Engineers Rally to Offer Expertise, Save Lives

Sept. 13, 2001

In light of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America, the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) today offered a specialized team of its members as experts available to consult on the many engineering concerns created by Tuesday's tragic events.

These engineers can discuss and offer advice on the following issues:

Search for survivors: Construction techniques for safe rescue and protecting the lives of rescuers;

Underground impact: Repairing underground utilities such as water, gas, electric, and telephone;

Would any building survive? Building integrity and structural design;

When will it be safe to re-enter buildings? Impact on surrounding buildings and structures; and

Getting back to normal: Clean up, waste disposal, rebuilding efforts.

"We want to help people start rebuilding their future," said Patrick J. Natale, P.E., executive director of NSPE. "Engineers have the skills to help address the serious challenges that face our nation in the aftermath of the attacks. That's why we're offering ourselves as resources to help people understand the complexities of such a terrible tragedy."

Founded in 1934, NSPE is the national society of engineering professionals from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure and enhances the image and well-being of its members. NSPE currently serves approximately 58,000 members through its 53 state and territorial societies.

The American Engineering Campaign, launched in April 2001, is a program funded by NSPE to help people understand what engineers do in their careers and the role engineers play in improving the quality of life.

Source: National Society of Professional Engineers