Sean Westley, an electrical engineer in the Timonium office of Greiner Inc., was recently named the Most Promising Engineer of 1992 in the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year Awards program.
A 28-year-old Baltimore native and graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, Mr. Westley joined Greiner in 1987.
Recent Greiner projects on which he has worked include the $30 million parking garage at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the Sideling Hill Visitor's Center in Washington County.
The national awards program was established to recognize African-Americans for their contributions to science, engineering, education and technology. The award will be presented Feb. 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Area preservationists say they have one word of warning for Mayor Schmoke and his recent nominee to Baltimore's NTC Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, David A. Portnoy.
They believe that because Mr. Portnoy does not technically meet the requirements needed to fill the position to which he was appointed, any vote by Baltimore's preservation commission would have a good chance of being overturned in an appeals court if the vote was close and Mr. Portnoy cast the deciding vote.
Mr. Portnoy was named to a position that by law must be filled by "a teacher of history in a recognized college or university" or by an individual engaged as an historian by a non-profit organization devoted to matters of historic interest."
Mr. Portnoy teaches history at Gilman School, which is neither a college nor a university. Members of Baltimore Heritage, a local preservation advocacy organization, say they would prefer to see Mr. Schmoke reappoint Jack Breihan, a Loyola College professor, or someone else with Mr. Breihan's experience and knowledge of preservation.