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MINE Alumnus, Dr. John Cardarelli, awarded NSPE Federal Engineer of the Year

web_cardarelli_medallion.jpgNews Release
Release: Immediate
Contact: Stacey A. Ober
(703) 684-2815

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Engineer Named
2006 Federal Engineer of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (February 28, 2006)— CDR John Cardarelli II, P.E., a health physicist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) working on important issues of public health research, has been named the National Society of Professional Engineers’ (NSPE) 2006 Federal Engineer of the Year (FEYA). Cardarelli received the honor during the 27th Annual FEYA Banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., held on February 23, 2006.


Cardarelli recently responded to Hurricane Katrina, taking on leadership roles with the EPA as both the Air Sampling Group Leader and an Assistance Safety Officer, where he utilized his engineering skills to address environmental and safety hazards stemming from the storm. He has also served as the principal investigator of a national study to determine potential radiation exposures to Transportation Security Administration screeners. Preliminary findings were published, along with engineering recommendations that could reduce radiation exposures by up to 50 percent. Working with the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Energy, he provided technical expertise and leadership on radiological protection at both the Hot Springs National Park and the waste storage tanks at the Hanford Tank Farms.

Cardarelli has also excelled academically, achieving the highest form of recognition and licensure in the fields of engineering (PE), industrial hygiene (CIH), and health physics (CHP). Since 1991, his seven peer-reviewed journal articles, 15 technical reports, one book chapter and Internet Web site have significantly influenced both research and end-user communities. In addition, he serves on three national committees dedicated to protecting workers and the public from radiation exposures.

Sponsored by NSPE’s practice division, Professional Engineers in Government (PEG), the award program recognizes outstanding engineers employed in the federal government. A panel of judges selected the winner based on education, continuing education, professional and technical society activities, awards and honors, civic and humanitarian activities and engineering achievements.

For more information about the program or how to submit nominations for the coming year, please contact Marcia Prichard at, or visit Professional Engineers in Government.

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is the national society of engineering professionals from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 50,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 500 chapters.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A photo of CDR Cardarelli receiving the award is attached. Additional photos of the ceremony may be obtained by contacting Stacey Ober at 703-684-2815 or