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Meet ACEC Washington's 2018 Engineer of the Year, Parametrix CEO Jeff Peacock, PE

Kami Matiatos | 1-22-2018

Jeff with his family. His granddaughters hold the Engineer of the Year Award.

To his surprise, on Friday evening Parametrix CEO Jeff Peacock, PE was named the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Washington’s 2018 Engineer of the Year! We kept it a secret as long as we could, but he did get a little suspicious when his family began showing up at the banquet. The Engineer of the Year Award recognizes the success, commitment, and contribution of an outstanding individual to the engineering profession.

DSC_0296Jeff Peacock’s leadership and vision have impacted the engineering industry, transportation policy, and infrastructure in Washington State. After earning a BS in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University, Jeff began his career in 1979 with WSDOT and joined Parametrix in 1990, starting out as a Senior Transportation Engineer and working his way up to President and CEO. Throughout his career, he has made significant technical contributions to the engineering profession and has helped to improve our built environment. His technical background is in the planning, environmental compliance, design, and management of transportation infrastructure projects, including some of the most complex projects in the Northwest. His strengths are in strategic planning for programs and large projects and facilitating multi-agency partnerships, traits that have been instrumental to the success of controversial, public infrastructure projects.

Since 1998, Jeff has been a pivotal figure in the SR 520 Floating Bridge Replacement and HOV Improvements program. Initially, he managed the Trans-Lake Washington Study, and has since served as a strategic advisor to the team completing the EIS and serving as General Engineering Consultant for the entire corridor. Jeff has also made significant contributions to the evolution and implementation of our regional transit system over the last 20 years, having served as principal-in-charge of Central Link and Lynnwood Link light rail projects, as well as regional long-range planning studies and numerous other transit projects. As an active member and current co-chair of the ACEC - Sound Transit liaison committee, he has advocated for passage of Sound Transit’s funding packages. Jeff has also been a passionate advocate for legislation, initiatives, and other transportation funding packages. Further, he has engaged in strategizing legislative initiatives supporting the engineering community, including support for public agency indemnification and contracting reform and opposition to B&O tax increases on engineering services.

He actively participates in numerous professional organizations and has further contributed to the engineering profession by serving on a variety of committees and actively participating in CEO leadership roundtables and forums. Most recently, he was a panelist at the Environmental Financial Consulting Group’s (EFCG) Annual CEO Conference.

Jeff also gives back to the community, spearheading Parametrix’s involvement with Special Olympics, Northwest Tribal Canoe Journeys, and United Way. As a sponsor of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Parametrix has committed to providing volunteer support. Jeff was one of several volunteers who helped to make the 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship a success, lending his time as a caddy. He served as a board member for the Kitsap Community Foundation and is a big supporter of Mary’s Place, Planned Parenthood, Heifer International, and the Washington State Historical Society. He has been working with the Director of the Washington Opportunity Scholarship to provide mentoring or internship options for engineering students.

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Jeff volunteered as a caddy at the 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championships.