2014 Award Winners

DISTINGUISHED ENGINEERING SERVICE AWARD

Chris A. Theodos, PE
theodesAs a graduate from Newark College of Engineering (NJIT), Chris A. Theodos, PE has been a professional engineer for over 30 years and is currently licensed in New Jersey and California.

His career has included numerous areas of professional engineering practice, all of which have been served by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He joined the Ocean County Chapter in 1978 and aspired into leadership positions at the chapter, state and national levels. His involvement over many years of service includes President of the Ocean County Society of Professional Engineers, State Trustee, State Treasurer, President of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers (NJSPE) and NSPE National Director.

Mr. Theodos has a strong diversified background in municipal engineering, site development, facilities engineering, and project management of governmental, educational, residential, and commercial/ industrial projects. His experience encompasses a broad range of management in planning, engineering, project coordination, supervision, administration, and construction surveillance. He also has expertise in construction administration, contract management, construction dispute resolution, testimony as an expert witness, and is a certified diplomat in forensic engineering. Previously, while working in California, his experience in facilities engineering management included the design of space shuttle centaur testing and assembly facilities, master planning for the development of cruise missile weapons facilities and radar cross sections for advanced vehicle testing programs.

Mr. Theodos has served as Municipal, Authority or Board of Education Engineering Consultant for numerous public entities in New Jersey, including Barnegat Township, Berkeley Township, Brick Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Neptune Township Board of Education, Ocean Gate Borough, South Toms River Borough, and Toms River Regional Schools.

His professional associations and offices include the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, The New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management, The New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers, and The National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

Currently, Mr. Theodos is Principal Associate and Department Manager for Maser Consulting P.A. where he is responsible for managing various public sector clients, business development, and the management and supervision of professional engineering services for governmental and educational entities.

Mr. Theodos serves the community where he resides as a Councilman in the Borough of Ocean Gate, Ocean County. He is also President of the Sigma Pi Corporation of Newark, New Jersey, his national fraternal organization, which is located in the NJIT campus community.

Mr. Theodos has always held and valued service to his profession through NJSPE as the cornerstone of his professional life and career.

OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Atul Shah, PE

 

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When people talk about the “American Dream”, they are talking about someone like Atul Shah, who has not only dreamt of that dream but has made it a reality. Born in a very small town in the Gujarat State in India, Atul studied in a public school and topped the list in the State in his schooling and at his Engineering College.

Moving to US in 1981, Atul started his career wearing several hats, from cost estimator, lab technician, and field inspector. As he acquired skills and a familiarity with his new location, Atul gained the respect of his peers and was quickly promoted from Project Engineer to Project Manager for numerous construction and inspection projects across the tri-state area for 14 years. Upon becoming a Professional Engineer in his home state of New Jersey in 1989, Atul began his involvement with NSPE and NJSPE and eventually found his way to become president of the NJSPE – Raritan Valley region later in his career.

When the business economics took control with downsizing and recessions, Atul incorporated his inspection and testing experience into ANS (“Atul N. Shah!”) Consultants, Inc. Within 4 years, ANS quickly outgrew their first 800 SF leased building, and Atul purchased a 12,000 SF corporate office building with conjoined laboratory space. Today, ANS Consultants and ANS Geo employs 65 full-time staff including civil, mechanical, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, and structural engineers, as well as architects, draftsmen, and field technicians. Throughout his career, Atul and his team have povided inspection and testing on over 8,000 projects, including all NY and NJ Airports, all major highways, bridges, colleges, 140 schools, 50 superfund sites.

Atul is a licensed Professional Engineer in 11 states and a Professional Planner in NJ. He is involved in over 15 professional organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Welding Society, and much more. He takes an active role in each of these organizations and he is recognized in each for his passion for the advancement of the engineering profession. Over the last two years, Atul was the visionary behind offering New Jersey-based Professional Engineers’ webinar presentations to reach their Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits in the tri-state area and was proactive to begin this offering before New Jersey event enacted its PDH requirement for engineers.

Outside of his engineering activities, others comment that Atul is a highly regarded and respect philanthropist within the Indo-American community. He is likewise involved in his Township’s Board of Health for over 13 years, and his peers often comment on his energetic passion for fun while still improving the good of the public. Atul has also been a coordinator for the NSPE MATHCOUNTS MUM region program for the last 8 years and continues to work in this program. His tremendous integrity, energy, forward-thinking, and leadership skills are traits should be an example for all engineers.

After dedicating nearly 34 years to the engineering profession, many know Atul as the “Engineer’s Engineer”, so it is with great pleasure from his peers that Mr. Atul N. Shah, P.E. be awarded this prestigious NSPE honor.

At home, Atul’s wife, Lata, is a pre-K and kindergarten teacher for over 25 years. His oldest son, Jigesh, 28, is a trauma surgery resident at Tufts University in Boston, MA and is enrolled in a two year fellowship starting in June 2013 at Massachussets General Hospital, the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Jigesh’s wife, Sadia Shah, holds a juris doctorate and works at a law firm in the greater Boston area. Atul’s youngest son, Vatsal, 26, is a full-time civil/geotechnical engineer currently working at Hatch Mott MacDonald and a part-time Ph.D candidate at NJIT.

 

 

OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Katherine Childers, PE
CHILDERSKatherine Childers is a land development Staff Engineer at Pennoni Associates. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned a bachelor’s of Environmental Engineering Degree with a minor in Civil Engineering. She is a Professional Engineer licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Ms. Childers has experience in various aspects of civil engineering and site design for commercial and residential developments, industrial facilities, religious facilities, higher education, roadway improvement projects, solar facilities, brownfield redevelopments, and lake and pond restoration projects.

Ms. Childers is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers (NJSPE), and the local Mercer County Chapter (PESMC). She has been an active member of PESMC since 2009 and is currently serving as second vice president and a member of the Engineers Week Banquet Committee. She has volunteered as a proctor and scorer for the annual Regional MATHCOUNTS competition hosted at Mercer County Community College since 2010. PESMC recognized her as the 2013 Young Engineer of the Year.

Ms. Childers is actively involved in her local community. She volunteers for the Philadelphia Future City Competition as a mentor for the Great Valley Middle School team out of Malvern, PA. She was recognized as the Philadelphia Future City Competition 2013 Alumnus of the Year. This May, she will host a high school senior from the Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School at her office for an internship as part of his Senior Year Class Project. She contributes to charities through her participation in her local Relay for Life and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Broad Street Run. You can watch for her at the Broad Street Run again this May as she races as a member of the Pennoni Team.

Ms. Childers has been serving as the NJSPE Young Engineer’s Committee chair for the past two years. While serving as the chair, she has organized networking events and focused on student outreach through partnerships with New Jersey institutions of higher education with accredited engineering programs. A NJSPE student chapter at the New Jersey Institute of Technology was formally chartered in 2013, years after the dissipation of the original student chapter.

Ms. Childers began her career at Maser Consulting, where she was responsible for preparation of site plans, construction documents, design reports, and regulatory permitting for municipal, county, and state agencies for projects throughout New Jersey. Currently working out of Pennoni’s Philadelphia headquarters her current projects include commercial and greenspace redevelopments within the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Her areas of specialization include preparation of due diligence reports and feasibility studies, concept plan development, site plan design, utility design, stormwater management design, floodplain management, and construction liaison.

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