Region 5 Awards
2020 Region 5 Civil Engineering Student of the Year - Ms. Gabriela Yanez Gonzalez, S.M.ASCE
Gabriela has demonstrated outstanding leadership as an ASCE UPRM Student Chapter member, documents manager, and president. Under her leadership, the ASCE UPRM chapter has achieved the first overall place in the ASCE Southeast Regional Student Conference competitions for the third year in a row. She is also a member of the Board of the ASCE Puerto Rico Section. Through her leadership skills she has motivated students to find their passion in civil engineering and help shape the professionals of tomorrow. Her contributions go beyond her studies in civil engineering, such as several social aid projects.
2020 Region 5 Younger Civil Engineer of the Year - Ms. Jennifer Smith, P.E., M.ASCE
Ms. Smith is a Senior Engineer at Chen Moore and Associates, leading the company’s community service committee, participating within Leadership Broward, and serving on the FAU Department Advisory Committee. Ms. Smith is an active ASCE Broward Branch member and has led the Branch through two separate presidencies since becoming involved as a professional member. During her Presidency, she worked to reorganize the board, adding new board positions, and increasing PDH classes to increase member benefits. Ms. Smith is an example of what we envision every leader to be: motivated, visionary, and ready to lead for the betterment of the Branch.
2020 Region 5 Civil Engineer of the Year - Dr. Prasad Chittaluru, Ph.D,P.E.,F.ASCE,PMP,BCEE,GIPS
Dr. Chittaluru is Principal EPIC Engineering and Consulting Group, LLC and Vice President of Technology, ECHO, UES, Inc. Dr. Chittaluru is an active member of the ASCE Florida Section East Central Branch. He actively supports ASCE Florida Section and the ECB in various educational outreach activities and professional presentations. Prasad is an entrepreneur at heart, with a passion for STEM education and to bring high-paying technology jobs to Florida. Prasad founded EPIC Engineering in 2006, with the vision to deliver innovative solutions to the infrastructure industry. With a team of almost 40, EPIC is now proudly serving many public clients in Utilities, Transportation, Public Works and Government, delivering innovative solutions that help our communities and infrastructure. In 2017, Prasad joined four of his friends to start ECHO Utility Engineering & Survey, Inc., with a vision to deliver world-class SUE and Survey services to the industry, leveraging the innovations in information technology. ECHO has grown over the past two years to over 40 team members who are serving various public and private sector clients. Both companies are earning industry recognition for their commitment to delivering high quality services and both companies are creating jobs in our community.
2020 Region 5 Wall of Fame - Dr. Dennis D. Truax, Ph.D,P.E.,DEE,D.WRE,F.ASCE,F.NSPE
Dr. Dennis D. Truax, is James T. White Endowed Chair, Department Head and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Mississippi State University and Director of the Mississippi Transportation Research Institute. He is a licensed professional engineer and holds national certifications as an environmental engineer with the American Academy of Environmental Engineering and Scientists and as a water resources engineer with the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He was elected a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers in 1999 and Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers in 2016. He will serve as the 2022 ASCE President.
2020 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award
On August 4, 2020, Ms. Sarah S. McEwen, P.E., M.ASCE from the Jackson Branch of Mississippi Section was selected by the Executive Committee and upon the recommendation of President K.N. Gunalan to receive the 2020 William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award for ““her commitment to saving the Mississippi River Basin Model, initiating and enlisting help to clean-up the Model to use it as a tool to inspire excitement in children for civil engineering.”
