Congratulations UEC 2018 Award Nominees!
Commissioning Authority of Salt Lake City Corporation, ASHRAE
The Utah Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers nominated Cameron Scott of Salt Lake City Corporation as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. Cameron joined Salt Lake City as an Energy Engineer supervising an HVAC Maintenance team and running energy projects. Several of his projects included upgrading lights to high efficient LEDs, replacing boilers with more efficient replacement boilers, and installing electrical charging stations for EV vehicles. To meet Salt Lake City’s ambitious goal of 100% renewable electrical usage, Cameron and the SLC facilities manager realized the most effective way to reduce energy consumption is to tune new and existing buildings. With the approval of the city council, they developed a Commissioning Authority position with the goal of tuning all city buildings every 10 years.
Melvin “Clay” Rumsey
Northrop Grumman, AIAA
The Utah Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics nominated Clay Rumsey, the electrical engineering manager at Northrop Grumman, as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. Clay is a licensed journeyman electrician, holds a double major of Physics and Applied Physics with minors in Mathematics and Visual Arts from Weber State University. Clay has over twenty years of experience as an electrical technician and aerospace engineer in Utah. Recently Clay has stepped up to lead a diverse group of 20 electrical engineers providing support to our nation’s ICBM fleet. He is a quiet listener and is always willing to mentor junior engineers and help anyone with tough interpersonal issues. Every year, Clay leads volunteers from AIAA and the local aerospace community to visit nearby schools to talk about engineering and launch air rockets. Students of the Davis and Weber School Districts know him as “Rocket Man”.
The Wasatch Chapter of the International Committee on Systems Engineering nominated Paul White Senior Systems Engineer at KIHOMAC as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. Paul is a senior systems engineer at KIHOMAC in Layton. Previously, he worked on the Airbus A400M and Boeing EDCU programs for Astronautics Corporation of America in Milwaukee; on both the Big Safari and IBS programs for L-3 Communications in Greenville, Texas; and in factory automation for Hyundai in Eugene, Oregon. He has nineteen years of experience in the aerospace industry. Paul has been an INCOSE member since 2007 serving in various top leadership roles in the North Texas (Dallas – Fort Worth) Chapter, Chicagoland Chapter, and Wasatch Chapter. Paul has been a leader in the annual Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC) since 2012 including conference chair for the 6th and 8th conferences. He has a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering and Architecting from the Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.
American Council of Engineering Companies of Utah nominated Jeff Watkins of Van Boerum & Frank Associates, Inc. as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. If you’ve been to a doctor’s office or a hospital in the last 25 years, chances are, you’ve experienced healthcare in a facility that was designed by Jeff Watkins and his team. He leads the most vibrant engineering team at VBFA and is always willing to share his expertise to mentor his 20 young professionals. Some of VBFA’s strongest Project Engineers learned their skills from Jeff and today are leading their own individual teams and passing along the skills they learned from Jeff. Some unique requirements that reflect his expertise: Laminar flow operating rooms, linear accelerators, neonatal intensive care, radiology, bariatric, MRI, dialysis, and triage.
McNeil Engineering, ACEC
The Utah Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers nominated Matthew Roblez of McNeil Engineering as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. Matthew started in the engineering community working as a print boy at the age of 13 for Buehner Concrete, a local precast concrete company. He worked there and learned the inner workings of a professional engineering office for nearly 7 years. Only two years after graduation, he obtained his license. He is the only 3-time ASCE Utah Section president. Matthew was the precast specialty structural engineer on the Salt Lake City Library. He recently worked on the Kauai Green Energy Project which required coordination with fabricators and engineers in Poland and Germany. He is co-author of the Council of American Structural Engineers National Practice Guidelines for Specialty Structural Engineers. Matthew Roblez is one of four owners of McNeil Engineering in Sandy, Utah. He is also part owner of The Voice of Champions Radio Network and a part owner of Destiny Wrestling Association. He performs as “The MK Bandit” in many professional wrestling shows across the country. He enjoys producing, editing and directing professional wrestling television shows across the country.
The Utah Chapter of the Institute for Transportation Engineers nominated Lisa Zundel, a Project Manager at the Utah Department of Transportation as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. Lisa’s notable projects include Project Director of I-15 SB 12300 South to SR-201, a $180M design-build project to widen 14 miles of southbound I-15 and a segment of 7200 South and replace two railroad structures. Joint Project Manager (UDOT, UTA, Wasatch Front Regional Council, & Mountainland Association of Governments) for the Wasatch Front Central Corridor. Project Manager to study Melbourne’s approach to prevent congestion by continuously monitoring traffic flows and controlling access to the freeway with state-of-the-art ramp metering equipment. Joint Project Manager (UDOT and UTA) for an Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Study to improve integration of systems and data. Project Manager for 10600 South Interchange Improvements to help alleviate congestion in the area near the 10600 South interchange with I-15.
