Government Engineer of The Year

Last Modified: January 14, 2019
by Dave

Current Recipient

  • Government Engineer of the Year, 2019

    James P. Wilhoit, P. E., City of Renton

    2019 Award Recipient

    Nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers

    James P. Wilhoit

    James P. Wilhoit, P.E.
    City of Renton

    James P. Wilhoit, P.E., has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Government Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his many contributions in positions of great responsibility with the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps, the Seattle School District, Valley Medical Center, Washington State Department of Transportation, and the City of Renton.

    As a commissioned officer in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, he oversaw construction of shore facilities in Puerto Rico, Japan, and Washington State.  Upon release from the Navy, he served as resident engineer for the construction of two major elementary schools for the Seattle School District.  In 1990, he became the Assistant Director of Plant Engineering for Valley Medical Center and supervised the maintenance and building systems operations workforce.  In 1995, he became the Terminal Design Engineer for Washington State Ferries and managed the design of numerous ferry terminal projects throughout Puget Sound.  In 1999, he became a Transportation Design Project Manager for the City of Renton, responsible for both design and construction of transportation projects for the City.  He continued in this role until he retired in 2017.

    Throughout his career with multiple government agencies, he has emphasized safety on construction projects and streamlined contracting procedures.  He developed a reputation for keeping communications flowing to ensure that all stakeholders were informed and work stayed on schedule.  His commitment to open communication also extended to keeping the public informed of project progress and impacts to them. He actively participates in section activities of the American Society of Civil Engineers including mentoring engineering students at Seattle University and the University of Washington.

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Award Criteria

  • Has contributed significantly in the application of engineering principles in Local, State, or Federal  Government projects.
  • Has led in improving the application of technology for public benefit.
  • Has actively participated in improving the effectiveness of the engineering profession.

Past Recipients

  • 2018 – Jeffery A. Lundt, P.E., Wastewater Treatment Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
  • 2017 – Alan Murray, P.E., Snohomish County
  • 2016 – Richard Q. Gilmore, PE Silver Lake Water and Sewer District
  • 2015 – Cindy Hirsch, PE – Federal Aviation Administration
  • 2014 – Richard A. Sage, P.E., CCM, – Sound Transit
  • 2013 – David L. Dye, P.E. – HNTB Corporation
  • 2012 – James W. Miller, P.E. – City of Everett
  • 2011 – Michael Mucha, P.E. – City of Olympia
  • 2010 – Jerremy J. Barbera, P.E. – Port of Seattle
  • 2009 – Ronald H. Borowski – City of Seattle
  • 2008 – Linda E. De Bolt, P.E. – Seattle Public Utilities
  • 2006 – Jonathan Sui, PE –
  • 2005 – Randolph R. Sleight, P.E., P.L.S.
  • 2004 – John Hogan PE – City of Seattle
  • 2003 – Lloyd Warren PE – City of Bellevue
  • 2002 – Col. Ralph H. Graves Ph.D PE – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2001 – Cap A. Pearson PE – City of Tacoma
  • 2000 – Thomas A. Kinsman PE – City of Seattle
  • 1999 – Capt. David J. Visneski PE – U. S. Coast Guard
  • 1996 – David A. Malsch PE – Washington State DOT
  • 1995 – Simon Yang PE-Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1994 – Louis J. Hoff PE-King County Roads & Engineers
  • 1993 – Larry E. Shannon PE-Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1992 – Stanley C. Stumbo PE-Washington State Ferries
  • 1991 – Vladimir Khazak-Metro
  • 1990 – Robert E. Bockstruck PE – Washington State DOT

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