2007 Federal Engineer of the Year Award

NSPE President Robert S. Miller III, P.E., F.NSPE and 2007 Federal Engineer of the Year Garrett D. Polhamus, Ph.D., P.E.

Garrett Polhamus, Ph.D., P.E., was named Federal Engineer of the Year for 2007 during the 28th annual Federal Engineer of the Year ceremony at the National Press Club on February 22.  Polhamus and 25 other agency winners were nominated for this prestigious award by their federal agencies.  Ten were chosen by the NPSE-PEG judges for consideration for the top honor.

Polhamus serves as Chief of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Directed Energy (DE) Bioeffects Division, the world's premiere center for researching bioeffects of lasers and microwaves. His work enables weapons design, optimal safe test and evaluation, threat assessment, exposure standards, medical preparedness, protection, and informed policy decisions regarding military use of DE. Polhamus' development and execution of a strategic plan involving improved internal cooperation, enhanced facilities, stronger strategic alliances, and rejuvenated personnel has resulted in the unprecedented growth of the DE Bioeffects Program and strong support from senior management. Some of his recent successes include the critical support of several successful assessments for a new long-range, counter-personnel nonlethal weapon (NLW), development of the first ever exemption to allow human demonstrations of an NLW above normal exposure limits, and development of laser bioeffects data that will allow enormously facilitated tests of the Airborne Laser. Read the press release.

Top 10 Finalists for the Federal Engineers 2007

Eugene T. Camponeschi, Ph.D., P.E.
U.S. Navy, NSWC, Carderock Division

LCDR Dennis C. Evans, P.E.
U.S. Coast Guard
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Jeffrey J. Ger, Ph.D., P.E.
Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

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Blair P. Greimann, P.E.
Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation

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Dawn Hayes, Ph.D., P.E.
U.S. Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command

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Major Clarence B. Kemper, P.E.
U.S. Army, 412th Engineer Command
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 CDR Kenneth R. Mead, P.E.
Center for Disease Control

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Jeffrey H. Nelson, P.E.
Tennessee Valley Authority

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Garrett D. Polhamus, Ph.D., P.E.
Air Force Civilian Winner
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