In 2002, the National Society of Professional Engineers’ (NSPE) Educational Foundation and Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc. established the Fellowship as a tribute to the remarkable man who was the NSPE’s general counsel for 40 years and a consultant to Schinnerer for 15 years.
Through his advocacy of engineering ethics, qualifications-based selection of professionals and equitable risk allocation among project stakeholders, Milt Lunch positively influenced countless engineering and architectural careers and design and construction projects around the world.
The fellowship is an intensive 8-week summer program. The two-part program includes:
- An educational component—to advance the fellow's understanding of professional liability risk management in the performance of engineering and architectural services.
- A research component—to address a specific source of risk relevant to engineering or architectural practice and where possible, to the fellow’s field of academic study.
Applicants for the fellowship must:
- Be a U.S. citizen,
- Intend to pursue a career in, or related to, engineering, architecture, construction or law, and
- Be either:
- 1) An undergraduate (rising junior) studying in an accredited civil, construction, electrical, environmental or mechanical engineering program or in an accredited architecture program, or
- 2) A graduate student (with an undergraduate degree in one of the above-listed programs) enrolled in engineering, engineering management, architecture, construction or program management, business management or law.
- 3) A faculty member teaching at an accredited program in the above-listed fields with a focus on practice management.
Interested students should complete an applicationand send it to:
Joseph H. Jones, Jr., Esq.
Director, Risk Management
Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc.
Two Wisconsin Circle
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Location and Compensation
The fellowship is held at Schinnerer’s Chevy Chase, Maryland office, adjacent to the Friendship Heights Metro. It provides a stipend of $8,000 for the 8-week commitment.
Applicant screening will be conducted by a committee including Schinnerer and at least one member of the Professional Liability Committee of NSPE.
The deadline to apply is January 25, 2013. The successful applicant will be notified by February 22, 2013.
For your convenience, you can download a flyer about the fellowship.
Prospective fellows can also contact NSPE about the Milt Lunch Fellowship.
Published Work of Past Fellows
White papers and other published work from previous Milt Lunch fellows can be found below.
Navigating Sustainability: The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Designing and Constructing Green Buildings
Though sustainable buildings are generally healthier and safer, several aspects of their design and construction contribute to unique additional risks. These risks, best practices for design professionals in order to mitigate them, and relevant contract documents are presented. There is also an in-depth discussion of the many misconceptions about the construction costs, energy performance, and innovative technologies of green buildings.
Seismic Design: Prescriptive Codes, Performance-based Design, and the Responsibilities of Structural Engineers
Building codes are an attempt to standardize and monitor the safety practices of designers and constructors alike. This paper weighs the advantages and disadvantages of prescriptive codes vs. performance-based design codes as they relate to seismic design. It also discusses the role of the structural engineer in designing buildings to withstand the effects of an earthquake.
Integrated Project Delivery: Possible Roles, Risks, and Incentives for Structural Engineers
Conceptually, IPD merely means optimal collaboration among all project participants, which leads to project success. From a legal or insurance perspective, IPD means the contractual obligation to collaborate, which involves sharing both risk and reward. Such a concept offers structural engineers a great opportunity for success, but also poses new risks.
Restoring Neglected Assets: Brownfields Reuse and Related Risks for Landscape Architects
Our Brownfields white paper analyzes federal legislation related to brownfields sites and how these project types reflect a unique set of risks, particularly for landscape architects.
New Standard Contracts for Integrated Project Delivery: An Analysis of Structure, Risk, and Insurance
Integrated project delivery (IPD) is an industry-changing process that offers reduced waste and optimized efficiency throughout the design and construction phases of building. These attributes are especially important to clients, but are also favorable to design professionals and contractors because they encourage a reduction in disputes and claims.
Sustainable Design Risk Management
Designing for sustainability involves considering environmentally responsible design alternatives consistent with the client’s program, schedule, and budget. This paper will explore some of the legal and insurance implications of the “green” movement, as well as developments in common rating systems.
Florida Highway Engineering Services
A claims analysis of this particularly risk-intensive service for Florida engineers.
Three-part HVAC Study
(1) an in-depth paper on the causes of HVAC claims, (2) an article on managing and avoiding HVAC claims, and 3) case studies examining causes of HVAC claims and design techniques to help mitigate risks.