NSPE Opposes Oregon Bill on Changing Engineering Standards

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William Pino founded Municipal Lighting Systems, Inc., in Miami, Florida, where he went on to serve the company as president for more than two decades. While at the helm, he led the Miami-based company to annual earnings totaling upwards of $20 million. In addition to his entrepreneurial efforts, William Pino belongs to numerous professional societies, including the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

A recent news release announced that NSPE joined the Professional Engineers of Oregon in a public stance against proposed legislation permitting Oregon interior design professionals to tackle engineering functions in their commercial projects.

In their statement, the two organizations described the lengthy certification and licensing process that professional engineers undergo. By allowing interior designers to serve in the same capacity by way of a voluntary program, they argued that Oregon lawmakers would undermine the stringent standards by which their engineers abide. That’s why they urged the state’s House members to vote against HB 2153, the legislation in question, to prevent design professionals from performing engineering functions without being licensed pursuant to Oregon law.


Illuminating Engineering Society – 2017 Annual Meeting

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William Pino is a longtime lighting professional and president of Main Street Engineering in Miami, Florida. As part of his dedication to lighting engineering and urban lighting systems, Miami’s William Pino is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society.

The Illuminating Engineering Society is dedicated to the art and science of lighting. It offers a wealth of educational resources for lighting professionals, government entities, and professional organizations operating in the world of lighting and illumination. It maintains a special focus on public and municipal applications of outdoor lighting.

The Illuminating Engineering Society holds a conference each year in order to bring lighting professionals together. The 2017 annual conference is themed My Light, and will discuss the impacts of light on human health. This topic is especially important this year, following the widely-publicized American Medical Association announcement about LEDs and blue light.

This year’s keynote speech will be presented by Steven Squyres, a principal scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover Project and Cornell University professor. He will be joined by a variety of experts throughout special seminars, paper presentations, and more.

The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held August 10-12 in Portland. Registration is open now.

Latest IES Standard Offers More Than 30 Percent Energy Savings

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An accomplished engineer, executive, and entrepreneur, William Pino has been the force behind An accomplished engineer, executive, and entrepreneur, William Pino has helped steer several successful Miami-based companies in the engineering and illumination sectors. In addition to his professional accomplishments in the Miami area, William Pino holds membership in the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of North America.

In a recent study of the impact of the 2016 IES and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 on the cost of energy compared to previous standards, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) found that Standard 90.1 saves just north of 34 percent compared to IES’s previous standard published in 2004. PNNL conducted this research as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program.

Commenting on the study, ASHRAE president Tim Wentz noted the four decades of cooperation between his organization and IES to constantly update Standard 90.1 in accordance with modern developments in energy savings and production. He also predicted that the two groups would continue to push forward to find the most energy savings possible, even as the work becomes more difficult in the face of inherently efficient new technologies.

Three Benefits to Being Multilingual

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William Pino founded Municipal Lighting Systems, Inc., in Miami in 1995 and worked as the company’s president and CEO until 2016. His effort and dedication to the Miami-based company has led it to become the number one supplier of outdoor lighting products in multiple South Florida municipalities, with sales exceeding $20 million a year. Aside from his professional life, William Pino is a polyglot, someone who knows multiple languages, with fluency or conversational-level mastery of English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Greek.

Aside from enriching your travel experience, learning multiple languages offers numerous other advantages. Three indirect advantages of multilingualism include:

1. Better Cognitive Function – According to Northwestern University’s Global Languages Initiative, simply knowing multiple languages in enough to boost your cognitive abilities. Things like problem-solving, memory, and creativity all benefit from learning a new language.

2. Enhanced Employment Opportunities – According to the US Department of Labor, 25,000 new translation and interpretation jobs will have been created between 2010 and 2020. This 42 percent growth rate in the field highlights how in-demand multilingualism is in the job market.

3. Improved Decision-Making Abilities – According to a 2013 study, multilingual people are better able to resist framing techniques and mental conditioning, which are tactics often used by advertisers and politicians.

Florida Engineering Leadership Institute Enhances Leadership Skills

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Former Main Street Engineering president and CEO, William Pino founded the Miami, Florida-based company in 2002 and provided electrical consulting engineering for outdoor lighting projects throughout Miami. William Pino maintains membership with the Florida Engineering Society, which elevates engineering professionals to community leaders through the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute.

The Florida Engineering Leadership Institute (FELI) focuses on transforming engineering professionals into leaders and professionals within the state’s societies and workplaces. Its mission serves to advance the Society’s ultimate goal of positioning engineering professionals to shape society on a global scale. Participants will engage in an initial 10-month class that enhances leadership skills and teaches strategies to help them serve the profession and their communities. Additionally, FELI connects participants to a network that spans current and past classes, which also serves as an outreach group to business and community leaders.

FELI consists of six sessions and runs from November through August. Four of the sessions will begin with a Thursday reception and often include optional outings and golf events. The Professional Engineers Legislative Days will host one session, enabling students to observe the Florida government and meet their state representatives. Furthermore, the final session will take place alongside the FES/FICE Annual Summer Conference and Exposition, which includes a graduation ceremony.

