December 2022 Licensure Exchange

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

  • Headquarters Update: NCEES attends International Engineering Alliance Workshops focused on promoting mobility around the globe
  • From the President: Advancing the mission and vision
  • Enforcement Beat: Active listening is a tool for board investigators
  • Member Board Brief: Member Board Administrators meeting at NCEES headquarters
  • Committee Focus: NCEES committees and task forces begin work on 2022–23 agenda
  • NCEES presents surveying outreach webinar
  • NCEES preparing for treasurer election in 2023
  • NCEES outreach
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • Judges for Future City regionals surveying award needed

Read the December issue (full screen view recommended).

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April 2023 PE Structural exam administration

Registration for the April 2023 pencil-and-paper PE Structural exams will open on December 5, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EST and close on February 16, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. EST. The exam will be administered at select locations throughout the United States. Locations are based on the number of structural examinees that previously tested near these locations. NCEES will monitor these locations to determine if additional or different locations are required for future PE Structural exam administrations. During registration, register with the state you wish to be licensed in and then select the location where you plan to take the exam. You may take the exam in any location listed below.

If requesting accommodations, all requests, appeals, and supporting documentation must have been received by 3:00 p.m. EST on February 16, 2023.

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Pomona, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Hartford, CT
  • Orlando, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Chicago, IL
  • Topeka, KS
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Reno, NV
  • Houston, TX
  • Salt Lake City Area, UT
  • Richmond, VA
  • Seattle, WA

Thursday, April 13, 2023
PE Structural Vertical

Friday, April 14, 2023
PE Structural Lateral

April 2023 exam site procedures regarding COVID-19
To help ensure the health, safety, and welfare of examinees and proctoring teams, NCEES is implementing the following measures for the April 2023 PE Structural exam administration.

  • Examinees will be seated alone and properly distanced from other tables.
  • Examinees and proctors will not be required to wear face coverings. However, if a face covering is preferred, it must be removed for proper identification when instructed by a proctor.
  • Examinees will be allowed to have hand sanitizer, wipes, and extra face coverings in the exam room; they must be placed on the floor during the exam.

NCEES will not require a signed form or ask about an examinee’s health and well-being on exam day. However, people who are sick or suspect they are sick should not enter the exam site. Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance on exposure and quarantining.


NCEES announces CEO succession plan

The board of directors of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) today announced that Chief Executive Officer David Cox will retire effective October 1, 2024. Following his retirement date, Cox will remain with the Council in an advisory capacity until January 31, 2025.

“Since joining NCEES as CEO in 2018, David’s leadership has been instrumental in positioning the Council for the future and raising awareness about the value of licensure,” said 2022–23 NCEES President Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.L.S. “This CEO succession plan helps to ensure the Council’s continued success in advancing licensure to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

CEO succession plan
Effective October 1, 2024, NCEES Chief Operating Officer Davy McDowell, P.E., will succeed Cox to become chief executive officer. As CEO, McDowell will serve as chief employed officer of the Council and secretary of the NCEES corporation, with authority over its daily operations. President Duhamel said, “Davy’s appointment as the next CEO is a testament to his leadership skills and the confidence we have in him to further our mission and vision.”

McDowell has served as COO since 2009. In this role, he provides support to the chief executive officer to implement the decisions of the board of directors and serves as a liaison between NCEES and its member licensing boards. Prior to being named COO, McDowell was director of professional services at NCEES, overseeing the organization’s Records department and leading the Council’s efforts to promote licensure to current and future engineers and surveyors. McDowell, who has been with NCEES since 1999, also has been an exam development engineer with the organization, overseeing the exam development process for several licensing exams produced by NCEES.

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For more information

Nina Norris
Chief Communications Officer
nnorris@ncees.org


NCEES seeks licensed mechanical engineers’ professional expertise and advice

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

PE Mechanical exams include Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC), Machine Design and Materials (MDM), and Thermal and Fluid Systems (TFS). NCEES is also considering the addition of a Plumbing Engineering exam to the Mechanical suite of exams. If you are a licensed professional engineer, we would appreciate your input by completing an online survey. 

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing mechanical engineering—including those working in industry, consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete the online survey in order to update exam content and specifications. The survey will help determine the knowledge and skills required of a licensed mechanical 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 20–40 minutes.

“These studies help NCEES ensure its licensing exams remain relevant to current professional practice,” explained Chief Officer of Examinations Jason J. Gamble, 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 P.E.s across all areas of mechanical engineering.”

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

The survey will be open until March 15, 2023.

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

Don Colman, P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
dcolman@ncees.org


October 2022 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 101st NCEES annual meeting
  • From the President: Duhamel accepts presidency, outlines vision for the year
  • Headquarters Update: Fulfilling our mission through strategic initiatives
  • NCEES recognizes distinguished service
  • Nominations open for 2023 service awards
  • Member Board Brief: 2022 annual meeting and looking forward
  • Enforcement Beat: Committee on Law Enforcement presents first in-person program since 2019
  • Advocacy Resources: The case for responsible professional licensing
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES installs 2022–23 board of directors

Read the October issue (full screen view recommended).

