James Robert Galarneau, P.E., has been awarded the prestigious Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States (PEGASUS) Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
The PEGASUS Award, also known as the Government Engineer of the Year Award, recognizes a professional engineer employed by a state, regional, county, special district, or municipal government who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering. The winner is selected from nominations received through NSPE's state societies and is judged by a panel established through NSPE's Professional Engineers in Government. Nominees are judged on civic and humanitarian activities, formal and continuing education, engineering achievements, professional and technical society activities, and licensure or professional registration.
Galarneau has been a practicing engineer for over 30 years, with more than 20 of those being spent with the State University of New York Construction Fund, which provides academic buildings, dormitories, and other facilities for state-operated institutions and colleges. Recently, the fund has expanded its statutory role to provide academic incubator facilities, pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing facilities, and university related economic development facilities. Galarneau's positions with the fund have ranged from associate project coordinator to his current role as regional director of construction. In this position, he manages the construction activities at four campuses in the state university system, with construction projects valued at over $69 million. He also has extensive experience with dispute resolution and is a certified partnering facilitator.
Galarneau holds a bachelor's degree in science and engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., and an M.B.A. from the New York State University in Albany. He is a member of NSPE, the American Arbitrators of America, and the New York State Society of Professional Engineers' Capital District Chapter where he served as president in both 1994 and 2004. He has been routinely recognized by his peers for his achievements in engineering, including being named the "Government Engineer of the Year" by the Capital District Chapter of NYSSPE in 2005 and the "Government Engineer of the Year" by NYSSPE in 2006.
In addition to his engineering work and involvement, Galarneau also devotes his time to many other civic and humanitarian activities. He is a tutor with the 15-Love Griffin Elementary School Tutor Reading Program, designed to assist inner-city children in strengthening their reading skills, and has been active with such organizations and programs as Boy Scouts and Odyssey of the Mind. In addition, he currently serves as the Facilities Team Leader for building maintenance and capital improvements for the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of engineering professionals from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 50,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.