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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...
May 22, 2013 - 09:03
Almost everyone would agree that we owe our veterans returning from overseas tours a debt of gratitude for their service, and that it is important to facilitate their transition back into the civilian workforce. There have been a number of bills filed in state legislatures in recent years setting forth provisions to provide flexibility for returning veterans in obtaining certifications and licenses in a broad range of professions—a laudable goal. Some of these bills, however, have gone a bit far. For instance, one bill in Hawaii would have precluded returning veterans from having to take...
May 16, 2013 - 11:10
How can skills that normally promote your personal brand equity cause serious damage during a teleconference? Understanding how to manage your personal brand during a multiuser teleconference goes beyond just adhering to the basic rules of conference call etiquette. A misstep during a call can mean serious damage to the brand of you, not to mention the brand of the site or office that you’re calling from. Communicating in person amidst a room full of people is like a spacious superhighway where everyone drives in their own lane. Everyone is staying within their own space; everyone...
April 30, 2013 - 09:41
How do you get your reputation to thrive long after you’ve left the room? You make a great impression in business meetings. You always deliver on your commitments. You are results driven and are an impactful player when it comes to delivering client results. Building the outputs of these behaviors involves two aspects of branding: your personal brand identity and personal brand equity. Think of brand identity as the icon, the symbol. Brand identity is what most people think of when they first hear the word, “brand.” It’s the Shell symbol that stands for gasoline. It’s the logo of your...

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