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.
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.
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)