Young Engineer of the Year, 2020

February 10, 2020

Bobbie Gilmour

Kennedy Jenks  

Bobbie Gilmour, Kennedy Jenks, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Young Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of her work as a staff engineer involved in the design and construction of water and wastewater treatment, pumping, and pipeline projects and her outstanding service in multiple leadership positions in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Younger Member’s Forum.

One of her most notable projects was the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment and Plant Expansion and Upgrade Project in Pierce County, Washington.  She was the site inspector, construction observer, and field engineer on the $350 million project. Other projects on which she has worked include: the Bluffs Well Replacement for Clallam County Public Utilities District No. 1        in Washington; the Lyden Water Treatment Plant for the City of Lyden, Washington; the Tahalweh Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bonney Lake, Washington; and the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant Modifications Aeration Upgrade and Sludge Removal in Kona, Hawaii.

She has been very active in the ASCE Younger Member’s Forum serving as president-elect, treasurer, co-coordinator of the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, and the Executive Forum Coordinator. The Executive Forum is an annual event that provides students and young engineers with an opportunity to meet prominent leaders from public agencies, consulting firms and construction companies. In addition, she provides guidance to engineering students as the Practitioner Advisor to the Seattle University ASCE Student Chapter and serves as an author of the drinking water section of the ASCE Washington State Infrastructure Report Card.

Young Engineer of the Year Award, 2019

January 23, 2019

Abdur Rehman, P. E., Puget Sound Energy

2019 Award Recipient

Nominated by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Abdur Rehman

Abdur Rehman P.E.
Puget Sound Energy

Abdur Rehman, P.E., Puget Sound Energy (PSE) has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Young Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his work as a relay engineer and supervisor and his outstanding service in multiple leadership positions in the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

An active leader with rich power systems engineering design and field experience, he is widely recognized for his passion for sharing his knowledge. As the supervisor of Substation Meter-Relay Operations for PSE, he leads a team of 14 field personnel responsible for commissioning, troubleshooting, and maintaining intelligent electronic devices in PSE’s service territory. He also works with external customers with interconnected generation assets.  Some are wastewater treatment plants that capture methane gas, convert to electric energy, and use it power their own plant while connected to the PSE grid.  During major power outages, he helps to restore the electric grid as the Deputy Operations Section Chief at PSE’s Emergency Coordination Center.

He enjoys sharing his knowledge by developing power system video tutorials and uploading them to Youtube.  He founded GeneralPAC.com in 2014 which has over 11,500 subscribers who are students and professionals.  The channel has over 2.8 million minutes watched since its inception.  With thousands of likes, positive comments, and shares from nearly every major country in the world, he plans to develop more power system video tutorials.

He supports the IEEE Seattle Section as chair of the Young Professional Affinity Group and organizer of the IEEE Pacific Northwest Young Professional Conference that hosts young professionals from across the United States and Canada.

Young Engineer of the Year Award, 2018

January 30, 2018

Grace Lefebure, The Boeing Company

2018 Award Recipient

Grace Lefebure

Grace Lefebure
The Boeing Company

Nominated by the Society of Women Engineers

Grace Lefebure, The Boeing Company, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018  Young Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions as a stress analysis engineer while working on projects related to aerodynamic performance, static and fatigue testing, and bird strike impact.  She developed eco-friendly leading edge technology for the 757 EcoDemonstrator program that is aimed at improving fuel efficiency and lessening the environmental impact.  She has also worked on developing collaboration tools for the 777X program and developed automated stress analysis processes that streamline repetitive analytical tasks while improving data quality and consistency.  She is currently working on advanced modeling methods for analysis of aircraft seats.

She has been very active as a leader in the Society of Women Engineers; serving as the Newsletter Editor, Vice President for Professional Development, and Section President.  As Newsletter Editor, she incorporated the newsletter into a larger strategic plan for the section’s virtual brand that includes brand-integrated social media accounts.  As the Vice President for Professional Development, she planned professional development events and networking events and started a monthly book club.  As Section President, she leads the Section Executive Council in planning, organizing, and executing professional development, outreach, and recognition activities as serves as liaison with the national organization.

She worked with a team of public school teachers to develop math, science, and engineering problem-based learning units for 4th and 5th grade students as part of the Washington Alliance for Better Schools STEM fellows program.  Her team’s units focused on renewable energy, electricity, and power and required students to use critical thinking and logic to make decisions.

Young Engineer of the Year Award, 2017

January 18, 2017

Don Nguyen, P.E., COWI North America

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

Young Engineer of the Year, 2016

October 24, 2016

Kimberly Hinson, The Boeing Company

2016 Award Recipient

Nominated by the Society of Women Engineers

Kimberly Hinson

Kimberly Hinson

Kimberly A. Hinson, The Boeing Company, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Young Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of her effective participation in the design, analysis, and testing of control systems for aerial refueling of military aircraft and for her active participation in professional engineering societies. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Wichita State University and is employed as a Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer responsible for the design, analysis, and testing of control laws for the KC-56 aerial refueling boom. This aircraft will be capable of conducting mid-air refueling with all US, allied, and coalition aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures.

She is passionate about the engineering community. She has taken on leadership roles locally with both the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and worked to create professional growth programs for engineers in the region. She volunteered to coordinate SWE’s monthly professional development dinner meetings known as “Tech Talk” and was elected Vice President of the SWE Professional Development Planning Committee.

She served as the Young Professionals Focal for AIAA section and organized Rising Leader Forums for emergent leaders under the age of 35. These forums include keynote speakers and speed mentoring sessions with industry leaders. She also coordinated a joint brunch between the section retirees and the young professionals and organized professional development activities for the AIAA Northwest Technical Symposiums. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Pacific Northwest Section of AIAA. On the national level, she serves on the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Committee of the AIAA and is co-chair of the committee’s graduate student paper competition. For her exceptional service to AIA, she was awarded the Pacific Northwest AIAA Section Young Engineer of the Year for 2012-2013.

2015 Young Engineer of the Year

January 25, 2016

Cal Bearman, PE

Cal Bearman, PE

Cal Bearman, PE, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc

2015 Award Recipient

Nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers

Cal Bearman, PE, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year Award. He earned a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington and is a registered Professional Engineer in California. He has been an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 2010. He is the President–Elect of the ASCE Younger Member Forum (YMF) and served as the Professional Development Chair last year. He organized young professional panels for YMF at the University of Washington and Seattle University to introduce sophomores and juniors to the roles of young professional engineers. He coordinated and hosted tours of the 520 Bridge project and the Husky Stadium reconstruction project for YMF members. He also organized a unique opportunity for YMF members to beta test the Project Manager module of ASCE’s Supercharging Your Career series. As beta testers, attendees learned effective project management skills while providing feedback on the content and structure of the module. Mr. Bearman served as the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition Rules Chair for the last two years. In this role, he revised the competition rules, wrote rules for the T-shirt competition, and acted as head judge on the day of the event.

Mr. Bearman also is an active member of the Structural Engineering Association of Washington (SEAW). As their Younger Member Outreach Chair, he organized outreach lunches at the University of Washington and Seattle University to enable civil engineering students to meet SEAW leaders. He also contributes to community service activities sponsored by his employer. Mr. Bearman planned and
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Outside of work and professional organizations, Mr. Bearman takes an active role in his community. He is an incoming board member of the Phinney Neighborhood Association and is actively engaged in their Campaign for Accessibility. He volunteers at the Greenwod Senior Center and the Phinney Center Gallery.