NAVFAC Atlantic Announces its 2022 Engineer of the Year

01 December 2021
Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic commander Rear Adm. Lore Aguayo recently announced Jeff Singer as the 2022 NAVFAC Atlantic Civilian Engineer of the Year.
Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic commander Rear Adm. Lore Aguayo recently announced Jeff Singer as the 2022 NAVFAC Atlantic Civilian Engineer of the Year.

“As an expert design engineer, Jeff has made a huge positive and lasting impact across the globe,” said Aguayo. “He is an outstanding member of the NAVFAC Atlantic team.”

Singer is a registered professional engineer in both North Carolina and Virginia, and serves as the Senior Project Engineer and Geotechnical Engineering Technical Discipline Lead with the command’s Design and Construction Business Line.

“It is a great honor for me to be recognized as the engineer of the year,” said Singer. “This wouldn’t be possible without the support of my family and colleagues at NAVFAC. I have a great support system both at work and, more importantly, at home.”

Singer, who has over 20 years of engineering experience, holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University (ODU) and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering Geotechnical Engineering from University of Wisconsin Platteville.

According to Singer, he first learned about NAVFAC from a current colleague and fellow geotechnical engineer while taking a Professional Engineer (PE) review course at ODU in 2009. A short time later, he stumbled across a job posting for a geotechnical engineer with NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, and hired on with the command in 2010, starting his impressive career with NAVFAC.

His long career has afforded him an opportunity to work on numerous government and private projects of varying size and complexity. Projects that include the Aluminum Matting Type 2 (AM2) Expeditionary Airfield (EAF) at Grottaglie, Italy, a key installation in NATO’s defense posture, where he designed and managed construction of the AM2 matting system runway that allows the Italian Navy and NATO allies to perform Field Carrier Landing Practice (FLCP) in a shore environment without diverting critical mission assets.

He has also used his knowledge as a NAVFAC geotechnical and concrete materials expert to assist the United States Attorney General (USAG) and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in the recovery of $16.4 million via a settlement announced in February 2021. Using his expertise, he led a forensic team in evaluating the condition of facilities impacted by fraudulent material testing at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ). Over the course of five years, he worked with forensic and cost engineers to determine the impact of deteriorating concrete on CLDJ’s facilities and the Department of Defense’s (DoD) mission. The technical information and efforts by Singer and his team provided the basis for legal action against the contractor that conducted fraudulent material testing, allowing the USAG and NCIS to succeed in their effort to support personnel safety and protect the Navy’s interests.

Singer emphasized, “The most rewarding have been projects that are developed in conjunction with or in support of a NATO ally, or support of the DoD geotechnical engineering community of practice.”

He will now go on for consideration as the NAVFAC Engineer of the Year award, stacking engineers across the entire systems command enterprise. If successful, Singer is then eligible for additional honors in the National Society of Professional Engineer's Federal Engineer of the Year award program.
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