2020 Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award
In July 2020, Dr. Edith Martinez-Guerra, PE from the Mississippi Section was selected as the 2020 Young Government Civil Engineer of the Year. Dr. Martinez-Guerra is a research environmental engineer at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). She earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Arkansas State University (2012). She graduated with her Masters (2013) and PhD (2016) from Mississippi State University where she worked with Dr. Veera Gnaneswar Gude on a project using different feedstocks and different technologies to produce biodiesel. Dr. Martinez-Guerra supports numerous U.S. Army and NAVFAC projects. Dr. Martinez-Guerra has been an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since she was an undergraduate student. Dr. Martinez-Guerra is also an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
2020 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award
On July 16, 2020, Dr. Dennis D. Truax, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, D.WRE, F.ASCE from the North Mississippi Branch of the Mississippi Section was selected by the Society’s Committee on Professional Advancement to receive the 2020 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award for “advancing professional and ethical practice. He has authored numerous publications and curricula in hazard mitigation, stormwater management, hazardous waste management, groundwater hydrology and risk assessment.”
2020 Robert Horonjeff Award
In May 2020, Jim W. Hall, Jr, PE, PhD, F.ASCE from the Mississippi Section was named the winner of the 2020 Robert Horonjeff Award. Dr. Hall has conducted numerous research and engineering studies pertaining to airports and airfields. He is internationally recognized for his work, which spans all aspects of airfield pavement engineering. Dr. Hall worked for USACE for 30 years where he managed large R&D projects on military and civilian airfield pavements. In 1994, Dr. Hall joined Applied Research Associates (ARA) where he lead pavement R&D for the US Air Force, US Army, FHWA, FAA, IPRF, AAPTP, ACRP, NCHRP, and state DOTs. He retired from ARA in 2018 and continues to serve as consultant on R&D work for the Air Force and FAA and consults on airfield design and evaluation.
Dr. Hall's received degrees in Civil Engineering include a B.S. from Mississippi State University; a M.S. from Texas A&M University; and a Ph.D. from Auburn University. Dr. Hall's ASCE involvement includes: ASCE Airport Practitioners Award, 2011; ASCE Fellow & Life Member; ASCE Airfield Pavement Committee, past chair; ASCE Air Transport Division, past chair; and ASCE Materials Division, past chair.
The Robert Horonjeff Award recognizes and honors a person for outstanding achievements in, and contributions to, the advancement of the field of air transportation engineering. The Robert Horonojeff Award was established by the Air Transport Division of ASCE's Transportation & Development Institute.
2020 ASCE Student Leadership Award - Patrick Stanley
On May 27, 2020, Patrick Stanley was selected as one of the six recipients of the 2020 ASCE Student Leadership Award by ASCE's Committee on Student Members. This recognition is based on Patrick's leadership and dedication to the Jackson State University ASCE Student Chapter in Jackson, Mississippi.
2020 Younger Member Group Award for Small Groups - Mississippi Section Younger Member Group
On May 14, 2020 the Mississippi Section Younger Member Group was selected by ASCE's Committee on Younger Members to receive the 2020 Younger Member Group Award for Small Groups for "their outstanding professional, technical, social, outreach, and community service activities."
2020 ASCE Region 5 Destinguished Student Chapter Award - Georgia Institute of Technology
On April 14, 2020, the Georgia Institute of Technology ASCE Student Chapter was awarded the 2020 ASCE Distinguished Chapter Award for Region 5 by the ASCE Committee on Student Members. This award is made annually to the most outstanding Student Organization within Region 5.
Pictured from Top Left to Right: Stanley Jones (Membership VP), Peter Psaltakis (Conference Chair), Dr. Eric Marks (Faculty Advisor), Tobias Kopp (Secretary), Connor Szeto (Concrete Canoe Captain) Bottom Left to Right: Grace Hamilton (President), Zoe Zhang (Social & Philanthropy Chair), Salsabila Ainina (Treasurer), Margaret Ortiz (Meetings VP).
2020 Raymond D. Mindlin Medal - Dr. Glaucio H. Paulino, Ph.D., F.EMI, M.ASCE
On March 31, 2020, Dr. Glaucio H. Paulino, Ph.D., F.EMI, M.ASCE from the Georgia Section has been selected by the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute to receive the 2020 Raymond D. Mindlin Medal for “pioneering contributions to the field of mechanics, including geometric mechanics associated to origami and tensegrity engineering, which led to the creation of multifunctional structures and configurational metamaterials with unprecedented properties.”
