Abbie Adams Smith Receiving AwardAbbie Adams Smith, P.E., C.E.M, M.B.A., was recently one of five national recipients of the American Council of Engineering Companies' (ACEC's) 2011 Young Professional of the Year award. This national awards competition program recognizes the accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their professional accomplishments and the resulting impact on society. To be eligible to compete in ACEC's highly selective application process, nominees must have a degree in engineering from an accredited college or university, and be 30 years of age or younger.

Mrs. Smith, an environmental engineer, graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Bucknell University in 2003. She then began her career at EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (EA) and specializes in the planning and design of water/wastewater, energy, and solid waste facilities. Last year alone, she managed over $1 million in engineering projects to support the $4 billion Base Realignment and Closure program at U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She also utilizes her exceptional skills to mentor the next generation of engineers and to benefit underprivileged children. For 4 years, she has chaired Day with an Engineer for the local post of the Society of American Military Engineers, annually connecting over 100 high school students with professional engineering mentors. Since 2004, she has also coordinated an annual holiday gift drive for a local Baltimore orphanage.

Michael Battle, EA's Chief Operating Officer, noted, "We are both thrilled and proud that Abbie has become the first engineer in our company's history to win this prestigious award. She is one of the best and brightest young professionals in our industry, bringing a unique blend of technical ability, enthusiasm, and leadership to her client engagements. Her record of service in student outreach and community giving is commendable. Abbie is most deserving of the recognition she has received this year."

Earlier this year, Mrs. Smith was the recipient of two similar awards in her home state of Maryland: Young Professional of the Year award from ACEC/Maryland and Young Engineer of the Year award presented by the Engineering Society of Baltimore, Inc.