Awards Committee: Engineering Excellence Awards and more

The Awards Committee is currently seeking additional members. To join this committee or other ACEC/MA commitees, go to:


The Awards Committee administers ACEC/MA’s annual Engineering Excellence Awards program and is in charge of other ACEC/MA awards. The EEA program recognizes engineering firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value and ingenuity. Entrants are rated by an independent panel of judges from the architectural community, the construction industry, academia, the media, and the public sector on the basis of uniqueness and originality; future value to the profession and perception by the public; social, economic and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of the client/owner’s need, including schedule and budget. The EEA Committee plans, coordinates, and administers the annual Call for Entries and the judging process. The EEA Committee assists the EEA Event Committee in planning the annual Awards Gala. In addition, the EEA Committee coordinates the EEA Road Show that displays winning projects in prominent locations throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts following the Awards Gala.


2018 ACEC/A Engineering Excellence Awards Competition Key Dates

Here are key dates for your firm's planning for the Engineering Excellence Awards: 

Entry forms due:    October 2, 2017
Submissions Assistance Day:  October 19, 2017
Submissions due:  November 6, 2017
Presentation to judges (finalists only):  December 13, 2017
ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala:  March 14, 2018


The EEA Committee is comprised of volunteer representatives from ACEC/MA member firms. The committee is led by two co-chairs that set the agenda and facilitate committee meetings. The co-chairs are selected annually from among the committee membership.
Cynthia L. Carleo, PE
Area Manager - New England
HDR Engineering, Inc.
695 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02111
Kurt Jelinek, PE
Director, Transportation Services
Nobis Engineering, Inc.
585 Middlesex Street
Lowell, MA 01851
Chair Emeritus

Stephen Taylor, CBE, PE

Vice President
Hatch Mott MacDonald, LLC

400 Blue Hill Drive, Suite 100

Westwood, MA  02090




Board Liaison

Mark Walsh-Cooke, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Arup USA Inc.
955 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02139
W: 617-864-2987x 23228

mark.walsh-cooke @


Meeting Schedule 
The Awards Committee meets monthly from August through March and held at The Engineering Center. The standing meeting day of the month and time is established by mutual consent of the participating members at the first meeting of each year. Additional meetings are held at the call of the Chair if required. In addition to the standing monthly meeting, the committee conducts Entrant Notebook Review; the Judges’ Breakfast; and Finalists’ Oral Presentations between mid October and early December. Representatives from the EEA Committee meet as needed with the EEA Event Committee to plan the annual Awards Gala. Committee meetings are listed on the ACEC/MA calendar.