Annually, in conjunction with our parent organization the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), ACEC/MD presents a Young Professional of the Year Award.  This award recognizes the accomplishments of our member firms’ young engineers by highlighting their interesting and unique work, and the resulting important impact on society. 

2020 Winner

Denila Deliallisi, PE


A graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, PA, in the last five years at AECOM, Deni has managed record-breaking major projects featured in ENR news and magazines. She was the Deputy Project Manager of the $480M Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Replacement. This is D.C.’s largest infrastructure project and is part of a program that is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River into a world-class waterfront. She monitored the budget, reviewed plans and specifications, and coordinated with the contractor, owner and stakeholders to ensure the project’s critical path was not affected by design submittals.

She is leading the firm’s Civil team in the rehabilitation of Arlington Memorial Bridge, a $227M project and the National Park Service’s largest project in history. The bridge is a national historic landmark, which was built in 1932 to show the strength of a united nation by joining two memorials on the north and south side of the Potomac River – the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington House, and the Robert E. Lee Memorial.

This past September, Deni became the ambassador and liaison for the New MDOT SHA Contect Guide. This administrator’s initiative was a response to the increase in pedestrian fatalities in the state, and it evolved into a guide about creating effective multi-modal transportation systems. She is creating a toolbox of innovative treatments and introducing the guide to internal and external stakeholders, federal, state and local government employees, advocacy groups and city and town councils.

Based on these leadership and management skills, she was the recipient of the 2019 President’s “Top Anticipator of Client Needs” Award in all of AECOM-Americas. Described by the leadership of her firm as an innovator, Deni is very active in a number of professional and community associations, including serving as Treasurer of ASHE-Chesapeake, and mentor for WTS-Baltimore.

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