Winners of 2016 NCEES Surveying Education Award announced

Ten surveying programs each receive $10,000 cash prize

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

NCEES awarded a $10,000 prize to ten qualifying programs to assist with each program’s continued efforts to promote the importance and value of licensure. The award jury considered criteria such as student outcomes, student involvement, outreach, and recruitment. The award jury met June 23–24, 2016, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the winners.

The jury selected ten programs to receive awards of $10,000 each:

    Ferris State University
    College of Engineering Technology
    Surveying Engineering program

    Michigan Technological University
    School of Technology
    Surveying Engineering program

    Nicholls State University
    Department of Applied Sciences
    Geomatics program

    Oregon Institute of Technology
    College of Engineering, Technology, and Management
    Geomatics program

    Parkland College
    Department of Engineering Science and Technologies
    Construction Design and Management: Land Surveying program

    Southeast Technical Institute
    Department of Engineering Technology
    Land Surveying Science Technology program

    The University of Akron
    College of Applied Science and Technology
    Surveying and Mapping program

    Troy University
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Surveying and Geomatics Sciences program

    University of Florida
    School of Forest Resources and Conservation
    Geomatics program

    University of Maine
    College of Engineering
    Surveying Engineering Technology program

More information about the 2017 NCEES Surveying Education Award cycle will be posted at ncees.org/surveying when available.


Update on April 2016 exam results

The results from the April 2016 NCEES exams have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. PE and PS exam results were released on May 19. SE exam results were released on June 10.

How and when examinees receive their results varies by state. Some boards use NCEES Exam Administration Services to release the results directly to examinees; some release them through another testing service such as PCS; and other boards release the results themselves. In addition, some state boards validate the results at a board meeting before they can release them to examinees.

To find out how you will receive your result, select your state (or foreign entity) and exam from the engineering or surveying webpage.

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln wins 2016 NCEES Engineering Award

Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction takes $25,000 prize for interdisciplinary team design

NCEES is pleased to announce that the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction is the grand prize winner of the 2016 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education. The award jury met June 7, 2016, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

The department received the top prize for its submission, 888 Boylston Street-Interdisciplinary Team Design. For the project, electrical, structural, and mechanical engineering students worked as part of a team that also included licensed faculty, more than 50 licensed professional engineers and architects from industry, and many other allied professionals who served as mentors for the students. The team designed a proposed 17-story mixed-use high-rise building; the main guideline was for the building to be energy efficient according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers standards.

The jury praised the project for its strong interaction with professional engineers as well as the complexity and multidisciplinary aspects of the project.

“This project had so many multidisciplinary aspects. The report was detailed and comprehensive and clearly conveyed the knowledge and skills learned,” said NCEES Engineering Award jury chair Michelle Rambo-Roddenberry, Ph.D., P.E. “The breadth of interaction the students had with practicing professional engineers was impressive.”

The jury selected five additional winners to receive awards of $7,500 each:

  • George Mason University
    Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
    New Drinking Water and Sewer System for an Elementary School for Orphans—Bilwi, Nicaragua
  • George Mason University
    Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
    Water and Sanitation Project Children’s Feeding Center Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Design Development of a Cultural Village for Migrant Workers
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Design of Habitat-Sensitive Erosion Hazard Mitigation near a Bridge
  • Seattle University
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Solar Microgrid in Rural Zambia with Real-Time Cloud-Based Monitoring

The NCEES Engineering Award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers. EAC/ABET-accredited programs from all engineering disciplines were invited to submit projects that integrate professional practice and education.

A jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and professional engineering organizations selected the winners. The jury members considered criteria such as

  • Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
  • Protection of public health, safety, and/or welfare of the public
  • Multidiscipline and/or allied profession participation
  • Knowledge or skills gained
  • Effectiveness of display board, abstract, and project description

Profiles of the winning submissions are available online at ncees.org/award.


Licensure Exchange June 2016

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  • Committee Focus: Task force studies impact of emerging technologies on regulating engineering and surveying
  • Member Board Brief: Mobility doesn’t mean what you think it means
  • From the President: Does licensure really matter?
  • Exam News: NCEES prepares for first computer-based PS exam
  • Enforcement Beat: CPC audits highlight issues for out-of-state professionals
  • NCEES seeks environmental engineers’professional expertise and advice
  • Headquarters Update: Leadership in NCEES—Are you up for the task?
  • Upcoming events, member board news, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual meeting registration open online until July 8

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NCEES seeks licensed environmental engineers for online survey

NCEES is currently seeking licensed environmental engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Environmental exam. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing environmental engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey about the tasks and knowledge required of a licensed environmental engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 20 minutes.

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice,” explained Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “The value of this PAKS depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get a large response from professional engineers across all areas of environmental engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit bit.ly/EnvironmentalPE. Responses must be received by July 20.

For more information

Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
tdodd@ncees.org
864-624-5453


Licensure Exchange April 2016

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  • Enforcement Beat: Enforcement—The Fourth E
  • Committee Focus: EPE investigates support for professional practice exam
  • From the President: So, what happens at the annual meeting?
  • Member Board Brief: MBA Committee pens guidance for decoupling PE requirements
  • Understanding UK’s Chartered Engineer status
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group investigates ways to advance professions
  • NCEES launches national surveying education award
  • Wyoming making a world of difference with Engineers Week
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • Save the date for 2016 NCEES annual meeting

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NCEES launches national surveying education award

NCEES is pleased to announce the inaugural NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award will recognize surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

NCEES will award a $10,000 prize to up to 10 qualifying programs to assist with each program’s continued efforts to promote the importance and value of licensure. Surveying education programs are encouraged to visit ncees.org/surveyingaward to learn more and complete the application process.

All applications and supporting documentation must be received by NCEES on or before June 1, 2016. Award recipients will be notified after July 1, 2016.


NCEES seeks structural engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed professionals practicing structural engineering to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the Structural Engineering exam. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exam, which is used by various U.S. states and territories for licensing purposes.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing structural engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey. The survey will help determine the knowledge and skills required of a licensed structural engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 45 minutes.

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice,” explained Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “The value of this PAKS depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get a large response from professional engineers across all areas of structural engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit ncees.org/SEsurvey. Responses must be received by May 1, 2016.

For more information

Jason J. Gamble, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
jgamble@ncees.org
864-624-5475


NCEES needs additional computer engineers for online survey

NCEES is seeking licensed professional engineers practicing in computer engineering to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study (PAKS) to update specifications for the PE Electrical and Computer Engineering exams. The study, which was originally launched in June 2015, requires professional engineers practicing in all areas of electrical and computer engineering. While NCEES has enough participants practicing in electrical/electronic and power engineering, it is extending the study to find additional computer engineering participants.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing computer engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey about the tasks and knowledge required of a licensed electrical or computer engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in about 20 minutes.

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice,” explained Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “We’ve had a great response across most areas of this discipline, but we need more participants practicing in computer engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit bit.ly/PEElecComp.

For more information

Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
tdodd@ncees.org
864-624-5453


Licensure Exchange February 2016

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  • Software update offers improved experience and expanded service
  • Zones prepare for 2016 interim meetings
  • Committee Focus: NCEES needs new perspectives to keep growing
  • From the President: Understanding history key to productive debate
  • Headquarters Update: Providing oversight for NCEES finances
  • MB Brief: We all must do our part to welcome new MBAs
  • Enforcement Beat: CBT reduces exam invalidations
  • NCEES hosts forum to strengthen future of surveying profession
  • Recruiting for the profession: Recognizing FE, FS achievement
  • NCEES funding available for first-time attendees to annual meeting
  • Upcoming events, member board news, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual report and Squared now available

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