JEO’s own Lucas Billesbach was recently honored with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Young Engineer of the Year Award. The young engineer of the year award recognizes a member of the NSPE who has made contributions to the engineering field and their communities.
To be a candidate for this award, there are three minimum requirements that must be met: (1) be 35 or younger as of January 1 of the current year; (2) be a licensed professional engineer or engineer in training; and (3) be a NSPE member in good standing. Other criteria to be considered for this award includes the candidate’s educational and collegiate achievements, professional and technical society activities, civic and humanitarian activities, continuing competence, engineering achievements, and professional experience.
On May 27, Lucas received the Young Engineer of the Year Award at an NSPE luncheon held at Walter Scott Convention Center in Omaha. The luncheon is held every year to honor an engineer of the year and a young engineer of the year, along with recipients of multiple NSPE scholarships.
Eric Obert, Chief Operating Officer at JEO, said about Lucas receiving this award, “I was proud to witness a member of the JEO team receive this award. I appreciate everything Lucas does for JEO, and it’s nice to see him receive recognition for his hard work.”
Lucas has been with JEO for over nine years and is JEO’s environmental department manager. He is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska and Iowa, where he works towards helping advance water, wastewater, and aquatic improvements in communities that JEO serves.
He is a member of numerous groups such as the American Water Works Association, Nebraska Water Environment Association, Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers, and the Water Environment Federation. He’s also past president of the Scott Scholar Alumni Organization, and has assisted with the Society of American Military Engineer’s student initiative mentoring program at Bennington High School and Nathan Hale Middle School.
Lucas is married to Dr. Sarah Billesbach, DDS, and has three children. He enjoys spending his time boating at Okoboji, traveling, hunting, and attending Creighton basketball and baseball games, along with Husker football games.
Congratulations on your achievement Lucas!