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Dennis and Sharon Smith

Mr. Dennis D. Smith and Mrs. Sharon H. Smith were both born and raised in Barren County and graduated from Park City High School. They attended Western Kentucky University, married while in college, and participated in the WKU Work-Study Program. Dennis graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Sharon also graduated in 1973, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and then earned her Master’s degree from WKU in 1976.

Upon graduation from WKU, Dennis and Sharon stayed in Bowling Green. They raised their two sons, Jason and Justin, here and have owned and operated DDS Engineering, PLLC since 1973. Dennis is the President and CEO of DDS Engineering, PLLC, the oldest and largest engineering firm in Bowling Green. Sharon is also instrumental in their firm, serving as the CFO and Office Manager of DDS Engineering.

Dennis has been elected to two terms as president of the Colonial States Board of Survey or Registration, which serves 21 states and provides direction and assistance in regulating the practice of Land Surveying with States Licensure Boards. He has also served two, governor-appointed terms on the Kentucky State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Dennis was the Chairman of the Board of Licensure in 2007. On the National level, he served as a Board Member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) from 2004 until 2011. In 2013 Dennis was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Summit Award from the Alumni Association.

Dennis and Sharon are strong, prolific members of the community and are active members of the Cherry Society, Cupola Society, and President’s Circle. The Smiths are avid supporters of WKU and show their Hilltopper pride not just in their memberships, but also in the establishment of the Dennis and Sharon Smith Endowed Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund in October of 2013. Through this fund, the Smiths keep their Hilltopper legacy alive and help deserving juniors and seniors from the BRADD region who are majoring in civil engineering.