US Department of Energy

US Department of Energy

Professional Association Honors EM Employee with Technical Excellence Award


Source: US Department of Energy

An association with expertise in project cost and schedule management honored an EM employee with its Technical Excellence Award.

“I was very surprised,” said Dan Melamed, who works as a program analyst in EM’s Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis. “I am very much honored that my colleagues and co-workers selected me for this honor.”

The award is given by the Association of Cost Engineering (AACE International) Technical Board to recognize outstanding technical contributions to the association by an individual in the project and cost management community. Melamed received the award during the association’s 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans.

“It is through such outstanding ability, service, and dedication displayed by our members that AACE International is able to continue to be the strong organization that it is,” according to a news release on Melamed’s award on the association’s website.

After joining AACE International in 2004, Melamed served as a local chapter vice-president, president, and past president, helping organize meetings and activities at the local section level in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a member of the Technical Board, which helps write peer-reviewed and edited recommended practices, which are a series of documents that contain information for project and program management for public and private sectors across a wide variety of industries. These documents have been subjected to a rigorous peer review process and published for public use by the Technical Board.

Melamed’s AACE International work is voluntary. “This is work that is done external to my DOE work and work that I have done in my spare time,” said Melamed. “It helps me in my professional understanding.”

Currently, Melamed administers the EM program’s corporate performance measures and milestones. Recently, he was assigned to be the EM headquarters point of contact for the DOE’s Environmental Liability Estimate.

AACE International seeks to teach, exchange information, network, and discuss the major topics of cost engineering such as cost estimating, schedule development, and all aspects of cost management. The organization serves as a clearinghouse of information for project and program management professionals in a variety of disciplines in the public and private sectors.

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