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NICSITE Awards Nomination Form:

NCSITE is currently requesting nominations for awards for 2014. Nominations received by Friday October 3, 2014 will be considered for this year's awards. Any nominations received after October 3, 2014 will be considered for the next year's awards.

If you have any questions about these awards or the nomination procedure, please contact either Jeff Dale, P.E. (, Award Committee Chair or Terry Hopkins, P.E. (, Awards Committee Co-Chair.

The recipients for the awards will be announced at the NCSITE Annual Meeting. Consideration may be given for a separate awards program if special issues arise with the recipient.

Submit Your Nominations Here

Awards history:

Soon after the transition from Division of Southern District in 1988 to full Section status, the Board of Directors realized the need to have its own Awards Program. In 1992 the Section Awards Program was established to recognize outstanding service and commitment by members through the following awards: Robert J. Dodge Professional Image Award, R.V. Moss Lifetime Service Award, Jay Quinn Technical Excellence Award, Contribution to Transportation Award, Paul D. Cribbins Cup and the President’s Award.  In 1999 the Young Professional Award was presented for the first time, in 2005 the New Member Award was established, and the Outstanding Project was established in 2013. All the award recipients are selected from a pool of nominees by the Award Committee with the exception of the President’s Award, which is given by the President in office.

The following provides a brief introduction about each award and the recent award winner:

Robert J. Dodge Professional Image Award

Recipient must be a member or affiliate member of NCSITE; possess demonstrated technical competence and excellent people skills; must have a demonstrated record of service to the profession, the organization, and his/her community; who by personal demeanor and example projects the best image of what a transportation professional should be.

Robert J. Dodge worked for the North Carolina State Highway Commission during the summers of 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1949 as a temporary employee. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Civil Engineering in May 1951 and was hired as a permanent employee in June 1951. He received one paycheck before being activated as a 2nd Lieutenant in US Army for active military duty during the Korean War. After 14 months in Korea, Mr. Dodge returned to Traffic Engineering to begin a life-time career. He rose through the ranks in Traffic Engineering to the Assistant State Traffic Engineer position within NCDOT.

He satisfied the requirements to become a Professional Engineer and a Registered Land Surveyor. He worked for almost 40 years with the NC DOT, most of which was with the Traffic Engineering and Safety Systems Branch.

He was active in the Southern Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. In 1985, he was awarded the Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service Award. In 1992, Mr. Dodge was awarded the very first Robert J. Dodge Professional Image Award by the North Carolina Section ITE. Mr. Robert J. Dodge passed away on March 29, 2007 at the age of 78. He was active in his White Memorial Presbyterian Church for almost 60 years serving as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and advisor. His family mourns for him and the Christian southern gentleman that he was.

2013 Award Winner: Jim Westmoreland, PE

Jim WestmorelandThe Robert Dodge Professional Image Award was presented to Jim Westmoreland of the City of Greensboro. Jim led efforts for the first focused scholarship fund raising activities in the mid-1990s; was recognized as the first recipient of the Young Professional Award in 1999; and has served NCSITE as Secretary, Vice-President, President, and Past President between 2001 and 2004. In addition, Jim also has served SDITE as the Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, and President between 2008 and 2010. He was instrumental in developing the core principles of the ITE Leadership Program and continues to teach and lead modules in that course today. He has been an excellent mentor and encourager for young NCSITE students and members. He has always had time for them and has influenced many to get involved and stay involved in NCSITE. Jim's wife Lisa and his mother Annie Westmoreland were present for the award. Ms. Nurry Dodge also was in attendance and assisted in presenting the award to Jim.

Congratulations to Jim Westmoreland of the City of Greensboro for receiving the NCSITE Robert J. Dodge Professional Image Award for 2013.


Past Award Winners


R.V. Moss Lifetime Service Award

Recipient must have been a Member or an Affiliate Member for at least 15 years; should possess demonstrated technical confidence; should have made significant contributions to the profession and ITE through participation in committees, workshops, speakers’ bureaus, seminars, fundraising, meetings and local arrangement committees; and through elected office at the Section level or higher.

R. V. Moss, one of Walter and Lala Moss' six children, was born on October 15, 1931 in Hendersonville. He graduated in 1950 from Hudson High School, where he was President of his Senior Class and made an early contribution to mass transit by working as a bus driver. He enrolled in Mars Hill College in 1950, but joined the United States Army in 1951 and served as a paratrooper in the 508th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.

