UI Civil and Environmental Engineering Lands NCEES Honorable Mention

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The University of Iowa Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was awarded Honorable Mention March 12 in a competition sponsored by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Science (NCEES). The department's submission was titled "Pilot Program for Expanding Connections between Professional Practice and Education."

The program enabled practitioners to participate more fully in course content delivery and in design team activities by emphasizing integrated participation to enhance student learning objectives.  The course emphasis on service-learning also enhances and energizes practitioners that are already familiar with issues of the “developing world” as they see first-hand how modern engineering education can incorporate these issues into course content with the intent of impacting the world in ways that extend well beyond the classroom walls.

The award program recognizes engineering programs that demonstrate meaningful partnerships between professional engineers and students. All EAC/ABET-accredited engineering programs were invited to enter projects that demonstrated such a partnership.

NCEES is a national non-profit organization composed of engineering and surveying licensing boards representing all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. An accredited standards developer with the American National Standards Institute, NCEES develops scores, and administers the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the U.S.