Licensure Exchange August 2015

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  • Marquette University wins 2015 NCEES Engineering Award
  • NCEES names winners of #PSnoboundaries competition
  • From the President: Filling in the unanswered questions
  • Committee Focus: NCEES committees address CPC requirements
  • Officer Q&A: Officer nominees and incoming vice presidents discuss vision for NCEES
  • Enforcement Beat: Law Enforcement Committee to present best practices for law enforcement and investigations at annual meeting
  • NCEES announces members of Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group
  • Headquarters Update: Change is inevitable—and necessary
  • Cottinghams establish endowed professorship
  • NCEES zones honor distinguished service
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES app returns to help users navigate annual meeting

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NCEES seeks electrical and computer engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed electrical and computer engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Electrical and Computer exams. The results of this online survey will be used to update specifications for the exams, which are used throughout the United States for licensing purposes. The PAKS will be used to update all three of the PE Electrical and Computer exams: Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics, and Power.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional engineers practicing electrical or 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. “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 electrical and computer engineering.”

For access to the online survey, visit Responses must be received by August 7, 2015.

For more information

Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer

Update on April 2015 exam results

All April 2015 NCEES exams have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. The PE and PS exam results were released on May 21. The SE exam results were released on June 11.

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 must 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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Marquette University wins 2015 NCEES Engineering Award

Civil, construction, and environmental engineering department takes $25,000 prize for vehicle bridge

NCEES is pleased to announce that the Marquette University Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering is the grand prize winner of the 2015 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education. The award jury met June 2, 2015, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

The department received the top prize for its submission, Sechum Vehicle Bridge. For the project, civil engineering students worked as part of a team that also included faculty, professional engineers with specific technical backgrounds to support each discipline on the project, other professionals, and more than 100 community volunteers from the Mayan community of Sechum in Guatemala. The team designed and constructed a vehicle bridge, which impacted three rural communities seeking safe, reliable crossing of the Rio Pasaguay to access education, markets, and health care.

The jury praised the project for its strong interaction with professional engineers as well as its improvements to the quality of life in this community.

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

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering
    American Red Cross of Greater Arkansas Seismic Retrofit Feasibility Study
  • The Citadel
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Rehabilitation Design of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • George Mason University
    Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
    Water Supply, Distribution, and Storage Sabana Grande, Nicaragua
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
    Multidisciplinary Vertical Farm Design
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Seismic Analysis and Retrofit Design of a Historic Substation Control Building

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 11 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

“I am impressed that the students were able to coordinate the bridge construction so that it could be completed in such a short time frame. The use of a local labor force of community members to construct the bridge was equally impressive,” said NCEES Engineering Award jury chair Michelle Rambo-Roddenberry, Ph.D., P.E. “This project will have a huge societal impact and positive long-term effects on the community.”

Profiles of the winning submissions are available online at

NCEES publishes new version of FE Reference Handbook

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has published an updated version of the ninth edition of the FE Reference Handbook. The handbook was revised primarily to include new OSHA labeling standards in the Safety section. This new version (9.3) will be supplied electronically to FE examinees during the exam beginning in July 2015. As with the previous version, it will be displayed on the exam monitor as a searchable handbook.

“We want to make sure that FE examinees know about the change now so that they can use this edition when preparing for the exam,’ explained NCEES Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E. “We encourage them to become familiar with the current version prior to taking the computer-based exam.”

The handbook can be downloaded free of charge. Bound copies can also be purchased online.

Licensure Exchange June 2015

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  • Model Law Montana: From Concept to Legislation
  • Committee Focus: ACCA considers structural engineering regulation
  • From the President: Task force gets discussion started on future of surveying
  • 100 years of structural engineering licensure
  • Headquarters Update: Emerging leaders to provide perspectives on licensure
  • Enforcement Beat: Due process important even before charges filed
  • Member Board Brief: Model Law change brings timing of PE exam into focus
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual meeting registration open online until July 6

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2015 #PSnoboundaries Geocaching Contest winner announced

NCEES is pleased to announce that Robert Cizauskas of Connecticut is the winner of the 2015 #PSnoboundaries Geocaching Contest. Robert will receive a trip for two to the Geocaching Block Party in Seattle!


All 2500 NCEES Surveyor Trackables have made their way into the world. There were many great contest entries. Two runners up will receive $100 VISA gift cards for these photos. Click on the images to view the submissions.


Open the hashtag #PSnoboundaries on Facebook and Twitter to view photos taken by those who participated in the geocaching contest while they explored the great outdoors.

Learn more about the #PSnoboundaries Geocaching Contest at

NCEES announces 2015–16 Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group

NCEES is pleased to announce the members of its 2015–16 Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group. They are

  • Sarah Alghareeb, engineering student, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Ricardo Augustin, E.I.T., Florida
  • Jay Baumgartner, P.E., Minnesota
  • Zac Canody, P.E., Virginia
  • Barton Ching, P.E., California
  • Renee Daniel, E.I.T., Pennsylvania
  • Jacob Heck, S.I.T., Ohio
  • Trevor Jensen, S.I.T., Utah
  • Bradley Roberts, P.S., Louisiana
  • Alice Rystov, engineering student, University of California, Davis
  • Katherine Sotolongo, P.E., Louisiana
  • Christine Thornton, P.E., New York

The group will connect young engineers and surveyors with NCEES decision makers to

  • Provide feedback and discuss topics concerning the licensure process
  • Discuss topics relevant to the future of the engineering and surveying professions

“The paths to licensure for engineers and surveyors have changed considerably in the last century,” NCEES President David Widmer, P.L.S., said. “NCEES and its member licensing boards continuously work to improve the process. This group is part of those efforts.”

Beginning with a focus group at the NCEES annual meeting in August, this group of young engineers and surveyors will work with leaders of NCEES and its member licensing boards to shape the future of the engineering and surveying professions and the licensure process.

Learn more about the 2015–16 Emerging Engineers and Surveyors Group.

Licensure Exchange April 2015

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

Download the April 2015 issue (PDF).

  • Enforcement Beat: Which direction does your moral compass point?
  • Committee Focus: Model Law and Model Rules provide boards with a gold standard to follow
  • Focus on learning from others at NCEES annual meeting
  • From the President: Zone meetings lay the groundwork for actions in August
  • Headquarters Update: AAES nears completion of engineering competeny model
  • New Face of Engineering—College Edition nominees announced
  • Member Board Brief: Are we clear?
  • NCEES revises Engineering Education Standard
  • Past President Krebs named Vermont Engineer of the Year
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • Save the date for 2015 NCEES annual meeting

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NCEES launches Squared: a year in numbers

NCEES launches licensure statistics publication and interactive annual report

NCEES is pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of NCEES Squared, the official NCEES source for engineering and surveying licensure statistics. This new annual publication is designed to make licensure data available to a wide audience, including educators, employers, and the general public. It includes information about the number of U.S. licensees, exam volume and pass rates for NCEES exams, the average age of examinees, and much more.

“‘Squared’ refers to being direct, honest, and in good order,” said NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “Recent technology enhancements now allow us to analyze more data. We wanted to offer a straightforward account of our 2013–14 fiscal year through data that measure where licensure is today and the trends we are seeing. We hope this information will help more people understand licensure and its importance to our everyday lives.”

Learn more about NCEES Squared: a year in numbers.

NCEES has also released its 2014 annual report as an interactive website that complements the printed publication. The annual report provides an overview of the organization’s accomplishments and growth over the past fiscal year. The annual report website features videos from 2014 events and interviews with NCEES members and leadership on the organization’s various initiatives.

Explore the interactive annual report or download a PDF of the printed publication.