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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....
September 8, 2009 - 09:21
Think about how many professional engineers who you know who serve in elected political office at the local, state or national level. For many of us, we might know one or two, or perhaps none. We’re busy doing engineering work, and besides, the political process couldn’t be further from an engineering thought process, right? Think again. There are a number of common traits of PEs that would serve them well, and serve the public well, in service in elected political office, particularly at the local level. The knowledge of public works issues is an obvious benefit. The engineering thought...
September 8, 2009 - 09:19
Mobility in the engineering profession works better now than it ever has, by a wide margin. “Model Law Engineers” who maintain an active “Council Record” through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying receive “expedited comity” in more than two-thirds of states. What are these things? A “Model Law Engineer” is an engineer with qualifications meeting the provisions of the NCEES Model Law. This is an engineer possessing a baccalaureate degree in engineering from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (the vast majority of programs...
August 31, 2009 - 09:02
My suitcase measures 30” x 24” x 12”. When living out of a duffel bag for six weeks at a time in Asia and Europe, certain basic engineering principles such as void volume begin to have particular resonance when you’re just 0.5 kg away from being rewarded with an overweight luggage charge. When I was invited to write the Young Engineer blog for the NSPE, I was thrilled at the chance to wax poetic (or at the very least, blog poetic) about the engineering life, locally and globally, from a Young Engineer’s perspective. Let’s start with a handshake. My name is Austin S. Lin...
August 26, 2009 - 15:31
At its annual meeting in Louisville, KY, on August 13 and 14, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying deliberated and voted on a number of resolutions regarding engineering education. The following 2009 “Southern Zone Resolution” passed by a wide margin: RESOLVED, That the NCEES Engineering Education Task Force should further study alternative solutions to the concept of additional education; and, further, be it RESOLVED, That said study include reform to the bachelor’s degree program such that the B.S. degree be modified to contain the appropriate...

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