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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...
January 29, 2013 - 10:51
I rarely use the words “porcelain” and “rooster” in the same sentence. But just a few days after Hurricane Sandy struck Manhattan, a porcelain rooster was the centerpiece between the worlds of the electric light and of urban darkness. Supply chains are the strategic corporate tool for conveying value from one end of society to the other. They are also subject to all flavors of disruptions given the level of complexity that many attain while in motion. Disruptions such as cargo delays, tangled logistics. And weather. Two days after Hurricane Sandy swept portions of the Atlantic...
November 21, 2012 - 08:59
The Washington Accord is an agreement among accrediting bodies in numerous countries, governing mutual recognition of engineering education qualifications and accreditation of engineering programs. When the accord was initially signed in 1989, the signatories included accrediting bodies from the U.S. (EAC of ABET), Canada (Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board of Engineers Canada), the U.K. (Engineering Council UK), Ireland (Engineers Ireland), Australia (Engineers Australia), and New Zealand (Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand). It has expanded significantly in recent years...
November 1, 2012 - 08:04
In the October issue of ASEE’sPrismmagazine, two engineering educators ask,“Why the double standard?”The double standard, they say, comes from the dearth of engineering faculty who hold a PE license while engineering colleges preach the importance of PE licensure to their students. The article is written by Rob Lang, P.E., a former dean and professor of civil engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Kirankumar Topudurti, P.E., deputy director of the Engineer Research and Development Center-Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and an...
October 26, 2012 - 09:03
"Is engineering dying? It isn't clear, but in developed countries around the world young people would rather go to the dentist than go into engineering,"writes Dave Goldbergin the October issue ofPE. "Law, business, and medicine—just about anything but engineering—seem to be the preference of today's youth." Goldberg, a former professor of entrepreneurial engineering and president and founder of ThreeJoy Associates Inc., says the future needs more capable engineers, but something happens to students on their way to becoming engineers. He sees three reasons engineering may be dying:...
October 17, 2012 - 09:29
Prepared by the NSPE Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee In the past 40 years, the world has changed, and the nature of the practice of engineering at a professional level has changed with it. The planning, design, and implementation of engineering projects now takes place fully in a societal context, requiring extensive public and stakeholder input in project decision-making and heightened consideration of economic, environmental, public policy, code compliance, legal, and regulatory matters. More than ever before, this requires advanced professional practice skills on the...

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