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The 2024 Georgia Engineering Awards

were held Friday, February 23, 2024

Gas South District | Thomas P. "Tommy" Hughes Ballroom



Join engineers, owners, and clients for this fun-filled, black-tie awards event celebrating exceptional engineers, engineering projects, and the achievements of the industry! In addition to our esteemed honorees, specially invited VIPs will also be in attendance.

Confirmed Special Guests Include:

  • Congressman Sanford Bishop, Georgia's 2nd Congressional District, US House of Representatives
  • Collie Greenwood, General Manager & CEO, MARTA
  • Congressman Rich McCormick, Georgia's 6th Congressional District, US House of Representatives
  • Commissioner Russell McMurry, GDOT
  • Anna Roach, Executive Director & CEO, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
  • Mike Alexander, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
  • Kwadwo Atta, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of Atlanta
  • Lisa Benjamin, Chief Operating Officer, City of Atlanta
  • Stacy Blakley, Board Member, MARTA
  • Solomon Caviness, Commissioner, City of Atlanta DOT
  • Jack Cebe, Stitch Development Manager, Atlanta Downtown
  • Lewis Cooksey, Director, Gwinnett County Department of Transportation
  • Alyssa Davis, Executive Director, Sugarloaf CID
  • Houston Gaines, Representative, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Lisa Glover, Chief of Staff, City of Atlanta DOT
  • Steve Gooch, Senate Majority Leader, Georgia Senate
  • Krystal Harris, Program Director, ATL Airport CIDs
  • Hameed Malik, Director of Engineering, Augusta
  • Gregory Moore, Deputy Commissioner, Capital Delivery, City of Atlanta DOT
  • Gifton Passley, Deputy Executive Director, GSFIC
  • Drew Raessler, Director, Cobb DOT
  • Carrie Rocha, Chief Capital Officer, Division of Capital Programs, Expansion & Innovation, MARTA
  • Ed Setzler, Senator, Georgia Senate
  • Rebecca Shelton, Director, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
  • Brad Thomas, State Representative, Georgia State House of Representatives
  • LaTeeka Washington, Assistant General Manager, Centralized Program Management Office, MARTA
  • Malika Wilkins, Chief External Affairs & Strategy Officer, Atlanta Regional Commission

Presenting Sponsor:


Engineering Influence & Engineering Impact Awards

ACEC Georgia’s Engineering Influence and Engineering Impact Awards honor individuals, one from the public sector and one from the private sector, whose outstanding leadership and achievements have benefited the entire state of Georgia.

Honorees are chosen based on accomplishments that have had a positive impact on the engineering industry and business community of Georgia, such as –

  • Demonstrating exceptional leadership and commitment to addressing the infrastructure challenges of a locality, region and/or the entire state;
  • Making significant contributions to the economic vitality or business climate of a locality, region and/or the State of Georgia; and
  • A direct impact on the growth and success of their organization.

Engineering Influence Award


Senate Majority Leader Steve Gooch
Georgia State Senate District 51

Senator Steve Gooch has influenced Georgia's engineering and economic sectors in the State Senate since 2011. Representing District 51, Sen. Gooch's early life on a farm shaped his understanding of rural needs and development. His tenure in the Senate is marked by a focus on fostering economic opportunity and supporting business enterprises, both large and small.

As the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Gooch plays a pivotal role in shaping legislation that encourages economic development and job creation, with a particular emphasis on engineering and infrastructure projects. His efforts in these areas have been recognized by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, which named him the 2023 Legislator of the Year, highlighting his commitment to promoting free enterprise and his strategic advocacy for economic growth in Georgia.

Sen. Gooch's legislative work is characterized by his support for innovative solutions to state-wide challenges, ensuring Georgia remains a top state for business. His dedication to improving Georgia's infrastructure and business climate through engineering advancements has made a significant impact on the state's development and prosperity.

Engineering Impact Award


Michael & Jerome Russell
H. J. Russell & Company

Herman J. Russell, the visionary founder of H. J. Russell & Company, established a legacy of entrepreneurship and empowerment that has significantly impacted Atlanta's landscape and community. With its inception in 1952, the company emerged as a symbol of resilience and innovation, navigating the complexities of civil rights and urban development to build some of Atlanta's most iconic structures. Herman's journey, from a young entrepreneur during the Great Depression to a revered leader in construction and real estate, exemplifies a dedication to breaking barriers and fostering economic growth. His commitment to community and civic leadership was evident through his involvement in key urban development projects and significant contributions to the civil rights movement, setting a powerful example for future generations​​.

Continuing this legacy, Herman's sons, Michael and Jerome Russell, have taken the reins, guiding the company with a vision that mirrors their father's principles. Michael, as CEO, and Jerome, as President, have not only sustained the company's founding values but also propelled it into new ventures, ensuring its relevance and impact in the modern era. Under their leadership, H. J. Russell & Company has maintained its status as a pioneer in the construction and real estate sectors, while expanding its influence through initiatives like the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE). This dedication to nurturing entrepreneurial spirit and community empowerment echoes Herman's original vision, ensuring the Russell family's enduring legacy in Atlanta's growth and prosperity.

