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Mobile Districts Very Own Selected as Young Engineer of the Year

USACE, Mobile District
Published Feb. 1, 2023
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Charles “Ross” Byerley

MOBILE, Ala. – Charles “Ross” Byerley, Technical Specialist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District has been selected as the Mobile Area Council of Engineer’s: Young Engineer of the Year. 

“The high number of repeat customers that call on Mr. Byerley from other districts are a testament to his attention to detail, customer management, and work ethic” said Justin O'Donnell, Chief of EN-GC Water, Wastewater, and Civil Site Section U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District.

Byerley, who has worked with USACE for 15 years, has spent his professional career in the Water and Wastewater community. Specifically, the Technical Center of Expertise for the USACE, Mobile District. During this time, Ross served as a design engineer, engineering technical lead, and temporarily served as Chief of the Water and Wastewater TCX and civil site section, where he supervised 14 engineers and technicians. He is also an active member of Haven Woods Baptist Church and T-Ball coach at Semmes Baseball Park.

Thad Hendrix, former MACE Chairman, explained what qualities engineers must possess to be considered for the award, pointing out the “Young Engineer of the Year” award carries a special significance as it is not handed out every year.

“We have three big awards,” said Hendrix. “We give the Engineer of the Year, we give the Project of the Year, and we also give the Young Engineer of the Year. When we look at the Young Engineer of the Year, we are looking for a well-rounded citizen of Mobile, who is active in community service, is involved in professional societies, and they must show leadership in their positions at work.”


With an area of operation across Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and northern Florida, and a vast military region that includes operations across Central and South America, the Mobile District’s award- winning teams of engineering, construction, regulatory and emergency management professionals are nationally recognized for their leadership in delivery of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works and military programs missions to the Nation.



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