May/June 2021
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 ACEC/Michigan Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)! We have a great group of speakers lined up again this year.

ELP is for individuals committed to developing their leadership abilities. This program imparts specific skills and competencies identified by top ACEC of Michigan principals as critical for leadership success. These highly interactive sessions are taught by experts in the field of business administration and people management in professional services firms.

This program is designed for and will be most beneficial to those participants with approximately 8-15 years of industry experience. The ELP is open to ACEC member firms only. 

Complete details are available in the 2021 Schedule & Application. The deadline to apply is June 25. Don't delay - there will only be 20 spaces available and we anticipate the class will fill quickly.
Construction Science Expo
The 10th Annual Construction Science Expo was held on May 18. Detroit middle and high school students experienced one of the best school field trips of the year - even though it was virtual. Working alongside skilled labor apprentices and trainers and using their problem-solving strategies in construction design, they could visually and physically see why these types of occupations in this industry are growing faster than all others at a rate that is expected to continue through 2026.

Over 9,000 students have been invited to this annual hands-on expo over the last 10 years through the Detroit schools “Navigation to Success” Program run by the Black Caucus Foundation, with more than 50 activities presented by over 25 industry professionals.

For a link to the professional video created for the 2021 CSE, Click Here.
MSPE 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
A Success
MSPE held its virtual conference on May 5-7, 2021. We were able to provide 9 PDHs live and will offer all but 2 of the sessions on demand soon. Attendees will be able to earn up to 14 total PDHs by watching recorded concurrent sessions. Anyone who missed the event will also be able to purchase access to the 12 of the 14 sessions at an affordable rate here.
Thank you to the following individuals for their leadership and commitment to ACEC/Michigan.
Jack Wheatley, PE
Board President
Richard Chelotti, PE
2019-2021 MDOT-ACEC
Projects Team Chair
Larry Fleis, PE
Fleis & VandenBrink
QBS Coalition Chair
Matthew Norko
Byce & Associates
2019-2021 Excellence Awards Committee Chair
Matthew Stacey, PE
Wade Trim
2020-2022 MDOT-ACEC Contracts Team Chair
Phil Westmoreland, PE
Spicer Group
2020-2021 Transportation Committee Chair
MSPE recently recognized our Engineer of the Year, Thomas Wheat, PE. Tom has demonstrated an extraordinary level of integrity, dedication, and commitment to not only MSPE, but the engineering field.

As an active member of MSPE for 25 years, he has consistently been involved and served at the Chapter, Regional, and State level. He has been instrumental in ensuring MSPE remains a solid institution for our members and future engineers.

Graduating from University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1988, Tom took his degree and headed back to California, where he grew up. He began his career working for the City of Los Angeles in the engineering department. By 1992, he found himself back in Michigan and accepted a position as a project engineer for Wilkins & Wheaton Engineering Company of Kalamazoo.

In 1997, Prein&Newhof purchased Wilkins & Wheaton. Tom and the other staff members of Wilkins & Wheaton stayed on and became Prein&Newhof’s new Kalamazoo office. In the transition from one firm to another, Tom was given the opportunity to grow into the role of managing the new Prein&Newhof office and also that of team leader.

For the past 25 years, Tom has continued to be a main stay and stablizing force for Prein&Newhof. In his role as team leader and office manager for the Kalamazoo team, Tom has been faced with and was directly involved in managing some of the painful downfalls we have all experienced in our industry. The message was to stay the course, stay focused, be kind and patient, and to continue to provide excellent client service. While there are new faces on his team, they are young Tom Wheat’s in the making.

As a Senior Project Engineer, Tom has been involved in many aspects of municipal engineering, including water and wastewater systems, roadways, stormwater systems, and construction management. His duties include acting as township or village engineer for several Kalamazoo area municipalities.
ASCE Michigan Section Presents Awards
ASCE Michigan Section presented the following awards during the Michigan Infrastructure Conference:


Franklin D. Meyers Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year Award:

Zachary Carr, PE
2020 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement: Kevin Brown, PE
2021 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement: Bryce Burkett, PE
Distinguished Service Award:
Christopher Owen, PE
Distinguished Service Award:
Jacob Rushlow, PE
Quality of Life Award:
East Michigan Avenue Emergency Repair
Road Commission of Kalamazoo County and Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.

