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June 29, 2015 - 14:03
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE Accreditation by ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) of an engineering master’s program constitutes what is often referred to in licensure as the “gold standard” for graduate engineering education. Such programs face a rigorous accreditation process that includes reviewing facilities, faculty, and program requirements, as well as assessing student outcomes and continuous improvement initiatives. And perhaps most importantly, all graduates must adhere to the baccalaureate-level general and program criteria of a related...
June 29, 2015 - 11:05
By Tim Austin, P.E., F. NSPE, President 2015–16 “What does NSPE do for me?” That’s a common question that I’ve heard during my visits to state societies over the past couple of years. It’s a question that I used to frequently ask as well. It is the question that compelled me to run for the North Central Region director position upon completion of my term as president of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers. That same question caused me to almost drop my NSPE membership upon completion of my two-year term as NCR director. The question later led to an opportunity. When then President...
June 15, 2015 - 13:09
By Mark J. Golden, CAE, FASAE Author and consultant Seth Kahan writes about three stages of evolution in associations: Transactional: Dues and the sale of products, services and publications generate the revenue to fund activities that advance and protect the profession as a whole. From the individual member’s perspective, however, it is still pretty much a WIITFM (“what’s in it for me?”) proposition. “Do the direct benefits I receive worth more than the money I am spending with the association?” The danger for organizations is this can degenerate into an effort to find and offer anything...
June 8, 2015 - 10:03
By Craig Musselman, P.E., F.NSPE This is the third in a series of articles on the role of technologists within the engineering profession and within engineering licensure. The first article dealt with the process for technologists to become licensed as professional engineers in some, but not all, US jurisdictions. Seventeen licensing jurisdictions require a degree from an EAC ABET accredited program and do not allow technologists to become licensed as professional engineers. The second article dealt with the differences in undergraduate curricula between technology and engineering programs....
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-...

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