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NSPE President's 49th Consecutive Year to visit KC


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Dan J. Wittliff, P.E., DEE, Fellow NSPE

National Society of Professional Engineers

President 2012-2013



Presentation Topic

“Race for Relevance”


Dan J. Wittliff, P.E., DEE, F.NSPE, from Austin, Texas is the 2012-13 president of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).



An NSPE member since 1972, Mr. Wittliff has held many and varied volunteer leadership positions with the Society including member of the Board of Directors and House of Delegates.  He has chaired the NSPE Membership Committee and served on the Society’s Budget Committee, Homeland Security Task Force and Candidate Screening Committee, to name but a few.  Most recently, he helped found and chaired the Software Engineering Licensure Consortium.  He currently represents NSPE on the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.  Mr. Wittliff was named an NSPE Fellow in 2004.


A longtime member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, he has also served in numerous state and chapter volunteer leadership roles including president of the Abilene Chapter and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers where he was honored as Engineer of the Year in 1998 and Distinguished Engineer of the Texas Engineering Foundation in 2001.  In 2010, he was the recipient of the NSPE Presidential Award. 


Mr. Wittliff is managing director of Environmental Services for GDS Associates in Austin, keeping complex and multiphase projects on schedule and within budget. Prior to joining GDS Associates, he was principal of Dan Wittliff Consulting and vice president and chief operating officer of HydroProcessing. He has also served as the first chief engineer for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and as manager of environmental services with West Texas Utilities.


In 2002 Mr. Wittliff retired from the United States Air Force Reserve at the rank of colonel.  His active duty career included a stint as the commander of a communications detachment on a mountaintop in Central Turkey.  His military awards and distinctions include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Outstanding Graduate of Air War College, and the Air Force Communications-Electronics Professionalism Award.


Licensed as a professional engineer in Texas and Tennessee, Mr. Wittliff is a 1972 graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and membership in Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honorary.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma where he was elected to membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary.  He is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and served as treasurer for the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering.  Mr. Wittliff also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at SMU.


President Wittliff’s emphasis for the year will be implementing objectives and goals set forward with the NSPE House of Delegates and charged by the NSPE Board of Directors.  His focus will be implementation of the outcomes from the “Race for Relevance-5 Radical Changes for Associations” surveys.  Information/background/survey results on Race for Relevance is posted to the NSPE web site at: click on Race for Relevance.


President's Message

Volunteer Today - There Are Many Opportunities in Kansas City

Authors: Jim Guthrie, Clint Mason, Derek Vap

Many P.E.s, graduate engineers, EITs, associates, and friends in the Kansas City metro area volunteer their time and expertise in supporting community activities which are aimed at providing needed services for many; but also to provide positive experiences for boys and girls through many different “STEM” (science; technology; engineering; & mathematics) focused programs.

Participation in the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter (MSPE-WC) programs allows many engineers and their friends to provide civic service to their community and allows them a chance to offer that spark that possibly helps a youngster decide to pursue a career in a STEM field.

What helped you decide to go to college; or pursue a particular discipline in engineering?  Was it your parents; or a school teacher; or a relative who provided a good example; or maybe it was the engineer who volunteered at your high school to help your physics teacher build a robot for your team?  Most engineers were encouraged or inspired to consider engineering by someone who took the time to share their time and passion for engineering with them.

Participation in MSPE is an excellent way to give back to the engineering community through volunteering.  The goal of MSPE-WC is to promote the ethical and competent practice of engineering.  Our chapter accomplishes this by creating a network of engineering professionals and leaders in the Kansas City area and by promoting engineering as a career to middle and high school students.  Participation in MSPE-WC can take on many forms.  The first step is to attend local monthly meetings.  MSPE-WC is always looking for volunteers to lead committees or to assist in putting on our special events.  MSPE-WC has several programs and annual community outreach efforts in which one can become involved.

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