Henry County Highway Department Civil Engineer Honored at NSPE National Meeting

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Steven L. Brandau, P.E., of Cambridge, Ill., was recently awarded the 2014 Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States (PEGASUS) Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers and its Professional Engineers in Government group at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The PEGASUS award recognizes an engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement and practice of engineering. The PEGASUS award honors a registered professional engineer employed by a state, regional, county, special district, or municipal government.

Brandau, a civil engineer for the Henry County Highway Department since 1982, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1981 and became a licensed engineer in 1985. He has held membership and offices in several organizations including NSPE, the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, the Illinois Association of County Engineers (president 1995), the National Association of County Engineers, and the Cambridge School Board (president 1999–2005).

Some of Brandau’s engineering accomplishments include improving and upgrading 85% of the County Highway System; writing a computer program to perform County Motor Fuel Tax accounting, the basis of which was adopted by the state to write a program for all counties; and establishing a 5-year-long Transportation Improvement Program for the planning of capital projects.

Brandau’s awards and honors include the 1997 Illinois County Engineer of the Year, Zone 1, from the Illinois Association of County Engineers; the 2002 Cambridge Rotary Service Above Self Award; and the 2013 ISPE Government Engineer Award.

For more information on the NSPE Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States Award, please visit the NSPE website at www.nspe.org/Awards.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers is a member-centric, nimble, future-focused, and responsive organization, serving as the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers. Through education, licensure advocacy, leadership training, multidisciplinary networking, and outreach, NSPE enhances the image of its members and their ability to ethically and professionally practice engineering. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 35,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and just over 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution photos of Brandau and the awards ceremony are available in digital format.