NCEES recognizes long-standing service

NCEES recently honored four individuals for their dedicated service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions. The 2021 NCEES service award winners are

  • Robin Petzold, P.S.M., emeritus member of the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Timothy Rickborn, P.E., S.E., member of the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, who received the Distinguished Service Award
  • Wendy Lick, P.E., of Tennessee, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award
  • William Parrish, Ph.D., P.E., of New Jersey, who received the Distinguished Examination Service Award

 The winners were honored at the NCEES annual meeting held virtually on September 15, 2021.

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Gamble named NCEES chief officer of examinations

 NCEES is pleased to name Jason J. Gamble, P.E., chief officer of examinations (COE), effective August 23, 2021. 

As COE, Gamble will oversee the development and administration of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam, the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam, and the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam for over 85,000 candidates each year. 

Gamble, a native of Georgetown, South Carolina, served as an NCEES exam development engineer for the past decade, managing the development of four PE exam disciplines. He brings over 12 years of experience in design engineering for private practice and for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Gamble holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Clemson University and is a licensed professional engineer. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Structural Engineering Institute, and the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity. 

Gamble replaces Tim Miller, P.E., who is retiring after serving 14 years as the director of exam services and the COE of the organization. Miller has been instrumental in the conversion of exams from pencil-and-paper format to computer-based testing.

“Tim has led us through the conversion to computer-based testing, and Jason will take us across the finish line with the PE Structural exam conversion,” said CEO David Cox. “Work continues as we refine each of the CBT exams, considering questions such as the length of the exams, possible creation of exam modules or divisions, and future options with the almost continuous changes in technology.”

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August 2021 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: The growing threat of ransomware
  • From the President: Engineering and surveying professions stronger because of individual service
  • NCEES prepares for 100th annual meeting
  • MB Brief: NCEES resolution of cooperation promotes licensure mobility and reduces barriers
  • Enforcement Beat: Professionalism embodies ethical decision making and protecting the public
  • Grand prize winners in NCEES Engineering and Surveying Education awards named
  • Advocacy Resources: New Records option aims to support license mobility for military families
  • NCEES outreach
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina

Download the August 2021 issue (PDF).

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NCEES announces winners of 2021 NCEES Surveying Education Award

University of Maine School of Engineering Technology receives $25,000 grand prize

NCEES is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 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 Surveying Engineering Technology program the $25,000 grand prize. The award jury praised the program for its licensed faculty and online programs at all levels. Jurors considered criteria such as student outcomes and involvement, outreach and recruitment, and the promotion of licensure. 

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

$15,000 winners
Ferris State University
School of Engineering and Computing Technology
Surveying Engineering program

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

Nicholls State University
Department of Applied Sciences
Geomatics program

$10,000 winners
Florida Atlantic University
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering

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

The award jury of NCEES members and representatives from surveying societies met virtually June 24, 2021, 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

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NCEES named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina

NCEES was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. SC Biz News created this 16th annual program in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. This survey-and-awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the state of South Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 81 total companies.

NCEES is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina. Since its founding in 1920, the organization has been committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public throughout the United States.

“NCEES is honored to be named one of the best places to work in South Carolina,” said NCEES CEO David Cox. “We value our employees and recognize the impact their day-to-day work has in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Providing them with the best possible climate for development, health, and wellness ultimately benefits us all.”

To be considered for participation in the Best Places to Work in South Carolina, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in the state of South Carolina;
  • Have a minimum of 15 employees working in the state of South Carolina; and
  • Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in South Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

The ranked companies will be recognized at an in-person awards ceremony on August 5, 2021, at the Columbia Convention Center. The rankings will be published in the August 2021 issue of SCBIZ magazine. For more information on the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program, visit

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is a nonprofit organization made up of engineering and surveying licensing boards from all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1920, NCEES has been committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the U.S. public.

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 and administers 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. For more information, visit

Milwaukee School of Engineering wins 2021 NCEES Engineering Education Award

Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department receives $25,000 grand prize for international design project

NCEES is pleased to announce that the Milwaukee School of Engineering is the grand prize winner of the 2021 NCEES Engineering Education Award. The university received the award for a project completed by the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department. The award jury met virtually on June 15, 2021, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.

For the school’s project, Sustainable Improvements for Guatemalan Cardamom Spice Dryers, a team of primarily mechanical engineering students collaborated with professional engineers and other professionals to develop a low-cost metal attachment called a swirler, which is inserted into heat exchanger tubes in spice dryers. The swirler, at a one-time cost of two dollars, is made from sheet metal and a pair of tin snips and pliers. The solution will reduce deforestation and improve the overall quality of life in rural Guatemalan communities. The jury praised the project for providing an ingenious solution to an environmental issue.

