Members of the Engineering Community,
No more binders! No more deliveries! In an attempt to make the Nebraska Engineering Excellence Award submittal simple and straightforward, we have created a fill-in submittal form. We hope this encourages firms across the state to participate in this annual showcase of Nebraska’s engineering excellence.
What Stays the Same – Celebrating Engineering in Nebraska!
Engineering Excellence…our members provide it to their clients on every project. Once a year, the American Council of Engineering Companies celebrates those projects exhibiting the best of the best – our member’s most innovative projects. The Engineering Excellence Awards recognize engineering firms for the projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement. We encourage your firm to submit projects for consideration.
We celebrate the awards as a highlight of E-Week activities. The week kicks off with the Omaha World Herald Engineer’s Week Supplement coordinated by ACEC/N that will appear in the Sunday edition on February 15, 2015.
Award winners for 2015 will be recognized on February 18, 2015, during an awards ceremony and dinner. All entrants and firm principals will be formally invited and we encourage you to invite your clients to join you for this celebration of Engineering in Nebraska.
A distinguished panel of judges with backgrounds from engineering, architecture, state and federal government, media, academia, and the military review the projects. Judges score the top projects from Categories A – L and from those determine the tier of winners.
GRAND AWARD = One top overall state winner
HONOR AWARDS = Next three highest scoring projects (judges may award additional awards in this category)
CATEGORY WINNER = The top scoring project for each category
MERIT AWARDS = All remaining entries
The ACEC National Spring Conference had a record turnout of over 1,300. ACEC’s “citizen lobbyists” rallied to promote transportation, water and tax initiatives, after a kick-off briefing by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster.
Hundreds of those ACEC members – including the Nebraska delegation – visited Capitol Hill to build support for restoring solvency to the Highway Trust Fund, passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), and tax issues important to the industry.
With the Highway Trust Fund in jeopardy, ACEC members found Nebraska lawmakers receptive to finding a solution. Lawmakers also reiterated their strong support for WRDA. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) told attendees that a vote on the final package could occur soon.
ACEC members lobbied against a number of proposed tax code changes, including limitations on the use of cash accounting and increases in taxes on subchapter S corporations. Lawmakers in the House and Senate offered to work with the Council to address these issues.
The ACEC Nebraska Delegation, was led by John Olsson of Olsson Associates, ACEC Nebraska National Director, was comprised of Steve Kathol, Schemmer Associates ACEC Nebraska President; Mike McMeekin from Lamp Rynearson, Ron Bottorff with JEO and ACEC Executive Director Jackie McCullough.
Our delegation met with Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Lee Terry and Congressman Adrian Smith.
Ron Bottroff has been elected to the ACEC College of Fellows. Please join ACEC Nebraska in congratulating Ron on his well-deserved accomplishment!
Ron’s response was “I feel very humbled and honored to receive this recognition. It was a very unexpected honor to even be nominated, let alone to be elected. This certainly goes down as one of the highlights of my career.”
The College of Fellows, consists of accomplished and recognized leaders, their objects are to enhance the image of the profession by undertaking activities including recognition programs, outreach educational programs, assistance to associate ACEC groups, and involvement with senior management of ACEC firms.
ACEC/Nebraska represents over 45 consulting engineering firms doing business in Nebraska. We are the only organization devoted exclusively to the business and advocacy interests of engineering companies. Our members are engaged in a wide range of engineering and construction projects that propel the nation’s economy and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life.
Please contact ACEC/Nebraska today to find out how you can join and help promote Nebraska’s engineering industry. Call 402-476-2572.
ACEC’s Trust Programs are designed to enhance your membership investment by helping to control your firm’s costs. Programs are available for business insurance, life/health insurance, and retirement plans.
Life Health Trust Retirement Trust
ACEC Nebraska’s Young Professional winner from last year, Joe Flaxbeard with Lamp Rynearson & Associates, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 ACEC “Young Professional of the Year” national award. In addition, Joe will be featured as ACEC’s representative for the “New Faces of Engineering”.
Click here to find more information on how to become an ACEC/N member firm.
Our Board of Directors review all membership applications at the Board Meetings. Click here to start your applications process.
Click the video to hear Senator Ben Nelson’s comments on ACEC’s accomplishments and the contributions of the engineering industry. (click on movie)