Join the engineering community, elected officials, and business leaders from across the region to celebrate the best of the best as we honor the winners of the Engineering Excellence Awards
and GSPE's Engineer of the Year Awards.
Enjoy a cocktail before Amber Nash and Lucky Yates take the stage to emcee the evening.
Join us in honoring the following award winners:
2020 ENGINEERING INFLUENCE AWARD
Executive Director, Georgia Ports Authority
2020 ENGINEERING IMPACT AWARD
Griff Lynch is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, a 1,300-person strong state port authority that owns and operates strategic gateways serving the U.S. Southeast.
As Executive Director, Lynch oversees all port activity involving the deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland terminal operations in Bainbridge and Murray County, Georgia. Directing one of Georgia?s largest economic engines, he manages a budget with annual operating revenues of $425 million.
A proven leader in the maritime industry, Lynch brings 30 years of experience in the design and implementation of major port expansions, the effective execution of sustainable profit and productivity models and identifying winning sales and marketing strategies.
CEO, Lanier Islands Resort
Virgil R. Williams graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1963, and as a senior, developed a 40 home subdivision, a gas station, and a 12 unit apartment project in his native Atlanta. Upon graduation, he became president of Williams Contracting, a company that has made its mark in industrial contracting, environmental services, civil and industrial engineering, construction services, and real estate. In the early 1980s, he purchased a small group of banks in the Atlanta area and convinced Kroger supermarkets to allow him to open branches in their Georgia stores and this innovation changed the face of modern banking, with Mr. Williams utilizing this idea nationwide in the form of International Banking Technologies. His financial institutions eventually became part of Bank of America, one of the largest banks in the United States and Mr. Williams was a member of the Bank of America Board of Directors, until his retirement.
He served as Governor Zell Miller's chief of staff from 1991 to 1995, where he chaired a monumental study on effectiveness and economy in government. Mr. Williams also served on the Georgia Board of Regents and has served on the Board of Trustees at Young Harris College, the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, and served on the Board of the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is also a past director of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and past executive committee member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and he continues to serve as a director of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by both the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Engineering and the School of Industrial Systems Engineering, and in 2005, became the managing member of LLI Management Company, LLC, a resort enterprise of the Virgil R. Williams Family, which owns the long-term leasehold interests in Lake Lanier Islands Resort.
2020 EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN ENGINEERING
Dr. G. Wayne Clough, Ph.D., P.E.
President Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology
GEORGIA ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Susan E. Burns, Ph.D., P.E.
Georgia Institute of Technology
ENGINEER OF THE YEAR IN CONSTRUCTION
Kun-Young Chiu, P.E., F.ASCE
Kun-Young Chiu & Associates, Inc.
ENGINEER OF THE YEAR IN EDUCATION
Renee J. Butler, Ph.D., P.E.
Kennesaw State University
ENGINEER OF THE YEAR IN GOVERNMENT
Margaret B. Pirkle, P.E.
Chief Engineer, Georgia Department of Transportation
ENGINEER OF THE YEAR IN INDUSTRY
John A. Pierson, P.E., F.ASCE
ENGINEER OF THE YEAR IN PRIVATE PRACTICE
Anita Bandela Atkinson, P.E.
Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc.
YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Holly Painter, P.E.
KCI Technologies, Inc.
ENGINEERING STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Ariel L. Dornisch
Environmental Engineering Student, Mercer University
ENGINEERING ORGANIZATION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Stefka Vacheva, E.I.T.
Heath & Lineback, Inc.
ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE STATE AWARD WINNERS*
Renew Atlanta TSPLOST Program
Category: Special Projects
Super Bowl LIII Transportation Planning Playbook
Category: Studies, Research, and Consulting Engineering Services
MICHAEL BAKER INTERNATIONAL
Courtland Street Bridge Replacement
Category: Structural Systems
Samsung Electronics, Complex 3 Expansion
Category: Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities
Hardscrabble Green Loop Complete Street
Category: Small Projects
The Edge on the Beltline
Bay Street Widening
WK DICKSON & CO., INC.
Wastewater Treatment Facility Renovations
Category: Water Resources or Waste and Storm Water
*One of these winners will be announced as the 2020 Grand Award Winner at the Georgia Engineering Awards.
ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE HONOR AWARD WINNERS
American Engineers, Inc.
Settingdown Road at Martin Road Roundabout
CHA Consulting, Inc.
US 27 at Custer Road Interchange Improvements
Michael Baker International
Runway 21L EMAS
Water Distribution System Model Calibration and CIP Development
Uzun + Case
ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE MERIT AWARD WINNERS
SR10 / US 78 at SR 124 Displaced Left Turn
Capitol Square Expansion
Kun-Young Chiu & Associates, Inc.
Structural Evaluation of Mathis City Auditorium
Modern Mobility Partners, Inc.
Virginia Avenue Smart Corridor Study
Oasis Consulting Services
Gillem Logistics Center, Building 150
Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) Area Development Program
Uzun + Case
The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design
About the event emcees
Amber Nash has been acting, improvising and making audiences laugh in Atlanta for 16 years. She is part of the Improv Ensemble at Dad’s Garage Theatre and has been an actor, improviser, teacher, creator and director with Dad’s Garage Theater and Laughing Matters, Atlanta’s longest-running improv comedy troupe. Amber trained at IO Theater (formerly known as the ImprovOlympic Theater) in Chicago and also worked with the famed Second City improv comedy theater’s collaboration with Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2009. Beyond Atlanta, Amber is internationally known for her voice acting work, having provided voices for shows such as Frisky Dingo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and most famously, her leading role as the voice of Pam Poovey in all 10 seasons of FX’s long-running hit show Archer.
Hailing from the Lost City of Detroit, Lucky Yates is an accomplished stage and television actor, voice actor, writer, puppeteer, and comedian. In a wildly diverse career that defies categorization and runs the gamut from Sesame Street (puppeteering in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland) to appear in the stage version of Cannibal! The Musical, Lucky is best known for his more than two dozen on-screen roles in Alton Brown’s beloved Food Network series Good Eats (including the Butcher, Fishmonger, Dungeon Master, and Devil) and for his voice roles as Dr. Algernop Krieger on FX’s long-running hit show Archer and the Xtacles on Frisky Dingo. Lucky also regularly performs as part of the Ensemble company at Dad’s Garage Theater.