Professional Engineer of the Year 2024

April 2, 2024

Chun C. Lau, P. E., S. E.

Brown and Caldwell

Chun C. Lau, P. E., S. E., Brown and Caldwell, has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Professional Engineer-of-the-Year Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the engineering profession, his lifetime achievements in structural engineering on numerous major domestic and international projects, and his decade of service as a member of the Washington Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

He has over 37 years of engineering experience in the fields of structural renovation, seismic engineering, and structural design. He has an extensive portfolio of projects, both domestic and international. These include Lumen Field in Seattle, Harrison Memorial Hospital Expansion in Bremerton, ASB Office Tower in the Philippines, Boston Celtics Arena in Boston, and Alyeska Prince Hotel and Tram Terminals in Alaska.

He has played an instrumental role in the advancement of structural engineering through his projects and his active engagement with professional organizations. He has served in multiple important roles with the Structural Engineering Association of Washington, the National Council of Structural Engineers Association, the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. In 2006, Governor Gregoire appointed him to the Washington Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. He served two 5-year terms including two years as Board Chair. Now retired, he serves as an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University educating future structural engineers.

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Young Engineer of the Year 2024

Tiffany Tang

Crane Aerospace and Electronics

Tiffany Tang, Crane Aerospace and Electronics, has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Young Engineer-of-the-Year Award in recognition of her exceptional leadership as a Process Engineering Supervisor and her superb customer technical support, her mentorship of junior engineers and University of Washinton Capstone students, and her active engagement with the professional community.

Upon graduation from the University of Washington, she started her professional career with Honeywell as a Systems Engineer working on Ground Proximity Warning Systems that enable commercial aviation to fly safely during poor weather and prevent crashes if pilots get disoriented. In 2021, she moved to Crane Aerospace and Electronics to become a Process Engineer focusing on the design of a new DC-DC converter for space applications. In 2022, she was promoted to Process Engineering Supervisor and leads a team working on multiple aerospace programs. She also is serving as the Capstone mentor for a Crane-sponsored University of Washington Senior Capstone project with two Chemical Engineering and two Materials Science and Engineering students.

She is very active with two professional societies: Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE). She currently serves as the President of the SWE Pacific Northwest Chapter and 2nd Vice Chair of SAMPE Seattle. As the SWE Chapter President, she has worked to bring participation back to pre-pandemic engagement. She also has reached out and re-established relationships with local colleges and universities. As the SAMPE 2nd Vice President, she plans the monthly meetings and organized the Puget Sound Materials Expo that recently was held at the Museum of Flight.

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Kenneth W. Porter Award 2024

Scott Kasper

BCRA Design

Scott Kasper, BCRA Design, has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Kenneth W. Porter Award in recognition of his many contributions to the education of K-12 students, his service as K-12 Chair for the American Society of Civil Engineers Younger Member Forum; his leadership of Washington Alliance for Better Schools After School STEM events, his leadership of STEM Exploration Nights for elementary schools, his participation in the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, and his commitment to developing interest in engineering among K-12 students.  

As the K-12 Chair for the American Scoiety of Civil Engineers Younger Member Forum, he led the organization efforts to engage with K-12 students. This included the Washington Alliance for Better Schools After School STEM Academy program for third to fifth grade students. This involved multiple sessions across five weeks to expose students to the basics of circuitry and electricity. He coordinated and participated in the Federal Way Public Schools and Arrowhead Elementary STEM Exploration Nights where students were engaged in environmental and water resources engineering activities. He served as the emcee and a volunteer for the 2023 Popsicle Stick Bridge competition designed for high school students to develop their STEM-related technical skills as well as soft skills.

He served as a judge for the 2023 and 2024 Washington (Seattle) Region Future City Competition for sixth to eighth grade students to develop their teamwork, problem-solving, research, and technical skills. Dedicated to outreach to K-12 students, he is passionate about inspiring future engineers.

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Industry Engineer of the Year 2024

Ronald S. Carson, Ph. D., ESEP®

Certification Training International

Ronald S. Carson, Ph. D., ESEP®,Certification Training International, has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Industry Engineer-of-the-Year Award in recognition of his many contributions to systems engineering and technical leadership in the aerospace industry.

