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Dual Licensee Spotlight

The Board of Licensure would like to shine a spotlight on some of the talented dual licensed professionals who practice in the State of Mississippi.  Licensees featured on this page are selected randomly.

March 2021 Dual Licensee Spotlight: Matthew Warren Miller, P.E., P.S.

Matthew Warren Miller

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a spotlight on dual licensee Matthew Warren Miller.  Matthew is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  He has been licensed in the State of Mississippi since 2007 as a PE and 2011 as a PS.  He currently serves as a Vice President with Benchmark Engineering & Surveying, LLC. 

Learn more about Matthew and why professional licensure is important to him below:

Q1.  Why did you choose engineering and/or surveying?

As a child I always liked building things and working in the construction industry.  As I grew, I saw engineering school as a way to learn more about these areas of life, while providing me the option to enter either into a field of construction or design engineering.  Surveying became much more of an interest of mine as I worked in the construction field and assisted with the technical layout of projects.

Q2.  How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses? 

I have been licensed in Mississippi for 14 years and currently do not hold licenses in any other states.

Q3.  What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)?

Take the time to truly visit with my elders and learn all that I can from them.  Slow down, enjoy life, and don’t be in such of a hurry at times.

Q4.  What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

STEM careers such as these can offer you multiple options for final career choices once you've finished with school, and can be extremely satisfying careers.  While sometimes the process may seem difficult, continue working hard and following your dream.  Always remember, there is no substitution for hard work.

Q5. Tell us about a recent project you worked on that exemplifies why you love being an engineer and / or surveyor. 

While I have worked on many interesting projects over the past several years, some of the most rewarding aspects of my work has been working with municipalities in improving their standards and requirements for construction within their city and/or county limits.  It all seems to come together, all of the hard work and sacrifice over the years, when you are able to combine the knowledge that has been acquired, with the lessons learned to assist a client in developing ways to ensure that future work will continue to improve and become better for the safety, and welfare of the general public.

Q6.  Why is professional licensure important to you? 

Professional licensure is important as a whole as it helps set the standard for what we are held to each and every day.  We have the opportunity as engineers and surveyors to impact many lives, both professionally, morally and ethically, and licensure is one way to protect these invaluable aspects of engineering and surveying.  It truly is one of the highest honors as an engineer and/or surveyor to have the P.E. or P.L.S. behind your name, and licensure helps protect this honor as well.



January 2021 Dual Licensee Spotlight: William Ray Balentine, P.E., P.S.

William Ray Balentine, P.E., P.S.

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a spotlight on dual licensee William Ray Balentine.  Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and currently serves as a Vice President with Michael Baker International in their Ridgeland, MS office. Ray demonstrates a true commitment to professional licensure having been been licensed in the State of Mississippi for more than 30 years.  We are both impressed and humbled by his dedication to not only the engineering and surveying professions but also to ensuring the safety and well being of Mississippians.

Learn more about Ray below:

Q1.  Why did you choose engineering and/or surveying?

My father was a bridge builder and I grew up around the construction industry.  His work generated my interest in engineering and he always encouraged me as I pursued it for a career.

Q2.  How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses? 

I was licensed in Mississippi as a PE in 1982 and as a PLS in 1984.  I am also licensed in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

Q3.  What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)?

Great question.  I think that I would tell my younger self, as I now tell new employees, to find what you are passionate about.  Your career should be about something that you can find joy and fulfillment from doing every day.  I have been blessed to do that in my career, but it would have been nice to know I was on the right track as a young guy!

Q4.  What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

There are great opportunities in both engineering and surveying.  I always stress the importance of pursuing your license in these fields.  It not only enhances our professions, it just generates so much more opportunities as individuals.  Our profession has so many possibilities that you can find a spot that you love and feel like you are contributing something significant.

Q5.  Why is professional licensure important to you? 

For our profession, licensure is critical.  As a profession, engineers and surveyors impact the quality of life for society.  While there are some areas you can work without a license, your opportunities are incredibly greater when you have it.  It not only provides a sense of accomplishment, it just commands a great level of respect from the general public.




December 2020 Dual Licensee Spotlight: Jeffery W. Williams, P.E., P.S.

Jeffery W. Williams, P.E., P.S.

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a light on dual licensee Jeffery W. Williams.  Williams attended both Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi where he received an Associates Degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, respectively,  He owns Williams Engineering Consultants, Inc. located in Oxford, Mississippi.  

More of our conversation with Jeffery is provided below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering or surveying?

"I love building things.  I started work for an Engineering Firm between my sophomore and Junior years of High School.  I knew that's what I wanted to do."

Q2. How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses?

"I received my Professional Engineer license in Mississippi 1995 and Professional Surveyor license in 2001,  I am also licensed as a Professional Engineer in the States of Tennessee (2008) and Alabama (2001).  

Q3. What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)?

"Always maintain confidence in your choices.  Understand that a career is more than making money; it's something you should look forward to doing on a daily basis.

Q4. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

"I have spoken to a lot of young people about career choices.  I always ask what their motives are for choosing one or both of these careers.  I always end with "if you wake up in the morning and dread going to work, you have chosen the wrong path".  Be happy and you will be prosperous; mentally and monetarily."

 Q5. Why is professional licensure important to you?

"Professional Licensure is a privilege that one earns by grinding out the education and experience one much complete.  Being a Licensed Professional sets you apart and gives confidence to those looking for services you may offer.  It is also a since of accomplishment of all of the blood sweat and tears you have endured."



October 2020 Dual Licensee Spotlight: Chris Nail, P.E., P.S.

Chris Nail, P.E., P.S.

The Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors would like to shine a light on dual licensee Chris Nail.  Chris has both a professional engineer and a professional surveyor license.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1996 and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University in 2009.

We are doubly impressed with Chris and are thrilled that he is our first dual licensee recognition.  Read on for more of our conversation with Chris below:

Q1. Why did you choose engineering or surveying?

"I chose civil engineering because I enjoy designing and building various things, and I also enjoy being outside.  The first 20 years of my career was spent in the MDOT Newton Project Office as the CAD & surveying coordinator, a project manager, and a project engineer.  That experience afforded me the opportunity to work in the office and in the field."

Q2. How long have you been licensed in the State of Mississippi and do you also hold other state licenses?

"I received my Professional Engineer license in 2000 followed by my Professional Surveyor license in 2002."

Q3. What advice would you give to your younger self (HS grad, college grad, etc)?

"I could offer a lot of advice to my younger self.  For high school and college education I would advise my younger self to find a good study group.  Study groups are very valuable because everyone has something to offer and everyone has something to gain.  Teaching others helps you to learn more about the subject because you have to know the ins and outs of the topic in order properly explain it.  In addition, I would advise my younger self to dig deeper into the subjects that I’m studying – whether in school or in my professional career – in order to make sure I fully understand the related concepts." 

Q4. What would you say to young people, who might be interested in STEM careers such as engineering or surveying?

"Engineering and surveying are rewarding careers in many ways.  Both careers involve making the world a better place through design and construction.  Many engineering disciplines and most surveying disciplines involve outdoor work, and that is very nice for those that enjoy being outside.  In addition, engineering and surveying fields typically offer very good salaries which is good for your family."

 Q5. Why is professional licensure important to you?

"Professional licensure is important to me because it insures that practitioners meet an expected standard of performance and protects the safety and welfare of the people of the world.  As licensed professionals we’re required to accumulate professional development hours which provide refreshers, introduction to new concepts, and further skill development."