The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has revealed the recipients of the 2017 NCEES Surveying Education Award. The annual award recognizes surveying programs that best reflect the organization’s mission to advance licensure for surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the public.

NCEES awarded the University of Maine’s Surveying and Engineering Technology program the $25,000 grand prize. Six additional prizes were awarded to qualifying programs to assist with each program’s continued efforts to promote the importance and value of surveying licensure. The award jury considered criteria such as student outcomes and involvement, outreach and recruitment, and the promotion of licensure. The award jury met June 15 in Clemson, S.C., to select the winners.

“The University of Maine’s surveying and engineering technology program is impressive because it fosters the surveying profession in state, regionally and nationally,” says NCEES Surveying Education Award juror and president-elect of the Surveyors and Geomatics Educators Society (SaGES), Joseph Paiva, Ph.D., PE, PS.

The jury selected six programs to receive the following awards:

$15,000 winners

  • Oregon Institute of Technology; College of Engineering, Technology, and Management; Geomatics program
  • Nicholls State University Department of Applied Sciences Geomatics program
  • University of Florida; School of Forest Resources and Conservation; Geomatics program

$10,000 winners

  • New Mexico State University; Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering; Surveying Engineering program
  • Santiago Canyon College; Business and Career Technical Education Division; Surveying/Mapping Sciences program
  • The University of Akron; College of Applied Science and Technology; Surveying and Mapping program


The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is a nonprofit organization made up of engineering and surveying licensing boards from all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1920, NCEES has been committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors in order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the U.S. public. NCEES helps its member licensing boards carry out their duties to regulate the professions of engineering and surveying. It develops best- practice models for state licensure laws and regulations and promotes uniformity among the states.