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* News Release *
 
Friday, June 24, 2005
For Immediate Release

BCEO ENGINEERS RECEIVE P.E. LICENSE
Staff News

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens announces that two members of the BCEO Engineering Department have received their Professional Engineer's (P.E.) license. This makes a total of seven registered Professional Engineers currently on staff at the BCEO, the most ever employed at one time. "The enthusiasm and dedication of these individuals speaks to the level of professionalism we have in our Office," Wilkens said. "We're very proud of our people."

Those receiving their PEs are:

Teresa K. Barnes -- As a Design Engineer for the Butler County Engineer’s Office, Ms. Barnes reviews all commercial construction design plans, reviews and performs investigations for the Butler County Storm Water District, and handles design of various small projects.

Before joining the Butler County Engineer’s Office in April 2004, Ms. Barnes was employed as a design engineer by Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas. Other prior experience includes working for companies such as Pitometer Associates, H.C. Nutting, Inc., and Tectonic Engineering. She received a Bachelors of Science in Hydrogeology from the University of Minnesota - Duluth in 1994 and a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2000.

Ms. Barnes resides with her daughter in Fairfield.

Steven L. Miles -- Moves from the position of Engineering Technician to Design Engineer. Miles is responsible for review of various aspects of roadway projects in preparation for bid proposals and construction. He is also responsible for in-house design of intersection and roadway improvement projects.

A member of the BCEO engineering team since 1997, Miles previously worked for Balke Engineering in Cincinnati and for the Kentucky Bureau of Highways in Louisville. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology.

Mr. Miles resides in Hamilton with his wife and one son.

What Is A Professional Engineer

The National Society of Professional Engineers offers this definition of a P.E.:

"Like doctors who have passed the medical boards or lawyers who have passed the bar exam, professional engineers (PEs) have fulfilled the education and experience requirements and passed the rigorous exams that, under state licensure laws, permit them to offer engineering services directly to the public. PEs take legal responsibility for their engineering designs and are bound by a code of ethics to protect the public health and safety.

"Engineering licensure laws vary from state to state, but, in general, to become a PE an individual must be a graduate of an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, gain four years of experience working under a PE, and pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

"A state engineering licensure board regulates the licensed practice of engineering within a state."

New Design Engineer Joins BCEO Staff

The Butler County Engineer's Office has added David B. Quimby to its roster of design engineers. The Fairfield native has worked at the BCEO as an Engineering Intern while attending the University of Cincinnati where he recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

"Dave is an outstanding young engineer who will compliment our staff nicely," said Wilkens. "He brings a strong work ethic and will step up to any challenge."

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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