The Utah Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers nominated Kyle Fox Chief Software Engineer for Ground Based Strategic Defense for the US Air Force as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. Kyle Fox, USAF, has spent his seven-year career providing significant contributions to the United States’ national security. Mr. Fox‘s projects have deployed state-of-the-art forward repair capability for the F-15, F-16, C-130, and E-3 weapon systems to Kadena AFB, Japan. Mr. Fox is currently serving as the Chief Software Engineer for the USAF’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, an $85B ICBM replacement program. In this role, he is establishing a safe and secure nuclear weapon system to defend the nation through 2070. Mr. Fox frequently presents nuclear software and cybersecurity topics to senior government officials, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Congress, and the White House. Mr. Fox‘s expertise has been sought out from across the DOD, advising on programs critical for national security. To grow essential skill sets supporting national security workloads, Mr. Fox teamed with his graduate alma mater, the Naval Postgraduate School and Federally Funded Research Centers to provide a mixture of technical degrees, certifications, and courses for the Hill engineering workforce. This resulted in over 30 engineers achieving technical masters degrees and provided critical training for key decision makers.
Dr. Brent Strong
BYU Professor Emeritus, SAMPE
The Utah Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering has nominated Dr. Brent Strong of BYU as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. Dr. Strong is currently a Professor Emeritus at Brigham Young University in Manufacturing Engineering Technology where he has essentially “written the books on plastic and composite materials”. He is Chief Technical Officer and Board Member for the State of Utah’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI). This initiative is advancing technology, employment, and visibility on several technological fronts. He leads a program developing pitch-base carbon fiber from Utah’s coal industry ($1.8M), developing UAMMI’s supply chain contacts within Utah’s vast (and dominant) materials and manufacturing industry, and connecting Utah with numerous government agencies. In addition, he has been a founder of several of Utah centers of excellence which have accounted for over $40M and several hundred jobs.
The Great Basin Post of the Society of American Military Engineers nominated Evan Gabrielsen Project Manager at AECOM, as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. Evan has 35 years’ engineering experience spanning aerospace, advanced materials, demilitarization, and environmental engineering disciplines. He graduated cum laude from BYU in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. At Hercules, now Alliant Techsystems, Gabe was a development engineer, developing advanced high-temperature materials, and coordinating the design, manufacturing, and quality control of metal components on solid fuel space booster rockets. At El Dorado Engineering, he managed projects designing and constructing mechanical and thermal systems for the safe disposal of propellants and explosives. At AECOM, he is currently Project Manager for the Utah Test and Training Range Performance-based Remediation contract. His team investigates, samples, and applies State-approved chemical, mechanical and administrative remedies to over 145 sites contaminated with fuels and oils, spent solvents, asbestos-containing materials, lead paint, mining wastes, and range debris that may include unexploded munitions.
Dr. Mitsuru Saito
Brigham Young Professor, ITE
The Utah Chapter of the Institute for Transportation Engineers nominated BYU Professor Dr. Mitsuru Saito for Utah Engineering Educator of the Year. Dr. Saito really cares about his students. He has an open-door policy, where students can meet with him whenever he is in his office and he is willing to take time to explain difficult concepts. Examples of his research: Developing a Method to Identify Horizontal Curve Segments with Worst Crash Histories Using the HAF Algorithm; Analysis of Access Management Impacts; Calibration of the Signal Performance Metrics System’s Volume/Speed Data. Example Papers: Roadway Safety Modeling in Utah Using the Roadway Safety Analysis Methodology; Use of Hi-resolution Data for Evaluating Accuracy of Traffic Volume Counts Collected by Microwave Sensors; Development of Crash Prediction Models for Curved Segments of Rural Two-Lane Highways.
Dr. David Fullwood
Brigham Young Professor, SAMPE
The Utah Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering nominated BYU Professor Dr. David Fullwood as Utah’s Engineering Educator of the Year. David Fullwood is a member of the Materials group in the Mechanical Engineering Department at BYU. Following his PhD in mathematics he spent 12 years working for the nuclear industry in the UK. As Head of R&D and Head of Mechanical Engineering he developed high-speed energy storage flywheels based on novel composites for two spin-off companies. The result was the most high-tech flywheel available, with applications on the NY Metro, a Fuji wind farm and other areas requiring energy smoothing. Dr. Fullwood returned to academia in 2004, with a brief spell at Drexel University followed by his current position at BYU. He now focuses on composites / nano-composites, microscopy and computational methods in materials science.
