Awards

Region 5 Awards

 

2019 Outstanding Public Official Award - Alabama Senator Clyde Chambliss

 

On June 13, 2019, Alabama Senator Clyde Chambliss, P.E., M.ASCE was selected by ASCE’s Committee on Advancing the Profession to receive the 2019 Outstanding Public Official Award for “impeccable service and dedication to the State of Alabama, as well as to the Civil Engineering profession and Land Surveying professionals.” The award will be presented at the Society’s Annual Convention in Miami, FL in October 2019.

This award was created to recognize those members of the engineering profession who have rendered meritorious service in elective or appointive positions in government. The award is made to those members of ASCE, wherever resident, who have contributed substantially to the status of the engineering profession by meritorious public service in elective or appointive positions in civil government.

 


 

2019 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award – Brian D. McKeehan

 

On June 19, 2019, the Regions, Sections, and Branches, Geographic Services announced that  Mr. Brian D. McKeehan, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE from the West Coast Branch of the Florida Section was selected by the Executive Committee to receive the 2019 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award for his leadership in researching and developing a cohesive recommendation for how ASCE may leverage credentialing to advance the profession.

This award is a memorial of William H. Wisely, Hon.M.ASCE, who for nearly two decades prudently guided the activities of the American Society of Civil Engineer as its chief staff officer. The award was officially instituted by the Board of Direction on May 14-16, 1983. The award is presented annually to recognize not more than three individuals who have exhibited continuing efforts to better the history, tradition, developments and technical and professional activities of the Society.


2018 Region 5 Wall of Fame – Stuart Moring

 

Region 5 Wall of Fame is a designation to honor Civil Engineers that have made a substantial contribution to ASCE, Region 5, and the Civil Engineering community. In March 2019, Mr. Stuart Moring was selected to the Region 5 Wall of Fame. Stuart A. Moring, PE, F. ASCE, is past Region 5 Governor for ASCE. He served as the Public Works Director in Roswell, Georgia, responsible for water production and distribution, stormwater management, recycling, environmental protection, garbage and trash collection, and the City garage. In seventeen years in this position, Mr. Moring led several innovations to improve the community and the environment. A sampling of his ASCE accomplishments include

  • Board Member, Georgia Section
  • Chair, Joint ASCE-ITE Advisory Committee to Georgia Regional Transportation Authority
  • President-elect, Georgia Section; increased monthly meeting attendance from avg. 85 to 130
  • President, Georgia Section. Section developed first annual Report on Georgia’s Infrastructure, with Presentation to Georgia legislators and media coverage receiving ASCE Journalism award.
  • Member of ASCE Peer Review teams for public agencies; served six agencies with organizational and procedural guidance (Committee Chair, 2012-13).
  • Regional Board of Governors, ASCE Region 5(La.- Fla.) Chair of Strategic Planning Committee.
  • Developed ASCE State Public Affairs Grant (SPAG) application and Middle School contest to guide students to answer the question “What Do Civil Engineers Do?”
  • STEM mentor and volunteer at Roswell River Eves School
  • Sponsor and mentor to ASCE Georgia Section for Nicaragua humanitarian activities
  • Elected as Fellow, ASCE

 


2018 Region 5 Younger Civil Engineer of the Year - Melissa Burns

 

Region 5 Younger Civil Engineer of the Year is awarded annually to one recipient to recognize outstanding achievements of a practicing Civil Engineer, age 35 of less that is active within the Region. In March 2019, Ms. Melissa Burns was selected as the Region 5 Younger Civil Engineer of the Year. Melissa Burns, PE, M.ASCE, has been involved with ASCE since becoming a student member in 2010. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in the Fall of 2011, she became a professional member involved with the East Central Branch Younger Member Forum. Since 2011, Melissa has held the following positions within the ECB YMF: Past-President, President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Central Florida Field Trip (separately serving as Chair, and Co-Chair positions), PE Review (separately serving as Chair, and Co-Chair positions), Technical Seminar Chair, Professional Development Chair, Multi-Regional Leadership Council – Eastern Regional Younger Member Council 2019 Host Chair.
While these are the official titles Melissa has held within the group, she has been involved in assisting and attending events for 13 of the 14 positions available within the ECB YMF. A notable event that flourished under Melissa’s leadership is the Central Florida Field Trip (CFFT). This annual event aims to introduce 45 students from five Florida Universities to active job site construction sites and show them the “real-life” engineering for which they are going to school.

 


2018 Region 5 Civil Engineer of the Year - Brent Whitfield

 

Region 5 Civil Engineer of the Year is awarded annually to one recipient to recognize outstanding achievements of a practicing Civil Engineer that is active within the Region. In March 2019, Mr. Brent Whitfield was selected as the Region 5 Civil Engineer of the Year. Mr. Brent Whitfield, PE, M.ASCE, has been a committed volunteer in the profession for many years. Beginning with his involvement in the Forest Hill High School Advisory Council, which was started as an ASCE K-12 outreach program in 2006. Brent believes that service to the community and the profession go hand in hand. In 2014, Mr. Whitfield combined ASCE’s volunteer support with the ongoing efforts of the Society for Women Engineers to hold the annual Engineering Family Fun Day (EF2D) at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach where elementary and middle school students can meet engineers and participate in science and engineering activities in a group setting. As the President during 2015-2016 when Palm Beach was awarded Branch of the Year for the State Section, he was part of the evolution of the local branch that now routinely sees standing room only lunch meetings of 75 attendees, uses fully digital communication platforms, has restarted a Young Member Group, and is thriving.

Brent started a local chapter of EWRI in 2016, for the Palm Beach Branch. The launch was timed to coincide with the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress that was held in West Palm Beach that year. In 2017-2018, Brent became a member of the Florida Engineering Society’s statewide leadership program - Florida Engineering Leadership Institute (FELI). This program has afforded him the opportunity to lobby State Legislators on behalf of the profession and regarding issues related to infrastructure and licensure.

 


2020 Karl Terzaghi Lecture Award - Dr. Edward J. Cording, Ph.D., NAE, M.ASCE

On March 25, 2019, the Regions, Sections, and Branches, Geographic Services is pleased to announce that Dr. Edward J. Cording, Ph.D., NAE, M.ASCE from Savannah Branch of the Georgia Section has been selected by the Geo-Institute to receive the  2020 Karl Terzaghi Lecture for “more than 40 years of continuous efforts to advance the state-of-the practice in the design and performance of underground structures.” 

This lectureship was established by the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division (now the Geo-Institute) of the Society by the solicitation of gifts from the many friends and admirers of Karl Terzaghi, Hon.M.ASCE. It was instituted by the Board of Direction on October 10, 1960.

 

 


2019 Harland Bartholomew Award - Dr. Lily Elefteriadou

On February 15, 2019, ASCE Headquarters and the Regions, Sections, and Branches, Geographic Services is pleased to announce that that Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., M.ASCE from the Gainesville Branch of the Florida Section has been selected by the Transportation and Development Institute to receive the  2019 Harland Bartholomew Award for “contributions in enhancing mobility using advanced transportation technologies in Gainesville, Florida.”

The Harland Bartholomew Award was established by the former Urban Planning and Development Division of the Society (now the Transportation & Development Institute) in recognition of the outstanding professional accomplishments of Harland Bartholomew, Hon.M.ASCE. It was instituted by the Board of Direction in 1968. 

The award is made to the person who is judged worthy of special commendation for contributions to the enhancement of the role of the civil engineer in urban planning and development. The contribution may be in the form of a paper published by the Society or personal efforts and achievements toward that goal.


2019 Roebling Award - Mr. Andres Baquerizo

 

On February 15, 2019, ASCE Headquarters and the Regions, Sections, and Branches, Geographic Services is pleased to announce that Mr. Andres Baquerizo, P.E., M.ASCE from the Georgia Section has been selected by the Construction Institute to receive the  2019 Roebling Award for your “leadership in innovative deep foundation construction technologies.” The Roebling Award recognizes and honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution toward the advancement of construction engineering.

This award was established by the Construction Institute of the Society in memory of three outstanding constructors: John A. Roebling - the visionary designer and builder of suspension bridges, Washington Roebling - John's son, who translated the visions into the "Brooklyn Bridge", and Emily Roebling - Washington's wife, who, in effect, became the field superintendent in support of her crippled husband's effort. The Roebling Award was instituted by the Board of Direction in April 1987 and is funded by gifts from the construction industry.


2019 Rudolph Hering Medal - Dr. John J. Sansalone

On February 13, 2019, ASCE Headquarters and the Regions, Sections, and Branches, Geographic Services is pleased to announce that Dr. John J. Sansalone, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE from the Gainesville Branch of the Florida Section has been selected by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute to receive the 2019 Rudolph Hering Medal for the paper, “Is the Treatment Response of Manufactured BMPs to Urban Drainage PM Loads Portable?” published in the April 2018 issue of Journal of Environmental Engineering.

The Rudolph Hering Medal was instituted and endowed in 1924 by the Sanitary Engineering Division (now the Environmental and Water Resources Institute ) of the American Society of Civil Engineers, in honor of Rudolph Hering, past Vice President of the Society. The medal is awarded to the author, or authors, of the paper which contains the most valuable contribution to the increase of knowledge in, and to the advancement of, the environmental branch of the engineering profession.


Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award - Dr. John C. Crittenden

 

On February 13, 2019, ASCE Headquarters and the the Regions, Sections, and Branches, Geographic Services is pleased to announce that Dr. John C. Crittenden, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, NAE from the Georgia Section has been selected by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute to receive the  2020 Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award and Lecture for “ extraordinary accomplishments in using fundamental scientific principles and current research findings to solve the most challenging water quality problems.”

This award and lectureship was established by the Environmental Engineering Division (now the Environmental and Water Resources Institute) and endowed by the firm of Freese & Nichols in honor of their distinguished partner Simon Wilke Freese, F.ASCE. It was instituted by the Board of Direction on November 5, 1975.

 



2017 Region 5 Civil Engineer of the Year - Jose Acosta

 

  • Region 5 Civil Engineer of the Year is awarded annually to one recipient to recognize outstanding achievements of a practicing Civil Engineer that is active within the Region. In March 2018, Mr. Jose L. Acosta was selected as the Region 5 Civil Engineer of the Year.
  • Jose L. Acosta, PE, F.ASCE, is Vice President of Chen Moore and Associates. Mr. Acosta is responsible for business development and the strategic positioning of the firm.  Mr. Acosta has more than two decades of experience in various types of public and private sector civil engineering infrastructure projects. He has lead design teams for significant land development, water/wastewater infrastructure, roadway/transportation, and education/institutional projects throughout Florida.  Mr. Acosta has been a long supporter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), serving as a local branch President, chaired various state committees, served as the President of Florida Section and as a Region 5 Governor representing the southeastern states for a three-year term. Mr. Acosta also served as President of the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers (CAACE) for two years. Mr. Acosta served on the Industry Advisory Board of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Miami and has served as an adjunct professor for their senior design course. He was the recipient of the Broward Branch’s 2003 and 2009 Young Member of the Year Award. In 2008, the Broward County Chapter of the FES named him the Young Engineer of the Year. In 2011, the CAACE named him their Young Engineer of the Year. In 2015, Mr. Acosta was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the South Florida Business Journal.

2017 Region 5 Younger Civil Engineer of the Year – Julie Secrist

 

  • Region 5 Younger Civil Engineer of the Year is awarded annually to one recipient to recognize outstanding achievements of a practicing Civil Engineer, age 35 of less that is active within the Region. In March 2018, Ms. Julie Secrist was selected as the Region 5 Younger Civil Engineer of the Year.
  • Ms. Julie Secrist, PE is a Senior Project Manager with Southeastern Engineering Inc. in Marietta, Georgia. Ms. Secrist leads multiple design teams for all civil department projects including aviation, site development, large-scale mixed-use and commercial developments. She is an expert in hydrology, site design and development, and has more recently diversified her expertise to include aviation planning and design. She manages major expansion projects at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and is noted for her use of green spaces in large-scale site development. Following graduation from the University of Georgia in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering, Julie accepted a series of leadership positions with the American Society of Civil Engineers Georgia Section; as the current elected Treasurer she serves on the Board of Directors. Ms. Secrist also serves on the Board of the Georgia Engineering Foundation as Scholarship Chair and on UGA’s College of Engineering Advisory Board. In 2015, the American Society of Civil Engineers Georgia Section honored Ms. Secrist by awarding her the Young Civil Engineer of the Year. And in 2017, she was awarded the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers Young Engineer of the Year Award for the state of Georgia.

 


2017 Region 5 Wall of Fame – Kathy Caldwell

 

  • Region 5 Wall of Fame is a designation to honor Civil Engineers that have made a substantial contribution to ASCE, Region 5, and the Civil Engineering community. In March 2018, Ms. Kathy J. Caldwell was selected to the Region 5 Wall of Fame.
  • Kathy J. Caldwell, P.E., F.SEI, F. ASCE, Pres.11.ASCE had the distinct honor of serving as the Society President of ASCE. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with High Honors in Structural and Construction Engineering. She worked 19 years for Jones Edmunds and Associates and was president of JEA Construction Engineering Services. She is currently a co-owner of Caldwell Cook in Gainesville, Florida. And, for thirty years, Kathy has called ASCE “family.” She stated, “I can’t imagine not being an ASCE member. It has given me a network of friends, as well as technical support. The value of ASCE is well above what I pay in dues.”

 


2018 John O. Bickel Award

 

March 15, 2018 -  ASCE Headquarters Geographic Services is pleased to announce that Mr. Patricio Vela, A.M.ASCE from the Georgia Section has been selected by the Construction Institute to receive the 2018 John O. Bickel Award Co-Author, for the paper "Optimized Parameters for Over-Height Vehicle Detection under Variable Weather Conditions," published in the September 2017 issue of Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.

This award was established in 1986 by the Board of Direction and endowed by Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. in honor of John O. Bickel, a retired partner of the firm, an eminent engineer for rail and vehicular tunnels and for over fifty years an employee of Parsons Brinckerhoff. It is administered by the Construction institute through the Honors and Awards Program.


Mohamed S. Gallow Selected as the 2018 Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award

 

March 8, 2018 - ASCE's Committee on Younger Members (CYM) has selected Mohamed S. Gallow, EIT, A.M.ASCE for the 2018 Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award.  Mohamed is a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  He has been actively involved in ASCE in various committees and leadership roles and is currently serving as the President of the Birmingham Branch Younger Member Group.  The presentation of this award will be at the Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado in October 2018. Congratulations to Mohamed on this much deserved award!

 


New Faces of Civil Engineering - Sarah McEwen

 

February 21, 2018 - Early each year, ASCE reveals the New Faces of Civil Engineering.  These are exceptional young professionals and college students who represent the future of the civil engineering profession.  Region 5 would like to congratulate Sarah McEwen, P.E., CFM, M. ASCE of Jackson, MS for being recognized as one of the 2018 New Faces of Civil Engineering. http://news.asce.org/new-face-honoree-finds-inspiration-in-mississippi-river-basin/

 


Montgomery Branch (Alabama Section) Awarded the Outstanding Section and Branch Website Award for Small Sections and Branches

 

February 10, 2018 -- The Montgomery Branch (Alabama Section) has been awarded the Outstanding Section and Branch Website Award for Small Sections and Branches.  This is the second year in a row that the branch has received this award. The award was presented at the 2018 Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 Multi-Region Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 10 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel in Buffalo, NY. Accepting the award from ASCE President Kristina Swallow on behalf of the Montgomery Branch is Montgomery Branch Vice President Ramsey Ashmore.


Tallahassee Branch (Florida Section) Awarded Outstanding Section and Branch Award for Small Sections and Branches

 

February 10, 2018 -- The Tallahassee Branch (Florida Section) has been awarded the Outstanding Section and Branch Award for Small Sections and Branches. This award was presented at the 2018 Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 Multi-Region Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 10 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel in Buffalo, NY. Accepting the award from ASCE President Kristina Swallow on behalf of the Tallahassee Branch is Tallahassee Branch President Travis Shannon.


Anumba Awarded the 2018 Computing in Civil Engineering Award

December 27, 2017 -- Dr. Chimay Anumba, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE from the Gainesville Branch of the Florida Section has been selected by the Computing Division to receive the 2018 Computing in Civil Engineering Award "For extraordinary leadership in the advancement of computing in civil engineering through academic research, project application, and service to the Society.The Computing in Civil Engineering Award was established by the Technical Council on Computer Practices (now the Computing Division).  It was officially instituted by action of the Board of Direction in January 1995, and was funded by computer-oriented industries within the field of civil engineering.