He is a distinguished professional with a remarkable background in systems engineering. He is the author of numerous Boeing engineering design standards regarding requirements analysis. These enterprise-wide business process guides/instructions are widely used across the company’s business units and in training courses on requirements analysis and architecture processes. As a Technical Fellow, he was responsible for model-based systems engineering process development, deployment, improvement, training, and assessment for Puget Sound and enterprise-wide activities.

He joined the Boeing Company in 1987 to work on the Peacekeeper Rail Garrison program and led the development of design requirements, preliminary design, design analysis, test requirements, test conduct, test data analyses, and test reporting for all electromagnetic pulse developmental and system-level tests. He later worked on multiple Boeing programs for which he was responsible for functional analysis and development of system architecture requirements.

Upon retirement from Boeing in 2015, he became an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington where he taught graduate courses. He also became an Adjunct Professor at Seattle Pacific University. In 2022, he joined Certification Training International as a course facilitator, providing international training to prepare individuals to pass the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification Examination.

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Government Engineer of the Year 2024

Fred Chou, P. E.

Port of Seattle

Fred Chou, P. E., Port of Seattle, has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Government Engineer-of-the-Year Award in recognition of his exceptional career as a project engineer and program engineer for multiple public agencies, and his leadership in the delivery of numerous complex projects.

His distinguished career began with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where he served as a staff engineer on the construction of the Portland VA Medical Center. As a liaison between hospital staff and construction teams, his interactions with veterans deeply influenced his commitment to a lifetime of public service.

In 1987, he moved to Municipality Metropolitan Seattle (Metro) which later merged with King County. He became a subject matter expert in transit centers, park-and-ride facilities, and industrial wastewater treatment systems. He led the design and construction of the Waterworks Garden Project in Renton. This eight-acre park received the 1996 Seattle Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award.

He next moved to Sound Transit where he managed multiple high-impact projects. These included the Federal Way Transit Center and the South Hill Park-and-Ride. Each project stands as a testament to his commitment to excellence and his adept management of multifaced collaboration. In 2001, he joined the Port of Seattle as the co-manager of the Consolidated Rental Car Facility development at SEATAC. Transitioning to the Marine Division, he led project management teams for the construction of upgrades to Fishermen’s Terminal, the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal Expansion, and the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. In each project, he set a high standard for project delivery and fostered a culture of excellence within his teams.

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Academic Engineer of the Year 2024

Professor Dawn E. Lehman, Ph. D.

University of Washington

Professor Dawn E. Lehman, Ph. D., University of Washington, has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Academic Engineer-of-the-Year Award in recognition of her exceptional career as a structural engineering educator, her significant contributions to seismic engineering of structural systems, and her dedicated efforts as a teacher and mentor of engineering students.

She is nationally recognized for her research program using large-scale experimental results in conjunction with high-resolution finite element analysis to develop methods for evaluating and retrofitting existing systems and for investigating performance-based seismic engineering approaches for design. She has conducted research on a range of systems, including reinforced-concrete walls and frames, steel-braced frames, as well as concrete-filled tube, precast, and reinforced-concrete bridge systems. Her research results have been incorporated into codes, design manuals, and provisional structural engineering recommendations.

June 24, 2021, the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida collapsed without warning. Professor Lehman worked with an investigative journalist team to investigate the collapse using tools and technologies developed through her research. The primary objective of the investigation was to understand how initial damage in a pool deck could lead to partial collapse of the cast-in-place reinforced-concrete structure. This work led to the team receiving a Pulitzer Prize and to making numerous presentations to international audiences.

Teaching is a critical part of her success as an educator. Her teaching goals are (1) teach fundamental knowledge yet challenge students, (2) set a high bar and level of expectation, (3) encourage collaboration and active learning, and (4) integrate prior and current class materials to create a more holistic learning experience.

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Engineering Banquet 2024

January 15, 2024

The annual Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet for 2024 is scheduled for May 4, 2024 at the Museum of Flight Skyline room
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Professional Engineer of the Year 2023

January 29, 2023

Donald G. Anderson, Ph. D., P. E., G. E.

