Celebrate Awesome

Celebrate Awesome

Jessica Baker, P.E., CFM, PMP
Jessica Baker, P.E., CFM, PMPJessica Baker, P.E., CFM, PMP, is the water resources department manager for Halff Associates, Inc., in Richardson, Texas. She has led numerous hydrologic and hydraulic studies, enjoys serving in program management roles, and currently serves as the City of Dallas Floodplain Management Program Manager. Jessica managed the FloodFUND project for the Texas Water Development Board where her team researched and summarized flood mitigation project needs throughout Texas, and was awarded the American Council of Engineering Companies Gold Medal for Engineering Excellence in 2012. She is also active in the Texas Floodplain Management Association where she is vice president, and the National Board of the Association of State Floodplain Managers where she is the region IV director. Jessica teaches floodplain management courses throughout Texas and is passionate about educating community officials, media, and the public to ensure communities are resilient and minimize the loss of life and property due to flooding.

Also active in professional societies and outreach activities, Jessica is currently serving as the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Dallas Chapter president and coordinates the annual National Engineers Week event that has funded over $50,000 in scholarships for engineering students. She also served two years as the chapter chair of MATHCOUNTS.
 
Jessica holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Semi-Finalists

Adam Butts, E.I.
Adam Butts, E.I.Adam Butts, E.I., an associate engineer with 4B Engineering and Consulting, LLC, in the last two years has been involved in the design and/or project management for the construction or remodel of six different water pumping stations, the construction of two new water reservoirs, and a large number of other projects including design, testing, and construction management for pipelines, water wells, water treatment facilities, telemetry design and upgrades, and energy use audits. For these projects, his efforts have included aspects of electrical, mechanical, structural, and/or environmental designs. His innovative solutions to engineering situations, even common ones, create cost and energy savings to the client. Beyond design and construction management, Adam has also been actively involved in the creation and preparation of planning documents for cities and water districts, including water master plans, water rights, water conservation plans, and facility plans. He is a member of the NSPE Professional Engineers in Private Practice young Engineers Advisory Council and has assisted with his state engineering society's Web site remodel. Outside of work, Adam is actively involved in his local community and serves on a visioning advisory committee helping shape the future direction of his home city.

Adam holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and philosophy from Northwest Nazarene University, and a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from Oregon State University.

 


Brett Runge, P.E.
Brett Runge, P.E.Brett Runge, P.E., a project engineer II for HR Green, Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, directs staff, communicates with the client, contractor, and suppliers to ensure the project moves ahead on schedule and budget. He manages, designs, and delegates to complete projects and has built trusting relationships with clients by addressing their concerns. Brett was the lead process designer and construction manager for the Sioux Falls Filter Expansion and Backwash basin, and was also the lead on the design team and construction efforts for the Sioux Falls Effluent Filter Media & Equipment Replacement which was a wastewater treatment project harnessing an innovative design using large diameter filter media and unconventional filter backwashing techniques to conserve water, improve efficiency, and lower operating costs. Brett has provided design services for many other projects and still manages to reserve time for society activities such as South Dakota Engineering Society E-Week, MATHCOUNTS, and scholarship committee. He was recently awarded the South Dakota Engineering Society's 2011 Young Engineer of the Year.

Brett holds a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering, and a master's degree in environmental engineering, both from South Dakota State University.

 


Amanda Smith, E.I.T.
Amanda Smith, E.I.T.Amanda Smith is an engineering intern with Gresham, Smith and Partners in Tampa, Florida, where her focus is in sustainable wastewater and water process design including water distribution, water reuse, and utility master planning. Because of her leadership skills, Amanda's assistance is often sought in division wide planning sessions, project management, and marketing. Her efforts were recently rewarded with the firm's "2011 Commitment to Excellence Award." While in college, she began her involvement with the Florida Engineering Society and Habitat for Humanity organizations, in fact forming and leading Pinellas County's Habitat Young Leaders and Professionals group upon graduation. She serves as the FES Student Professional Committee chair for both the Tampa chapter and the state organization, where she works with students and professionals in expanding opportunities for student mentoring, networking, and professional development in informal and social settings that encourage personal and professional growth in engineering. Because of her successful efforts, the president of NSPE requested her assistance with the membership retention task force, of which she is the youngest member.

Amanda holds a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Florida State University.

 

Paul St. Aubyn, P.E.
Paul St. Aubyn, P.E.Paul St. Aubyn, P.E., an engineer II for AECOM in Chicago, Illinois, has been involved in the designing, planning, and building of water treatment plants and potable water distribution systems for over four years. His expertise involves modeling hydraulic distribution systems, then finding deficiencies and proposing solutions to clients. He recently provided engineering services to determine the feasibility of providing potable water to two communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago totaling over 30,000 people. He is also highly involved in project management, aids in marketing proposals, and maintains client relationships. Paul is currently volunteering to help design and engineer a new parking lot and drainage system for a non-profit school located in one of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods. He is also very involved in his local church and their "Intersection Café" where church members share a meal together with guests from the local neighborhood, many of whom stay at a local homeless shelter.

Paul holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts engineering from Wheaton College, and a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinoi Urbana-Champaign.