Engineers Nominated by the National Society of Professional Engineers
Melinda Kay Fridy, P.E.
Melinda Fridy, P.E., is a project manager with Water’s Edge Aquatic Design in Lenexa, Kansas and is passionate about creating safe and efficient designs for the aquatic community. In the past five years, she has designed recirculation systems for over 40 commercial pools and fountains in the U.S. and abroad. She also evaluates aquatic facilities, oversees construction, and provides training on water treatment equipment. Due to her desire to work on unique and sustainable water features, she became a LEED AP and has contributed to several award-winning projects. Notable projects include the new $10 million Cascade Falls Aquatic Center in Ankeny, Iowa, and several prominent fountain projects including the Women’s Leadership Fountain in Kansas City and multiple water features in Doha, Qatar.
Fridy promotes engineering to middle and high school students by assisting with MATHCOUNTS and becoming a YouthFriends mentor. She actively volunteers in her church and is currently working on the design of a clinic in Guatemala through Engineers Without Borders. She holds bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and mathematics, as well as a master’s degree in civil engineering, all from the University of Kansas.
Antonia Cecile Hawkins, E.I.
Antonia Hawkins, E.I., works as a mechanical design engineer for Southern Company where she leads numerous projects for a major power generation utility including natural gas and other auxiliary piping systems for a combined cycle generating plant. She previously received the Southern Excellence Award for substantial cost savings in her projects. Hawkins is very active in the Alabama Society of Professional Engineers, serving as the state membership chair to help the society evolve and better meet the needs of their younger members. She also worked with the communications committee to redevelop the website to be more interactive and appealing.
Hawkins promotes math, science and engineering to local middle and high school students by volunteering with MATHCOUNTS, serving as a judge at the regional BEST robotics competition, and working with the Girls in Engineering program at Southern Company. Hawkins holds a bachelor's degree in both general science and mechanical engineering, and a master’s degree in engineering in construction engineering management from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Debbie Jacklitch-Kuiken, E.I.T.
Debbie Jacklitch-Kuiken, E.I.T., is a pioneer specializing in the design of wind energy systems, combining the dual qualifications of a meteorologist with mechanical engineering to bring an insightful and fully rounded approach to the assessment, design, installation and operation of wind energy systems. An expert in WindPro, the world’s foremost wind-modeling software, she is licensed as both an instructor and technical support specialist for the program. Only a handful of individuals in the U.S. are licensed to instruct the program, making her unique in the field.
Jacklitch-Kuiken is also an advocate for the engineering profession and the advancement of women in the sciences. Active within both the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers, she judges the First Lego League competitions, volunteers with MATHCOUNTS, and visits local elementary schools for “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of North Dakota.
Scott D. Peyton, PE
Scott Peyton, P.E., is on the forefront of the rapidly emerging stream restoration industry. Recognized as a national expert, he incorporates applied fluvial geomorphology and natural channel design principals on stream and watershed restoration projects across the country. From the big streams of Texas to the beautiful rivers of Tennessee, Peyton can be found canoeing reaches of stream or wading through waters up to his chest.
In his home state of Ohio, he has served as project manager or design engineer on numerous successful stream restoration projects representing several miles of restored stream. During the restoration of Avey’s Run on Cincinnati Nature Center property, he used natural channel design techniques, working with the natural tendencies of the river to produce an aesthetically pleasing, self maintaining stream system that will be enjoyed by the many Nature Center visitors.
Peyton is passionate about his profession and is actively involved in public outreach and education workshops on stream restoration including teaching RIVERMorph software at advanced geomorphology classes. With the aspiration of keeping our rivers clean, each year he recruits volunteers to cleanup tires and trash during the RiverSweep of the East Fork of the Little Miami River. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Dayton.