August 14, 2013
On July 20, Robert Green was installed as president of the National Society of Professional Engineers during its annual conference in Washington, D.C. Elected to the position by his fellow society members, he has served as vice president for the past year in preparation for his new role.
He is the second NSPE president from Mississippi. The late Harry Simrall, a former BCoE dean, held the position from 1970-71.
Green has been an active member in NPSE for more than 25 years. He became a member as an undergraduate at Mississippi State University.
“I’ve gained a lot of leadership skills from NPSE,” Green said. “I’ve learned about dealing with large organizations and the importance of interpersonal skills.”
In his current role with the Bagley College, Green helps undergraduate students find the right major. He also teaches several classes, serves as faculty adviser for the college’s Engineering Student Council and chairs the university’s Leadership Studies Minor committee.
Green holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MSU. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in public policy and administration. He also earned a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
NPSE originated in 1934 in New York City. There are more than 35,000 members in the organization, each among the country’s top licensed engineers. Both professional engineers and engineering students are allowed membership into NPSE.
There is not currently an NPSE student chapter at MSU, but Green as well as other professional members in the college hope to start one soon.
“Getting students involved with NPSE will help them network. It is a great way to meet other engineers, get mentors and get jobs,” Green said.
To learn more about NPSE visit www.nspe.org.
By: Emily McConnell