April 25, 2006

Nicklow earns diplomate certification

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- John W. Nicklow, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has received professional certification as a diplomate, water resources engineer from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, a two-year-old civil engineering certification organization headquartered in Reston, VA.

Diplomates must have graduate degrees or training, a valid license and at least 10 years of experience. They must demonstrate broader and technically deeper competence in the knowledge that licensed engineers bring to the job. They must be of good moral character with high ethical standing, agreeing in writing to adhere to the American Society of Civil Engineers code of ethics.

Engineers seeking diplomate certification must apply online, provide supporting documentation and three letters from licensed peers. Normally, applicants also must appear before the academy's board of trustees in person to give a presentation demonstrating expert knowledge of the field. In Nicklow's case, the board waived the presentation.

"This decision is based on the superior professional education and experience information contained in your application, reference forms and transcripts," said the letter announcing his award.

Diplomate certification requires renewal annually through the completion of at least 30 hours of professional development activities, such as continuing education or distance learning courses or seminars, publication of professional or technical material, and patent grants.

Nicklow joined the faculty in 1998 after completing his doctorate at Arizona State University. He is a two-degree graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1993.

Seeking and celebrating faculty excellence are among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.

John Nicklow

John Nicklow
Download Photo Here