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Governance

The NCEES Bylaws outlines the structure of the organization. NCEES operates under the supervision of a board of directors elected by the Council’s member licensing boards. The board of directors operates under the provisions of the Council’s Bylaws.

Board of directors

Members of the 2019–20 board of directors are as follows:

President Dean Ringle, P.E., P.S.

Dean Ringle, P.E., P.S., is the 2019–20 NCEES president.

A resident of Columbus, Ohio, Ringle serves as a member of the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. He also serves as a board liaison for the NCEES Advisory Committee on Council Activities. He was previously board liaison for the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and the Special Committee on Bylaws. He has also served on a number of other NCEES committees.

A licensed professional engineer since 1989 and a licensed professional surveyor since 1985, Ringle is currently the executive director of the County Engineers Association of Ohio. He previously worked at the Franklin County Engineer’s Office for more than 36 years, serving as the elected Franklin County engineer for the last 17 years. Ringle also taught various surveying courses at the Ohio State University College of Engineering for the past 25 years.

Ringle, an Ohio State University graduate, was named 2011 Engineer of the Year by the County Engineers Association of Ohio and 2013 National Urban County Engineer of the Year by the National Association of County Engineers.

President-Elect Christopher Knotts, P.E.

Christopher Knotts, P.E., is the NCEES president-elect for the 2019–20 term and will serve as NCEES president the following year.

A resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Knotts serves as an emeritus member of the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. He serves as a board liaison for the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and for the Committee on Bylaws for the 2019–20 term. Knotts also served as the Southern Zone vice president for the 2017–19 term and as secretary-treasurer of the Southern Zone before that. He previously served on a number of other NCEES committees.

Knotts has been a licensed professional engineer in Louisiana since 1994. He is chief engineer for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a bachelor of engineering technology degree and bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Knotts also holds a master of engineering degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. Knotts is a member of Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and the Louisiana Engineering Society. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a past president of the Baton Rouge branch and the Louisiana section of ASCE.

Immediate Past President James Purcell, P.E.

James Purcell, P.E., is the 2019–20 immediate past president. He served as 2018–19 president and will continue as a member of the NCEES board of directors in 2019–20 as immediate past president.

A resident of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Purcell has been a member of the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors since 2005 and is a past board chair. He previously served as NCEES Northeast Zone vice president and assistant vice president. He has also served on a number of NCEES committees, including chairing the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines, the Committee on Law Enforcement, and a Special Committee on Bylaws. He currently is the board of directors liaison to the Committee on Awards and the Public Outreach Task Force.

A licensed professional engineer since 1988, Purcell is technical director of the New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association. He is also an adjunct professor at the College of New Jersey School of Engineering. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Purcell is a member of several professional societies, including the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Order of the Engineer.

Treasurer Timothy Rickborn, P.E.

Timothy Rickborn, P.E., is the 2017–20 treasurer of NCEES.

A resident of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Rickborn has been a member of the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors since 2012 and is a past board chair. He was a member of the NCEES Committee on Finances from 2012 to 2016 and is currently the board of directors liaison to the committee. He is also board of directors liaison to the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines. He has been a volunteer with the NCEES Structural Engineering Exam Development Committee since 2002.

Rickborn has been a licensed professional engineer in South Carolina since 1998. He is owner and senior structural engineer of Rickborn and Associates, LLC. He is a graduate of Clemson University, where he received a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in civil engineering. Rickborn is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a founding member of the Structural Engineers Association of South Carolina.

Central Zone Vice President Marlon Vogt, P.E.

Marlon Vogt, P.E., is the 2018–20 Central Zone vice president. As vice president, Vogt serves on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer through 2020.

A resident of Marion, Iowa, Vogt has been a member of the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board since 2011. He is currently the board of directors liaison to the NCEES Committee on Education and the Committee on Law Enforcement. He has previously served as a member of the EPP Committee and the Committee on Examination Audit.

Vogt has been a licensed professional engineer since 1988. He is a project manager at Ulteig Engineers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Vogt received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Vogt serves on the executive committee for the Iowa Engineering Society, the steering committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Electrical Transmission and Substation Structures Conference, and the ASCE Design of Steel Transmission Pole Structures Standard Committee. He is also an ABET program evaluator.

Northeast Zone Vice President Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.S.

Christopher Duhamel, P.E., P.S., is the 2019–21 NCEES Northeast Zone vice president. As vice president, he serves on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer through 2021.

A resident of Westerly, Rhode Island, Duhamel has served on the Rhode Island State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers since 2008 and is a past board president and secretary. He is currently the board of directors liaison to the NCEES Committee on Examination Audit. He has previously served as chair and as a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and as a consultant for the Committee on Examination Audit and the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures. Duhamel also served as Northeast Zone assistant vice president for the 2017–19 term.

Duhamel is a principal at DiPrete Engineering, a civil engineering, surveying, and land planning firm based in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A graduate of Merrimack College, Duhamel received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Duhamel teaches a senior engineering class at the University of Rhode Island. He serves on several engineering boards and committees and served 14 years on the Westerly Town Council as a member and as president and was also a member of the Town Planning Board.

Southern Zone Vice President Timothy Lingerfelt, P.L.S.

Timothy Lingerfelt, P.L.S., is the 2019–21 NCEES Southern Zone vice president. As vice president, he serves on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer through 2021.

A resident of Kingsport, Tennessee, Lingerfelt has been a member of the Tennessee State Board of Examiners for Land Surveyors since 2009. He previously served as board vice chair and currently serves as board chair. He is currently the board of directors liaison to the NCEES Committee onCommittee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors. He previously served as a member of the NCEES Public Outreach Task Force and the EPS Committee. Lingerfelt was also a volunteer for the PS Exam Development Committee and a juror for the Surveying Education Award. He served as Southern Zone assistant vice president for the 2017–19 term.

Lingerfelt is president and owner of Alley and Associates Inc., a Tennessee-based surveying firm. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, Lingerfelt received a bachelor’s degree in surveying technology. He is a member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors, the Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors, the North Carolina Society of Surveyors, and the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia. He is also a National Society of Professional Surveyors Fellow.

Western Zone Vice President Brian Robertson, P.E.

Brian Robertson, P.E., is the 2018–20 NCEES Western Zone vice president. As vice president, Robertson serves on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer through 2020.

A resident of Wellington, Colorado, Robertson has been a member of the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors since 2014 and is the 2019 board chair. He currently serves as the board of directors liaison to the NCEES Committee on Member Board Administrators and Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures. He has previously served as a member and chair of the Committee on Education.

Robertson has been licensed professional engineer in Colorado since 1999. He is a principal at BG Buildingworks in Fort Collins, Colorado. A graduate of Penn State University, Robertson received a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering. Robertson is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Chief Executive Officer

The board of directors appoints the chief executive officer, who oversees daily operations of the Council and serves as secretary of the organization.

David Cox

David Cox is the chief executive officer of NCEES. As CEO, Cox serves as secretary of the NCEES corporation and as chief employed officer of the Council, with authority over its daily operations.

Cox previously served as executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 2001 to 2018. During this time, he was also active in the work of NCEES. He served 10 terms on the organization’s Committee on Finances, including two as chair. He also served as a member of the Committee on Member Board Administrators, the Advisory Committee on Council Activities, the Governance Task Force, and the Licensure Qualifications Oversight Group. In 2014, NCEES awarded him the Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his contributions to the organization and the professions of engineering and surveying.

Cox holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and is licensed as a certified public accountant in Kentucky.