Ten Federal Engineers Recognized for High-Caliber Achievements

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Engineers in the federal government are continually on the cutting edge of their profession. They employ energy savings and solar power to government buildings; coordinate and oversee high-altitude collection of intelligence data by U-2 aircraft; provide environmental restoration oversight following a coal ash spill; manage water resources or Special Forces construction projects in Afghanistan; and work to improve safety and operations at worldwide nuclear facilities. These are just some of the responsibilities of the 10 high-caliber finalists from this year's Federal Engineer of the Year Award.

Presented by the National Society of Professional Engineers and now in its 33rd year, this award is the only one of its kind to solely recognize outstanding engineers employed in the federal government. On February 23, during the Federal Engineer of the Year Award luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the 2012 FEYA winner will be announced. This year, NSPE is honored to announce that Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) will serve as keynote speaker.

This year's nominees continue to represent the high caliber of engineers employed in the public sector. Of the 93,000 federally employed engineers identified by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 29 were nominated and only one will be selected for the award. The 2012 Federal Engineer of the Year Top 10 finalists are:

  • CAPT Matthew Altman, P.E., U.S. Department of the Air Force, Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe;
  • Charlotte Armstrong, P.E., U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard;
  • Steven Arndt, Ph.D., P.E., U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission;
  • LT Christopher Casne, P.E., U.S. Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command;
  • LTC Garrett Cottrell, P.E., U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Africa Command;
  • Timothy Floyd, P.E., U.S. Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command;
  • James Hagerman, P.E., Tennessee Valley Authority;
  • John Remus II, P.E., U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;
  • Michael Rousseau, P.E., U.S. Department of the Navy, Naval Undersea Warfare Center; and
  • Bruce Seamans, P.E., U.S. Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

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.

The 2012 award winner will be announced at a ceremony on February 23, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Invited guests include all nominees and their agency heads or commanders; leaders from engineering associations; members of Congress and their staff; members of the judging panel; and local media and journalists. Tickets are $60 per person. For more information about the FEYA program or to order tickets, contact Erin Reyes at egarcia@nspe.org, or visit www.nspe.org/FEYA.

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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 has been promoting professional excellence for over 75 years. NSPE serves more than 43,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Complimentary press passes are available for the event. Please contact Stacey Ober at 703-684-2815 or sober@nspe.org for event details and information.