Federal Engineers Receive Well-Deserved Recognition

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Stacey A. Ober
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Whether it's developing circulatory support devices for children; forging partnerships between American and Iraqi engineers; researching environmental impacts of rivers, dams, or military construction projects; improving workplace health and safety; or studying acoustics in turbomachinery, these are just some of the responsibilities of the 10 high-caliber finalists for the Federal Engineer of the Year Award. Presented by the National Society of Professional Engineers and now in its 31st year, this award is the only one of its kind to solely recognize outstanding engineers employed in the federal government. The FEYA winner will be announced during a ceremony on February 18 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Apart from recognizing the nominees, FEYA highlights important workforce issues such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; retirement concerns; and the need to refill the engineering "pipeline." The program also showcases the exciting and often cutting-edge federal jobs available to engineers.

This year's nominees continue to represent the high caliber of engineers employed in the public sector. Of the 96,000 federally employed engineers identified by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 28 were nominated and only one will be selected for the award. This year's candidates are:

  • John Timothy Baldwin, Ph.D., E.I.T., Program Director/Deputy Branch Chief, Advanced Technologies and Surgery Branch, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockledge, Ill.;
  • Lt. Cmdr. Isabelle E. Detter, CEC, USN, P.E., Public Works Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Department of the Navy, Millington, Tenn.;
  • Capt. Cheryl F. Estill, M.S., P.E., Industrial Hygiene Supervisor, CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio;
  • Lisa M. Fotherby, Ph.D., P.E., Hydraulic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior, Denver, Colo.;
  • Clifton R. Game, P.E., Lead Environmental Engineer, Naval Air Systems Command/Fleet Readiness Center East, Department of the Navy, Cherry Point, N.C.;
  • Yu-Tai Lee, Ph.D., P.E., Naval Architect, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Department of the Navy, Bethesda, Md.;
  • Charles L. McEntyre, P.E., Senior Specialist, Office of Environment and Research, Tennessee Valley Authority, Chattanooga, Tenn.;
  • Major Ryan J. Novotny, P.E., Chief, Program Development Branch, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Department of the Air Force, Ramstein AB, Germany;
  • Richard B. Pinner, P.E., Branch Chief, Geotechnical Branch of New Orleans District – Supervisory Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, New Orleans, La.; and
  • Cmdr. Nathan Tatum, P.E., Dam Safety Officer, National Park Service, Park Facilities Management Division, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

A panel of judges established by NSPE's Professional Engineers in Government selects the FEYA winner. Hailing from various federal agencies, departments, and military branches, the nominated engineers are evaluated based on factors such as engineering achievements, education, professional and technical society activities, awards and honors, and civic and humanitarian activities. 

The 2010 award winner will be announced at a ceremony on February 18, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Invited guests include all nominees and their agency heads or commanders; leaders from engineering associations; members of Congress and their staff; members of the judging panel; and local media and journalists. Tickets are $60 per person. For more information about the FEYA program or to order tickets, contact Erin Reyes at egarcia@nspe.org, or visit www.nspe.org/InterestGroups/PEG/Resources/AwardsAndScholarships/feya.html.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE has been promoting professional excellence for over 75 years. NSPE serves more than 43,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.