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November 20, 2013 - 10:30
Make the Most out of Your Thanksgiving Holiday Travels With Thanksgiving comes the promise of family gatherings, second helpings of gravy and stuffing (my personal favorite of all the holiday carbs), and meeting family and loved ones on the landscape of reunions and “How’s work?” inquiries. But one barrier stands between you and that table of plenty: travel. Whether you are driving, flying, or even hosting a Thanksgiving Day gathering, there is work to be done and time, effort, and patience spent before earning your seat at the table with your sanity intact. For productivity hounds out...
November 19, 2013 - 09:16
The National Society of Professional Engineers has released the first edition of “The Engineering Body of Knowledge” (EBOK), a first effort on behalf of the profession in defining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for the practice of engineering as a professional engineer in responsible charge of engineering activities that may impact public health, safety, and welfare. The EBOK is intended to apply to all disciplines of engineering. The 60-page document is intended for a broad audience—engineer interns and practicing engineering supervisors and mentors, employers,...
November 19, 2013 - 09:07
How PE Licensure Has Changed Interesting article by Kathy Hart in the October issue of NCEES’s Licensure Exchange. Hart is the executive director of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and she writes about the changes in licensure over the past 20 years. She mentions three in particular: Exam Administration “In 1993, all exams were on paper and used #2 pencils that the board staff sharpened by hand before every exam administration. Exams were shipped to the board office (in a not particularly secure manner) and a couple of days were spent...
October 3, 2013 - 09:43
Unlicensed Practice of Engineering A few years ago, an NCEES survey of state professional engineering licensing boards requested information from each board on the categories of violations indicated for cases opened during a two-year period. Responses were received regarding data on several thousand disciplinary cases. The frequency of categories of violations reported in that survey was as follows, beginning with the most frequent: incompetence/negligence; unlicensed practice/offer; ethics/professional conduct/misconduct; fraud, deceit, misrepresentation; and...
September 20, 2013 - 15:09
The table below provides the best and most detailed information developed to date on the status of exemptions from engineering licensure laws and regulations in each licensure jurisdiction in the U.S. This table was developed in 2013 by the Industrial Exemption Task Force of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, and included in the background information provided for the August, 2013 NCEES Annual Meeting. It was based on a detailed review of the statute and rules in each state, with input from individual state licensing boards. The NSPE policy regarding industrial...
September 16, 2013 - 09:29
At its annual meeting in August 2013, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) voted by a substantial margin to modify the Model Law for engineering licensure to allow for the early taking of the PE exam. Currently, the Model Law, and most states, require that applicants for a PE license complete the required number of years of progressive engineering experience prior to attempting the Principles and Practices of Engineering Examination (the PE exam). With this coming change, the Model Law will stipulate that engineers may, at their option, attempt the PE exam...
August 15, 2013 - 09:31
This is the second in a series of articles about the licensure of engineering technologists in the U.S. Thefirst articledescribed the current status of licensure of technologists as professional engineers and indicated that some 17 jurisdictions do not provide a pathway for technologists to become licensed, while the balance of the jurisdictions do, generally requiring additional years of engineering experience, averaging about six years. Licensure as a professional engineer requires a technologist to pass both the FE and PE examinations, which address a technical engineering body of...
August 15, 2013 - 08:53
With a name like Cadwallader Colden Washburn, or “C.C.” as he was called, was it any wonder that this 19th century lawyer, former Wisconsin governor, and flour magnate would become entrepreneurially emboldened by the industrial revolution and put Minneapolis on the map? I was in the Twin Cities for the 2013 NSPE Leader Conference and Annual Meeting, and in a rare set of spare hours at the end of my travels, I found myself at theMill City Museum, standing atop the ruins of the Washburn Crosby ‘A’ Mill. Above me, the Gold Medal Flour sign, in large yellow block letters, gazed down at me as...
July 1, 2013 - 13:48
The license plate ahead of me read, “Famous Potatoes.” But on this trip to give a keynote talk on behalf of the NSPE Board of Directors at theIdaho Society of Professional EngineersAnnual Meeting, the true scene-stealer wasn’t America’s favorite starch but rather, one of the country’s most scarce yet precious assets: engineering. I had arrived in the city of Coeur d’Alene thanks to the gracious invitation of the Idaho Society President Greg Brands, P.E., Julie Wall, and the Northern Idaho Chapter Leaders Sandra Raskell, P.E., Angela Lemmerman, P.E.,and Eric Olson, P.E. I was sitting in one...
June 3, 2013 - 14:05
Several years ago, I was at an ABET symposium on engineering education. A professor from an engineering program rose to say, “I would like to comment on a topic we don’t often discuss in the engineering profession. I have been a professor for over 30 years now, and I can tell you that more of my former female engineering students are NOT working in engineering than are, at this point in time. I wonder if the engineering profession is not user-friendly to women.” That comment has stayed with me since. I have intended to write something about the topic, although a number of people have advised...

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