Lochmueller Wins President's Award at ACEC Celebration
Keith Lochmueller of Lochmueller Group won the prestigious President's Award at the recent Awards Luncheon held by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Indiana (ACEC). The award is not presented by the group every year but only when the achievements of an individual warrant it.
Lochmueller has worked for 50 years in the business of transportation planning and has, according to the group's Executive Director Beth Bauer, "the overwhelming respect and admiration from those who work for his firm."
He serves as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Lochmueller Group formerly known as Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates.
Bauer explained the reasons the award was presented.
"In 1981, Keith became interested in the concept of pavement asset management. In addition to working with INDOT to develop the first computerized inventory all of the state's roads, he set out to develop a cost-effective system tailored to the specific needs of cities and counties that would help them make the most of taxpayer dollars.
"Prior to founding Lochmueller Group, Keith spent six years as the Executive Director of the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization, where he was responsible for the 3C Transportation Process. Under his direction, a Transportation Plan was developed and approved and was recognized by the Federal Highway Administration as an innovator in the Transportation System Management area.
"Keith also spent 14 years in responsible planning positions with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission and the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council of Governments, as well as serving as the Chief Transportation Planner for the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council of Governments.
"Keith's career has included many successes, and he leaves a legacy of establishing a highly respected consulting firm with many outstanding professionals who continue to contribute to our important industry and are very involved in ACEC Indiana."
The organization also recognized people who recently graduated from the organization's "Engineering Leadership Program," that helps prepare employees for firm partnerships, management and potential succession and ownership opportunities. The program has graduated 12 classes with 201 individual graduates.
Those who successfully completed the program this year include:
Dann Barrett - United Consulting
Jonathan Day - HWC Engineering
Jason Doan - the etica group
Charity Dudley - Wessler Engineering
AJ Fricke - Christopher B. Burke Engineering
Dave Garwood - Butler, Fairman & Seufert
Kevin Hetrick - Clark Dietz
Todd Kortus - Engineering Resources
Ericka Miller - Parsons Brinckerhoff
Mark Reinhard - Engineering Resources
Ryan Scott - Butler, Fairman & Seufert
Erin GÃ¼t with PCS Engineers won the Special Contribution Award for her efforts in garnering attention to the funding needs of Indiana's road system. She helped develop a program launched last year called, "Fix My Roads Indiana." It included designing and launching a website, billboards, postcards and more.
The Young Engineer of the Year Award was presented to Alex Kline, a design engineer at Infrastructure Engineering where he has worked for four years since graduating from Rose-Hulman.
Kline was also involved in the "Fix My Roads Indiana" program in which he provided significant leadership in creating their social media platforms and then assisted in running the platforms and providing content for them.