The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineer’s Annual State Conference will be held September 13
thru 16, 2017, at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. It will be an event that no engineer should
miss. The main objective of the PSPE involves protecting the professional engineering license; therefore,
it’s the obligation of every professional engineer to support the conference by attending.
For the early arrivals on Wednesday, September 13, a group meal at the Hard Rock Café, within easy
walking distance of the Sheraton, is planned at approximately 6:00 p.m., depending on completion of the
PSPE Executive Committee meeting. We will be ordering from the menu, and each attendee will be
responsible for paying for their own dinner and drinks via individual check at this event.
Official Conference registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, at the Sheraton. From
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., concurrent sessions will be presented, where you can earn professional
development hours for your license renewal. The session topics vary from the Greenfield Avenue Bridge
Replacement project to Autonomous Vehicles, Bridge Inspection with Drones, the Cracker Plant
Construction in Beaver County, and Heave Distresses to Structures and Construction Elements from Pyritic
Materials, as well as a plethora of others. After the sessions, relax and have fun with a dinner cruise on
the Gateway Clipper from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., where you will have a chance to see the beautiful three
rivers of Pittsburgh, have a couple of drinks, and mingle with fellow engineers.
On Friday, September 15, sessions continue from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and will include topics such as
the Rehabilitation of the Andy Warhol 7th Street Bridge in Pittsburgh to Ethics in Engineering Design,
Professional Liability Issues Surrounding Sustainable Design and Resilient Design, Arc-Flash Hazards, and
Fire Protection Systems in the IBC 2015, plus many others. The evening activities will start with the
President’s Reception at the Sheraton at 5:30 p.m., followed by the banquet wherein PSPE officers will be
installed and awards will be presented to very worthy engineering and PSPE chapter awardees. Joe
Boward, PE, F.NSPE, of the Pittsburgh Chapter, will be installed as PSPE President for 2017-2018. The
PSPE Board of Directors meeting will be held on Saturday, September 16.
Overall, 44 peer review sessions are planned, with many running concurrently. You will have the
opportunity to select the sessions that most interest you.
Tours of various local highlights will be available during Thursday and Friday, including “All About the
Burgh, Culture and Ketchup,” which includes the Molly’s Trolley tour of historical Pittsburgh; a tour of the
Pittsburgh Botanical Garden; and lunch at the Christie House in the Village of Sewickley.
There will be plenty of fun as well as serious topics and networking to be had and covered at the
Conference. Come and mingle with your fellow engineers and bone up on your PDH requirements. For
information and to register for the Conference, visit the PSPE website, www.pspe.org.