NSPE Award

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.

 2014 NSPE Award

2014 NSPE Award
Larry Smith, P.E., F.NSPE
North Providence, RI

Larry Smith, P.E., F.NSPEL. Robert “Larry” Smith is a 1966 graduate of CCNY where he earned a B.Eng (Civil) degree with honors.  He received the Engineering Alumni of the City College Award in Civil Engineering as the outstanding Civil Engineering graduate that year.  He was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, and Blue Key.  He received a ScM in Engineering from Brown University in 1968 and entered the work force as a consultant.  He was president of Waterman Engineering Company, the oldest Civil Engineering and the oldest Surveying firms in Rhode Island.  He sold the company after twenty five years and has been practicing as a forensic engineer on a part time basis for the last ten years.

During his career, Larry has served as President of the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers (RISPE), the Rhode Island Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Providence Engineering Society (PES).  To this day he continues to serve actively on these Societies’ boards as a Past-President.  He was the recipient of the RISPE Young Engineer of the Year Award in 1979, the RISPE Engineer of the Year award in 1991, the PES Freeman Award in 1994 and the PES Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1900.  Larry's first service to the State of Rhode Island was in 1992 when was appointed to the RI Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. He served four terms on the PE Board and was appointed by three different governors.  He chaired the PE Board for many years on at least two occasions.  He was the Senior Section Advisor to the Rhode Island Section of ASCE for twenty five years.  Larry is a member of the Order of the Engineer and serves on the Board of the National Institute of Engineering Ethics (NIEE).

Over the years, Larry served, on numerous occasions, as the RISPE's National Director for NSPE and as the PEPP Governor from RI.  Larry has served on numerous NSPE and NSPE-Pepp committee, including a long stint on the PEPP PLC committee.  Larry served as the PEPP Northeast Vice-Chair from 1987 to 1989 and received the PEPP Chairman’s outstanding Service Award for his work.  Larry was also the recipient of the NSPE-PEPP Merit Award in 1995.  It is noted that Larry had served on or chaired the RISPE Scholarship Committee for over twenty years and regularly used to judge the State Science Fair as RISPE representative.  He has been active in Mathcounts since its inception and serves as the moderator for the RI competition for twenty seven years.

In NCEES Larry has served on numerous committees and chaired the three big NCEES Exam Committees.   Larry served as the NCEES Northeast Zone Vice President and as National Treasurer.  He received two Northeast Zone Awards, The NCEES Distinguished Service Award, and the NCEES Distinguished Service Award with Special Commendation.  He is well known in the Rhode Island engineering community as the long time author of “Larry’s Corner”, an amusing look at the practice of Engineering, which is published in the Providence Engineering Society’s newsletter.

Larry serves on the North Providence Building Board of Review which he has chaired for thirty years. Larry has contributed a great deal of his personal time and money in promoting our profession and is often a speaker at various colleges promoting Engineering and Registration.  He is on the Civil Engineering Advisory Board for Civil Engineering at URI and chaired that group for an extended period of time.  He serves on the Engineering Professional Advisory Board at Roger Williams University and served as that group’s vice-chair. Outside of the Engineering world, Larry serves on the Boards of numerous charities. Larry has personally sponsored an annual tennis tournament for the Leukemia Society of Rhode Island, for many years.  He also has served on building committees for various religious and charitable groups.


Saturday, January 31, 2015
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