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2011 service award winners

NCEES honored the contributions of six 2016 service award recipients at its annual meeting Awards and Installation Gala on Friday, August 26.

NCEES Meritorious Service Award

William R. Huett

William R. Huett of Montgomery, Alabama, has been awarded the NCEES Meritorious Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. NCEES recognized the 2011 award winners at its annual meeting, held August 24–27 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Huett has been a member of the staff of the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors since 2002. He is currently assistant executive director and head of the investigative division for the board. Since joining the board staff, Huett has played a lead role in improving the board’s enforcement efforts, dramatically reducing both the number of pending investigations and the time required to resolve investigations as well as developing a tracking system to better monitor the progress of investigations. Huett has contributed to the board’s outreach efforts, giving presentations on enforcement, licensure law, and professional ethics to societies throughout Alabama. He also developed a mock licensure enforcement hearing for education purposes and has given presentations on licensure to engineering and surveying students in the state.

Huett’s contributions to NCEES include serving on the Committee on Law Enforcement, including his two terms as chair, and developing law enforcement programs for NCEES annual meetings and NCEES Southern Zone meetings.

Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation

William Karr, P.L.S.

William Karr, P.L.S., of Pickford, Michigan, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Karr received NCEES’s highest honor at the organization’s 90th annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2011, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Karr received the NCEES Distinguished Service Award in 1994. Since this time, he has continued to serve NCEES and the Michigan Board of Professional Surveyors. A former board chair, Karr completed his second, and final, eight-year term with the Michigan board earlier this year.

Karr is a past president of NCEES and a former Central Zone vice president, having served on the NCEES board of directors from 1988 to 1993. His other contributions to NCEES include chairing its Special Committee on Governance and Committee on Awards, as well as serving as a member of the Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors. Karr was an NCEES representative to the United States Council for International Engineering Practice. He has also been a long-serving member of the NCEES surveying exam development committee, assisting with the writing and evaluation of the Fundamentals of Surveying and Principles and Practice of Surveying exams since 1986.

Karr has been the County Surveyor of Chippewa County, Michigan, since 1982 and is a member of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and the National Association of County Surveyors. He is also a member and past president of the United County Officers Association of Michigan.

Distinguished Service Award

Bill Dickerson, P.E.

Bill Dickerson, P.E., of Edmond, Oklahoma, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award for his contributions to the NCEES licensing exam program. NCEES recognized the 2011 award winners at its annual meeting, held August 24–27 in Providence, Rhode Island. A member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1981 to 1986, Dickerson has been an emeritus member of the board since 1990.

Dickerson has long been active with the NCEES examination program, serving on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam development committee for over 20 years. He has also been a member of a number of exam-related committees and task forces. He has chaired three of these: the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures, the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers, and the Committee on Examination Audit.

Dickerson has also played an important role in how NCEES analyzes its exams and protects exam content. He developed software to help identify random guessers and exclude them from statistical reports to universities. He also developed software that identified potential instances of exam copying or collusion; that software formed the basis of the current NCEES analysis efforts. Additionally, his research into a particular calculator model that could be modified to transmit information led to NCEES adopting a policy that restricts the calculator models allowed in the exam room.

Apart from his work in developing the exams and protecting exam content, Dickerson has been active in outreach, visiting universities throughout Oklahoma to discuss licensure and professional ethics and to register students for the FE exam.

Henry Liles Jr., P.E.

Henry Liles Jr., P.E., of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. NCEES recognized the 2011 award winners at its annual meeting, held August 24–27 in Providence, Rhode Island. A member of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors from 2000 to 2010, Liles served as board chair and vice chair during his tenure. He is now an emeritus member of the board.

Liles has been an active member of NCEES over the past decade. His contributions to the organization’s committees and task forces include serving five years on the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines, including two as chair. He also has assisted with efforts to strengthen the education requirements for engineering licensure: Liles has served as chair of the Alternate Licensure Pathway Task Force, a member of the Bachelor’s Plus 30 Task Force, and consultant to the Engineering Education Task Force.

In 2000, Liles was selected Engineer of the Year by Professional Engineers of North Carolina. He has served as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers North Carolina section and Professional Engineers of North Carolina as well as trustee of the Engineers Foundation at North Carolina State University. He is currently chair of the Engineers Political Action Committee of North Carolina.

Patrick Tami, P.L.S.

Patrick Tami, P.L.S., of Roseville, California, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. NCEES recognized the 2011 award winners at its annual meeting, held August 24–27 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Tami has been a member of the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists since 2006 and is a former board chair and vice chair. During his tenure on the California board, Tami has played an active role in outreach, giving presentations on licensure and the surveying profession.

Tami has also been an active member of NCEES, serving on its board of directors as Western Zone vice president from 2008 to 2010. His contributions to the work of NCEES committees and task forces include chairing the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines. He has also assisted with the development of the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying and Principles and Practice of Surveying exams, serving on the exam development and standard setting committees for surveying.

His other contributions to the engineering and surveying professions include serving as president of the California Land Surveyors Association.

Robert C. Zahl, P.E., AIA

Robert C. Zahl, P.E., AIA, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. NCEES recognized the 2011 award winners at its annual meeting, held August 24–27 in Providence, Rhode Island. Zahl has been a member of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors since 1999 and is a former board chair.

Zahl’s contributions to NCEES include serving as a member of the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and the Committee on Exam Policy and Procedure. He also served as the 2005–07 Southern Zone assistant vice president. He has also been active with exam development for NCEES, including serving on the FE exam development committee for 12 years.

Zahl is a past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Oklahoma, the Structural Engineering Council of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Council of Structural Engineering Associations.