MSU Research Veteran New President of National Society



STARKVILLE, Miss.–A Mississippi State veteran research engineer and undergraduate coordinator for the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering is the new president of the National Society of Professional Engineers.


Robert Green, who has been active in the NSPE for more than 25 years, was inducted as the 2013-14 president during the July national conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Green became a Fellow of the society in 2007.


Established in 1934, the NSPE is the only national organization committedto addressing the professional concerns of licensed professional engineers across all disciplines. Today, the organization includes approximately 35,000 professional engineers and members on the path to licensure.


According to the NSPE website, members “have risen to the top of their fields through intense training, licensing, continuing education, and leadership. They stand by a Code of Ethics to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity and hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.” For more, visit

Green is the second professional engineer from Mississippi State University to serve as the organization’s president. In 1970-71, Harry C. Simrall, the university’s dean of engineering, also served as the national leader.


Green earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, both from Mississippi State. He also has a master’s in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is working toward completion of a doctoral degree in public policy and administration at MSU.


The registered professional engineer previously was the chief test engineer and manager of the field operations team with MSU’s Diagnostic Instrumentation and Analysis Laboratory. His areas of expertise while at DIAL were gas analysis, stack sampling and other EPA test methods, infrared pyrometry, the design of intrusive probes for measuring specific parameters in harsh, high temperature, particle-laden environments, and the design of experiments.



Green also serves as a Navy Reserve Officer and recently was promoted to the rank of Captain (O-6). He is a Naval Engineering Duty Officer with expertise in the area of design and acquisition of ships and ships’ systems and combat systems.



He is currently the commanding officer of SurgeMain Region Gulf which  includes seven units that support maintenance activities at the nation’s four public shipyards. Prior assignments have been with the Norfolk Naval Ship Yard, Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, Naval Sea Systems Command, and as commanding officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Detachment 609, the Amphibious Ready Group Intermediate Maintenance Activity Detachment 0948, USS Emory S Land (AS-39) Detachment 407, NAVSEA St. Louis, Mo., and NAVSEA Houston, Texas. He also has served as a qualified facilitator for Reserve Officer Leadership Training and was a science fair judge for the Office of Naval Research.



Green’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.



A past president of the Mississippi Engineering Society, Green also is involved in his local community, where he is a member of the advisory board of the Starkville Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Military Affairs Committee. He is an elder within the Presbyterian Church PC (USA), and holds various other positions in volunteer and professional organizations.


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