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2015 service award winners

NCEES honored the contributions of three 2015 service award recipients at its annual meeting Awards and Installation Gala on Friday, August 21.

Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation

2015 Winner: Jon D. Nelson, P.E.

Jon NelsonJon Nelson, P.E., of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Nelson received the organization’s highest honor at its 94th annual meeting, held August 19–22, 2015, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Nelson received the Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for his many contributions to NCEES, including serving as president and Southern Zone vice president. Since receiving this award, he has continued to serve his profession with distinction.

An emeritus member of the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors since 2007, Nelson remains committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors. He has served on the NCEES B+30 and Engineering Education task forces and the Advisory Committee on Council Activities. He is also a volunteer with the NCEES PE Civil exam development committee.

Nelson represented NCEES on the board of directors of the American Association of Engineering Societies. During this time, he served as board chair and as chair of several committees and the Licensure Working Group. In 2011, AAES awarded him the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award for his service.

Nelson is actively involved in the work of several other engineering organizations. He currently represents the National Society of Professional Engineers on the ABET board of directors and is a member of the ABET Global Council. A distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, he has served on a number of ASCE committees related to licensure, engineering education, and technologist credentialing.

Nelson holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University and a master of science degree in environmental engineering from Oklahoma State University. A licensed professional engineer since 1979, he is currently a senior vice president with Tetra Tech, Inc., a global consulting, engineering, and construction firm headquartered in Pasadena, California.

Distinguished Service Award

2015 Winner: Gene L. Dinkins, P.E., P.L.S.

Gene DinkinsGene Dinkins, P.E., P.L.S., of Columbia, South Carolina, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Dinkins received the award at the organization’s 94th annual meeting, held August 19–22, 2015, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Dinkins has been a member of the South Carolina State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors since 2004. During this time, he has served as board chair and vice chair. He attends legislative committee meetings for proposed board statutes, regulations, and bills affecting the engineering and surveying professions, and he reviews and evaluates work experience for licensure candidates.

Dinkins served on the NCEES board of directors from 2007 to 2014 while fulfilling his terms as president, treasurer, and Southern Zone vice president. During this time, he served as board liaison to a number of NCEES committees and task forces, including the Examinations for Professional Engineers and Finance committees and task forces for mobility, computer-based testing, and sustainable buildings. He also volunteered with the NCEES surveying exam development committee. He most recently served as a member of the 2014–15 Advisory Committee on Council Activities and Committee on Nominations.

A strong supporter of advancing the professions of engineering and surveying, Dinkins has served as NCEES representative to the American Association of Engineering Societies and as a member of the AAES board of directors. He is a member of the Colonial States Boards of Surveyor Registration and worked on the development of its photogrammetry exam. He is a past recipient of the Engineer of the Year Award from the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers and a recipient of the Life Service Award from the South Carolina Society of Professional Surveyors, as well as a member of both organizations.

Dinkins has been a licensed professional engineer and land surveyor since 1976. He is president of Cox and Dinkins, Inc., a consulting engineering and land surveying firm based in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Clemson University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, and the University of South Carolina, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a master of engineering degree in environmental engineering.

Distinguished Examination Service Award

2015 Winner: William W. Bathie, P.E.

Bill BathieWilliam Bathie, P.E., of Ames, Iowa, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering profession. Bathie received the award at the organization’s 94th annual meeting, held August 19–22, 2015, in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Bathie began volunteering with the Principles and Practice of Engineering Mechanical Exam Development Committee in 1979 and has attended almost all of its meetings over the last 35 years.

His service and leadership were key during two major transitions for the PE Mechanical exam. He served as vice chair of the exam’s development committee from 1993 to 1998, during the exam’s transition from essay only to a combination of essay and multiple-choice questions. He then served as chair from 1998 to 2003, during which time the exam changed to a complete multiple-choice exam with depth and breadth sections.

Today, he remains an active member of the PE Mechanical Exam Development Committee. This includes serving as “exam champion” for the Thermal and Fluid Systems module for two exams, which involves working with an exam from assembly through administration to the review of final performance statistics to ensure consistency. He also continues to be a resource and mentor for new leaders on the Thermal and Fluid Systems subcommittee.

A licensed professional engineer since 1968, Bathie is an emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University. He is also a graduate of Iowa State, receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He is a member and Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.