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Professional Engineering Licensure

Professional engineering licensure is the mark of a professional.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
Event format: 
Virtual / Online
Posted by Paul Shuey
Professional Engineering Licensure
by Kodi Verhalen, PE, F.NSPE and Michael E. Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE
 
Professional engineering licensure is the mark of a professional. It's a standard recognized by employers and their clients, by governments and by the public as an assurance of dedication, skill and quality.  There are many powerful reasons both professional and personal for earning and maintaining a PE license. As engineering increasingly becomes a profession that crosses international borders, a number of organizations have initiated efforts to not only facilitate the flow of engineers and projects but also to ensure rigorous standards of competence and professionalism.  Groups in the US are no exception. Their work is helping to provide global citizens access to the US licensure system. In addition, initiatives and partnerships benefit domestic PEs whose qualifications become better recognized overseas. That enhances the ability of US professional engineers to work internationally.  This month's speakers will review state licensing requirements (including licensure exemptions), discuss professional practice issues and, drawing upon their experience, explore ways in which they have successfully leveraged engineering licensure throughout their careers.
 
About our speakers:
 
Kodi Jean Verhalen has practiced in the environmental space for 14 years, first as an environmental engineer (PE Minnesota) and now as an attorney and the law firm of Briggs and Morgan, P.A. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law (now, Mitchell Hamline School of Law).  Kodi was the 2016-2017 president of the National Society of Professional Engineers, a 31,000-member organization. She was the youngest person, and the third woman, in the organization’s history to hold the office of president. Prior to serving the professional engineering community at the national level, Kodi held the office of president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers in 2010-2011, in addition to serving in several other elected roles and on committees and task forces.  In 2018, Kodi was recognized by her undergraduate university (University of Minnesota Duluth Academy of Science & Engineering), the state legal community (Minnesota Lawyer Up & Coming Attorney and Minnesota Super Lawyers, Utilities Law), and even the American Bar Association (American Bar Association On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award) for her contributions to her profession and her community.
 
Michael E. Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE is the 2018-2019 President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).  He is a mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of engineering, project management, property condition inspections and expert witness testimony.  He is currently the Vice President of MEA Consulting Engineers which he founded with his wife in April 2000.  Long active in both the National Society of Professional Engineers and its state affiliate, NSPE-Colorado, Mr. Aitken he has been president of NSPE-Colorado and a member of NSPE’s Board of Directors, House of Delegates, Budget & Finance Committee, Audit Committee, and PE Conference Task Force. In 2016 he was named a NSPE Fellow.  Mr. Aitken received his BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Metropolitan State College in Denver and is registered as a Professional Engineer in 29 states. He has also attained LEED® AP O+M certification, the recognized standard for design sustainability.  Michael is a Certified Commissioning Authority through the AABC Commissioning Group.  Michael is a Senior member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE) and an Executive Level member of the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE).  Mr. Aitken volunteers as a coach and mentor with FIRST Robotics and the FIRST Lego League to encourage elementary, middle and high school student to pursue a career in engineering. He also mentors college students and young engineers on the value of engineering licensure and the importance of giving back to their profession.
 
 
 
PRIMARY MEETING (LIVE PRESENTATION/LIVE CHAT)
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1:00 am UTC March 28, 2019
 
When it's time, join the meeting:
 
Meeting number/access code: 793 340 877
 
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1-866-469-3239 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
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ALTERNATE 1 (RECORDED PRESENTATION/LIVE CHAT)
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10 am UTC March 28, 2019
 
When it's time, join the meeting:
 
Meeting number/access code: 793 444 055
 
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1-866-469-3239 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
+1-650-429-3300 Call-in number (US/Canada)
 
Global call-in numbers can be found here:
 
 
ALTERNATE 2 (RECORDED PRESENTATION/LIVE CHAT)
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6 pm UTC March 28, 2019
 
When it's time, join the meeting:
 
Meeting number/access code: 799 022 173
 
To use phone for audio:
1-866-469-3239 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
+1-650-429-3300 Call-in number (US/Canada)
 
Global call-in numbers can be found here: