BUTTE, Mont. -

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

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

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.

Lt. Casne said he also credits his upbringing and college experience.

?Really an attribute to the places I grew up which is Helena and to where I went to school and where I have a lot of roots which is Butte and Montana Tech. Montana Tech definitely sets us (engineers) up for success and gives us the tools we need to go out and succeed in the real world," Lt. Casne said.

Lt. Casne also played football for the Orediggers under Coach Bob Green.

He was a place kicker and even holds the school record for extra points with 128 career PAT's.

Lt. Casne said he owes a lot of his attitude and work ethic to lessons he learned from Coach Green.

Lt. Casne will be attending a ceremony in Washington D.C. in Feb. 23 where he will receive his award and is a candidate for Federal Engineer of the Year.