Resource Magazine — January/February 2013
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from the President
Tony Kajewski

Matters of Import

Your Opinion Counts in PE Licensure

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) establishes the requirements for licensing Professional Engineers (PEs). Currently, the NCEES model specifies that an aspiring PE must meet the following requirements: (1) hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an ABET-accredited program, (2) have at least four years of appropriate work experience, (3) achieve acceptable results on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and the PE exam, and (4) possess a clean disciplinary record.

Recently, an additional requirement has been proposed: a master’s degree or an equivalent 30 credit hours of graduate coursework in engineering. As an engineering society, ASABE has the opportunity to express an opinion on this proposal. In the Last Word section of this issue, Jay Harmon introduces the question at hand, and Dan Thomas and Maynard Herron offer arguments, pro and con. Please read both views, and then complete the on-line member poll at Your response will help to determine our Society’s position. If you prefer, mail or email your comments to ASABE Executive Director Darrin Drollinger, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, Mich., 49085, USA, or

The Outstanding AE50 Awards
In June 1984, Agricultural Engineering (now Resource) included “A Forum for New Developments” in an issue on technology. From this focus on identifying innovative technology, the AE50 was born.

Product nominations poured in. And they continue to do so. The products featured in this issue represent not only the diversity of the agricultural and biological engineering fields, but companies of all sizes and varying pursuits, bringing advanced technology to the marketplace.

The interest in new technology and innovative applications of existing technology remains constant. As was the case in the beginning, many of this year’s AE50 winners may be further improved as technology advances and will in turn inspire further innovations.

Winners were announced on the ASABE website in late 2012, which is earlier than usual, because the AE50 awards will be presented at the 2013 AETC in Kansas City, Mo. And I’m eager to shake some hands! On behalf of the Society, congratulations to those who take home the coveted awards.