NCEES honored the contributions of five 2017 service award recipients at its annual meeting Awards and Installation Gala on Friday, August 25.
Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation
Dale Jans, P.E.
Dale Jans, P.E., of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Jans received the organization’s highest honor at its 96th annual meeting, held August 23–26, 2017, in Miami Beach, Florida.
Jans received the Distinguished Service Award in 2003 for his many contributions to NCEES, including serving seven terms on the Committee on Finances. Since receiving this award, he has continued to serve his profession with distinction.
Jans served as 2009–11 Central Zone vice president and as 2011–12 NCEES president. During his presidency, he focused on a range of issues connected to advancing licensure, including education requirements, computer-based testing, public outreach and communication, and leadership development within NCEES. Jans has served on a number of NCEES committees, including chairing the Governance Task Force and Committee on Finances. Most recently, he was a member of the 2016–17 Advisory Committee on Council Activities, his 23rd consecutive year of service to NCEES.
Jans was named an emeritus member of the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions in 2011. This followed more than 15 years as a member of the board; during this time, he served as board chair and vice chair.
A strong supporter of promoting the engineering profession to the next generation, Jans represented NCEES as chair of DiscoverE Engineers Week 2013 and served as a judge for the Future City Competition finals. From 2014 to 2016, he participated in DiscoverE panel discussions to promote engineering and volunteerism. He recently began his duties as chair of the Engineers Week 2018 Steering Committee, helping NCEES prepare to serve again as lead society sponsor.
Jans has been a licensed professional engineer in South Dakota since 1979. He is vice president of Jans Corporation, a design/build construction company based in South Dakota.
Distinguished Service Award
Lisa Hanni, L.S.
Lisa Hanni, L.S., of Red Wing, Minnesota, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for her dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Hanni received this award at the organization’s 96th annual meeting, held August 23–26, 2017, in Miami Beach, Florida.
Hanni was a member of the Minnesota State Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design from 2007 to 2015. During this time, she served as board chair and vice chair and as a member of the board’s Complaint and Executive committees. Now an emeritus member, Hanni remains committed to advancing licensure. She currently serves as a subject-matter expert for the Minnesota state-specific surveying exam, her 19th year volunteering with this exam.
Hanni also remains committed to the work of NCEES. She has served on a number of standing committees since 2009, including four terms as a member of the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines. She served three terms on the Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors, including two as chair. In 2016–17, she chaired the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures, and she will chair the committee again in 2017–18. She has also worked with several groups to address the future of the surveying profession. She was a member of the Future of Surveying Task Force from 2014 to 2016 and assisted with the coordination of the first NCEES Surveying Education Award in 2016. She represented NCEES as a judge for the Future City Competition’s Best Land Surveying Practices special award in 2015 and 2016 and as a member of a panel discussion at the International Federation of Surveyors Young Surveyors Network North American meeting in 2016. She has been a dedicated exam development volunteer for NCEES surveying exams since 2009.
Hanni also works with other organizations to advance the surveying profession. She has given presentations on professional ethics, the value of licensure, and various professional-practice issues to organizations at the local, state, and national level. She has been a member of the Minnesota Association of County Surveyors since 1992 and is a past president.
Hanni has been a licensed professional surveyor in Minnesota since 1994. She is the county surveyor, land use management director, county recorder, and assistant administrator for Goodhue County, Minnesota. She is also the county surveyor for Dodge County, Minnesota.
Richard Hayter, Ph.D., P.E.
Richard Hayter, Ph.D., P.E., of Manhattan, Kansas, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Hayter received this award at the organization’s 96th annual meeting, held August 23–26, 2017, in Miami Beach, Florida.
Hayter has been a member of the Kansas Board of Technical Professions since 2011. During this time, he has been actively involved in the work of NCEES. He was a member of the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Implementation Task Force for two terms; in 2017, he completed his fourth term as a member of the Committee on Education. During his tenure on these committees, he worked to implement CBT for the fundamentals exams, develop the NCEES Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Standard, and establish the CPC Registry. Hayter served as Central Zone assistant vice president from 2014 to 2016 and was a member of the Engineering Education Award jury in 2015. He has also been an active participant at NCEES national and zone meetings.
Hayter is a past president and fellow of the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has been a member since 1968. He has been instrumental in facilitating a close working relationship between ASHRAE and NCEES. He served as ASHRAE representative to the NCEES 1997–98 Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and to the 2009–10 Engineering Education Task Force. Since 1999, he has served as the ASHRAE representative to the NCEES Participating Organizations Liaison Council.
Hayter’s other contributions to advancing the engineering profession include participating in ABET accreditation visits and working with engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, which honored him with its National Outstanding Advisor award in 2008. Hayter has been a member of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers since 1968 and is currently serving as a member of the Governmental Relations Committee. He is also a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences board of directors.
Hayter retired in 2009 from Kansas State University, where he served as the associate dean of engineering for external affairs.
Distinguished Examination Service Award
Raymond Jones Jr., P.E.
Raymond Jones Jr., P.E., of University Park, Florida, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering profession. The organization honored Jones at its 96th annual meeting, held August 23–26, 2017, in Miami Beach, Florida.
Jones began volunteering with the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Mechanical Exam Development Committee in 1990. During his 27 years as an exam development volunteer, he served as vice chair of the committee from 1998 to 2003 and as chair from 2004 to 2008.
In addition to writing and reviewing exam items, Jones has helped with assembling and grading exams for the Thermal and Fluids Systems, HVAC and Refrigeration, and breadth exam modules. He has participated in professional activities and knowledge studies, or PAKS, to update exam specifications and standard-setting studies to establish the passing score. He also was instrumental to moving the PE Mechanical exam to a multiple-choice format.
As he approaches three decades of service to the PE Mechanical exam, Jones is assisting with another momentous change to the exam: the move to computer-based testing. He continues to support the committee by being a prolific writer of exam items, mentoring new volunteers, and serving as a subject-matter expert for HVAC questions. He also recently began leading the quality assurance review of exam items for other subdisciplines.
Jones has been a licensed professional engineer in Florida since 1976. He retired in 2015 from KTA Group Inc., of Herdon, Virginia, where he was senior mechanical engineer.
Harold Williamson, P.E.
Harold Williamson, P.E., of Richland, Washington, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering profession. Williamson received this award at the organization’s 96th annual meeting, held August 23–26, 2017, in Miami Beach, Florida.
Williamson has demonstrated dedicated service to the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Chemical and PE Nuclear exams. He was a member of the PE Chemical Exam Development Committee from 2000 to 2013, attending almost all committee meetings. In 2003, he joined the PE Nuclear Exam Development Committee and continues to serve on it. He served as vice chair of the committee from 2006 to 2009 and as chair from 2009 to 2012.
In addition to writing and reviewing exam items, Williamson has been actively involved in specification development for the PE Nuclear and PE Chemical exams. He has served as a panel member and leader in standard-setting studies to establish passing scores.
Williamson was a member of the Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1998 to 2007, serving as chair and vice chair, and is now an emeritus member. He served on several NCEES committees, including five terms as a member of the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers.
Williamson is a fellow and life member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and a past president of the Washington Society of Professional Engineers. He is also a life member of the American Nuclear Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Williamson has been a licensed professional engineer since 1957. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, earning a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1951. He also earned a doctor of pile engineering certificate from the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology in 1954.
Past award winners
NCEES recently honored several individuals for their dedicated service to the organization and the engineering and surveying professions.