We will be virtual for the May PSEC meeting. The meeting will be Monday May 4 at 6:00pm via WebEx. Invites were sent out via email to PSEC representatives on April 29. Please contact Dave Butcher if you did not receive the WebEx information.
Andrew W. Taylor,
Ph.D., P.E., S.E., KPFF Consulting Engineers, has been selected as the
recipient of the 2020 Professional Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of
his exceptional career as a structural engineer focused on earthquake
engineering, structural engineering of reinforced concrete buildings,
structural vibrations, and building code development.
As a research
structural engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, he
conducted research to advance the state of engineering practice. His research activities included
performance-based seismic design of bridges, seismic isolation of structures,
numerical modeling of earthquake damage to concrete structures, and testing
standards for earthquake protection systems.
He served as an advisor
to the State of Washington in evaluating the remaining strength and durability
of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. He
synthesized study information and concluded that it was not economical or
advisable to attempt to repair and strengthen the viaduct. He served as a technical expert on the
potential damage to structures due to ground settlement created by excavation
of the new SR 99 tunnel beneath Seattle.
He evaluated the potential settlement profile at dozens of buildings
above the tunnel route and performed analysis to determine if the expected
levels of ground settlement would cause damage to the structures.
He has served for
eleven years on the American Concrete Institute committee that writes and
maintains the U.S. national building code for concrete structures, Building
Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary, and is the
national chair of the committee formed to develop the 2025 edition of this
Bobbie Gilmour, Kennedy
Jenks, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Young Engineer of the
Year Award in recognition of her work as a staff engineer involved in the
design and construction of water and wastewater treatment, pumping, and
pipeline projects and her outstanding service in multiple leadership positions
in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Younger Member’s Forum.
One of her most notable
projects was the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment and Plant
Expansion and Upgrade Project in Pierce County, Washington. She was the site inspector, construction
observer, and field engineer on the $350 million project. Other projects on
which she has worked include: the Bluffs Well Replacement for Clallam County
Public Utilities District No. 1 in
Washington; the Lyden Water Treatment Plant for the City of Lyden, Washington;
the Tahalweh Wastewater Treatment Plant in Bonney Lake, Washington; and the
Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant Modifications Aeration Upgrade and Sludge
Removal in Kona, Hawaii.
She has been very
active in the ASCE Younger Member’s Forum serving as president-elect, treasurer,
co-coordinator of the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, and the
Executive Forum Coordinator. The Executive Forum is an annual event that
provides students and young engineers with an opportunity to meet prominent
leaders from public agencies, consulting firms and construction companies. In
addition, she provides guidance to engineering students as the Practitioner
Advisor to the Seattle University ASCE Student Chapter and serves as an author
of the drinking water section of the ASCE Washington State Infrastructure
Kristina N. Low, P.E.,
KPFF Consulting Engineers, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020
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. Her work with high school students began while she was a
student at the University of Washington where she volunteered to mentor high
school students through SAT preparation and college application.
As a professional, she
has maintained her commitment to mentoring students. Some of her more prominent K-12 outreach
projects have been planning and hosting the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
on behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and mentoring
students participating in the Architecture/Construction/Engineering (ACE)
She has served in
multiple positions for ASCE Younger Member’s Forum annual outreach program, the
Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, that is designed for high school
students. She was responsible for direct
coordination and advertisement of the event as an outreach coordinator for two
years and as the assistant event coordinator the following year. Last year, she served as the Master of Ceremonies
and invited University of Washington students to serve as mentors to the high
The ACE Mentorship Program connects professionals in
the design and construction industry with high school students to work through
a design project through the schematic design phase. Each year since
graduation, she has mentored teams of students who were interested in
structural engineering and helped them develop graphics to illustrate their
Susan L. Everett, P.E.,
Washington State Department of Transportation, has been selected as the
recipient of the 2020 Government Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of her
exceptional career managing complex construction projects for the
department. Throughout her career, she
has led efforts to improve the accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness of
the engineering within the department and served as mentor for many of the
department’s project engineers.
Currently, she is the
project manager for the SR 509 Completion Project that links SR 509 to
Interstate 5, provides additional access to Sea-Tac airport, and improves transportation
in South King County. Immediately prior
to that position, she served as the Engineering Manager for the Alaskan Way
Viaduct Replacement project, supervising a team focused on design,
construction, and safety of the SR 99 tunnel. This tunnel project pushed all
known limits of engineering to become the largest soft-ground machine-bored
road tunnel in the world. She joined the
project during its development phase and was instrumental in redesigning the alignment
of the tunnel to improve sight distances for drivers. A part of the project was the construction of
the SR 99 off-ramp to South Dearborn Street.
This flexible steel and bendable concrete bridge was designed to move
with a major earthquake and return to its original position and remain
She piloted the department’s
Cost Estimating Validation Process which considers project risk in developing cost
estimates. She identified project risks
and then developed cost estimates considering alternative risk impacts and risk
probabilities. To improve the department’s value engineering (VE) process, she
introduced the split VE process in which the VE team develops initial
recommendations and then submits them to the design team for development of 3D
modeling, cross sections, and quantities.
Professor Laura N.
Lowes, Ph. D., University of Washington, has been selected as the recipient of
the 2020 Academic Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of her exceptional
career as a structural engineering educator who integrated cutting edge
research with engineering design and problem solving. Her teaching, student
advising, publications, lectures, and participation in technical conferences
have led to significant advances in the seismic design of structures.
She employs a unique
knowledge base and skill set that includes expertise in development and
application of numerical models.
Specifically, she uses laboratory testing and numerical simulation to
develop recommendations for advancing design codes and standards. She is best
known for her research addressing the behavior, simulation, design, and
performance assessment of the slender reinforced concrete walls that are used
commonly to resist lateral loads in mid- and high-rise buildings. She and her collaborators developed a
numerical modeling approach that enables simulation of loss of lateral load
carrying capacity that could result in building collapse during a seismic
As a teacher, she
provides students with the fundamental knowledge and technical skills needed to
accomplish their research and enter professional practice upon graduation. Her
classes include some traditional lectures as well as carefully crafted
laboratory exercises and homework assignments that help students link
fundamental theory to practice. Her
students are required to model a structure or a component of choice and
demonstrate that their results are valid.
In addition to her traditional teaching activities, she has established
multiple webinars to inform the natural hazard engineering community about the
state of the art in earthquake engineering.
You can now register if you want to host a booth for the K-12 students. We are looking for organizations and companies who can host a booth providing kids hands-on opportunities to learn about engineering.