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2016 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.

Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation

Robert Krebs, P.E., L.S.

Conzett and Krebs_Plaque_001Robert Krebs, P.E., L.S., of South Hero, Vermont, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Krebs received the organization’s highest honor at its 95th annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Krebs received the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 for his many contributions to NCEES, including serving as the organization’s president and Northeast Zone vice president and as a dedicated member of the Vermont Board of Land Surveyors for 10 years. Since receiving this award, he has continued to serve his profession with distinction.

An emeritus member of the Vermont Board of Land Surveyors since 2002, Krebs remains committed to advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors. He has served on the NCEES committees on Awards, Examination Audit, and Examinations for Professional Surveyors. He has been a member of task forces for education and accreditation, special awards, item difficulty, governance, public outreach and communications, and engineering surveys. He has also chaired the Cut Score Task Force and Committee on Nominations. He has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Council Activities since 2014. He also continues to volunteer with the surveying exam development committee, with which he has worked since 1994.

Krebs’ other contributions include serving as liaison between the NCEES board of directors and the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Professional Practice Prerequisites from 2004 to 2007. He also represented NCEES for five years as its alternate to the ABET board of directors.

Krebs has continued to advance licensure through his work with other professional organizations as well. A fellow of ASCE, he has served as a member of the organization’s Professional Practice Committee, Licensure and Ethics Committee, and Body of Knowledge Experiential Fulfillment Committee. He has also worked with the Vermont Raise the Bar Committee on advancing educational requirements for engineering licensure.

Krebs holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont. A licensed professional engineer since 1976 and professional surveyor since 1977, he founded Krebs and Lansing Consulting Engineers in 1978 and served as president until he retired in 2004. He is currently a member of the Vermont House of Representatives.

Distinguished Service Award

Patty Mamola, P.E.

Conzett and Mamola_Plaque_001Patty Mamola, P.E., of Reno, Nevada, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for her dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Mamola received this award at the organization’s 95th annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mamola served as NCEES Western Zone vice president from 2010 to 2012. In 2012, the Council elected her president-elect, and she served as the first female president of NCEES the following year. As a member of the board of directors from 2010 to 2015, Mamola served as board liaison to a number of committees and task forces, including the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines, the Committee on Member Board Administrators, and the Industrial Exemption Task Force. Her service to NCEES also includes being a member of the Bachelor’s Plus 30 and Engineering Education task forces and chairing the Committee on Nominations. Most recently, she served as chair of the 2015–16 Financial Reserves Task Force. She has also been a member of the Principles and Practice of Engineering Civil Exam Development Committee since 2006.

Mamola was a member of the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors from 2006 to 2015. During this time, she served two terms as chair and was a member of the board’s Legislative and Public Relations committees. She recently entered a new phase of service to the Nevada board when she was named executive director in June 2016.

Her focus on improving mobility, diversity, and public outreach for the engineering profession extends beyond Mamola’s work with NCEES. She is the 2015–17 deputy chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Next year, she will serve as APEC chair. She was a member of the 2015–16 National Society of Professional Engineers’ Committee on Policy and Advocacy and chair of its subcommittee on policy development. In 2014, Engineers Canada designated her a Fellow in recognition of her efforts to improve international mobility.

Licensed as a professional engineer in Nevada since 1993, Mamola has focused her career on transportation, construction management, and analytical problem solving. She is one of the founding principals of the professional engineering firm Bowling Mamola Group.

Mamola is a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She is an active member of the American Public Works Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

L. Joseph Timms, P.E.

Conzett and Timms_Plaque_001L. Joseph Timms, P.E., of Bridgeport, West Virginia, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Timms received this award at the organization’s 95th annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Timms was a member of the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers from 1998 to 2016. During this time, he served as board president and secretary. In 2016, he was named an emeritus member of the board.

Timms served on the NCEES board of directors from 2007 to 2012 while fulfilling terms as president and Northeast Zone vice president. During this time, he was board liaison to a number of NCEES committees and task forces, including the Committee on Uniform Procedures and Legislative Guidelines, the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers, and the Education Task Force. He also served three terms as a member of the Committee on Law Enforcement and chaired the Foreign Experience Evaluation Task Force. He most recently served as chair of the 2015–16 Advisory Committee on Council Activities.

A resource and advocate for licensure and ethical responsibilities, Timms is actively involved in other professional and community organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the ASCE Committee on Licensure. He has made dozens of presentations on the value of licensure and the ethical obligations for professional engineers at West Virginia universities. As a member of the Advisory Committee and Engineering Visiting Committee for the West Virginia University Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, he has promoted the need for faculty members to be licensed. For more than a decade, he has taken part in the West Virginia engineering board’s continuing education presentation at the annual West Virginia Construction Design and Exposition.

Timms has more than 50 years of experience in civil engineering, management, and energy consultancy. He retired as president and CEO of Consolidated Natural Gas (now Dominion) Transmission Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Since this retirement almost 20 years ago, Timms has been active as an adjunct professor of management, a management and energy consultant, and mayor of his small city.

Timms holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Salem International University. A former chair of the Davis and Elkins College (W.Va.) board of trustees, Timms received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the college following his 2008 commencement address.

Distinguished Examination Service Award

Kenneth Means, Ph.D., P.E.

Conzett and Means_Plaque_001Kenneth Means, Ph.D., P.E., of Morgantown, West Virginia, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering profession. Means received this award at the organization’s 95th annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Means began volunteering with NCEES exam development in 1982, working primarily on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Two years later, he began working with the Principles and Practice of Engineering Mechanical exam. Over the past 34 years, Means has continued to work in a variety of ways to support engineering licensure exams and the mission of NCEES. He has written many PE Mechanical exam items, taken part in preliminary item analyses to assess the quality of exam items, and participated in studies to update the exam specifications. He has served as chair of the PE Mechanical committee and as chair and vice chair of the Mechanical Systems and Materials module. He has also trained and supported other exam development volunteers.

Means has been a part of many changes to the PE Mechanical exam, helping with the exam’s conversion from an essay format to multiple choice and now working toward the transition to computer-based testing. Means was a member of the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers from 1981 to 1997, serving terms as president and vice president during this time. He was a member or consultant to the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers for eight terms and also served as vice chair. He served on several other NCEES committees during his board tenure, including the Committee on ABET and the ad hoc Committee on Office Automation, aimed in part at streamlining the exam process to improve efficiency.

A licensed professional engineer since 1971, Means is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at West Virginia University. He received his bachelor of science and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University. He received his master’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University.

William Pierson, Ph.D., P.E.

Conzett and Pierson_Plaque_001William Pierson, Ph.D., P.E., of Scott Depot, West Virginia, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering profession. Pierson received this award at the organization’s 95th annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A dedicated supporter of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, Pierson is a past chair and vice chair of the committee as well as past chair of the electrical engineering subcommittee. In addition to writing exam items since the early 1990s, Pierson has worked on preliminary item analyses to assess the quality of exam items. He has also worked on the subcommittee to select approved calculators for use on NCEES exams and assisted with the development of the FE Supplied Reference Handbook and exam preparation materials.

In the 26 years that Pierson has volunteered with the FE Exam Development Committee, the FE exam has undergone substantial changes. It moved from a single pencil-and-paper exam for all disciplines to a breadth-and-depth exam with common and discipline-specific sections and then to a computer-based exam offered in seven disciplines.

Pierson was a member of the West Virginia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers from 2006 to 2016 and is now an emeritus member. During his board tenure, he served four terms each as a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers and the Committee on Education. He also served as a member of the NCEES Engineering Education Award jury and as the NCEES alternate representative to the ABET board of directors.

Pierson is committed to advancing intern certification and P.E. licensure. As a member of the West Virginia engineering board, he met with engineering deans at various state colleges and universities to discuss the effectiveness of the FE exam as an outcomes assessment tool. He also gave presentations on NCEES licensing exams, including the FE exam’s transition to computer-based testing.

A licensed professional engineer since 1975, Pierson is professor emeritus at Marshall University’s Weisberg Division of Engineering. He earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology, a master of science degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Rolla.

Richard Schwarz, P.E.

Past President John Steadman accepted the award on behalf of Richard Schwarz.
Past President John Steadman accepted the award on behalf of Richard Schwarz.Richard Schwarz, P.E., of Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Examination Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering profession. Schwarz was honored at the organization’s 95th annual meeting, held August 24–27, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana. NCEES Past President John Steadman, Ph.D., P.E., accepted the award on Schwarzs behalf.

Schwarz began volunteering with the PE Electrical and Computer Exam Development Committee in 1983. During his 31 years as an exam development volunteer, he served as committee chair for seven years and as chair of the subcommittee for the Power module for three years. He also co-chaired the subcommittees for the breadth module and the Electrical and Electronics module.

In addition to writing exam items, Schwarz scored essay exams, participated in studies to update exam specifications, and took part in standard-setting studies to establish cut scores for the PE and FE Electrical and Computer exams. He also remained committed to recruiting and training new exam development volunteers.

Schwarz worked to ensure exam consistency and quality during several major changes to the PE Electrical and Computer exam. These included the transition from an essay exam to a multiple-choice exam with a common breadth section and discipline-specific module options to three individual exams for power, electrical and electronics, and computer engineering.

Schwarz was committed to maintaining a strong relationship between IEEE-USA and NCEES. He was a member of the IEEE-USA Licensure and Registration Committee from 1983 to 2014 and served as chair for seven terms. He represented IEEE-USA in the NCEES Participating Organizations Liaison Council for 10 years. During this time, he also served as IEEE-USA representative at the NCEES annual meeting and at meetings of the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers.

A licensed professional engineer since 1982, Schwarz received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and attended graduate school at Lehigh University.