December 08, 2013
Deadline: January 31
The NSPE Award is the highest award given to an individual by the Society. It is presented to an engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare, and humankind.
Past Recipients: See a complete list of recipients.
2013 NSPE Award
Dr. Monte L. Phillips from Park Rapids, Minnesota is the recipient of the 2013 NSPE Award, the Society's highest honor. He is recognized for the many contributions he has made to the engineering profession, for his work as an engineering educator, and the numerous volunteer leadership roles he has undertaken on behalf of NSPE and the engineering profession over the past four decades.
Dr. Phillips is a former president of the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers where he was awarded the Elwyn F. Chandler Award and the North Dakota National Leadership Award in Excellence. He is past chairman of the North Dakota Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors, Fellow and past president of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, and past member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Science. He has served seventeen years on the National Board of Governors of the Order of the Engineer including two years as its chair. He is president-elect of ABET and will assume the presidency in October 2013.
An NSPE member since 1971, Dr. Phillips has held a series of top volunteer leadership positions rising to the office of president in 1994-95. He continues to serve the Society today as chairman of the Council of Fellows Executive Committee, member of the Board of Ethical Review, and member of the Licensure & Qualifications Practice Committee.
Long active with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying, Dr. Phillips was recently selected to receive the 2013 NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation. He is a recognized authority on engineering licensure, with specific expertise in qualification for practice, and has authored numerous papers and reports on engineering licensure and professional ethics.
Dr. Phillips is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has recently been active on ASCE's Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice including service as chair of the Experience Committee and the BOK Experiential Fulfillment Committee. He is a recent recipient of the prestigious ASCE 2012 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award.
Dr. Phillips is professor emeritus at the University of North Dakota and also served on the faculties of Ohio Northern University and the University of Illinois. He holds BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from the University of North Dakota and received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering.