The PEGASUS Award, also known as the Government Engineer of the Year Award, recognizes a professional engineer employed by a state, regional, county, special district, or municipal government who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering. The winner is selected from nominations received through NSPE's state societies and is judged by a panel established through NSPE's Professional Engineers in Government. Nominees are judged on civic and humanitarian activities, formal and continuing education, engineering achievements, professional and technical society activities, and licensure or professional registration.
Davis, who serves as the Director of the Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has a strong and ongoing commitment to the environmental engineering profession from both a technical and leadership perspective. In his work with the same environmental department for over 25 years, he has proactively been engaged in improving engineering practices and processes in several state regulatory programs, while reaching consensus with boards and commissions, legislators, and various state, federal, and local stakeholders.
He has also worked tirelessly to promote the practice of engineering, both in recruitment and retention of engineering positions within his agency and department and in working with the North Carolina Office of State Personnel, so as to more appropriately classify and compensate engineers, engineering supervisors, and engineering managers across all state government. Davis has been involved with his local and state chapters of the Professional Engineers of North Carolina to promote state government engineer membership as well as spearheading professional development through online webinars for the membership statewide.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 35,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.