ASME’s Hartford Section Honors 18 Engineers

(Left to right) Steve Houghtaling, vice president of engineering at Belcan Engineering; U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty; award winner Shaila Kambli, chief engineer at Belcan Engineering; and State Rep. Lonnie Reed.

Last month, 18 of Connecticut’s most outstanding engineers from industry and academia were honored for their professional achievements with Distinguished Engineer of the Year Awards, which were presented by the ASME Hartford Section during its 29th Annual Engineer’s Night Awards Banquet.

More than 230 business leaders, faculty members and students from the Hartford area attended the event, which was held Feb. 19 at the Society Room in Hartford. U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) and State Representative Lonnie Reed, co-chair of the Energy and Technology Committee, were among the special guests at the banquet.

The Distinguished Engineer of the Year Awards, which are presented each year during Engineers Week, are among the highest honors a company or university can bestow on its employees. Candidates from industry are nominated by a company’s senior executive leaders, while candidates from academia are nominated by the dean of their department.

“Engineers in Connecticut are the innovators in every industry from Aerospace to Manufacturing to Energy who carry on our state’s tradition of creating solutions that make it a better world for all of us,” said ASME member Aaron Danenberg, who chaired the event. “These awards highlight the robust and vibrant engineering community we have here in Connecticut.”

Pratt & Whitney, the founding sponsor of the awards banquet, presented awards to seven of its employees: ASME member Jesse Boyer, Christopher L. Dyer, Matthew R. Feulner, David P. Houston, Katherine A. Knapp Carney, John P. Virtue, Jr and Ryan Walsh. The other winners representing industry in Connecticut were Shaila Kambli from Belcan Engineering; Danny Gelbar, Scott Herman and Rahul Terdalkar from Alstom; Peter Goodell from Hartford Steam Boiler; Tadry Domagala from UTC Aerospace Systems; Edward Hathaway from FirstLight Power Resources Inc.; and Michael Foster from Westinghouse Electric Co.

Engineering professors from three Connecticut universities were also honored at the awards banquet: ASME member Leo T. Smith of the University of Hartford, Nejat Olgac of the University of Connecticut, and Alfred A. Gates from Central Connecticut State University.

In addition to Pratt & Whitney, the event was made possible with the support of primary sponsor Belcan Engineering and gold sponsors Alstom and Hartford Steam Boiler. For more information on the Engineer’s Night Awards Banquet and to view a video about the program, visit or

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