Certification fees to increase

Fees for SBE certification and recertification will increase for SBE members $2 to $3, depending on the level of certification, effective January 1, 2011. The non-member rates will also increase.

December 31, 2010 is the deadline for applying for recertification if your certification expires January 1, 2011. Check your certificate and submit your application before it’s too late!

CertPreview software is now downloadable for PC and Mac in addition to being on CD. Sample tests are $29 each and can be ordered online.

Get more information on SBE’s certfication and professional development courses.

Dues Increase in 2011

At its meeting on October 26, the SBE Board of Directors approved a $5 increase in membership dues, to $68, for the Member, Senior, Associate and Fellow membership categories, effective January 1, 2011. The increase will be the first in four years. SBE president, Vinny Lopez, at the Annual Membership Meeting held the following day, cited normal increased costs of operating the Society as the reason for the increase.

Chapter 91 Fall Schedule

Our friends at Chapter 91 in Lansing have let us know their plans for fall as of now.

October 20, 2010 location tba, program tba.

November 17, 2010
WKAR Stations,
Room 204 Communication Arts & Sciences Bldg,
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Madison Batt from KPFF will make a presentation regarding towers.

December 15, 2010
**Christmas Dinner**
Coral Gables
2838 East Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, MI

Chapter 91 September meeting

SBE Chapter 91
September 15, 2010
1930 ET

Room 204
WKAR Stations
Communication Arts and Sciences Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

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There have been several key developments in the backup power industry that will enabled Harris Corporation to removed their battery UPS systems and installed our compressed air UPS systems to provide backup power for their telecommunications equipment. Please see the attached case study for details.

PnuPower manufacture AC and DC UPS systems that do not rely on batteries and use compressed air for energy storage. These systems are extremely reliable and often cheaper than their battery equivalent with a minimal maintenance requirement. They can be installed outside and are designed to operate in extreme temperatures.


Andrew Goodwin BEng(Hons)CEng MIET WhSch is a Chartered (Professional) Engineer and obtained his Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from UMIST in Manchester. He has extensive experience in the development and manufacture of high speed rotating machines. He led the Customer Service department for one of the worlds leading flywheel energy storage companies for many years and has experience of numerous types of manufacturing including Nuclear and Chemical plants. Andrew is a Whitworth Scholar and a member of the IET.