After leaving the Army in 1954, he enrolled in North Carolina State College in Raleigh, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in May 1959. While pursuing his studies, R.V. worked part-time for the City of Raleigh, and after graduation accepted a full-time engineering position. In 1960, he became Assistant Traffic Engineer for the City of Durham. In October 1963 he went to High Point to serve as the City Traffic Engineer, which was later titled Director of Transportation. In this capacity he oversaw the planning, design, construction and implementation of many important projects and programs, including upgrades to the High Point's computerized traffic signal system, and the development of a multi-modal transportation system to serve the Furniture Market.

In addition to his official duties, R.V. played an active part in the foundation of the North Carolina Section of the Institute of Traffic (now Transportation) Engineers (ITE). He attended the first of many meetings in High Point in 1965 gradually becoming more involved in the organization. He served as the NCSITE President in 1969. His involvement also extended to the Southern District ITE, where he represented the North Carolina Section on the Executive Board for two years before becoming Southern District President in 1980. As a well-known and respected transportation leader in the southeastern United States, R.V. received the District's top two awards: the Marble J. Hensley Individual Activity Award in 1984 and the Herman Hoose Distinguished Service Award in 1990. To recognize the tireless service and dedication that Mr. RV Moss has shown, in 1992, the North Carolina Section created the RV Moss Lifetime Service Award in his honor. He is a Life Fellow in the International ITE. Even since his retirement from the City in 1993, he regularly attends the NC Sections' Annual Meeting each fall.

Mr. Moss is registered by the State of North Carolina as a Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor. He is an active member of First Baptist Church in High Point and has maintained membership in High Point's Kiwanis Club since 1965. He and his wife Vera currently split their time between a variety of activities in High Point and their mountain home in Ashe County.

2013 Award Winner: Fred Burchett, P.E.

Fred BurchettThe R.V. Moss Lifetime Service Award was presented to Fred Burchett of Kimley-Horn and Associates. Fred's accomplishments are numerous and include serving on the NCSITE Board as Section Director, representing NCSITE at the ITE Southern District level as one of our District Directors. As the Scholarship Committee Chair, Fred has redefined the scholarship award criteria and introduced levels for the multiple scholarship awards. He has been very active in the engineering profession serving as the 2010 Multimodal Council Chair of the Regional Transportation Alliance; President of the ACEC of North Carolina; and he also has served as the ACEC National Director. He currently is leading professional outreach and coordinating NCSITE's efforts with other professional organizations as part of NCSITE's FOCUS 2012 Initiative. Fred's wife Denise and one of his daughters Christine were present for his recognition. Also, Mr. R.V. Moss was in attendance and presented the award to Fred..

Congratulations to Fred Burchett, PE of Kimley-Horn and Associates for receiving the NCSITE R. V. Moss Lifetime Service Award for 2013.


Past Award Winners


Jay Quinn Technical Excellence Award

Recipient must possess excellent technical knowledge and must share their knowledge / insight with the NCSITE through presentations at NCSITE sponsored meetings or training sessions, or active participation in councils or committees, task forces, or work groups. Recipient must have made a significant contribution to the Section, and is not required to be a Member or Affiliate of NCSITE to be recognized with this award.

Mr. Jay Quinn was a highly respected vendor of traffic signal equipment who had a deep commitment for ITE. He was a pioneer in helping others get trained by personally conducting training classes before they were formally offered by ITE and others. He constantly tried to help others by helping them get connected with the right people, and he was viewed as a storehouse of technical information. For all these reasons, NCSITE presented Mr. Jay Quinn with the very first NCSITE Technical Excellence Award in 1992 and named this award in his honor. Prior to that, in 1969 he began his career with Southeastern Safety Supplies in Columbia SC. He served as the South Carolina ITE President in 1972. He was awarded the very prestigious Herman J. Hoose Award in 1973 by the Southern District ITE.

If anyone has a photo of Mr. Jay Quinn, or has additional biographical information that can be shared on this web-site, please notify the Chair of the Operations Committee.

2013 Award Winner: Rob Ziemba, P.E.

The Jay Quinn Technical Excellence Award was presented to Rob Ziemba with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Rob works in the Signal Design Section where he is involved in many high profile projects and helps set precedents for signal design throughout the state. He helped develop North Carolina's adaptation of the Flashing Yellow Arrow, and presented the topic at a NCSITE Annual Meeting. Despite a heavy workload, he always makes time to discuss projects and signalization issues with fellow NCDOT employees as well as members of the engineering community outside of his organization. He shares his wealth of knowledge and information with internal and external signal professionals. Rob's wife Shannon was present for the award.

