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									                                    MINUTES
                        BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

Date:                  February 8, 2007
Place:                 3rd Floor Conference Room
                       500 North Calvert Street
                       Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Present:               Eugene C. Harvey, P.E., Chairman
                       H. C. Harclerode, P.E., Vice Chairman
                       Steven A. Arndt, P.E.
                       Pastor Farinas, P.E.
                       Sandra J. Murphy

Others Present:        T. L. Woods, Executive Director
                       Pamela Edwards, Assistant Executive Director
                       Milena Trust, Counsel to the Board
                       Dorothy Matricciani, Administrative Secretary
                       Robert Mead, Executive Director, MSPE
                       Robert Francis, P.E., Acting Director, Dept. of Inspections,
                        Licenses and Permits, Howard County

Absent:                Sallye E. Perrin, P.E., Secretary
                       Rosalind L. Yee

CALL TO ORDER

         Chairman Harvey called the meeting to order at 9:48 a.m.

ACTION ON MINUTES

         The minutes of the January 11, 2007 meeting were approved as submitted.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

        Motion (I) was made by Mr. Farinas, seconded by Ms. Murphy, and unanimously carried
to go into Executive Session at 9:50 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 10:15 a.m.

COMPLAINT COMMITTEE REPORT

       Mr. Harclerode reported on the status of complaints and license reinstatement issues
discussed by the Complaint Committee at its meeting on February 8, 2007.
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Minutes – February 8, 2007
Page 2


       04-PE-13:   Hearing held January 16, 2007. Waiting for report from OAH.
       05-PE-01:   Decision and fine suggested by Administrative Law Judge accepted.
           & 02    Proposed order signed.
       05-PE-17:   Waiting for copy of Deposition before taking action.
       06-PE-11:   Offer Consent Order and fine.
       06-PE-19:   Send to OIS.
       07-PE-03:   Sent to AAG for precharge review. Charge Letter signed by Chairman.
       07-PE-04:   Send to OIS.
       07-PE-05:   Sent to AAG for pre-charge review.
       07-PE-07:   Sent to investigator.
       07-PE-08:   Send to OIS.
           & 09
       07-PE-10:   Consent Order signed; fine paid; recommend close case.
       07-PE-11:   Consent Order signed; fine paid; recommend close case.
       07-PE-12:   Send letters to complainant and respondent.
       07-PE-13:   Waiting for reply from respondent.
       07-PE-14:   Send letter to respondent.
       07-PE-15:   Send letter to respondent.

        The Complaint Committee reviewed two applications for reinstatement of license. The
licenses were lapsed three and nine renewal periods. In each case, no documents were signed
and sealed in Maryland during the time the licenses were lapsed. The Complaint Committee
recommends reinstatement with a warning letter for the first applicant and requesting additional
information from the second applicant.

       The Complaint Committee reviewed a conduct issue concerning an applicant for the
Principles and Practice of Engineering examination and decided to request that the applicant
provide samples of his work for the Board’s further review.

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

FINAL ACTION ON REGULATION COMAR 09.23.04.03, FEES

       The Board took final action to adopt the proposed amendment to COMAR 09.23.04.03,
to reduce the license/certificate fees by $10, from $78 to 68, as published in the Maryland
Register, December 22, 2006. Ms. Trust said no comments were received.

        Motion (III) was made by Mr. Harclerode, seconded by Mr. Farinas, and unanimously
carried to adopt the proposed amendment to COMAR 09.23.04.03, to reduce the
license/certificate fees by $10, from $78 to 68.
Board for Professional Engineers
Minutes – February 8, 2007
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Presentation by Mr. Bob Frances, P.E., Acting Director, Department of Inspections,
Licenses, & Permits, Howard County.

        Mr. Frances spoke to the Board about a program that he and Mr. Mickey McBride,
Special Programs Coordinator for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, are putting together
called “Surviving Plan Review.” It is intended for Architects, Fire Protection Engineers, Interior
Designers and Plan Review Specialists who submit or review plans for approval either to or as
Code Officials. Information will be presented in a generic format so that plans can be reviewed
and approved in a timely manner. The program will be an all-day course and is scheduled for
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 in College Park, Maryland. The cost is $30, and will include lunch.
“Continuing Education Units” will also be available. Mr. Frances asked the Board’s assistance
in getting the word out about this program and said that further information can be obtained by
visiting the Web site www.mfri.org. Mr. Harvey said the Board would be happy to spread the
word to the various engineering societies and also to put it in the Design Board’s April
Newsletter.

        Mr. Frances further said that his department is responsible for damage assessment and he
is presently in the process of talking with people in the State of California about coming to
Maryland and presenting a course on post-earthquake and post-flood assessment of buildings.
The course would be engineering level related so that a group of people could be assembled to
assist with disaster evaluation. Mr. Frances said that he is trying to put together a presentation
about developing an emergency response plan that could possibly be used nationwide.

