Welcome to WSPE!
Greetings! Introducing myself, my name is Martin Hanson and I am honored to have been elected to serve as the WSPE President-Elect for 2017-2018. Since we do not have a current society president, I will also be serving as Acting President. I recently retired from a 40-year career in private consulting, federal government, and municipal government. I currently do a limited amount of consulting in the areas of transportation public policy and project management. I also teach at the undergraduate level at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. I like to spend my free time near Hayward, Wisconsin; preferably on the lake!
As we begin another year for WSPE, I would like to take a moment to thank Ed Rodden, for his service to WSPE. Ed served as the society's executive director for over six years. Ed has decided to pursue other interests as of June 30, 2017.
Our executive director position is currently vacant. We have divided some of the executive director responsibilities among the current executive committee as we analyze how the society will proceed. We need additional volunteer help more than ever—if you have the slightest interest is lending a hand, please contact us. Many hands make light work for all.
I have not set any BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals, from Built to Last) for the coming year. Evaluating the executive director position will consume a fair amount of time and effort. We are open to all ideas from members. We will explore hiring a replacement, using volunteer(s), and partnering with other organizations, among others.
The society must also be vigilant on all impacts to licensure. We will continue to energetically advocate and monitor legislation that promotes the public health, safety, and welfare.
The executive board will look at the traditional major events during the year and strive to maintain the Discovery Conference, Governor’s New Product Award, and MATHCOUNTS. To pursue these great events will require members to step forward to help organize and facilitate the actual events—We need you!
If you have not picked up my theme for the year yet, here it is. To continue the success and important mission of WSPE will require more active participation from the membership. Please consider getting involved in WSPE by volunteering to work with one of our portfolio leaders, helping to plan and attend the Discovery Conference, assisting with the MATHCOUNTS competitions at the state or local level, participating in your local chapter activities, or even considering a leadership position at the state level. We are at a critical junction. It is not enough to simply pay your dues so you can claim membership—although that is important. We need your active participation and active involvement to sustain WSPE and the many opportunities it creates for PEs in Wisconsin. We need to reach out to the education systems high schools, tech schools, and universities to create more awareness of the PE credential and why it should be important to everyone—they use the infrastructure, products, and systems we create.
I look forward to serving you in 2017/2018. Let’s make it a grand year!
Martin Hanson, P.E.
WSPE Acting President