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The National Society of Professional Engineers
(abbreviate as NSPE) is a professional association representing licensed professional engineers
in the United States. NSPE is the recognized voice and advocate
of licensed Professional Engineers represented in 53 state and territorial societies and
over 500 local chapters. The society is based in Alexandria, Virginia.==History==
The society was founded in 1934 as a nontechnical organization for licensed professional engineers. The bridge engineer David B. Steinman was
its first president and one of the group of professional engineers that established it.NSPE
published Canons of Ethics for Engineers and Rules of Professional Conduct in 1946, which
evolved to the current Code of Ethics adopted in 1964. The first fundamental canon is “Hold paramount
the safety, health and welfare of the public.”In 1973, NSPE entered into an agreement with
the Society of Women Engineers to support efforts to increase the number of women professional
engineers. In 1976, NSPE was the petitioner in National
Society of Professional Engineers v. United States, 435 U.S. 679 antitrust case. The United States government brought this
antitrust suit against NSPE, claiming that NSPE’s ethical canon prohibiting its members
from submitting competitive bids for engineering services suppressed competition which was
in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. NSPE countered with argument for exception
under the Rule of Reason. The United States Supreme Court decided against
NSPE, allowing the submittal of competitive bids by members thereafter.==Partners==
NSPE has founded and works closely with a number of nonprofit organizations and outreach-based
activities. National Engineers Week was founded in 1951
by NSPE to encourage diversity within engineering and ensure that there would be enough engineers
in the future. Different aspects of this event include “Introduce
a Girl to Engineering Day”, which is designed to overcome the gaps the appear between genders
in engineering employment. NSPE cofounded the middle school mathematics
competition MATHCOUNTS in 1983. More than 350,000 middle school students from
across the United States take part in the math-based competition each year. NICET (National Institute for Certification
in Engineering Technologies) is an arm of NSPE. Through its interest group Professional Engineers
in the Government, NSPE sponsors the Federal Engineer of the Year Award and (along with
several other organizations) sponsors the Washington Award. It formerly published the Professional Engineers’
Income and Salary Survey but no longer does so.==See also==
Engineering Glossary of engineering
California Society of Professional Engineers Engineering ethics

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