Connecting education and professional practice

In addition to supporting classroom learning and promoting careers in engineering and surveying with K–12 audiences, NCEES provided financial and volunteer resources for outreach initiatives at the college level.

NCEES Surveying Education Award

NCEES introduced a new initiative in 2015–16 to promote the surveying profession: the NCEES Surveying Education Award. The award recognizes surveying and geomatics programs that best reflect NCEES’ mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Jury members met in June to select 10 programs to receive the inaugural $10,000 cash awards to assist with their continued efforts to promote the importance and value of licensure. Learn about the 2016 winners.

Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education

The organization also promoted licensure to engineering educators and students through its Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education. Now in its 8th year, the award recognizes engineering programs that encourage collaboration between college students and professional engineers. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction won the $25,000 grand prize, and five other winners received $7,500 awards. Learn about the 2016 winners.

Engineers Without Borders–USA

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NCEES continued its support of Engineers Without Borders–USA by sponsoring a promotion for Water Cooler, EWB’s new social hub.

Launched during DiscoverE Engineers Week, the social media contest invited engineers and aspiring engineers to share their stories of why they wanted to be an engineer and invited everyone to share the many ways they’ve seen engineers transform lives.

In August 2016, the NCEES board of directors approved a $200,000 contribution to continue to support EWB-USA activities.