American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland


At the president’s discretion, the American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland honors an individual whose actions have greatly contributed to the advancement of the consulting engineering profession and the citizens of Maryland.

2021 Winner

Paul L. Shank, PE, CM

Paul ShankMr. Shank has served as the Chief Engineer at the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA) for over 15 years. During that time, he has led the planning, design and construction of the multibillion-dollar capital improvement and systems preservation programs at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport. As Chief of the Division of Planning and Engineering he oversees MAA’s Office of Engineering and Construction, Office of Planning and Environmental Services, Office of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, and the Office of Architecture.

Mr. Shank has over 40 years of experience in airport development and associated transportation, commercial and institutional development. His accomplishments are measured in the billions of dollars of projects completed throughout the United States and overseas.

He is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He was a past recipient of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials President’s Transportation Award for Aviation and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Henry “O” Award. Mr. Shank is a commercial pilot, flight instructor and aircraft owner. Aviation is his passion.

Previous Winners

1997     R. Charles Avara | former Delegate in MD General Assembly

1998     Gene Lynch | Maryland Department of General Services Secretary

1999     David Winstead | former Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary

2000     None Awarded

2001     Emil Kordish, PE | past ACEC/MD President; retired – Rummel Klepper & Kahl, LLP

2002     Liz Homer | former SHA Deputy Administrator

2003     Delegate Casper Taylor | former Speaker of the House in MD General Assembly

2004     Francis Kuchta, PE | former Baltimore City DPW Director

2005     Carl Scheffel, PE | Fox Industries Inc.

2006     Neil Pedersen | SHA Administrator

2007     William Gluck, PE | Maryland Department of General Services

2008     Don Sherin | SHA Office of Consultant Services

2009     John Porcari, PE | Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary

2010     Jaswant Dhupar, PE | former Baltimore City DPW Engineering and Water and Wastewater Division Chief

2011     Paul J. Wiedefeld | Maryland Aviation Administration

2012     Brian R. Kelm | Maryland Defense Force

2013     Donald C. Fry | President and Chief Executive officer of the Greater Baltimore Committee

2014     William K. Hellmann, PE | Rummel, Klepper & Kahl and former MDOT secretary

2015     Douglas H. Simmons, PE | SHA Deputy Administrator

2016     Stephen V. Silva | MTA Chief Engineer

2017     James M. Irvin | Howard County DPW Director

2018     Earle S. “Jock” Freedman, PE (OOS, MDOT-SHA)

2019     Gregory I. Slater | SHA Administrator

2020     Christine Nizer | MDOT MVA Administrator

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