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NSPE Executive Mark Golden, left, and ASPE Executive Director and CEO Jim Kendzel sign a memorandum of understanding as the organizations partner to enhance the acceptance of the engineering profession in the U.S. and internationally.Photo courtesy of ASPE.


The American Society of Plumbing Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers signed a memorandum of understanding to push forward the acceptance of the engineering profession in the United States and internationally. The groups will promote professional licensure, ethics and exchange information regarding important issues that affect the industry.

David Dexter, a longtime member of both groups, was critical in bringing the organizations together and to help reach an agreement. Dexter is the chair of ASPE’s main design standards committee and was the NSPE’s central region director from 2011-13.

“This memorandum of understanding signals a new level of cooperation and anticipated mutual growth between two leading organizations in today’s world of engineering,” Dexter said.

One major goal of the MOU is to promote the need for professional engineering licensure and certification programs. The groups plan on working together to build support for a Professional Engineer licensing sub-discipline examination focused on plumbing engineering and design.

“Professional licensing and certification programs and their accompanying continuing educational requirements are critical in today’s fast-paced world of evolving technologies and engineering methods,” ASPE Executive Director Jim Kendzel said.

In other ASPE news, the group collaborated with the Asian Saving Water Council and organized the first International Water Saving Workshop Aug. 28-29 in Chicago.

The workshop’s purpose was to bring members of the ASWC to the Chicago-area plumbing community and exchange water-efficiency initiatives and ideas. The meeting included presentations on green codes and standards in the U.S., water-efficiency initiatives, research initiatives and future development of water product sustainability standards.

The meeting resulted in future plans to share research, develop more communication process through social media and the fostering of a collaborative relationship with the World Plumbing Council.