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Nominated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers
Corps of Engineers, Portland (Oregon) District
Engineering, University of Portland, 2001
George L. Brown, a mechanical engineer in the Hydroelectric Design Center
US Army Corps of Engineers Portland (Oregon) District, has demonstrated
exceptional hydropower engineering skills, particularly in repair plans
and specifications for the Corps' Carters Unit #3. Among his achievements
is the design of a new device known as a wicket gate pinch, to allow easy
and secure field adjustment of wicket gates, which control the amount
of water flow in a hydroelectric turbine. Wicket gate adjustment saves
water by preventing leakage when the gates are closed and the turbine
is not running. His design, currently recommended for a patent submission,
is scheduled for its first installation in the next 12 to 18 months.
Nominated by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating
and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Greenheck Fan Corporation, Schofield, Wisconsin
Engineering, United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1992
MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
is International Technical Director for the Greenheck Fan Corporation
in Schofield, Wisconsin, where he has worked since 1998 on major research
and development projects. One project was the design and building of a
facility to test heat recovery devices, only the second of its kind anywhere
and the first fully computer controlled in the United States. The company
then leveraged the facility's resulting data to improve product performance
and market share in its energy recovery ventilator line. For his work,
Brownell was granted patent #6,505,502.
also developed a revolutionary grease extraction filtration technology
for commercial kitchen exhaust hoods, which Greenheck introduced to the
market in April 2002. He is listed as the primary inventor along with
three other co-inventors on the pending patent application.
Brownell became responsible for all of the company's testing and research
facilities, bringing computational fluid dynamics to Greenheck and initiating
a lab automation program that has produced substantial labor cost savings.
In 2003, he became the company's technical director for business outside
of the U.S. and Canada, developing and implementing a manufacturing plan
to fabricate products in China. Unlike many other companies that manufacture
in China, Greenheck plans to use that plant to sell its products within
the China market.
Nominated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Printer Development Engineer
IBM Printing Systems Division, Boulder, Colorado
Engineering, University of Iowa, 1996
MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa, 1998
an industrial printer development engineer at IBM's Printing Systems Division
in Boulder, Colorado, has held multiple development positions focusing
on new product releases and resolution of difficult customer problems.
His considerable experience working on serviceability issues includes
being the single point of contact for the maintenance package development
of multiple printer families. This background in various printing technologies
has allowed him to solve customer site problems across the United States
and Europe. He is currently listed on two patent disclosures that are
now in the search process.
activities include three years' involvement with National Engineers Week
as a school speaker and creating IBM technology displays for visiting
students. He has also served as a volunteer with high school and tribal
college students on and around the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in
Montana, where Firmature's mother grew up. He was honored with a recognition
letter from former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner in 2001 for leadership, dedication,
and teamwork during National Engineers Week.
Garza, P.E., P.G.
Nominated by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Melden & Hunt, Inc., Edinburg, Texas
Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1998
ME Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2000
P.E., P.G.,an engineer at Melden & Hunt, Inc., in Edinburg, Texas,
began his career at the USDA's Agricultural Research Services Application
Research Team, working with various equipment and aircraft manufacturers
on wind tunnel and gas chromatography analyses. He was involved with the
preparation of testing equipment, computer modeling for spray drift determination,
and plant-spray deposit analysis. While there he also worked on an innovative
concept of applying an oral rabies vaccination for wildlife protection
using an agricultural aircraft, originated by the Texas Department of
Health and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Canada.
USDA, Garza joined Malcolm Pirnie in Houston, Texas, working on a variety
of investigation and remediation projects for industrial, municipal, and
federal clients including underground storage tank investigations, soil
sediment remediation, groundwater impact studies, and environmental site
assessments. He also assisted with the expansion and remediation of various
airports in a post-9/11 context, assessing vulnerability in many different
circumstances. This led to his involvement with the Texas Engineers Task
Force on Homeland Security and related committees of the National Society
of Professional Engineers.
