| National Society of Professional Engineers |
For Immediate Release
U.S. Navy Engineer Named 2005 Federal Engineer of the Year
National Society of Professional Engineers Recognizes Outstanding Engineers in Government
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 3, 2005) – Robert Koch, Ph.D., P.E., chief research scientist in applied mechanics for the Weapons Technology and Undersea Systems Department of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, has been named the National Society of Professional Engineers’ (NSPE) 2005 Federal Engineer of the Year (FEYA). Koch received the honor during the 26th Annual FEYA Banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., held on February 24, 2005.
Koch is an internationally recognized researcher in dynamic high-energy shock events, structural – and hydro-acoustic noise propagation, and general theoretical and applied mechanics. He is currently the technical lead for underwater shock analysis simulation for a team that studies and predicts the complex dynamic shock response of structures subject to underwater explosions. His research impacts current and future Fleet-level Navy systems, and his advances in modeling were recently accepted for their accuracy and ability to replace current testing, at savings of tens of millions of dollars.
Koch has 18 years of experience teaching engineering courses as an adjunct professor of engineering at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., and is an active volunteer for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), where he serves on the Machine Design Standard Setting Study Committee to establish national grading standards. As a member of several technical society committees, Koch reviews papers for professional journals, mentors entry-level engineers, advises engineering students, and chairs professional conference sessions.
Sponsored by NSPE’s practice division, Professional Engineers in Government (PEG), the award program recognizes outstanding engineers employed in the federal government. A panel of judges selected the winner based on education, continuing education, professional and technical society activities, awards and honors, civic and humanitarian activities and engineering achievements.
This year’s FEYA program was sponsored with the help of Northrop Grumman and Bechtel International, Inc. For more information about the program or how to submit nominations for the coming year, please contact Kim Granados at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Web site at http://www.nspe.org/peg/pg1-feya.asp.
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The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is the national society of engineering professionals from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 50,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.