Bonaparte Awarded the 2018 Karl Terzaghi Lecture Award

April 12, 2017 -- Dr. Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, NAE, F.ASCE from the Georgia Section has been selected by the Geo-Institute to present the 2018 Karl Terzaghi Lecture "For his more than 30 years of continuous efforts to advance the state-of-the-practice in the design and performance assessment of waste containment systems." This award was established by the Soil Mechanics and Foundations Division (now the Geo-Institute) of the Society and it was instituted by the Board of Direction on October 10, 1960.

 


Alabama Section Awarded the 2017 Outstanding Section Civil Engineer Advocate Team of the Year

 


Pictured (L to R): Ben Russell, Joe Meads, Shelia Montgomery-Mills, ASCE President Norma Jean Mattei, Lawren Pratt, Brad Williams, and Kate Leonard

March 15, 2017 -- At the Awards Dinner of the 2017 ASCE Fly-In, the Alabama Section was awarded the “2017 Outstanding Section Civil Engineer Advocate Team of the Year.” The Section was recognized for their advocacy efforts on the State and National level for the past 15 months, including raising awareness about dam safety needs, efforts in protecting QBS language, organizing a Legislative Drive-in at Montgomery, and the development of the 2015 Alabama Report Card. The award was presented by the Society President Norma Jean Mattei.


New Faces of Civil Engineering - Natalie Mills

Early each year, ASCE reveals the New Faces of Civil Engineering.  These are exceptional young professionals and college students who represent the future of the civil engineering profession.  Region 5 would like to congratulate Natalie Mills, EI, A.M. ASCE of Birmingham, AL for being recognized as one of the 2017 New Faces of Civil Engineering. To find out more about Natalie, please click here.  Natilie is pictured with 2017 President Norma Jean Mattei.

 


Georgia Section Members Receive Construction Institute Awards

Mohammad Ilbeigi, A.M.ASCE (GA Tech, Atlanta, GA) – Lead Author, Baabak Ashuri, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE (GA Tech, Atlanta, GA) – Co-Author, and Soheil Shayegh, S.M.ASCE (GA Tech, Atlanta, GA) – Co-Author have been selected by the Construction Institute to receive the 2017 Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize for the paper, “Price Adjustment Clauses and Submitted Bid Prices for Major Asphalt Line Items in Highway Projects,” published in Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, May 2016. The Construction Institute Committee was intrigued by their study into the effectiveness of price adjustment clauses as a strategy to reduce costs for construction owners. The award will be officially presented at the 6th CSCE/ASCE/CRC International Construction Specialty Conference in Vancouver, Canada, May 31-June 3, 2017. 

2017 Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize Winners

Mohammad Ilbeigi, A.M.ASCE (GA Tech, Atlanta, GA) – Lead Author

Baabak Ashuri, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE (GA Tech, Atlanta, GA) – Co-Author

Soheil Shayegh, S.M.ASCE (GA Tech, Atlanta, GA) – Co-Author


Eastman Awarded the 2017 Computing in Civil Engineering Award

December 19, 2016 -- Prof. Charles M. Eastman, Aff.M.ASCE, from the Georgia Section was selected by the Computing Division to receive the 2017 Computing in Civil Engineering Award “For extraordinary leadership in the advancement of computing in civil engineering through academic research, project application, and Society service.” 

 

 


Hussin Awarded the 2017 Wallace Hayward Baker Award

December 2, 2016 -- Mr. James D Hussin, P.E., M.ASCE, from the Florida Section was selected by the Geo-Institute Board of Governors to receive the 2017 Wallace Hayward Baker Award. In selecting Mr. Hussin for this award, the committee particularly noted his unique contribution towards the development of soil mixing technologies, applications of vibro-ground improvement, and service to the GI and ASCE.

 


Bomar Awarded the 2016 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award

July 5, 2016 -- Upon the recommendation of President Mark Woodson, the Executive Committee has selected Marsha D. Anderson Bomar, M.ASCE from the Georgia Section, to receive the 2016 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award “For her outstanding example to women as a leader in the civil engineering profession, her contributions and service to the field of transportation, and her commitment to the community and those it serves.”

 


Watson Awarded the 2016 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award

February 10, 2016 -- Mr. Brian Watson has been receive the 2016 Samuel Arnold Greeley Award “For co-author of the paper “Modeling the Factors Controlling Phytoplankton in the St. Louis Bay Estuary, Mississippi and Evaluating Estuarine Responses to Nutrient Load Modifications,” Journal of Environmental Engineering, March 2015.”