Federal Engineer of the Year

The Federal Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by the Professional Engineers in Government, honors engineers employed by a federal agency that employs at least 50 engineers worldwide.

2016 Federal Engineer of the Year Award
2016 FEYA Ceremony
February 26, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
13th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20045

Estevan López, P.E., Commissioner, US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, to Deliver Keynote at 2016 FEYA Ceremony

Estevan López ESTEVAN LÓPEZ, P.E.

Estevan López, P.E., has 25 years of experience in the public sector, including being appointed by Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, as the director of the Interstate Stream Commission in January 2003. He was reappointed to that position by Governor Susana Martinez in 2011. As director of the ISC, López oversaw water management within New Mexico and negotiations with other states over interstate water matters. He represented New Mexico as the governor’s representative on Colorado River Compact matters and as commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Compact and Canadian River Compact Commissions. While at the ISC, he also served as the deputy state engineer for New Mexico. Previous public sector positions included serving as county manager and Land Use and Utility Department director for Santa Fe County, and public utility engineer for the New Mexico Public Utilities Commission. López also worked for several years in the private sector as an engineer for ARCO Alaska Inc.

A native New Mexican, he earned two bachelor of science degrees from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology: one in chemistry and one in petroleum engineering. López is a licensed professional engineer in New Mexico.

López and his wife, Susana, live in Peñasco, New Mexico. They have two grown children, Victoria and Juan, who attend college in New Mexico.

The Bureau of Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency and the largest wholesale provider of water in the country. It brings water to more than 31 million people, and provides one out of five western farmers with irrigation water for farmland that produces much of the nation’s produce. The bureau is also the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States, with 58 power plants.

Highlights from the 2015 Federal Engineer of the Year Award Ceremony

2015 Federal Engineer of the Year Announced

Lt. Col. Patrick Miller, P.E.LT. COL. PATRICK MILLER, P.E.

Congratulations to the 2015 FEYA winner, Lt. Col. Patrick Miller, P.E., with the U.S. Air Force, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron, has been honored as the nation's top federal engineer.

Valued by the Air Force and joint communities for his engineering leadership, Miller guided a $442 million military construction program for the Pentagon in fiscal year 2013. His project strategies as executive officer ensured critical advocacy of Air Force priorities while balancing new mission and combatant command requirements. At the operational level, he commanded his 505-person squadron throughout a $3.2 billion physical plant project, which included nearly 2,000 facilities, four runways, five piers, two wharfs, and 34 miles of rail across 24,000 acres.

At the tactical level, Miller has been deployed in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay. While in Afghanistan, he accomplished more than 150 outside-the-wire missions to head up a $161 million construction program, essential to organizing, training, and equipping the 475,000-person Afghan National Security Force. He also led construction of a $20 million military compound and built from the ground up a $99 million pilot training campus for 1,200 Afghan Air Force pilots. Read the press release.

Standing (left to right): NSPE President Harve D. Hnatiuk, P.E., F.NSPE; Lt. Col. Patrick Miller, P.E., U.S. Air Force; Executive Director Mark J. Golden, FASAE, CAE; and NSPE Board Member David Scott Wolf, P.E., PLS, F.NSPE.


The Federal Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by the Professional Engineers in Government, honors engineers employed by a federal agency that employs at least 50 engineers worldwide.

Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering

2015 FEYA Ceremony
Was held on: February 26, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
13th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20045

Federal Engineer of the Year Top 10 finalists
Read a press release | See a complete list of agency winners

  • Timothy Bayse, P.E.
    Timothy Bayse, P.E.

    U.S. Department of the Navy
    Naval Facilities Engineering Command

  •  CDR David Allen Engelstad, P.E.
    CDR David Allen Engelstad, P.E.

    U.S. Department of the Interior
    National Park Service, Yosemite National Park

  • Khamis Haramy, E.I.T.
    Khamis Haramy, E.I.T.

    Federal Highway Administration
    Central Federal Lands Highway Division

  • LCDR Ryszard “Rich” Kaczmarek USN, CEC, P.E.
    LCDR Ryszard “Rich” Kaczmarek USN, P.E.

    U.S. Department of the Navy
    Navy Sea Systems Command

  • David Mazurek, Ph.D., P.E.
    David Mazurek, Ph.D., P.E.

    Department of Homeland Security
    U.S. Coast Guard Academy

  • Lt. Col. Patrick Miller, P.E.
    Lt. Col. Patrick Miller, P.E.

    U.S. Air Force
    628th Civil Engineer Squadron

  • George Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E.
    George Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E.

    National Aeronautics & Space Administration
    Glenn Research Center

  • Eric Warner, P.E.
    Eric Warner, P.E., CEM, CFM

    U.S. Air Force
    374th Airlift Wing

  • Kathleen White, Ph.D., P.E.
    Kathleen White, Ph.D., P.E.

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Institute for Water Resources

  • Cyril Williams, Ph.D., P.E.
    Cyril Williams, Ph.D., P.E.

    U.S. Department of the Army
    U.S. Army Research Laboratory

Victor Mendez to Deliver Keynote at 2015 FEYA Ceremony

Victor Mendez MENDEZ

Victor Mendez has served as the 20th United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation since July 30, 2014.

As Deputy Secretary, Mendez is the Department of Transportation’s chief operating officer, responsible for day-to-day operations of the 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 USDOT employees nationwide and overseas.  Mendez is focused on ensuring the safety and efficiency of America’s transportation system, which plays a key role in economic development.

Before becoming Deputy Secretary, Mendez was the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration since July 2009, where he oversaw the agency’s 2,900 employees in Washington and field offices across the country.  During his time at FHWA, he parlayed his lifelong interest in innovation and technology into launching the Every Day Counts initiative, which gives states a range of tools and technologies to streamline construction projects and make them more cost effective.

Before joining DOT, Mendez served as Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.  He has more than 20 years of State DOT experience.

Mendez earned a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned an MBA from Arizona State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Arizona.

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