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Taylor Named 2016 Engineer of the Year, AMC Engineers awarded Project of the Year, $22,000 in Scholarships Awarded


The 2017 Engineers Week Awards Banquet was held Saturday, February 26, 2017 at the Egan Center in downtown Anchorage. The program included a keynote address by Paul Whitmore, Director of the NOAA/NWS National Tsunami Warning Center, recognition of the winning local MathCounts team, and presentation of Junior Engineering Scholarships, UAA Hall of Fame Alumni Inductees, the Engineer of the Year Award, and Engineering Excellence Awards.

  • Graduating High School and Continuing UUA Student Scholarships. The Anchorage Engineers Week Committee awarded $22,000 in scholarships to local high school (HS)and continuing University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA) students majoring in engineering. Scholarships were presented to: Joseph Aist (Service HS), Jaden Frazier (South Anchorage HS), Cara Frischkorn (Dimond HS), Brett Keene (West HS), Chloe Kincaid (Soldotna HS), Jasmine Langmann (Dimond HS), Jack Moseley (Eagle River HS), Victoria Nelson (Palmer HS), Evelina Natekin (UAA), and Kellyn Mushovic (UAA).
  • Engineer of the Year. Joseph Taylor, P.E. was named the 2016 Alaska Engineering Societies Engineer of the Year.  Nominated by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers, Joe is a Professional Civil Engineer with CH2M Hill’s Transportation Business Group in Anchorage.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Portland State University and his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  Joe has served as Design Manager and Civil Engineer of Record for many challenging projects over the years from small, rural roadways and environmental remediation projects to large scale, urban infrastructure projects.  His cold weather design experience includes work in Greenland and Antarctica.  Taylor’s expertise is in site civil development and roadway design, with an emphasis in high speed, controlled access interchange projects. Notable projects that Joe has been involved with include the Kulis Air National Guard Relocation Program, the recent Seward Highway Reconstruction from Dowling Road to Tudor Road, the Anchorage Port Modernization Program, and the design of Seward Highway Reconstruction projects from O’Malley Road to Dimond Boulevard.  Joe has been very active with the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers as well as the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation, serving as a Board Member for both organizations.  He has also been active in Engineer’s Week including being the Chair of the Steering Committee for the last two years.  Joe has been involved in youth and high school football as a coach since 2000. 
  • Engineering Excellence Awards. AMC Engineers was awarded Project of the Year for their work on the UAA Engineering and Industry Building in Anchorage (building technology). Grand Awards were presented to Reid Middleton for the UAA Parish Pedestrian Bridge in Anchorage (structural systems), Schneider Structural Engineers for the State Library Archive and Museum in Juneau (structural system), R&M Consultants for the Aleknagik Wood River Bridge in Aleknagik (transportation), and CRW Engineering Group for the Quinhagak Heat Recovery Project in Quinhagak (small projects). Honor Awards were presented to: WHPacific (Ramah Navajo Chapter Long Range Transportation Plan & Strategic Transportation Safety Plan), Geosyntec Consultants (AppTKA: Mobile app for HTRW Remedial Investigation), AMC Engineers (Alaska Blood Bank Building), HDR Alaska (West Dowling Road, Phase II), R&M Consultants (Kodiak Ferry Terminal and Dock Improvements), R&M Consultants (Seward Small Boat Harbor B,C,S and a Portion of G Float Replacements), R&M Consultants (West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade, Phase I), Enterprise Engineering (Tank Farm Expansion at the Port of Anchorage), R&M Consultants (Ship Creek Water Treatment Facility Heat Exchanger), and Enterprise Engineering (Susitna-Ridgeline Affordable Housing).

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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