Melden & Hunt in 2002, which brought him back to the Rio Grande Valley
near where he grew up. There he has been involved in the design of irrigation
and sewer systems, water treatment sludge handling, elevated storage tank
design, and hydraulic analysis of pipeline systems. His continued work
on environmental site assessment and environmental compliance issues includes
extensive contact with such regulatory agencies as the Environmental Protection
Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Historical Commission,
Texas Water Development Work, and the North America Development Bank.
Nominated by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Analyst, Accenture, Reston, Virginia,
Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2001
Green, an analyst at Accenture has worked on a wide range of IT Management
and business process design projects for entertainment and media clients
such as PBS to government clients such as the Transportation Security
Administration. His problem-solving ability, communication and team management
skills have allowed him to move into new lines of business, planning and
development of new business applications, and client-side training.
For one recent
project for Verizon, Green designed and implemented a customized trouble
management ticketing and maintenance application to replace an older system.
The documentation he created consisted of Server Query Language, Visual
Basic, and C++ syntax to provide direction for an entire Verizon software
development team, a task which required extensive provisioning and communication
skills. The latter phase of the project consisted of testing to lessen
gaps between the ideal finished deliverable and real world applications.
The project may also serve as a model for other operating regions within
Davis "Lisa" Kay
Nominated by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Westinghouse Electric Company, Columbia, South Carolina
Engineering, University of South Carolina, 2000
MS Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 2001
senior manufacturing engineer for Westinghouse Electric Company's Columbia
Fuel Fabrication Facility in South Carolina since 2001, is a strong contributor
to the company's improvement initiatives. As a process engineer supporting
chemical manufacturing operations, Kay has taken the lead on several cost-saving
projects, resolved difficult equipment problems and been responsible for
coordinating multi-functional teams that have identified and implemented
significant area improvements, resulting in company savings of more than
$1 million over the next year.
leads a team of engineers and operators from all shifts responsible for
equipment and process improvements throughout the facility.
Nominated by the Chinese Institute of Engineers / USA (CIE/USA)
University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas
Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999
assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the
University of Texas at Dallas, is at the forefront of education in analog
integrated circuit design, which has a broad impact on semiconductor industries
in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Her program at the university
currently has an enrollment of approximately 100 graduate students. She
is also a thesis advisor to seven students.
Liu's research in high-speed adaptive signal processing and sensor systems,
with sponsors that include the National Science Foundation, Semiconductor
Research Cooperation, Texas Instruments, and Intel, has led to more than
20 published articles in the past four years. Liu's recent projects include
low-noise equalization techniques for Gbps data transmission, wide-dynamic
range motion detection CMOS imagers, miniaturization of ion and neural
vector velocity instrumentations for satellite, and power management circuits
for battery-less wireless sensors.
Liu has served
as the program chair for the Dallas Chapter IEEE Solid-state Circuit Society
and as a member of the committee in support of women and minorities at
the University of Texas at Dallas.
Nominated by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Northrop Grumman Corporation, El Segundo, California
Engineering, Purdue University, 2002
an industrial engineer at Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems in El Segundo,
California, plays a key role in supporting the manufacturing design of
the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, a critical link to U.S.
defense, contributing to the composite fabrication development and planning
of this next generation aircraft. The JSF program recently honored her
for facilitation of the Vitality Team, which contributes to the culture
of the workforce.
first gained technical recognition for her standards development in the
fighter contract’s initial phase exit criteria. She is forging new
ground by integrating a state-of-the-art machining cell, work measurement
software, and developing cutting-edge factory floor simulation.
spearheads the new Women In Northrop Grumman group, acts as a focal point
for the company's young professionals group, and is a major contributor
to the People Thrust Team, which supports mentoring and strategic planning.
McGinnis also serves as an officer in the Los Angeles Society of Women
Lindsay A. Morga
Nominated by the United States Navy / Nuclear Propulsion Program
USS Nimitz, U.S. Navy
Engineering, University of Michigan, 1999
Lindsay A. Morga, a machinery division officer on the aircraft carrier
USS Nimitz, is a nuclear engineer in the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion
Program. Her leadership and strong technical abilities in various engineering
disciplines has enabled her to effectively and efficiently supervise the
operation and maintenance of a Naval nuclear propulsion plant.
