Robert J Dodge Professional Image Award

Recipient must be a Member or Affiliate of NCSITE who possesses demonstrated technical competence and excellent people skills, has a demonstrated record of service to the profession, the organization, and his/her community and, by personal demeanor and example, projects the best image of what a transportation professional should be.

2016 Award Winner: Lori Cove, P.E.

Lori Cove has previously worked with the Federal Highway Administration and the North Carolina Department of Transportation in both Statewide Planning and with the Mobility and Safety Division. She currently serves as the Transportation Director with the Town of Cary. She has been active with the NCSITE Transportation Planning Council and the Traffic Engineering Council over many years. She has participated in many NCSITE Mid-Year and Annual Meetings. Lori has that smile that just lights up a room when she enters; people are drawn to her energy, her zest for life, and her sweetness. She always handles herself in every situation with the utmost professionalism and respectfulness for whoever she is speaking with at the time.




ncsiteam16_coveawardThanks to Russ Overton and Town of Cary for accepting the award on Lori’s behalf.


Robert J. Dodge worked for the North Carolina State Highway Commission during the summers of 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1949 as a temporary employee. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Civil Engineering in May 1951 and was hired as a permanent employee in June 1951. He received one paycheck before being activated as a 2nd Lieutenant in US Army for active military duty during the Korean War. After 14 months in Korea, Mr. Dodge returned to Traffic Engineering to begin a life-time career. He rose through the ranks in Traffic Engineering to the Assistant State Traffic Engineer position within NCDOT.

He satisfied the requirements to become a Professional Engineer and a Registered Land Surveyor. He worked for almost 40 years with the NC DOT, most of which was with the Traffic Engineering and Safety Systems Branch.

He was active in the Southern Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. In 1985, he was awarded the Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service Award. In 1992, Mr. Dodge was awarded the very first Robert J. Dodge Professional Image Award by the North Carolina Section ITE. Mr. Robert J. Dodge passed away on March 29, 2007 at the age of 78. He was active in his White Memorial Presbyterian Church for almost 60 years serving as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and advisor. His family mourns for him and the Christian southern gentleman that he was.


2015 – Paul Koch, P.E., AICP
2014 – Christa Greene, P.E.
2013 – Jim Westmoreland, P.E.
2012 – Robert S. Foyle, P.E.
2011 – Mark McDonald, P.E.
2010 – Harvey “Bo” Winstead, P.E.
2009 – Joseph Hummer, Ph.D., P.E.
2008 – Todd Brooks, P.E.
2007 – Larry Meisner, P.E.
2006 – Calvin Leggett, P.E.
2005 – Keith Lewis, P.E.
2004 – Benton G. Payne, P.E.
2003 – Al Williford, P.E.
2002 – Terry Snow, P.E.
2001 – Jim Zimmerman, P.E.
2000 – Ed Vick, P.E.
1999 – Richard Atkins, P.E.
1998 – Robert N. Pressley, Jr., P.E.
1997 – Phil Wylie, P.E.
1996 – Brent McKinney, P.E.
1995 – Don Blackburn, P.E. D.
1994 – Paul Cribbins, Ph.D., P.E.
1993 – Larry Goode, Ph.D., P.E.
1992 – Robert J. Dodge, P.E.