Congratulations to Rob Ziemba, PE of NCDOT for receiving the NCSITE Jay Quinn Technical Excellence Award for 2013.


Past Award Winners


President's Award

This Award recognizes a Member or Affiliate who has contributed to the advancement of the transportation profession and the North Carolina Section Institute of Transportation Engineers. The NCSITE President awards the outstanding individual that has provided them guidance, advice, assistance, and offered help in whatever capacity is needed. The recipient exhibits such personal traits as integrity, honesty, professionalism, excellent work ethic, dedication, and leadership.

2013 Award Winner: Vivek Hariharan, P.E.

Vivek HariharanTodd Brooks, NCSITE President, said the following when presenting this year's President's Award: "There are many people who have meant so much to me this year; it's hard not to give multiple awards. However, there was one person who stood just a little above the crowd. This year's recipient of the President's Award is one of our young, highly enthusiastic members. He loves this organization so much so that he's maintained an extremely active role as NCSITE Operations Committee Chair since moving out of state and has volunteered to continue on that committee in 2014. He has an infectious smile and an extremely positive, can-do attitude. He's always thinking creatively about how can we do things better. It's an honor and pleasure for me to give this year's President's Award to Vivek Hariharan."

Congratulations to Vivek Hariharan, PE of STV Incorporated for receiving the NCSITE President's Award for 2013.

Past Award Winners


Contribution to Transportation Award

Recipient is an individual not affiliated with NCSITE in any capacity who has contributed significantly to transportation through professional and/or political activities.

2013 Award Winner: Jim Trogdon, P.E.

Jim TrogdonJim Trogdon was presented the Contribution to Transportation Award. Jim recently retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and currently is working with Atkins. Jim Trogdon worked in various technical roles with NCDOT and later worked in the NC General Assembly as the Director of Strategic Transportation Planning. In this role, he provided analysis, made recommendations, and drafted legislation on transportation issues for the General Assembly. He has three decades of military service and now serves as the Deputy Adjutant General for the NC National Guard. Jim Trogdon most recently served NCDOT as the Chief Operations Officer (since 2009). He has led NCDOT in performance based decision making, and has put a tremendous amount of emphasis on accountability and transparency. Under his leadership, he helped implement the intent of HB 817 which allowed NCDOT to change its equity formula (24 years in existence). He made sure that the NCDOT focus was on high priority projects and travel time to make our state competitive in the global economy. He has been instrumental in moving our Department forward in making better decisions and improving our accountability to the public. He stressed the importance of building trust and confidence with everyone we serve, and that we need to be the greatest stewards of our existing resources. His commitment and passion to making the Department of Transportation better is why he was chosen for this award.

Congratulations to Jim Trogdon, P.E. of Atkins for receiving the NCSITE Contribution to Transportation Award for 2013.


Past Award Winners


Paul D. Cribbins Cup

Paul CribbinsAwarded to the outstanding student chapter within the Section (currently three: North Carolina State University, Raleigh (NCSU); North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro (N.C. A&T); and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte).

Paul Day Cribbins grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and upon graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1944, spent the next 15 years pursuing his education and serving in the military. He received Bachelors Degrees from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the University of Alabama. He later moved to West Lafayette, Indiana where he attended Purdue University for his Masters Degree, and later a PhD in Civil Engineering. After receiving his PhD, he became an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) from 1959 to 1961. He became Associate Professor of Civil Engineering from 1961 to 1966, and then a full Professor at NCSU in 1966 where he taught for 26 more years until his retirement in 1991.

Paul received numerous awards in recognition of his teaching effectiveness, including those from NCSU, The Merchant Marine Academy, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the NCSU Alumni Association. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina, and a strong advocate of student involvement in professional societies, especially the NC Section Institute of Transportation Engineers (President, 1967-68), and the NC Section American Society of Civil Engineers (President, 1970-71). In 1992, NCSITE recognized the leadership qualities and mentoring attitude that Mr. Cribbins provided the students, and created the Paul D. Cribbins Cup in his honor. This highly coveted Award is given yearly to the outstanding NCSITE student chapter that exhibits excellence in ITE Student Chapter events and activities. Paul was proudly inducted into the Transportation Hall of Fame (Spencer, NC) in 2005. Most recently, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Southern District presented Paul with an Excellence in Transportation Engineering Award in April of 2009 and Paul was so pleased to have this award presented in person by his former students.

Paul Day Cribbins, 82, passed away on February 17, 2010. Paul had lived and worked in Raleigh for more than 50 years and was Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at N.C. State University. Mr. Cribbins and his contributions to our profession were recognized and remembered by NCSITE President Russell Dalton at the 2010 Annual Meeting Luncheon.

