Winners of 2018 NCEES Surveying Education Award announced

University of Akron receives $25,000 grand prize

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 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 Akron’s Surveying and Mapping 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 28, 2018, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the winners.

NCEES Surveying Education Award juror Glen Thurow, P.S, stated, “The University of Akron’s three-pronged approach to program growth is to invest in technology, scholarship support, and strategic marketing. This is an excellent example of how to position an institution for the future.”

The jury selected six programs to receive the following awards:

    $15,000 winners
    Idaho State University
    College of Technology
    Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology program

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

    University of Maine
    College of Engineering
    Surveying Engineering Technology program

    $10,000 winners
    Central New Mexico Community College
    School of Applied Technologies
    Surveying Engineering program

    East Tennessee State University
    Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying
    Surveying and Mapping Science program

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

More information about the 2019 NCEES Surveying Education Award cycle will be posted at ncees.org/surveyingaward when available.

Download the news release (PDF).


N.C. State University wins 2018 NCEES Engineering Education Award

Biomedical engineering department takes $25,000 grand prize for pediatric brain surgery project

NCEES is pleased to announce that North Carolina State University is the grand prize winner of the 2018 NCEES Engineering Education Award. The university received the award for a project completed by the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. The award jury met June 5, 2018, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

For the department’s project, Enabling Pediatric Brain Surgery through Head Stabilization, biomedical engineering students collaborated with clinicians and engineering professionals to design a device that allows for complete skull immobilization for pediatric patients during neurosurgery. This innovation allows for the use of neuronavigation technology, opening new possibilities for treatment in pediatric neurosurgery.

The jury praised the project for identifying a problem in need of a solution and for collaborating with biomedical engineering professionals and medical professionals.

The jury selected seven additional winners to receive awards of $10,000 each:

  • Miami University
    Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering
    Design and Implementation of a Community-Driven Water System in a Rural African Village
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Load Rating and Repair Options for Bridge Connecting Dam and Intake Structure
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Replacement Design of a Culvert to Allow for Fish Passage
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
    Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering
    Multistage Drip Irrigation System in Ethiopia
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
    Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Expansion
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Interlake Lock and Boat Transfer
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Law Park Revitalization

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 integrated professional practice and education.

A jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and professional engineering organizations selected the winners from the 97 entries. 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).


June 2018 Licensure Exchange

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

  • Committee Focus: UPLG maintains model documents to help boards safeguard public
  • Committee Focus: ACCA considers role of emeritus members
  • From the President: Council continues to focus on cooperation among licensing boards
  • Enforcement Beat: Investigative procedures—It’s in there
  • Member Board Brief: MBA Committee addresses charges for 2017–18
  • HQ Update: Potential changes to NCEES facility
  • Exam News: NCEES seeks volunteers for FE and FS content reviews
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual meeting registration open online until July.

Download the April 2018 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


Update on April 2018 exam results

All results from the April 2018 pencil-and-paper engineering exams have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. PE exam results were released on May 24. SE exam results were released on June 15.

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 webpage.

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NCEES seeks volunteers for Fundamentals of Surveying exam content review

NCEES is currently seeking surveying professionals to participate in a content review for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. The results of this survey will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is typically the first step in the process leading to professional surveying licensure.

NCEES requires a cross section of professionals—including licensed professional surveyors and academics teaching surveying courses—from all surveying disciplines to complete an online survey about the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for a recent surveying graduate to work in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in 20–30 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 content review depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get input from as many surveying professionals as possible.”

The survey is open at ncees.org/FScontentreview until August 20, 2018. For more information, email FScontentreview@ncees.org.

Download the news release (PDF).


NCEES seeks volunteers for Fundamentals of Engineering exam content review

NCEES is currently seeking engineering professionals to participate in a content review for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. The results of this survey will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is typically the first step in the process leading to professional engineering licensure.

NCEES requires a cross section of professionals—including licensed professional engineers and academics teaching engineering courses—from all engineering disciplines to complete an online survey about the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for a recent engineering graduate to work in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in 20–30 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 content review depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get input from as many engineering professionals as possible.”

The survey is open at ncees.org/FEcontentreview until August 20, 2018. For more information, email FEcontentreview@ncees.org.

Download the news release (PDF).


