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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...
September 25, 2009 - 09:24
I am getting good at being blank, Staring at all the zeroes in the air. - Billy Collins Former Poet Laureate of the United States Collins’s “zeroes” are less about currency than they are about being current or rather, motivating oneself to avoid getting mired in a stagnant present. As the professional world rounds the bend on the last fiscal quarter of 2009, Microsoft Word documents everywhere are being fired up to summarize the year end’s professional accomplishments. Annual reviews are being formatted, costs (bonus points if they’re cost-savings) are reported, everyone’s ideas for...
September 18, 2009 - 14:58
At the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying in August, Ed Huston, P.E., a structural engineer from Washington state, made an interesting presentation regarding professional issues with respect to transfer of responsible charge. Below is a brief summary of the issue. There are a number of circumstances where responsible charge needs to be transferred from one professional engineer to another. These circumstances might include the disability, death, or discharge of a PE during design or after a design is completed, or the adaptation of a...
September 9, 2009 - 07:55
The week here usually begins with a vase of freshly cut flowers. Each time I check into this hotel in China’s Guangdong Province, there’s always a vase of stargazer lilies waiting by the bath, compliments of the housekeeping staff. They’re not lilies yet, mind you, just buds. These buds are anticipating their forthcoming lives as flowers much in the same way I am anticipating what the markup on my laundry bill will be this week. Each day as I see the buds a little more opened, I know I am one day closer to finishing out the week’s project work: a floral Gantt chart of sorts....

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