2013 Awards

Distinguisged Engineering Service
John Clearwater, P.E.

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A retired  Navy Civil Engineer Corps Captain , John is a graduate of the US Naval Academy Class of 1957 with a BS in Civil Engineering from RPI and an MS in Engineering from Princeton University. He has a varied background of over 50 years in military construction, public works, consulting engineering , and infrastructure construction. John has been an active, licensed PE since 1968 and is a current member of NSPE, NJSPE,  NJPEC, ASCE and ASHE.


Prior to his retirement in 2011, he served 20 years as Managing Director, CIAP of NJ, a construction industry trusteeship. His mission was to provide construction industry promotion and public relations, construction education and training, construction engineering scholarships /internships, improvement and standardization of public sector contracts, and “friend of the court “ briefs on significant legal construction-related contract issues.


Mr Clearwater has held responsible positions in education. From 1979-1982, he was Deputy Superintendent for Management at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. More recently he was elected to the Princeton Regional Schools  Board of Education serving as President from 1993-1994. He has also been appointed to several engineering advisory committees at New Jersey universities and community colleges . He is especially proud of his role as Managing Director of CIAP of NJ promoting educational and construction career- related programs. During his tenure the industry awarded over 400 scholarships/internships to NJ engineering students and promoted construction engineering  careers in all their aspects, from construction summer camps for young school kids and high school seniors to sponsoring advanced degree programs in construction management.


Beyond his tour at the US Naval Academy, Captain Clearwater served as Commander,  30th Naval Construction Regiment ( Seabees ) on Diego Garcia and later,  Northern Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command headquartered in Philadelphia with field construction offices in 24 states.

Outstanding Professional Engineer of the Year
Julia Algeo, PE, PP, CME

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Julia Algeo is a Senior Principal at Maser Consulting P.A. and the Branch Manager and Geographic Discipline Leader for Civil/Site Engineering Services for its Hamilton Office.  She is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the office of approximately 40 employees composed of a diverse set of engineering disciplines including Site/Civil, Transportation, Survey, Environmental, Cultural Resources, and Business Development for the firm at her location.  She is responsible for business development, client management, and coordination with other disciplines on multi-disciplined projects.  She also directly oversees and manages a team of project managers, engineers, technicians and administrative staff.  She has served on the Company’s Quality Control and Quality Assurance Committee where standards and procedures are developed and monitored to assure project quality control.


Ms. Algeo has extensive and diverse experience in various aspects of civil engineering and site design involving educational facilities, affordable housing, warehouse distribution centers, residential developments, solar energy generating facilities, and lake and stream restoration projects.  Some of her more notable and recent projects to the benefit of the public welfare have included civil engineering and planning services for multiple educational facilities for Rutgers University and Rider University; affordable housing facilities for the Franklin Township Housing Authority and the Cranbury Township Housing Authority; cultural and religious facilities for the Diocese of Trenton, Temple Beth Shalom, Bharat Sangha Sevashram,  and BAPS; and stream and lake restoration projects for Union County and Middlesex County.


Graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 1984 from Rutgers College of Engineering, Ms. Algeo began her career at Abbington-Ney Associates.  She spent 15 years with the firm originally serving as a design engineer and then culminating as project manager.  As a project manager she handled projects from concept planning through municipal and outside agency approvals.  Her experience included all aspects of site development for both municipal and private sector clients. Following her stint with Abbington, she joined Maser Consulting in 2000.


At Maser Consulting Ms. Algeo is involved with the Company’s Mentorship Community Program which is a formal career development program devoted to helping young professionals focus on career path and realize their goals.  At her alma mater, Rutgers University she also participated in the RUWELL program, an innovative program designed to increase the retention and graduation of women in the College of Engineering.


Ms. Algeo is involved with numerous professional affiliations outside of her work responsibilities.  She is a member of ICREW-Industrial Commercial Real Estate Women, a Community Board Member of the Hamilton Partnership, a member of the Society of Women Engineers, and a Legislative Committee member for the NJSPE.  In 2012 she was honored by the Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County (PESMC) with the Engineer of the Year Award.  She resides in Millstone Township with her husband Rick of 28 years with whom they raised their two daughters, Meghan and Deanne.




Outstanding Professional Young  Engineer of the Year Award
Vastal A. Shah, P.E.

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Starting his exposure to engineering at the young age of 17, Vatsal spent his summers inspecting pile foundations as well as asphalt, concrete, and soil placement and testing. He went on to graduate in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with honors from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Albert Dorman Honors College in Newark, NJ.  After graduating from NJIT, he joined Hatch Mott MacDonald, a global engineering consulting firm based out of Millburn, NJ and currently works as an Engineer in its Environmental Division.


While at Hatch Mott, Vatsal developed his interest in the field of geotechnical engineering and continued to expand upon his knowledge. His expertise has facilitated the creation of a new geotechnical subgroup to support Hatch Mott’s multiple offices across the United States and clients in the tri-state area.  This persistence and geotechnical expertise has also allowed the group to complete over 37 geotechnical projects over the past two years since its inception with projects such as the design of natural gas compressor stations, temporary shoring, slope stability and forensic evaluation of failed slopes, and geotechnical recommendation reports for building foundations, bridge replacements, and retaining walls.  He routinely oversees these projects from startup through completion, preparing proposals, cost estimates, and invoices for clients, and is involved in all aspects of technical planning, investigation oversight, design, and final reporting. This tremendous accomplishment for an engineer of his age was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the New Face of Civil Engineering for 2013.

Spanning the banner of civil engineering, his project background ranges from tunnels and bridge-related geotechnical and structural engineering, to underground storage tank and site remediation environmental engineering. Vatsal routinely prepares designs, site plans, specifications, and cost estimates for various public, private, and municipal entities and provides construction management services for a variety of projects.


Aside from his professional endeavors, Vatsal remains active in the engineering community with his over five years of involvement in the Raytheon and National Society of Professional Engineers’-sponsored MATHCOUNTS Competition Program as well as co-founding the NJIT Engineers Without Borders chapter. He continues to be an advocate for the civil engineering profession as he often volunteers to speak to high school and colleges on his experience as a civil engineer and why choosing a career in engineer can be fun, exciting, and fulfilling. Vatsal completed his Master of Science in Civil/Geotechnical Engineering in 2009 at NJIT and became one of NJ’s youngest Professional Engineers after receiving his Professional Engineering license from the State of New Jersey at the early age of 23 in 2011. He continues to work at Hatch Mott MacDonald while continuing his studies as a fourth-year Ph.D candidate in Geotechnical Engineering at NJIT.

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