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					                                    MINUTES
                        BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

Date:                  September 11, 2008

Place:                 3rd Floor Conference Room
                       500 North Calvert Street
                       Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Present:               H. C. Harclerode, P.E., Chairman
                       Pastor Farinas, P.E., Secretary
                       Sallye E. Perrin, P.E.
                       Sandra J. Murphy
                       Rosalind L. Yee

Others Present:        Daniel Parr, Executive Director
                       Pamela Edwards, Assistant Executive Director
                       Susan Cherry, Chief of Litigation
                       Dorothy Matricciani, Administrative Secretary
                       Robert Mead, Executive Director, MSPE

Absent:                Steven A. Arndt, P.E., Vice Chairman
                       Eugene C. Harvey, P.E.

CALL TO ORDER

         Chairman Harclerode called the meeting to order at 10:07 a.m.

ACTION ON MINUTES

         The minutes of the August 8, 2008 meeting were approved as submitted.

APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR RECIPROCITY

       Motion (I) was made by Mr. Farinas, seconded by Ms. Perrin, and unanimously carried to
approve 26 applications for reciprocity as follows:

         Dawit Abraham                36197         David J. Larsen              36272
         William D. Balascio          36274         Ramon E. Lucero              36273
         Dolan F. Blalock             36242         Tiffany A. McClure           36196
         Dennis M. Burton             36191         Michael R. Miller            36247
         Jouhad B. Dagher             36280         Isabel C. Rincon             36271
         Arthur H. Dvinoff            36275         Darryl D. Ruehle             36267
         Mark E. Erdman               36193         Joseph J. Saliga             36218
         Timothy J. Fialcowitz        36277         John C. Schirmer             36269
         James C. Filson II           36278         Nathaniel R. Seckinger       36268
         John P. Gilewicz             36276         Karl E. Suter                36199
Board for Professional Engineers
Minutes – September 11, 2008
Page 2


APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR RECIPROCITY (Cont’d.)

       Ravinder Gupta                36279          Evangelos B. Tsiamis          36240
       Greg S. Kaski                 36217          William W. Wolfe Jr.          36270
       Robert A. Koechert            35743          Curtis F. Wright              36249

EXECUTIVE SESSION

        Motion (II) was made by Ms. Perrin, seconded by Ms. Murphy, and unanimously carried
to go into Executive Session at 10:08 a.m., at 500 North Calvert Street, 3rd Floor Conference
Room, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. This session was permitted to be closed pursuant to State
Government Article, Title 10-508(a)(7). Upon completion of the session, the Board reconvened
its public meeting at 10:45 a.m.

COMPLAINT COMMITTEE REPORT

       Mr. Farinas reported on the status of complaints and license reinstatement issues
discussed by the Complaint Committee at its meeting on September 11, 2008.

       05-PE-17: Report received from expert witness. Sent to AAG’s office for pre-charge
                  review.
       07-PE-07: Report received from expert witness. Request respondent to submit
                  additional information within 15 days for expert witness’s review.
       07-PE-16: Under investigation.
           & 19
       07-PE-22: Waiting for respondent to send signed Consent Order.
       08-PE-04: Waiting for formal report. Request additional information from respondent
                  for expert witness’s review.
       08-PE-05: Awaiting report from expert witness.
       08-PE-07: Criminal charges filed; respondent requested jury trial.
       08-PE-09: Close case. No evidence of violation of law or regulations.
       08-PE-20: Consent Order signed; fine paid. Close case.
       08-PE-21: Close Case. Nothing unethical found.
       08-PE-22: Send Consent Order.
       08-PE-25: Hold case for new investigator.
       09-PE-01: Reinstatement of license denied. Require applicant to take review courses or
                 retake P.E. exam.
       09-PE-02: Send 10-day response letter.
       09-PE-03: Send 10-day response letter.
Board for Professional Engineers
Minutes – September 11, 2008
Page 3


         The Complaint Committee reviewed seven applications for reinstatement of license. In
each case the applicants did not sign and seal documents in the State of Maryland during the time
their licenses were lapsed. The Committee recommends reinstatement with a warning letter for
five of the applicants and requesting additional information from the other two.