2024 Engineering Excellence
Award Winners:


Category 1 - Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services

State Award (1st Place)
Cumberland CID Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Shuttle Deployment Study
Jacobs Engineering Group

Honor Award (2nd Place)
Public Engagement for SR 4/US 25BU @ Savannah River
@ South Carolina State Line

Merit Award (3rd Place)
Eastern Wharf Development
Terracon Consultants

Category 2 - Building/Technology Systems

State Award (1st Place)
Chatham House Residence Hall
Method Engineering Group

Honor Award (2nd Place)
Atlanta Humane Society HQ Facility
CROFT & Associates

Category 3 - Structural Systems

State Award (1st Place)
Firefly Trail Bridge Over Trail Creek

Honor Award (2nd Place)
Grand Bohemian Lodge
PES Structural Engineers

Honor Award (2nd Place)
SR 10 @ Sweetwater Creek
Parsons Transportation Group

Merit Award (3rd Place)
The HUB for Community Innovation

Merit Award (3rd Place)
North Houston Sports Complex
PES Structural Engineers

Category 4 - Surveying and Mapping Technology

State Award (1st Place)
Runway 9L End-Around Taxiway
Aviation Infrastructure Solutions

Category 5 - Environmental

State Award (1st Place)
Contour Engineering

Honor Award (2nd Place)
Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail; Segment 1
United Consulting Group

Category 6 - Water Resources or Waste and Storm Water

State Award (1st Place)
A. Scott Emmons Water Reclamation Facility

Honor Award (2nd Place)
Crooked Creek Water Reclamation Facility Improvements Project Construction Package 4 (CP-4)
Jacobs/Hazen & Sawyer

Honor Award (2nd Place)
V.D. Parrott Jr. Water Treatment Plant Improvements
Barge Design Solutions

Merit Award (3rd Place)
SR 4 @ North Fork Spirit Creek
Parsons Transportation Group

Category 7 - Transportation

State Award (1st Place)
Jimmy DeLoach Parkway Extension and Interchange
VHB and Thomas & Hutton

Honor Award (2nd Place)
Airside Design Salt Lake City International Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program
AERO Systems Engineering

Honor Award (2nd Place)
County Road (CR) 274/Bellville Road (Exit 2) Interchange Facility
Jacobs Engineering Group

Merit Award (3rd Place)
Cheshire Bridge Road Bridge over South Fork Peachtree Creek
Michael Baker International, Inc.

Merit Award (3rd Place)
PDK Atlantic Aviation Hangars K, L, Q
Aulick Engineering

Merit Award (3rd Place)
I-75 @ SR 20 Diverging Diamond Interchange
Jacobs Engineering Group

Category 8 - Energy

State Award (1st Place)
North Georgia Substation
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company

Category 9 - Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities

State Award (1st Place)
Delta TechOps Engine Overhaul Facility
Prime Engineering

Category 10 - Small Projects

State Award (1st Place)
West Nancy Creek Tributary Bridge
Heath & Lineback (a BCC Engineering Company)

Honor Award (2nd Place)
WJ Hooper WPP Dechlorination System Design and Construction Services

Category 11 - Special Projects

State Award (1st Place)
Smyrna Downtown Improvements
Croy Engineering with Pond & Company

Honor Award (2nd Place)
Savannah Transload Facility

Honor Award (2nd Place)
Columbia County Performing Arts Center

Merit Award (3rd Place)
Buffington Road Improvements from Royal South Parkway to SR 14/US 29
WSP USA Environment & Infrastructure

Merit Award (3rd Place)
Georgia State University Convocation Center

Merit Award (3rd Place)
Midtown Union

Platinum Sponsors

Prime_Stratus Team Logo_Full Color

2024 Engineer of the Year Awards:

Michael C. Ray, P.E., F. ASCE, F. AACE, CCP, PSP, PMP
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

John Koon, PhD, P.E., F.ABET, F.ASCE, NAE
Engineer of the Year

Matt Tanner, P.E., M. ASCE
Engineer of the Year in Construction

Gregory Wiles, PhD, P.E.
Engineer of the Year in Education

Ryan Bales, PhD, P.E.
Engineer of the Year in Government

Richard L. Curtis, P.E., D.GE, F. ASCE
Engineer of the Year in Private Practice

Baren K. Talukdar, PhD, P.E, M. SEI, F. ASCE, F. ACI, F. IE(Ind)
Engineer of the Year in Industry

David Glassman, P.E.
Young Engineer of the Year

Ryan Waltman
Engineering Student of the Year

Luke Sanders
Engineering Technology Student of the Year

Eberly & Associates
Small Engineering Employer of the Year

Large Engineering Employer of the Year

Lowe Engineers
Mid Size Engineering Employer of the Year

University of Georgia
Public Sector Employer of the Year

Caroline Campbell Smith, EIT, CFM, EnvSP
Engineering Organization Volunteer of the Year

Gold Sponsors

CHA Logo pms 2925 (002)
H&L - A BCC Company (blue)

Silver Sponsors

CROFT & Associates
Luster National, Inc.