Illinois Society of Professional Engineers Chicago Chapter

Upcoming Events!

2015/2016 Planning Lunch


ISPE Chicago Chapter 2015/2016 Planning Lunch Members Only 

September 24, 2015 

11:00 am - 1:30 pm


Bella Bacino's

75 E Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL 60601

Please join the Chicago Chapter board as we install new officers and have an open planning session for the 2015/2016 budget year.  We will accept nominations for board positions and volunteers for committees at this event.  All members are encourage to attend, but must RSVP in advance.

Time:  11:00 am - 12:15 pm - Networking and Lunch 

            12:15 - 1:30 pm - Installation and Open Planning Session

Cost to attend:
  $15 (only required if eating)

RSVP:  Please email Robin Pelsis at to make your reservation.  Payment will be handled at the door (cash or check).  If you have an interest in participating in any committee or wish to provide an nomination for a board position, please include with your reservation. 

Save the Date


October PDH Seminar

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 

12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Jardine Water Purification Plant


Sanitary Sewer Modeling

Shane Firsching, P.E.


Speaker Biography:

Shane Firsching is a licensed engineer in the State of Illinois. He obtained his Masters degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and his Bachelors degree from Bradley University. He works for Baxter & Woodman as a project manager on sewer and water infrastructure projects. For the last eight years, Shane has assisted municipalities with hydraulic modeling of their sanitary collection systems in addition to other studies and construction designs. He lives in Huntley, Illinois with his wife, and in his spare time, you may find Shane doing home improvement projects or training for the next triathlon.



A hydraulic model is a tool that helps with the evaluation of sanitary sewer performance. They can be used to assess existing or future improvements. A model can be simple and static, or a model can be complex and dynamic. The quality of a model is determined by understanding input data and verifying predicted results. A few case studies will be discussed to demonstrate various types of sanitary sewer model applications.    

The attendee will learn more about:

  • When and why to use a static model
  • When and why to use a dynamic model
  • Modeling software for static and dynamic models
  • Case Study - Need more capacity? Should you upsize, build a relief sewer, build storage, or remove inflow and infiltration?
  • Case Study - What improvements are needed to eliminate the combined sewer overflow?

Full event registration details will be distributed shortly. 

Meet our current Chicago Chapter ISPE Board of Directors

Jeff Rensing (ISPE President), William Bogdel (Member At-Large), Adam Hardy (President), Jose Garcia (Member At-Large), Monica Altenhoff (Vice-President/President Elect), Keith Peltason (Vice-President), Mark Glochowsky (Member At-Large), John 'Tex' Mick (Member At-Large), Joel Feinstein (Treasurer/Secretary) and Laura Drumm (Member At-Large)


The Chicago Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) is a professional association representing the interests of engineers in Chicago from all fields of practice. ISPE is a state society member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the Chicago Chapter membership includes licensed professional engineers, licensed structural engineers, licensed land surveyors, engineer interns, graduate engineers, and engineering students. NSPE, ISPE, and the Chicago Chapter all work to promote the engineering profession at the national, state, and local levels.

The Chicago Chapter provides professional development, marketing, and networking events in the downtown Chicago area. Many events are over the lunch hour or immediately after work hours, focusing on a variety of topics relevant to the field of engineering and frequently offering professional development hours (PDH).

The Chapter also supports the Chicago Region MATHCOUNTS competition, provides scholarships to engineering college students, and distributes awards to local engineering firms for significant project achievements.

Our mission is to promote the engineering profession and enhance the value of the PE license by providing opportunities for engineers in the Chicago area to:

· Obtain professional development hours toward their professional license

· Showcase engineering projects

· Share knowledge with peers, students, and the public

 Illinois Society of Professional Engineers benefits include:
Professional Development Hours
Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for professional engineers are required in Illinois. ISPE programs provide  continuing education hours through many events for members. 
Local Chapters
Active involvement the local Chicago Chapter of ISPE provides opportunities to earn professional development hours required for renewal of your Illinois PE license. Chapters also offer opportunities to network with other professionals, develop leadership skills, and help the community through various charitable causes supported by ISPE. 
Representation before the Illinois legislature in Springfield ensures that the integrity of the engineering profession remains strong. 
PE Licensure
One-stop shop for navigating the maze of Illinois government regulations as they pertain to the licensing of engineers and the practice of engineering.
Media Outreach
Promoting a positive image for engineers. NSPE & ISPE promote the positive image of engineers and actively seek media opportunities to enhance it, and NSPE's U.S. Engineering Press Review gives you access to the latest engineering news.  
Networking Opportunities
Opportunities to meet engineers and make contacts exist at every level of membership - local chapters, ISPE and NSPE.  
ISPE/NSPE members provide a valuable program, generating interest in math and engineering with our youth  
The ISPE Insider
The exclusive ISPE e-newsletter provides members with up-to-the minute information affecting your profession and your industry.  
Illinois Engineer magazine
This quarterly e-magazine provides interesting and informative news involving the engineering profession as a whole, as well as timely information regarding PE licensure in Illinois.  
ISPE Specifically Represents Professional Engineers
ISPE is the only organization dedicated to protecting your professional engineering license. As we increase our membership, we increase the strength of our voice and our ability to achieve our promote and defend the lawful and ethical practice of engineering./