NCEES will be closed November 23–24

NCEES headquarters will be closed November 23–24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, November 27.


NCEES announces price reduction for FE, FS exams in 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, NCEES is reducing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam registration fees by $50 to $175. The reduced fee will apply to registrations completed on or after this date; the new price will not be honored for registrations completed before January 1, 2018.

NCEES member boards voted to lower the price of these exams at the organization’s 95th annual meeting in August 2016.

The FE exam is the first of two exams required for professional engineering licensure; it is designed to test students’ knowledge of concepts learned while earning an accredited bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline. The FS exam is a similar exam designed for surveying licensure candidates. These exams are currently taken by nearly 47,000 examinees throughout the United States and 15 foreign locations annually. They are computer-based exams administered throughout the year at Pearson VUE test centers.

“NCEES and its member boards are committed to reducing barriers to licensure,” NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter explained. “Moving to year-round computer-based testing for these exams, which gives candidates greater scheduling flexibility, was an important part of those measures. The organization is taking the additional step of lowering the price of the fundamentals exams to ensure that cost is not a prohibitive factor in starting on the path to licensure.”

Learn more about computer-based testing (CBT).

Download the news release (PDF).


October 2017 Licensure Exchange

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

  • Delegates debate the issues at NCEES annual meeting
  • Member Board Brief: Wyoming and Nevada reach understanding on mobility
  • From the President: Tami accepts presidency, outlines vision for year ahead
  • NCEES recognizes distinguished service
  • Nominations open for NCEES service awards
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES Records program facilitates licensure process
  • Enforcement Beat: Mobility—What are we missing?
  • Statement of ownership, management, and circulation
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and outreach
  • NCEES installs 2017–18 board of directors

Download the October 2017 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


Tami begins term as NCEES president

Patrick Tami, P.L.S., began his term as 2017–18 NCEES president at the conclusion of the organization’s annual meeting, held August 23–26 in Miami Beach, Florida.

A resident of Roseville, California, Tami was a member of the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists from 2006 to 2016 and is now an emeritus member. He replaces outgoing president Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S., of Alabama, who will remain on the NCEES board of directors as immediate past president.

Also during the annual meeting, NCEES members elected James Purcell, P.E., of New Jersey, president-elect for the 2017–18 term and Timothy Rickborn, P.E., of South Carolina, treasurer for 2017–19.

NCEES welcomed Christopher Knotts, P.E., of Louisiana, and Paul Tyrell, P.E., P.L.S., of Massachusetts, to its board of directors as well. Knotts and Tyrell will serve two-year terms as vice presidents of the Southern Zone and Northeast Zone, respectively.

Rounding out the board of directors are two members serving the second year of their two-year terms: Maurice Bowersox, P.E., of Kansas, returns as Central Zone vice president, and Brian Hanson, P.E., of Alaska, continues as Western Zone vice president.

News release downloads


NCEES recognizes long-standing service

NCEES recently honored several individuals for their dedicated service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2017 NCEES service award winners are

  • Dale Jans, P.E., emeritus member of the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • Lisa Hanni, L.S., emeritus member of the Minnesota State Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Richard Hayter, Ph.D., P.E., member of the Kansas Board of Technical Professions, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Raymond Jones Jr., P.E., of Florida, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • Harold Williamson, P.E., of Washington, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting, held August 23–26, 2017, in Miami Beach, Florida.

Learn more about the service award winners.

News release downloads

  • 2017–18 NCEES service award winners (PDF)
  • Dale Jans, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Dale Jans, P.E., (right) receives the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation from 2016–17 NCEES President Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S.
  • Lisa Hanni, L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Lisa Hanni, L.S., (right) receives the NCEES Distinguished Service Award from 2016–17 NCEES President Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S.
  • Richard Hayter, Ph.D., P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Richard Hayter, Ph.D., P.E., (right) receives the NCEES Distinguished Service Award from 2016–17 NCEES President Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S.
  • Raymond Jones Jr., P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
  • Harold Williamson, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Harold Williamson, P.E., (right) receives the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award from 2016–17 NCEES President Daniel Turner, Ph.D., P.E., P.L.S.

NCEES seeks industrial and systems engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed industrial and systems engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Industrial and Systems 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 industrial and systems 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 industrial or systems engineer with four to six years of experience to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in approximately 30 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 industrial and systems engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit ncees.org/ISPE.

