for Copper

Date: January 27, 2021

From consumer goods to crafting American icons to operating power plants and sustaining green energy, the demand for copper is growing at greater rates than ever, according to a recent AZ Big Media article.

Recent reports demonstrate that the global need for copper is anticipated to rise by as much as 50% over the next two decades. And, guess which corner of the world holds 27.1% of the global market size in copper? The United States. Zooming in closer, you’ll see that Arizona accounts for 75% of the copper mined in the US.

So, the million-dollar question — or perhaps, more appropriately, the 28-million-tonnes question (28 million tons is the annual amount of copper in demand) is—will Arizona rise to meet the growing demand for copper? Arizona’s mining experts collectively say, “yes.”

Read more.


NSPE Career Center

Date: January 27, 2021

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NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today’s top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Beavers-Ames Lecturer in Heavy/Civil Construction
Tempe, ZA

Project Manager
Lake Havasu City, AZ

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

Expanded Wind Project to Power Arizona with More Clean Energy

Date: December 16, 2020

Customers of Arizona Public Service Company (APS) will soon power their homes and businesses with more clean energy. Earlier this year, APS [agreed] to deliver 100% clean, carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. By the end of 2021, APS will harness the power of Leeward Renewable Energy’s advanced GE wind turbine technology to help meet Arizona’s growing energy demands, according to a Daily Independent article.

Arizona Public Service has entered into a power purchase agreement with Leeward Renewable Energy to purchase 200 megawatts of wind energy output from their two New Mexican Aragonne Wind facilities. Leeward’s advanced GE wind turbine technology enables APS to provide renewable energy to customers and advance its bold energy commitment to deliver 100% clean, carbon-free electricity by 2050.

Read more.


Rural Arizona to Get $25 Million for Water Infrastructure Projects

Date: December 16, 2020

Four rural communities across Arizona will be getting much-needed modernization projects for aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure to improve their drinking water quality and supply and make water usage more efficient in the era of climate change.

The US Department of Agriculture is investing $891 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 43 states including Arizona, according to a Chamber Business News report. A total of 220 projects will help improve rural water infrastructure for 787,000 residents in communities with populations of 10,000 or less.

In Arizona, aged and failing water systems will be updated in Pine-Strawberry, Mammoth, Bouse and Aguila. The projects are being funded through the federal Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and stormwater drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

Read more.


Where Does Arizona Rank on Highway Performance?

Date: December 16, 2020

Arizona’s highway system ranks 23rd in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report by the Reason Foundation. This is a six-spot improvement from the previous report, where Arizona ranked 29th.

Arizona’s best rankings, according to the report, are structurally deficient bridges, maintenance disbursements per mile, urban interstate pavement condition, and urban arterial pavement condition.

In safety and performance categories, Arizona ranks 47th in overall fatality rate, 3rd in structurally deficient bridges, 31st in traffic congestion, 10th in urban interstate pavement condition, and 37th in rural interstate pavement condition. On spending, Arizona ranks 17th in total spending per mile and 26th in capital and bridge costs per mile.

The foundation’s Annual Highway Report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-controlled highways in 13 categories, including pavement condition, traffic congestion, structurally deficient bridges, traffic fatalities, and spending (capital, maintenance, administrative, overall) per mile.

Access the full report.


NSPE Career Center

Date: December 16, 2020

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today’s top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Engineer – Traffic Studies
Phoenix, AZ

Beavers-Ames Lecturer in Heavy/Civil Construction
Tempe, AZ

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

Tempe Named a Top STEM City

Date: November 18, 2020

Tempe, Arizona was recognized as a 2020 Top STEM City for being a community showcasing exceptional dedication to science, technology, engineering, and math education and careers.

The data science team at Insurify (an insurance quotes comparison site) analyzed both proprietary and publicly accessible data to determine the top STEM city in each state. The team identified cities with the highest proportion of residents in STEM-based careers and compiled data from Niche on the colleges and graduate schools with the best programs in STEM, as well as the best cities for women in tech.

Read more.


In Response to Pandemic, NCEES Schedules Regional Testing for PE Civil Exam

Date: November 18, 2020

To accommodate as many pencil-and-paper examinees as safely as possible, NCEES has added a regional exam administration on January 26, 2021, for PE Civil examinees only. Phoenix, Arizona will serve as a host city.