       Motion (III) was made by Mr. Farinas, seconded by Ms. Perrin, and unanimously carried
to accept the recommendations of the Complaint Committee.

FINAL ACTION ON REGULATION, COMAR 09.23.03.11, FAILURE TO RESPOND

        Motion (IV) was made by Mr. Farinas, seconded by Ms. Yee, and unanimously carried to
adopt the proposed regulation to require a licensee to respond to the Board, in writing, within 20
days of the receipt of a written communication directed to the licensee by the Board. Failure to
do so would be considered a violation of the Code of Ethics, or possibly, misconduct.

NEW BUSINESS

      Mr. Farinas provided the Board with an e-mail from Jerry Carter, Executive Director,
       NCEES, containing a summary of actions taken during the business sessions of the
       Annual Meeting on Friday, August 15. He pointed out the results of the following actions
       that the Board had previously discussed: Vice President David Whitman, Ph.D., P.E.
       (Wyoming) was elected 2008-09 President-Elect; and FP 3, concerning travel expenses,
       was passed with amendments one of which requires additional scrutiny of the expenses in
       addition to that of the President and President-Elect. Mr. Harclerode said that a
       resolution concerning the Bachelor of Engineering degree plus thirty credit hours (B+30)
       as a requirement for engineering licensure passed resoundingly. Mr. Farinas said that Eva
       Adan, Director of the Center for Professional Engineering Education Services (CPEES),
       gave a report on how foreign evaluations are conducted and how CPEES determines if
       universities are valid or just diploma mills.

      Mr. Harclerode reported on the Joint Chairs Meeting held on August 27, 2008 as follows:

       Deputy Commissioner Loleas reported on the financial status of the Design Boards’
       cluster for Fiscal Year 2008 which had a greater surplus than expected. Dr. Charles
       Maloy, Chaiman, Surveyors Board, and Mr. Harclerode suggested using part of the
       surplus to subsidize portions of the licensing examinations. This issue will be revisited
       by the Chairs once an examinations administration contractor is selected. The Chairs
       expressed their concerns on a variety of financial and other topics and formally requested
       these concerns be communicated to Secretary Perez.
Board for Professional Engineers
Minutes – September 11, 2008
Page 4


       The Chairs discussed three potential legislative issues brought up by Mr. Harclerode,
       namely, a Certificate of Authorization; Continuing Professional Competency; and
       requiring a degree as one of the conditions for licensure. Mr. Harclerode did not
       represent these as issues approved by the P. E. Board.

       Mr. Parr reported on the Request for Proposals (RFP) for a testing contractor and also
       provided a personnel update on the clerical and investigator positions.

       Commissioner Loleas reported that there were no new updates on the database
       development project.

OLD BUSINESS

      Mr. Parr said that the contract for a testing contractor for the exams is moving forward
       and will be accomplished. He said that hopefully the contractor will be able to assist in
       some way with the April 2009 exams. Regarding the staffing issues, the Office
       Secretary’s position was upgraded and the Investigator’s position will be upgraded.
       These positions are in the process of being filled but no time frame is available.

      Ms. Edwards said that she has received six responses from Christie Society inductees
       some of whom are bringing guests to the dinner and awards ceremony at the Engineers’
       Club on September 19.

CORRESPONDENCE

      The Board reviewed and noted a letter from Thomas M. Barlow, President, American
       Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), dated August 7, 2008, opposing the National
       Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), Model Law requiring
       professional engineers to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree plus 30 additional credits in
       engineering as a prerequisite for licensure as a P. E.

