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May 27, 2015 - 18:10
By President Harve Hnatiuk, P.E., F.NSPE It has been said that feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. That being said, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to serve as the 76th president of NSPE. My thanks to my fellow NSPE officers, our board of directors, committee and task force members, House of Delegates members, state leaders, and everyone who has volunteered their time, talent, and treasure to move NSPE forward this year. Many, many thanks to the NSPE staff for its outstanding work. We are blessed with so many great individuals...
May 22, 2015 - 09:24
By Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE NSPE was formed in 1934 for the express purpose of enacting professional licensure laws in each of the 50 states. Forming an integrated partnership with state organizations, NSPE accomplished that goal by 1947. We picked up the District of Columbia and the US territories by 1960. Which raises the question: Do we need NSPE anymore? Can’t we just declare victory and go home? Unfortunately, no. Putting aside for the moment the valuable work that NSPE and its state societies perform to support, promote, and strengthen the license and support the licensed engineer...
May 22, 2015 - 09:12
By President Harve Hnatiuk, P.E., F.NSPE Early last year, I learned that it is many times wise to throw away preconceptions about certain things and try something different. I was having shoulder problems along with neck stiffness, coupled with back pain and an elbow that was very tender to the touch. Recently, it occurred to me that this experience has similarities to the pains that NSPE and many other organizations feel. I recalled going to my general physician a little over 20 years ago with a litany of minor issues for which I needed some relief. He admitted to me at the end of our...
April 23, 2015 - 15:30
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has proposed modifying the ABET baccalaureate-level civil engineering program criteria which, along with general criteria, set accreditation requirements for civil engineering programs accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC).These changes to the program criteria have been approved by the EAC and passed first reading by the ABET board of directors in November 2014. If passed at second reading by the ABET board in November 2015, the modified program criteria would become applicable for...
March 2, 2015 - 14:53
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE The NSPE Engineering Body of Knowledge (EBOK) provides a description of 30 capabilities that are necessary for the practice of engineering in responsible charge of projects that may impact public health, safety, and welfare. While some are learned initially in engineering education, many of these capabilities are attained in part or in whole through progressive engineering experience. It is important to note that there is a great difference between four years of progressive experience and one year’s experience, four times. Engineer interns (EIs or Engineers...
December 9, 2014 - 09:11
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE Engineering licensure has always been on the basis of the so-called three-legged stool of education, examination, and experience. In recent decades, most licensure jurisdictions have enacted continuing professional development requirements necessitating that practicing professional engineers accumulate a prescribed number of hours in acceptable topic areas every several years in order to renew their PE license. Due to the increasing importance of lifelong learning in professional practice, we are approaching the point where one might refer to a “four-...
November 24, 2014 - 08:50
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE In October 2014, a group of 90 practicing licensed professional engineers attending a New Hampshire Joint Engineering Societies (NHJES) continuing professional development conference participated in session exercises on the NSPE Engineering Body of Knowledge. The results are enlightening regarding the development of engineering capabilities. The NSPE Engineering Body of Knowledge (EBOK) characterizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the practice of engineering at a professional level in responsible charge of engineering activities that...
November 5, 2014 - 15:20
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE Some believe that civil engineering is significantly different from other disciplines of engineering from both education and practice perspectives. Civil engineering education continues to require significant technical breadth. In addition to the foundational knowledge in mathematics, sciences, the humanities, and social sciences, and applicable topics in engineering science, including laboratory experiments that are common to all engineering disciplines, the civil engineering accreditation criteria require basic knowledge in at least four different civil...
October 16, 2014 - 09:32
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE At the 2014 Annual Meeting of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), a workshop was held for attending PE board members from around the country to hear a presentation on the NSPE Engineering Body of Knowledge (EBOK). Of the 60 attendees, 37 participated in a detailed workshop session to consider how the 30 different capabilities identified in the EBOK are attained, and of those capabilities which they felt were critical to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare in engineering practice. The results of...
September 25, 2014 - 10:45
The steel vessel behind us was the size of a FedEx truck. But instead of books and online-purchased appliances, it was full of beer. The wall of fermentation tanks at the Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Minneapolis was an appropriate backdrop for me and the group of Young Engineers (YE) who were gathered in the glow of its shimmering metallic foreground. Even if you don't prefer adult beverages as your libation of choice, the science and engineering involved in the fermentation and production of beer is a technology that is simultaneously old (there is evidence of beer brewed...

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