Registration for the regional PE Civil exam administration opened on November 1, 2020, and closes on December 14, 2020, at 3 p.m. EST. The exam will be administered in Phoenix and the following cities: Pomona, CA; Denver, CO; Groton, CT; Orlando, FL; Topeka, KS; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; Raleigh, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Cleveland, OH; Salem, OR; Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; and Seattle, WA.

Additional cities may be added. Visit the NCEES website for details.


State Licensing Board Meeting

Date: November 18, 2020

The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, December 8 (9 a.m.). The meeting agenda and audio can be accessed here.

Individuals that want to attend the meeting remotely must make a request in advance. The board uses Google Meetups for its remote meetings, which requires the meeting host to invite members to participate. Contact Kurt Winter at kurt.winter@azbtr.gov if you’re interested in attending remotely.


ADOT Seeks Feedback on Sonoran Corridor Proposal

Date: November 18, 2020

The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking community input from residents on the proposed Sonoran Corridor. The roadway would connect I-10 and I-19 near the Tucson International Airport.

According to a Pima County report, the corridor would stimulate economic growth in southern Arizona and would create an economic impact of $32 billion along with 200,000 jobs in the area.

Read more from KGUN9.


Algae Engineering Critical to Sustainable Solutions

Date: November 18, 2020

Among ways being explored to combine biology and engineering to remedy a range of growing global environmental problems, algae-based solutions look especially promising.

The encouraging viewpoint stems from progress in research that is revealing how the properties of algae can be harnessed to become the driving force for a slew of productive biotechnological pursuits, according to an ASU Now article.

Some of the research findings have been the result of efforts based at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, or AzCATI, embedded in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

Algae is an abundant and widely varied group of aquatic organisms capable of producing oxygen through photosynthesis and thereby harvesting energy from sunlight to grow and produce a range of biochemicals.

That capability and related characteristics can make algae a useful component in the development of advanced systems for effectively treating wastewater, producing cleaner energy and new biofuels, reducing harmful carbon dioxide emissions, and improving decontamination and pollution control techniques.

Read more.


Date: November 18, 2020

NSPE’s Job Board is your one-stop resource for professional engineering employment. Whether you are on the hunt for your next career move or looking for today’s top engineering leaders and talent, you will find it here.

NSPE provides the tools PEs need to keep current in the profession and advance their careers.

Featured Jobs
Engineer–Capital Improvement Projects
Chandler, AZ

Project Manager/Senior Engineers
Tucson, AZ

Find more job openings or reach the right employees on the NSPE Job Board.

$15 Billion in Clean Energy Investments Could Boost Arizona Economy

Date: October 28, 2020

The national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released results of a report that quantified significant economic benefits associated with investments in advanced clean energy deployment for the state of Arizona, according to a Solar Power World article.

The report, which was produced by international economics consultant Analysis Group for AEE, used an industry-standard modeling tool to estimate the impact of investing potential federal stimulus funds in advanced energy technologies, products, and services to boost economic activity in the wake of the COVID-19 slowdown.

“As Arizona, like the rest of the nation, looks to recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus health crisis, this report shows investment in advanced energy delivers huge returns to the state’s economy, creating in-state jobs and adding much-needed tax revenues,” said J.R. Tolbert, managing director at Advanced Energy Economy. “Such public stimulus also attracts billions of dollars in private investment and saves consumers — commercial and retail alike — billions annually.”

“By investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, while accelerating the shift to zero-emission transportation, we can generate significant economic activity in the state’s hardest hit communities while also helping Arizona move toward an advanced energy future,” added Tolbert.

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ASU Engineers Better Airline Passenger Security

Date: October 28, 2020

Long lines of passengers waiting to go through Transportation Security Administration screenings at airports can be a source of dread. The time it takes to complete the security process varies, and this can add extra stress for both passengers wanting to get to their flights and TSA officials wanting to provide a smooth and secure operation.

The Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, is tackling the challenge of ensuring that TSA screenings are maximizing the efficiency of their resources, according to an October 23 ASU Now article.

Researchers at the CAOE have been developing decision-support tools to simulate, optimize, and visualize TSA security screening checkpoint operations with ever-changing passenger demands.

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State Licensing Board Meeting

Date: October 28, 2020

The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration held a meeting on Tuesday, October 27. The meeting agenda and audio can be accessed here. The board will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, December 8.

Individuals that want to attend the meeting remotely must make a request in advance. The board uses Google Meetups for its remote meetings, which requires the meeting host to invite members to participate. Contact Kurt Winter at kurt.winter@azbtr.gov if you’re interested in attending remotely.


NSPE Career Center

Date: October 28, 2020

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