Ping-Pong Diplomacy

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The founder and current president of Main Street Engineering, located in Miami, Florida, William Pino was formerly the vice president of Power & Lighting Systems, Inc., also in Miami, where he worked for 14 years. In his free time, William Pino enjoys playing ping-pong.

Very few sports can boast to having created a diplomatic opening between hostile countries. In 1971, while the Cold War was continuing between the West and the communist powers, and the US was embroiled in the Vietnam War, an American ping-pong team was playing a tournament in Japan and was then invited by a Chinese squad to play an exhibition match in China.

These were the first Americans invited to China since the communist takeover in 1949. President Nixon considered this opening to be a great opportunity to thaw relations, and he sent Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to China after the ping-pong match to negotiate a presidential visit. Seven months later, Nixon made the trip, and the meetings were so successful that he called his visit “the week that changed the world.”

AMA Warns About LED Street Lighting

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William Pino serves as president and CEO of Main Street Engineering, a Miami consulting firm of which he is also the founder. William Pino’s company has been involved in jmajor outdoor lighting projects, including a lighting upgrade at The City of Coral Springs, Florida.

LED lighting is now often used in municipal outdoor lighting applications but it is not always pleasant to the eyes, and lowering the “color temperature” can be a significant improvement. In June of 2016, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced an official policy statement concerning street lighting – that lights need to be both “cooler” and dimmer. Since municipalities are replacing traditional bulbs with LEDs, the AMA recommends that the color temperature, or measure of spectral light, not exceed 3000K.

Several US cities adopted lighting systems in the 4000-5000K range, with a higher quantity of blue in the light spectrum. Residents of Davis, California, for example, found the high-temperature lights so disagreeable, they demanded their replacement. High-temperature illumination causes two problems: Glare and discomfort. If the blue light concentration is so high that glare is excessive, this can result in constriction of the pupils or even damage to the retina.

The AMA also cited the ill effects of high-temperature light on human circadian rhythms. White LED lights are estimated to suppress melatonin (the chemical responsible for sleep) five times more efficiently than the high-pressure sodium lamps they replace, so people subjected to this light are increasingly suffering from sleep disorders.

Respecting Wildlife with Responsible Lighting Design

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William Pino, a Miami-based entrepreneur and businessman, has over 35 years of experience applying his electrical engineering training to municipal outdoor lighting projects. The effect of light pollution on sea turtles is a concern in Miami and other coastal areas, and William Pino has supported environmentally friendly, energy-efficient designs that consider animals’ sensitivity to artificial light.

Scientists have determined that the brightness and glare of artificial lighting can be disorienting to sea turtle hatchlings that are trying to find their way back into the ocean. Instinct directs small sea turtles toward the brightest light on the horizon, historically moonlight reflecting off the ocean. As inland lighting continues to increase, however, the hatchlings can easily become confused and wander in the wrong direction.

Many counties in Florida have passed lighting ordinances to regulate artificial lighting on beaches. These ordinances prohibit the use of bright, white lights such as metal halide, fluorescent, mercury vapor, and incandescent bulbs. Instead, fixtures must utilize low-pressure sodium bulbs, true red neon, or LED bulbs using red, orange, or amber light.

Experts suggest that beachfront property owners do their part by taking the following precautions:

– Turn off any unnecessary lights, and avoid outdoor decorative lighting.

– Face lights away from the beach, and use shields or flashing to keep light off the beach.

– Use directional fixtures rather than lights that provide general ambient lighting.

– Use bulbs with the lowest wattage possible.

Miami Rescue Missions Offers Cover Girls Program to Benefit Women

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In his most recent position as president of Florida Lighting & Traffic in Miami, Florida, William Pino ensured that his efforts toward sales, promotion, and marketing within the company led to securing contracts that further grew the business. When he is not involved with work, William Pino donates to the Miami Rescue Mission.

The Miami Rescue Mission offers several programs that benefit those who are homeless or live in underserved communities with limited resources in the Miami area. One of the programs the mission offers is known as Cover Girls, which provides mentorship for women and girls who may be experiencing issues such as an abusive home life.

Cover Girls helps these individuals by letting them know they are not alone. Members who offer assistance to women and girls may be involved in activities such as being a mentor, providing financial help through the program, and sharing their successes, such as landing a job or celebrating a birthday. These individuals meet with their mentees at least two times a month.

St. Thomas University Hosts Science Fair

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Miami, Florida, resident William Pino, most recently the president and CEO of the Main Street Engineering, has worked as an electrical engineer and businessman for nearly 40 years. Recently, William Pino was named a member of the advisory board for the School of Science at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.

Recently, St. Thomas University invited 150 elementary students from 19 different schools in Miami Gardens to display science and engineering projects at their sixth annual Science and Engineering Fair. The fair, hosted on STU’s campus, is designed to foster a love for science and STEM-related activities in the next generation. In addition, students are exposed to science, engineering, and technology opportunities at the university.

Over 15 prizes were awarded at the fair, ranging in value from $100-750. Judges included STU students enrolled in the School of Science, representatives from the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, and William Pino and Sara Fulton of the school’s advisory board.