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Dr. Bruce Thomson Named the 2013 New Mexico Public Sector Engineer of the Year

April 8, 2013

Dr. Bruce ThomsonDr. Bruce Thomson, P.E., Regents’ Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Water Resources Program at UNM, was recently named the 2013 Engineer of the Year in the Public Sector by the Albuquerque Chapter of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers.

“The ‘Public Sector Engineer of the Year’ aptly describes Dr. Thomson’s commitment to the New Mexico community,” says Brad Sumrall, P.E. Sr. Project Manager, Bohannan-Huston, Inc., Chairman, NMSPE Awards Committee.

“Most engineers know Dr. Thomson for his 35 years of teaching in the UNM School of Engineering. The public is aware of his concern for water quality in Albuquerque, which is why they elected him to the AMAFCA Board,” he said. “His participation on various environmental boards and participation with the engineering community have made Dr. Thomson the ‘go to’ person for water quality in New Mexico. It was a pleasure to select Dr. Thomson for this award.”

About Dr. Thomson
With a joint appointment in the Department of Civil Engineering and in Water Resources, Thomson teaches a wide range of courses in environmental engineering at the senior and graduate level. His research interests focus on the chemical behavior and treatment of radioactive and inorganic water contaminants in both surface and ground water systems. 
Thomson has consulted nationally and internationally on management of wastes from the mining industry, radioactive and mixed wastes, and domestic wastes.

He has been heavily involved in water and sustainability issues within New Mexico, including serving on the City’s Groundwater Protection Advisory Board for 10 years and serving as Chair many of those years. Thomson was elected to the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority Board (AMAFCA) in 2011 representing southeastern Albuquerque and currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer.

Thomson also received the 2010 New Mexico Earth Sciences Achievement Award for outstanding contributions advancing the role of earth science in the areas of applied science in education in New Mexico.

About the UNM Department of Civil Engineering 
The UNM Department of Civil Engineering is New Mexico’s premier and most comprehensive department of civil engineering and construction. The Department offers academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. levels and has active research programs in construction, environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering.  

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