WASHINGTON, DC — Each year, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Professional Engineers in Government sponsor the Federal Engineer of the Year Awards. Eligible engineers are drawn from federal agencies that employee at least 50 engineers worldwide.
This year, the Forest Service nominee was Steve Marchi from Umpqua National Forest. Marchi holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Idaho (1997) and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio. He is the Umqua National Forest’s recreation, engineering, lands, minerals, heritage, and hydropower staff officer, and oversees a number of programs, including transportation engineering, facilities and the hydropower program, along with its associated hydropower mitigation fund.
Marchi was recognized for his innovation in facilitating integrated restoration, increasing collaboration, workforce planning, training and mentoring, and facilities management with respect to safety and environmental concerns. Being nominated for federal engineer of the year is an incredible honor.
Emilee Blount, Washington Office director of Engineering, was the even'ts keynote speaker. This year’s awards ceremony coincided with National Engineers Week. The awards ceremony was Feb. 23 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.