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

  • California State University, Los Angeles
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Sustainable Recycled Water Recharge Program
  • Christian Brothers University
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering
    GO BaBy Go—MROC
  • George Mason University
    Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
    Water Supply, Distribution, and Storage, San Pablo de Amali, Ecuador
  • Lawrence Technological University
    Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering
    Oakland University Interdisciplinary Research Center 
  • Seattle University
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Home for the Homeless Using Cross Laminated Waste Stream
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
    Virginia Tech War Memorial Hall: Integrative Team Design
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Village Stormwater Mitigation

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 48 entries. The jury members considered the following criteria:

  • 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 will be posted as available at

News release

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Update on April 2021 exam results

All results from the April 2021 pencil-and-paper PE exams were released to NCEES member licensing boards on June 2. Results from the 16-hour Structural exams were released on June 11. How and when examinees receive their results vary 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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June 2021 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: ACCA proposes adding NCEES past president to each committee and task force
  • Member Board Brief: Is there a need for state-specific surveying exams?
  • Committee Focus: Task force recommends formation of young engineers and surveyors group
  • From the President: Virtual meetings help boost member board engagement
  • NCEES zones honor distinguished service
  • NCEES announces new Records option for military families seeking comity licensure
  • Enforcement Beat: Policing our own is part of protecting the public
  • HQ Update: Improving license mobility is key to ensuring licensure’s safeguards for the public
  • Advocacy Resources: ARPL/Oxford Economics report highlights value of professional licensing
  • NCEES outreach
  • Member board news and upcoming events
  • NCEES annual meeting registration opening in June

Download the June 2021 issue (PDF).

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October 2021 exam administration updates

NCEES is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the October 2021 pencil-and-paper exam administration. The exam administration will take place over two days—Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22.* All exam site locations are currently proceeding with reduced capacity restrictions in place. Changes to state and local requirements that further reduce capacities for groups and events may impact the number of examinees that are able to test at a specific site. NCEES will continue to monitor these changes between now and exam day.

October 2021 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 October 2021 exam administration. Examinees who enter the exam site must follow these guidelines on exam day.

  • Examinees will be seated alone and properly distanced from other tables.
  • Examinees and proctors are required to wear face masks at all times. This is required at all exam sites including locations with no local or state face mask mandates.** Face shields may not be used as a substitute for face masks but may be worn in addition to face masks. Face coverings must be removed for proper identification when instructed by a proctor. Proctors may visually inspect face coverings.
  • Examinees must practice social distancing at all times.
  • Examinees will be allowed to have hand sanitizer and wipes, extra face coverings, and disposable gloves in the exam room; they must be placed on the floor during the exam.
  • Examinees understand that they will be dismissed from the exam and their exam scores will be invalidated if they do not adhere to the COVID-19 safety requirements for this site.
  • Examinees understand that they are allowed to lower masks to eat or drink for brief moments as defined by the proctors and that proctors will issue a warning to examinees before they are dismissed.

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.

Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state the following in regard to COVID-19 exposure:

  • Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3–5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Exam specifications and design standards
Current exam specifications and design standards are listed on

Exam administration format
Registration for the October 2021 pencil-and-paper exam administration closed at 3:00 p.m. EDT on August 26. Exams will be administered on the day assigned as follows:

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Civil: Construction
Civil: Transportation
Civil: Water Resources and Environmental
SE Vertical Forces Bridges
SE Vertical Forces Buildings

Friday, October 22, 2021
Control Systems
Civil: Geotechnical
Civil: Structural
SE Lateral Forces Bridges
SE Lateral Forces Buildings

All sites for the October 2021 exam administration must operate in compliance with capacity and social distancing requirements. In most cases, this will reduce the number of examinees that can be accommodated at an exam site. Examinees will be allowed to complete the registration process only when a seat is available for their selected site. Capacity and social distancing requirements are subject to change at any time. Any changes that require a further reduction in capacity may result in the cancellation of your exam registration. Please be aware that every effort will be made to accommodate all registered examinees in a manner that protects the health and safety of everyone involved.

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*Overseas sites will maintain their normal testing procedures. Please contact your testing agency for further instruction.

**Reasonable accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request. Examinees who have been diagnosed with a condition that rises to the level of a disability that prevents the use of a face mask or covering may submit a request for accommodations and their supporting documentation for consideration.

NCEES announces new Records option for military families seeking comity licensure

NCEES is pleased to announce that it has added a new option to the NCEES Records program to assist military families with the comity licensure process. Starting April 27, active-duty military and their spouses are eligible to transmit their NCEES Record to a state licensing board at no charge when military orders require them to relocate to that state.

The NCEES Records program is designed for currently licensed engineers and surveyors who are looking for an easier and faster way to complete the comity licensure process in another U.S. state or territory. Once established, an individual’s Record includes most—if not all—of the materials needed to apply for comity licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“This new no-cost option will help members of the military and their spouses by simplifying and expediting the comity licensure process in their new state,” explained NCEES Chief Executive Officer David Cox. “Military transmittals will include a special designation to alert the receiving licensing board of their priority status. Applying for comity licensure through the NCEES Records program can often be completed and a license issued within a matter of days.”

An individual’s NCEES Record is a verified compilation of his or her official academic transcripts, full employment history, professional references, and exam results. It is commonly used by licensed engineers and surveyors to document completion of the education, experience, and examination requirements shared by all U.S. engineering and surveying licensing boards. In 2019–20, almost 40,000 engineers and surveyors transmitted their information to a state licensing board through the program.

Patty Mamola, P.E., executive director of the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors noted, “Comity licensure is one of the most critical issues facing licensing boards today. Having additional options that allow us to specifically support our military and ease their transition to a new state is huge.”

Active-duty military and their spouses who are interested in learning more about the NCEES Records program or how to use it when they are restationed in a new state or territory should visit or email for more information.

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