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Outstanding Achievement Award Past Recipients

Denis McMullan, PE
2018

Denis McMullan graduated from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1969, lived in Scotland for several years working for an international A/E firm in Edinburgh. He became a Member of Institute of Civil Engineers, MICE, and the Institute of Structural Engineers MIStructE. In 1976, he moved to the United States, obtained his EIT and PE licensure whereupon his first project was to design the Christiana Care Wilmington Hospital in Delaware, and while working full time he earned a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from George Washington University in 1983. In 1988, he founded McMullan & Associates, Inc. Throughout his career, he has served the Engineer of Record on thousands of significant civic, cultural, historic and medical buildings throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. He is renowned for his structural engineering design for a broad spectrum of building types and construction methodologies, and is well known for his thoughtful solutions to complex engineering issues. Denis’ work with restoring numerous important historic canals, locks, and aqueducts allowed him to develop a competency in the field of Canal Construction Era aqueducts and locks. Denis is very responsive to clientele and insists that this responsiveness be modeled by his staff as well. He advises staff to pay attention to what the client wants and needs, even if they are sometimes different. He is diligent about meeting the scope and timeline. He takes great pride in making the company word our bond. Denis’ contributions to structural engineering with historic canal structures is especially well renowned. His research into canal technology of the 18th and 19th century provided means of restoring several structures where other means of repairs had not been successful, particularly at the Monocacy and Catoctin Aqueducts for the National Park Service. In addition, Denis has promoted women in engineering. Fifty percent of the engineers on his staff are women. He has engendered dozens of local structural engineers - still active today.

Luis Fernandez, PE, SE
2015

Luis Fernandez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He received a one year State Department Scholarship in 1955 and traveled to Jamestown, North Dakota for his senior year of high school as an exchange student. In the late 1950's, he attended two years of Jesuits Belen Electro Mechanical College in Marianao, Cuba, receiving a degree in Large Diesel Engine Design and Repairs. Starting in 1960 he attended the University of Havana School of Civil Engineering and became an Assistant Professor of Hydraulics and Structural Engineering. Luis immigrated to the United States as a political refugee in 1967. While working for a local structural engineering firm he attended the University of Maryland concentrating in Computers and Computer Programming. After obtaining his professional engineering credentials in 1972, he opened his own firm in Northern Virginia. He is currently registered in multiple States including: Maryland, Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and California, among others. Since the beginning of his private practice the main type of commissions were educational facilities, commercial retail, hotels and office buildings. Through the years and due to his love for post-tensioning systems he practiced in many unique assignments. Luis developed, for his own use in the 1970's, exterior post-tensioning applications including uplifting of large structural steel frames, masonry walls and pre-stressed concrete elements. Mr. Fernandez has been a past chairman or president of many civic and professional associations including the WRC Association, the Mid- Atlantic Soaring Association, the HRC of Montgomery County and charter member and chair of the SEA-MW. Currently he acts as technical advisor for the Water Improvement District of Northern Virginia overseer of the Lake Barcroft Bascule Gate and a member of the Falls Church City Board of Building Code and Fire Prevention Code Appeals. For the last 42 years in private practice Luis Fernandez has designed, among others: Hotels and condo towers in Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Fort Myers, and Naples, Florida, Wells Fargo Tower - Norfolk , VA, KPMG Building – McLean, VA , Tycon Towers – McLean, VA, Westpark I & II– McLean, VA, Greensboro Corporate Center – McLean, VA, Hilton International Headquarters– McLean, VA, Booz-Allen Building & Garage - Tysons Corner, VA, The University Town Center Residential and Condo Towers at Prince Georges Metro Center – Hyattsville, MD, The Fairfax County Mid County Office Building, Buildings "A" & "B" (EPA) and Building "F" (residential and commercial) Potomac Yards, The Aberdeen Proving Grounds Army Headquarters Office Building – Aberdeen, MD, Wiehle Avenue Underground and Plaza Metro Center at the Reston's Silver Line - Reston, VA, Over 14 building in Westfields, VA including: –3 buildings for Lockheed/Northrop/Gruman –6 TASC Buildings –the old Aerospace compound of 3 buildings and two new Aerospace Towers Mr. Fernandez has, over the years, provided free tutoring for groups of architects preparing for their AIA structural tests. His love of teaching and flying all sorts of contraptions keeps him going. SEA-MW is proud to recognize Luis Fernandez for his outstanding achievement and leadership in structural engineering, as well as his exemplary service to his profession and his community.