Quality of Life Certificate of Merit:
Innovation Hills
City of Rochester Hills and Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.

Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award:
Clinton River Water Resource Recovery Facility Biosolids
Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner

Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Certificate of Merit:
Beidler Trunk Sanitary Sewer Replacement
City of Muskegon and Prein&Newhof

Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Certificate of Merit:
Terminal Apron Reconstruction and Expansion
Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority and C&S Companies

For additional information, visit the ASCE Michigan Section website.
ACEC/M Engineering & Surveying
Excellence Awards
ASCE Michigan Section
Seeks Volunteers For Report Card Update
It is time to update Michigan's Infrastructure Report Card! The ASCE Michigan Section plans to begin the effort to update the Michigan Infrastructure Report Card with a 2022 release. We need your help! If you are interested in assisting with this effort by serving on a specific team (Roads, Drinking Water, etc.) please contact Ron Brenke at the ASCE MI Section office.
ASCE Southeastern Michigan Branch
Industry Veterans Storytellers Series
On April 7, 2021, the ASCE Southeastern Michigan Branch virtually presented our second edition of the Industry Veterans Storytellers Series featuring Roy Rose, former Chairman of the Board and President/CEO of Anderson, Eckstein, and Westrick, Inc. 

Mr. Rose touched on past roles of acting as an engineering representative during legal encounters and discussing the legal aspects of engineering that could arise during a professional’s career. The program was very educational and informative for all in attendance.

The virtual presentation was well attended with over 35 ASCE members from the area tuned in to listen to Roy’s perspective on lawsuits, arbitration, and experiences as an expert witness. 

ASCE Southeastern Michigan Branch looks forward to adding additional presenters to this series. If you are anyone you know may be interested, please reach out to current president, Crystal Kozak at for more information.
ASCE Southeastern Michigan Branch
Chooses Annual Award Recipients
The Southeastern Michigan Branch is very proud to announce our 2021 Annual Award Recipients:
Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award: Bryce Burkett, PE
The Franklin D. Meyers, P.E. Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year Award: Zachary Carr, PE
Outstanding Civil Engineering Project of the Year Award:
Oakland County Biosolids Project at the Clinton River Water Resource Recovery Facility
Owner: Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office
Project Engineer: CDM Smith Michigan Inc.
Contractor: Tooles Contracting Group LLC
The James F. Bliskey, P.E. Quality of Life Project of the Year Award:
Halsted Road Reconstruction at Minnow Pond Drain Project
Owner: City of Farmington Hills
Project Engineer: Fishbeck
Contractor: Davis Construction, Inc.
Congratulations to our 2021 award recipients!
ASCE Michigan Section Scholarships
The Michigan Section of the ASCE encourages the advancement of the Civil Engineering profession by qualified and interested students. To that end, the ASCE Michigan Section offers financial support through two scholarships. These scholarships have been endowed through the efforts and generosity of individual Civil Engineers and leading Civil Engineering companies throughout Michigan. 
Click here to access more detailed information and the application. Applications are due by Memorial Day (May 31, 2021). 
ACEC National Award Nominations
Community Service Award

This prestigious award recognizes Council members throughout the nation for their community service accomplishments. The award honors those who effectively impact the quality of life in their communities, and who are perceived in their communities as true leaders. The criteria and application are available on the ACEC National website. Each state organization is allowed to submit a maximum of one (1) nominee to ACEC National for award consideration. Nominations for the Community Service Award are due to ACEC/Michigan by June 4.
ACEC Business Insurance Trust
ACEC/Michigan and PCIA with The Hartford’s ACEC’s Business Insurance Trust are pleased to announce the offering of an exclusive business insurance program for ACEC/Michigan member firms. The numerous benefits for participation include:

  • Royalty Sharing
  • Deductible Reimbursement
  • ACEC Coalition Dues Payment

To learn more, you can access the details and read testimonials from PCIA’s insureds at

We are excited to partner with PCIA in making this program available to member firms.
ACEC/Michigan Welcomes New Member Firm

ACEC/M is excited to welcome the following new member firm:

2021 Events Calendar