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Hartsfield-Jackson official named Engineer of the Year in Government
28 February ,2012

News Release
February 28, 2012


Contact: Al Snedeker
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Hartsfield-Jackson official named Engineer of the Year in Government

ATLANTA — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s Jim Drinkard has been named 2012 Engineer of the Year in Government by the Georgia Engineering Alliance.

Drinkard, the assistant general manager for Planning and Development, received the award at the 2012 Georgia Engineers Week Awards Gala on February 25 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

“Jim is an invaluable asset to the Airport,” said Aviation General Manager Louis Miller. “I’m proud to have him on my team and very pleased that he is receiving the professional recognition he deserves.”

According to the Georgia Engineering Alliance, the annual awards recognize deserving and dedicated engineers who have made valuable contributions to their profession and who have had an impact on the engineering community.

Drinkard, who joined the City’s Department of Aviation in 2009, has more than 34 years of airport planning and engineering experience. He began his career as a design engineer working on the original midfield design for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 1977 with HNTB Corporation.

He returned to Hartsfield-Jackson in 2000 with HNTB as a consultant planning manager prior to his current position. Drinkard also served as co-director of Planning for the Department of Aviation, focusing on the $6 billion capital improvement program. /font>

While employed by HNTB, he served as project manager for major airfield and landside development projects at airports throughout the United States: Orlando International Airport (Florida), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Houston Intercontinental Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (North Carolina), Charleston International Airport (South Carolina), Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (Louisiana), Huntsville International Airport (Alabama), Savannah International Airport (Georgia) and Philadelphia International Airport.

Drinkard is an active member of the Airports Council International–North America Operations and Technical Committee and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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