NSPE Distinguished Service Award

Deadline:  January 31

This award recognizes an NSPE Licensed Member for exceptional contributions to the Engineering Profession, to one's community, and specifically to NSPE.

Past Recipients: See the complete list of recipients.

2018 NSPE Distinguished Service Award
Josephine Emerick, P.E.

Josephine L. Emerick, P.E.Josephine L. Emerick, P.E., Missouri is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Society of Professional Engineers recognizing a licensed professional engineer for exceptional contributions to the engineering profession, their community and to the NSPE society.

Since starting her career, Ms. Emerick has made headlines with her engineering work, professional activities, community service and award-winning accomplishments. Early in her career, she emerged as an up and coming leader on high-profile projects that helped her capture NSPE’s Young Engineer of the Year title in 1992. Although her career has changed directions, she has continuously held a leadership role that always exemplified the goals and objectives of the National and Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and her St. Louis, Missouri area chapter. Throughout her career she has been a principled leader in professionalism, ethics, service to the public and community which was evidenced by two gubernatorial appointments that added up to an eight-year tenure on the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects which “polices” the design professions.

Ms. Emerick commitments to the profession, education and community service served to nurture both of her children in adopting not only their mother’s passion for engineering, but her fierce values to protect public health, safety and welfare. She has been a consistently strong voice and role model for young women in engineering – as evidenced by her own daughter’s choice of an engineering career. Dozens of young women across the state have followed her lead by maintaining not only passion and values, but also their femininity in a male-dominated profession.

Today, as the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer/Senior Project Manager for Engineering Design Source, Inc., a DBE-certified civil engineering and surveying firm with over 30 engineering and survey professionals headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri, Ms. Emerick continues to make her mark by embracing more opportunities to advance the engineering profession through her interactions with other engineers, the public, governmental entities and the educational community.