Lehigh Valley 
Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers

2018 Awards


2018 LVPSPE Engineer of the Year:  Charles Meyers, PE

This award recognizes a PSPE member who has made significant achievements in the area of: professional society activities; civic, fraternal, religious or humanitarian activities; professional and/or technical publications, papers, or patents; and the field of engineering during their professional career.

Charles (Charley) Myers has Bachelor of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering and Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla; and is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Missouri.

Charley is the Operations Manager for Water/Wastewater Services in the Municipal Services Department at Barry Isett & Associates, Inc.

Charley has more than 23 years of engineering experience involving the design, coordination and administration of projects for energy, industry, municipal and non-municipal clients.  As Operations Manager, he is responsible for service to municipal authorities and other public sector clients as well as taking the lead in water and waste-water requirements in private sector clients.

2018 LVPSPE Young Engineer of the Year:  Elizabeth Helsel, EIT

This award is presented to an individual (no more than 35 years-old) based on his/her scholastic achievements, technical and professional society activities, technical papers and/or patents, engineering experience and accomplishments, and civic/humanitarian activities. It is awarded to a young candidate who is a licensed Professional Engineer or Engineer-In-Training.

Elizabeth Helsel has a BS in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Physics from Wilkes University, earning the Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Engineering Award.  During her Junior year, Elizabeth and another student founded the Wilkes University Chapter of the PSPE.  By the time Elizabeth graduated, the Chapter had grown to over 30 members. Elizabeth served as Vice President of Students for Environmental Sustainability (SES) both her Junior and Senior years She was also a member of Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA).

As an Engineer 2 at RETTEW, Elizabeth provides support for the design, construction, and permitting of water treatment and distribution systems and wastewater treatment and collection systems for clients in the public and private sector.  In 2017, Elizabeth completed preliminary and final design of an $11 million-dollar plant upgrades project for the University Area Joint Authority in State College, Pennsylvania. Recently, Elizabeth has been heavily involved in the development and design of solar projects including multiple floating solar applications in the US.

Elizabeth has continually demonstrated her passion for mentoring and community service.  Elizabeth was a Mentor with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Women Empowered by Sciences (WEBS), working with middle school students interested in STEM.  She was also a Relay for Life Team Member and was the Creator and Coordinator of the “Prom Dress Sale Spectacular” fundraiser in which donated prom dresses were sold at a reduced price to local girls.  The fundraiser raised over $1,800 in one day.

Elizabeth helped create and currently holds the office of Outreach Coordinator and Chair of the SWE-Lehigh Valley Outreach Committee.  In this role, Elizabeth distributes volunteer opportunities, encourages SWE-Lehigh Valley Members to get involved locally and regionally, and coordinates the volunteers’ support with the event organizers. 

Elizabeth also organizes SWE-specific group outreach and volunteer events.  Elizabeth also created a new “STEM Night” program for middle school girls in coordination with a science teacher at Eyer Middle School. 

Elizabeth is an active member of Water Environment Federation (WEF) and Pennsylvania Water Environmental Association (PWEA).  Elizabeth also attended the 2017 Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) Conference in Chicago. 

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