Government Engineer of the Year, 2022

April 13, 2022

Susan Chang, Ph. D., P. E.

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections

Susan Chang, Ph. D., P. E., Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Government Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of her exceptional career as a geotechnical earthquake engineer, her innovative work in developing design guidelines for considering earthquake ground motions in high-rise buildings, and her leadership in revising the state building code. She possesses a unique combination of technical expertise, team leadership abilities, and communication skills as well as experience in the public sector, private sector, and academia.

Currently serving as the Geotechnical Engineering Group Supervisor for the Department of Construction and Inspections, she oversees geotechnical peer reviews of high-rise building designs. As part of the review process, she noticed that amplification of earthquake ground motions by the Seattle sedimentary basin was not being considered in high-rise building designs. To address the issue, she convened a workshop of engineers and seismologists to develop recommendations for the city. The result was a methodology for incorporating basin response in ground motion estimation. This methodology has been adopted by Seattle and Bellevue, the Washington State Building Code, and the International Building Code. She worked with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management to develop an updated landslide map with digital records of landslides that have occurred within the city since the late 1800s. Access to this historic landslide information benefits engineers, property owners, and the general public.

In addition to her engineering contributions, she recently completed a four-year term as a councilmember for the City of Shoreline. In this role, she has brought her engineering mindset, policy-making expertise, and compassion to city government, enhancing the public’s perception of the role of engineers and women in government

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Academic Engineer of the Year, 2022

Professor Katherine G. Kuder, Ph. D., P. E.

Seattle University

Professor Katherine G. Kuder, Ph. D., P. E., Seattle University has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Academic Engineer of the Year Award in recognition of her exceptional career as a structural engineering educator; her significant contributions to the characterization and optimization of cement-based composites, and her dedicated efforts as a teacher and mentor of engineering students.

She is deeply committed to improving student learning and educational experiences and has led efforts to improve the level and scope of engineering education. She teaches a wide range of courses, spanning first year to graduate, mechanics-based to design, and lecture and laboratory courses. She is passionate about engaging students, both inside and outside of the classroom, to help them develop both technical and professional skills. She advises senior capstone projects and led the creation of Seattle University’s Master of Science in Structural Engineering program. She serves on the College of Science and Engineering diversity committee studying issues of equity and inclusion in engineering and implementing initiatives to increase diversity.

Her research is experimentally based, using mechanics and materials science principles to understand and model composite performance with an aim to improve sustainability. She focuses on the development of newly engineered cement-based composites that can be tailored for specific applications, with an emphasis on sustainability. She has been involved in efforts to develop cementitious composites to be used in reinforced concrete shear panels, concrete-filled tubes, and residential construction.

She also serves as an academic leader. She was Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department for six years and currently is an Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering.

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63RD Engineer of the Year Award Banquet

March 13, 2022

The President of PSEC and the Banquet Committee Chair invite you to attend the 63rd Annual Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Museum Of Flight
Skyline room
Doors Open – 5:00 PM
Social Hour – 6:00 PM
Dinner & Program – 7:00 PM
The Museum of Flight
9404 E Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
“Space 2.0”
Keynote Speaker: Brent Sherwood
Senior Vice President, BLUE ORIGIN
Dinner & Admission $75 Early Bird Special $700/Table,, $100 after early bird,$1000/table

Table Reservation: Seats 10
For Table Reservations, please contact:

Brent Sherwood

Brent Sherwood

SVP, Advanced Development Programs, Blue Origin


Brent is a space architect whose technical interests are rooted in development of LEO resort passenger travel, space power for Earth, and lunar urbanism. At Blue Origin, Brent leads development of space flight product lines for Next-Gen Space Transportation, Space Mobility, Space Destinations, and Lunar Permanence. He was at JPL for 14 years, with two primary roles: Program Manager for planetary mission formulation and strategy; and creation of the JPL Innovation Foundry. Before JPL he was at the Boeing Company for 17 years, with leadership roles in human exploration system configuration design, ISS module manufacturing engineering, and business development on Sea Launch, ISS, commercial space initiatives, and space science pursuits.

Here is our eventbrite link:

2022 PSEC Engineering Awards Banquet, Museum of Flight, Boeing Field, WA Tickets, Sat, May 14, 2022 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

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Puget Sound Engineering Council 62nd Annual Banquet Held

May 3, 2020

The Puget Sound Engineering Council 62nd Annual Engineer of the Year Awards Banquet was held Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Museum of Flight skyline room, and attended by 62 members.

Our Speaker was Susan Everett who spoke about the SR 99 Tunnel.

Her Biography:

Susan Everett
Project Manager Gateway/SR 509 Completion Program

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

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Susan Everett is the SR 509 Completion Program project manager.  She manages right of way acquisition, permitting, design and construction of this project.  The SR 509 project provides essential connections to the Ports of Seattle, SeaTac Airport and the Kent Valley from I-5.  Her experience includes project management, transportation and hydraulic design, permit management and estimating.

Susan has worked with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for over 30 years. Prior to working on the SR 509 Program, she served as the program design manager on the SR 99: Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program – the SR 99 Tunnel Project.  She also served as WSDOT Urban Corridors Project Development Engineerand Engineering Manager. During her work with WSDOT, Susan worked as project engineer on major projects such as the I-5 HOV lanes from downtown Seattle to Federal Way, the SR 515 Arterial Widening, the SR 161 Arterial Widening, SR 509 project extension and the I-5 ramp metering in the Seattle area. In 1996 Susan received the Governor’s Distinguished/Sustaining Management Leadership Award and is the co-author on several papers.

Susan graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering.  She bleeds purple and gold.  Her husband and two children are engineers.  The family dog, however, is normal.

After the speech, The following five Awards were handed out: Academic Engineer of the Year, Government Engineer of the Year, Kenneth Porter Award, Young Engineer of the Year, and Professional Engineer of The Year

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Professional Engineer of the Year, 2020

February 10, 2020

Andrew W. Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Andrew Taylor, 2020 PSEC Professional Engineer of the Year

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 code.

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Young Engineer of the Year, 2020

Bobbie Gilmour

Kennedy Jenks  

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 Report Card.

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Kenneth Porter Award, 2020

Kristina N. Low, P.E.

KPFF Consulting Engineers

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) Mentorship Program.

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 school participants. 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 design concepts.

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Government Engineer of the Year, 2020

Susan L. Everett, P.E.

Washington State Department of Transportation

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 functional.

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.     

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Academic Engineer of the Year, 2020

Professor Laura N. Lowes, Ph.D.

University of Washington

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 event. 

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.

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61st Annual Engineer of The Year Banquet

March 31, 2019

Puget Sound Engineering Council  held the 61st Annual Engineer on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Museum of Flight skyline room.
Our Speaker was Dr. Pierre Mourad, PhD, Professor, ME Coordinator in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the College of STEM at the University of Washington Bothell. He spoke on:
Diversification of higher education: Opportunities, and Difficulties.

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