(A) Trends in Licensing Policy / NSPE Update
Stephanie Hamilton, NSPE
This educational session will include an overview of license trends across the country, and how those trends could impact the professional licensing statues & regulations governing the practice of engineering in Indiana.
(B) Why Diversity and Public Service Matter to Engineers
John Thompson, Thompson Distribution, First Electric Supply, CMID, BC Countertops
John will share some real life stories and examples of why diversity and public service matter as he has lived both throughout his lifetime. By the time John finishes speaking, you will want to “re-share” his examples. We will learn how our communities, our offices and our families can be better with a little bit more of compassion and community spirit.
(C) Why Get Licensed and How to Stay Licensed
Vince Drnevich, PE, PhD, F.NSPE, Purdue University
Engineers frequently work with other engineers who are not yet licensed and this presentation will explain the licensing process, especially as it is changing to totally computer-based testing for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and for the PE Exam. There are benefits of being licensed and these will be explored. Licenses must be renewed, typically every two years. Renewals in Indiana must be completed by July 31st of 2020. The online renewal process will be demonstrated.
(D) Indiana Statutes & Rules
Steve Gillman, Retired
The session will cover the Indiana Code vs. Indiana Administrative code, selected statutes and rules applied to the practice of engineering, registration by comity, registrant’s seal, computer-based testing for FE and PE exams, continuing education audits for 2019, board structure, appointments, and threats to professional licensure.
(F) Creativity Unleashed
Kate Maxwell, Raytheon Company
Innovation is critical to business growth, and creativity lies at the heart of innovation. So, what can we do to raise our creativity quotient? This presentation will explore the psychology of creativity and identify ways in which we can foster innovation, both for ourselves and for our teams.
(G) Ethics in the Practice of Engineering
David Kish, PE, PhD, Purdue University
This course will cover Basis for Making Ethical Decisions, Codes of Ethics, Rules of Professional Conduct in Indiana Statutes and Rules, Reporting Violations, Making Value-laden Decisions, NSPE Board of Ethical Review, NSPE Ethics Reference Guide, and Ethical Health Fitness.
(H) Contracting for the Future
Ann Luther, Ramboll US Corporation
The traditional design, bid and build method of contracting is still used but not as often. Due to changes in government rules more projects are being accomplished through the use of CM or CMC. We will review the advantages and disadvantages of each. Case examples will be provided, as well as the discussion of the costs associated with each method. Does one save money? Are there other monetary advantages?
( I ) Engineering Exemptions and Education: Diminish the First and Enhance the Second
Stuart Walesh, S. G. Walesh Consulting
After briefly celebrating U.S. engineering excellence and engineer exemplars, the presentation describes two weaknesses of engineering. They are: a) exemptions that emasculate engineering and unnecessarily endanger the public and environment; and b) an inadequate formal education for engineering licensure, which has been in effect for nine decades. The presentation offers specific suggestions addressing engineering’s weaknesses by building on its strengths.