PSEC Awards

Last Modified: November 7, 2017
by Stan Dyck

Engineer of the Year Awards

During Engineer’s Week each year, the Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) conducts an Awards Banquet, to celebrate our engineering profession – a rewarding profession that makes the world a better place; and to recognize our colleagues who have excelled in their achievements.  The Awards Banquet is held every February during Engineer’s Week at the Museum of Flight.

It is essential that our Awards be made to truly outstanding engineers possessing strong histories of achievement, in order to make the celebration of our profession noteworthy and meaningful.

Each of our member Societies is aware of engineers whose achievements are worthy of recognition.  Please consider outstanding engineers known to your Society and nominate worthy candidates for the following awards:

Each Society may Nominate one candidate for each Award.

  • 2018 PSEC Awards Announced

    PSEC is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected for recognition at the annual PSEC Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Museum of Flight:

    Academic Engineer of the Year – Professor Marc O. Eberhard, Ph. D., University of Washington, (SEAW)

    Government Engineer of the Year – Jeffrey A. Lundt, PE, Wastewater Treatment Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, (ASCE)

    Kenneth W. Porter Award – Dana Day, The Boeing Company, (SWE)

    K-12 STEM Engineering Teacher of the Year – Elana Slagle, Starfish Education, (AIAA)

    Young Engineer of the Year – Grace Lefebure, The Boeing Company, (SWE)

    Professional Engineer of the Year – David B. Swanson, PE, SE, Reid Middleton, Inc., (ASCE and SEAW)

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Current Award Recipients

The following award recipients were honored at the most recent Awards Banquet in February.

  • Academic Engineer of the Year, 2018

    Professor Marc O. Eberhard, Ph.D., University of Washington

    2018 Award Recipient

    Nominated by the Structural Engineers Association of Washington

    Marc Eberhard

    Professor Marc O. Eberhard, Ph.D.
    University of Washington

    Professor Marc O. Eberhard, Ph.D., University of Washington, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Academic Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his exceptional career as a structural engineering educator who integrated cutting edge research with engineering design and problem solving. His teaching, student advising, publications, lectures, and participation in technical conferences have led to significant advances in the state of earthquake engineering practice.

    As the current leader of the structural engineering program, he is responsible for overseeing undergraduate and graduate educational programs.  He has collaboratively led the efforts to create new courses, to revise the content of existing ones, and to review graduation requirements to ensure that they meet the needs of students and professional practice.  He has been a great mentor to graduate students and has involved them in many of his research projects.  Many of these students are now working locally for public agencies and private engineering firms, and many of his Ph. D. students are now teaching at other universities.

    As a researcher, he is most widely known for his work on the performance of reinforced concrete columns during earthquakes and for the development of new bridge bent systems that make it possible to construct bridges quickly in seismically active regions.  He developed a web-accessible database with the results of tests of more than 600 reinforced concrete columns.  Using this database, he and his students developed engineering tools to evaluate the deformation capacities of reinforced concrete columns at various levels of damage.  More recently, he has been working on the effects of tsunamis on bridges and on the effects of large-magnitude earthquakes and sedimentary basins on buildings and bridges in the Pacific Northwest.  He and another faculty member have developed a new seismic design methodology to account for both the spectral acceleration of expected ground motion and the duration.

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  • Government Engineer of the Year, 2018

    Jeffery A. Lundt, P.E., Wastewater Treatment Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks

    2018 Award Recipient

    Jeffery Lundt

    Jeffery A. Lundt, P.E.
    Wastewater Treatment Division of the King Co. Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks

    Nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers

    Jeffrey A. Lundt, P.E., Wastewater Treatment Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Government Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his many contributions to improving the region’s wastewater infrastructure. He is always looking for better way to deliver projects and seeks innovative solutions to design challenges.

