Tom C. Roberts, P.E., F.NSPE, from Manhattan, Kansas, served as the the 2017-18 President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).
Mr. Roberts has more than 40 years’ experience in planning, organizational development, and leadership training programs. He worked for Black & Veatch for 16 years (including 11 years in human resources). He formed Upward Consulting in 1989 and has served as a continuous quality improvement consultant for many manufacturing & service companies and educational institutions. He has presented information on systems thinking, professional development and our changing society to a wide variety of national audiences.
For 21 years at Kansas State University (KSU) he was responsible for engineering recruitment and leadership development and is currently Assistant Dean Emeritus of KSU’s College of Engineering.
As a 40-year member of NSPE, Mr. Roberts has held, and continues to hold, numerous volunteer leadership positions to include membership on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and the Committee on Policy and Advocacy. He is a past chair of NSPE’s Professional Engineers in Higher Education and in 2010 was named a NSPE Fellow.
Mr. Roberts is a past president of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) and past chair of its Government Relations Committee. He has served nationally as first vice president of the American Society for Engineering Education and is both a Life and Fellow ASEE member. In his community, he recently served as vice president for Strategic Planning and Programs for the Boy Scouts of America, Coronado Area Council.
He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from KSU and has been a licensed professional engineer since 1976.
Mr. Roberts continues to promote engineering licensure to practicing professionals, teachers, students and parents while mentoring high school students to make effective career choices. He is married to Karen who recently retired after 40 years of teaching and education administration. They have two sons, Greg & Chad.