Delaware Engineering Society Announces Young Engineer of the Year and Engineer of the Year for 2021

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February 02, 2021
NSPE-DE is excited to announce the 2021 Delaware Young Engineer of the Year and Engineer of the Year.  The awards are nominated by those in the engineering industry in the State of Delaware and are selected by the past presidents of the Delaware Engineering Society (now NSPE-DE).  This year’s award winners are Scott Rathfon, P.E. (Engineer of the Year) and Jennalee Fede, P.E. (Young Engineer of the Year).
Scott Rathfon, P.E. is a Professional Engineer licensed in multiple states throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  He has over 40 years of comprehensive engineering experience in various areas of the civil engineering field as well as project and program management.  Scott has been employed by Century Engineering in the Delaware office for over 33 years and has been involved in numerous projects throughout the State.  Scott has guided the Delaware operations for over 20 years and has been involved with various design and construction projects throughout the State of Delaware, as well as surrounding states.  He has been involved in some of the largest infrastructure projects in the State including the SR1, US 13 Relief Route project and the recently completed US 301 project.  One of the highlights of his engineering career was having the opportunity to work on the management team for the design and construction of the cable-stayed bridge over the C&D Canal.  Many of the projects he has been involved with over the years have been recognized in the state for their excellence by his peers.
Jennalee Fede, P.E. has worked for Duffield Associates, LLC for over 10 years and began as an intern back in May 2010.  Currently a project manager in Duffield’s Environmental Division, she splits her time between the Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA offices.  She has worked on various projects throughout the Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey, involving environmental investigations, permitting, remediation, and regulatory compliance for various residential, commercial, and industrial sites.  Her clients have varied from private developers and realtors to government and utility companies.  She takes pride in each project she works on, looking to provide value to her client while also making a positive impact on her community.  She is active in various professional organizations, secretary of the Delaware Section of the American Water Resource Association (DEAWRA) and active member of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP), Delaware Real Estate Women (DREW), and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE).  She is also active in her community, participating in the Christina River Cleanup (15+ years), Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup (8+ years), and various food and clothing drives.  She has also assisted the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers (DAPE) with mentoring and presentations regarding the importance of professional licensure to undergraduate future engineers attending the University of Delaware.
For more information on both the award winners, please visit our website:  Normally, these award winners are recognized at the yearly Engineer's Week banquet held at the end of February.  With the current COVID restrictions in place, we will be switch to a digital format to recognize these individuals (as well as scholarship winners, newly licensed Professional Engineers and the ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards) at a virtual event on Thursday, February 26, 2021 during Engineer's Week.  
About Delaware Engineering Society:  The Delaware Engineering Society is the State Society for the National Society of Professional Engineers.  NSPE is a member-centric, nimble, future-focused, and responsive organization, serving as the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers.  Through education, licensure advocacy, leadership training, multidisciplinary networking, and outreach, NSPE enhances the image of its members and their ability to ethically and professionally practice engineering.  Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 31,000 members and the public through 52 state and territorial societies and over 400 chapters.  For more information, please visit