This medal is named for Raymond D. Mindlin, Ph.D., M.ASCE who was a Professor at Columbia University and who is best known for pioneering contributions to applied mechanics. The medal was established by action of the Society on February 4, 2008.
2020 Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award - George R. Ruchti, Jr.
On March 23, 2020, Mr. George R. Ruchti, Jr., M.ASCE from the Southwest Branch of the Florida Section was selected by the ASCE Engineering and Surveying Institute to receive the 2020 Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award for “his many contributions in the field of pipe material engineering, research and evaluation, pipeline engineering and construction and for his work on national committees and organizations.”
The award is made annually to a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers who has made a definite contribution to the advancement of pipeline engineering, either in research, planning, design, or construction. Any of these contributions may be made either in the form of papers or other forms of written presentations, or through outstanding performance or specific and noteworthy actions which have served to advance the art, science, and technology of pipeline engineering.
Montgomery Branch of the Alabama Section - Awarded the Outstanding Section and Branch Website Award for Small Sections and Branches
Feb. 1, 2020 - The Montgomery Branch of the Alabama Section has been awarded ASCE’s 2019 Outstanding Section and Branch Web Award for Small Sections and Branches by the Leader Training Committee. This is the third time in four years that the Montgomery Branch has been selected for the web award. Presenting the award to Mr. Taylor Janney, Montgomery Branch Secretary, is ASCE President-Elect Jean-Louis Briaud.
2020 Hans Albert Einstein Award – Ronald R. Copeland
On January 20, 2020, ASCE Headquarters and the Regions, Sections, and Branches, Geographic Services announced that Dr. Ronald R. Copeland, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE from the Vicksburg Branch of the Mississippi Section has been selected by the ASCE Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute to receive the 2020 Hans Albert Einstein Award for “his contributions to research teaching and application of sedimentation engineering principles for the development and operation of water resource projects.”
This award was established by the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division (now the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute) and the Hydraulics Division (now the Environmental and Water Resources Institute) to honor Hans Albert Einstein for his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and his advancements in the areas of erosion control, sedimentation and alluvial waterways. The award was officially instituted by action of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Board of Direction in October 1988.
2020 Rickey Medal – Randall P. Bass
On January 20, 2020 ASCE Headquarters and the Regions, Sections, and Branches, Geographic Services announced that Mr. Randall P. Bass, P.E. from the Georgia Section has been selected by the ASCE Energy Division to receive the 2020 Rickey Medal for “his mentorship of young civil engineers in the field of dam engineering and safety assessment, and for numerous presentations to the Georgia Geo-Institute chapter of ASCE.
This prize was established in 1947 by Mrs. Lucy M. Rickey in honor of her husband James W. Rickey, M.ASCE, a leader in hydroelectric engineering progress.
McEwen wins Outstanding Younger Member in Private Sector
Sarah McEwen, PE, CFM, of the Mississippi Section has been awarded Outstanding Younger Member in Private Sector for the Eastern Region Younger Member Council. This award is presented to a Younger Member who has demonstrated leadership potential in the private sector of civil engineering.
Sarah is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has been actively involved in ASCE, serving in various leadership positions. In 2016, Sarah founded the non-profit Friends of Mississippi River Basin Model to preserve and restore the MRBM, an ASCE Historical Civil Engineering Landmark.
The award was presented at the Eastern Region Younger Member Council on February 1, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA.
2019 Region 5 Civil Engineering Student of the Year - Valerie J. Coloma, S.M. ASCE
As Chapter Sponsorship/Fundraiser Director for Florida International Univeristy (FIU), Valerie Coloma coordinated two career fairs; planned and coordinated fundraising, resume workshops and social events. She raised and managed more than $39,000 gathered from engineering sponsorships, career fairs and funds from the university. She secured a $5,000 sponsorship for the fabrication and welding of the FIU steel bridge. Valerie quickly discovered ASCE involvement was key to her success. “Seeing the universities united in competition for the shared passion in civil engineering inspired her and is one of the reasons I love my student chapter.”