Edward J. Scullen, PE
2014

Edward Scullen has had an impeccable career as a teacher, engineer, and mentor in the Metropolitan Washington structural engineering community. With over 60 years of experience, he has designed hundreds of significant structures and provided consultation on thousands of others. ​ Ted earned his Bachelors of Architectural Engineering (Suma Cum Laude) from The Catholic University of America in 1942. He was commissioned as an officer in the Civil Engineering Corps of the United States Navy, where he served on active duty for three and one-half years during World War II, both overseas and in the Continental United States. Ted served in the Naval Reserve until his retirement in 1981 with the rank of Captain. ​ In 1946, Mr. Scullen was appointed to the faculty at CUA and taught Structural Theory and Design and Surveying and Engineering Drawing until 1948 when he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering in 1950. He taught undergraduate courses at Rensselaer, while studying for his Masters, and rejoined the CUA faculty to teach Structural Theory and Design at the graduate level from 1950 to 1955. ​ The firm Edward J. Scullen and Associates were formed in 1950 to provide structural engineering, consulting and design services embracing all phases of educational, institutional, and commercial building construction. The practice became a partnership in 1958 and in 1968 a merger of two firms resulted in a greatly expanded organization with virtually unlimited capacity. Over a period of 38 years, the company was responsible for the structural design of hundreds of structures in the Metropolitan Washington Area. They include the first high-rise dormitories at the University of Maryland; the Hartke Theater and Classroom Building at CUA; St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville; St. Bernard’s Church in Riverdale; St. Patrick’s Church in Norbeck; The Seawatch and Braemar Condominiums in Ocean City, Maryland; Shady Grove Adventist Hospital; Prince George’s Community College, and numerous high schools and elementary schools in Montgomery and Prince George’s County. In 1980, Mr. Scullen terminated his practice when he joined Cagley & Associates as Vice President for special projects. He continued to work at Cagley & Associates, gradually diminishing his hours until his formal retirement after a 60+ year career in the early 2000’s. ​ Ted Scullen contributed to many organizations throughout his career. He has been a Fellow of the American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Past President of the Metro Washington Chapter of ACEC, and has served on the Building Code Advisory Committees for the District of Columbia and MontgomeryCounty, MD. Ted was the National President of the Alumni Association of the Catholic University of America from 1987 to 1989 and was the recipient of the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Engineering and the Distinguished Service Award. ​ Ted has been married to his wife Cissy for over 70 years. They have four children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He currently serves as an active volunteer with Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. ​ SEA-MW is proud to recognize Ted Scullen for his outstanding achievement and leadership in structural engineering over six decades, as well as his exemplary service to his profession, his community, and his country.

John O. Woods Jr., PE
2013

Mr. Woods has led a broad career in structural design, leadership and service. With over 40 years of experience, John has designed hundreds of significant structures and provided consultation on thousands of others, both domestic and international. In his career, he has visited over 40 countries involving him in more than 200 international projects. After earning his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from The Citadel in 1964 followed by a Masters Degree from Duke University, John served in Vietnam as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot until he was shot down in a rescue mission in 1967. He was awarded the air medal with “V” device for this mission. Following three years in rehabilitation as a patient at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, John practiced engineering at FDE, Ltd for 29 years. He co-founded his present firm, Woods Peacock Engineering Consultants, Inc. in 1999. Notable recent projects include the adaptive re-use of the St. Elizabeth West Campus historic buildings to the HQ for Department of Homeland Security and renovations to the West Wing of the National Museum of American History. John also engineered the central power plant replacement and infrastructure upgrade for the U.S. Embassy Compound in Baghdad, perimeter security and site structures for the new U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Swaziland, Liberia and Senegal, as well as the Dulles International Airport Concourse C-D Renovation. Past project experience in Alexandria includes the Torpedo Factory Redevelopment, the Morrison House Hotel, Alexandria Courthouse and the Charles Beatley Central Library. John is a member of numerous professional organizations. He is a past President of the American Council of Engineering Companies/Metro Washington and in 2013 was inducted into the ACEC/MW College of Fellows. He was appointed the ACEC representative to the Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Industry Advisory Panel in 2007, and has testified before Congress on issues affecting the engineering industry. He is a member of the Large Complex Cases panel of the American Arbitration Association. He also served on the national committee of the Coalition of American Structural Engineers which wrote the National Guidelines of Practice. John was appointed in 2005 by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Access Board, a leading Federal agency on accessibility for persons with disabilities and accessible design which develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transportation, telecommunication products and information technology. John’s participation and leadership in community service is as extensive as his career. He has served as Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Chairman of the Commission for the Disabled (Alexandria), Director and Treasurer of National Hospital Medical Center, Chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Alexandria Rotary. John would like to thank his wife Donna Cramer, their two children John III and Margaret, two step-daughters and son-in-laws Clair, Mark, Kelli and Kelly and their two grandsons. SEA-MW is proud to recognize John for his outstanding achievement and leadership in structural engineering over four decades, as well as his exemplary service to his profession, his community and his country.

