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.

2019 Winner

Gregory I. Slater

Gregory Slater was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as the Administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation – State Highway Administration (MDOT-SHA) March 13, 2017.

With more than 3,200 employees and a $2-billion annual budget, MDOT-SHA is charged with providing a safe, well-maintained, efficient highway system that enables mobility choices for all customers and supports Maryland’s communities, economy and environment.  Mr. Slater’s leadership and priorities in the organization center around innovation, modernization, enhanced communication and providing a positive customer experience.

After beginning his career with two years in the private sector, Mr. Slater has dedicated 22 years to MDOT with experience in both planning and engineering.  He focuses on integrating innovation and performance-driven initiatives into the planning and engineering processes.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Slater most recently served as Deputy Administrator for Planning, Engineering, Real Estate and Environment after previously serving eight years as Director of Planning and Preliminary Engineering.

A native Marylander, Mr. Slater is a 1997 graduate of Towson University, a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland National Leadership Institute and a member of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2015.  He participates on several transportation industry committees and serves as Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Data Management and Analytics Committee, the leadership team for the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation Asset Management, and is the current chair of the 13th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management.

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)

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