Jacobs Engineering Group

Donald G. Anderson, Jacobs Engineering Group, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Professional Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the engineering profession and his lifetime achievements in the geotechnical design of numerous infrastructure projects throughout the Pacific Northwest including transportation, water storage and conveyance, wastewater treatment, and environmental restoration.

He has a long history of providing geotechnical engineering leadership and consultation on major projects in the Seattle area, as well as projects across the United States and Canada. He provides specialized expertise in the areas of earthquake engineering and soil dynamics. His work on highway and bridge projects involved geotechnical design of cut and fill slopes, approach fills, deep foundations, spread footings, and retaining walls. His work on port and harbor projects included design of deep foundations, embankment stability analysis, dredging studies, pile installation monitoring, and pile-load testing. His work on water storage and treatment facilities involved determination of foundation support requirements, earth pressures on buried walls, and seismic design criteria.

He has been actively involved in the advancement of geotechnical earthquake engineering and soil dynamics. He participated in the development of seismic ground motion design requirements included in the International Building Code and in United States and Canadian Building Codes. He has been an active participant in community affairs and technical society engagement. He has served as vice-chair and chair of the Seattle area American Society of Civil Engineers Geotechnical Group as well as a board director of the group.

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Young Engineer of the Year 2023

Philip B. Yu

Mott MacDonald, LLC

Philip B. Yu, Mott MacDonald, LLC, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Young Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of his excellent work as a marine structural engineer working on multiple marine projects along both the east and west coasts, his mentorship of junior engineers, and his service as advisor to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) University of Washington Student Chapter.

Since graduating from the University of Washington, he has been involved with the Seattle Section’s ASCE Younger Member’s Forum. He served as an At-Large Chair and assisted in organizing the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition and served as the co-organizer and an instructor for the Fundamentals of Engineering Review Course. Later he became the Practitioner Advisor for the University of Washington ASCE Student Chapter and provided academic and professional development advice to the chapter officers. He is an Engineer-in-Training and in the process of pursing a Professional Engineer license in California.

As a marine structural engineer, he has provided engineering services on over 30 marine projects for a variety of public entities along the east and west coasts. From structural inspections, conceptual designs, and alternative analyses to submittal reviews and punch list site visits, he has worked on both recreational and commercial facilities of various sizes, including boat launches, breakwaters, marinas, piers, and wharves. Over the past year, he has assumed more responsibility at his company by being given entire deliverables to develop, junior engineers to lead and mentor, a client to focus on for business development, a university to engage with for recruitment, and an internal training program to conduct focusing on project risk, ethics, and finance.

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Kenneth W. Porter Award 2023

Nicole Peden

Davido Consulting Group, Inc.

Nicole Peden, Davido Consulting Group, Inc., has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Kenneth W. Porter Award in recognition of her many contributions to the education of K-12 students, her service as K-12 Outreach Chair for the American Society of Civil Engineers Younger Member’s Forum; her participation in Discovery Days and the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, her development of virtual K-12 outreach events during the pandemic, and her commitment to developing interest in engineering among K-12 students.  

Soon after graduation from the University of Washington, she joined the American Society of Civil Engineers Younger Member’s Forum (YMF) and agreed to become the K-12 Outreach Chair during the height of the pandemic. Her goals were to work on rebuilding a network of students, volunteers, and organizations since most museums, schools, and facilities closed and no longer had in-person events. She recruited YMF volunteers to participate in various virtual events. Once in-person opportunities returned, she organized in-person events and recruited YMF volunteers to participate in them. During the summer of 2022, she arranged for YMF to host a rotation during the Museum of Flight’s Fly Forward summer in-person program. For this event, she organized an activity for middle school students to create spaghetti structures and learn about structural engineering basics. Later in the autumn, she arranged for YMF to host a booth at the Museum of Flight’s Back to School Spacewalk for middle school students. The students made marshmallow and toothpick structures and asked questions about civil engineering and the volunteers’ STEM experiences. This event showcased careers in various engineering disciplines. Dedicated to outreach of K-12 students, she is passionate about inspiring future engineers, especially women engineers.

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