Annual Meeting Award Winners Announced!

May 22, 2019
Over 110 ACEC/MN members and friends gathered at the Minneapolis Club on Thursday, May 16, for an evening of networking and celebration at the Annual Meeting. Departing board members, the year’s achievements, and partnerships were highlighted at the gathering, and award winners were recognized for their accomplishments.
The following were honored during the awards ceremony:
John Dillingham of Alliant Engineering, Inc. was honored with this year’s Tom Roche Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to an individual who has contributed significantly during their career to the engineering profession, ACEC/MN, and the greater community. John has been giving back for the past 30 years, with the last 24 growing his own engineering firm. For nearly a decade, he helped lead the association on ACEC/MN’s board of directors, concluding with the roles of President and National Director. John has been a regular presenter for the Emerging Leader’s Training and is an attendee of numerous ACEC/MN events, including the Annual Meeting, Fall Welcome & Expo, sporting events, PAC fundraisers, and leadership meetings. John also strongly encourages his employees to participate in events and serve on committees.

The 2019 Firm of the Year Award was presented to Barr Engineering, Co. This award is presented to an ACEC/MN member firm that has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the association and the consulting engineering profession. Barr Engineering Co. has a long history of giving back to the association – its employees attend numerous events, serve on committees and the board of directors—as one employee is finishing her term on the board of directors, another is waiting in the wings. Other employees currently serve on the Workforce Development Committee, Minnesota Structural Engineers Association (MNSEA), Awards Committee, and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The firm has hosted several Women in Engineering sessions at their office and leaders have encouraged participation from their staff in this activity.

This year’s President’s Award was presented to Jon Wacker of HGA. This award is presented to an individual employed by a member firm that has been an asset to the association and consulting engineering profession over the past year. Jon is a dedicated, active member of ACEC Minnesota. He regularly attends and participates in association activities, such as seminars and leadership training. He has helped coordinate the ACEC Discover Engineering program since its inception 12 years ago, which provides high school students with an up-close look at the various disciplines of engineering, while encouraging them to pursue careers in the profession. He has been instrumental in the creation and growth of the Workforce Development Committee. Jon is also involved in giving back to the community and has a passion for mentoring future young engineers and those coming into the profession.
The Emerging Leader Award was presented to Vahid Raboodan of EVS, Inc. This award was created to recognize an ACEC member still in the early stages of their career who has already contributed significantly to the association Vahid has been proactively involved in the leadership of young professionals within our industry and served as the chair of the ACEC/MN Emerging Professionals Committee, spending countless hours planning events, leading meetings, and encouraging young engineers to become active leaders within our industry. Vahid has also been an active member of the ACEC/MN Workforce Development Committee since its inception in 2016 and has been an integral part of the outreach team participating in multiple activities including STEM Link, Engineering Week, and TechFest at The Works Museum.

The 2019 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Melissa Langowski of ACEC/MN. This award was designed to honor an individual who has given countless volunteer hours of support to the association and engineering profession. Melissa has planned educational programming for ACEC/MN, helped to expand the scholarship endowment fund, coordinated events and created new ways for members to get involved, formed new committees and activities for the association, and improved existing programs. She continually strives to make the organization better and more inclusive for all of its members.

Outgoing president Dan Larson of American Engineering Testing, Inc. was also honored at the event for his leadership over the past year. Incoming President Sirish Samba of Sambatek presented Dan with an honorary gavel in recognition of his service to the association.
Congratulations to all of our award winners. Active participation is what makes this association thrive!

Kristine Scott, Assistant Executive Director
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