NAVFAC Europe Africa Central

2014 Engineers of the Year

10/30/13

NAPLES, Italy - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) announced the winners of its Military and Civilian Engineers of the Year awards Oct. 21.

Lt. Matt Mattivi from Public Works Department (PWD) Souda Bay, Crete was selected as the Military Engineer of the Year and Ron Cate from PWD Rota, Spain was selected as the Civilian Engineer of the Year for 2014.

“I'm very proud of Lt. Mattivi and Mr. Ron Cate. NAVFAC EURAFSWA provides a broad range of facility engineering and acquisition services across three continents to enable our operational forces and support our Sailors and their families,” said Capt. Robert McLean, NAVFAC EURAFSWA commanding officer. “This is an extremely complex, dynamic region to be recognized as the best of the best, and to represent us across the entire NAVFAC Systems Command is a significant professional achievement.”

Mattivi and Cate were submitted to NAVFAC Headquarters (HQ) for further consideration as the NAVFAC Engineer of the Year as well as the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) to compete for the Federal Engineer of the Year award.

The NSPE award recognizes a broad range of achievements including education, registration as a professional engineer, continuing education, awards or honors, NSPE involvement, civic and humanitarian activities and engineering achievements.

Mattivi is the facility engineering and acquisitions division director at PWD Souda Bay. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, is a professional engineer, a member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), American Society of Civil Engineers and the Civil Engineering Honor Society.

At Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Mattivi recently completed $56 million in design, acquisitions and construction of airfield renovations and installation improvement projects. In 2011-2012, he completed three major Navy special projects and a congressional military construction project that improved the capabilities of the airfield by twice the capacity and tripled the versatility of aircraft frames that were supported at the forward operating support activity in Souda Bay.

In his spare time, he was an instructor for Christian Men’s Bible Study and is currently a Brazilian ju-jitsu member at the Chania Gracie Barra Academy. 

Cate is a construction manager at PWD Rota. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida. He has been a member of SAME since 2010.

At PWD Rota, Cate has successfully managed the P-898 Reception Airfield Facilities project, a major waterline project, a high school athletic track and field, a hospital project and a fueling pier repair project; all valued at more than $50 million.

In his spare time, Cate volunteers as a basketball coach for Morale, Welfare and Recreation youth sports, Cub Scouts Rota Pack 280 member and a youth surf instructor.

If either engineer is selected for Federal Engineer of the Year, he will attend an award ceremony Feb. 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C. where he will receive a gold medallion, plaque and recognition at the NSPE Annual Convention in July 2014.

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