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DES Member Brings Educator’s Talents to Licensing Board

Date: February 28, 2019

Carmine Balascio

Since 1979, DES member Carmine Balascio, Ph.D., P.E., has been building a distinguished career as an engineering educator, teaching the profession’s future engineers and conducting research in hydrology. Now, Balascio is putting his educator’s skills to work as the president of the state licensing board.

Balascio began his term as president of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers in the fall of 2018. Prior to this position, he served as the DAPE council member representing the field of education. In the council’s more than 45-year history, Balascio appears to be the first educator to serve as president.

An associate professor of water resource engineering at the University of Delaware, Balascio teaches courses like introduction to surveying, site engineering, and higher-level courses on urban hydrology and stormwater management. His research interest include outcomes assessments of college engineering programs and teaching with technology and active-learning methods, in addition to urban hydrology and stormwater management.

Because of his own experiences as a student and an educator, Balascio says his goal as licensing board president is to work to promote professional licensure, specifically in academia.

“As a faculty member at the University of Delaware, I am keenly aware of the struggle to get engineering faculty interested in becoming licensed,” he wrote in his first president’s message. “I believe it is important to promote licensure of engineering faculty because they serve as role models for their students.”

Balascio knows the impact educators can have on young engineers. He says his undergraduate advisor at University of Delaware and his graduate advisor at Iowa State University—both PEs—encouraged him to pursue the license.

He wants other PEs to do the same. “If you are enthusiastic about the engineering work you do and would like the chance to convey that enthusiasm to UD students, we’d really like to talk to you about making it happen,” Balascio wrote in his latest message to Delaware PEs. “We are especially interested in new licensees who are also relatively recent graduates who feel they can make a connection with a college student audience.”


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