DVIDS – News – NAVFAC EXWC Structural Engineer wins 2022 Federal Engineer of the Year Award


Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) is proud to announce that Dr. Robert Zueck, former Shore Technical Department Structural Engineer, has been selected as Federal Engineer of the Year presented by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Zueck’s application for the Federal Engineer of the Year Award (FEYA) included several significant research and development projects. Beginning in 2018, Zueck participated in a year-long fundamental research project where he discovered how geometrically complex vibrations are initiated, developed and sustained. These discoveries now provide Department of Defense engineers with the knowledge to design beyond the limits of speed, agility and stealth for military sensors, weapons and platforms.

More recently, in an applied research project utilizing new vibration findings, Zueck enhanced the unique modeling capabilities of NAVFAC EXWC for the design, analysis and deployment of towed sensors, ship moorings, arrays submarines and other slender naval structures; this work earned Zueck the 2021 Delores M. Etter Award from the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (DASN).

For 14 years, Zueck also provided structural engineering expertise that aided in the development of a NAVFAC program that focuses on the inspection, repair and maintenance of tall towers that support communications and other naval missions. From 2018 to 2021, Zueck’s work contributed to the team’s success of 100 tower inspections, worth more than $10 million in repairs and recapitalization annually, a significant achievement to ensure greater preparedness. US Navy missions.

“Winning FEYA is a monumental achievement for NAVFAC Enterprise, NAVFAC EXWC, and most certainly for Dr. Zueck,” said Mr. Kail Macias, Technical Director of NAVFAC EXWC. “When our scientists and engineers are recognized for their accomplishments at the national level, it not only invigorates the command, but the entire company. NAVFAC EXWC management is immensely proud of Dr. Zueck’s work during his tenure at NAVFAC EXWC , and wishes him well as he retires.

Zueck’s accomplishments include receiving the Delores M. Etter Award from DASN in 2021; received special recognition in 2019 for the NAVFAC EXWC Tall Tower Facilities Team; won NAVFAC’s 2007 Environmental Design Merit Award; won Project of the Year in 2006 and 1998 from the American Society of Military Engineers in Ventura County, California; received U.S. Patent No. 6,132,144 in 2000; and earned a graduate research fellowship in 1989 from the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory.

Zueck’s civic and humanitarian activities include serving as a keynote speaker for various academic and professional organizations, such as the Society of American Military Engineers; maintaining trails in Los Padres National Forest; provide technical support to the West Highland Drive Road Association; and served as a structural and mechanical engineering mentor for NAVFAC engineers preparing for a professional engineering license.

The selection process for the FEYA is broken down into a points system, using the following rigorous criteria: education, professional engineering registration, continuing education, professional and technical society activities, NSPE involvement, awards and honors, activities civic and humanitarian and engineering achievements. . Only licensed professional engineers or engineers-in-training are eligible to be named a top ten finalist, and thus Federal Engineer of the Year.

The Federal Engineer of the Year will be recognized at the NSPE annual conference, scheduled for August 1, 2022.


About the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC):
NAVFAC EXWC is a command of more than 1,100 dedicated federal employees, contractors, and military members who provide research, development, test and evaluation, and in-service engineering to provide specialized facilities and expeditionary solutions to the American fighter.

Date taken: 03.02.2022
Date posted: 03.02.2022 18:16
Story ID: 415648

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