WSPE Professional Engineer of the Year

Last Modified: April 2, 2024
by Dave

Current Recipient

  • Professional Engineer of the Year 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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Award Criteria

  • Nominee is a professional engineer.
  • Has made significant contributions in the application of engineering to meeting community needs.
  • Has significantly advanced the art of engineering.
  • Has actively participated in community affairs and technical societies.

Past Recipients

  • 2023 – Donald G. Anderson, Ph. D., P.E, G.E, Jacobs Engineering Group
  • 2022 – M. Lee Marsh, Ph. D., P.E. – WSP USA, Inc.
  • 2020 – Andrew W. Taylor, Ph. D., P.E., S.E., KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • 2019 – John H. Clark, P. E., S. E.
  • 2018 – David B. Swanson, P.E., S.E., Reid Middleton, Inc.
  • 2017 – Mark D’Amato, P.E., S.E., DCI Engineers
  • 2016 – Vladimir Shepsis, PhD, PE Coast and Harbor Engineering, Inc.
  • 2015 – Ron Klemencic, PE, SE – Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • 2014 – Robert F. Mast, P.E., S.E. – Berger ABAM
  • 2013 – Harvey W. Parker, Ph. D., P. E., D. GE. – Harvey Parker & Associates, Inc.
  • 2012 – John V. Christiansen, P. E. – Skilling and Helle
  • 2011 – John Tawresey, S.E., P.E. – KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • 2010 – Raymond Walton, PhD, P.E., D.WRE – WEST Consultants
  • 2009 – Neil A. Norman, P.E., FNSPE
  • 2008 – John D. Hooper, P.E., S.E. – Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • 2007 – Alan Werner PE
  • 2006 – W. Paul Grant PE – PanGEO
  • 2005 – Don Northey, PE – TranSystems
  • 2004 – Nancy E Duevel PE – Brown & Caldwell
  • 2003 – Jon D. Magnusson PE – Skilling, Ward, Magnusson
  • 2002 – Roger C. Young PE – ELCON Associates
  • 2001 – Edwin T. Huston PE – Smith-Houston
  • 2000 – Milton A. Tiede PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1999 – Robert N. Parnell PE – R N Parnell Company
  • 1998 – Robert W. Walker PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1997 – Wally F. Urbick PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1996 – Theodore O. Wright PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1995 – Kenneth W. Porter PE – Pulse Turbine Ltd.
  • 1994 – Roy Avent PE – Louis Warner Co.
  • 1993 – Anne Symonds PE – Anne Symonds & Associates
  • 1992 – Noel Ralph Adams PE – AHBL Inc.
  • 1991 – William D. Ward PE – Skilling, Ward, Magnusson, Barkshire
  • 1990 – Ark G. Chin PE-Kramer, Chin & Mayo
  • 1989 – Thomas J. Martin PE – The Boeing Company
  • 1988 – Paul C. Juhasz PE – Wash. State Energy Off., retired
  • 1987 – Marie Ann Huff PE – Chute Engineering
  • 1986 – Ernest F. Dodge PE – URS Corporation
  • 1985 – Kenneth L. McGowan PE – McGowan Broz Engineer
  • 1984 – Jack F. Eisenhawer PE – Bouillon Christofferson & Schairer
  • 1983 – G. W. Van Wierenger PE – Entranco Engineers
  • 1983 – M. Delles PE – Entranco Engineers
  • 1982 – Luke Zankich PE – Marine Power & Equipment
  • 1981 – Robert Bergseth PE – University of Washington
  • 1980 – Arthur B. Sirjord PE – The Richardson Associates
  • 1979 – Martin J. Boivin PE – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1978 – Arvid Grant PE – Arvid Grant & Associates, Inc
  • 1977 – Thomas E. Sparling PE – Sparling & Associates, Inc
  • 1976 – John Stuart Miller PE – Thompson, Miller & Lyons
  • 1975 – Lawrence M. Baugh PE – Baugh Construction Co.
  • 1974 – Frederic L.S. Salinger PE – Port of Seattle
  • 1973 – Charles V. (Tom) Gibbs PE – Metro
  • 1972 – Cecil L. Browder PE – Cecil L. Browder & Associates
  • 1971 – Phillip F. Spaulding PE – Phillip Spaulding & Associates
  • 1970 – Lincoln Bouillon PE – Bouillon Christofferson & Schairer
  • 1969 – Daniel J. Evans PE – Governor & U.S. Senator