2018 Charles Durham Award Winner

The ACEC Board of Directors is honored to announce Mike Gorman as the 2018 Charles Durham Award winner this year.

ACEC/Nebraska Awards
2018 Charles Durham Achievement Award

The Charles Durham Achievement Award was created to honor Charles Durham’s leadership in the engineering profession and his community stewardship through civic involvement. Durham served as chairman and CEO of Henningson, Durham and Richardson, (HDR) the international engineering and architectural firm headquartered in Omaha. Over the years, he and his wife Marge were active in their community serving in leadership roles with many community organizations and donating millions of dollars to worthy causes.

The ACEC Board of Directors is honored to announce the recipient of the Charles Durham Award this year. The award winner is Mike Gorman, Executive Vice President, Great Plains Regional Manager of Alfred Benesch & Company.

Mike Gorman started his career at the Iowa Department of Transportation after receiving his Construction Engineering degree from Iowa State University. While at the Iowa DOT, he was drawn to the relatively fast pace and human element of traffic engineering and transportation planning, making it his 39-year professional focus. Before moving to the private sector, he held public sector engineering positions for the City of Casper, Wyoming and City of Omaha.

Mike’s current position began with the former HWS Consulting Group as Transportation Services Manager. In 2010, as President of HWS, he helped guide the company through a successful merger with Alfred Benesch & Company, which is headquartered in Chicago. Mike is currently Executive Vice President and Great Plains Regional Manager. He also serves on the Benesch Board of Directors. He oversees all business development and operations activities in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Colorado.

Gorman is a graduate of Iowa State University (B.S. in Construction Engineering) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (M.S. in Transportation Engineering). During his career he has been a member of multiple industry-related organizations serving on the board of directors and in leadership positions, including: the Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Public Works Association, and Omaha Engineer’s Club. Gorman has served on the Board of Directors of ACEC Nebraska and was president in 2005/6.

Alfred Benesch & Company employs more than 600 professional and support personnel including engineers, planners, environmental scientists, construction managers, landscape architects, surveyors and designers who are rated among the highest in their professions. Engineering News Record consistently ranks Benesch among the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Benesch operates 30 offices in sixteen states, including Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The American Council of Engineering Companies, ACEC Nebraska, represents more than 50 engineering firms doing business in Nebraska. ACEC Nebraska’s initiatives create an enhanced business climate for our members. Our members are engaged in engineering and construction projects that propel Nebraska’s and the nation’s economy and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life.