Texas Engineer Honored for Distinguished Service to the Profession

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

H. Ken Rigsbee, P.E., F.NSPE, received the National Society of Professional Engineers's 2009 Distinguished Service Award at its recent annual meeting in St. Louis.

NSPE's Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize NSPE members for their exceptional contributions to the engineering profession, to their communities, and to NSPE. Persons in good standing holding the membership grade of licensed member, member, retired member or life member are eligible for selection. Candidates must be recommended by an NSPE state society, with endorsement from two other state societies to display that the candidates and their work are known beyond their own states.
H. Ken Rigsbee, P.E., F.NSPE, has 36 years of successful engineering experience working at Phillips Petroleum (now ConocoPhillips) as a construction engineer, where he served in a wide range of positions and rapidly ascended the corporate ladder. One of his assignments was to redesign the company's technical recruiting program. As a result, Rigsbee became involved in helping universities and student technical and professional organizations by serving as a role model and a strong advocate of licensure and participation in professional engineering activities. His passion for engineering education led to his service as past chair of the Midwest action of the American Society of Engineering Education, past national director of the Junior Engineering Technical Society, and past officer and director of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology's predecessor, ECPD.
Rigsbee has been extremely active in NSPE on the national, state, and local levels. He served as the southwest region vice president from 2003–2005 on the NSPE Board of Directors, as president of the NSPE Education Foundation, and as a member of the Steinman Council. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers, former national director for both Oklahoma and Texas, and founding chairman for the Oklahoma Engineering & Technology Guidance Council.

Rigsbee holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has won numerous awards including both the Oklahoma and Texas Society of Professional Engineers Young Engineer of the Year, Distinguished Engineer of the Texas Engineering Foundation, the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Jaycees, and the Distinguished Service Award from Phillips Petroleum. Rigsbee also serves his local community as a member of the National Eagle Scouts Association and numerous homeowners associations, as well as previously chairing two church administration boards and a lobbyist committee. 

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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 45,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.