Maj. Josh Aldred, Ph.D., P.E., the operations flight commander with the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron at Kunsan Air Base in the Republic of Korea, has been named the National Society of Professional Engineers’ 2016 Federal Engineer of the Year. Aldred received the honor during the 37th Annual FEYA Banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on February 26, 2016.
“It’s really an honor to me,” said Aldred, shortly after he was named the winner. “I’m still kind of in shock that I won the award given the level of competition in this room, and all of the amazing people that were nominated for this award.”
Aldred is responsible for managing 170 military and Korean civilian engineers under an annual operating budget of $4.9 million. His duties oversee the maintenance of 1,083 facilities, encompassing 3.6 million square feet, and a plant replacement value of $2 billion. Additionally, Aldred is responsible for the daily maintenance of the air base’s $260 million airfield, supporting 6,700 annual F-16 sorties.
In recent years, Aldred defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Texas, which in part addressed his development of a complex systems model for evaluating the feasibility and monetary benefits of ozone control through use of activated carbon filtration in buildings. The modeling results indicated that carbon filters provide monetary benefits in commercial office buildings, long-term healthcare facilities, and K-12 schools. To his credit, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers is likely to adopt recommendations from his research in future versions of ASHRAE Standard 62.1, which is typically incorporated into municipal building codes to regulate ventilation and filtration requirements in facilities.
Aldred holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northern Arizona University, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a doctoral degree in civil engineering from the same institution. He is a member of numerous organizations including NSPE, the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASHRAE, and the Air Force Association. When at home in his Austin community, Aldred volunteers his time with nonprofit organizations providing food, counseling and job training, and housing assistance for the economically disadvantaged and sexually exploited minors.
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 2017, contact Erin Garcia-Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-684-2884.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Digital photos of Aldred, the ceremony, and additional award winners are now available.