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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...
March 21, 2013 - 10:53
Do you have bodily vigor? How good are you at playing the business game? Do you maintain a well-groomed appearance? View Larger (PDF) The February 1922 issue ofProfessional Engineerhad a column on the leadership challenges that executive engineers faced. The article proposed a list of 14 “Essential Qualities” that an ideal executive should possess. The Essential Qualities, reproduced from a facsimile of the newsletter are: Judgment– Reasoning ability, accuracy in conclusions, ability to profit by experience. Initiative– Alertness,...
February 21, 2013 - 15:37
The following is personal opinion. It is neither NSPE policy nor does it reflect an NSPE position. Engineers are at odds in a number of states over a proposition advocated by structural engineering organizations to change licensure laws in states that have historically licensed engineers only as professional engineers. Structural engineers have been advocating the establishment of a separate license for structural engineers, and the limitation of the use of the title “structural engineer” to those having such a separate license. The separate license would require passing of the NCEES 16-...
February 18, 2013 - 14:06
The whole point of the medical treatment was to make you forget the past. Memories that one wished had never occurred could be erased, particularly in the context of personal and emotional loss. And if that feat of pharmaceutical engineering proved too magical to believe, one could still be emotionally inspired by way of an 18th century poem by Alexander Pope, from which the Michel Gondry film on this memory treatment took its name: How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray'r accepted, and each...
February 11, 2013 - 14:14
This is the first in a series of blog articles that will examine issues pertaining to the licensure of engineering technologists as professional engineers in the U.S. This is a matter that is not often discussed in the engineering profession, and it is controversial among some professional engineers and among many engineering technologists. This first article describes the current status of how we license, or do not license, engineering technologists in the U.S. Future articles will contrast engineering and engineering technology accreditation criteria and curricula, and address how other...
February 5, 2013 - 10:06
The NSPE Board of Ethical Review is considering changes to the Society’s Code of Ethics and wants to hear your suggestions. The Board is specifically interested in suggested changes that reflect technology’s impact on engineering ethics and professional engineering practice, as well as other current professional practice issues. NSPE’s Code of Ethics has evolved over the years. One of the first references to the NSPE Code was in the May 1935 issue ofThe American Engineer. The Code was most recently amended in 2006, when a provision was added stating that engineers are obligated to...

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