The Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County recognized governmental and private engineers, projects, citizens and scholars at the 55th Annual Awards Banquet held recently at Mercer Oaks Banquet Facility in West Windsor, NJ.
“The Mercer County Chapter of the State and National Society of Professional Engineers is one of the strongest chapters in the state, and we are also one of the most philanthropic by awarding scholarships to very deserving students who are pursuing their dreams,” said Mark Janiszewski, P.E., chapter president. “In addition to the scholarship winners, we also honored owners, engineers, architects, and contractors who work together to complete exceptional projects that serve to significantly improve our quality of life. We honored organizations which are building a brighter future through their service. We honored a STEM teacher and an elected official who make a difference in their communities every day of their lives.”
Vasily Serpikov, P.E., of Arora and Associates of Lawrenceville, was named PESMC’s Engineer of the Year. The Trenton resident said the pinnacle of his career came a few years ago when he was selected to join the Arora’s team performing the emergency beach restoration of the Barrier Islands, which were devastated as a result of Super Storm Sandy.
David Wysocki, P.E., a Trenton resident and PESMC’s Young Engineer of the Year, is working as senior engineer of T.Y. Lin International in Trenton. Dave graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2009 and has already made key contributions towards many projects throughout New Jersey, including Garden State Parkway Facilities Improvements in Clark, Clifton, Holmdel and Paramus; NJDOT resurfacing and widening, Interchange 8 in Hightstown and many more projects in and around the New Jersey area.
John M. Keller, P.E., P.M.P., deputy chief engineer at the N.J. Turnpike Authority (NJTA), received PESMC’s Government Service Award. John has been with the NJTA for 17 years and is program manager on the authority’s high-profile projects.
One Project of the Year recognized by PESMC was the Festival Grounds at Mercer County Park, West Windsor, owned by the Mercer County Park Commission, with Maser Consulting as engineer and Spiezle Architectural Group as architect. The other project was the Pulaski Skyway Traffic Management Program in Jersey City, Newark and Kearney. Project owner is the N.J. Department of Transportation, and the designer was Parsons Brinckerhoff. “Both of the Projects of the Year are very visible projects that benefit the general public by either improving our commute, or providing a place for us to relax on the weekends when we get home after a long week,” said Janiszewski.
Recognized as Citizens of the Year were Eleanor Horne of Lawrence Township and Becky Taylor of Hopewell Township, co-presidents of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, a 22-mile multi-purpose trail connecting Lawrence and Hopewell Townships. The recognition was based on their “dedicated service to improving the quality of life in Mercer County through the design and construction of an excellent trail system for the general public,” said Janiszewski.
The STEM Teacher of the Year was Scott Innocenzi of Nottingham High School. Receiving scholarships were students Tyler Austin Kobil and Gloria Savannah Brewster, both of Hopewell Valley Central High School, and Aidan Timothy Callahan of Mercer County Community College.
The Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County is a local chapter of the State and National Society of the Professional Engineers. Founded in 1934, NSPE strengthens the engineering profession by promoting engineering licensure and ethics, enhancing the engineer image, advocating and protecting PE’s legal rights at the national and state levels, publishing news of the profession, providing continuing education opportunities, and much more. NSPE serves 45,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and over 500 local chapters.