Jerome W. Rasgus, PE
2012

Jerry is registered as an Architect and licensed as a Professional Engineer. His training, qualifications, and experience provide a breadth of understanding of building design and construction shared by few in the industry. He is known and respected by many architects, developers, contractors, and structural engineers in the Washington, DC, area for his professionalism, sincerity, and first class structural engineering. He provides designs of the highest quality that serve as examples for others in the industry. Jerry relocated from Chicago to Washington, DC, early in his career to establish the structural engineering department of Skidmore Owings and Merrill’s Washington, DC, office. He followed his 18 years with SOM by managing the URS, Washington, DC, structural group and then, 11 years ago, opened the DC office of Weidlinger Associates, where he continues his leadership. With nearly 35 years in the local area, he has been a mentor to many, including some SEA-MW members who are now leaders at their own companies. As Jerry approaches retirement, he deserves recognition by our local engineering community for his great service, his contributions to our profession, and excellence in structural engineering throughout his many years here in the Washington, DC, area. Having collaborated with many noteworthy and distinguished architects, Jerry has had an opportunity to work on numerous award winning projects. Along with a well-known engineer, Matthys Levy, Jerry designed and managed the construction of the U.S. Marine Corp Museum in Quantico, Virginia, which won an Outstanding Project award at the SEA-MW Awards Gala in 2007. While with SOM, he participated in the design of the Haj Terminal in Saudi Arabia which is one of the largest enclosed areas in the world (5.4 million SF) and serves as the hub for the annual Haj pilgrimage to Makkah, serving up to 80,000 people at one time. Jerry also proposed and designed the dome on the Aurora Municipal Justice Center, located in Aurora, Colorado, which is one of the largest segmental precast domes ever constructed in the U.S. He also oversaw the design of 100 East Pratt Street, one of the most visible high-rise buildings in Baltimore. This structure has a unique roof truss hanging system that allows the building to hang over the street below for extra floor area. He has also been highly involved in the design of blast hardening systems at the Pentagon and many other secure facilities in the region. Jerry’s list of projects is extensive. He has been the lead principal on hundreds of projects, many of which exceed 300,000 SF. These projects include office buildings, embassies, hotels, mixed-use, transportation, laboratory, health care, and military projects and consist of both new and renovation projects. Jerry also co-authored both the Steel Design Handbook and the Structural Engineering Handbook, and is a member of ACI, AISC, CRSI, SEA-IL, ASCE, and AIA.

James Madison Cutts, PE
2011

With over five decades of experience, Mr. James Madison Cutts is one of the most respected structural engineers in the Washington, DC area. A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Maryland, Mr. Cutts started his engineering career at Marshall and Gongwerbefore started his own firm in 1964. Since then, he has directed the daily activities of his title firm and participated in the design and production of all projects in order to maintain the highest level of quality and coordination. He has been responsible for a vast array of projects with a total construction value of over $4 billion. His projects include major commercial buildings, hotels, hospitals, schools, churches, parking garages, zoological parks, museums, industrial facilities, and embassies, as well as large-scale renovations and restorations. Mr. Cutts has lectured on structural engineering techniques at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and DC area colleges and has served as a special consultant to the General Services Administration. ​ Mr. Cutts’ most notable new construction projects include the new Washington, DC Convention Center, Market Square North, 555 12th Street, NW Phase II, Hamilton Square, GEICO Headquarters, National Public Radio Building, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Office Building, Tysons Dulles Plaza, Ballston III Office Building and Democracy Center. Notable renovation projects include Old Executive Office Building, Patent Office Building, Pension Building, Tariff Building (Old City Post Office), Treasury Building, The White House East and West Terraces, Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Mr. Cutts has also won numerous awards including Special Tribute in Recognition of Contributions Made to the Washington, DC Construction Industry (Associated General Contractors of America, 2003), Merit Award for New Construction for Washington, DC Convention Center (Associated General Contractors of America, 2003), 2001 Winner for Renovation/Restoration The Washington Monument (Associated General Contractors of America, 2001), Outstanding Contribution to Saving Historic Structures (AIA, 1977), Certificate of Design Excellence (AIA, 1984), Design Citation for the Old Executive Office Building (General Services Administration, 1990), Design Citation for the Pension Building (General Services Administration, 1990), and Engineer of the Year (CFC/MW, 1997). ​ Mr. Cutts is a registered Structural Engineer in Delaware, Washington, DC, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Allyn E. Kilsheimer, PE
2010

