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Service awards

NCEES honored the contributions of the 2018 service award recipients at its annual meeting Awards and Installation Gala on Friday, August 17.

President’s Award

Jerry Carter, CEO

Jerry Carter, NCEES chief executive officer, has been involved with advancing the professions of engineering and surveying for over 30 years. Carter served as the violations administrator for the North Carolina Board of Registrations for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1984-92. In 1992, he became the executive director of the board and became involved with NCEES working on various committees, including chairing the Member Board Administrators Committee. Through his work with the NCEES leadership and management team, he was offered a position with NCEES in 2001.

Carter began his NCEES career as the director of corporate affairs with responsibilities including supporting the NCEES board of directors and the executive director; his title was later changed to associate executive director. In 2007, the board appointed him interim executive director, which led to a permanent appointment that same year as executive director (a title that changed to chief executive officer a few years later). Under Carter’s leadership, NCEES transitioned the Fundamentals of Engineering, Fundamentals of Surveying, and Principles and Practice of Surveying exams to computer-based testing and began the process of transitioning the Principles and Practice of Engineering exams to CBT, as well as greatly enhancing the security associated with the administration of exams.

Carter is a graduate of Atlantic Christian College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology and Psychology. He will retire as the NCEES chief executive officer in September and then serve as emeritus CEO.

Bill Dickerson, P.E.

Bill Dickerson, P.E., has been helping advance the professions of engineering and surveying for almost 40 years. After serving as a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1981 to 1986, Dickerson returned to the board in 1990 to serve as principal assistant. He is now an emeritus member. Among his contributions to the board is a dedication to its outreach efforts, including promoting ethics and the value of licensure. He also developed a diagnostic method for evaluating item performance for the Oklahoma Law and Surveying Exam.

In addition, Dickerson has devoted considerable time and expertise to NCEES. He was a subject-matter expert for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam development committee from 1990 to 2016. He served on an NCEES standing committee or task force from 1982 to 1986 and 1996 to 2017, including chairing the committees on Communications and Publications, Examination Audit, Examinations for Professional Engineers, and Examination Policy and Procedures.

Dickerson has played an important role in NCEES exam analysis and security. In 2001, he developed software to identify random guessers and exclude them from statistical reports to universities. In 2004, he developed software to identify potential instances of copying or collusion. His research into calculator security led to NCEES adopting a policy that restricts calculator models allowed in exam administrations.

In honor of his varied contributions to engineering and surveying licensure, Dickerson previously received the NCEES Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service, and Distinguished Examination Service awards and the Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation.

Distinguished Service Award

Dennis Truax, Ph.D., P.E.

Dennis Truax, Ph.D., P.E., has been helping the Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors fulfill its mission since 2005. He initially served as a member of the board from 2005 to 2006 and has been serving an additional appointment since 2010. During this time, he has served as president, vice president, and secretary. Between board appointments, he was an emeritus member and continued to support the board as a consultant.

Truax made an especially important impact in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.
He coordinated activities of the board and the Mississippi State University student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to help address the needs of the state’s professional engineers.

In addition to serving the Mississippi board, Truax has been committed to the work of NCEES. He has been a member of the Committee on Education since 2015. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Council Activities from 2011 to 2015, serving as chair in 2014–15.

Truax has been actively involved in several professional societies. He is a fellow of ASCE and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was a member of the ASCE Raise the Bar Task Committee, helping to consider future education needs for civil engineering, and he contributed to the ASCE Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century. He has been the NSPE representative to the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission since 2014.

He is also committed to promoting licensure and ethics, giving dozens of presentations to professional societies and engineering students.

Distinguished Examination Service Award

Roy Entz, P.E., P.L.S.

An NCEES exam volunteer for almost 25 years, Roy Entz, P.E., P.L.S., displays a continuing commitment to the advancement of surveying licensure. Entz has assisted with the development of the Fundamentals of Surveying and the Principles and Practice of Surveying exams. As a dedicated committee member, Entz has contributed to item writing, exam assembly, specification reviews, and standard-setting studies to establish passing scores. He currently volunteers with the FS exam and assisted with preparations to transition the exam to computer-based testing, which was completed in 2014.

Entz was a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1991 to 1997 and 2000 to 2018. He served as board chair, vice chair, and secretary, and he was a founding member of the board’s Land Surveyor Continuing Education and Professional Engineer Continuing Education committees. He was named an emeritus member of the board in May 2018 and has continued to support the board’s work. He has helped prepare the Oklahoma Law and Surveying Exam since 1994 and the Oklahoma Law and Engineering Exam since 2002.

In addition to serving his board, Entz has contributed to many NCEES standing committees. From 1994 to 2005, he served 11 terms on the Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors as a member, consultant, and resource. From 2005 to 2014, he served six terms as a member of the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures, including serving as chair in 2007–08. For his contributions to NCEES and his board, Entz received the Distinguished Service Award in 2003.

Edwin Huston, P.E., S.E.

Edwin Huston, P.E., S.E., has been supporting the NCEES exams for more than 25 years. He began volunteering with the Structural Engineering exam development committee in 1992. During this time, he has worked with the development of new exam items, the assembly and review of exams, and the grading of essay questions. He served as vice chair of the committee from 2007 to 2009 and as chair from 2009 to 2018.

Huston became chair of the SE exam development committee at a pivotal time. NCEES was replacing the Structural I and II exams with the current 16-hour SE exam to provide one structural engineering exam that could be used by all U.S. jurisdictions. The introduction of a new SE exam, which was completed in 2011, required the development of new specifications and the creation of new exam items, as well as the building of support and acceptance from jurisdictions using state-specific exams.

As chair, Huston established more formal, regular leadership meetings with the chairs and vice chairs for each section of the exam, improving communication between the groups. He also was committed to recruiting and training new exam development committee volunteers.

Through Huston’s leadership, the SE exam development committee has begun the next transition to ensure the exam best meets the needs of the profession. He has been assisting with the exam’s move to computer-based testing, including developing a supplied-reference handbook and writing new questions to increase the exam’s item bank.

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