Biomedical engineering department takes $25,000 grand prize for pediatric brain surgery project
NCEES is pleased to announce that North Carolina State University is the grand prize winner of the 2018 NCEES Engineering Education Award. The university received the award for a project completed by the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. The award jury met June 5, 2018, in Clemson, South Carolina, to select the $25,000 grand prize winner.
For the department’s project, Enabling Pediatric Brain Surgery through Head Stabilization, biomedical engineering students collaborated with clinicians and engineering professionals to design a device that allows for complete skull immobilization for pediatric patients during neurosurgery. This innovation allows for the use of neuronavigation technology, opening new possibilities for treatment in pediatric neurosurgery.
The jury praised the project for identifying a problem in need of a solution and for collaborating with biomedical engineering professionals and medical professionals.
The jury selected seven additional winners to receive awards of $10,000 each:
Miami University Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering Design and Implementation of a Community-Driven Water System in a Rural African Village
Seattle University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Load Rating and Repair Options for Bridge Connecting Dam and Intake Structure
Seattle University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Replacement Design of a Culvert to Allow for Fish Passage
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering Multistage Drip Irrigation System in Ethiopia
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Expansion
University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Interlake Lock and Boat Transfer
University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Law Park Revitalization
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 integrated professional practice and education.
A jury of NCEES members and representatives from academic institutions and professional engineering organizations selected the winners from the 97 entries. 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
All results from the April 2018 pencil-and-paper engineering exams have been released to NCEES member licensing boards. PE exam results were released on May 24. SE exam results were released on June 14. 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.
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NCEES is currently seeking surveying professionals to participate in a content review for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. The results of this survey will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is typically the first step in the process leading to professional surveying licensure.
NCEES requires a cross section of professionals—including licensed professional surveyors and academics teaching surveying courses—from all surveying disciplines to complete an online survey about the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for a recent surveying graduate to work in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in 20–30 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 surveying professionals as possible.”
NCEES is currently seeking engineering professionals to participate in a content review for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. The results of this survey will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is typically the first step in the process leading to professional engineering licensure.
NCEES requires a cross section of professionals—including licensed professional engineers and academics teaching engineering courses—from all engineering disciplines to complete an online survey about the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for a recent engineering graduate to work in a manner that safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The survey can be completed in 20–30 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 engineering professionals as possible.”
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and a test preparation company for certain NCEES exams have reached an $800,000 settlement agreement regarding allegations of the unauthorized use of copyrighted practice questions belonging to NCEES. The agreement was finalized March 15, 2018.
In addition to the settlement payment, the test preparation company has agreed to permanently remove the NCEES-owned material from its print and online materials on an agreed-upon schedule. Per the terms of the agreement, the test preparation company does not admit any guilt regarding copyright infringement or liability to NCEES, and NCEES will not disclose the company’s identity.
NCEES produces licensing exams for the professions of engineering and surveying, including the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. The nonprofit organization also publishes study materials, including practice exams, to familiarize candidates with the format and content of the exams. NCEES alleged that the test preparation company used NCEES’ copyrighted practice questions in its exam preparation materials without NCEES’ authorization.
“While this settlement includes a monetary payment, NCEES’ focus, as always, was on protecting its intellectual property,” said NCEES Chief Executive Officer Jerry Carter. “NCEES and its volunteers have literally thousands of hours invested in the development of high-quality examination items that assist licensing boards in performing their important work. We will take whatever steps are required to protect our intellectual property. We are glad to have arrived at a resolution that upholds our rights.”
NCEES will discontinue the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Software Engineering exam after the April 2019 exam administration. Since the original offering in 2013, the exam has been administered five times, with a total population of 81 candidates. Only 19 candidates registered for the April 2018 administration. Per NCEES exam development policy, the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures (EPP) is required to review the history of any exam with fewer than 50 total first-time examinees from NCEES jurisdictions in two consecutive administrations and provide recommendations to the NCEES board of directors concerning the desirability of continuing the exam.
At the January 2018 meeting, the EPP Committee reviewed the history of the PE Software Engineering exam, the low candidate population, and the potential for increasing the number of first-time examinees. After consideration of all information, the EPP Committee recommended that NCEES discontinue the PE Software Engineering exam.
At its February 2018 meeting, the NCEES board of directors accepted the EPP Committee’s recommendation to discontinue offering the PE Software Engineering exam. Since this exam is offered only once per year, the board directed that NCEES discontinue the PE Software Engineering exam after the April 2019 exam administration.
NCEES provided official notification to all member boards of the discontinuation of the PE Software Engineering exam in accordance with policy.
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has begun the search process for a new chief executive officer. Current CEO Jerry Carter will retire on September 30, 2018. The NCEES board of directors has formed a five-member CEO Search Committee, chaired by NCEES President Patrick Tami, P.L.S.
“Under CEO Carter’s leadership, NCEES has become one of the most respected organizations in the engineering and surveying professions. He has greatly improved our ability to achieve NCEES’ mission by bringing about a significant evolution of the Council’s services and governance,” Tami says. “Thanks to him, our new CEO will be able to continue our mission with a dedicated staff and strong financial footing.”
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, administers, and scores 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.
The deadline for applications was April 30, 2018. Applications are no longer being accepted. Candidates selected for interview will be notified by May 31, 2018. Interviews are scheduled to take place in July with a hiring announcement scheduled for mid-August.