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UNH Joins Manufacturing Cybersecurity Group

Date: December 14, 2020

The University of New Hampshire has joined a public-private partnership aimed at improving cybersecurity in manufacturing, according to the Union Leader. The Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute is led by the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a five-year cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy. The institute, known as CyManII (pronounced sī-man-ē), will focus on three priorities where collaborative R&D can help US manufacturers: securing automation, securing the supply chain network, and building a national program for education and workforce development.

Wind Farm Illustrates Tension Over Renewables

Date: December 14, 2020

A commercial-scale wind farm on a ridgeline in Antrim continues to generate tensions nearly a year after it began operating, reports Energy News. Opponents say the nine wind turbines are noisy and ruin the area’s natural beauty; proponents believe they are an acceptable tradeoff to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The Antrim Wind Energy project is the state’s fourth largest. The town receives an annual $324,000 payment in lieu of taxes.

Skilled Workforce Critical for New Hampshire Manufacturing

Date: November 18, 2020

Building a skilled workforce for advanced manufacturing opportunities in New Hampshire is crucial, considering that manufacturing accounts for one of every eight jobs in the state, reports the Union Leader. At the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute in Manchester, efforts are underway to manufacture human tissue and whole organs. Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, ARMI has more than 150 partners, with more than $300 million in government and private investment committed. On a recent ARMI webinar, a former director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute said, “My world view is that if we’re going to build a truly competitive workforce for tomorrow, we have to meet people where they are, and during my 20 years in this field, what I’ve learned is that people learn what interests them, they learn what excites them and they learn 24/7/365, so we have to meet people where they are.”

NH Shows Strength in Science, Tech

Date: November 18, 2020

Once again, a California think tank has listed New Hampshire as one of the most innovative states in the US, reports NH Business Review. The Granite State moved up two spots from 2018, to No. 7, in the Milken Institute’s State Technology and Science Index. The ranking provides a benchmark for evaluating the knowledge economies of all 50 US states. The index compares each state’s capacity for achieving prosperity through scientific discovery and technological innovation. According to the article, New Hampshire performed well in technology and science workforce metric, which measures intensity of computer and information science experts, engineers and life and physical scientists in the overall workforce.

Article Infrastructure History: Can Concord’s Gasholder Be Saved?

Date: October 28, 2020

The historic round brick gasholder in south Concord faces demolition, but hope remains for its preservation, reports the Concord Monitor. The structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1888 to store gas made from coal brought to the site in rail cars. The gas was used for lighting and heat downtown Concord before natural gas arrived in 1952. City council is re-examining the issue to determine if the gasholder can be saved. The article quotes a city council member: “We are seeking another engineering review of the building using an engineer who specializes in historic buildings. Modern engineering firms … who are not familiar with older buildings, they tend not to attribute any value to some of the older architectural techniques.”

Major Solar Project Moves Ahead

Date: October 28, 2020

State regulators have approved a utility-scale solar project for the first time, according to New Hampshire Public Radio. The 30-megawatt array will cover about 100 acres of private land in the town of Fitzwilliam. The developer, Florida-based NextEra, is aiming to complete the project by the end of 2021. Energy from the array will “will feed into the New England-wide power grid, but its emissions benefits will count toward Southern New England’s climate change goals, under a tristate effort to fund renewable energy development, NHPR reports.

We Want to Hear from You!

Date: October 28, 2020

Do you know of engineering news in New Hampshire 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

Milford Teacher Honored for STEM Excellence in Teaching

The New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers has joined forces with the NH Joint Committee of Engineering Societies and the University of New Hampshire to recognize deserving teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels who are promoting STEM curriculum in the classroom.

This year marked the 14th consecutive year of this exciting program, and we have had the pleasure of honoring many outstanding teachers throughout New Hampshire. These great teachers are the motivators and educators for our next generations of engineers, inventors, mathematicians, and scientists.

Mr. Frank Xydias

This year’s winner, from the high school level, was Mr. Frank Xydias, of the Milford Applied Technology Center in Milford. Mr. Xydias received a plaque honoring his achievement along with a stipend check. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we were not able to honor Mr. Xydias at a formal ceremony prior to the end of the school year. We extend our extreme appreciation to Frank and to the work he does with youth in the Milford area.

Submitted by Robert Rotier, NHSPE Teachers Awards Chair,

Learn more about the awards and view winners.

2019 NSPE-NH John Alger Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

Jared Fortier

NSPE-NH is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2019 NSPE-NH John Alger Memorial Scholarship is Jared Fortier of Newbury, NH. Jared is currently attending the University of New Hampshire in Durham majoring in Computer Engineering and expects to graduate in May 2023. Jared plans to get a job here in New Hampshire as a computer hardware engineer once he earns his degree. At UNH, Jared is involved with the UNH Hamel Scholars Program and the UNH Honors Program.

Thank you to all that donate to the scholarship fund to make this program possible.


New Hampshire Society Celebrates STEM Teachers

Robert Rotier (left) presents Robert Lalancette, a teacher at Nashua North High School, with a STEM Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018.


Elementary school teacher Suzanne Schedin created an Innovation Lab, a MakerSpace full of supplies and activities that any group in the school can use for STEM activities. High school teacher Robert Lalancette developed a Marine Robotics program, in which students build remotely operated vehicles and learn ocean engineering, marine biology, computer engineering, and manufacturing.

These are just a couple examples of the activities and individuals who have garnered STEM Excellence in Teaching Awards over the last 13 years. The awards are given to elementary, middle, and high school teachers by the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers in collaboration with the Joint Committee of New Hampshire Engineering Societies and other partners, such as the state licensing board.

According to Matthew Low, P.E., an NSPE member who oversaw the awards from 2010–2017, they began as a way to recognize educators who were “energizing and inspiring the potential engineers of tomorrow.” The New Hampshire Society knew from NSPE and others that students decide in the middle school years whether they may pursue a technical path. Says Low, “We wanted to recognize the teachers at all levels who were helping to keep scientific or engineering fields as options for students as long as possible.”

Nominated teachers are evaluated on their creativity, innovation, integration of programs, and learning effectiveness. Nominations may be made by parent teacher organizations, fellow teachers, school administrators, or others. The winners receive about $250.

According to Robert Rotier, a retired chemical engineer and teacher who has chaired the awards committee for the last two years, a growing number of nominations are in the technology and engineering areas. More schools are building engineering programs into curricula, he says.

Key to winning the awards is what he calls “STEM leadership.” Are the teachers getting grants, modifying the curriculum, “changing the world of how kids learn”?

Learn more about the awards and view winners.

February 19, 2020 SAVE THE DATE - eWeek Banquet

National Engineers Week (E-Week) is celebrated around the country every year in February to commemorate the birth of engineering, beginning with the first US engineer and President, George Washington. This year our Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Grappone Conference Center – 70 Constitution Avenue in Concord, NH. On behalf of the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE-NH) and the New Hampshire Joint Engineering Societies, we invite you to join us for casual evening with friends and colleagues to honor scholarship recipients, Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year.

Now accepting applications for the NSPE-NH State Scholarship

Application deadline is April 30. To read more, go to our Scholarship page.