April 2018 Licensure Exchange

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

  • DiscoverE Engineers Week 2018 inspires wonder and enthusiasm for engineering
  • Committee Focus: BIM and multiple professionals working simultaneously on design plans
  • Member Board Brief: Looking forward as we look back
  • Enforcement Beat: Ethics refreshers ensure high standard of practice
  • NCEES preparing to select winners for 2018 Engineering and Surveying Education awards
  • HQ Update: Changes are in the air
  • From the President: Release of conversion timetable charts course for PE exams’ move to computer-based testing
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES notices
  • NCEES annual report and Squared now available

Download the April 2018 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


NCEES reaches settlement with test prep company over allegations of copyright infringement

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and a test preparation company for certain NCEES exams have reached an $800,000 settlement agreement regarding allegations of the unauthorized use of copyrighted practice questions belonging to NCEES. The agreement was finalized March 15, 2018.

In addition to the settlement payment, the test preparation company has agreed to permanently remove the NCEES-owned material from its print and online materials on an agreed-upon schedule. Per the terms of the agreement, the test preparation company does not admit any guilt regarding copyright infringement or liability to NCEES, and NCEES will not disclose the company’s identity.

NCEES produces licensing exams for the professions of engineering and surveying, including the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. The nonprofit organization also publishes study materials, including practice exams, to familiarize candidates with the format and content of the exams. NCEES alleged that the test preparation company used NCEES’ copyrighted practice questions in its exam preparation materials without NCEES’ authorization.

“While this settlement includes a monetary payment, NCEES’ focus, as always, was on protecting its intellectual property,” said NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “NCEES and its volunteers have literally thousands of hours invested in the development of high-quality examination items that assist licensing boards in performing their important work. We will take whatever steps are required to protect our intellectual property. We are glad to have arrived at a resolution that upholds our rights.”

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

Jerry Carter
NCEES Chief Executive Officer
jcarter@ncees.org
864-654-6824


NCEES discontinuing PE Software Engineering exam

NCEES will discontinue the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Software Engineering exam after the April 2019 exam administration. Since the original offering in 2013, the exam has been administered five times, with a total population of 81 candidates. Only 19 candidates registered for the April 2018 administration. Per NCEES exam development policy, the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures (EPP) is required to review the history of any exam with fewer than 50 total first-time examinees from NCEES jurisdictions in two consecutive administrations and provide recommendations to the NCEES board of directors concerning the desirability of continuing the exam.

At the January 2018 meeting, the EPP Committee reviewed the history of the PE Software Engineering exam, the low candidate population, and the potential for increasing the number of first-time examinees. After consideration of all information, the EPP Committee recommended that NCEES discontinue the PE Software Engineering exam.

At its February 2018 meeting, the NCEES board of directors accepted the EPP Committee’s recommendation to discontinue offering the PE Software Engineering exam. Since this exam is offered only once per year, the board directed that NCEES discontinue the PE Software Engineering exam after the April 2019 exam administration.

NCEES provided official notification to all member boards of the discontinuation of the PE Software Engineering exam in accordance with policy.

For more information on FE or PE exams, visit ncees.org/engineering.

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

Tim Miller, P.E.
NCEES Director of Exam Services
tmiller@ncees.org
864-654-6824


NCEES search for chief executive officer

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has begun the search process for a new chief executive officer. Current CEO Jerry Carter will retire on September 30, 2018. The NCEES board of directors has formed a five-member CEO Search Committee, chaired by NCEES President Patrick Tami, P.L.S.

“Under CEO Carter’s leadership, NCEES has become one of the most respected organizations in the engineering and surveying professions. He has greatly improved our ability to achieve NCEES’ mission by bringing about a significant evolution of the Council’s services and governance,” Tami says. “Thanks to him, our new CEO will be able to continue our mission with a dedicated staff and strong financial footing.”

NCEES helps its member licensing boards carry out their duties to regulate the professions of engineering and surveying. It develops best-practice models for state licensure laws and regulations and promotes uniformity among the states. It develops, administers, and scores the exams used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the country. It also provides services to help licensed engineers and surveyors practice their professions in other U.S. states and territories.

The deadline for applications was April 30, 2018. Applications are no longer being accepted. Candidates selected for interview will be notified by May 31, 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place in July with a hiring announcement scheduled for mid-August.

Application information

The following information about the search is available at ncees.org/CEOsearch.

  1. About NCEES
  2. About the position
  3. Qualifications
  4. Timeline
  5. Contact information

Download the news release and position summary (PDF).