January 23, 2017
As engineering education accreditors work out the details of how best to prepare students for a changing profession, NSPE is strongly advocating for a place in the curriculum for teaching the value of engineering licensure. Accreditation organization ABET is revising its criteria for student outcomes and the engineering curriculum, and in January, NSPE urged ABET’s Criteria Committee to explicitly reference the value of engineering licensure in its new standards.
January 18, 2017
NSPE and the Alabama Society of Professional Engineers have joined forces to oppose a proposed regulatory change that would eliminate current qualifications-based selection requirements in the state.
January 10, 2017
NSPE and the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers extended their sincerest congratulations to longtime NSPE and WVSPE member H. Wood “Woody” Thrasher on his appointment as West Virginia’s secretary of commerce.
December 28, 2016
What are the legislative and regulatory threats professional engineers will be facing in 2017? Every year, PEs face challenges to the practice of engineering. And every year, in response, NSPE works to protect the PE license and promote continuous focus on the public health, safety, and welfare.
December 7, 2016
A new NSPE report provides a comprehensive look at how state laws define “the practice of engineering.” Defining engineering practice is critical to understanding the professional engineer’s obligation to the public health, safety, and welfare. While the public places great trust in professional engineers, many people—legislators and regulators included—don’t know that engineering practice is, in fact, legally defined or that the definitions vary from state to state.
December 5, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency has emphasized the key role of PEs in hazardous waste management, in yet another victory for the professional engineer and the public health, safety, and welfare. In the EPA’s final version of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, a professional engineer is required to certify that a containment building for hazardous waste complies with specified design standards.
November 16, 2016
As more state legislators and regulators take action on the procurement of engineering services, NSPE has launched an online map that provides the latest state-by-state details.
November 14, 2016
On November 11, NSPE submitted public comment to the California Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the department’s revised draft regulations for the deployment of autonomous vehicles, issued on September 30. In the draft regulations, the CDMV allows manufacturers and suppliers to self-certify, thereby eliminating a critical third-party safety check.
November 7, 2016
On November 4, NSPE and the Wyoming Society of Professional Engineers submitted a joint public comment urging the Wyoming Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors to rescind draft language that would waive the requirement for taking the Fundamentals of Engineering examination (FE exam) for individuals who have engaged in the practice of engineering for at least twenty years.
October 26, 2016
On October 25, NSPE submitted a formal public comment to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calling for greater involvement by professional engineers in NHTSA’s guidelines for the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles.