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2014 service award winners

NCEES honored the contributions of three 2014 service award recipients at its annual meeting Awards and Installation Gala on Friday, August 22.

NCEES Meritorious Service Award

2014 Winner: B. David Cox

B. David Cox, of Lexington, Kentucky, has been awarded the NCEES Meritorious Service Award for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Cox received the honor at the 93rd NCEES annual meeting, held August 20–23, 2014, in Seattle, Washington.

Cox has served as executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors since 2001. His contributions to the board include testifying before numerous legislative committees on issues related to regulatory changes, continuing education, and surveyor education requirements. In 2013, on behalf of the Kentucky board, he negotiated and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japan PE/FE Examiners Council to facilitate licensure of Japanese engineers in Kentucky.

While serving the Kentucky board, Cox has been actively involved in the work of NCEES. His efforts include serving seven terms on the Committee on Finances, including two as chair. He has also served two terms each on the Licensure Qualifications Oversight Group and the Advisory Committee on Council Activities and was a member of the Credentials Evaluation Advisory Group.

His contributions to the Southern Zone include serving as spokesperson for the Member Board Administrators Networking Group and assisting with preparations for the 2007 Southern Zone interim meeting in Lexington and the 2009 NCEES annual meeting in Louisville.

A strong supporter of advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors, Cox has made many presentations on licensure and related issues to student groups and professional organizations.

NCEES Distinguished Service Award

2014 Winner: J. Richard Cottingham, P.E., P.L.S.

J. Richard Cottingham, P.E., P.L.S., of Seneca, South Carolina, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his dedicated service to the engineering and surveying professions. Cottingham received the organization’s highest honor at its 93rd annual meeting, held August 20–23, 2014, in Seattle, Washington.

Cottingham received the Distinguished Service Award in 2003 for his many contributions to NCEES, including serving as president, treasurer, and Southern Zone vice president. Since receiving this award, he has continued to serve his profession with distinction.

An emeritus member of the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, Cottingham remains committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors. Appointed as a special consultant to assist the South Carolina Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, he has served on two South Carolina board committees to find resolutions to changes introduced by the state architectural board that, potentially, would have negatively impacted the practice of engineering and the welfare of the public.

Cottingham has also continued his service to NCEES since 2003. For the past two years, he has been a member of the Public Outreach/Communications Task Force. He has also been a member of the Licensure Qualifications Oversight Group, the Engineering Practice Exam Task Force, and the Committee on Awards. Over the last 25 years, he has served on over 30 committees and task forces.

Committed to promoting licensure, Cottingham speaks to Clemson University engineering students about the importance of the P.E. license, as well as professional development and lifelong learning, each semester. He has taken part in ABET accreditation visits at universities in North Carolina and South Carolina. He serves on the Clemson University Civil Engineering Advisory Board and is an honorary member of national civil engineering honor society Chi Epsilon.

NCEES Examination Service Award

2014 Winner: Edward C. Roche Jr., Sc.D., P.E.

Edward C. Roche Jr., Sc.D., P.E., has been awarded the NCEES Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to the development and improvement of NCEES licensing exams. Roche received the honor at the 93rd NCEES annual meeting, held August 20–23, 2014, in Seattle, Washington.

An NCEES exam volunteer since 1985, Roche displays a continuing commitment to the advancement of engineering licensure. A past chair and vice chair of the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Chemical exam development committee, Roche is a dedicated committee member who has contributed to all exam development tasks.

Since Roche joined the committee, the PE Chemical exam has moved from an essay exam to one of multiple choice. He assisted with the transition and with building an environment that encourages active discussion and continuous improvement in the exam development process. He has advocated training volunteers in all aspects of exam development to promote consistency and mutual respect among committee members.

Roche started the process of internal review of the PE Chemical exam prior to administration to ensure that all procedural requirements are met. His work was the seed for the two-step quality control process currently used by the committee, and he has trained numerous committee volunteers on this important function.

As chair, Roche facilitated a chair succession plan to identify potential future leaders and establish a training rotation to develop their skills. He remains committed to recruiting and mentoring new exam volunteers, resulting in increased diversity for the PE Chemical exam development committee.

Roche is professor of chemical engineering emeritus at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (1967–98), a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Air Force (1954–81), and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Prior to joining NJIT, Roche spent 10 years with Exxon Research and Engineering as a senior process design engineer (1957–67). While at NJIT, Roche was the principal in his consulting engineering firm for 25 years. In addition, Roche served as a visiting professor at the University of Calgary, Kuwait University, University of Aston (U.K.), U.S. Military Academy, Canterbury University (New Zealand), and the University of Nevada.

A father of two sons and two daughters as well as grandfather of four boys, Roche resides in Longboat Key, Florida, and Asheville, North Carolina.