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Apr 30, 2018

The Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) presented two Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Teammates with awards as part of their annual recognition program on April 26, 2018. Matthew Burton, PE, was awarded Engineering Manager of the Year, and Michelle Jones, PE, received the honor of being named Chemical Engineer of the Year. These awards recognize those who have contributed significantly to the engineering profession and to the technological and economic development in the Mobile area, the region, the nation, and the world throughout their engineering career.

Matthew Burton, PE serves as Corporate Director of Automation Technology at Hargrove Controls + Automation.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Master’s of Business Administration and currently holds registrations as a professional engineer in five states.  Matt has over twenty-five years of engineering experience control systems engineering, specializing in a variety of platforms. Matt and his team recently renovated and moved in to a new controls and automation facility on Government St., the prior home of WALA, which sat vacant for years. It is now home to the largest balcony on the Mardi Gras parade route! The new facility, in conjunction with the City of Mobile, Mayor Stimpson, and the Downtown Alliance is said to have “put Mobile on the map” for expertise in industrial process automation engineering.

Michelle Jones, PE, has over twelve years of experience in project chemical and instrument engineering including environmental remediation of the pulp and paper, specialty chemical and refining industries.  Her expertise and knowledge includes designs engineering, pressure relief valve sizing, instrumentation specification and design, Safety System Instrumentation, SmartPlant Instrumentation (INTools/SPI) and soil and groundwater remediation design, optimization, and maintenance. Michelle also founded an initiative within Hargrove called the HAT (Hargrove Adaptive Toy) Project. Upon meeting the mother of an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, she realized that there was a serious gap in opportunities for mobility limited children to receive aid in the form of motorized wheelchairs. Insurance requires children to demonstrate their ability to operate a wheelchair in order to qualify for aid, but most children are unable to learn due to time constraints with therapies, etc. Michelle took it upon herself to form a group of Hargrove employees to volunteer their engineering skills to design and retrofit a toy vehicle for this 11-year-old girl, Emma.

Matt and Michelle were both honored, along with other MACE award recipents, at a formal ceremony on April 26th, 2018.

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