Don Nguyen, P.E., COWI North America
2017 Award Recipient
Nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers
Don Nguyen, P.E., COWI North America, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Young Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his excellent work in the design of multiple high profile bridge projects across the United States and Canada. Projects include a balanced cantilever bridge (St. Croix Approach Structures in MN), a cable-stayed bridge (Ohio River Bridges in KY – IN), a pedestrian bridge (Marine Education Center Bridge in Ocean Springs, MS), an arch bridge (Wellsburg, WV), and a retrofit bridge (Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Canada).
He has been very active with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Younger Member Forum (YMF) and currently serves as the president-elect of the organization. He served as co-coordinator of the 2015-2016 ASCE Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition for high school and middle school students and participates on the YMF scholarship committee to select recipients for the annual YMF scholarships. For 2014-2015, he served as the YMF Secretary. As the YMF Community Service Chair for 2013-2014, he organized monthly volunteer activities including Seattle Works Day, Kiwanis Park Clean Up, Rebuilding Together, Farestart Kitchens, Habitat for Humanity, and Green Seattle Day. He worked with the coordinating committee tasked with organizing the ASCE National Student Steel Bridge competition held at the University of Washington in 2013. For his exceptional service to ASCE, he was awarded the 2016 Seattle Section Outstanding Volunteer Award and the 2016 Younger Member in Community Activities Award.
He serves an engineering liaison to the Highline School District and coordinates engineers to visit their schools and project site tours for the students. He encourages participation in the ASCE Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition and helps organize student career fairs at Highline High School