NCEES recognizes long-standing service

NCEES recently honored nine individuals for their dedicated service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2019 NCEES service award winners are

  • Howard Harclerode II, P.E., member of the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • Gary Thompson, P.L.S., emeritus member of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
  • Michael Conzett, P.E., emeritus member of the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • David Widmer, P.L.S., emeritus member of the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • John Greenhalge, executive director of the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, who received the Meritorious Service Award
  • David Johnston, Ph.D., P.E., of North Carolina, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • George Murgel, Ph.D., P.E., member of the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • Charles Prewitt, P.E., of Louisiana, who was posthumously honored with the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • Sonja Sparks, P.L.S., of Wyoming, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting, held August 14–17, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the service award winners.

News release downloads

  • 2018–19 NCEES service award winners (PDF)
  • Howard Harclerode II, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Howard (Skip) Harclerode II, P.E., received the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation at the 2019 NCEES annual meeting.
  • Gary Thompson, P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Gary Thompson, P.L.S., received the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation at the 2019 NCEES annual meeting.
  • Michael Conzett, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Michael Conzett, P.E., received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 NCEES annual meeting.
  • David Widmer, P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: David Widmer, P.L.S., received the Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 NCEES annual meeting.
  • John Greenhalge (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: John Greenhalge received the Meritorious Service Award at the 2019 NCEES annual meeting.
  • David Johnston, Ph.D., P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: David Johnston, Ph.D., P.E., received the Distinguished Examination Service Award at the 2019 NCEES annual meeting.
  • George Murgel, Ph.D., P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: George Murgel, Ph.D., P.E., received the Distinguished Examination Service Award at the 2019 NCEES annual meeting.
  • Charles Prewitt, P.E. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Charles (Chuck) Prewitt, P.E. was posthumously honored with the Distinguished Examination Service Award. His wife, Patricia, accepted the award.
  • Sonja Sparks, P.L.S. (PDF) | Photo (JPEG)
    Caption: Sonja (Suzie) Sparks, P.L.S., received the Distinguished Examination Service Award at the 2019 NCEES annual meeting.

Statement from NCEES CEO David Cox on cybersecurity

Yesterday, NCEES was made aware that three U.S. utility companies received phishing emails claiming to be from NCEES, announcing exam results. The emails included a Word attachment that contained malware. NCEES takes matters of cybersecurity very seriously, and we have found no evidence that our system was breached or that examinee information was hacked. The email addresses were not obtained from NCEES, and we have no evidence that any of the recipients had actually taken an NCEES exam.

To be clear, NCEES does not send exam results via email. Examinees log in to our secure system to access their results. If you receive an email from NCEES claiming to announce your exam results, do not open it or any attachments. NCEES does send emails to examinees to let them know that they can log in to their MyNCEES account to check their results, but such an email will not contain an attachment.

Please let NCEES know if you receive a suspicious email claiming to be from this organization. You can click on the Contact section of the NCEES website for contact details.

David Cox
NCEES Chief Executive Officer


August 2019 Licensure Exchange

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

  • From the President: Enhancing mobility across national boundaries
  • NCEES leadership attends IEA annual meeting
  • Headquarters Update: NCEES joins new alliance to ensure public protection
  • Officer Q&A: Nominee for president-elect and incoming vice presidents discuss vision for NCEES
  • Enforcement Beat: A criminal conviction for fraudulent use of seals
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln wins 2019 NCEES Engineering Education Award
  • New Mexico University receives NCEES Surveying Education Award $25,000 grand prize
  • Getting to know the annual meeting consent agenda
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES remembers past president Eugene Bechamps
  • NCEES app returns to help users navigate annual meetinge

Download the August 2019 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


NCEES announces winners of 2019 NCEES Surveying Education Award

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 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. 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 27, 2019, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the winners.

NCEES Surveying Education Award juror Henry Dingle, P.S., stated, “The jury was very impressed with the constant advancement of the geomatics/surveying engineering program over the last four years. It could be a model for other programs across the country.”

$25,000 grand prize winner

  • New Mexico State University
    Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering
    Geomatics/Surveying Engineering program

$15,000 winners

  • East Tennessee State University
    Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying
    Surveying and Mapping Science program
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
    School of Applied Engineering and Technology
    Surveying Engineering Technology program
  • University of Maine
    College of Engineering
    Surveying Engineering Technology program

$10,000 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 Akron
    Department of Engineering and Science Technology
    Surveying and Mapping program

Find more information about the award here.


