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.

2017 Award Winner: Mike Kennon, P.E.

Mike Kennon is currently the Assistant Director of Transportation Planning and Operations at North Carolina State University. Mike spent the majority of his career with the City of Raleigh, where he was involved in various projects including the City’s Traffic Signal System Upgrade, their Downtown Parking Master Plan, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, the SafeLight Photo Enforcement Program, the RLine Downtown Shuttle Service, and constructing Raleigh’s signature LEED Platinum Transit Maintenance Facility. During his time with NCSITE, Mike served as Secretary, Vice-President, and is a Past President with NCSITE. He was also a 2013 Leadership Fellow with the American Public Works Association.




Congratulations Mike!


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.


2016 – Lori Cove, PE
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.