Two engineers from Army Corps take top honors at Society of American Military Engineers annual banquet

Published July 19, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 19, 2011) – Two engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District took top honors recently at the annual Installation of Officers and Directors of the Jacksonville Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) held at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Officers Club.


As outgoing post president, District Commander Col. Al Pantano presented Laureen Borochaner, P.E. and Autumn Ziegler, P.E. with the Post Engineer of the Year and Post Young Engineer of the Year awards respectively.


Borochaner is chief of the Design Branch and is temporarily the deputy chief of project execution. Ziegler is a senior electrical engineer and the engineering technical lead on Picayune Strand, an Everglades restoration project.


“We have the largest design branch in the Army Corps of Engineers,” said Pantano for the Jacksonville District. “Laureen’s branch is the center of gravity for most of our workload. We’re very proud of her and her people.”


Borochaner holds a Master of Science degree in structural engineering from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. She maintains a professional engineering license from the state of Massachusetts. Ziegler earned a master’s degree in civil engineering and an MBA from North Florida University.


“Autumn’s involvement in the construction of two pump stations on the Picayune Strand Project has been vital,” Pantano said. “Even though she is young, she has become a go-to person.”


The SAME Jacksonville Post was also recognized as a “Distinguished Post.” It is the only one in the Southeast Region to attain that honor.

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