NCEES leads NAE technical session on licensure
April 19, 2012
Three NCEES past presidents recently represented the organization at the 2012 National Academy of Engineering Convocation of Professional Engineering Societies. Gene Corley, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.; Jon Nelson, P.E.; and David Whitman, Ph.D., P.E., presented a technical session titled “P.E.: The Regulation of Engineering in the United States” at the April 16-17 event at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C.
Each presenter focused on a particular aspect of engineering licensure. Nelson gave an overview of the history of engineering licensure and the process of regulation in the United States. Whitman explained the requirements for licensure, including education, examination, and experience, which are to establish minimum competency. Corley, himself a member of NAE since 2000, discussed professional ethics and the standard of professional behavior required to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The three then participated in a panel discussion, answering questions from the audience.
“It was a tremendous honor for NCEES to have this national platform to talk about the structure of engineering licensure and its role in protecting the public,” said NCEES President Dale Jans, P.E., who moderated the technical session. “It was a great forum for discussing the technical and ethical standards that set P.E.s apart.”
Established in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit institution operated by congressional charter. Its members consist of the nation’s premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for seminal contributions to engineering. The academy provides leadership and guidance to government on the application of engineering resources to social, economic, and security problems.
The NAE is a member of the National Academies, which also includes the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.