Young award-winning engineer serves community

By Associated Engineering Press

Joan Reichwein Smith, systems integration lead engineer at the Utility Helicopters Project Office, was selected as the 2013 Alabama Young Engineer of the Year by the Engineering Council of Birmingham earlier this year.

The ECOB is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that coordinates the engineering efforts of 17 member societies and educational organizations. The annual award recognizes contributions to engineering by a professional under the age of 35, including professional accomplishments, scholastic background, technical/professional society participation and civic/humanitarian outreach.


In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: April 30, 2014    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Awards and Honors, In The News, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering