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Report: Engineers Week Banquet 2013

William E. Kelly, PhD, PE, Director of External Affairs at the American Society of Engineering Educators was the keynote speaker at the annual, Awards Banquet on February 23, 2013. The dinner is the major event of the National Engineers Week activities sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of IIE and the other 35 participating organizations in the DC Council of Engineers and Architect Societies (DCCEAS).

Dr. Kelly’s Topic was Certification in Engineering. He observed that there is a growing emphasis on certification in engineering, bringing about the evolution of accreditation of certification programs. Noting that licensing has legal standing while certification does not, certification serves as recognition in those areas where licensing does not exist. Certification improves practice by demanding ongoing education to maintain the credential. Significantly, certification is bringing the engineering societies back into education.

Submitted by Richard Leshuk

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