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

Susan Cline, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
scline@ncees.org
864-654-6824


August 2017 Licensure Exchange

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

  • Understanding digital signatures
  • From the President: Looking back on a wonderful year
  • Officer Q&A: Nominees for president-elect and treasurer, incoming vice presidents discuss vision for NCEES
  • Proposing a revised NCEES voting structure
  • Dordt College wins 2017 NCEES Engineering Education Award
  • University of Maine wins 2017 NCEES Surveying Education Award grand prize
  • HQ Update—Occupational licensing: Public protection vs. economic liberty
  • Enforcement Beat: Need assistance with your law enforcement program? NCEES is here to help
  • MB Brief: MBA annual meeting professional development puts public relations in the spotlight
  • Upcoming events and member board news
  • Remembering Past President Charles Kimberling
  • NCEES app returns to help users navigate annual meeting

Download the August 2017 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


Winners of 2017 NCEES Surveying Education Award announced

University of Maine receives $25,000 grand prize

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 NCEES Surveying Education Award. This annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

NCEES awarded the University of Maine’s Surveying Engineering Technology program the $25,000 grand prize. Six additional prizes were awarded to qualifying programs to assist with each program’s continued efforts to promote the importance and value of surveying licensure. The award jury considered criteria such as student outcomes and involvement, outreach and recruitment, and the promotion of licensure. The award jury met June 15, 2017, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the winners.

NCEES Surveying Education Award juror and president-elect of the Surveyors and Geomatics Educators Society (SaGES), Joseph Paiva, Ph.D., P.E., P.S., stated, “The University of Maine’s surveying engineering technology program is impressive because it fosters the surveying profession in state, regionally, and nationally.”

The jury selected six programs to receive the following awards:

$15,000 winners
Oregon Institute of Technology
College of Engineering, Technology, and Management
Geomatics program

Nicholls State University
Department of Applied Sciences
Geomatics program

University of Florida
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
Geomatics program

$10,000 winners
New Mexico State University
Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering
Surveying Engineering program

Santiago Canyon College
Business and Career Technical Education Division
Surveying/Mapping Sciences program

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

More information about the 2018 NCEES Surveying Education Award cycle will be posted at ncees.org/surveying when available.

Download the news release (PDF).


June 2017 Licensure Exchange

Read the latest issue of Licensure Exchange, the NCEES publication dedicated to opinions and ideas regarding the licensure of engineers and surveyors.

  • Moving the mobility conversation from “Why we can’t” to “how can we”
  • New renewal requirement assesses knowledge of California engineering and surveying practice laws and regulations
  • Committee Focus: Education Committee addresses practice-oriented pathway for PS 35
  • From the President: NCEES leadership continues member board visits
  • Mamola represents NCEES at United Nations
  • HQ Update: What is “equivalent” in “ABET or equivalent?”
  • NCEES introduces online outreach fulfillment system
  • What is a significant structure?: A look at different S.E. licensing systems
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and outreach events
  • NCEES annual meeting registration open online until July 7

Download the June 2017 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


Dordt College wins 2017 NCEES Engineering Education Award

Engineering Department takes $25,000 prize for vehicle bridge project

NCEES is pleased to announce that the Dordt College Engineering Department is the grand prize winner of the 2017 NCEES Engineering Education Award. The award jury met June 6, 2017, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

The department received the top prize for its submission, Liberia Farm Bridge. For the project, undergraduate civil engineering students worked closely with professional engineers (P.E.s), construction management professionals, and other consultants to design and construct the bridge. The team designed and constructed the Liberian Farm Bridge near Harbel, Liberia, in order to connect a farm and three communities to civilization and the market. The design team also performed the construction, assisted by others from the school with construction management experience and by 30 local Liberians. Liberian participation was crucial to the project’s success and created community ownership in the project. To ensure that the bridge remains functional long into the future, the design team also created a regular maintenance schedule.

The jury praised the project for incorporating both the design and build to respond to the true needs of the local Liberians.

“This project provided a sustainable solution to needed infrastructure and contributed to the economic vitality of rural communities in Harbel, Liberia,” said NCEES Engineering Education Award juror Sallye Perrin, P.E. “The collaboration between the students and P.E.s is commendable.”

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
    Design and Construction of a Reliable Drinking Water System for an Orphanage in Central America
  • Marquette University
    Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
    El Bosque Pedestrian Bridge
  • North Carolina State University
    UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Belltower Medical—Urinary Catheter Solutions
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Design of a Care Facility for Young Mothers in Uganda
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Restoration and Replacement Options for Utility Company Bridge

The NCEES Engineering Education 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.

Download the news release (PDF).