Deadline: March 31

The Professional Engineers in Government is administering the annual PEGASUS Award program. The Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States Award recognizes the engineer who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering. The PEGASUS award will honor a registered professional engineer employed by a state, regional, county, special district, or municipal government.

Past Recipients: See the complete list of recipients.

2019 PEGASUS Award
Mark Van Hala, P.E.

Van Hala, P.E.After retiring with 36 six years of public service, Mark Van Hala serves as a Professional Engineer at Dave Schmitt Engineering, Inc. His work in the public sector includes Sumter County Engineer, Public Works Director for both the Cities of Fort Walton Beach and Saint Cloud, Assistant Public Works Director of the City of Yuma and an Orange County Professional Engineer.

Lieutenant Commander Van Hala is also Patriot; he retired from the United States Naval Reserve and also served in the Civil Engineer Corps. On Veterans’ Day and Order of the Engineer Ceremonies, he wears his service uniform to remember and honor our Patriots.

Van Hala supports the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day® initiative. This program’s goal is to have “Zero Deaths” on our roadways. He is also active in FDOT’s Community Traffic Safety Teams, Orange County Safe Kids, Fire Rescue, Best Foot Forward, Children Safety Village, State Safety Office, Always Wear Your Seatbelt Foundation, Child Rescue Network, Every Child A Swimmer, Saving Young Hearts, CPR AED and Stop the Bleed.

Van Hala excites, encourages, and engages our youth through science, technology, arts, reading, engineering, and math outreach through his work with the Central Florida STREAMers. The Central Florida STREAMers help to provide important programs including Florida Construction Career Days, ACE Mentor Program, Engineering Encounters, Flying Stars Model Aviation, Project CREATE, FIRST Robotics, MATHCOUNTS, Odyssey of the Mind, Recycling Challenge, Science Olympiad, SECME Regional Competition, STEM in Your Classroom and Gracious Professionalism.