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Professional Development Hours Workshop for Engineers and Registered Architects

Scheduled seminars throughout the DC 37 Education Fund provide licensed Professional Engineers and Registered Architects the opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours for license renewal. Engineers are required to have a minimum of 36 development hours as part of the renewal process; 18 of which must be in an interactive classroom setting. These seminars are open to licensed engineers and architects only.

Spring 2018 – March/April:
Spring 2018 – May/June:

May and June 2018 – Seminars and Instructors’ biographies.

CE-186 Ethics for Practicing Engineers (Part #1) *
This seminar will review ethical obligations of licensees as outlined by the New York State Department of Education and licensure. Examples will be given from recent actions by the department against individuals along with analysis of where the licensee went wrong, and what could have been done to lessen risk and mitigate failings. Differentiations between mis-practice, malpractice and non-feasance will be discussed as well as methods to avoid each. A review of administrative actions against licensees will be undertaken so that participants will know how to respond to achieve the best results. A discussion of record keeping and proper practices will also afford participants an opportunity to improve procedures and hopefully better respond to inquiry if any.

Subject: CE-186 Ethics for Practicing Engineers (Part #1)
Time: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Location: New York, N.Y.
Instructor: Gil V. Perez, BME, JD, PE, Lic. Plumber, Lic. Stationary Engineer

CE-187 Ethics for Practicing Engineers (Part #2) *
This seminar will review ethical obligations of licensees with an emphasis on other administrative bodies and their internal Licensing actions, and particularly actions against Professional Engineers and architects. A review of changes in Department of Building Requirements and new code changes in documentation and job filing procedures with the City of New York will be undertaken. Requirements of other agencies including the Fire Department and DEP will be discussed. A review of Federal Regulations as they relate to the practice of Engineering and Architecture as well as a discussion of contracting with Federal and State agencies will be undertaken. Discussion of legal liability to clients, statutes of limitation, innovation and the drafting of contracts and retainer agreements.

Subject: CE-186 Ethics for Practicing Engineers (Part #1)
Time: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Date: Monday, May 21, 2018
Location: New York, N.Y.
Instructor: Gil V. Perez, BME, JD, PE, Lic. Plumber, Lic. Stationary Engineer

Gil V. Perez, BME, JD, PE, Lic. Plumber, Lic. Stationary Engineer
Mr. Gil V. Perez is a practicing attorney and professional engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering From Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and JD from Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Perez worked for the City of New York as an Assistant Mechanical Engineer for 15 years at the Department of Environmental Protection, Board of Education and NYCHA where he specialized in Sanitary Engineering and Construction Management. He currently is in private practice specializing in Administrative Law and Construction Litigation, as well as matters of licensure, Corporation formation and Real Property. Mr. Perez is also a licensed Plumber and Licensed High Pressure Boiler Operator, and has consulted in various aspects of building construction. In law school, Mr. Perez was a student member of the Association of the Bar of The City of New York Ethics Committee, and participated in the work of the committee for three years. He continues to follow closely ethical rulings within the various administrative bodies affecting engineers and licensed professionals. In addition, he has volunteered with the Military Law Committee of the Brooklyn Bar Association and is a member of both the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Brooklyn Bar Association.


CH-114 Engineering Challenges Associated with Climate Change (Pt. 1)
CH-114 will focus the scientific evidence that has been accumulated and the modeling efforts that project what will happen.

  • Is our planet undergoing “Global Warming”? Is the rate of climate change increasing? Is human activity to blame? These are questions many people around the world are asking in light of warmer winters, hotter summers, and severe storms, draught, expanding deserts and melting polar ice caps. However we may not be able to answer these questions with high degree of certainty because climate changes, unlike weather patterns, occur over periods of thousands of years and not within the time span of a few generations.
  • We must acknowledge that climate change is the norm and not the exception when viewed from astronomical timelines. Earth’s climate has cycled from warm to cold to warm several times and will, in all likelihood, continue this pattern.
Subject: CH-114 Engineering Challenges Associated with Climate Change (Pt. 1)
Time: 5:30 pm to 09:30 pm
Date: Monday, June 4, 2018
Location: New York, N.Y.
Instructor: Dr. Gene DiResta, Ph.D. Bio. Engr., P.E.

CH-141 Engineering Challenges Associated with Climate Change (Pt. 2)
CH141 will focus on what, if anything, we can or should do to improve our chances for survival. We will introduce concepts of adaption to help our world cope with current climate effects while simultaneously developing strategies to mitigate the perceived factors that are accelerating climate change.

  • The important concerns we face today are how do we anticipate and then accommodate the expanding world population’s need for food, shelter, health needs, and energy requirements in the face of the climatic turmoil we are experiencing.
  • Humans are the current dominate inhabitants of earth but unlike other dominate species that became extinct from climate change humans possess the intellectual capacity and engineering capability to cope with the current climatic challenges and perhaps influence the outcome and the survival of our species.
Subject: CH-141 Engineering Challenges Associated with Climate Change (Pt. 2)
Time: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Date: Monday, June 18, 2018
Location: New York, N.Y.
Instructor: Dr. Gene DiResta, Ph.D. Bio. Engr., P.E.

Dr. Gene DiResta, Ph.D. Bio. Engr., P.E.
Gene R. DiResta holds a BS in Biochemistry, an MS in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Bioengineering with a minor in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. He worked in industry for 7 years as a biochemical engineer designing reactors using enzyme technology for the production of food and beverages from bench to industrial scale. He is well versed in the theoretical and practical aspects of instrumental methods of analysis, mathematical modeling and control engineering. He received his PE in Chemical Engineering. Leaving Industry he went to work as a Medical Physicist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he directed the Nuclear Medicine Research Lab and was the Technical Director of the Positron EmissionTomography Facility for 12 years. He transitioned from diagnosis to therapy by becoming the Director of the Orthopaedic Research Lab, serving for 12 years before being recruited by NYU to be the Director of their Bioengineering graduate program. Dr. DiResta currently has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 7 US patents for a variety of devices and processes. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology in Medical Nuclear Physics. His particular outside interest is in the area of the engineering challenges of climate change because it leverages his expertise in chemical engineering, nuclear physics, mathematics and chemico-biologic principles. Climate change is a bioengineering problem because it affects the earth’s biosphere, i.e. its animal and plant life. He is ideally equipped to understand the complexity of the biological effects resulting from climatic effects and develop lectures to explain the phenomena to practicing professional engineers.

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