Dinkins Accepts NCEES Presidency

Gene Dinkins, P.E., P.L.S., accepted the position of NCEES president at the conclusion of the organization’s 91st annual meeting, held August 22–25 in St. Louis, Missouri. Having completed a one-year term as president-elect, he will now serve as president for 2012–13.

A resident of Columbia, South Carolina, Dinkins has been a member of the South Carolina State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors since 2004. He is a former board chair as well as a past NCEES treasurer and Southern Zone vice president.

Dinkins has almost 40 years of experience in engineering and land surveying. He is the president of Cox and Dinkins, Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying firm. He is a past chair of the Richland County (S.C.) Planning Commission and the City of Columbia (S.C.) Planning Commission and is active in many professional and community affairs. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and its College of Engineering, the South Carolina Bar Association, and numerous other business and educational seminars.

Dinkins holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clemson University, a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of South Carolina, and a master of engineering degree in environmental engineering from the University of South Carolina.

In his speech accepting the office of NCEES president, Dinkins outlined the plan for his term and said, “There will be initiatives undertaken over the next year that will enhance the goals of NCEES, the engineering and surveying professions, and the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public for years to come.”

NCEES is a national nonprofit organization composed of engineering and surveying licensing boards representing all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. An accredited standards developer with the American National Standards Institute, NCEES develops, scores, and administers the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the United States. NCEES also provides services facilitating professional mobility for licensed engineers and surveyors. Its headquarters is located in Clemson, S.C.