The Missouri Engineer Fall/Winter 2016.indd

Fall/Winter 2016 Volume LXXIX, Issue 5 & 6

The Missouri Engineer, Page 1

Fall/Winter 2016

The Missouri Engineer

The official publication of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers whose mission is to promote the ethical and competent practice of engineering

2017 Marks MSPE 80th Anniversary


By Cherie L. Bishop Editor,The Missouri Engineer MSPE TURNS 80 ON FEBRUARY 16TH! “It was a stormy, sleet-filled day when a group of hearty engineers met at 2 p.m. on January 9, 1937 in an open forum to discuss the proposed registration bill for architects and engineers to be introduced

Looking through the society’s historical files more details about MSPE’s beginnings are detailed with vivid descriptions ... “Invitations for the event were sent to 1,700 engineers and architects throughout the state. Early replies and requests for a copy of the proposed bill were indicators there was back

to local engineers and less than 10 outside speakers and visitors, including W.S. Conlon of Washington, D.C. from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), where he served as Executive Secretary.” It was decided at the open forum, Mr. Conlon would assist in setting up and organizing the Missouri Society of Professional

The first called meeting of the society took place February 16, 1937 where attendance by 20 members was recorded. In addition to the officers, these attendees became the society’s founding members, which included: Ernest W. Carlton, W. E. Davis, E.E. Decker, L.E. Edwards, A.A. Farnham, F. H. Frame, C. L. Gilbreath, Milan

Presidents' Message, Page 2

2017 Legislative Outlook, Page 4

13th Annual Fall PDH Days, Page 5 "Sneak Peek" at MSPE's Upcoming

2017 Annual Convention, Page 6

New Member and Life Member Contribution Lists, Page 8 Life and Retired Status Request Protocol, Page 8

to the 1937 state legislature. The forum,held on the Missouri School of Mines campus, was set up to inform architects, engineers and other interested persons of the proposed bill’s provisions and to solicit support for its enactment,” an excerpt from MSPE’s 50 th Anniversary book published in 1987 reads.

great interest statewide” much credit for setting up the form was given to Missouri School of Mines professors Joe B. Butler and Ernest W. Carlton who are also credited with the MSPE’s founding. “Those high expectations were marred by a severe sleet storm on the day of the meeting limiting attendance

Engineers. Temporary leaders chosen were: Joe B.Butler,Rolla, President; M.E. Countryman, Jefferson City, Vice President; C.E. Bardsley, Rolla, Secretary- Treasurer, and A.H. Baum, St. Louis, National Director. This newly formed organization was the foundation and starting point of today’s MSPE.

Johnson, I.H. Lovett, C.V. Mann, H.W. Meyer, B.H. Rucker, R.S. Rucker, Earl Snell and W. C. Stover. The purpose of this meeting was twofold: first to inspect copies of registration laws already enacted by other states and, secondly, to discuss and formulate desirable policies See MSPE 80th, Page 6

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