The George Washington Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors welcomes you to our website. Here you will find everything you will need to know regarding our chapter, members, and the electrical industry.

This chapter encompasses Washington, D.C. and most of Maryland.

Continuing Education credits are provided for those current members who attend a full session and sign in properly. In July, 2008, we were officially added to the list of approved Continuing Education providers by the Prince George's County Board of Registration for Master Electricians, Journeyman Electricians, Apprentice Electricians, Electrical Contractors, and Electrical Subcontractors. Here's a link for our current activity. The full version of the minutes of all our meetings to date can be found on the current activity page. 

Here's a link to an extended obituary of Art Hesse, our chapter's godfather.

If you have questions or comments about this web page, please call the Chapter secretary at 301-699-8833, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. If we're out, please use the voicemail. Voicemail is quite reliable except when there's an outage. For other local questions, contact either him or one of the other officers listed below.

Use this link to email the chapter.

One point, though. We are a gathering of colleagues with similar goals. Therefore, I hope that if you find any problem or error on this site (even a typographical error) you will take a moment to report it. Even better, describe how you believe we can convey the correct information.

January 18, 2017 Meeting

It’s not in the NEC: Our Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities
Our presenter on Wednesday--not Tuesday but WEDNESDAY, January 18--is Joseph W. Cooch, Esq. of Lee & McShane, P.C., a construction law firm that practices throughout the D.C. Metro.

Unless you keep a lawyer whom you trust on retainer, this is a meeting you don’t want to miss, whether you’re an inspector, an electrician, or an engineer/designer. Mr. Cooch’s experience defending construction professionals in DC and Maryland also enables him to advise clients on risk management and contracts.

We’re meeting, as usual, at 5:30 at Prince George's Community College’s Westphalia Training Center at 9109 Westphalia Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 (near Largo).

Also as usual, some of us will meet before 5:30 to shoot the breeze, just for the camaraderie.

See you on 1/18/2017

Forthcoming Events

Chapter meetings will take place on Wednesdays in 2017:

  • January 18;
  • March 15;
  • May 17;
  • September 20; and
  • November 15

On March 15, we have an important, and I hope related, topic: we're going to look at the Ethics of our work. The presenter is Christopher Morris, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair at the University of Maryland, College Park, who volunteered an evening of his time.

On May 17 , provisionally we'll have an evening with Jack Lyons, representing NEMA. The topic has not been settled as yet; we'll have it at our March meeting.

            It's possible that we'll have a summer event, as well.

On September 20, we'll learn from our UL representative: he's worth checking out. While we haven't selected a topic for Jeff  Simpson yet, two have been mentioned:

     (1) two hours on some aspect of photovoltaics;

     (2) NEC Article 725--you can do plenty of damage without 240 volts, or 277/480.

Our last meeting, on November 15, has no presenter as yet. Stay tuned. If you have ideas about promising presenters and desirable programs, let's hear it.

Officer List

PositionFull NameEmail
1st Vice PresidentKarl
Membership ChairRobert D. Welborne,
PresidentRobert D. Welborne,
SecretaryDavid E.

IAEI George Washington Chapter



Chapter Founder: Art Hesse


Bylaws (pdf)

Contact Information

Shapiro,  David E.
114 Northway Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 699-8833
9 am - 9 pm; You also can fax, but only by pre-arrangement--there've been too many robofaxes. His web site is:

President: Robert Welborne

Past President: vacant.

Vice President and Membership Director: KarlMirpanah


Our purpose is to further electrical safety, and in particular to foster electrical education and the uniform application of electrical standards. About a third of us are electrical inspectors, mostly working for local governments, but including quite a few third-party inspectors. The other two-thirds are contractors or their employees, engineers, consultants, and representatives of organizations that support IAEI. (The ratio of inspectors to contractors is reversed in our Canadian section; go figure.)

As of Fall 2016, we had 40 local members. We welcome others who might consider joining IAEI. Our meetings are held on the third Wednesday evenings of January, March, May, September, and November. We normally take care of chapter business and then enjoy an educational program.