Kidd is an electrical engineer with outstanding design, installation, commissioning and engineering support from Reclamation's hydropower generation program
WASHINGTON – Chad Kidd, P.E., PMP is the Bureau of Reclamation's Engineer of the Year. Kidd is an electrical engineer in Reclamation's Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region, Upper Snake River Field Office in Heyburn, Idaho.
Kidd recently led two successful modernization projects at Reclamation-owned high voltage switchyards that are critical to the bulk electrical system. It included high level coordination as it involved outages on transmission lines and hydropower generating units. Kidd also led a major arc flash mitigation project that reduced safety hazards at three hydropower generating plants.
"I would like to congratulate Chad on being selected as Reclamation's Engineer of the Year," said Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton. "Chad's work has been critical in ensuring that construction activities are performed in a timely matter. His focus on safety is ensuring Reclamation can generate hydropower while reducing the hazards that come with that endeavor."
Kidd also developed and delivered electrical awareness and safety training throughout the Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region. He has long worked on improving the asset management of power generation assets through the maturity of project management, program management and long-term planning.
He is a professional engineer in Idaho. Kidd has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Boise State University.
Recognized Regional Engineer of the Year
Hilda A Castillo-Smith, Civil Engineer, Four Corners Construction Office, Field Engineering Division.
Reclamation's Engineer of the Year is selected from nominees throughout Reclamation. The winner is chosen for their significant contributions and accomplishments as an engineer at the Bureau of Reclamation. Kidd will represent Reclamation at the Federal Engineer of the Year ceremony on Feb. 24, 2023, in Washington, D.C.