Young Engineer of the Year

Last Modified: January 30, 2018
by Stan Dyck

Current Recipient

  • 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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Award Criteria

  • The nominee must be under 35 years of age, between three and six years past the date of graduation, with a baccalaureate degree in Engineering, and must be a member of one of the Puget Sound Engineering Council member societies.
  • The nominee should show professional society participation such as serving as a committee member or officer, or providing support at society meetings or conferences.
  • The nominee should show progress in professional experience and attainments, and show progress towards or show registration as a professional engineer.

Past Recipients

  • 2017 – Don Nguyen, P.E, COWI North America
  • 2016 – Kimberly Hinson, The Boeing Company
  • 2015 – Cal Bearman, PE – Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
  • 2014 – Courtney Davis, P.E. – KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • 2013 – Zohrah Saidy, P. E. – HDR Engineering
  • 2012 – Kimberly Hicks -The Boeing Company
  • 2011 – Danielle Vardaro – The Boeing Company
  • 2010 – Melissa Wu, P.E. – CH2M HILL
  • 2009 – Kelly Griswold – The Boeing Company
  • 2008 – Eric S. Herzstein, P.E. – Parsons Transportation Group
  • 2007 – Erin Fletcher, P.E. – HDR Engineering
  • 2006 – Doug Knapp EIT – US Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2005 – Mary Holland PE – Rose Water Engr. and Jenna McGrath, PE – Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • 2004 – Cheryl Burwell PE – Magnusson Klemensic
  • 2003 – Ann Eppler PE – Hammond Collier Wade
  • 2002 – Brook A. Maples PE – KPFF
  • 2001 – James McSpadden Ph.D. – The Boeing Company
  • 2000 – Robb A. Dibble EIT – DCI Engineers
  • 1999 – Scot Bartkoske PE – ELCON Associates
  • 1997 – Nancy H. Devine PE – Anne Symonds & Assoc.
  • 1996 – Douglas E. Chapelle – The Boeing Company

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