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.

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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).

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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.

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Update on April 2017 exam results

All results from the April 2017 PE exams and SE exams have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. PE results were released on May 25. SE results were released on June 9.

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.


April 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.

  • Committee Focus: EPE Committee reviews policies for Group II exams
  • Enforcement Beat: Be mindful of your credentials
  • E3 by the numbers
  • From the President: BPA is highly successful as an information exchange
  • NCEES opens 2017 Surveying Education Award
  • NCEES prepares for first computer-based PE exam
  • HQ Update: Lower-volume CBT exams require different format and testing schedule
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and outreach events
  • Save the date for 2017 NCEES annual meeting

Download the April 2017 issue (PDF).

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NCEES seeks licensed petroleum engineers for exam review

NCEES is seeking licensed petroleum engineers to participate in an exam review for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Petroleum exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes. To qualify, volunteers must be licensed professional engineers practicing in the petroleum engineering discipline.

Selected volunteers will review and rate the difficulty of items that will be included on the updated exam. Reviews will be held in Houston, Texas, and Clemson, South Carolina.

To volunteer, complete a short online questionnaire at ncees.org/PEPetrol. NCEES appreciates your help with this important study.

For more information

Don Colman, P.E
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
dcolman@ncees.org
864-624-5475


NCEES seeks professional surveyors’ advice and expertise

NCEES is currently seeking licensed surveyors to participate in a content review for the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam. The results of this study will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is used throughout the United States for licensing purposes.

NCEES requires a cross section of licensed professional surveyors—including those working in consulting, the public sector, and academia—to complete an online survey about the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a newly licensed surveyor to practice in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in 35–45 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 content review depends on the number of people who participate, so NCEES is eager to get input from as many professional surveyors as possible.”

For access to the online survey, visit ncees.org/PScontentreview. Responses must be received no later than March 31.

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

Tom Dodd, Ph.D., P.E.
NCEES Exam Development Engineer
jgamble@ncees.org
864-624-5475


February 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.

  •  Member Board Brief: Volunteering at schools can make all the difference
  • Changes to NCEES Records program cause concern
  • From the President: Get ready for national engineer and surveyor weeks
  • NCEES funding available for first-time attendees to annual meeting
  • Committee Focus: Is it time for QBS for president-elect?
  • Enforcement Beat: Since when is it OK to be dishonest?
  • Zones prepare for 2017 interim meetings
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual report and Squared now available

Download the February 2017 issue (PDF).

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NCEES seeks fire protection engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed fire protection engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Fire Protection 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 fire protection 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 fire protection 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 15 to 25 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 fire protection engineering.”

Download the news release (PDF).

The study is now closed.

For more information

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


NCEES seeks control systems engineers’ professional expertise and advice

NCEES is currently seeking licensed control systems engineers to participate in a professional activities and knowledge study, or PAKS, for the PE Control 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 control 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 control systems 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 25 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 control systems engineering.”

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

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

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