Dr. Masood Amin
UVU Associate Professor, AIAA
The Utah Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics nominated Dr. Masood Amin, an Assistant Professor at USU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as Utah’s Engineering Educator of the Year. Dr. Amin began teaching in 1990 as an adjunct professor of Mathematics at Utah Valley University. He also taught at Westminster College and University of Utah. He accepted a full-time position in the Pre-Engineering program at UVU in 1997 where he was assigned to teach engineering, physics, and mathematics courses.
He was assigned to teach only engineering courses in 2001 and became the only faculty in the program. At that time, the pre-Engineering program consisted of only Introduction to Engineering, Statics, Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials. Since then, he has created 5 new courses and helped create two other courses. He has been responsible for articulation of courses with other local institutions especially with University of Utah. While working full-time, he completed his PhD at BYU. He has focused on teaching, encouraging, and inspiring students to reach their potential. He has worked closely with high schools to promote engineering among youths, females, and minorities. He has organized summer camps, competitions, and short courses for students. He is currently organizing a Student Chapter of ASME.
Dr. Julie Crockett
Brigham Young Assistant Professor, SWE
The Greater Salt Lake Section of the Society of Women Engineers nominated BYU Assistant Professor Dr. Julie Crockett as Utah’s Engineering Educator of the Year. Professor Julie Crockett obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver, then went on to complete Masters and Doctorate degrees at UC San Diego. She joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Brigham Young University in 2007 where she is an Associate Professor. She was awarded tenure in 2014. She teaches classes in fluid dynamics and thermodynamics, and her research focuses on internal waves and flow and thermal physics at superhydrophobic surfaces. She has been the principal investigator on research awards totaling over $1.5 million dollars in external funding. Along with students she has advised, she has been a coauthor on 19 journal papers and over 60 conference presentations. In 2016, she was selected as the Alice Louise Reynolds Women-in-Scholarship Lecturer, a program that highlights an outstanding female scholar at BYU yearly. Dr. Crockett is heavily involved in STEM outreach and contributes frequently to the local and university communities. She has advised 20 graduate and 45 undergraduate students, and she has served as a mentor and role model for countless other students. She is an excellent teacher and since joining the faculty at BYU her student ratings have been consistently in the top 20% of all faculty in the department.
Dr. Laurie McNeill
USU Professor, ASCE
The Utah Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers nominated USU Professor Dr. Laurie McNeill as Utah’s Engineering Educator of the Year. Dr. McNeill holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is highly respected by her peers. She has peer reviewed ten publications in the subjects of drinking water, water treatment, environmental chemistry, and other related subjects. She has authored several presentations on water quality and water treatment that have been presented nationwide. She is listed as a contributing author in several other professional presentations on the same subjects. Dr. McNeill is committed to the success of USU’s engineering program and especially to that of her students. Her dedication to helping students develop the necessary skills to become effective engineers is evident in her approach to teaching. She is committed to the success of her students, keeping them engaged and presenting complicated information in an illuminating and interesting way. Many students claim Dr. McNeill to be the best teacher they’ve ever had.
CCI Mechanical, ASPE
The Intermountain Chapter of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers nominated Ryan Nelson, an engineer at CCI Mechanical, for Utah’s Fresh Face in Engineering. In 2014 Ryan Nelson began his career as an intern BIM assistant at the Apple Campus 2 project with Superior Air Handling. His responsibilities included producing Navisworks animations as well as effective cargo management plans. Shortly after his internship, Ryan received a Bachelor’s of Science in Design Engineering Technology cum laude. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree, Ryan managed a team of 3D modelers at Trimble BIM Services, providing a clash free coordination model for the construction of Kansas State University’s engineering hall. His career then took him to CCI Mechanical, where his achievements include discovering a solution that reduced the amount of pipe for the Embassy Suites Hotel project resulting in significant labor and material savings and assisting CCI’s virtual construction team to re-design an impractical piping system into a functional, cost efficient system for the Layton Hospital Medical Office Building and Central Utility Plant.
Horrocks Engineers, ITE
The Utah Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers nominated Ashley Dowell, a traffic engineer at Horrocks Engineers, as Utah’s Fresh Face in Engineering. Ashley Dowell has worked at Horrocks Engineers as a traffic engineer since 2013. She has demonstrated the ability to take on various tasks and has progressively taken on more and more responsibility. She has contributed to a wide range of projects while working at Horrocks ranging from small traffic studies to large freeway projects. Ashley has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that allows her to contribute to many of the projects in which Horrocks is involved. She has successfully designed a large number of traffic signals and roadway lighting projects using her extensive knowledge of the current design standards and Utah MUTCD requirements. She has demonstrated a passion for roadway safety with her involvement in preparing dozens of Operational Safety Reports (OSRs) for various UDOT Projects. She exemplifies integrity and quality in her work while mentoring other young engineers around her.
