ASCE Awards Two HDR Employees Engineers of the Year in Maine
(May 23, 2014) - Two HDR engineers in HDR's Portland, Maine office were recognized for their leadership by the Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. John Devine has been named the Maine Section Engineer of the Year, and his colleague Phil Kirchner has received the Citizen Engineer of the Year award. They were recognized at the section meeting on May 22.
Devine is a founder of Devine Tarbell & Associates, Inc., which joined HDR in 2009. His area of expertise is in licensing, planning, evaluation, layout and design of hydropower projects and systems. His career spans 38 years, during which time he has completed hydropower projects in 20 states and appeared as an expert witness in venues ranging from jury trials to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. For the last 18 years, much of his consulting work has been managing projects for licensing and relicensing of major hydropower projects. His award nomination cited his "remarkable career of dedication to civil engineering and consulting."
Kirchner is a senior structural engineer who also works in the hydropower group. He directs most of his charitable work to Safe Passage, an educational reinforcement program for children of families who work in the Guatemala City garbage dump. The program also provides assistance with food, tutoring for children and adults, medical care and safe refuge. Kirchner has traveled there regularly since 2004 and is planning another trip this year. He is also active in his church. His award nomination states, "He does not advertise his community service ... and is worthy of recognition based on tremendous devotion of time and energy toward helping others."
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