By Denise Emsley, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs
PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii honored two employees with certificates and plaques as the command’s 2019 Engineers of the Year Nov. 13 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Mark A. Malmquist, E.I.T., Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, was selected as the command’s 2019 Military Engineer of the Year and Alyssa K. Picadura, E.I.T., Honolulu, Hawaii, the 2019 Civilian Engineer of the Year.
“Making a selection from such a group of talented engineers and architects at NAVFAC Hawaii was certainly no easy task,” said NAVFAC Hawaii Commanding Officer, Capt. Marc Delao. “Your tremendous and innovative efforts in supporting our Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force customers are representative of our entire command. Your passion, energy and unwavering dedication to excellence are an inspiration to all of us. You are the very future of our terrific NAVFAC Team.”
Malmquist, a Mechanical Engineer and Construction Manager in NAVFAC Hawaii’s Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division (FEAD) Kaneohe Bay was selected for his expertise in managing and leading construction efforts of high-visibility and critical project for Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) collectively valued at $39 million. His engineering acumen facilitated rapid solutions to engineering problems during project design reviews saving the Navy and Marine Corps future dollars during construction. Malmquist’s perseverance and commitment to exceptional performance are reflected in his daily management of contractual actions and his ability to maintain positive relationships with customers.
Malmquist is a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.
“Mark has worked on some really challenging projects and through a lot time, effort and determination, he has turned them around,” said NAVFAC Hawaii FEAD Director Lt. Cmdr. James Galloway. “Now, they are the projects we are proudest of and regularly show off. He really has done an exceptional job.”
Picadura, a Civil Engineer and Construction Manager in NAVFAC Hawaii’s FEAD Kaneohe Bay was selected for her judiciously managed constructions efforts for Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and MCBH valued at over $87 million. She successfully provided outstanding engineering management and design those numerous significant projects including airfield renovations, utility repairs and critical upgrades.
Picadura’s strong work ethic, and professional and relentless execution of day-to-day actions while embracing the team approach lead to wise stewardship of taxpayer money while providing unwavering commitment to mission readiness.
“Alyssa has managed the most challenging projects we have had and excelled,” said NAVFAC Hawaii FEAD Director Lt.Cmdr. James Galloway. “Her ability to bring all of the stakeholders together, focus the team on efficiently finding a solution, and then putting that solution in motion is unmatched. She is a future NAVFAC senior leader.”
Picadura is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Both Malmquist and Picadura have been forwarded to compete for the NAVFAC Engineer of the Year award and potentially for the National Society of Profession al Engineer’s Federal Engineer of the Year award program.