Integrated Support Command Kodiak Engineer Named Engineer of the Year

Washington – Coast Guard RADM T.P. Ostebo, Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics announced today that Laura W. Kelly of the Coast Guard’s Integrated Support Command (ISC) in Kodiak, Alaska is the winner of the 2009 Coast Guard Engineer of the year award.

Laura Kelly is responsible for the engineering design, engineering review and system management of over 75 commercial facilities and more than 21 miles of water and wastewater infrastructure. She is also responsible for the operational maintenance of the water and wastewater treatment plants that support ISC Kodiak, it’s 2,000 residents, the Kodiak State Airport, and the Buskin River State Park.

Individual initiatives started by Ms Kelly have lead to improvements to the engineering infrastructure of ISC Kodiak, including the 3-D geospatial computerization of base utility maps, re-establishing a base-wide survey control and monumentation program for the 21,000 acre facility, and completing a seismic vulnerability study for critical shore facilities structures using FEMA guidelines. Ms Kelly was also appointed by the Governor of Alaska to serve on the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission and currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the organization.

As the Coast Guard Engineer of the Year, Ms. Kelly will be nominated as a candidate for the Federal Engineer of the Year Award (FEYA). She will be honored at the FEYA luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington on February 19, 2009.

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