Strengthening international influence

NCEES is committed to fulfilling a leadership role in international initiatives. This year, NCEES continued its work with the International Engineering Alliance (IEA), an umbrella organization that coordinates seven international agreements for engineering education and mobility. NCEES represents the United States in two of these agreements: the International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Engineers Agreement.

In 2019–20, Patty Mamola, P.E., NCEES past president and current executive director of the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, served as chair of APEC. NCEES CEO Emeritus Jerry Carter served as deputy chair of IPEA. As officers of the two mobility accords, they served on the Executive Committee of IEA, which comprises 41 jurisdictions in 29 countries.

As a signatory of the APEC agreement and IPEA, NCEES maintains a registry to assist U.S.-based professional engineers who are seeking recognition in any of the countries that are members of these two mobility accords. At the close of 2019–20, the NCEES International Registry included 659 active professional engineer members, an increase of 7 percent over the previous year.