Engineer of the Year Nominees.

 
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Bill McNeal

William "Bill" McNeal is a mechanical engineer with more than forty-seven years of professional design experience. He grew up in Oregon and earned his manufacturing engineering degree from Oregon State University. While attending college, McNeal was drafted into the US Army and served from 1967 to 1970. He worked as a manufacturing engineer for General Electric before starting his journey at Coffman in 1992 and has managed the firm's Anchorage Mechanical Department for nearly twenty years. He is a licensed professional engineer in seven states, including the Territory of Guam, where he was instrumental in the startup of Coffman's Guam office.

McNeal, a lifetime member, joined the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 1974. He served on various ASHRAE chapter committees and offices. McNeal has presented a paper at the ASHRAE Biannual Southern Asia Conference about the selection of HVAC equipment for hot and humid climates and led training courses on energy conservation and ASHRAE Std. 90.1.

McNeal has served on trips with Engineering Ministries International (eMi) for projects in Sierra Leone, Belize, and Romania. He is also a member of the eMi Disaster Responders team--which is ready to deploy in as little as two days' notice to assist in the aftermath of natural disasters. McNeal is currently designing a training course for eMi in support of young engineers and technicians in developing nations. He plans to travel to Uganda to present the first four-week class.

Bill Mott

Bill Mott is the principal chemical and materials engineer and president of Taku Engineering. Mott was born and raised in Montville, Connecticut, but dreamed of living in Alaska as a child. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with degrees in chemical and materials engineering. He joined Ocean City Research Corporation and conducted laboratory studies on corrosion, cathodic protection (CP), coatings, and high cycle fatigue of metals. Mott moved to Alaska in 1990 to assist Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (APSC) with managing corrosion on the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. In 2001. he co-founded Taku Engineering.

Mott has designed and led a variety of successful corrosion engineering related projects. Notable projects he has led include TAPS MP 780-800 CP upgrades; APSC tank maintenance program; Nuiqsut Pipeline coating repair; APSC Tank 111 CP system design; and the Red Dog Port impressed current system upgrades.

Mott has become a recognized corrosion control expert over the course of thirty years of practice. He is...

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