May 02, 2012

Student chapter of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers launched at Wentworth

In his last year at Wentworth, Ryan Eisenhauer, BMET ’12, is building a legacy. With the help of his boss at Parsons Brinkerhoff, a global infrastructure consulting firm, who also serves as the education chair for the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), Eisenhauer has set up the first-ever student chapter of the ASPE at Wentworth.

Plumbing engineering is a distinct sub-discipline of engineering which consists of designing plumbing systems and manufacturing plumbing products. According to Eisenhauer, the complex field has become an overlooked sector of engineering, with only about 15 percent of engineers knowledgeable enough to pursue plumbing engineering as a full-time career.

“It gives everyone an opportunity to understand the systems that they’re serving and to understand the products that are serving their systems,” he said.

Eisenhauer believes the new chapter of the ASPE will expose younger members to plumbing engineering and prompt them to consider it as a career choice. Much of this exposure has included direct interaction with working professionals, with Eisenhauser bringing a total of eight companies on campus in recent months. Eisenhauer also hopes to set up a trip into the field to observe professional plumbing engineers on the job in an authentic work environment.

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