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Loop elected president of professional engineers chapter

Stephen Loop, lab research engineer in ITD’s Materials Section, was installed as president-elect of the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) at its state convention last week.

He is currently serving on the state board as the director for the Southwest Chapter and will assume his new position on July 1.

ISPE is the Idaho state society of engineering professionals from all disciplines (i.e. civil, mechanical, computer, electrical, chemical...) that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members.

The society’s values include: ethical conduct, professionalism, competency, protection of the public, fulfillment of member's needs and licensure.

Loop’s other professional activities have included:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers: Southern Idaho Section 150th anniversary committee, member;

  • Institute of Transportation Engineers, Transportation Planning Council, 1991-present member; secretary/treasurer, Oregon Section, 1977, chairman, Technical and Membership Committees, Oregon Section 1974-1977;

  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE): Southwest Chapter Idaho Society of Professional Engineers, secretary/treasurer, president-elect, president; past president, and chapter director, 1999-present; Southwest chapter ISPE Math Counts competition, volunteer, 2000-present; ISPE scholarship committee, chairman, 1990-1996; ISPE Professional Engineers in Government Practice Division, secretary/treasurer, vice chairman, and chairman 1985-1988; and

  • Transportation Research Board, bicycling and bicycle facilities committee, past member.

He also has been involved in civic activities, having served on the board of directors for the West Valley Neighborhood Association since 1998 and as cochairman of the Five Mile & Ustick Neighborhood Center Planning Committee. In January, Loop was elected president of the association.

Other public service includes 10 years of service on the Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission, two years on the Boise City Design Review Committee, and assignments on the mayor’s task force on organic recycling and the advisory committee on solar access.