Nashville, Tenn. (Feb. 22, 2013) – Kimberly M. Spicer, civil engineer and negotiator in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, received honors as a modern day technology leader at the 27th Annual Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Global Competitiveness Conference Feb. 8 in Washington D.C.
BEYA acknowledges excellence in accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and the Career Communications Group, Inc., organizers of the event, selected Spicer as a modern day technology leader.
Nominated by Doug Mullendore, supervisory chemical engineer, her nomination is fully endorsed by Lt. Col James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander, Brig. Gen. Margaret W. Burcham, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, and Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, USACE commander.
During her 26-year career she has supported numerous design and construction projects, working in Nashville District’s Planning Branch, Economics Section, Cost Estimating Section and in her current position in the Cost Engineering Management Support Branch.
Her work in conducting socioeconomic and feasibility studies, cost estimating, project management and construction contract administration has garnered performance and special awards throughout her career, according to her supervisors.
“Ms. Spicer has not only performed admirably in her permanent position with the Nashville District, but she also represents the expeditionary spirit of Corps civilians who have served our country in supporting our military efforts in the nation’s Overseas Contingency Operations,” Burcham said.
Spicer provided essential leadership, motivation and technical guidance necessary to complete more than 15 construction projects valued at more than $80 million while serving as civil engineer and project engineer during her 28-month assignment at the Taji Resident Office in Iraq from 2008 to 2011, according to her nomination package.
“Her work with the Nashville District is commendable, but her work in Taji, Iraq should be noted as exemplary,” Bostick said. “Few members of the public know of the fine work our civilians perform in support of our soldiers and host nations throughout the world,” he added.
Modern day technology leaders are looked upon as role models, not only by the college and K-12 students who attend the conference, but also by their peers in government and industry, according to Carol Haynes, Nashville District Equal Employment and Opportunity officer.
“Kimberly’s unique experience, including her support to overseas contingency operations in her extended tour downrange, highlights the work of the Corps here and throughout the world,” Haynes said.