SCSPE Engineer of the Year
It is the policy of the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers to promote, support, and encourage the continued professional development of engineers. To this end, the Engineer of the Year Award was established. The Engineer of the Year Award is the highest award given to an individual by the society. It may be given annually by SCSPE to an engineer who has made outstanding contributions to his or her profession, public welfare and/or mankind. The winner of this honor may then be the SCSPE nominee for the NSPE Distinguished Service Award the following year, if all NSPE requirements are met.
SCSPE Young Engineer of the Year
It is the policy of the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers to promote, support, and encourage the professional development of young engineers. To this end, the Young Engineer of the Year Award was established. SCSPE may select annually an outstanding young engineer. The recipient of this honor may then be the SCSPE nominee for the NSPE Young Engineer of the Year Award the following year, providing all NSPE requirements are met.
Service Excellence Award 2017
The South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers presented Marguerite McClam, PE, F.NSPE the SCSPE Service Excellence Award for her effort and dedication beyond the call of duty on June 9, 2017 at the SC Engineering Conference and Trade Show at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. McClam resides in Irmo, SC.
SCSPE chose to honor McClam for her dedication to the citizens of South Carolina and their health, safety, and welfare. In 2015, when the rains came, dams breached, and water levels rose, McClam, just a member of the SC State Guard Engineering Detachment at the time, was on the front line helping with the breached Congaree canal, and the recovery efforts all over the state. McClam is now the senior officer of the SC State Guard’s Engineering Detachment, and when Hurricane Matthew bore down and hit South Carolina in the fall of 2016, she was on Edisto Beach the next day. She came home to regroup and get a new list of volunteers and back to the front lines she went. She was in Marion County helping out until December when most of us had already forgotten about the Hurricane. She slept on a cot, lived out of her truck, and worked her paying job when she could.
McClam repeatedly put her state’s needs before her own. For this reason and many more, SCSPE realized she must be honored for her actions.
McClam is the first and only person to receive the SCSPE Service Excellence Award.