       Mr. Harclerode said that the Good Samaritan Law may prevent the use of consulting
engineers because of liability and licensure issues.

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from Manoj K. Jha, Ph.D., P.E., President, Maryland Society of Professional
Engineers (MSPE), dated December 15, 2006

        The Board reviewed a letter from Mr. Jha supporting the Board’s proposed regulation
requiring professional engineers to include the expiration date of their licenses on all documents
they sign and seal. Mr. Jha states that “although it is regrettable that the experience of the Board
indicates the necessity of this regulation, it is clearly in the public interest to assist building code
officials in ascertaining the current validity of a licensee’s seal.”

      Ms. Trust said this proposed regulation, was printed in the February 2nd issue of the
Maryland Register. (COMAR 09.23.03.10, Code of Ethics)
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Minutes – February 8, 2007
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Letter from Nancy Katz, Special Consultant, American Association of Collegiate Registrars
and Admissions Officers, (AACRAO), dated January 2, 2007

         The Board reviewed a letter and attached information from Ms. Katz concerning the
foreign credential evaluation service of the AACRAO, and requests that the Board consider
listing it among the agencies it currently approves to evaluate the foreign educational credentials
of those individuals seeking professional registration and licensing in the State of Maryland.

       After review of the information submitted and before making a decision, the Board
decided to request Ms. Katz to provide the names of colleges/universities in Maryland that accept
the AACRAO’s evaluations.

NEW BUSINESS

MSPE – Engineer’s Week Celebration

       Mr. Mead, said that the MSPE will host an Engineer’s Week Celebration at the Engineers
Club of Baltimore on Friday, February 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. As part of the celebration,
newly licensed engineers will be introduced and presented with certificates. Mr. Mead invited
Board members to attend as guests of the Society.

OLD BUSINESS

Discussion on Memorandum from Louis A Raimondi, P.E., President, NCEES, dated
November 28, 2006

        The Board affirmed its stance on the following items to be discussed at the NCEES Board
Presidents Assembly to be held on February 15-17, per Mr. Raimondi’s memorandum: 1) the
Board accepts degrees from foreign countries. Washington Accord countries degrees are
accepted as “approved degrees.” All other countries degrees are accepted as “unapproved
degrees;” and 2) regarding NCEES entering into unilateral agreements with foreign licensing
bodies on behalf of the Member Boards, the Board abstained from addressing this issue because
it does not have enough information to make an informed decision at this time.

APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR RECIPROCITY

        Motion (IV) was made by Mr. Farinas, seconded by Ms. Murphy, and unanimously
carried to approve the following applications for reciprocity:

       Charles C. Ackley              34054           Lawrence J. Marchetti         34094
       Frank J. Andracchi             33691           Bryan T. Melton               34095
       Gary W. Beazley                33671           Edward J. Mizerek, Jr.        34093
Board for Professional Engineers
Minutes – February 8, 2007
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APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR RECIPROCITY (Cont’d.)

       David G. Benning              33420          Renee B. Muir                33678
       James A. Caulder, Jr.         34086          Carl A. Nelson               34090
       Joseph K. Chan                34083          Ronald Ngantung              34074
       Shashi K. Dahal               33471          James T. Peck                34080
       Jared G. Fasick               34082          Brian J. Provencal           34079
       Albert J. Fill                34084          Daniel W. Rice               34078
       Matthew A. Goudy              33504          Ann M. Rothmann              33653
       Gary W. Gunther               34088          Michele F. Roth              33747
       Ali A. K. Harris              34055          James L. Seibert             34077
       Mark R. Hunsicker             34020          David E. Sestak              34076
       Martin S. Jordan              34085          Jason B. Sparrow             34075
       John M. Klein                 33697          Karl P. Stegmann             33750
       Surya P. Lamsal               34064          Sam Taxis                    34012
       Travis H. Lau                 33654          Clayton C. Tock              34091
       Dong Li                       34081          Theresa L. Van Dyken         33756
       Ryan C. Linthicum             34097          John A. Wallen               34092
       Lambert B. Logan              34087          John B. Williams             34096
       Rafael A. Magana              34070          Jenni E. Woodworth           33521
       David L. Mailler              33703          Yuping Xie                   34089

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:

       Guy B. Brousseau              34111          Jeffrey D. Patterson         33746
       John A. Clark                 34021          Joseph M. Pearce             34047
       Cassandra B. Daller           34048          Robert Plitko                34115
       Douglas R. Dunko              34069          James L. Rayburn             34103
       David M. George               34046          Frank E. Roberts             34109
       David C. Graham               34117          Daniel J. Santos             34058
       Ronald R. Gryzik              34066          Eric J. Seksinsky            34041
       Jamshid K. Hosseinzadeh       34114          F. William Shirk             34110
       John W. Jordan, Jr.           33758          Keith A. Smith               34112
       Jonathan E. Meyer             34040          Randal E. Swiech             34049
       William D. Neal               34113          Jeffrey A. Tibbitts          34043
       Joseph Nyanjom                34116
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Minutes – February 8, 2007
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APPLICATION DENIED FOR LICENSURE BY RECIPROCITY

       Motion (V) was made by Mr. Farinas, seconded by Mr. Arndt, 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.

APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF
ENGINEERING EXAMINATION, APRIL 20, 2007

      The following applications were approved for the Principles and Practice of Engineering
Examination to be held April 20, 2007.

       Sherry A. Abbott-Adkins                    Santa K. Katwal
       Khaled A. Al-akhdar                        Katherine A. Keigan
       Jennifer E. Alderton                       Thomas C. Kozlowski
       Theodore B. Allan                          Aron A. Krasnpooler
       Marta P. Alonso-Escartin                   Anand Kumaraswamy
       Ned A. Aridi                               Patricia A. Kunder
       Maria P. Ariza                             Steve H. Leblanc
       Nathan C. Atkinson                         Justin M. Lennon
       Calvin D. Austin                           Gibb P. Little
       Yves-Zinga Banota                          Yubin Li
       Tuck Oai Grace C. Bazata                   Hearbert A. Locklear
       Natalya Basumallick                        Daniel Lovette
       Gregory P. Bauer                           Joseph M. Maurio
       Satish R. Belagutti                        Meghan S. McDonald
       Amy M. Bellanca                            Ali M. Moustafa
       Melissa A. Bill                            Jennifer M. Murno
       Thomas Bliss                               Khadija A. Ngozi
       Teresa A. Bondi                            Shelly C. Nix
       Victoria F. Bremseth                       Michael L. Parham
       Christy J. Butler                          Ankur B. Patel
       John T. Canavan                            Dipali R. Patel
       Chavan N. Chavan                           Michael C. Peterson
       Gilbert M. Chlewicki                       Quyen D. Pham
       Tze-Wei Choo                               Richard Y. Pratt
       Matthew D. Collette                        Catherine F. Proot
       Eric J. Davidson                           Dustin T. Quincy
       Jessica R. Desalvo                         Ann M. Russell
       Mary Ann Dirado                            Subir K. Saha
       Justin T. Domire                           Nathanal B. Salnick
Board for Professional Engineers
Minutes – February 8, 2007
Page 7


APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF
ENGINEERING EXAMINATION, APRIL 20, 2007 (Cont’d.)

       Vibert J. Dos Santos                         Rolando A. Sanidad
       David K. Duff                                Charles H. Scott, Jr.
       Robert J. Ells                               Anthony C. Senneca
       Jeffrey D. Evans                             Kent R. Simodynes
       Owais E. Farooqi                             Jimmy D. Sneed
       Benjamin A. Fedor                            Billie J. Swailes
       Hugene Fields, Jr.                           Raj K. Tamang
       Gregory N. Fincher                           Anita E. Thomas
       Dimitri L. Fomil                             George A. Tsakanikas
       Jon M. Gagnon                                Kevin M. Ulmes
       Renju George                                 Monica S. Urisko
       Roger A. Greve, III                          Lauren F. Waesche
       Devon C. Hahn                                James A. Waller, Sr.
       Melissa A. Hedrick                           John J. Watson
       Courtland J. Helbig                          Kathryn L. Weisner
       Dennis L. Heyman                             Edward T. Wessel
       Eric J. Horvat                               Thomas B. Wise
       Sarah C. Hoyt                                Addisu H. Woldesenbet
       Yuhui Hu                                     Hong Yuan
       Mark A. Johnston                             Cheryl A. Zaron
       Birame Kandji                                Yanjun Zhou

APPLICATIONS DENIED FOR THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF
ENGINEERING EXAMINATION, APRIL 20, 2007

       Motion (VI) was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Farinas, and unanimously carried
to deny eleven applications for the Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination to be held
April 20, 2007, because the applicants did not meet the Board’s requirements. The applications
were discussed at the Board meeting.

      The Board also affirmed its decision to deny a previously denied applicant for the April
exam after review of the applicant’s appeal letter.
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Minutes – February 8, 2007
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ADJOURNMENT

        Motion (VII) was made by Mr. Harclerode, seconded by Mr. Farinas, and unanimously
carried to adjourn the meeting at 11:24 a.m.

__________ With Corrections

_____X____Without Corrections



Signed by: Eugene C. Harvey, P.E.
           Chairman

								
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