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NLM’s Mehryar Ebrahimi Named 2014 “Federal Engineer of the Year”

 Mehryar Ebrahimi

NLM's Mehryar Ebrahimi (center) holds his Federal Engineer of the Year award. He is flanked by Robert Green, PE, President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (left), and Tony Clifford, NIH Chief Engineer (right), who helped present the award at a February 2014 ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

Mehryar Ebrahimi, chief of the Office of Administrative and Management Analysis Services (OAMAS) at the National Library of Medicine, has been chosen 2014 Federal Engineer of the Year. The citation reads, "For Exceptional Services and Contributions to the Design and Construction Improvements of the National Library of Medicine." The prestigious award is from the Chief Engineer of the US Public Health Service, The Engineer Professional Advisory Committee and National Society of Professional Engineers Professional Engineers in Government.

For six years, through master planning and implementation of multiple projects, Ebrahimi managed to increase capacity of the large NLM data center and improve its efficiency while retaining the physical footprint of the data center. Adding to the impressiveness of this feat, the data center, used by millions of people daily, remained fully operational while the upgrades were implemented. Many leading edge technologies and creative solutions were used to make NLM's data center the most efficient at NIH.

Mehryar Ebrahimi became NLM/OAMAS Chief in October 2004. He came to the Library from the NIH Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations, where he successfully led a number of highly complex design and construction activities. Ebrahimi has been a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland since 1983. His educational experience includes a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in engineering administration, both from George Washington University.

The National Library of Medicine is the world's largest library of the health sciences and a component of the National Institutes of Health. NLM collects, organizes and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals and the public.

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