Board Meeting Minutes: November 20, 2014

STATE OF MAINE BOARD OF LICENSURE FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

MEETING MINUTES Thursday, November 20, 2014

Present: Board members: Mandy Holway Olver, PE, Chair; Clifton W. Greim, PE, Vice Chair; George W. Ames, PE; Lawrence E. Bartlett, PE; John Guimond, Public Member; and Knud Hermansen, PE, PS, Esq., PhD. Also present were: Judith Peters, Assistant Attorney General, and David Jackson, Executive Director.

  1. Call to Order, Minutes of prior meetings and other preliminaries The meeting was called to order at 9:06 a.m. by Chair Mandy Holway Olver in the First Floor Conference Room at 295 Water Street in Augusta.

On motion by Mr. Ames and second by Mr. Hermansen, the Board voted 4-0 to approve the minutes of the board meeting held on August 14, 2014 as distributed.

  1. Committee Reports

A. Executive Committee (Chair) 1. Report on NCEES Annual Meeting, August 20-23, Seattle.

Mr. Ames reported that two significant votes were taken: first, the NCEES member boards voted to eliminate language from the Model Law concerning enhanced educational requirements, known as Model Law 20/20; second, the NCEES member boards voted to remove language from the Model Law requiring four years of engineering work experience prior to sitting for the PE exam. Mr. Ames noted that those changes to the Model Law do not change the current requirements in Maine.

Mr. Guimond reported that the orientation presentation by NCEES for new board members was extremely helpful and suggested that the Board develop a similar presentation for new board members on the local level.

B. Finance Committee (Greim) 1. Book balance on November 13, 2014 was $407,628 compared to a balance of $451,714 on October 31, 2012.

  1. The number of active licensees on November 10, 2014 was 5990, compared to 5903 on October 31, 2012.

C. Rules Committee (Ames) 1. The newly revised Rule took effect September 9, 2014 and is available on the Board website and the Secretary of State website.

D. Examinations Committee (Hermansen) 1. Report on computer-based Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. The number of FE exam takers is down because of the transition to computer-based testing. The Executive Director and Board Members will continue to meet with student groups at Maine schools to encourage enrollment in the FE exam.

  1. Mr. Hermansen and Mr. Jackson spoke with UMaine administration about an appropriate setting for awarding the EI pins.

Information Committee (Olver) E. The Board has proposed the following articles for the fall newsletter; the deadline for submission is November 30: a. Thoughts While Driving (Olver) b. Results of April 2014 exams c. Complaint Update (Ames) d. Renewals/Audits (Exec Dir) e. Report on the CBT exam process f. PDH course development g. NCEES exam changes h. Report on Annual Meeting in Seattle (Exec Dir) i. Retired status j. The complaint procedure k. Links to professional organizations

F. Complaint Committee (Ames) 1. Licensee a. E13-001 – update On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Bartlett, the Board voted 5-0-1, with Mr. Ames recused, to re-offer the Consent Agreement with modifications as discussed.

  1. Unlicensed a. U14-002 On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Guimond, the Board voted 5-0-1, with Mr. Ames recused, to dismiss the complaint for lack of jurisdiction and to refer to the Office of the Attorney General as the unlicensed practice of engineering.

G. Continuing Education Committee (Bartlett)

  1. Second Audit Executive Director was instructed to send a reminder letter within a week to those who did not respond to the initial audit letter.

  2. PDH course development Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Hermansen have submitted questions. The target is to have at least a hundred questions in each category by the end of December.

H. Special Committees

  1. Communications

A. Email regarding retired status. The Board elected not to respond to this email.

B. Email about unlicensed engineering. The Executive Director was instructed to prepare a letter for signature by the Chair.

  1. Applications

A. Review and concurrence of Chair/Executive Director actions 1. Temporary certificates issued. 2. Comity licenses authorized for NCEES Model Law Engineers. 3. Comity licenses authorized by the Executive Director and Chair. 4. Licenses by written examination. 5. Re-examinations authorized by the Executive Director.

On motion by Mr. Ames and second by Mr. Hermansen, the Board voted 6-0 to concur with the actions taken above.

B. New Engineer Intern (EI) Applications 1. None

C. Recently certified Engineer Interns

D. New PE Applications (Exec Dir) 1. Khawar Hameed On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Greim, the Board voted 6-0 to issue a preliminary denial.

  1. Charles Guy On motion by Mr. Ames and second by Mr. Greim, the Board voted 6-0 to issue a preliminary denial.

C. Tabled and previously considered 1. Don A. Skomsky – renewal application On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Ames, the Board voted 6-0 to renew Mr. Skomsky’s PE licensure.

F. Reexamination Requests

G. Other applications or requests

  1. Pending Business

  2. New Business

A. Engineers Week funding On motion by Mr. Ames and second by Mr. Hermansen, the Board voted 6-0 to again sponsor Engineers Week at the Leadership Level of $2500.

B. Promotional budget On motion by Mr. Bartlett and second by Mr. Hermansen, the Board voted 6-0 to support a promotional budget of $2000.

C. Renewal post cards / pocket cards Executive Director to prepare a proposal for renewal costs.

D. NCEES MBA Committee, January 6-7, 2015, San Francisco, CA On motion by Mr. Ames and second by Mr. Bartlett, the Board voted 6-0 to send Mr. Jackson to the MBA Committee Meeting.

E. NCEES Board Presidents Assembly, Feb 7, Atlanta, GA On motion by Mr. Greim and second by Mr. Hermansen, the Board voted 6-0 to send Mandy Holway Olver and David Jackson to the Board Presidents Assembly.

F. NCEES Northeast Zone Meeting, Apr 30-May 2, Harrisburg, PA Discussion of the Northeast Zone Meeting postponed.

G. NCEES Annual Meeting, August 19-22, 2014, Williamsburg, VA Discussion of the Annual Meeting postponed.

H. Board Member Training for upcoming hearing The hearing officer conducted training in anticipation of the upcoming hearing.

I. PUC comment On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Greim, the Board voted 6-0 to comment on the PUC Notice of Inquiry, contingent upon PFR consent.

  1. Adjournment

A. Next scheduled meetings are January 15, 2015 and March 19, 2015

B. Meeting adjourned at 12:01PM.