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2013 service award winners

NCEES honored the contributions of ten 2016 service award recipients at its annual meeting Awards and Installation Gala on Friday, August 23.

NCEES President’s Award

David Gibson, Ph.D., P.S.

David Gibson, Ph.D., P.S., of Gainesville, Florida, has been awarded the NCEES President’s Award for his dedicated service to the surveying profession. Gibson received the honor at the 92nd NCEES annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

A member of the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers from 1994 to 2000 and now an emeritus member, Gibson has served on numerous NCEES committees and task forces since 1994. In addition to serving nine terms on the Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors , he has served on the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures as well as various committees and task forces related to education assessment, licensure qualifications, exam security, and computer-based testing. From 1998 to 2002, he also served as NCEES representative to the ABET board of directors.

Gibson’s contributions to NCEES exam development began even before he joined the Florida surveying board. Beginning in 1978, he attended the first three national surveying exam-writing workshops. In 1996, he chaired the subcommittee to change the Fundamentals of Surveying exam from practice-based questions to knowledge-based. From 1997 to 2012, Gibson served as consultant to the surveying exam development committee and the EPS Committee, and he continues to serve as a surveying exam development committee volunteer.

NCEES Meritorious Service Award

Lance Kinney, P.E.

Lance Kinney, P.E., of Austin, Texas, has been awarded the NCEES Meritorious Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering profession. Kinney received the honor at the 92nd NCEES annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

Kinney joined the Texas Board of Professional Engineers staff in 2002 and has served as its executive director since 2010. During this time, Kinney has been committed to improving board practices, advancing the engineering profession, and promoting cooperation with other licensing boards. Under his leadership, the board instituted the Journey Toward Excellence improvement initiative in 2010, recognized by the Quality Texas Foundation in 2011 and 2012 for its commitment to quality. He has overseen a number of licensing process improvements, including advancements in automation and online services. He has also worked closely with the board to develop licensure agreements with Canada, Australia, and Mexico.

A strong supporter of advancing licensure, Kinney developed an outreach team that makes hundreds of presentations to professional engineers, students, and societies in Texas each year. He has also been active in the Software Engineering Examination Consortium to work toward the development of the NCEES PE Software Engineering exam, first administered in April 2013.

Kinney’s service to NCEES also includes an active involvement with the transition to computer-based testing for NCEES exams. He was a member of the CBT Task Force from 2007 to 2011 and chaired the CBT Implementation Task Force from 2011 to 2013.

George Twiss, P.L.S.

George Twiss, P.L.S., of Olympia, Washington, has been awarded the NCEES Meritorious Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Twiss received the honor at the 92nd NCEES annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

Twiss has served as executive director of the Washington State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors since 1997. He was originally appointed to the board as staff investigator in 1986.

Twiss began his service to NCEES in 1987 when he was appointed to the Committee on Law Enforcement. He continued to serve on the committee until 2001, including chairing it in 1996–97. In 1996, he received the NCEES Meritorious Service Award for Law Enforcement. He has served on a number of other NCEES committees and task forces, including chairing the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines. He also served as secretary-treasurer for the NCEES Western Zone from 2006 to 2010.

Committed to promoting licensure, Twiss regularly makes presentations on licensure and related issues to student groups and professional organizations.

NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation

Monte Phillips, Ph.D., P.E.

Monte Phillips, Ph.D., P.E., has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his dedicated service to the engineering profession. He received the organization’s highest honor at its 92nd annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

Since receiving the NCEES Distinguished Service Award in 2005, Phillips has continued to serve his profession with distinction. As an emeritus member of the North Dakota State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, he has remained an active proponent of increasing educational requirements for engineering licensure. He served as a member of the NCEES Bachelor’s Plus 30 Task Force and Engineering Education Task Force. He has also remained committed to issues involving faculty licensure, engineering education, and licensing requirements. He served as chair of the Faculty Licensure Task Force and as a member of the Computer-Based Testing Task Force and the Continuing Professional Competency Task Force.

For the past seven years, Phillips has represented NCEES on the ABET board of directors, serving on numerous ABET committees and task forces during this time. He is currently president-elect of ABET and will be installed as its 2013–14 president in October.

Phillips has played a significant role in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Raise the Bar initiative to increase educational requirements for engineering licensure. In recognition of his leadership regarding the issue and his advocacy for ethical and professional practice, he received the ASCE William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award in 2012.

A past president and active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Phillips continues to serve NSPE as a member of the Board of Ethical Review and the Licensure and Qualifications for Practice Committee and as chair of the Council of Fellows Executive Committee. He is the recipient of the 2013 NSPE award, the society’s highest honor.

Phillips is a Fellow and past president of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and a past member of the board of directors of the National Institute of Building Science. He has also served 17 years on the national board of governors of the Order of the Engineer, including two years as chair.

NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation

Bill Dickerson, P.E.

