New student chapter of TSPE approved at Tarleton

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STEPHENVILLE (November 11, 2019) — The Texas Society of Professional Engineers has endorsed the formation of a student chapter at Tarleton State University.

Tarleton is now one of only nine universities in Texas to have a student chapter of the TSPE, part of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

The organization supports engineering education through various capacities. Student members have exclusive access to scholarships, discounts on preparatory materials for licensure exams, mentoring and leadership programs in the engineering profession and free webinars and guides on engineering ethics and professional development.

Dr. Kartik Venkataraman, faculty advisor for the new group at Tarleton, filed a formal petition for establishing a student chapter early in the fall semester. With the help of licensed professional engineers Brian LaFoy, who leads the TSPE’s education committee, and Skylar Wierzbicki, an alumnus of Tarleton’s environmental engineering program, requirements were verified and the petition was approved.

“Engineering licensure is the ultimate recognition for a professional and opens the doors for advanced managerial roles within engineering firms,” Venkataraman said. “Having a student chapter of the TSPE on campus will provide much needed exposure for engineering majors to the licensure process and the values of a professional engineer license.”

The activity of the Tarleton chapter is expected to offer significant professional development and networking opportunities for student members and will further elevate Tarleton’s visibility in the engineering disciplines.

Students within the engineering profession are encouraged to register for a free student membership through the NSPE:https://www.nspe.org/membership/type-membership/student-membership.


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