The Delaware Engineering Society recently announced County Engineer Hans M. Medlarz is the 2018 Engineer of the Year, an honor handed out annually by the professional organization of public and private engineers.

The society will present Medlarz with the award at its annual banquet and conference Feb. 22.

A native of Germany who emigrated to the U.S. in his early 20s where he earned a graduate degree from Georgia Tech, Medlarz, of Milford, has been employed with Sussex County government since December 2015, serving as county engineer since his appointment. This is his first time receiving the society’s top honor.

As county engineer, Medlarz oversees a 155-member staff that is responsible for designing, constructing and maintaining various multimillion-dollar public projects, including wastewater systems, county buildings and the county airport near Georgetown.