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NCEES recognizes long-standing service

NCEES recently honored seven individuals for their dedicated service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2022 NCEES service award winners are

  • Govind Nadkarni, P.E., emeritus member of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • Bruce Pitts, P.L.S., emeritus member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • Mandy Holway, P.E., member of the Maine State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • John Mettee III, P.L.S., member of the Maryland State Board for Professional Land Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Grant Crawford, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASEE, of Connecticut, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • Garth Thomas Jr., P.E., member of the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • Brenda Tuley, P.E., of Texas, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting, held August 23–26, 2022, in Carlsbad, California. 

Learn more about the service award winners.

News release downloads

  • 2021–22 NCEES service award winners (PDF)
  • Govind Nadkarni, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Govind Nadkarni, P.E., received the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation at the 2022 NCEES annual meeting.
  • Bruce Pitts, P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Bruce Pitts, P.L.S., received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation at the 2022 NCEES annual meeting.
  • Mandy Holway, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Mandy Holway, P.E., received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2022 NCEES annual meeting.
  • John Mettee III, P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: John Mettee III, P.L.S., received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2022 NCEES annual meeting.
  • Grant Crawford, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASEE (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Grant Crawford, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASEE, received the Distinguished Examination Service Award at the 2022 NCEES annual meeting.
  • Garth Thomas Jr., P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Garth Thomas Jr., P.E., received the Distinguished Examination Service Award at the 2022 NCEES annual meeting.
  • Brenda Tuley, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Brenda Tuley, P.E., received the Distinguished Examination Service Award at the 2022 NCEES annual meeting.

Duhamel begins term as NCEES president

Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.L.S., began his term as 2022–23 NCEES president at the conclusion of the organization’s 101st annual meeting, held August 23–26 in Carlsbad, California.

A resident of Westerly, Rhode Island, Duhamel serves as a member of the Rhode Island State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. He replaces outgoing president Brian Robertson, P.E., of Colorado, who will remain on the NCEES board of directors as immediate past president.

At the annual meeting, Council delegates elected Laura Sievers, P.E., of Iowa, president-elect for the 2022–23 term. Sievers will serve as NCEES president in 2023–24.

NCEES welcomed Janice Bostelman, P.E., PMP, of Nebraska, and Mohammad Qureshi, Ph.D., P.E., of California to its board of directors as well. Bostelman will serve a two-year term as vice president of the Central Zone, and Qureshi will serve a two-year term as vice president of the Western Zone.

Rounding out the board of directors are two members serving second years of their terms. Thomas Orisich, P.L.S., of Maryland, and Andrew Zoutewelle, P.L.S., of North Carolina, return as vice presidents of the Northeast Zone and Southern Zone, respectively. Paul Tyrell, P.E., P.L.S., of Massachusetts, returns to serve his third year as treasurer.

News release downloads

2022-23 NCEES board of directors (PDF)
Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Laura Sievers, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Janice Bostelman, P.E., PMP (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
Mohammad Qureshi, Ph.D., P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)


August 2022 Licensure Exchange

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

  • Headquarters Update: New initiatives promote FE and FS exams
  • From the President: 2021–22 brings significant progress on priority initiatives
  • Getting to know the annual meeting consent agenda
  • Enforcement Beat: Truth or consequences
  • Member Board Brief: MBA professional development workshops focus on crisis communications and advocacy
  • Grand prize winners named for NCEES Engineering and Surveying Education awards
  • NCEES outreach
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina

Read the August issue (full screen view recommended).

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Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


NCEES announces winners of 2022 NCEES Surveying Education Award

New Mexico State University Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering receives $25,000 grand prize

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 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 New Mexico State University Geomatics/Surveying Engineering program the $25,000 grand prize. The award jury praised the program for its multiple paths for students entering the program and for its outreach efforts. Jurors considered criteria such as student outcomes and involvement, outreach and recruitment, and the promotion of licensure.

NCEES Surveying Education Award jury chair, Steven Hyde, P.S., P.S.M., stated, “We had an incredible group of entries for this year’s competition. After thorough discussion and consideration, it was evident that New Mexico State University’s Geomatics and Surveying Engineering program had earned the grand prize. The program promotes surveying licensure and sets students up to succeed.” 

The jury selected six additional winners to receive the following awards:

$15,000 winners
Florida Atlantic University
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering

Idaho State University
College of Technology
Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology program

University of Maine
College of Engineering
Surveying Engineering Technology program

$10,000 winners
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Science and Technology
Department of Built Environment 

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

University of Akron
College of Engineering and Polymer Science
Surveying and Mapping program

The award jury of NCEES members and representatives from surveying societies met virtually June 16, 2022, to select the winners. The 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. 

Profiles of the winning programs will be posted as available at ncees.org/surveyingaward.

News release

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June 2022 Licensure Exchange

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

  • NCEES staff promote the professions at local outreach event
  • From the President: Zone meetings and upcoming virtual sessions provide time to prepare for annual meeting
  • Headquarters Update: New schedule and plenary session for 2022 annual meeting
  • Member Board Brief: Updates for the NCEES zone meetings
  • Enforcement Beat: New CPC audit system streamlines license renewal process
  • Advocacy Resources: Louisiana voters concerned about anti-licensing effort
  • NCEES outreach
  • Survey monument marks the spot at NCEES headquarters
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES annual meeting registration opens online

Read the June issue (full screen view recommended).

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