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.

Thomas A. Bach, P.E.

Thomas A. Bach, P.E., FPENCMr. Bach received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1983 and began his engineering career with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in Charlotte as an Assistant Resident Engineer. Over his nearly 34 year career, Mr. Bach has mainly worked in the public sector as a water and wastewater planning/design/construction project engineer, and received his Professional Engineering license in January of 1990 in the State of North Carolina (License No. 016243); his is also registered in South Carolina (License No. 020123).

At his current position with the City of Concord as the Engineering Manager in the Water Resources Department, Mr. Bach has the following primary duties and responsibilities: 1. Develop the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for water, wastewater, and stormwater projects; 2. Coordinate the planning/design/construction of water, wastewater, and stormwater projects with the City’s Engineering Department staff and engineering consulting firm personnel; 3. Assist operations and maintenance personnel within the water, wastewater and stormwater sections of the department with both in-house and engineering consulting firm projects; 4. Oversee the City’s Backflow Prevention Program, the Fats, Oils and Greases (FOG) Program, the Stormwater Control Measure (SCM) Program, and the Geographic Information System (GIS) Program in regards to water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure; 5. Coordinate with the City’s Water Resources Management Team in developing the department’s fiscal year budget and reviewing related City ordinances, policies, and procedures.

Mr. Bach’s professional society involvement with both the Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC) and the North Carolina American Water Works Association – Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA) has been at the local and state levels, and can be summarized as follows: 1. PENC Executive Committee – Treasurer (2016-Present), Secretary (2014-2016), Director at Large (2013-2014); 2. PENC Annual Conference Committee Chair – 2015-2016; 3. PENC Community Outreach Committee Chair – 2009-2010; 4. PENC Membership Steering Committee Chair – 2003-2004; 2007-2009; 5. PENC South Piedmont Chapter – Director (2007-2013), Past President (2006-2007), President (2005-2006), President Elect (2004-2005), Secretary (2003-2004); 6. NC AWWA-WEA Awards Committee Chair – 2016-Present; 7. NC AWWA-WEA Communication Committee Chair – 2011-2013; 8. Communication Committee Member – 2009-Present. At the national level, Mr. Bach was involved with the Technology Student Association (TSA) as a TEAMS Advisory Council Member and Competition Proctor from 2012 to present, and was also a National Board of Directors Member with the Junior Engineering Technology Society (JETS) from 2010 to 2011.

In regards to past professional society awards and honors, Mr. Bach has received the following: 1. 2015 PENC Fellows Inductee; 2. 2014 NC AWWA-WEA 5-S Honorary Inductee; 3. 2010 PENC President’s Award; 4. 2010 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Metrolina Chapter Distinguished Engineering Service Award; 5. 2008 PENC Outstanding Steering Committee Chair.