Crawford Named Young Engineer of the Year Award

March 23, 2018

KSPE Young Engineer of the Year, Neal Crawford. Photo credit: Kentucky Society of Professional EngineersSpeed School alumnus Neal Crawford received the KSPE Louisville Chapter Young Engineer of the Year award at the chapter's annual banquet held in early March at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in downtown Louisville.

Growing up with an aptitude for math and science, Crawford was further encouraged to a STEM education by way of his older cousin and step-father, both engineers. It was that push that led him to enroll in the Leadership Advantage program hosted by the Triangle Fraternity for future Speed School engineering students, prior to his enrollment in the Fall of 2001. Initially intending to major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Crawford switched his interest to Civil Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in August 2007 and Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a focus on Water Resources in December 2008.

Crawford attributes his award to his time spent at the Speed School, his coworkers, and the people that he has worked for and with at Heritage Engineering and Qk4. He gained employment at Heritage Engineering prior to graduation, which afforded him the opportunity to work for a smaller company, taking on a variety of tasks. Now, Crawford works for Qk4, a relationship he developed through his co-op rotations.

“Speed School provided me the foundation for which everything has been built upon and the people I have worked for have provided me countless opportunities and support in my personal and professional development," said Crawford. "The people I have worked with have put in many long hours to complete successful projects, which make a positive impact on the communities.”

In 2016, Crawford received the DV Terrell Award from KSPE at the Louisville Chapter and the statewide level for outstanding performance in the engineering profession and superior service to KSPE. He continues to build on his previous successes to grow as an engineer. Not only does he find validation for his efforts in his awards, but encouragement to continue to evolve his skills.

“Since I’ve been in the engineering design workplace for nearly 14 years now (including the co-ops) and even though sometimes I feel like it I’m still not old," he said. "The award(s) inspires me to continue to strive to be better and do better for the good of the community and those impacted by my designs and to continue to promote the engineering profession.”

According to the KSPE site, to qualify nominees must be no older than the age of 35; be a registered professional engineer or a certified engineer-in-training; have professional integrity and a reputation beyond question; and must have consistently worked for the professional, civic and technical interests of the engineering profession.