Fellows Reference Information


Reference Information

In selecting Fellows, the Fellows Selection Committee shall evaluate the significant and exceptional contributions of each nominee. Criteria to be considered shall include, but not limited to: ASPE chapter and society growth; ASPE chapter and society leadership; technical and practical research in the field of engineering with emphasis on plumbing engineering and design; engineering technical accomplishments by or for ASPE or other related organizations (as evidenced by publications, awards or similar); intellectual and leadership contributions in the advancement of Education programs for the profession and industry; championing and adoption of local, state or federal legislations, including codes; advancements and contributions in theory or practice of plumbing engineering, design, contracting or manufacturing, including education and academia. Click here for the reference form.

Reference Letter

The reference letter is basically support for the Fellow candidate and is generally the most important input to the Fellows Selection Committee’s assessment. A perfunctory endorsement is NOT helpful to the Committee no matter how distinguished the reference individual.

To be effective, this reference should describe the nominee’s SPECIFIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS, and their IMPACT, based on the reference’s personal knowledge. References should support the principal points made in the nominator’s narrative recommendation, or other points with which the nominator is not familiar. To be most helpful to the Committee, statements asserting the importance of a particular accomplishment or piece of work should include an informative explanation of why it is influential. These should be as specific as possible and should convincingly attest to the influence and effect of the nominee’s work in plumbing engineering and design and his/her promotion profession or plumbing industry.

The most effective references of support or supportive narrative are direct, but specific. Assertions about the importance of a particular accomplishment should be accompanied by evidence of its impact, where possible. On the other hand, overly expansive discussions tend to detract from the persuasiveness of a letter in any case; each letter of support is limited to TWO pages. Especially helpful to the Committee are those references that are carefully crafted and allow the Committee to focus on substantial contributions of the nominee. Click here for a complete listing of the current Fellows.

Reference Checklist

  • Does your reference letter address and demonstrate that the candidate meets those criteria in the categories selected by the Nominator?
  • Does your reference letter address significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering and design profession, the Society, or to the plumbing industry?
  • Did the Nominator's package contain the Nominator Form and three (3) reference letters?
  • Are the Nominator and the References members of ASPE?
  • Has the Nominee Been a member of ASPE for 20 years?