Young Engineer of the Year

Last Modified: January 18, 2017
by Stan Dyck

Current Recipient

  • Young Engineer of the Year Award, 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

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

  • 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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