NYSSPE Announces 2016 Award Recipients for Annual Conference

Please join the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. in congratulating our 2016 Award Winners!

Engineer of the Year: Orrin B. MacMurray, PE

“Mac” is currently Chariman Emeritus at the C&S Companies.   A career that began as an assistant engineer some 20 years earlier, and included his first professional license in 1978, progressed to where Mac was elected president of C&S in 1994. As chairman and CEO, Mac spearheaded efforts to diversify C&S’ services, employee population, and office locations.  In recognition of the integral role that Mac continues to play in the success of the C&S Companies, he was appointed chairman emeritus of the board in 2013.  He has held numerous positions outside of business. Mac has been an active member of his town planning board for over 28 years, having held the position of chairman for 14 of those years. He serves on the board of directors and executive committee for the Longhouse Council, Inc., of the Boy Scouts of America and is on the advisory board for Syracuse University’s School of Engineering. Mac is an active member of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York and Presidents Council at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is on the advisory board for the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University and is a guest lecturer. Mac is also active in the National Society of Professional Engineers and is active in the Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Military Engineers, and other professional bodies. He is past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies-New York, and past chairman of the National American Council of Engineering Companies, Inc., board member of Upstate Medical University Foundation in Syracuse and The New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center, a past trustee of WCNY Public Television, and secretary of the Onondaga Community College Foundation.

Contribution to Education: Robert E. Prezedwiecki

Robert Przedwiecki holds a New York State Permanent Teaching Certificate in Physics and General Science.  A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Nova Southeastern University, he has been teaching Introductory as well as Advanced Placement Physics for the past 17 years at the Scotia-Glenville Central School District in Schenectady County, NY. He is the author of “A Gross of Physics”; a different approch to teaching HS Physics successfully to a new generation of students.

PEC Project of the Year: New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant  Improvement Project
PEC Project Engineering Firms:
Savin Engineers, P.C.
CDM Smith

This project was the largest Public Works project ever undertaken in Westchester County, with a construction cost of $235 M. The plant serves a population of 65,000 residents of the City of New Rochelle, the Town of Mamaroneck, the Village of Larchmont and the Village of Pelham Manor. The plant has been in compliance with NYSDEC nitrogen discharge limits since January 31, 2015. The BAF process has exceeded performance expectations and has reduced the Total Nitrogen discharge from the plant from approximately 2,000 lbs./day in 2014 to approximately 200 lbs./day in 2015. The New Rochelle Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project has been a tremendous success delivering excellent nitrogen removals, on time and within budget.

PE’s in Government (PEG) Engineer of the Year: Salvatore Galletta, PE

Sal has continuously advocated for the advancement of the Engineering Profession, in Government and in Society in general.   He is presently spearheading our Society’s efforts to introduce Engineering Management courses in the college engineering curriculum thru ABET, so that engineering graduates will be better equipped to be leaders in the society (not just “technicians”); an effort which was started by Sal years ago, and is still ongoing today.

Meritorious Service Award: Donald McMahon, PE

Don has been involved in many aspects of the Chapter’s work and in the engineering profession in Western NY.  Don heads up the PE Review Courses providing young engineers with classroom lectures and sample problems. This course is done yearly from January until right before the spring test date. He is also key organizer of the Engineering Society of Buffalo’s 5 K race. The proceeds of which go toward Engineering Scholarships for students. Don has also devoted much time to the local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers holding various offices in that organization. Don is also the co-owner of McMahon and Mann a geotechical firm in Buffalo and has created intern positions for engineering students attending SUNY Buffalo.

The awards will be presented at the NYSSPE Annual Conference, which will be held at  the East Wind Long Island, Wading River, NY on June 2nd & June 3rd, 2016.  For more information, Click Here.

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