News: Wilson garners Professional Engineer in Government Award
Story by Leon Roberts
NASVHILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District’s deputy district engineer for Project Management received the 2013 Professional Engineer in Government Award from the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers during the Middle Tennessee All Engineers Banquet Feb. 22, 2013, at the Sheraton Music City Hotel.
Mike Wilson is recognized by TSPE as the engineer that has made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement and practice of engineering in state or local government.
Kristi M. Schnell, a professional engineer in Tennessee and Kentucky and current TSPE president of the Nashville Chapter, said, “Without a doubt, this describes Mike Wilson, who has served in his position for the Nashville District since 2005.”
The accolade includes lifetime professional achievements as an engineer in government service, community service and support within TSPE and other professional organizations. Being selected is a huge achievement that Wilson is humbled by.
“It was one of the biggest honors of my career primarily due to the fact that I have a ton of respect for the previous award winners and the folks that were in attendance at the dinner,” Wilson said after receiving the award. “To be added to the list of winners gives me a lot of pride. It was also great to represent the Corps. I told the audience that a lot of my career success was due to working for a great organization that has given me opportunities and support all the way from the beginning of my career to now.”
He began his career while at Tennessee Tech in 1975, taking advantage of the Cooperative Education Program at the school working for the Corps. This launched his career after graduation and over the decades has served in several positions including as a plan formulator for special projects, structural engineer, technical manager for flood control projects, project manager for navigation projects, chief of the Structural Section, and his current position.
Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander, is glad that TSPE recognized Wilson, and for bringing to light his 37 years of service to the Corps of Engineers and the nation.
“I could not think of a more deserving engineer in middle Tennessee, especially within the government,” DeLapp said.
Wilson also serves as the chief of the Planning, Programs, and Project Management Division. He’s a registered professional engineer in the state of Tennessee and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Tech and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Wilson is a lifelong area resident, attended middle school at Oak Hill School in Brentwood, Tenn., and high school at Brentwood Academy. He is active in the Society of American Military Engineers Nashville Post and is a past president. He is also involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a serving member of the Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tenn.
His wife Cady and three children also attended the award ceremony.