Welcome to the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers

Message from the President

On behalf of the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers’ (RISPE’s) Executive Board, welcome to our newly reformatted website! We encourage you to take a few moments to browse the pages and learn more about RISPE.

Below are a few key examples of how RISPE and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) make a difference:

  • Each year in March, RISPE hosts the Rhode Island MATHCOUNTS Competition where middle school students from throughout RI compete against each other on math problems. The event encourages students to pursue math and develop skills that help them later on in high school and college and ultimately assist them in pursuing fulfilling careers. 

  •  Each year in May, RISPE awards a $500 scholarship to a deserving Rhode Island High School Senior pursuing higher education in engineering. Last year alone we had approximately 50 applications!

  • NSPE is advocating for and defending the Professional Engineering License against those in support of legislation and/or regulations that would erode and even destroy the license as we know it.

The above examples, in addition to all of the other worthy causes that RISPE/NSPE support, would not be possible without the support of our valued members and sponsors. As such, the RISPE Executive Board encourages the continued support of our current members and asks those who are not members to consider joining and/or contributing to the society.

A RISPE/NSPE Membership offers many benefits including, but not limited to the following:

  • Networking opportunities with members of the local engineering community;
  • Local volunteering opportunities;
  • Free continuing education credits;
  • Reduced fee for EJCDC documents and other engineering publications;
  • Access to online job postings;
  • Subscriptions to NSPE publications; and
  • Discounts with businesses such as UPS, Office Depot, Lenovo, and many more.

If you have any questions about RISPE/NSPE or are interested in joining, please contact us at info@rispe.org. In addition, please feel free to join us at one of our upcoming membership meetings (see our Calendar of Events Page for more details).

David J. Arpin, PE
RISPE President


Our Events

Latest Photos

Society Info for 2018–19

This year’s Executive Board is very enthusiastic about the upcoming year and providing our members with some great community events. This year we will be focusing on retaining and growing our membership. Look at our new website for upcoming events, scholarships, and more.

read full article

RISPE Scholarship

Each year the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers awards $500 scholarships to local high school seniors interested in pursuing an engineering degree in college. If you are interested in applying for the RISPE Scholarship, the cover letter and scholarship application are listed below.

Learn more

Member Spotlight

Peter Pisasale, PEWhat does leadership mean to you? A leader needs to have the courage to do the right thing every time. They set the tone for the organization.

Read member's profile

NSPE is the only organization that advocates for the licensed professional engineer. There are a lot of other great organizations out there for the engineering profession, but NSPE is on the professional engineer focus.
—Tom Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, F.NSPE, NSPE President 2017–18

I joined as a student member - joined a couple committees at the state level in Minnesota and got to know a lot of people that way and realized this was a community of professionals I wanted to be a part of, and wanted to make part of my career.
—Kodi Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE, NSPE President 2016–17