Annually, ACEC/MD honors a member firm representative that has made a significant contribution to the community by volunteering their time and expertise.

2019 Winner

Diane Durscher, PE

Wallace Montgomery

An associate with member firm Wallace Montgomery, Diane Durscher exemplifies the contributions made to the community by our member firm representatives. Diane shares her love of engineering through her roles in the Maryland Engineering Challenges. This effort includes being a specifications judge and serving on the challenge committee for the Wood Bridge Challenge, assisting and coordinating with elementary school students in the Safe Racer Challenge, as a presentation judge with the Future City Challenge, and as a team mentor teaching math and engineering principles to students participating in the Theme Park Challenge.

Her dedication to public service extends beyond her engineering work as evidenced by her service on four ministries with her church. This effort includes being chair of the church’s decoration committee for 12 years and dedicating one week each summer over seven years to assist in disaster relief construction efforts to benefit homeowners that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Diane volunteers her time to teach weekly craft sessions to children in her church’s Bible Club and serves on her church’s Sound Team that is tasked with providing a favorable acoustic experience.

Diane is also an active participant in her local public and community meetings in Howard County lending her expertise in drainage and watershed issues and community development, and she volunteers with the biennial Empty Bowls Charity event that benefits organizations that provide aid to Howard County residents.

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