Government Engineer of The Year

Last Modified: April 2, 2024
by Dave

Current Recipient

  • 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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Award Criteria

  • Has contributed significantly in the application of engineering principles in Local, State, or Federal  Government projects.
  • Has led in improving the application of technology for public benefit.
  • Has actively participated in improving the effectiveness of the engineering profession.

Past Recipients

  • 2023 – Tony Allen, P.E., Washington State Department of Transportation
  • 2022 – Susan Chang, Ph. D., P.E. – Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
  • 2020 – Susan L. Everett, P.E., Washington State Department of Transportation
  • 2019 – James P. Wilhoit, P. E., City of Renton
  • 2018 – Jeffery A. Lundt, P.E., Wastewater Treatment Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
  • 2017 – Alan Murray, P.E., Snohomish County
  • 2016 – Richard Q. Gilmore, PE Silver Lake Water and Sewer District
  • 2015 – Cindy Hirsch, PE – Federal Aviation Administration
  • 2014 – Richard A. Sage, P.E., CCM, – Sound Transit
  • 2013 – David L. Dye, P.E. – HNTB Corporation
  • 2012 – James W. Miller, P.E. – City of Everett
  • 2011 – Michael Mucha, P.E. – City of Olympia
  • 2010 – Jerremy J. Barbera, P.E. – Port of Seattle
  • 2009 – Ronald H. Borowski – City of Seattle
  • 2008 – Linda E. De Bolt, P.E. – Seattle Public Utilities
  • 2006 – Jonathan Siu, PE – City of Seattle
  • 2005 – Randolph R. Sleight, P.E., P.L.S.
  • 2004 – John Hogan PE – City of Seattle
  • 2003 – Lloyd Warren PE – City of Bellevue
  • 2002 – Col. Ralph H. Graves Ph.D PE – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2001 – Cap A. Pearson PE – City of Tacoma
  • 2000 – Thomas A. Kinsman PE – City of Seattle
  • 1999 – Capt. David J. Visneski PE – U. S. Coast Guard
  • 1996 – David A. Malsch PE – Washington State DOT
  • 1995 – Simon Yang PE-Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1994 – Louis J. Hoff PE-King County Roads & Engineers
  • 1993 – Larry E. Shannon PE-Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1992 – Stanley C. Stumbo PE-Washington State Ferries
  • 1991 – Vladimir Khazak-Metro
  • 1990 – Robert E. Bockstruck PE – Washington State DOT