Dennis D. Smith, P.E., P.L.S., F.ASCE, president and CEO of DDS ENGINEERING, PLLC in Bowling Green, KY, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
He has been a member of ASCE since 1980 and was recognized in 2010 as the Outstanding Engineer in Private Practice by the Kentucky Section. He was recently named a Lifetime Member of ASCE.
In 2004 and 2008, Smith was appointed to the Kentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, serving as chairman in 2007. He also was appointed to chair the Special Task Force for the Review and Development of Revised Professional Standards for Land Surveyors. In addition, for eight years he represented Kentucky on the board of the Colonial States Boards of Surveyor Registration, serving three of those years as board president.
At the national level, Smith represented Kentucky on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, serving on various committees. Perhaps most influential was his time on the Examinations for Professional Surveyors Committee, which was responsible for the development of surveying exams for professional surveyor licensure.
He was awarded the NCEES Southern Zone Distinguished Service Award for his many years of varying and influential service to the NCEES Southern Zone. He was also recognized by the Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete Association for his expertise in designing innovative uses of ready-mixed concrete for stormwater management and stormwater treatment throughout the Commonwealth.
Smith has been an active member of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers since 1978, holding various chapter offices, including president for two consecutive terms. He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Corvette Museum, and as a member of both the NCM Building Committee for the 2010 museum expansion and of the Planning and Development Committee for the NCM Motorsports Park Complex. Smith’s firm was selected to lead the surveying, civil, and geotechnical engineering services for both of these projects.
In 1975 he was asked to serve in an advisory capacity to the Western Kentucky University Civil Engineering Department, and assisted the Engineering Department head with review of the civil engineering education program at WKU. In 2002, Smith was elected as chairman of the newly formed Civil Engineering Advisory Board (he currently still serves), and years later, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education approved the WKU engineering programs as standalone programs.
In recognition of his many years of work with the WKU CEAB and the WKU engineering program in general, Smith was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2005 and again in 2013.
He is a south-central Kentucky native and a 1973 graduate of Western Kentucky University.