    He served as the project manager for the Marine Outfall for the Brightwater Treatment Plant Project.  Since this was the first project executed by the Wastewater Treatment Division using a design-build delivery method, there was considerable learning that was needed by the staff.  He was instrumental in structuring the contract terms to be fair to both parties.  The Marine Outfall was completed 22 months early for a total cost of about 75% of the budgeted amount.  Since completion of the project, he has served as a Principal Wastewater Engineer and the Mechanical Engineering Group Lead in the Technical Services Group.  In this role, he is a project engineer for consultant-designed projects and several in-house projects.

    He developed variations to the typical procurement criteria for major treatment systems which allow the Division to select a process and manufacturer based on a variety of criteria.  This allows selection of the vendor early in the design process to enable knowledge of support needs and incorporate them in the bid documents.  In a typical procurement process, the general contractor selects the equipment, and the structure often needs modification to enable installation of the selected equipment.

    Prior to joining King County, he spent 29 years as an engineering consultant for several firms in the Puget Sound region.

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  • K-12 STEM Engineering Teacher of the Year, 2018

    Elana Slagle, Starfish Education

    2018 Award Recipient

    Elana Slagle

    Elana Slagle
    Starfish Education

    Nominated by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Elana Slagle, Starfish Education, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 K-12 STEM Engineering Teacher of the Year in recognition of her many contributions to the education of K-12 students.  She works with K-12 schools to develop and test new STEM curricula and provides professional development for Puget Sound area teachers on how to incorporate STEM into their daily lessons.

    She is involved with four specific activities that demonstrate exceptional performance in improving K-12 STEM education.  They are Lindbergh Electric Airplane Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge, curriculum development for the Washington Informal Science Education (WISE) Consortium, serving on the Champion’s Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), and serving on the Educational Advisory Board for the Museum of Flight.  The LEAF STEM Challenge is an aircraft design competition for junior high and high school students.  They are given an electric motor and design constraints, and then asked to design an electric airplane to compete against other teams.  The student teams are required to document their work, present to a panel of judges, and demonstrate the capability of their airplanes to carry a payload.

    The WISE curriculum for grade school students requires the students to design and build straw rockets.  These students then conduct a series of rocket launches to track the impact of different design features (size, weight, thrust, etc.) and plot the results.  The NGCP provides a math-centered cryptography project that helps the girls use and refine math skills and identify potential STEM careers by teaching them how to make, break, and decipher codes.

    She is an active Educator Associate of AIAA and has served as the National STEM Chair.  She received the National Chairman’s Award for her work in STEM education in 2014.

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  • Kenneth W. Porter Award, 2018

    Dana Day, The Boeing Company

    2018 Award Recipient

    Dana Day

    Dana Day
    The Boeing Company

    Nominated by the Society of Women Engineers

    Dana Day, The Boeing Company, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Kenneth W. Porter Award in recognition of her many contributions to the education of K-12 students by showing them the exciting opportunities available in engineering. She works as a project engineer in the 737 flight controls organization at Boeing, where she leads value engineering projects to identify cost savings and validate the cost benefits for each project. In 2017, her teams booked over $13,000 in savings per 737 airplane for flight controls components.

    She has long been an advocate for promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to young girls and is an excellent role model for K-12 students.  As the Section Outreach Coordinator, she launched the highly popular SWENext program for girls in K-12 to engage with STEM mentors, learn about engineering through activities, and build a network of like-minded STEM girls.  This year she helped organize the 2017 Design Lab event at the society’s local regional conference for over 120 middle school students, 60 parents and educators, and 40 volunteers.  For the Washington Alliance for Better Schools, she has taught mathematics to 4th and 5th grade students as part of a six-week, after-school program.  For the past seven years during Engineers’ Week, she visited numerous schools in the Puget Sound Region promoting engineering as a career. She also reinvigorated a relationship between the Section and the Girl Scouts and organized “exploring engineering” events that hosted large groups of Scouts several times per year.

    She serves as an outstanding role model for young students who are trying to find a path in STEM education.  She motivates others by illuminating the potential to make a social impact as an engineer.

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  • Young Engineer of the Year Award, 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.

