In our everyday lives we take a lot of the things that professional engineers and surveyors do for granted. Professional engineers and surveyors are constantly working to help protect the safety and welfare of the public. In this podcast series, NCEES highlights the work of licensed professionals within the engineer and surveying fields. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. Since its founding in 1920, NCEES has focused on providing services to advance licensure and facilitate mobility.
Ep14: Leading with a passion for surveying
In this episode of the podcast, NSPS Executive Director Tim Burch discusses his first nine months leading the organization, his passion for surveying, and the challenges and opportunities he sees for the profession in the future. Tim is a Professional Land Surveyor licensed in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin and has been involved in various capacities with the NSPS for more than 20 years.
Ep13: Engineering In Sports
This episode features Bart Miller, senior principle at the national firm of Walter P. Moore. Miller is a true leader his in field and discusses his work on some of the largest sports stadiums in the country.
He has received several industry honors, including “40 under 40” by Building Design and Construction Magazine in 2010, Walter P Moore’s Javier F. Horvilleur Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 2009, and Sports Business Journal's Power Player in 2020. He holds a Master and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Marquette University, respectively.
Ep12: Humanitarian Engineering
This episode features Eric Lundborg, senior program engineer with Engineers Without Borders USA. Lundborg discusses how he became involved with EWB-USA, the responsibilities of his position and his role overseeing projects in East and West Africa as well as his time spent with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado.
Ep11: NCEES Exams Update
In this episode, NCEES Chief Officer of Examinations, Jason Gamble, provides an update on NCEES exams, specifically on exam registration numbers and testing center capacities two years into the pandemic. He also gives an in-depth look at how the transitions of the PE Civil exam and the PE Structural exam to computer-based testing are going and what to expect moving forward.
Ep10: Energy conservation in the aerospace and national defense industry
Devan Tracy, P.E.
Smart Buildings Team Leader
On this episode professional engineer Devan Tracy discusses her leadership role on the Smart Buildings Team of a large global aerospace and defense company. A TedTalk presenter and recent GreenBiz “30 Under 30” award winner, Tracy also talks about the “extinction of sustainability” and the responsibility corporations have in environmental sustainability and energy conservation. The episode also highlights her love for music and her talents as a musician.
Ep9: Remembering 9/11 – A Flight 93 Surveyor’s Story
David Widmer, P.L.S.
President of Widmer Engineering
Past President of NCEES
On this episode, we honor the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 with professional surveyor David Widmer. In September 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Widmer was involved in a unique surveying project at the crash site of Flight 93 in central Pennsylvania. He shares his profound and memorable surveying story, as we remember those events 20 years later.
Widmer is president of the consulting firm Widmer Engineering and past president of NCEES. He is a professionally licensed surveyor in Pennsylvania, with over 35 years of experience, and is a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls. Widmer began his service to NCEES in 1992 and has served as a member or board of directors liaison to almost every NCEES standing committee as well as several task forces. He was a member of the NCEES board of directors from 2009 to 2016, when he served terms as president, treasurer, and Northeast Zone vice president. And he most recently served as a member of the 2019–20 Advisory Committee on Council Activities. In addition to NCEES, Widmer served more than 18 years as a member of the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. He is now an emeritus member.