COLUMBIA, S.C.– June 2018 – Michelle Motchos, PE, LEED AP BD+C received the 2018 Engineer of the Year Award at the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers (SCSPE) Conference. Motchos previously received the Engineer of the Year Award from the Columbia Chapter earlier this year. She was recognized for her commitment to serving the South Carolina community through her involvement in engineering and design.

Holding both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Motchos’ resume speaks for itself. She is currently employed as the Director of Structural Engineering for Stevens & Wilkinson in Columbia, S.C., a position she has held for more than a decade. Her duties include overseeing the office’s structural engineering staff, producing designs, working together on the production of building plans, and project oversight. While at Stevens & Wilkinson, her work has spanned across the Civic + Government, Cultural, K-12, Higher Education, and Corporate fields.

One of her most recent projects with Stevens & Wilkinson includes the Florence County Courthouse (located in downtown Florence, S.C.), which was completed in the Fall of 2018. Motchos’ design of steel composite slab framing and columns, lateral framing system, and ground improvements were all included in the completed 120,000-square foot structure. In part of her designs, Motchos also provided plan/specification development and construction administration for the project. She has worked on several notable Columbia buildings, including the Colonial Life Arena, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.

Within SCSPE, Motchos has held multiple positions, including the Columbia Chapter Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President, Director, and Educational Foundation Representative. Currently, she serves as the Educational Foundation President for SCSPE’s Columbia Chapter. Apart from being a member of SCSPE, Motchos currently serves as the President for the Columbia Chapter of the Structural Engineers Association of South Carolina (SEASC), as well as the organization’s State Chapter Secretary and State Chapter Web Administrator. Other memberships include the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction, and American Concrete Institute.

Throughout the years, Motchos has continued her professional development by attending multiple seminars, meetings and conferences across the country. Most recently, she attended the SEASC State Conferences (2015, 2016, 2017), NCSEA Structural Design Summits (2015, 2016, 2017), and the Seismic Design of Precast Concrete Diaphragms (2018).

Motchos is just as involved in the South Carolina design community as she is civically. She has donated her time as a Mathcounts Volunteer, Future Cities Volunteer Judge, VEX Robotics Volunteer Judge, and District Five of Lexington/Richland Counties Job Showing Mentor. As a member of both Palmetto Parrotheads and Columbia Hokies, Motchos has volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Toys for Tots, and Adopt-a-Highway.

Michelle excels as both an engineer and citizen, contributing to culturally significant projects in and around South Carolina. Her dedication to discovering and implementing creative solutions shows in her work. As a professional, she holds a deep passion for engineering and hopes to spread her knowledge to budding engineers by way of mentorship and volunteering well into the future.

“I am incredibly honored to join the ranks of so many talented engineers who have previously won this prestigious award,” said Motchos. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with the most wonderfully gifted professionals over the course of my career, and I believe leaning on the shoulder of a stronger person gives you a certain amount of finesse and confidence that you just can’t learn by yourself. That is also why I believe it is important to not only invest in future talent through mentoring, but also in promoting a larger conversation concerning equity and inclusion in the design industry so others might find the same rewarding opportunities I’ve had.”

About South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers: The mission of SCSPE is to promote the ethical, competent and licensed practice of engineering and to enhance the professional, social, and economic well-being of its members.

About Stevens & Wilkinson: Founded in 1919, Stevens & Wilkinson is a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm committed to providing clients with “Smart Design Solutions.” The firm’s combined design capabilities lead to projects executed with creative, innovative and holistic design solutions. Learn more: www.stevens-wilkinson.com.