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2012 service award winners

NCEES honored the contributions of six 2012 service award recipients at its annual meeting Awards and Installation Gala on Friday, August 24.

NCEES Meritorious Service Award

Lesley Rosier-Tabor, P.E.

Lesley Rosier-Tabor, P.E., of Hurricane, West Virginia, has been awarded the NCEES Meritorious Service Award for her dedicated service to the engineering profession. Rosier-Tabor received the honor at the organization’s 91st annual meeting, held August 22–25, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri.

A licensed professional engineer since 1997, Rosier-Tabor has been the executive director of the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers for 10 years. She has served on many NCEES committees during this time, including the 2011–12 Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures.

For nearly 25 years, Rosier-Tabor has been an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers at the national and state level. She is a past president of the organization’s West Virginia section and has received several ASCE awards, including the 2010 West Virginia Civil Engineer of the Year.

NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation

Stanley Harris, P.E.

Stanley Harris, P.E., of Richmond, Virginia, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Harris received the organization’s highest honor at the 91st NCEES annual meeting, held August 22–25, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Harris received the NCEES Distinguished Service Award in 2002. Since this time, he has continued to serve NCEES and the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects. A former board chair, Harris completed his 18-year tenure on the Virginia board in 2011 and is now an emeritus member. His continued service to NCEES includes chairing a Special Committee on Constitution and Bylaws for two years and serving on the 2011–12 Member Board Administrators Task Force.

A licensed professional engineer since 1975, Harris retired from Alcoa after 40 years of service as an engineer and manager.
Harris is a longstanding member of the Central Virginia section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He is also a dedicated member of the board of directors for the Richmond Area Program for Minorities in Engineering.

James Milligan, Ph.D., P.E.

James Milligan, Ph.D., P.E., of Moscow, Idaho, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Milligan received the organization’s highest honor at the 91st NCEES annual meeting, held August 22–25, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Milligan received the NCEES Distinguished Service Award in 2006. Since this time, he has continued to serve NCEES and the Idaho Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. A former board chair, vice chair, and secretary, Milligan recently completed his 13th year as an Idaho board member. His continued service to NCEES includes serving as the 2006–08 Western Zone assistant vice president and as chair of the 2010–12 Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers. He is also an active member of the PE Civil exam development committee.

A licensed professional engineer since 1983, Milligan was a member of the civil engineering faculty at the University of Idaho for 29 years, serving several years as department chair and as associate dean of the college of engineering. After retiring in 2001, Milligan continued teaching part time at both Washington State University and the University of Idaho for eight years.

Milligan was a charter member of the civil engineering department chairs’ forum for the American Society of Civil Engineers and was a longstanding member of the board of directors for the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers. He is a regular presenter to the American Council for Engineering Companies of Idaho, the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers, and the Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors.

NCEES Distinguished Service Award

Govind Nadkarni, P.E.

Govind Nadkarni, P.E., of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Nadkarni received the honor at the organization’s 91st annual meeting, held August 22–25, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Nadkarni has been a member of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers since 2000 and is a former board chair and vice chair. His contributions to NCEES include serving as its 2009–11 Southern Zone vice president and 2007–09 Southern Zone assistant vice president.

Nadkarni is an active member of several engineering societies, boards, and commissions in Texas and a mentor to young engineers. He was honored by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers as Young Engineer of the Year in 1984 and Engineer of the Year in 2004.

David Whitman, Ph.D., P.E.

David Whitman, Ph.D., P.E., of Laramie, Wyoming, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Whitman received the honor at the organization’s 91st annual meeting, held August 22–25, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri. The award was the second recognition for his contributions to the professions this year: he received the NCEES Western Zone Distinguished Service Award in May.

Whitman has been a member of the Wyoming Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors since 2001, serving as board chair for the past six years. His many contributions to NCEES include serving as vice president of its Western Zone in 2006–08 and as president in 2009–10. He has also been a dedicated member of the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering exam development committee for over a decade and has been an important voice in encouraging engineering schools to use the FE exam as a tool for assessing student performance.

A licensed professional engineer since 1981, Whitman is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering and a former associate dean for academics at the University of Wyoming. He is a member of the Wyoming Engineering Society, the American Society for Engineering Education, the National Society of Professional Engineers, IEEE, and the Mortar Board honor society.

NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award

Martin Crawford, Ph.D., P.E.

Martin Crawford, Ph.D., P.E., of Birmingham, Alabama, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award for his contributions to the organization’s licensing exam program. Crawford received the honor at the 91st NCEES annual meeting, held August 22–25, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Since 1985, Crawford has been a dedicated exam development volunteer. He is a subject-matter expert for the mechanical engineering portion of the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, the first of two exams required for licensure as a professional engineer, and he has written and edited questions for other FE exam modules. Crawford also was instrumental in the development of the NCEES Supplied-Reference Handbook, which was introduced when the FE exam became a closed-book exam.

A licensed professional engineer since 1969, Crawford is a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Crawford is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi, and Tau Beta Pi honor societies.