Noe Santos, an emerging professional engineer with Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region, was recently notified that he was selected as this year’s recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award. ASCE presents the national award annually to a young civil engineer — typically less than 35 years old — who has demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions to public service engineering.

To qualify for this year’s award, Noe demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development, community service and environmental resource management which serves as a hallmark for his passion in large-scale water supply management and sustainable development.

Serving as both a hydrologic and civil engineer with the LCR’s Boulder Canyon Operations Office, Noe currently manages water releases and diversions from Hoover, Davis, and Parker Dam to meet Nevada, Arizona, California and Mexico water demands. His duties also include hydrologic modeling of Lower Colorado River operations and serving as the Lower Colorado Region technical lead for the West Wide Climate Risk Assessment and the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative programs.

Prior to joining Reclamation, Noe served as a civil engineering graduate research assistant with the University of Nevada – Las Vegas where he implemented artificial intelligence modeling techniques to predict daily distilled water production based on environmental conditions utilizing a prototype distillation basin.

A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Noe obtained both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the same university while working full-time for Reclamation. The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 177 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society. ASCE stands at the forefront of a profession that plans, designs, constructs, and operates society’s economic and social engine — the built environment — while protecting and restoring the natural environment. Noe will be honored at their annual convention in New Orleans this October.

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