BUTTE, Mont. -

A Montana Tech graduate and Helena native received a prestigious national award.

Lt. Chris Casne from NAVFAC Hawaii was recently named Military Engineer of the Year for 2012.

The award ceremony in Washington D.C. took place on Thursday.

Lt. Casne made it to the top ten in the list of engineers awarded.

Lt. Casne was in the running for the Federal Engineer of the Year award.

According to Lt. Casne, the federal award went to a nuclear engineering PHD from the Nuclear Regulatory Committee.

Lt. Casne said he had a great time.

His family had to stay home in Hawaii, but his mom Patti joined him in D.C. for the ceremony.

In his time in the Navy, Lt. Casne has worked on 72 projects valued around $175 million.

He said he is honored to receive the award and believes a lot of credit goes to the service men and women he works with.

"It is very unexpected, very humbling and it really speaks to the team I had here working for me, the engineers working for me, just an amazing group of individuals that do wonderful things for this nation every single day," Lt. Casne said.

Lt. Casne lives in Hawaii with his wife and two daughters.

He graduated from Montana Tech in 2003 with a General Engineering-Civil degree.