Region 5 - 2017 Awards
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.”