Text Box: MathCounts Needs You 
MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide competition for 7th and 8th graders who excel in Math.  Teams from registered schools compete locally for the chance to win top honors and even represent the Philadelphia Chapter at the State and National MATHCOUNTS Competitions.
When is the Philadelphia Chapter Competition?
The 2008 MATHCOUNTS Competition will be held Saturday, February 9th, 2007.  In the event of a severe weather event, it will be held Saturday, February 16th, 2007.
Where will it take place?
The Competition will be held at the Student Center, which is at the intersection of 13th Street and Montgomery Avenue, on the Main Campus of Temple University.
Why should I participate?
MATHCOUNTS is a program that encourages the academic achievement of middle school students.  Any time spent promoting math among youth is an investment in the future of our and every other profession.  
How can I help, offer to volunteer, or make a donation?  
Write to the Philadelphia Chapter Coordinator, Abraham El, at ael@pennoni.com, or call him at (215) 222-3000 extension 3541. 
State Director’s Message
by Jason S. Schmoyer, PE, State Director

Text Box: October Meeting
The collapsed Minneapolis Interstate 35W bridge was a classic deck truss design which is not used anymore because it is "nonredundant" - meaning that if one member fails, the whole thing can go.  The purpose of monitoring and inspection systems is to identify and ameliorate bridge structures before there is a catastrophic failure.  Unfortunately, there is significant variation since each state has its own inspection methodology for classifying bridge health and safety.  Joe praised recent efforts where 'Civils' were collaborating with electrical engineers in developing remote and passive monitoring systems to assure bridge structural integrity.   
The Philadelphia Chapter Needs You
PSPE Philadelphia is at the forefront of mentoring the children of our community to the opportunities of engineering and what it takes to get there.  Starting with the DiscoverE program at the elementary level and our MathCounts program for 7th & 8th graders, we are the front line ambassadors for Engineering.  But we need volunteers to make these programs work.  Please contact President Philip Udo-Inyang, Ph.D., P.E., to see how you can help these with these programs.
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