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Coullahan Named 2014 Engineer of the Year, AMC Engineers and Hanson take home Grand Awards


Patrick Coullahan, PE

US Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District

The 2015 Engineers Week Awards Banquet was held Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel Anchorage. The program included a keynote address by Craig Campbell of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, recognition of the winning local MathCounts team, and presentation of Junior Engineering Scholarships, the Engineer of the Year Award, and Engineering Excellence Awards.


Engineer of the Year. Patrick Coullahan, PE was named the 2014 Alaska Engineer of the Year. Nominated by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers. Coullahan is Chief, Construction/Operations Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District. In this capacity since 2008, he has been responsible for the Alaska District’s Civil Works and Military construction programs and operations statewide. Coullahan was URS Corporation’s Senior Vice President/Alaska Operations Manager from 2004 to 2008 directing a professional full-service engineering and environmental team statewide. From 2001 to 2004, he was senior engineer for the Missile Defense Agency Ground-based Midcourse Defense in Alaska. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and was a career civil engineer officer from 1972 to 2001, with key Alaska assignments. Coullahan received numerous military awards: the Air Force Civil Engineering Meritorious Achievement Award, the Air Force Chief of Staff Award for Productivity Improvement, and the Air Force Civil Engineering Senior Military Manager of the Year. He received the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Svedrup Medal as the most outstanding young military engineer in all services. He also received the SAME LTG Wheeler Medal for outstanding contributions to military engineering by a civilian Army engineer. Coullahan is a SAME Fellow and a National Society of Professional Engineers Fellow. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a M.S. in Systems Management from University of Southern California.


Junior Engineering Scholarships. The Anchorage Engineers Week committee awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors planning to major in engineering. Scholarships were presented to: Sarah Amundsen (Service High School), John Bell (West Anchorage High School), Alyssa Dordan (Eagle River High School), Jenna Dragoo (Homer High School), Ali Dusek (Soldotna High School), Megan English (Soldotna High School), Cody Keith (Eagle River High School), Robert Kemper (Frontier Charter School), Hannah Mitchell (South Anchorage High School), Thomas Randall (Kenai Central High School), Jeremy Ruggiero (Kenai Central High School), Madison Shotenski (Colony High School), Michael Summers (Dimond High School) and Alexander Wong (South Anchorage High School).


Engineering Excellence Awards. BBFM Engineers was awarded Project of the Year for their work on the UAA Alaska Airlines Center (structural). Grand Awards were presented to AMC Engineers for their work on the UAA Alaska Airlines Center (mechanical/electrical) and to Hanson Professional Services for their work on the Alaska Railroad’s Tanana River Bridge.


Honor Awards were presented to: AMC Engineers (Dena’ina Wellness Center), CH2M Hill (Seward Highway Reconstruction, Dowling to Tudor), DOWL (Norton Sound Regional Hospital), Enterprise Engineering (Replace Fuel Pipeline – Base to Ault Field and Raven’s Roost Cohousing PUD Approval), HDR (Northern Rail Extension), PDC Engineers (Eva Creek Wind Farm Transportation), and R&M Consultants (UAA Alaska Airlines Center (civil)).


National Engineers Week (E-Week) is an annual event to bring public attention to the work and contributions of our nation’s engineers. Anchorage’s E-Week is filled with many activities – Engineering Exhibits, School Presentations, Student Tours, Student Competitions – and culminates with the Annual Awards Banquet.


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