Technical Expertise, Leadership, and Volunteerism Earn Recognition for Young Engineer

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Jonathan Hartman, P.E

Jonathan Hartman, P.E., has recently been awarded the National Society of Professional Engineers’ 2020 Young Engineer of the Year Award. This award recognizes a young NSPE member who has made outstanding contributions to the Engineering Profession and the community during the early years of one's career.

“Finding someone who has made a significant impact on our profession, and our Society, at a young age can be difficult,” said Brent Chesnut, P.E., chair of the NSPE Honors and Award Committee. “But Jonathan is clear proof that young engineering professionals are engaged, committed to their profession and their community, and are making a difference.”

For Hartman, sharing his technical knowledge, professionalism, and creativity have become milestones in his young engineering career, matched only by his enthusiasm for mentoring others. That passion began on the campus of Baylor University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2009. Through Baylor’s student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Hartman presented the design, construction, and testing of a vacuum tube amplifier so he could apply and share his knowledge from electronics courses. Today, he serves on the Baylor University Electrical and Computer Engineering Board of Advocates, appraising educational and recruitment needs and recommending programs that promote the university’s mission.

Hartman also serves on the West Texas A&M University Engineering Advisory Board, where he provides guidance and recommendations on the university’s new electrical engineering program. Another benchmark, he has mentored students at Amarillo College since 2014 and has participated in the Amarillo Independent School District Pro Student Program for the last several years. This “job shadowing” initiative is aimed toward high school seniors to engage their interest in engineering and other professions. Equally noteworthy, Hartman teaches Junior Achievement classes at Amarillo ISD-area high schools — classes that are five to six weeks in length with 25 students participating.

Hartman is currently a senior electrical engineer at Burns & McDonnell, designing critical infrastructure solutions for the company’s Aviation & Federal Group. His work includes electrical infrastructure and HVAC projects for the Kansas City National Security Campus and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, among other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites. He has been instrumental in designing electrical infrastructure for the High Explosives Science and Engineering Facility at the Pantex Plant. The Pantex Plant, a National Nuclear Security Administration site for the DOE, remains the nation’s primary facility for final assembly, dismantlement, and maintenance of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

Before joining Burns & McDonnell, Hartman was an electrical engineer for Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. (PSC), helping to deliver more than 300 projects. His experience at PSC includes designing power distribution, emergency power, and emergency communications systems, lighting, lighting controls, and safety and security systems. He is also a past class member of the PSC Leadership Academy, a rigorous program to develop leadership skills through intensive, focused training sessions.

Currently working on his master’s degree in business administration at Wayland Baptist University, Hartman has been very active in the Texas Society of Professional Engineers since 2012. Last year, he initiated, organized, and hosted an inaugural golf tournament for the TSPE Panhandle Chapter to help support West Texas A&M’s School of Engineering with student scholarships. The tournament raised $6,000 toward that goal. Aside from his recent duties as the chapter president, Hartman co-chairs the IEEE Panhandle Section Education Committee, which coordinates local continuing education seminars with TSPE and other organizations. For his dedication, he is the recipient of both the TSPE and Panhandle Chapter Young Engineer of the Year Awards.

Within his local church, Hartman serves on several committees, teaches educational courses, and supports the sound and lighting systems for Sunday morning services, which are broadcast and live-streamed. He also works with the Amarillo Boys and Girls Club, the High Banks Food Bank, the Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, and Baylor Engineers with a Mission. And since 2015, he has participated in the Texas Ramp Project to help build accessibility ramps for local residents.

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