2013 Award Winner: University of North Carolina at Charlotte ITE Student Chapter

UNC-CharlotteThe cup is awarded to the outstanding student chapter within the Section. Three universities compete for this prestigious award (NCSU, NCA&T, and UNC-Charlotte). The Cribbins Cup was awarded during the Quiz Bowl to UNC-Charlotte.

Congratulations to UNC-Charlotte for this honor.

Past Award Winners

Scoring Criteria for Cribbins Award (pdf, 36KB)

Student Chapter Annual Reports:


Young Professional Award

Awarded to a Member or Affiliate, under the age of 35 years, who, over their young professional career, has contributed to the advancement of the transportation profession and the North Carolina Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Recipients should exhibit such personal traits as integrity, honesty, professionalism and leadership. Individual professional accomplishments such as transportation innovations, technical research, paper writing, and NCSITE organizational work, including meeting participation and committee work, can be considered.

2013 Award Winner: Stacie Phillips, P.E.

Stacie PhillipsStacie Phillips of Kimley-Horn and Associates was presented the Young Professional Award. She was recognized as a member of the inaugural class of the NCSITE Leadership Program, an instructor for the NCSITE Technical Retreat, and the Annual Meeting Agenda Committee chair for the past two years. She does not hesitate to invest her time in our younger members who are NCSITE's future, and has been very supportive of reaching out to our NCSITE students. The nomination cited, "she doesn't seek the limelight and often works humbly behind the scenes to get things done and move NCSITE forward." Stacie's husband Brian, and two children Ian and Lucy, and Stacie's parents Dan and Sue were present for her recognition.

Congratulations to Stacie Phillips, P.E. of Kimley-Horn and Associated for receiving the NCSITE Young Professional Award for 2013.

Past Award Winners


New Member Award

Awarded to a New Member or Affiliate of our North Carolina Section, who has contributed substantially to the advancement of the Section through any of the following responsibilities, and not limited to: Council involvement, committee involvement, special projects, conference planning, meeting participation, presentations at NCSITE sponsored meetings. A New Member would have less than five years of professional membership with our Section to qualify, and would represent the future leadership of NCSITE. Recipients should exhibit a teamwork approach to their NCSITE responsibilities, excellent leadership and professionalism skills, integrity, a willingness to learn, and an excitement for NCSITE activities and growth potential.

2013 Award Winner: Vivek Hariharan, P.E.

Vivek HariharanVivek Hariharan of STV Incorporated in Washington, DC was recognized with the NCSITE New Member Award.  Vivek has given countless hours of his personal time to NCSITE. He has been the "go to guy" for the Board, the Councils, and our members. Vivek has played a major role in Annual Meeting planning and preparations and took over the Operations Committee Chair position in 2012. He has brought a lot of energy and innovation to the Operations Committee (including NCSITE weekly, E-Involver, enhanced online registrations, significant push on membership drives). He is a joy to work with and is always willing to do whatever it takes to handle any request and with a genuine willingness to serve. And even though he now lives outside of North Carolina, Vivek has agreed to continue serving NCSITE by handling website duties for the Operations Committee.

Congratulations to Vivek Hariharan of STV Incorporated for receiving the NCSITE New Member Award for 2013.


Past Award Winners


Outstanding Project Award

In 2013, the NCSITE Awards Committee was excited to introduce a new recognition - the Outstanding Project Award. The criteria included innovation, significance, and transferability.

2013 Award Winner: I-485 / I-85 "Turbine" Interchange Project Team

John JohnsonThe 2013 Outstanding Project Award was presented to the project team for the I-485 / I-85 "Turbine" Interchange led by STV / Ralph Whitehead Associates. The revised design modified the original 4-level stacked interchange to a 2-level turbine interchange. It not only maximized the flow and capacity of the traffic through the interchange, but also minimized borrow and waste on the job. The project award was presented to John Johnson with STV / Ralph Whitehead Associates in honor of the project lead, Matthew Bell. Other members of the project team are George Hassfurter with The Lane Construction Corporation; Tommy Peacock with Rummel Klepper & Kahl; Phillip Todd with SEPI Engineering; Dan Owens with Telics; Steve Moore with CH Engineering; James Hoskins with ECS Carolinas, LLP; and Tim Arey with Progressive Design Group.

Congratulations to the I-485 / I-85 "Turbine" Interchange Project Team for receiving the NCSITE Outstanding Project Award for 2013.



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