Top Federal Engineers Vie for Award

March/April 2016

NSPE Today
Top Federal Engineers Vie for Award

Ten engineers with exceptional achievements in the federal government were named finalists for a top NSPE award.

The Federal Engineer of the Year Award ceremony, scheduled for February 26 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, attracts high-ranking agency officials. Estevan Lopez, P.E., commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, was slated as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

This year’s award finalists are:

Maj. Josh Aldred, Ph.D., P.E.
US Air Force
8th Civil Engineer Squadron

As operations flight commander at Kunsan Air Base in the Republic of Korea, Aldred is responsible for managing 170 military and Korean civilian engineers under an annual operating budget of $4.9 million. He oversees the maintenance of 1,083 facilities and the daily maintenance of the air base’s $260 million airfield.

David Braidich, P.E.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Huntsville Center/Medical Facilities Center of Expertise and Standardization

Braidich is an expert in medical facility design and construction. Under Department of Defense oversight, he manages 21 major hospital, clinic, and laboratory projects on three continents.

Shanon Chader, P.E.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

Within his agency’s Buffalo District, Chader is chief of the coastal/geotechnical engineering team, where he oversees the planning, directing, and coordinating of all activities. He also serves as a diver, supervisor, and alternate coordinator for the district’s dive team.

Craig Clutts, P.E.
US Department of the Navy
Naval Facilities Engineering Command

One of the leading engineering achievements for Clutts, assistant operations officer at NAVFAC’s Washington Navy Yard, was his management of the $50 million project construction of the Agile Chemical Facility at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Maryland. He directed a diverse team in resolving several complex engineering challenges to deliver a new production capability for torpedo fuel, critical to US national security.

Calvin Creech, Ph.D., P.E.
US Army Corps of Engineers
South Atlantic Division

As lead interdisciplinary engineer, Creech successfully executed a three-year intergovernmental partnership between the Brazilian government and the Corps, aimed at improving waterway navigation in northeast Brazil. One of his major engineering tasks was a $590 million innovative waterway design.

Jon Fripp, P.E.
US Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service

Fripp has delivered a wide range of civil engineering projects, including environmental stream restoration, bank stabilization, fish habitat improvement, flood control, sedimentation analysis, and dam safety assessment. He has provided site-specific consultation supporting more than 800 agency engineers and several thousand resource professionals.

Stacy Froelich, P.E.
US Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation

As a grant officer and agreement facilitator for rural water projects in South Dakota, Froelich has the primary responsibility for administering contracts and providing technical assistance to project recipients. Some of the projects address tribal construction and operation and maintenance contracts with the Oglala, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Sioux Tribes, in addition to construction of the nontribal West River/Lyman-Jones rural water system.

Robert Frye, P.E.
Tennessee Valley Authority
Protection and Control Department/Substation Engineering

One of Frye’s notable achievements as TVA’s principal engineer is his development of a “drop-in” digital relay replacement package that is projected to save the agency more than $22 million.

Lt. Col. Charles Hogeboom IV, P.E.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Transatlantic Afghanistan District/Bagram Airfield

Currently deployed as deputy district engineer and deputy district commander in Afghanistan, Hogeboom is one of a handful of Army officers knowledgeable in counter-tunnel efforts. He led Department of Defense initiatives in counter-tunnel strategies aimed at curbing drug trafficking along US borders, which resulted in four tunnel discoveries.

Thomas North, P.E.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division (Portland)

With his mission of advancing technology and ensuring currency of the Corps’ structural standards, North’s primary responsibilities as senior structural engineer focus on the design, review, and inspection of the agency’s hydraulic steel structures, buildings, and bridges.