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 Jan. 13.
Lt. Cmdr. Michael Collins from Public Works Department (PWD) Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain was selected as the Military Engineer of the Year and Mr. Carlos HernandezAlicea, from PWD Bahrain was selected as the Civilian Engineer of the Year for 2016.
"I am very fortunate to have superstar engineers like Lieutenant Commander Collins and Mr. Carlos HernandezAlicea. NAVFAC EURAFSWA operates in a very complex, dynamic and challenging region and we are absolutely committed to supporting the Fleet, Fighter and their Families," said Capt. Mike Oestereicher, NAVFAC EURAFSWA commanding officer. "To be recognized as the best amongst this incredibly talented group of engineers reflects their exceptional talents, dedication and contributions."
Collins and HernandezAlicea were submitted to NAVFAC Headquarters 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.
Collins is the Assistant Public Works Officer at PWD Bahrain. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Project Management, is a professional engineer, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, NSPE and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).
At PWD, Collins led a team of 26 engineers and contract specialists that support a forward main operating base, consisting of more than 97 tenant commands, including a remote airfield adjacent to a Bahraini Air Force base, and operational squadrons located at the international airport, all located in Bahrain, but for a 35 acre logistics hub supporting U.S. 5th Fleet in the Arabian Gulf.
He oversaw and directed more than 80 unique and challenging engineering projects worth approximately $8 million involving more than 1 million man-hours of work with zero lost-time accidents. He accomplished these achievements with several key engineering billets being gapped.
HernandezAlicea was the mechanical engineer at PWD Bahrain. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management, a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; American Society of Plumbing Engineers; Association of Energy Engineers; College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico; and NSPE.
At PWD Bahrain, HernandezAlicea led an engineering team of 14 personnel that transitioned from supporting large construction projects ranging from state of the art multi-phase central utility building, piers, barracks, a bridge, operations center to in-house designs for a softball field, sensitive compartmented information facility room and entry control point.
In his spare time, he coached Little League for six hours a week in Portsmouth, N.H. and went to church once a week at San Juan del Rio Church.
If either engineer is selected for Federal Engineer of the Year, he will attend an award ceremony Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C. where he will receive a gold medallion, plaque and recognition at the NSPE Annual Convention in July 2016.