Missouri Engineer Receives Prestigious Government Achievement and Service Award

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Amy Ruggieri, P.E., was recently awarded the prestigious Professional Engineer in Government Achievement and Service in the United States (PEGASUS) Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers.

The PEGASUS Award, also known as the Government Engineer of the Year Award, recognizes a professional engineer employed by a state, regional, county, special district, or municipal government who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering. The winner is selected from nominations received through NSPE's state societies and is judged by a panel established through NSPE's Professional Engineers in Government (PEG). Nominees are judged on civic and humanitarian activities, formal and continuing education, engineering achievements, professional and technical society activities, and licensure or professional registration.

Amy Ruggieri, P.E., is a senior engineer at the Power Station, City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, where she is responsible for evaluating problem areas within the station with regard to equipment failure and performance and reliability and recommending improvements. She previously worked in water treatment and supply maintenance within the utility. Her current responsibilities include serving as coordinator between the operating plant and the team constructing a new $600 million generating unit at Southwest Power Station. Other achievements have included completing paving projects on time and within budget, successfully supervising and encouraging development of an engineering technician, coordinating the successful resolution of a boiler water quality problem, and consulting with a sister station on multiple structural projects.

In addition to technical ability, Ruggieri has been a member of PEG since 1991 and currently serves as the PEG director for the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. She has served on the board of the Springfield chapter, PEG, and the Missouri society, as well as several committees and is very active at the local level.

Ruggieri is extremely involved in the local community, mentoring students interested in engineering, assisting junior high school girls in a Discovery Club, and participating in numerous charities, such as March of Dimes and the United Way. She was also instrumental in the success of local "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day" events in her community. Ruggieri holds bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

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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 serves more than 45,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.