      The Board reviewed a letter from Michael Stuart, dated August 21, 2008, requesting
       information on how he may obtain a P. E. license in Maryland by reciprocity if he is not
       currently licensed in another State or Territory of the U.S. After discussion, the Board
       decided to advise Mr. Stuart that the Engineers’ Law prevents it from issuing a license to
       him by reciprocity unless he has a valid license issued by another State Board; however,
       he may apply for licensure through the transfer grades process by completing an
       application for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination and providing
       applicable supporting documents for the Board’s review.
Board for Professional Engineers
Minutes – September 11, 2008
Page 5

      The Board reviewed a letter from Apostolos Vranis, P.E., P.Eng., appealing the Board’s
       decision to deny him a license by reciprocity because he had not taken the NCEES
       Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination (P & P) given by the Board. Mr.
       Vranis provided certificates from Italy and Canada certifying that he took written
       professional engineering examinations in those countries. After discussion, the Board
       decided that it could not issue a reciprocal license to Mr. Vranis, because the Engineers’
       Law requires passage of the NCEES P & P Examination. Additionally, at the present
       time, it has not been determined that there is an equivalent to this exam. The Board
       advises Mr. Vranis that he may obtain a license by passing the P & P exam.

APPLICATIONS APPROVED ADMINISTRATIVELY FOR RECIPROCITY

       The following applications, supported by NCEES Model Law Engineer files, were
administratively approved for licensure by the Assistant Executive Director of the Board.

       Calvin R. Becksvoort          36226           Jeffrey B. Koehn              36223
       David E. Billingsley          36227           Ralph J. Kramer, II           36257
       Timothy B. Boyles             36228           David M. Kuklish              36224
       Stephen A. Bray               36198           Donovan L. Ledford            36254
       Matthew J. Butcher            36229           David E. Mace                 36163
       Joshua L. Catlett             36170           Dennis V. Mordan              36253
       Philip A. Creamer             36225           Michael V. Pedraza            36185
       Jonathan R. Dixon             36233           Edward A. Quaranta            36230
       Kevin E. Donahoe              36252           Karla S. Ritter               36250
       Rebecca T. Ellis              36162           Ralph J. Ryan                 36237
       Patrick R. Foley              36235           William R. Stacey             36221
       Phillip M. Galbo              36234           Usman A. Tariq                36232
       John K. Gares                 36168           James S. Tavernelli           36131
       John R. Hardesty              36128           Marlene A. Tomaszkiewicz      36231
       Christopher P. Hillman        36259           Timothy J. Webb               36255
       Eve E. Hinman                 36256           Keith W. Whited               35043
       Dennis A. Huckaba             36260           Pearnell O. Wilson            36251
       James H. Huebener             36130           Mark D. Winter                36222
       Kamran Khosravani             36236           Michael N. Young              36258

APPLICATION DENIED FOR LICENSURE BY RECIPROCITY

       Motion (V) was made by Ms. Perrin, seconded by Ms. Murphy, and unanimously carried
to deny an application for licensure by reciprocity because the applicant did not meet the
requirements for licensure in the State of Maryland.
Board for Professional Engineers
Minutes – September 11, 2008
Page 6


APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF
ENGINEERING EXAMINATION, OCTOBER 24, 2008

      The following applications were approved for the Principles and Practice of Engineering
Examination to be held October 24, 2008.

       John R. Hampson                             Rabi Shankar S. Yadava
       Sardar M.G. Jaaf                            Fang Yuan
       Janet R. Ungerer

APPLICATIONS DENIED FOR THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF
ENGINEERING EXAMINATION, OCTOBER 24, 2008

       Motion (VI) was made by Mr. Farinas, seconded by Ms. Perrin, and unanimously carried
to deny seven applicants for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination to be held
October 24, 2008 because the applicants did not meet the Board’s requirements. The
applications were discussed at the Board meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

       Motion (VII) was made by Ms. Yee, seconded by Mr. Farinas, and unanimously carried to
adjourn the meeting at 12:28 p.m.

__________ With Corrections

_____X____ Without Corrections


Signed by: Howard C. Harclerode, P.E.
           Chairman

				
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