NSPE Gateway to Government January 8, 2008
In This Issue of PEG e-News...

2008 Top Ten Federal Engineers of the Year Announced

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (December 27, 2007) – In recognition of the vital role engineers play in national security, infrastructure improvement, disaster recovery, new technologies, and other important areas, the National Society of Professional Engineers has again selected 10 high-caliber finalists for its prestigious 29th Annual Federal Engineer of the Year Award program. This award is the only one of its kind to solely recognize outstanding engineers employed in the federal government. The FEYA winner will be announced during a ceremony on February 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

According to a recent poll of 13 federal agencies, departments, and organizations, there is a need for over 10,000 new engineers to fill federal jobs between 2007 and 2009. Apart from recognizing the nominees, the FEYA highlights important workforce issues such as science, technology, engineering, and math education; workforce retirement concerns; and the need to fill the engineering “pipeline.” The program also showcases the exciting and often cutting-edge federal jobs available to engineers.

This year’s nominees are definitely of the highest caliber. Of the 91,000 federally employed engineers identified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 33 were nominated and only one of the 10 finalists will be selected for the award. This year’s candidates are

  • Florence M. Ching, P.E., General Engineer, Project Management Division, Capital Improvements Business Line, Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii;
  • Thomas Choinski, P.E., Emergent and Transformational Systems Division Head, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Sensors and Sonar Systems Department, Newport, R.I.;
  • John F. England, Ph.D., P.E., P.H., D.WRE, Hydraulic Engineer, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colo.;
  • Joel Myklebust, P.E., Director, Division of Physics, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Silver Spring, Md.;
  • Perry L. Oakes, P.E., State Conservation Engineer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Auburn, Ala.;
  • Capt. Paul Robinson, P.E., Public Health Consultant, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Public Health Program, Oakland, Calif.;
  • James B. Rossman, P.E., Senior Manager, Power Quality, Tennessee Valley Authority, Power System Operations, Hopkinsville, Ky.;
  • Neil T. Schwanz, P.E., Regional Technical Specialist for Geotechnical Engineering, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, St. Paul District, St. Paul, Minn.;
  • Maj. Christopher T. Senseney, P.E., Course Director, U.S. Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, Civil Engineer and Services School, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; and
  • Capt. Anthony Todd Zimmer, Ph.D., P.E., C.I.H., Senior Engineer, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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 2008 award winner will be announced at a ceremony on February 21, beginning at 1 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 $55 per person. For more information about the FEYA program or to order tickets, contact Marcia Prichard or visit www.nspe.org/peg/pg1-feya.asp.


Nominate Top Government Engineers for PEGASUS Award

The Professional Engineers in Government administers the annual PEGASUS (Professional Engineers in Government– Service in the United States) award program. The PEGASUS Award recognizes the engineer who has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering.

The PEGASUS Award winner is selected by a panel of judges who will consider
• Civic and Humanitarian Activities
• Education (Formal & Continuing)
• Engineering Achievements
• Professional and Technical Society Activities
• Licensure

Please forward candidate nomination forms to NSPE PEG by February 22. [ return to top ]

25th Annual New Product Award Call for Entries

Do you know of a process, machine, or material developed in the U.S. that improves the public’s standard of living? If so, it may be eligible for the 25th Annual PEI New Product Award competition.

Winning products will be honored with the PEI New Product Award crystal and are entitled to use the coveted PEI New Product Award logo. Winners will also be recognized in a “Winners' Circle” ad in PE magazine, NSPE online and print communications, and through significant media coverage. All 2008 PEI New Product Award entrants will have the opportunity to showcase their product during the NSPE Annual Conference and will receive two complimentary tickets to the PEI New Product Award presentation. Submit your entry by February 15, 2008! For an application and list of past NPA winners, visit the PEI New Product Award Web site. [ return to top ]

NAE Invites Grand Challenges for Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering invites engineers and others to join in a worldwide brainstorming session. The goal is to determine the Grand Challenges for Engineering during the next 100 years and, perhaps, beyond.

 From urban centers to remote corners of Earth, from the depths of the oceans to space, humanity has always sought to transcend barriers, overcome challenges, and create opportunities that improve life in our part of the universe.  What are the greatest challenges engineering will deal with in the future? Click here to add your ideas and comments.
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Events Calendar

NSPE Calendar

 Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
31  NSPE Award nominations due
31  Distinguished Service Award nominations due
31  Young Engineer of the Year Award nominations due

21 Federal Engineer of the Year Award Ceremony, Washington, D.C.
22 PEGASUS nominations due

Management Study Fellowship Application due
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2007-08 PEG Executive Board Contact Information

Russell G. Martin, P.E., F.NSPE 
Program Director
Maine Department of Human Services
Division of Health Engineering

Immediate Past Chair
Scott E. Nodes, P.E., P.T.O.E.
Transportation Engineering Manager Arizona Dept of Transportation

Tim Madhanagopal, P.E., BCEE , F.NSPE
Plant Manager
Orange County Utilities


John Cardarelli II, Ph.D., P.E.
US Environmental Protection Agency

US Public Health Service/Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

Northeast Region Vice Chair
Louise Carosi Doyle, P.E. 
Associate Engineer
Weschester County Health Dept

Southeast Region Vice Chair
Julius C. Stafford, P.E.
City Safety and Regulations Engineer
City of Richmond

Central Region Vice Chair
Diane M. Carlson, P.E.

Southwest Region Vice Chair
Manuela (Nellie) Gomez Shannon, P.E.
Assistant Director of Public Works
City of San Antonio

Western and Pacific Region Vice Chair
Michael Simpson, P.E.

North Central Region Vice Chair
Gary J. Pendergrass, P.E., RG

Young Engineer Representative
Todd S. Rastorfer, P.E.
Civil Engineer
US Army Corps of Engineers

Young Engineer Representative 


State Representatives:
Daniel G. Miller, P.E. - KS
Todd Rastorfer, P.E. - NM
Richard W. Lenz, P.E. - NY
Robert B. Darby, P.E. - UT
Ali M. Mustapha, P.E. - LA
Diane M. Carlson, P.E. - MI
Telesphor L. Charland, P.E. - VA
Jesse R. Guerra Jr., P.E. - TX

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