WWU Graduate Is 2013 SFC Engineer of the YearCategory:
By: Jaci Shankel
Michael Blasy Recognized for Work With the Indian Health Service
Michael Blasy, a 2009 Walla Walla University graduate, has been selected as the 2013 Indian Health Service Sanitation Facilities Construction Engineer of the Year.
As an environmental engineer for the Indian Health Service, which is a federal government agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, Blasy describes his responsibilities as providing “technical and financial assistance to Indian tribes for the cooperative development and continuing operation of safe water, wastewater, solid waste systems, and related support facilities.”
Blasy’s communication and cooperation with tribal representatives has helped advance two projects that will provide safe water to 74 homes on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in southern Idaho. Construction on these projects began in fall 2013, and have a budget of more than $3 million. This was completed in addition to his other responsibilities as office manager of the Fort Hall field office and scattered site manager for the Fort Hall Reservation.
Furthermore, Blasy is commissioned as a uniformed officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which is one of the nation’s seven uniformed services. The mission of the USPHS is to “protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the nation,” helping to eradicate malaria and improve the health of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
As a student at WWU, Blasy participated in the IHS Commissioned Officer Student Training Extern Program as an engineer. After graduating in 2009 with a degree in civil engineering, he served as an engineer with the HIS SFC program in Rhinelander, Wis. before serving in his current position at the Fort Hall office.
“I am very honored and humbled to have been selected,” says Blasy. “A congratulations should be extended to the engineering school. Their hard work and dedication during my time at Walla Walla has allowed me to be where I am today.”