2020 ISPE Virtual Conference

2020 ISPE Virtual Conference
Don't miss Illinois Society of Professional Engineer's first ever virtual conference:  Looking to the Future!


We are so excited to bring this opportunity to you. Here's what you can look forward to:

PDHs - We are committed to bringing you quality educational programming. Our virtual, multi-track conference will provide you with the opportunity to earn 14 total PDHs - 9 during the 3-day live virtual event, and up to 5 OnDemand sessions taken at your convenience.

Convenience and safety - You will be able to watch our sessions easily from your home or office.

Discounted registration - Moving online lowers our costs, so your fee will be lower as well.

Stay connected
- Even though we won't be together in person, ISPE will be providing you with ways to engage with your peers and receive updates from the Society.

Industry knowledge
- Our sponsors are excited to join us. They are a great way to learn about new products and services in the industry.

Important Details

We've created an Attendee FAQ. Download it here to access some tips from us and PDH information.

You will be required to pre-register for all of the sessions you plan to attend. You will select your sessions during registration.

Registration will close on Wednesday, July 8 at 5:00 PM Central. Registrations cannot be accepted after this deadline due to the logistics required to manage a virtual event.
 

Registration Fees

Members:  $159 
Non-Members:  $259  

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing (email is acceptable) by 5:00 PM on June 30, 2020 for a refund, less a $50 processing fee.  Refunds will not be issued for no-shows.  Substitutions are permitted, provided ISPE is notified in writing by July 8, 2020. 

Registration Tips

  • You are required to pre-register for every session you wish to attend. If you do not pre-register you will not receive a link to join each session.
  • Login to register.  Once you login, the registration rates will be based on your membership status. 
    If you are a member, DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT. All ISPE members have an existing account.  Click "forgot my password" link or contact the ISPE office if you are unable to login. If you create a new account, you will not receive the member pricing, even if you are a member.  
  • "Register someone else" allows you to register another member from your company if we have both of you tied to that company in the system. Looking to register a colleague and don't see them on your list? Let us know and we will make the adjustments.
When
7/14/2020 8:30 AM - 7/16/2020 12:15 PM
Where
IL UNITED STATES

Program

   

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

 
There will be a brief welcome message, followed by the keynote session. 1 PDH Senator Ram Villivalam, Chair of the Illinois Senate Transportation, will kick off this year’s conference and share his insights about post-COVID 19 realities, the status of the state capital budget and what he is anticipating for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.
Time
8:30 AM - 9:35 AM
8:30 AM

Speaker: Jamie Piercy, Professional Concepts Insurance Agency 1 PDH Emails are part of the oxygen of our daily lives. They are a primary path of communication and we use them to get things done. Yet given the litigious nature of our world, it is critical to treat this common form of communication with the attention it needs and think very carefully about what we write and why we write it. This three-part program presents examples of self-implicating and subsequently weaponized emails and guidelines for writing appropriate, shorter, and clearer messages.
Time
9:50 AM - 10:50 AM
9:50 AM

Speaker: Ted Meckes 1 PDH Meckes will discuss challenges with water treatment and nutrient loading, success stories and the hardships encountered with the management of such a large lake and watershed.
Time
9:50 AM - 10:50 AM
9:50 AM

Speaker: Joseph Kozak, MWRDGC 1 PDH Due to upcoming phosporous permit limits at two of the District's largest plants, we will discuss site specific approaches to achieve phosphorous removal biologically.
Time
11:05 AM - 12:05 PM
11:05 AM

Speakers: Melissa Roberts, USI & Eric Singer, Ice Milller LLP 1 PDH Owner-drafted design contracts seem to contain the same themes, over and over. They can be packed with one-sided provisions that modify the standard of care, create un-insurable and sometimes unattainable obligations, and unfairly transfer risk which cannot be controlled by the design professional. Join experts Eric Singer, attorney with the law firm of Ice Miller LLP, and Melissa Roberts, risk manager with insurance broker USI Insurance Services LLC, as they lead a lively conversation on some of the worst of the worst, to understand their risks and to hear some strategies for negotiation when these clauses appear in your agreements.
Time
11:05 AM - 12:05 PM
11:05 AM

ISPE members only
Time
12:20 PM - 1:05 PM
12:20 PM

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

 
Speaker: Mark Golden, FASAE, CAE 1 PDH This presentation will focus on professional engineering ethics principles and concepts, including such topics as protection of the public health, safety and welfare, professional competency, objectivity, truthfulness, confidentiality, conflicts of interest and emerging issues/challenges affecting the practice of engineering. Examples of ethical dilemmas will be reviewed and discussed.
Time
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8:30 AM

Speaker: Ali K. Oskouie, MWRDGC 1 PDH The regulatory requirements under the Clean Air Act for emissions from POTWs are quite variable and depend on factors such as the unit process and the contribution of industrial flows. This presentation will address the applicability of the CAA to POTWs and the monitoring and reporting requirements.
Time
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
9:45 AM

Speakers: Catherine Strauss & Ryan Poor, Ice Miller LLP 1 PDH Sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited in the workplace. In this session you will learn the definition and types of sexual and other unlawful harassment, understand your role and responsibilities, learn how to recognize, report, and react to sexual and other unlawful harassment, and learn to recognize potential harassment situations.
Time
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
9:45 AM

Speaker:  John Keebler 1 PDH Cyber risk continues to be a matter of critical importance for businesses of all sizes. This presentation will focus on creating awareness around the exposures that companies face, the emerging cyber threats and trends, and highlighting some "best practices" that firms can adopt to improve their security posture.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM

Speaker: Bryan Miko 1 PDH
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM

Thursday, 16 July 2020

 
Speaker: Kyle Lazell
1 PDH
Lazell, IDFPR's Staff Liaison for State Board of Professional Engineers, will address various relevant and timely topics.
Time
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8:30 AM

Speaker: Glenn Clayton 1 PDH This 50-minute presentation begins by discussing how important it is for designers to take the "long view" and prepare for any contingency which might threaten our critical infrastructure. Clayton will go on to explain how drainage systems, in particular, may be affected by extreme events. Finally, concrete is shown to be a superior material in reducing potential damage, protecting human life, and minimizing restoration time and cost.
Time
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
9:45 AM

Speaker: Sam Reed 1 PDH What is the next "What if?" In 2020, it is COVID-19, in 2014 it was Ebola, what's next? How can you, as a Professional Engineer, play a critical role in protecting your clients, their patients, and even the United States from the next threat, be it chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or the next emerging infectious disease.
Time
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
9:45 AM

Speakers:  IDOT, IL State Toll Highway Authority, and Capital Development Board 1 PDH Representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Tollway, and the Capital Development Board will discuss capital projects most likely to affect you.
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM

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