Board Meeting Minutes: August 13, 2015


MEETING MINUTES Thursday, August 13, 2015

Meeting location: Conference Room, 295 Water Street, First Floor, Augusta, Maine

Present: Board members present: Mandy Holway Olver, PE, Chair; George W. Ames, PE; Lawrence E. Bartlett, PE; Joyce Noel Taylor, PE; and Knud Hermansen, PE, PS, Esq., PhD. Also present: David Jackson, Executive Director.

  1. Call to Order, Minutes of prior meetings and other preliminaries

A. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Mandy Holway Olver, Chair.

B. Approval of the minutes of the board meeting held on June 18, 2015. On motion by Mr. Hermansen, and second by Mr. Ames, the Board voted 5-0 to approve the minutes of the board meeting held on June 18, 2015 as distributed.

  1. Committee Reports

A. Executive Committee (Chair)

B. Finance Committee (Greim)

  1. Book balance on August 3, 2015 was $241,829 compared to a balance of $251,398 on August 2, 2013.

  2. The number of active licensees on August 3, 2015 was 6277, compared to 6180 on August 2, 2013.

C. Rules Committee (Ames)

D. Examinations Committee (Hermansen

E. Information Committee (Olver)

  1. The following articles are proposed for the Fall Newsletter: a. Thoughts While Driving (Olver) b. Results of the April exams c. Complaint update d. Upcoming licensure renewal (Exec Dir) e. PDH course development f. Report on pin ceremonies g. Reports on NCEES Meetings

F. Complaint Committee (Ames)

G. Continuing Education Committee (Bartlett) 1. PDH course development continues with the goal of having the PDH Ethics course online this year.

H. Special Committees

  1. Communications

A. Responses to the Chair’s article in the spring newsletter discussed. No action.

B. Comments on proposed ACCA Motion and NSPE response. No action.

C. Email from licensee regarding PDH credit for ABET Program Evaluators. Executive Director will respond to licensee that training is acceptable for PDH, but evaluation time is not.

D. Email regarding use of engineering in job title. On motion from Mr. Hermansen, with second by Mr. Bartlett, the board voted 4-0, with Mr. Ames recused, to refer the matter to the Office of the Attorney General.

E. Email request for guidance. Executive Director will respond with instructions for filing a written complaint.

  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. 6. EI Certifications Issued On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Ms. Taylor, the board voted 5-0 to approve Items 4.A.1-6.

B. EI Applications

C. PE Applications 1. Charles B. Rainville On motion by Mr. Bartlett and second by Ms. Taylor, the board voted 4-1 to approve the application. The application was considered at length in light of the licensure statute found at 32 M.R.S.A. 1352-A (1)(A). The approval is based on the ABET-accredited AS degree, over 30 years of experience, passing scores on both the FE and PE exams, and positive recommendations by the applicant’s engineering peers. 2. Jyosthra Chandrapati On motion by Mr. Hermansen and second by Mr. Ames, the board voted 5-0 to approve the application. The board found the applicant’s degree, as evidenced by the transcripts and evaluation provided, to be substantially equivalent to a four-year engineering technology degree, and therefore would qualify under 32 M.R.S.A. 1352-A (1)(D). 3. Exam applicants On motion by Ms. Taylor and second by Mr. Bartlett, the board voted 4-0 with Mr. Hermansen recused, to approve the list of PE exam applicants.

D. Tabled and previously considered

F. Reexamination Requests

G. Other applications or requests

  1. Pending Business

  2. New Business

A. NCEES Annual Meeting Motions. On motion by Mr. Bartlett and second by Mr. Hermansen, the board voted 5-0 in opposition to ACCA Motion #1 that will be presented at the NCEES Annual Meeting.

  1. Adjournment

A. Next scheduled meetings are November 19, 2015 and January 21, 2016.

B. Meeting adjourned at 10:45 AM.