Engineer Receives Highest Honor by National Society of Professional Engineers

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Monte L. Phillips, Ph.D., P.E., received the National Society of Professional Engineers' most prestigious award for professional engineers at the recent 2013 annual meeting in Minneapolis. 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.

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 for the National Institute of Building Science. He has served 17 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, 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 and Qualifications for Practice Committee.

Long active with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, 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 he has authored numerous papers and reports on engineering licensure and professional ethics.

He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has recently been active on ASCE's Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice, in addition to serving as chair of the Experience Committee and the Experiential Fulfillment Committee for the engineering Body of Knowledge. He is a recent recipient of the prestigious ASCE 2012 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award.

Professor emeritus at the University of North Dakota, Phillips also serves on the faculties of Ohio Northern University and the University of Illinois. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of North Dakota and received his doctorate from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering.

Phillips and his wife Niomi have three daughters and extended families who reside in the Minot, N.D., and Minneapolis areas. They currently reside in Park Rapids, Minn.


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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

EDITOR'S NOTE: High-resolution photos of Philips and the award ceremony are available in digital format.