2019 Region 5 Civil Engineer of the Year - Sakid Khan, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Sadik Khan received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh in June 2007. He received his Master’s in Civil Engineering in summer 2011 and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in fall 2013. Dr. Khan is working as an Assistant professor at the Jackson State University from fall 2015. Dr. Khan is involved in different geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering projects over the last 10 years. Dr. Khan is involved with several technical committees of ASCE, TRB, and USSD.
Dr. Sadik Khan is involved with the GI-Institute of ASCE and serving two technical committees as a committee member. Dr. Khan is a member of the Technical Committee on Unsaturated Soils and Shallow Foundations of ASCE Geotechnical Institute since 2016. Dr. Khan has been selected as the technical member at both of the national committees based on his expertise in the subject matter. As a committee member of ASCE GI committees, Dr. Khan was involved in different technical activities of the committee, attending the committee meeting, review papers, chairing technical sessions and moderating different sessions. Dr. Khan has reviewed more than ten papers for both of the ASCE committees, co-chaired a technical session titled Pipeline and Transportation Structures in Unsaturated Soils of PAN-AM UNSAT 2017, in Dallas, Texas and moderated G-I Web conference - Shallow Foundations on August 2018.
Besides the national activities, Dr. Khan is the faculty advisor of the ASCE Student Chapter at Jackson State University. Dr. Khan is actively leading the students to organize different activities of the students at Jackson State University. During summer 2017, he has taken over the advisor role of the ASCE student chapter at Jackson State University. During his first year as a faculty advisor, the students have won two prizes at the 2018 Deep South Conference for Jackson State University. Dr. Sadik Khan is continuing his role as the faculty advisor of the ASCE student chapter at Jackson State University and will continue to enhance the student chapter’s role in ASCE.
2019 Region 5 Wall of Fame – Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE
Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E. is professor and past chair at the University of New Orleans' (UNO) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has been active in ASCE for more than 20 years in local, regional and national leadership roles and was elected by the Society's membership as the 2017 ASCE President.
President Mattei sits on the executive committee of ASCE's New Orleans Branch SEI/Structures Committee. The former Region 5 director has served on ASCE's Committee on Diversity and Women in Civil Engineering and the Committee on Licensure and Ethics. ASCE has drawn on her expertise for a number of media relations activities, including an interview with National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on post-Hurricane Katrina conditions. Recently, she was spokeswoman for "Raised Floor Living," a commercial that aired in the New Orleans' region promoting elevation of residential structures above the flood plain.
In 2012, President Obama named Mattei one of three civilian members of the Mississippi River Commission, which researches and provides policy and work recommendations covering flood control, navigation and environmental projects. In that capacity, she helped oversee a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the nation. The governor of Louisiana appointed her to the state's licensing board for professional engineers -- LAPELS. She also serves on the board of directors for both the Louisiana Transportation Research Center Foundation and the Louisiana Technology Council.
Mattei has been a member of the UNO faculty since 1995. Her technical research interests include large watershed management, material and structural testing, sustainable reuse of spent construction and fabrication materials, and residual stress measurement. She is also interested in diversity, licensure and ethics issues.
Mattei earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1982 and a doctorate in 1994, both from Tulane University.
2019 Region 5 Younger Civil Engineer of the Year - Sarah McEwen, PE, CFM
Sarah McEwen graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering. Since graduation she has pursued not only project based success but also supports various community missions. She has been actively involved in ASCE over the years serving in various leadership positions. Recently through her work with the Mississippi River Basin Model and STEM educational programming she was able to help raise the funds needed to fully fund the Dream Big Initiative in all Mississippi Schools. She has achieved licensure in three states and was recently named one of ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering. In 2018 she was named the Young Engineer of the Year by MS Section of ASCE.
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
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.”