Dr. David W. Johnston, P.E., Edward I. Weisiger Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Construction Engineering, was awarded the Distinguished Examination Service Award by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying at the 2019 annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Johnston spearheaded the development of the PE Civil exam’s construction engineering module, which was introduced in 2008. He was among the first to recognize the growth of construction engineering as a distinct body of practice within civil engineering and identify the need for a separate construction engineering exam module. To date, over 33,000 exam takers nationally have elected that module.
Johnston was the first chair of the PE Civil exam’s construction engineering subcommittee, a role he served in until 2018. He has participated in more than 50 exam development meetings to write and review questions and has taken part in numerous studies to update exam specifications, establish cut scores, and review exam item performance. He led the development of the subject-matter framework for the construction engineering module and recruited the module’s volunteer framework. Since completing his term as chair, Johnston has continued as an active member of the construction engineering subcommittee, mentoring other volunteers and providing continuity.
You can read more about Johnston here.