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  • Professional Engineer of the Year, 2018

    David B. Swanson, P.E., S.E., Reid Middleton, Inc.

    2018 Award Recipient

    Nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of Washington

    David Swanson

    David B. Swanson, P.E., S.E.
    Reid Middleton, Inc.

    David B. Swanson, P.E., S.E., Reid Middleton, Inc., has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Professional Engineer of the Year Award for his commitment to promoting professional engineering excellence and innovation, mentorship of younger engineers, promotion of public safety, and ongoing work to advance the engineering profession.  He designs and manages projects for clients in the aviation, civil, commercial, educational, healthcare and military sectors.  His expertise lies in improving our infrastructure’s seismic resilience and promoting earthquake preparedness and response to seismic risk.   He excels at communicating the need for ongoing seismic resilience to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.  His energy, drive, and enthusiasm for addressing seismic risk have led to his personal and professional success.

    He represents engineers nationally as a member of the Disaster Response and Recovery Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers and serves on FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Washington Task Force as a structural engineer evaluating collapsed buildings for urban search and rescue operations.  He has organized and led earthquake response and reconnaissance teams to research lessons learned from devastating earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan (1995), Taiwan (1999), China (2008), Chile (2010), Haiti (2010), New Zealand (2011), Japan (2011) and Mexico (2017).  This experience has enabled him to design innovative seismic protection systems for both historic and modern structures.

    Throughout his career, he has been actively involved as a consulting structural engineer.  He is a sought-after peer reviewer, code consultant, analysis reviewer, and technical speaker on structural and earthquake engineering.  He has authored over 25 technical papers on seismic and structural design, earthquake risk reduction, emergency preparedness, and the seismic rehabilitation of historic and essential buildings and infrastructure.

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Guide for Preparation of PSEC Engineer-of-the-Year Nominations

The PSEC awards program is intended to honor truly outstanding engineers possessing strong histories of achievement.  Please nominate worthy candidates for this honor. Present their qualifications completely, accurately without exaggeration, and consistent with the criteria presented on the Nomination forms.  Also attach their resume.

A panel of judges will evaluate the nominations to identify the best nominee for each award.  The judges are experienced engineers charged with identifying the best candidate for each honor; their deliberations are private; their decisions are final; if no candidate is found worthy of the honor no award will be made.

In grading Nominations for:

  • Academic Engineer of the Year
  • Government Engineer of the Year
  • Industry Engineer of the Year
  • The Kenneth W. Porter Award

The first and second requested information items encompass the award criteria items and will receive 75% of the grade.

  • Nominee’s demonstration of Award Criteria above
  • General biography and summary of qualifications

The additional requested information items are supportive and will receive 25% of the grade.


In grading nominations for Young Engineer of the Year, the following requested information items will receive the weighting listed:

  • Professional background including Society Affiliations             20%
  • Education/Engineering Credentials (PE/EIT progress)              20%
  • Professional/Educational achievements and awards                40%
  • Community, Civic and Charitable involvement                        20%

In grading nominations for Professional Engineer of the Year, the following Award Criteria items will receive the weighting listed:

  • Has made significant contributions in the application of engineering to meet community needs      40%
  • Has significantly advanced the art of engineering                                                                         30%
  • Has actively participated in community affairs & technical societies                                              30%

In grading nominations for K-12 STEM Engineering Teacher of the Year, the following Award Criteria items will receive the weighting listed:

  • Has actively worked in promoting and advancing STEM Engineering related education at the local K-12 level for 5 or more years       20%
  • Has worked closely with local engineering societies on STEM Engineering related education                                                             35%
  • Has performed exceptional activities towards improving K-12 STEM Engineering related education                                                  45%

It will help if you fill out the Nomination form electronically, and copy their resume into the same Word file.  Rename the file with the Nominee’s name & the Award name (for example:  John Smith – Young Engineer Award.docx). 

 Keep the Nomination submittals to a maximum of 8 pages.

 

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