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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 2018–19 board of directors are as follows:

President James Purcell, P.E.

James Purcell, P.E., is the 2018-19 NCEES president. He previously served as 2017-18 president-elect 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 Advisory Committee on Council Activities 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.

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

Dean Ringle, P.E., P.S., is the 2018-19 NCEES president-elect. He will serve as president in 2019-20.

Ringle is the 2018-19 board of directors liaison for the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and the Special Committee on Bylaws and is an ex-officio member of the Committee on Finances. He has previously served on the NCEES Committee on Member Board Administrators and Future of Surveying Task Force.

A resident of Columbus, Ohio, Ringle has been a member of the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors since 2013. He also previously served as a member of the board from 1996 to 2005.

Ringle has been a licensed professional engineer since 1989 and a licensed professional surveyor since 1985. He is currently the executive director of the County Engineers Association of Ohio. He worked at the Franklin County Engineer’s Office for more than 36 years, serving as the Franklin County engineer for the last 17 years. Additionally, he has taught surveying courses at The Ohio State University since 1995.

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.

Immediate Past President Patrick Tami, P.L.S.


Patrick Tami, P.L.S., is the 2018-19 NCEES immediate past president. He previously served as the organization’s 2016-17 president-elect and 2017-18 president.

A resident of Roseville, California, Tami was a member of the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists from 2006 to 2016 and is now an emeritus member. He previously served as NCEES Western Zone vice president for the 2014-16 and 2008-10 terms. He also served on a number of NCEES committees, including chairing the Advisory Committee on Council Activities and the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines. He is currently the board of directors liaison to the Surveying Exam Module Task Force and the Committee on Awards.

A professional land surveyor for more than 30 years, Tami is principal surveyor of R.E.Y. Engineers, Inc., a firm providing civil engineering and surveying services. He is a past president of the California Land Surveyors Association, a past chair of the East Bay Municipal Engineers Association and the Bay Counties Association of Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, and a former member of the board of directors for the Western Federation of Professional Surveyors.

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 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.

A resident of Marion, Iowa, Vogt has been a member of the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board since 2011. He currently is the board of directors liaison to the NCEES Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines and the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures (EPP). 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 Paul Tyrell, P.E., P.L.S.

Paul Tyrell, P.E., P.L.S., LEED AP, is the 2017-19 NCEES Northeast Zone vice president. As vice president, he serves on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer.

A resident of Weymouth, Massachusetts, Tyrell has been a member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors since 2011 and is the current board chair.

Tyrell currently serves as the board of directors liaison to the NCEES Committee of Examinations for Professional Surveyors. He has previously been a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers, Committee on Nominations, and Definition of Engineering Task Force and has chaired the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures.

Tyrell has been licensed in Massachusetts as a professional engineer since 2004 and as a professional surveyor since 2008. He is a vice president at STV Inc., a national leading transportation firm, where he serves as the Boston office chief civil engineer.

A graduate of the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Tyrell received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology.

Tyrell is a member of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Construction Management Association of America, and the Society of American Military Engineers. He is also a member and past secretary of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers.

Southern Zone Vice President Christopher Knotts, P.E.

Christopher Knotts, P.E., is the 2017-19 NCEES Southern Zone vice president. As vice president, he serves on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer.

A resident of Baton Rouge, Knotts has been a member of the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board since 2013. He currently is the board of directors liaison to the NCEES Committee on Examination Audit and Committee on Member Board Administrators. He has previously served as a member of the NCEES Committee on Finances and as secretary-treasurer of the Southern Zone.

Knotts has been a licensed professional engineer in Louisiana since 1994. He is chief engineer for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Knotts received a bachelor of engineering technology degree and bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He 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 (ASCE) and a past president of the Baton Rouge branch and the Louisiana section of ASCE.

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.

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 Law Enforcement and Committee on Education. 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.