Northrop Grumman, AIAA
The Utah Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics nominated Mark Edmonson, an electrical engineer at Northrop Grumman, as Utah’s Fresh Face in Engineering. Mark served a technical internship at Northrop Grumman where he developed a large scale statistical analysis software for the Missile Defense Agency. Upon graduation he was hired as a Software Developer with duties such as server migration and script development and management. He was promoted to Electrical Engineer where he created a system assessment tool for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Airborne Launch Control System to perform high level assessment with less engineering labor. Mark continues to improve statistical analysis tools and methods. He leverages his software/cyber background and electrical engineering expertise to rapidly develop and build a critical piece of secure communications equipment.
IM Flash Technologies, IEEE
The Utah section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers nominated Samuel Mitchell, a run to run engineer at IM Flash Technologies. As a graduate student at Utah State University, Samuel contributed to public welfare by investigating potential failure modes for semi-automated vehicles. In his role at IM Flash, he is helping develop the next generation of memory, which is used to expedite research in AI and medical technology (one application can reduce MRI time from 40 minutes to 2 minutes). While with USU, he revitalized a student-led professional development conference with 170 attendees. During his 3 years of involvement with the conference (2013-2015), he organized the program, obtained $5,000 of funding, designed 3 workshops, and gave an invited talk at the conference. Since then he continues to support the conference as IEEE Utah Section Young Professionals Chair. In his free time, he leads a Boy Scout troop, where he encourages the scouts to pursue their own passions and share the skills they’ve obtained with others.
Van Boerum & Frank Associates, ACEC
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Utah nominated Jared Smith, an engineer with Van Boerum & Frank Associates, for Utah’s Fresh Face in Engineering for 2018. Jared demonstrates a keen understanding of the art and science involved in complex mechanical system designs. Jared is the Project Engineer on the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center Expansion, responsible for mechanical design of the operating rooms and their respective layouts. Each of the 25 operating rooms have unique requirements to meet comfort and safety needs for staff and patients such as temperature, location of laminar and turbulent air flow, cooling loads, filtration, pressurization, space constraints, and coordination with other trades. Jared also is dedicated to his clients, ensuring that all needs are met while being cost-conscientious. Jared leads VBFA’s design efforts for smaller projects such as Primary Children’s Hospital Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger, LDS Welfare Square Employment Center Remodel, Dixie Regional Medical Center CT Scan Remodel and Bariatric Medical Institute Surgical Center Remodel.
J-U-B Engineers, Inc., ASCE
The Utah Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers nominated Imanual Aswandi, J-U-B Engineers Inc., for Utah’s Fresh Face in Engineering for 2018. Imanuel is a remarkable engineer, earning his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, his PE license, and the Professional Traffic Operations Engineer in the same year (2013). He is an expert in traffic data collection, modeling, analysis and active transportation. As a weekday commuter cyclist, he is intimately familiar with the challenges of riding with vehicular traffic. He was design and traffic engineer for the Hailey, Idaho, Woodside Boulevard “Complete Streets” Initiative. Imanuel created a video simulation to help neighborhoods understand how this new car and bike roundabout concepts would work and affect their travel. The project won the “2013 Excellence in Transportation Award – Public Participation” from the Idaho Transportation Department. Imanuel also won the 2012 ITE Project of the Year award for the Continuous Flow Intersection of the Bangerter Highway Improvement Project. Imanuel believes in ‘giving back’ and has deep roots in his community, volunteering his time and energy promoting engineering to elementary and junior high school age students; mentoring youth via the Big Brother/Big Sisters of Utah; and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. He is also very active in several engineering organizations including ASCE, Chi Epsilon and ITE. He understands the value of guiding youth toward a better path.
BHB Consulting Engineers, SEAU
The Structural Engineers Association of Utah nominated Andrew Hook, an engineer with BHB Consulting Engineers as Utah’s Fresh Face in Engineering. Andrew started at BHB in 2014 while attending school, and he immediately stood out among his peers. BHB launched an achievement program to measure engineering competence and training, and Andrew was one of the fastest to complete the program. Very quickly, BHB managers felt a high level of confidence in his abilities as we witnessed his solid technical skills and strong customer service. He can work with demanding building departments on specific design requirements and provide excellent communication and coordination throughout a project. Someone with his amount of experience is impressive. After Andrew earned his PE, BHB promoted him to project manager to oversee and coach other engineers. BHB has trusted Andrew as the main project engineer on our most important projects: The University of Utah Student Housing (Salt Lake City, UT), University of Utah Spencer Hall Replacement (Salt Lake City, UT), Central Utah Clinic (Salem, UT), Utah Cardiology Center (Farmington, UT), and the SolarCity Office (Draper, UT).