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2020 Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year

Date: January 14, 2020

2020 Engineer of the Year

Ted C. Williams, PE, FACEC

Ted C. Williams, PE, FACEC has been selected as the 2020 Engineer of the Year. Mr. Williams serves as the President of Landmark Engineering, Inc. Ted is heavily involved in many technical and professional organizations, representing the Delaware engineering community well. Some of the organizations where Mr. Williams currently is involved include ACEC Delaware where he serves as the New Castle County Committee Chairman and the Committee of 100 where he serves as the Transportation Committee Chairman and the 2nd Vice President of the Executive Committee. Mr. Williams has been a tireless advocate for engineering and business within the State of Delaware, and nationally through these organizations. He is well known throughout Delaware’s State and Local Legislatures, Councils, and multiple departments and agencies for his support of improving Delaware’s Infrastructure. He is also involved in the broader community of Delaware through other activities such as coaching and helping to create Delaware’s STEM Academy.

2020 Young Engineer of the Year

Christopher R. Brendza, PE has been selected as the 2020 Young Engineer of the Year. Mr. Brendza serves as a Senior Associate at JMT, Inc. Mr. Brendza has 11 years of experience in a variety of water and wastewater services including planning, design, construction management, and construction inspection. His project experience includes wastewater treatment plant and pump station design and retrofits; gravity sewer systems; horizontal directional drilling oversight and field inspection; water storage tank inspection and design; water treatment plant and pump station design and retrofits; development of bid documents for water and wastewater projects; and the performance of plan reviews for municipal clients in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Brendza has also served as Lead Construction Inspector on multiple wastewater projects and has experience with NPDES and WQM permitting.

Both the Engineer of the Year and the Young Engineer of the Year will be honored at the 2020 Engineer’s Week Banquet to be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Executive Banquet and Conference Center located at 205 Executive Drive, Newark, Delaware.

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Congratulations to our 2020 Engineer and Young Engineers of the Year!

MATHCOUNTS Delaware State Coordinator Position Open

Help prepare the next generation of engineers, doctors, scientists and teachers by volunteering with MATHCOUNTS!  There are many ways to volunteer. We are currently looking for a new MATHCOUNTS Delaware State Coordinator.  After many years of great service, our previous State Coordinator has stepped aside.  MATHCOUNTS is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers.  In March each year, the Top Students participate in the State Competition.  The Top 4 individual competitors from each State Competition receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Competition in May.  The State Coordinator is responsible for encouraging the local schools to participate and organize the competition for the State of Delaware.  If you're interested in finding out more about this volunteer role please click here to watch a video we have created for new/prospective coordinators.  If you are interested in getting involved please email jtaylor@duffnet.com for more information.

DES Member Brings Educator’s Talents to Licensing Board

Date: February 28, 2019

Carmine Balascio

Since 1979, DES member Carmine Balascio, Ph.D., P.E., has been building a distinguished career as an engineering educator, teaching the profession’s future engineers and conducting research in hydrology. Now, Balascio is putting his educator’s skills to work as the president of the state licensing board.

Balascio began his term as president of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers in the fall of 2018. Prior to this position, he served as the DAPE council member representing the field of education. In the council’s more than 45-year history, Balascio appears to be the first educator to serve as president.

An associate professor of water resource engineering at the University of Delaware, Balascio teaches courses like introduction to surveying, site engineering, and higher-level courses on urban hydrology and stormwater management. His research interest include outcomes assessments of college engineering programs and teaching with technology and active-learning methods, in addition to urban hydrology and stormwater management.

Because of his own experiences as a student and an educator, Balascio says his goal as licensing board president is to work to promote professional licensure, specifically in academia.

“As a faculty member at the University of Delaware, I am keenly aware of the struggle to get engineering faculty interested in becoming licensed,” he wrote in his first president’s message. “I believe it is important to promote licensure of engineering faculty because they serve as role models for their students.”

Balascio knows the impact educators can have on young engineers. He says his undergraduate advisor at University of Delaware and his graduate advisor at Iowa State University—both PEs—encouraged him to pursue the license.

He wants other PEs to do the same. “If you are enthusiastic about the engineering work you do and would like the chance to convey that enthusiasm to UD students, we’d really like to talk to you about making it happen,” Balascio wrote in his latest message to Delaware PEs. “We are especially interested in new licensees who are also relatively recent graduates who feel they can make a connection with a college student audience.”


NSPE President Visits Delaware

Date: April 28, 2018

@NSPEPrez Apr 28
In addition to NAE and AAES mtgs this week - also met with DES member to find a way to integrated partnership.

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