ESD Awards To Be Presented At Annual Dinner Wednesday

SOUTHFIELD – Hundreds of members and supporters of The Engineering Society of Detroit will gather Wednesday, June 22 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn for the ESD’s 2016 Annual Dinner, a celebration of innovation in engineering.

The event begins with a networking reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow the dinner.

A few tickets are still available at $150 for ESD members and $175 for non-members. Register online at or call (248) 353-0735, ext. 222.

ESD is a uniquely cross-disciplinary membership organization for engineers and people in related scientific and technical fields. Besides all forms of engineering, its members work in industries as diverse as information technology, architecture and construction. ESD’s mission is to support the current generation of engineers through a wide variety of educational, networking and leadership programs, and foster the next generation with youth activities designed to build excitement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and occupations.

The Society’s highest honor, the Horace H. Rackham Humanitarian Award, is to be presented to Kirk T. Steudle, PE, FESD, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. The Rackham Award symbolizes exemplary service both to the engineering and scientific world and to the community at large. A 1987 graduate of Lawrence Technological University, Steudle has been MDOT director since 2006.

ESD’s Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed upon an ESD member in recognition of a lifetime of achievement to the benefit of education and the field of engineering, is to be presented to Donald E. Goodwin, FESD, retired vice president of global service at Chrysler LLC.

ESD also plans to induct seven new members of its College of Fellows at the dinner. The rank of ESD Fellow is conferred for outstanding qualifications and experience in their profession, in technical achievement, ESD service and leadership, and professional society service and leadership.

The new fellows are: Sol P. Baltimore, retired director, Environmental Communications; Keith W. Cooley, president and CEO, Principia LLC; George E Hubbell, PE, BCEE, president, Hubbell, Roth & Clark; David A. Lomas, PE, QEP, D.WRE, PMP, principal engineer and associate, NTH Consultants Ltd.; Joseph F. Neussendorfer, president and CEO, U.S. Construction Research; Michael F. Ryan, senior vice president, Ghafari Associates LLC; and Harold A. Ladouceur, a retiree from Multifastener Corp.

ESD also plans to present six Distinguished Service Awards for exemplary professional achievement and service to the Society. They are Robert A. Stevenson, PE, LEED AP, FESD, senior vice president, Ghafari Associates LLC; Dr. Richard E. Marburger, FESD, president emeritus, Lawrence Technological University; Matthew Stone, director of business development, Commercial Contracting Corp.; Matthew N. Roush, managing editor of the university news bureau and director of media relations at Lawrence Technological University; Raymond Okonski, chairman of Excellis; and Dr. William A. Moylan Jr., PMP, FESD, associate professor of construction management at Eastern Michigan University.

ESD also plans to present three Outstanding Leadership Awards to for outstanding achievement on an ESD committee or council. These awards are to go to Randy G. Paquette, director of design and construction services at Wayne State University; Jeffrey J. Hausman, AIA, LEED AP, Detroit office director, SmithGroupJJR; and Gene D. Dickirson, PE, president of Gene Dickerson Engineering.

ESD also plans to name Ashley P. Lesser, PE, LEED AP, BD+C, staff engineer for environmental assessment, Testing Engineers & Consultants Inc., as its Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year. This award is given for outstanding contributions to the engineering
community by an individual under age 35.

ESD also will present six Outstanding Student Awards. Earning the college student awards was Andrew Alisa of Oakland University. Earning high school awards were Arsha Ali of Troy Athens High School, Kayla Dobies of Macomb Dakota High School, Alexa Rathi of Novi High School, Emily Veenhuis of Comstock High School, and Jennie Yang of Troy High School.

Finally, ESD is to present three of its annual Construction and Design Awards and two honorable mention C&D awards.

The top awards went to:
* The University of Michigan Munger Graduate Residence Hall project; owner, Regents of the University of Michigan, designer, Hartman-Cox Architects + Integrated Design Solutions, and contractor Walbridge.
* Lake Trust Credit Union headquarters; owner, Lake Trust Credit Union, designer SmithGroupJJR, and contractor The Christman Co..
* The Wayne State University Integrative Biosciences Center; owner, Wayne State University, designer Harley Ellis Devereaux, and contractor Barton Malow.

The honorable mentions went to:
* The Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital; owner, Detroit Medical Center, designer Harley Ellis Devereaux, and contractor Skansa.
* The Globe Building Outdoor Adventure Center; owner, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and The Roxbury Group, designer Hobbs+Black Architects and Strategic Energy Solutions Inc., and contractor Walbridge.

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