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ASCE To Present Engineering Awards
September 13, 2004

In honor of their incredible achievements, the American Society
of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will bestow awards on four distinguished civil engineers during the 2004 Civil Engineering Conference and Exposition in Baltimore on October 22, 2004.

The awards being presented include:

  • The 2004 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award – given in recognition of the advancement of science and professionalism in engineering – to James Michels, P.E., M.ASCE.
  • The 2004 John I. Parcel – Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award – given to an engineer of high character and professional integrity who has made a definite contribution in the field of civil engineering management – to David J. Nash, P.E., M.ASCE, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (retired).
  • The 2004 Civil Government Award – given to recognize those members of the profession who have rendered meritorious service in elective or appointive government positions – to José Abreu, P.E., F.ASCE.
  • The 2004 Government Civil Engineer of the Year Award – in recognition of a distinguished civil engineer employed in public service for his/her significant contribution to the engineering profession – to Steven C. McCutcheon, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE.

Michels is the founder and president of Engineering Enterprises, Inc., Sugar Grove, Illinois, a firm specializing in wastewater and waterworks system, stormwater management and drainage, and transportation systems. During his 40-year career, Michels has managed the planning, design and construction of waterworks, wastewater systems and transportation projects. He has served as a consultant to numerous communities in the state of Illinois and is a charter member and past president of the Illinois Groundwater Association. He also has served as a technical adviser to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Water Resources and Kane County, Illinois.

While employed as the district engineer for the Johnson Division of Universal Oil Products, Minneapolis, Minn., Michels consulted with engineering and contracting firms and state and federal agencies in approximately 30 states in the planning, design and construction of approximately 250 municipal, industrial and irrigation wells. He has also served as a reserve corps officer of
the U.S. Public Health Service in the Department of Health and Human Services.

An ardent supporter of young engineers, Michels sponsors an annual Waubonsee Community College scholarship that benefits a civil engineering student; has led his firm in participating in the ACE Mentoring Program; and promotes and supports continuing education of his employees.

Michels has received many awards, including the 1971 Young Engineer of the Year Award from the DuKane Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. He has also co-authored many books, including Procedures and Standards for Urban Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control, better known as
the Green Book.

Michels holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Marquette University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of ASCE, the American Public Works Association, the American Water Works Association and the Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois.

Nash is the director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO). Nash began his duties in Iraq as director of the Iraq Program Management Office (PMO). He served in that position until the PMO’s dissolution in June 2003. Under his direction the PMO managed the $18.4 billion provided by the United States to support the reconstruction of Iraqi infrastructure. Nash then moved on to become director of the Project and Contract Office (PCO) – successor to the PMO – a position in which he served until August 2004, as well as director of the IRMO, the position he holds today.

Nash’s 38-year career includes experience in building, design and program management in both the U.S. Navy and the private sector. His naval service included the dual position of commander, naval facilities engineering command and chief of civil engineers. In this position, he led a 20,000-person organization responsible for design, construction, facilities maintenance support, real estate, housing management, utilities procurement, environmental services, transportation equipment and support the Navy’s 2,000 military engineers. He also served as commander, Pacific Division Naval Facilities Command, and the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Port Hueneme, CA.

After retiring from the Navy, Nash worked for Parsons Brinkerhoff Construction Services, where he first served as program director of the General Motors Corporation. His other positions with Parsons included director for the Automotive/Industrial division and president of PB Buildings. He left Parsons to become the vice president for Government Operations with BE&K Construction/Engineering, where he worked on development of their public sector businesses, prior to joining the PMO.

Abreu is the secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Abreu was appointed secretary of FDOT by Governor Jeb Bush in March 2003. Prior to his appointment, Abreu served eight years as FDOT’s District Six secretary for
Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Abreu also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Miami’s College of Engineering and the Board of the Association of Cuban-American Civil Engineers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami.

Abreu has received many awards and proclamations including the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Miami’s College of Engineering, the 1996 Outstanding Contributions Award from the Florida International University’s College of Engineering, ASCE’s 2000 Wilbur S. Smith Award for national highway engineering, and the Florida Engineering Society’s
award for Outstanding Service to the Profession-Government. Most recently, Abreu was inducted into the Miami-Dade Community College Hall of Fame.

McCutcheon is a senior environmental engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. McCutcheon has worked in federal research and development for 18 years, and is a pioneer and internationally known expert in the field of phytoremediation – using plants for waste management – ecological engineering, water quality, watershed hydrology, hydrodynamics, sediment transport, toxic organic chemicals and metals cleanup, and environmental planning. He is a national expert on erosion and sediment control, and has authored, co-authored and edited more than 225 articles, papers, books and reports, including Water Quality Modeling, Vol. I, Hydrodynamics and Transport for Water Quality
Modeling and Phytoremediation: Transformation and Control of Contaminants. McCutcheon served as the editor of ASCE’s Journal of Environmental Engineering.

As president-elect of ASCE’s Georgia Section, McCutcheon has served on many advisory boards including the Florida Bay Science Oversight Panel, which advises non-government groups and federal and state agencies on investigations to protect the bay. McCutcheon speaks to school groups about ecological engineering to encourage students to enter the engineering and
science fields, and has mentored several doctorate engineering candidates.

McCutcheon has received many technical awards, including the 1999 EPA Science and Technology Achievement Award Level III, and the Georgia Engineering Alliance’s 2004 Engineer of the Year in Government.

The awards will be presented during the CEO Forum/Leadership and Management Luncheon being held during ASCE’s Annual Conference and Exposition on Friday, October 22, 2004.

For more information on the ASCE awards program contact Joan Buhrman at (703) 295-6406 or jbuhrman@asce.org. Additional information on the 2004 Conference and Exposition can be found at www.asce.org/conferences/annual04/.


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