McDonough Wins Engineer of the Year


Mark McDonough. Photo by Teresa Jackson.
Mark McDonough. Photo by Teresa Jackson.

Mark McDonough, station engineer for the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), was recently named Managerial Engineer of the Year for 2012 in recognition of his leadership in sustainable operations and products, implementation of valuable engineering strategies, and the successful management of one of the largest capital improvements programs in Forest Service Research and Development. The award was presented via VTC on April 25 by Tom Tidwell, Chief of the Forest Service.

The Engineer of the Year Award recognizes “employees who have demonstrated sustained exceptional engineering leadership and/or support for Forest Service infrastructure, ecosystem, and resource management, as well as those employees who exemplify the Forest Service Engineering Mission of providing premier engineering services across a diverse natural environment through innovative technical solutions.”  

As SRS engineering group leader, McDonough manages the station’s engineering program, which includes the construction and maintenance of complex facilities throughout the 13 southeastern states from East Texas to the Atlantic seaboard. He also manages the SRS safety and fleet programs.

Throughout his 18-year career, McDonough has exhibited leadership in incorporating sustainable buildings at the SRS. His initiative in identifying opportunities and executing sustainable construction projects has increased energy and water efficiency in research and development facilities. McDonough’s innovation led to the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-certified laboratory for the Forest Service.

McDonough has been recognized for sustained excellence in technical competence and engineering service and has provided engineering and safety program leadership and support for timely implementation and accounting of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects.  

“I feel fortunate to have a staff of highly dedicated professionals in the SRS engineering group and the unwavering support of SRS leadership and Washington Office research and development leadership,” says McDonough. “I would like to share this award with them.”

Over the past three years, McDonough has consistently delivered one of the largest capital improvements programs in research and was the first Certified Energy Manager in research and development. He serves on the Natural Resource Management Building User Board and the Washington Office Sustainability Working Group.

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