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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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$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

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 Job
Senior Civil Engineer Phoenix, AZ

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