ACEC California’s Engineering Excellence Awards Wrap Up

ACEC California’s 1st Annual Scholarship Foundation Fundraising Dinner presenting the ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) was held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, California. With over 300 attendees and 28 firms receiving awards, this year’s awards ceremony recognized recent achievements of the engineering and surveying industries.


Bill Wagner presenting the 2016 Legislator of the Year award to Senator Patricia Bates, at the EEA Banquet.

In December we announced Senator Pat Bates as our Legislator of the Year. We were honored that the Senator was able to accept the award at our EEA banquet.

Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center was not the only project to receive an award. Notably, many firms won multiple awards. The top 18 award winners were eligible for the top California Golden State Award. And all 18 of these Honor Award winners are eligible to go on to the national Engineering Excellence Award competition in Washington D.C.


Left to Right: Megan Guida, Ralph Guida, Senator Bates, Kurt Yoshii, Jeff Walker, and Stephanie Wagner.

Brad Diede, Executive Director of ACEC California stated, “Many deserving projects were submitted to this competition. All of these firms should be very proud their contributions to our society. We were pleased to be able to recognize their distinctive and inventive concepts.”

For a complete list of all the award winners, click here.


Brad Diede, Corey Walker (Past Scholarship Award Winner) and family at the EEA Reception.

ACEC California is excited to have brought the Scholarship Foundation and EEA together and affirm the fundamental role that ACEC California member firms play in building and maintaining the quality of our infrastructure. Thank you to our panel of judges and our members’ support. Congratulations to all our award winners!

Click here for a look at all the photos from the banquet!


ACEC California’s Scholarship Foundation Funds Future Engineers

Randy Leptien Leptien, Cronin, Cooper, Morris and Poore, Inc.

Randy Leptien
Leptien, Cronin, Cooper, Morris and Poore, Inc.

There’s growing concern nationwide that the U.S. won’t be able to find enough qualified workers to meet the growing demands of businesses operating in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.  A recent study from U.S. News & World Report and industrial giant Raytheon shows that while the number of students taking STEM degrees at college has risen since 2000, that proportion has not grown relative to the total number of degrees conferred.  At the same time, demand for jobs to be filled in STEM disciplines, such as engineering, has grown dramatically and continues to rise.

Bottom line: We aren’t producing enough STEM grads to meet employer demand

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