Ken Mika recognized by STEM Forward as 2017 Young Engineer of the YearOBG News,
OBG’s Ken Mika, PE, M.ASCE has been selected by STEM Forward, a Midwest organization promoting science, technology, education, and math (STEM) education and careers, to receive its 2017 Young Engineer of the Year award. Ken will receive the honor recognizing an outstanding contributor to the engineering profession in the Milwaukee area at the 65th Annual Engineers Week Banquet on February 15, 2018. The annual event celebrates and honors Milwaukee’s engineering community.
Ken began his career at OBG (formerly Natural Resource Technology) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP). At OBG, Ken is a Midwest operations manager, responsible for managing resources and growing the company’s industrial wastewater operation & maintenance business.
Ken is passionate about giving back to the community through professional societies, food and toy drives at offices and project sites, and cleaning up local parks.
A member of the ASCE Southeast Branch, Ken has served on the Younger Member Group Board of Directors as Vice President, President, and Past-President. He also served on the 2013 Central Region Younger Member Council planning committee. The committee planned and executed a large-scale community STEM event and STEM Expo, now held annually, to introduce STEM careers to youth in Milwaukee. Recently, Ken has taken on roles as Scholarship Director, President-Elect, President, and now Past-President on the ASCE Southeast Branch Board, as well as Secretary and now Vice President on the Wisconsin Section Board.
At OBG, Ken also led the construction quality assurance for an $80 million environmental dredging and habitat restoration project in Indiana. He also served as project manager for a successful, complex project requiring an environmentally-impacted wetland to be investigated, have a remedial design, and have the contractor begin remedial work within six months.
In addition, Ken recently achieved a master’s degree in engineering from UWP and has attended and presented at multiple conferences across the U.S. and Canada. He was selected by ASCE to attend the Emerging Leaders Alliance Conference in 2015 and has been selected for the 2018 Legislative Fly-In in Washington D.C. to meet with elected officials.
STEM Forward promotes STEM education and careers to all students through collaboration with business, education, government, and the community.
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