NSPE vs. NCEES on Structural Licensure

    NSPE President Kodi Jean Verhalen, P.E., Esq., F.NSPE has sent a letter on 7-27-16 to NCEES leadership and NCEES Delegates objecting to a proposed Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines (UPLG) Motion 12, which has been endorsed by the NCEES Board of Directors and will be offered for a vote at the upcoming NCEES 95th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. 

    Although the proposed amendments to the Model Law and Model Rules have been described as non-substantive, merely adding "language for structural engineers (that is) parallel to that of professional engineers and professional surveyors," their impact would be profound and, in our view, damaging to the PE license. Passage of UPLG Motion 12 would place NCEES’ endorsement, as a recommended best practice for every jurisdiction to consider, the creation of a separate license for structural engineers and a requirement that those specifically licensed as structural engineers be included as members of every jurisdictional licensing board.

     Given that the practical effect of the proposed amendments would be to redefine the fundamental nature of the PE license, Motion 12 goes well beyond the UPLG's charge to address inconsistencies and conflicts in the existing language of the Model Law and Rules. Accordingly, NSPE has sent a letter to NCEES Delegates to defeat this motion. NSPE asks the state societies to please contact their state Boards to oppose this motion.


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    Among others, these newly licensed MSPE members will be recognized on October 7 at the MSPE PE Ceremony.  And they should be recognized on Aug. 3 as we celebrate PE DAY!

    Left to right:

    Shiloh Burchfield, PE, ALLGEIER, MARTIN and ASSOCIATES, INC.,Consulting Engineers – Joplin, MO, Civil Structural Engineer, Transmission Line - Southwest Chapter

    Jared Davis, P.E., LEED AP BD+C' Anderson Engineering, Inc, Associate Engineer - MSPE Ozark Chapter

    Matthew Weber, P.E.' GREDELL Engineering Resources, Inc, Environmental Engineer II - Jefferson City Chapter

    Peter Young, P.E., H. W. Lochner, Structural Engineer - Western Chapter MSPE

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    Marie Collins, P.E. of St. Louis Chapter and MSPE 2003-2004 Past President was the 15th person inducted into MSPE’s Hall of Fame by 2015-16 MSPE President Breck Washam, P.E. The Hall of Fame is MSPE’s highest award. The Hall of Fame was created in 2000 to recognize individual engineers or friends of the profession whose personal accomplishments, awards, and activities set high standards for others to emulate and exemplify the goals and objectives of MSPE while positively promoting the professional engineering community. 

    Also elected as the 16th member of the Hall of Fame was Ozark Chapter’s C. Royce Fugate, P.E., 1989-90 MSPE President, who was gravely ill at the time of presentation and unable to attend the induction ceremony.

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    Smith Awarded NSPE Fellow

    Britt Smith, PE, MSPE Past President, was recently recognized as MSPE's newest NSPE Fellow at a ceremony at the 2016 MSPE Convention.  NSPE President-elect Kodi Jean Verhalen, PE, made the presentation to Smith.   Congratulations, Britt!

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    Strack Named NCR Director

    Gary Strack, PE, MSPE Past President has been elected to the NSPE Board of Directors as the North Central Region Director.  Strack will coordinate monthly conference calls with Society leadership in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Daktoa and Minnesota.  Issues and concerns from the region will be carried forward to the 2016-17 NSPE Board of Directors by Strack.  Congratulations Gary!

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    Celebrate Professional Engineers - Aug.3

    Celebrate Professional Engineers

    NSPE invites you to join with the Society and other engineering organizations to celebrate the first-ever Professional Engineers Day on Wednesday, August 3.

    The date for the event was chosen as a nod to the first professional engineer license issued in the US, given to Wyoming engineer Charles Bellamy in August 1907.

    Throughout the day, NSPE and other engineering organizations will celebrate and showcase the work of professional engineers over social media. But the Society is also asking its members to share why they became licensed using the hashtag #LicensedPEDay. NSPE will share these posts on its own accounts.


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    Value of P.E. Licensure Video

    After a year and a half of planning, fund raising, production and editing, the "TSPE PE Licensure Video" was finally released at the NSPETX16 Conference in Dallas..  The targeted audience were college students and newly graduated engineering students, it demonstrates why one should start planning now, and the steps toward PE Licensure.  Check it out!


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