Sustaining University Program Information

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The Professional Engineers in Higher Education (PEHE) interest group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), through the Sustaining University Program (SUP), develops and supports programs that provide engineering educators with resources to assist them and their students.

We need your support to continue with this mission to enhance engineering education at all levels by encouraging professional licensure and professionalism and leadership in engineering practice.

PEHE currently offers a variety of programs that benefit PEs in higher education, including:

  • $5,000 Engineering Education Excellence Award that recognizes faculty members for linking engineering education with professional practice.
  • A new institutional award, Professionalism Progress Award ($1000), to recognize actions in promoting licensure, ethics and professionalism will be presented in 2015 for the first time.
  • Resources for educators such as the white paper on The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam as an Assessment Tool of Engineering and Engineering Technology Programs, webinars like The Essentials of Ethics and Professionalism for Students and Young Engineers and other best practice examples.
  • Complimentary PE magazine subscriptions for all institutions with EAC/ABET accredited engineering programs.

This year, PEHE will continue to focus on the importance of licensure to engineering faculty and ways to help faculty achieve this goal with new initiatives such as:

  • Engaging young engineers to promote / connect The Order of the Engineer (OE) to engineering faculty, graduating seniors, and practicing professionals.
  • Evaluating recent changes to FE Exam procedures/reviews and promoting the FE exam as an assessment tool in EAC/ABET accredited engineering programs
  • Continuing the discussion to encourage streamlined processes for faculty licensure
  • Developing a clearinghouse of relevant best practices from PEHE members: and,
  • Coordinating activities at the local, state, and national levels in matters affecting sustainable educational policies and practices.

Please contact Tom C. Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASEE, 2014-15 PEHE Chair, at tcr@k-state.edu if you have any questions or suggestions, or if you wish to discuss these matters.