Southeast Spring 2004 Engineering Graduates Pass Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 10, 2004 — The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at Southeast Missouri State University has learned that all three of its recent engineering graduates have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, the first required step in the process of becoming a registered professional engineer.

Brad Ashley of Sparta, Ill., Nadia Georgieva of Cape Girardeau and Tim Joiner of Hazelwood, Mo., all spring 2004 graduates of Southeast, were required to take the FE exam as part of the department’s assessment plan. The FE exam is administered by the Missouri Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects.

The three students graduated from Southeast in May with engineering physics degrees, the only engineering degree offered by the University. The degree was created by the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics more than 30 years ago and was accredited as an engineering program in 2001 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the sole accrediting agency for engineering programs in the United State

Graduates from the engineering program have been very successful at finding employment as engineers, most recently in the aerospace industry, said Dr. John Tansil, associate professor of physics. Joiner was hired by The Boeing Company in St. Louis, joining several other graduates from the department.

Ashley is pursuing a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Georgieva is employed in the Intensive English Program at Southeast Missouri State University.

“The performance of our engineering students on the nationally standardized FE exam and their ability to immediately get exciting, well-paying jobs or to be accepted into rigorous graduate programs speaks highly of the quality of our programs,” Tansil said.