Bill Dickerson, P.E., of Edmond, Oklahoma, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Dickerson received the organization’s highest honor at its 92nd annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

Dickerson received the Distinguished Service Award in 2005. Since this time, he has continued to serve NCEES and the Oklahoma State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Now an emeritus member and principal assistant of the Oklahoma board, he remains committed to the board’s outreach efforts, including working with Oklahoma universities to promote the importance of licensure and giving ethics presentations. Dickerson’s continued contributions to NCEES include serving as chair of the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and the Committee on Examination Audit. He has been a volunteer with the Fundamentals of Engineering exam development committee since 1990, receiving the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award in 2011 for his contributions to the development and improvement of NCEES licensing exams.

Miller L. Love Jr., P.E., FACEC, FASCE

Miller L. Love Jr., P.E., FACEC, FASCE, of Johns Island, South Carolina, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Love received the honor at its 92nd annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

Love has been a member of the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors since 2004 and is a past board chair. His contributions to NCEES include serving as chair of the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines and the Advisory Committee on Council Activities.

Committed to advancing licensure, Love has made presentations on licensure to university students and at state meetings of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Society of American Military Engineers. He is also committed to encouraging individuals entering the military to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and begin the path to licensure.

Love is a Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

NCEES Distinguished Service Award

Howard Gibbs, P.E.

Howard Gibbs, P.E., of Washington, D.C., has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering profession. Gibbs received the honor at the 92nd NCEES annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

Gibbs has been a member of the District of Columbia Board of Professional Engineering since 1997, serving as board vice chair since 2002 and surveying subcommittee chair since 2004.

His contributions to NCEES include serving as a member of the Committee on Examination Audit, the Industrial Exemption Task Force, and the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers. He has served on two juries for the NCEES Engineering Award, including one as chair. He is also a former Northeast Zone assistant vice president.

Gibbs has been an active member of other professional organizations and participated in outreach efforts. From 2000 to 2010, Gibbs represented the National Society of Professional Engineers at the U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine’s national conference, where he gave presentations on licensure. He has also spoken to university students about the importance of licensure and taking the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.

Gary Thompson, P.L.S.

Gary Thompson, P.L.S., of Clayton, North Carolina, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Thompson received the honor at the 92nd NCEES annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

Thompson has been a member of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors since 2004 and is currently serving his second term as board chair. His contributions to NCEES include serving as chair of the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures and the Committee on Examinations for Professional Surveyors. Since 2006, he has been a volunteer on the NCEES surveying exam development committee. At the NCEES annual meeting, he was elected to serve as the 2013–15 NCEES treasurer.

Thompson is an active member of several other professional organizations, including the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. He is chief of the North Carolina Geodetic Survey and chair of the North Carolina Boundary Commission as well as past president of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the North Carolina Society of Surveyors. In 2013, he completed the required training to become an ABET program evaluator.

NCEES Examination Service Award

Ernest Gardow, Ph.D., P.E.

Ernest Gardow, Ph.D., P.E., of Simsbury, Connecticut, has been posthumously awarded the NCEES Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to the development and improvement of NCEES licensing exams. Gardow’s widow, Margery, accepted the honor on his behalf at the 92nd NCEES annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

Gardow, who passed away June 30, 2012, was a leader and prolific contributor to engineering licensure exam development for almost 40 years, first for the state of Connecticut and then NCEES.

As a member of the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 1972 to 1979, Gardow established exam committees for the state’s engineering and surveying licensure exams and helped with the transition from using state exams to NCEES national exams. During this time, he served five terms on the NCEES Uniform Examinations and Qualifications for Professional Engineers Committee, including terms as chair and vice chair, and on the Ad Hoc Committee on Engineering Technology Registration. In 1979, he received the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to NCEES, the Connecticut board, and the engineering profession.

Gardow became a volunteer with the NCEES PE Mechanical exam development committee in the 1970s and was committee chair in the early 1980s. He was module chair of the exam’s breadth subcommittee from 2007 until his retirement from the committee in 2010, also serving as the subcommittee’s informal leader from its inception around the year 2000.

“Through his contributions to establishing exam specifications, writing questions, grading, and reviewing the effectiveness of exam questions, Dr. Gardow displayed a continued commitment to exam quality and consistency,” said NCEES Director of Exam Services Tim Miller, P.E.

Sam Sullivan, Ph.D., P.E.

Sam Sullivan, Ph.D., P.E., of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been awarded the NCEES Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to the development and improvement of NCEES licensing exams. Sullivan received the honor at the 92nd NCEES annual meeting, held August 21–24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas.

An NCEES exam volunteer for almost 25 years, Sullivan displays a continuing commitment to the advancement of engineering licensure. A past chair and vice chair of the PE Chemical exam development committee, Sullivan is a dedicated committee member, contributing to item writing and review, exam preparation, specification reviews, and standard-setting studies. He currently serves as a leader of the committee’s quality control check team and as a mentor to others to improve effectiveness in the item review process.

An emeritus member of the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board, Sullivan is a past board chair, vice chair, and secretary. He participated in several NCEES committees during his tenure on the Louisiana board, including the Examinations for Professional Engineers and Examination Policy and Procedures committees, serving as chair of the EPE Committee from 1995 to 1997. For his contributions to NCEES and his board, Sullivan received the NCEES Distinguished Service Award in 1998.