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NCEES Posthumously Honors Service of Ernest Gardow, Pi '56

Friday, October 04, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
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Ernest Gardow, Ph.D., P.E., of Simsbury, Connecticut, has been posthumously awarded the NCEES Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to the development and improvement of NCEES licensing exams. Gardow’s widow, Margery, accepted the honor on his behalf at the 92nd NCEES annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.
Gardow, who passed away June 30, 2012, was a leader and prolific contributor to engineering licensure exam development for almost 40 years, first for the state of Connecticut and then NCEES.
As a member of the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1972 to 1979, Gardow established exam committees for the state’s engineering and surveying licensure exams and helped with the transition from using state exams to NCEES national exams. During this time, he served five terms on the NCEES Uniform Examinations and Qualifications for Professional Engineers Committee, including terms as chair and vice chair, and on the Ad Hoc Committee on Engineering Technology Registration. In 1979, he received the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to NCEES, the Connecticut board, and the engineering profession.
Gardow became a volunteer with the NCEES PE Mechanical exam development committee in the 1970s and was committee chair in the early 1980s. He was module chair of the exam’s breadth subcommittee from 2007 until his retirement from the committee in 2010, also serving as the subcommittee’s informal leader from its inception around the year 2000.
"Through his contributions to establishing exam specifications, writing questions, grading, and reviewing the effectiveness of exam questions, Dr. Gardow displayed a continued commitment to exam quality and consistency,” said NCEES Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E.
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, 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 protect the health, safety, and welfare of the American 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. It develops and administers the exams used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the country. It also provides services to help licensed engineers and surveyors practice their professions in other U.S. states and territories. For more information, please visit

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