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February 8, 2010 - 16:38
This is the fourth in a series of four articles prepared by a subcommittee of the NSPE Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee examining the various impacts of the additional engineering education initiative. This summary was drafted by Paul D. Schmidt, P.E. Comments are welcome. How will the implementation of a “master’s or equivalent” pre-requisite for licensure impact the profession of engineering? It is often asked whether the increased educational requirement will result in a shortage of engineers and licensed professional engineers. The additional requirements...
February 1, 2010 - 08:31
In the present economic straits, even some of the most robust corporations have just now begun to start climbing up out of the embers. Of the many books on the subject that have appeared, Jim Collins’sHow the Mighty Fall, captures the act of collapse from a systems point of view. Written actually before our present recession, Collins and his team discretized corporate collapse into distinct phases, some survivable, some irrecoverable. Many of these underlying principles have analogous examples to our careers as engineering professionals. In comparison, Collins’s five stages overlap very...
January 25, 2010 - 09:45
This is the third in a series of four articles prepared by a subcommittee of the NSPE Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee examining the various impacts of the additional engineering education initiative. This summary was drafted by Paul D. Schmidt, P.E. Comments are welcome. The fundamental goal of the “Masters or Equivalent” initiative is to require additional education to provide an improved base of knowledge for those wishing to practice at the professional level. This will both require and cause changes in engineering education in the U.S. The current proposals...
January 4, 2010 - 12:14
For many decades now, theNCEES Model Lawhas indicated that the recommended educational requirement for licensure as a professional engineer is a baccalaureate degree in engineering from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) ofABET, “or equivalent.” The interpretation of the “or equivalent” has been a state-by-state determination, and in some cases an applicant-by-applicant determination. Historically, the “or equivalent” has been most applicable in its application to degrees from universities in foreign countries that have been evaluated to determine the...
December 18, 2009 - 15:37
The end of the year is upon us, but before you devote all your free time to catching up on episodes ofLostor making round-trip sojourns to the eggnog punch bowl, consider a few other ways to make the most of your holiday gift of Outlook-calendar free time. Don’t underestimate what some quality time off can do for engineering your career and the challenges of the year ahead. Make these fleeting moments yours while on your path to excellence in self-renewal and self-innovation. In Samuel Florman’sThe Civilized Engineer, a seminal treatise on enhancing engineers’ and the public’s...
November 9, 2009 - 07:57
InSuperfreakonomics, Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s best-selling sequel to their 2005 hitFreakonomics, they write of an individual “so polymathic as to make an everyday polymath tremble with shame.” That individual is Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft who is a scientist, award-winning photographer, rare-book aficionado, and dinosaur bone collector, among other things. Myhrvold went to college at age fourteen and then continued on with multiple bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in physics and mathematics, doing a little research in cosmology with Stephen...
November 4, 2009 - 09:44
This is the second in a series of four articles prepared by a subcommittee of the NSPE Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee examining the various impacts of the additional engineering education initiative. This summary was drafted by Paul D. Schmidt, P.E. Comments are welcome. What will it take to enact additional educational requirements as a prerequisite for professional licensure and what will it mean to professional engineers who are currently licensed and to those who choose to get licensed in the future? Enacting additional education requirements is seen as the...
October 22, 2009 - 16:09
This is the first in a series of four articles prepared by a subcommittee of the NSPE Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee examining the various impacts of the additional engineering education initiative. This summary was drafted by Paul D. Schmidt, P.E. Comments are welcome. One of the concerns frequently raised about the efforts to enact increased education requirements as a pre-requisite for licensure is the cost of the additional education. The current revisions to the NCEES Model Law require those seeking licensure as a Professional Engineer to have either a masters...
October 19, 2009 - 07:55
When I first met Dr. Robert Greer, he was going through a combination of spreadsheets and table-sized CAD drawings with the meticulousness of an archaeologist on a work site, hidden behind a pillar of manila folders and three-inch binders. I had shown up in his office as a new hire engineer, looking for help to get on the path of becoming an EIT. He and I had worked on similar manufacturing projects together, and I had always found his insights fascinating. When I mentioned my EIT aspirations to him, a wry smile crept through his Santa beard and he proceeded to give me one of many...
October 1, 2009 - 11:24
In many states, engineers who work in industry providing engineering services are exempt from licensure requirements. Of those state licensing boards that responded to a survey by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, 29 licensure jurisdictions exempt employees of industrial or manufacturing firms, and 14 have no such exemption provisions. Of those states with exemptions for industrial employees, many do not enforce licensure requirements on engineers who consult to those industries later in their careers, rather than work as employees. Is a consultant treated as an...

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