Update on April 2019 exam results

All results from the April 2019 pencil-and-paper PE exams have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. Most exam results were released on May 14. PE Structural exam results were released on June 14. 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. 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 or log into your MyNCEES account.

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln wins 2019 NCEES Engineering Education Award

Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction takes $25,000 grand prize for interdisciplinary design project

NCEES is pleased to announce that the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the grand prize winner of the 2019 NCEES Engineering Education Award. The university received the award for a project completed by the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The award jury met June 4, 2019, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

For the school’s project, Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, architectural engineering students collaborated with professional engineers, architects, and other professionals to design the structural, mechanical, and electrical systems for the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts on the Hope College campus in Holland, Michigan. The design offers superior acoustics, integrated timber or engineered wood throughout 25 percent of the building, and a rooftop amenity space that can be used year-round.

The jury praised the project for involving different engineering disciplines and a practical design solution.

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

Additional winners

  • Lipscomb University
    
Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering
    Sustainable Water Treatment Prototype System for a Ghanaian Orphanage, School, and Hospital Campus
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Infrastructure Improvement of a County Road
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of a County Pump Station
  • Smith College
    Picker Engineering Program

    Development of a Culvert Evaluation Program
  • University of Cincinnati
    Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management
    Hoyes Field Elementary–A Net-Zero Energy School
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Alternative Energy Generation at School A
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Design for Removal of VOCs at Drinking Water Well 18

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 engineering societies selected the winners from the 51 entries. The jury members considered the following criteria:

  • Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
  • Protection of 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.

News release

Download the news release (PDF).


June 2019 Licensure Exchange

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

  • HQ Update: New headquarters will usher NCEES into a new century
  • From the President—Member board visitation program: A win-win for NCEES and boards
  • Committee Focus: Task force studies restructuring of PS exam
  • Enforcement Beat: Can your board regulate “engineers”? Maybe not.
  • Committee Focus: ACCA considers proxy voting for NCEES meetings
  • Engineering Change Lab takes unique approach to address future of engineering
  • Member board news, upcoming events, and NCEES outreach
  • NCEES annual meeting registration opens online

Download the June 2019 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


NCEES announces headquarters relocation to Greenville, S.C.

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is relocating its headquarters to Greenville, South Carolina, from its current location in nearby Seneca. NCEES’ new headquarters will occupy 70,600 square feet at 200 Verdae Boulevard.

“The new headquarters will provide a better position for the growth of the organization and allow NCEES to better support its member boards and the professions of engineering and surveying,” explained NCEES Chief Executive Officer David Cox. “NCEES is entering its second century of advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors, and this move will help us better fulfill our mission to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

NCEES is a national nonprofit organization made up of the engineering and surveying licensing boards from across the United States and its territories. It provides a range of services to support licensure and public protection, including developing the exams used to license professional engineers and surveyors.

NCEES brings hundreds of professional engineers and surveyors from across the country each year to its headquarters to assist with exam development. Therefore, the move is expected to have an annual economic impact of $1 million for the Greenville tourism and hospitality industry, including local hotels, catering, restaurants, and transportation.

The relocation will be completed in the spring of 2020, which will coincide with the organization’s 100th anniversary.

News release

Download the news release (PDF).

For more information

Contact: David Cox
Chief Executive Officer
864.654.6824


April 2019 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: Small changes may lead to big gains in initial licensure and license portability
  • DiscoverE outreach brings different ways to serve engineering and surveying professions
  • From the President: Working together to protect the public
  • NCEES and EWB-USA working to increase licensure through partnered campaign
  • Enforcement Beat: Don’t be afraid to dig deeper and ask tough questions
  • HQ Update: Upcoming meetings offer opportunities for exchange of ideas
  • NCEES preparing to select winners for 2019 Engineering and Surveying Education awards
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES annual report and Squared now available

Download the April 2019 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.


February 2019 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: Focus on public protection key to addressing threats to licensure
  • From the President—NCEES and DiscoverE: Collaboration that’s working
  • NTSB report on gas explosion emphasizes role of engineering licensure in public protection
  • HQ Update: Engineers Week and Surveyors Week need your knowledge and enthusiasm
  • Exam News: NCEES seeks nuclear engineers’ professional expertise and advice
  • NCEES funding available for first-time attendees to annual meeting
  • Enforcement Beat: Let the Rules of Professional Conduct be your guide in ethical decisions
  • Zones prepare for 2019 interim meetings
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • Save the date for 2019 NCEES annual meeting

Download the February 2019 issue (PDF).

Browse the Licensure Exchange archives.