HDR’s Clark and Ching Receive Prestigious ASCE Award

 Two outstanding engineers at HDR have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to the engineering profession. Bethy Clark, a bridge engineer in HDR’s Bellevue, Washington, office, and Troy Ching, a project engineer in HDR’s Maui, Hawaii office, were named recipients of this year’s Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement. There are no more than five recipients named each year by the American Society of Civil Engineers for this national award.

Erin Slayton, senior project manager who recommended Clark for the award, said, “Bethy truly embodies the spirit of the award. She is a dedicated and passionate civil engineer and ambassador for the profession. She makes me proud to be a civil engineer, and gives me great confidence in the next generation of civil engineers.”

A professional engineer with more than 10 years of industry experience, Clark is also an ISI Envision Sustainability Professional. She worked on the high-profile, $4.5 billion SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV program. She was an integral part of the team, designing new structures to replace 50-year-old existing corridor structures. She holds a bachelor of science and a master of science, both in civil engineering from the University of Arizona.

Ching works on assignments throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Region. A professional engineer with more than nine years of industry experience, Ching leads the day to day operations in the Maui office. In 2010, Ching’s technical expertise played a key role with NCB Project GM9-862 Well No. 8 Replacement in Guam, which received an exceptional evaluation rating and an award from Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific. He holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

Nominator Tony Lau, federal manager, said, “Troy has demonstrated significant technical competence and exhibited excellent professional judgment and leadership in the development of younger engineers’ attitudes to the profession. With these excellent characteristics, great attitude and model work ethic, we have a tendency to assign Troy the more difficult and/or complex projects.”

The Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement recognizes professional contributions of young members of ASCE and was officially instituted in October 1972. Each year, ASCE honors young professionals who have attained significant professional achievement in the industry through this award. This year, the awards will presented at the ASCE Annual Convention in New York City on October 11-14.

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