In a department
of more than 400 personnel onboard the Nimitz, Lt. Morga directly leads
more than 50 men and women in the operation and maintenance of a nuclear
reactor, two main engines, electrical turbine generators, and all the
support equipment required to propel a 100,000-ton warship at speeds in
excess of 30 knots. In addition to her duties as a division officer, she
regularly stands watch as the supervisor of more than 20 propulsion plant
H. Nathanson, Ph.D.
Nominated by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
OptiStatim, LLC, Longmeadow, Massachusetts
University of Chicago, 1993
Graduate Certificate, Public Health, Harvard University Extension School,
MS Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of Massachusetts,
Ph.D. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of Massachusetts,
Chief Executive Officer of OptiStatim, LLC, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts,
applies industrial engineering -- used by hospitals for decades to enhance
facility management -- to improve clinical practice. By using mathematical
programming algorithms to create models, his company can better assess
a patient’s true condition than by using traditional statistical
main focus has been on modeling patients with septic shock and those with
head trauma. The number one cause of death in intensive care units in
the U.S. is septic shock, the abnormal response to pathogenic organisms
or their toxins in the blood. Each year, there are some 450,000 cases
of septic shock with about 220,000 deaths. Traumatic brain injury is the
number one cause of mortality among American children, and a leading cause
of death for people under age 45.
results from Nathanson’s work indicate that with better assessment
of a patient’s condition, targeted therapies will improve outcome
and lower treatment costs. His research has been published and presented
at medical conferences throughout the United States. Currently, his Small
Business Innovative Research grant proposal to procure funding for larger
studies is under consideration by the National Institute of Health.
recently founded OptiStatim to develop commercial software that will enable
physicians without training in operations research to use his algorithms.
Dr. Nathanson: Brian.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominated by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Port of Corpus Christi Authority, Corpus Christi, Texas
Engineering, University of Arkansas, 1997
MBA, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2003
project engineer for the Port of Corpus Christi Authority in Texas, is
responsible for the design, construction and management of capital and
maintenance projects throughout the port. She is the first registered
woman engineer in the 77-year history of the port, where she currently
serves as project manager for the construction of a new water taxi landing,
a $1.9 million project intended to encourage alternate transportation
in the arts and museum district of Corpus Christi. Among the numerous
other port projects she manages are demolition of more than one million
square feet of timber warehouses for future construction of a minor league
baseball stadium, dock upgrades, and marine rehabilitation. Through her
efforts in the port's stormwater program in 2000, the port received the
Cal Hurst Outstanding Achievement Award for Comprehensive Environmental
completed reserve duty in the U.S. Air Force as a civil engineering officer
with the 307th Red Horse Unit, a mobile, rapid-response construction unit,
and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the local community college.
also a member of the Leadership Corpus Christi Class XXXII, a yearlong
program designed to increase awareness and diversity among community leaders,
and a student mentor at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi FUSE, which furthers
minority interest in science and engineering fields.
Rockie K. Wilson, USAF
Nominated by the United States Air Force – Office of the Civil Engineer
374th Civil Engineer Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan
Engineering, Colorado State University, 1998
MBA, Auburn University, 2003
Rockie Wilson, U.S. Air Force engineering flight commander for the 374th
Civil Engineer Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, has played an instrumental
role in several important projects at his base. He led a 45-person team
in the implementation of a $130M annual construction program and a $647M
host-nation funded program, managed a $260M program to replace four maintenance
hangars via host-nation construction funding that helped transform the
flight line, and worked on a $66M overlay of Yokota’s primary runway,
replacing a 50-year-old pavement and ensuring Yokota’s operational
mission for years to come. He also guided Japan’s acceptance of
a $140M project to replace all existing airfield pavements including taxiways,
parking aprons, and hard stand, and a $12M upgrade of the Yokota Physical
Fitness Center. For his efforts he was named to the Army Corps of Engineers
Project Delivery Team of the Year for 2002.
also helped in receiving and executing $13M in anti-terrorism and force
projection projects base-wide, safeguarding the installation’s most
critical facilities and leading to Yokota's receipt of the Most Innovative
Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Plan for the entire Department of Defense.