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Fundamentals of Engineering Course Wins Outstanding Program Award

The University of Arizona Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Preparation course is this year’s recipient of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) West Region Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award.

UPCEA, the leader in professional, continuing and online education, annually recognizes outstanding achievement by individuals and institutions across its regional member network. The FE Exam Prep course stood out based on the audiences the program serves and the dedication of the instructional team in preparing students to pass the exam.

Passing the FE Exam is the first step in the process of becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). The FE exam is challenging, covering topics as wide-ranging as chemistry, mathematics, electromagnetism, material science, fluid mechanics, economics, professional ethics, and more. According to the most recent data available from NCEES, less than 2/3 of candidates who take the Civil or Other Disciplines FE Exam actually pass the exam. 

To prepare participants for FE Exam success, FE Exam Prep provides a comprehensive review of every topic on the FE Civil Engineering and Other Disciplines exams, plus practical exam-taking and problem-solving strategies to increase their likelihood of passing the exam. Participants can also choose to attend optional weekly live instructor-led study sessions, either in-person in Tucson or live online via Zoom.

The subject matter expert and instructor for the course is Bill O’Brien, the president and principal engineer of NextGen Engineering. He says:

"At NextGen Engineering, we strive to provide quality water resource and civil engineering services while engaging with the community through education and pro bono work…I’m excited about this award because it affirms our mission to train and educate the next generation of engineers.”

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