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.

2020 Federal Engineer of the Year Award Application

Download 2020 FEYA Application, with complete instructions. Application deadline is October 31, 2019.

Federal Engineer of the Year Award Ceremony

February 14, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
13th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20045

Keynote Speaker

Majella Doneza Stevenson

Majella Doneza StevensonMajella Doneza Stevenson is the Director, Facilities Management Division at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii with responsibility for providing all facilities support to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 50 homeported fleet units and 20 submarines. Prior to joining NAVFAC HI, Mrs. Stevenson completed a career in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Commissioned as an Ensign in 1990, she served as a line officer at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, Dam Neck, VA, Commander Atlantic Fleet Headquarters, Norfolk, VA, and NCTAMS Pacific, HI. She transferred to the Civil Engineer Corps in 1995 where she served in a variety of tours including Activity Civil Engineer, Job Order/Multi-Trade Contracts Branch Manager, Construction Management Engineer, Military Construction Team Leader; Public Works Officer Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, WA and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

Mrs. Stevenson served staff tours in Washington, DC as Director of Facilities Management for Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in 2003 and then as an Analyst for the Navy Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Office in Washington, DC until 2005. In 2009, she completed an 8 month deployment with Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT) in the Middle East working base establishment and military construction issues. She retired from active duty in 2010.

Mrs. Stevenson received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1990, M.E. in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1992, and M.S. in Management from Troy University in 1993. She is a graduate of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Executive Education Program in 2009 with a master’s in public administration.  

Mrs. Stevenson is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Hawaii. She is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community with DAWIA Level 3 certifications in Construction Contracting and Facilities Engineering.


Highlights from 2019 Federal Engineer of the Year

2019 Federal Engineer of the Year Award Winner

  • NPSE 2018–19 PRESIDENT MICHAEL AITKEN, P.E., F.NSPE; MAJ JUSTIN DELORIT, PH.D., P.E., US DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
    (LEFT) NPSE 2018–19 PRESIDENT MICHAEL AITKEN, P.E., F.NSPE (RIGHT) MAJ JUSTIN DELORIT, PH.D., P.E., US DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

  • 2019 FEDERAL ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER MAJ JUSTIN DELORIT, PH.D., P.E.
    MAJ JUSTIN DELORIT, PH.D., P.E., US DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE 8th CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON

The Federal Engineer of the Year Award honors engineers employed by a federal agency that employs at least 50 engineers worldwide.

Federal Engineer of the Year Award Ceremony

Held on February 22, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
13th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20045
Read the press release.

Keynote Speaker

Rear Admiral Edward M. Dieser, P.E.

Rear Admiral Edward M. Dieser, P.E.ZRADM Edward M. Dieser became the 14th Chief Engineer Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) on January 1, 2018.

He began his Commissioned Corps career in 2005 as a Lieutenant Commander with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the Emergency Preparedness and Response Office. His next assignment with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) included service as CDC’s Environmental Manager, Environmental Protection and Radiation Safety Team Lead, and Environmental Management System Developer. His most recent role was the Deputy Associate Director for Emergency Management, National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Prior to joining the Commissioned Corps, RADM Dieser’s career included seven years as a consultant and eight years as a Medical Service Corps Officer with the U.S. Army rising to the rank of Captain. RADM Dieser continued his service in the U.S. Army Reserve until 2003 as a Major.

RADM Dieser’s career includes a ship-board humanitarian deployment to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Marshall Islands, multiple deployments to Saudi Arabia and Bosnia, consulting in Kuwait and Korea, health response operations in Liberia, as well as various disaster response missions across the U.S. RADM Dieser received many PHS and Army awards for his outstanding service including the Meritorious Service Medal, Ebola Campaign Medal, and Presidential Unit Citation. He is also the recipient of the 2012 RADM Jerrold Michael and the 2010 Engineer Responder of the Year Awards.

RADM Dieser is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering and the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

2019 NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year Agency Winners

* Top Ten Finalists
  • LCDR Deborah Cox, P.E.
    LCDR Deborah Cox, P.E. *

    U.S. Public Health Service
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Delorit
    MAJ Justin Delorit, Ph.D., P.E. *

    U.S. Department of the Air Force
    8th Civil Engineer Squadron

  • Gooden
    CAPT Dustin Gooden, P.E. *

    U.S. Department of the Air Force
    Air Mobility Command

  • Harvey
    CAPT David Harvey, P.E. *

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Indian Health Service

  • Kito
    Melanie Kito, P.E. *

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

  • Krushiniski
    LT Kristen Krushinski, P.E. *

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

  • Landreth
    James Landreth, P.E. *

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    U.S. Coast Guard

  • Parsons
    Marjorie Parsons, P.E. *

    Tennessee Valley Authority

  • Robert Ware, P.E.
    Robert Ware, P.E. *

    U.S. Department of the Air Force
    Air Force Research Laboratory

  • Wilcoxen
    Daniel Wilcoxen, P.E. *

    U.S. Department of the Air Force
    Air Force Special Operations Command

  • Jason Anderson, P.E.
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    U.S. Forest Service
  • Ryan Cahill, P.E.
    U.S. Department of the Army
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Portland District
  • CPT Steven Chase, E.I.T.
    U.S. Department of the Army
    U.S. Army Europe
  • Charles Dingell
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Johnson Space Center
  • Norman Friedrich, P.E.
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Felix Gonzalez, P.E.
    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Anna Hoag, P.E.
    U.S. Department of Interior
    Bureau of Reclamation
  • John Kedzierski, P.E.
    U.S. Department of the Army
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-New England District
  • Jon Korneliussen, P.E.
    U.S. Department of the Army
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Memphis District
  • Eugene Kremer, P.E.
    U.S. Department of the Navy
    Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division
  • Mark Mazur, E.I.T.
    U.S. Department of the Navy
    Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport
  • Justin McDonald, P.E.
    U.S. Department of the Army
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Mobile District
  • Tina Morrison, Ph.D.
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Mitchelle Ortiz, P.E.
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    Office of Construction & Facilities Management
  • Antonio Ramis, P.E.
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    National Institutes of Health
  • Paul Rothgery, E.I.T.
    U.S. Department of Interior
    National Park Service
  • CDR Varsha Savalia
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • LT Michael Shahan, P.E.
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Barry Siel, P.E.
    U.S. Department of Transportation
    Federal Highway Administration
  • Daniel Stanley, P.E.
    U.S. Department of the Navy
    Naval Sea Systems Command
  • Dawn Thomas, P.E.
    U.S. Department of the Navy
    Naval Reactors
  • Jacob West, P.E.
    U.S. Department of the Army
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Tulsa District

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