Mark Noel, P.E., manager of the Project Development Section for the Michigan Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics was the recipient of the 2011 National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), Distinguished Service Award.
Noel, (pictured at right) who has held several positions within the Bureau, has worked for the State for twenty-three years. "We are very fortunate to have dedicated employees like Mark working for the State of Michigan," said Mike Trout, Executive Administrator for the Bureau. "There is no greater honor than to be recognized by peers in your field and this is certainly well deserved."
Noel, a graduate of Michigan Technological University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer and a licensed private pilot. He was exposed to aviation at a young age by his father, also a general aviation pilot and has a life-long passion for aviation.
“Since the vast majority of my accomplishments here have been the result of a team effort, I really do feel that this award honors the distinguished service that our entire office provides to our customers," said Noel. "I’m glad to have played a part in bringing this national award to Michigan for the first time.”
"We are extremely proud of Mark’s accomplishments and his outstanding leadership," said Trout. (Trout pictured at left, accepting the award for Noel at the NASAO Conference)