Engineering professor named to NCEES education committee

Dr. Teresa Ratcliff, director of interprofessional education and outreach and professor for the School of Engineering, was selected to serve on the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) Engineering Education Committee, the school announced this week. 

NCEES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. In the U.S., engineers and surveyors are licensed at the state and territory level. In 1920, the NCEES was created to oversee uniformity in engineering and surveying exams and facilitate mobility among licensing jurisdictions.

Ratcliff serves in an advisory role for education issues related to ABET accreditation, requirements prior to licensure, continuing professional competency and foreign degree or unaccredited program evaluation.

“We are so honored to have a national leader in engineering education of Dr. Ratcliff’s caliber on our faculty,” School of Engineering Founding Dean Dr. Jenna Carpenter said. “She brings significant industry experience, higher education experience, strong state and national networks, and national engineering leadership — all of which benefits our students and our program in a myriad of ways. 

“In particular, with our strong focus on professional engineering licensure for all of our graduates, her expertise has been instrumental in our success and strong student performance in this area.”

Before coming to Campbell, Ratcliff retired as vice provost for outreach and engagement and executive director of industry expansion solutions at NC State University in 2016. She is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and was the first national woman president of the National Society of Professional Engineering (NSPE) in 2003-04. In 2020, she received the NSPE’s Distinguished Service Award.

Ratcliff served on the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors from 2006-2016 and has served on a variety of task forces for the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors, among numerous other professional activities. She has received numerous awards, including Fellow of the NSPE, Fellow of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina, as well as the 2010 University Continuing Education Association Outreach and Engagement Community of Practice Award.