DeKALB – DeKalb County Engineer Nathan Schwartz received the highest award in the state for his field.
Schwartz received the Illinois Award from the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers' highest award during its annual convention July 11. The award recognizes an engineer for service to the profession and his community.
"I feel like I have so much more to give to the community, and I'm very pleased they deemed me worthy of the award," Schwartz said.
Kim Robinson, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers executive director, said Schwartz was chosen as someone who has excelled in all aspects of his career and has given countless contributions to his community.
He has been the DeKalb County engineer since 2011 and is a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, American Youth Soccer Organization and Habitat for Humanity. Before he worked for DeKalb County, he spent 15 years with Ogle County Highway Department.
"I feel so young in my career still that it's more of a motivation to keep doing what I've been doing," he said. "I will continue to do my best for whatever is in the best interest for the public and for safety."
Schwartz serves as chairman of the technical advisory committee and chairman of the bylaws committee of the DeKalb-Sycamore Area Transit Study Metropolitan Planning organization, the DeKalb County Watershed Steering committee, the DeKalb County Stormwater Management Planning committee and the DeKalb County Emergency Preparedness committee.