Lt. Col. Patrick Miller, P.E., the commander of the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, has been named the National Society of Professional Engineers’ 2015 Federal Engineer of the Year. Miller received the honor during the 36th Annual FEYA Banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on February 26, 2015.
“What we do for our nation, regardless of your service, is an amazing feat,” said Miller, shortly after he was named the winner. “You look at the infrastructure, both homeland and abroad, and we’re touching every inch of it, as well as the skies above. We’re recognized as the best amongst our community, but we can’t let that stop with us—the challenge to all of us here is to carry what we’ve learned, our experiences, and pass them on to the youth through STEM programs and outreach to continue that legacy of excellence.”
Valued by the Air Force and joint communities for his engineering leadership, Miller guided a $442 million military construction program for the Pentagon in fiscal year 2013. His project strategies as executive officer ensured critical advocacy of Air Force priorities while balancing new mission and combatant command requirements. At the operational level, he commanded his 505-person squadron throughout a $3.2 billion physical plant project, which included nearly 2,000 facilities, four runways, five piers, two wharfs, and 34 miles of rail across 24,000 acres.
At the tactical level, Miller has been deployed in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay. While in Afghanistan, he accomplished more than 150 outside-the-wire missions to head up a $161 million construction program, essential to organizing, training, and equipping the 475,000-person Afghan National Security Force. He also led construction of a $20 million military compound and built from the ground up a $99 million pilot training campus for 1,200 Afghan Air Force pilots.
Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University, and a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a member of numerous organizations including the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Eagle Scout Association.
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. For more information about the program or how to submit nominations for 2016, contact Erin Garcia-Reyes at email@example.com or 703-684-2884.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Digital photos of Miller, the ceremony, and additional award winners are now available