Young Engineer of the Year

Last Modified: April 2, 2024
by Dave

Current Recipient

  • 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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Award Criteria

  • The nominee must be under 35 years of age, between three and six years past the date of graduation, with a baccalaureate degree in Engineering, and must be a member of one of the Puget Sound Engineering Council member societies.
  • The nominee should show professional society participation such as serving as a committee member or officer, or providing support at society meetings or conferences.
  • The nominee should show progress in professional experience and attainments, and show progress towards or show registration as a professional engineer.

Past Recipients

  • 2023 – Philip B. Yu, Mott MacDonald, LLC
  • 2022 – Amy Moore, Flatiron Construction
  • 2020 – Bobbie Gilmour, Kennedy Jenks
  • 2019 – Abdur Rehman, P. E., Puget Sound Energy
  • 2018 – Grace Lefebure, The Boeing Company
  • 2017 – Don Nguyen, P.E, COWI North America
  • 2016 – Kimberly Hinson, The Boeing Company
  • 2015 – Cal Bearman, PE – Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
  • 2014 – Courtney Davis, P.E. – KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • 2013 – Zohrah Saidy, P. E. – HDR Engineering
  • 2012 – Kimberly Hicks -The Boeing Company
  • 2011 – Danielle Vardaro – The Boeing Company
  • 2010 – Melissa Wu, P.E. – CH2M HILL
  • 2009 – Kelly Griswold – The Boeing Company
  • 2008 – Eric S. Herzstein, P.E. – Parsons Transportation Group
  • 2007 – Erin Fletcher, P.E. – HDR Engineering
  • 2006 – Doug Knapp EIT – US Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2005 – Mary Holland PE – Rose Water Engr. and Jenna McGrath, PE – Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • 2004 – Cheryl Burwell PE – Magnusson Klemensic
  • 2003 – Ann Eppler PE – Hammond Collier Wade
  • 2002 – Brook A. Maples PE – KPFF
  • 2001 – James McSpadden Ph.D. – The Boeing Company
  • 2000 – Robb A. Dibble EIT – DCI Engineers
  • 1999 – Scot Bartkoske PE – ELCON Associates
  • 1997 – Nancy H. Devine PE – Anne Symonds & Assoc.
  • 1996 – Douglas E. Chapelle – The Boeing Company