Allyn E. Kilsheimer, PE has served as President and CEO of KCE Structural Engineers, PC since founding the firm in 1969 and as Executive Vice-President of sister company, KTLH Engineers, PC. He received a BSCE Degree from The George Washington University in 1963 and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus at commencement exercises in May 2004. Mr. Kilsheimer is a member of American Consulting Engineers Council, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, Design-Build Institute of America and the Washington Building Congress. He is currently a member of Advisory Council for The George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science; the Board of Governors for the Washington Building Congress; and the Board of Trustees for The Lab School of Washington. Mr. Kilsheimer is a Registered Professional Structural Engineer with 49 years of experience (40 years as founder and CEO of KCE Structural Engineers, PC) in direct charge of structural design for over 39 billion dollars of construction. In addition to traditional design work, he has developed the expertise and ability to respond to disasters (both natural and man-made) that require immediate emergency structural shoring, stabilization, selective demolition and reconstruction. Since 1969, Mr. Kilsheimer’s structural design work has encompassed a broad range of project types, including high-rise office buildings, commercial and industrial projects, residential and hotel complexes, clinical and medical research facilities, military facilities and embassies throughout the United States and overseas. He has had direct design responsibility for over 400 office buildings, hotels and apartment complexes in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area alone. The work includes the ten largest private developments in the area. Mr. Kilsheimer is also widely recognized as a forensic engineering expert and has provided consultation services over the last 40 years on over three hundred matters involving investigation, analysis, arbitration and/or litigation. In addition, his expertise has been sought for catastrophic failure analysis and/or recovery for projects involving collapses or imminent collapses of buildings and/or support structures caused by fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, explosions, bombs and terrorist activities as well as failures caused by human error and defective materials. He has become a recognized expert in developing mechanisms to resist progressive collapse, hardening, and blast-resistant design. Descriptions and/or locations of this work are not possible due to National Security Restrictions. He has become a recognized expert for developing mechanisms to resist progressive collapse, hardening, and blast-resistant design, but is most recognized for his efforts in charge of the Phoenix Reconstruction Project following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack at the Pentagon. In addition to the honors and awards received by KCE Structural Engineers, PC, Mr. Kilsheimer has been recognized with a number of individual honors, including Engineering News-Record 1986 & 2003 Newsmaker Awards; American Concrete Institute - Lifetime Achievement Award; Associated Builders & Contractors - National Annual Outstanding Structural Engineer Award; The George Washington University – Outstanding Alumnus 2004, and The George Washington University SEAS Hall of Fame.

Dr. Azer Kehnemui, DSc, PE
2009

Dr. Kehnemui earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey in 1962, and his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1963. Upon graduating, he joined Smislova and Associates, becoming the 6th member of the small, but accomplished, structural consulting firm. After working for a short time, Dr. Kehnemui realized his continued passion for knowledge and decided to pursue his doctoral degree from the George Washington University, which he completed in 1975, while continuing to work full time at Smislova and Associates. That same year, he became a principal of Smislova and Associates, thus forming Smislova, Kehnemui and Associates, which by then had grown to 8 employees. Smislova, Kehnemui and Associates, now known in the industry as the SK&A Group, has since grown to incorporate independent design and engineering offices in Washington, D.C. and Rockville, Maryland, and Eastern Testing and Inspection (ETI). The SK&A Group currently employees over 50 engineers, 25 construction technicians, 10 CADD operators, 11 administrative and IT personnel, and one architect. The small company that Dr. Kehnemui joined in 1963 has grown into one of the largest and most respected firms in the D.C. area, known for its professionalism, innovation, and technical expertise. It provides engineering consulting services to an impressive list of clients in the DC area, around the country and even internationally. As a managing principal of SK&A, Dr. Kehnemui has been in responsible charge of directing the engineering management, concept development and structural planning of many of SK&A's projects. He is highly experienced in the structural design of a wide range of project types, and has specialized experience in feasibility studies, cost evaluation and value engineering of structural systems for buildings. He has served as the structural engineer-of-record for many of the metropolitan Washington D.C. governmental and corporate office buildings and has been a registered PE in over 20 states. For a period of over 25 years, Dr. Kehnemui took an active role as an educator teaching graduate level courses in reinforced concrete design at the George Washington University where he last held the title of Professorial Lecturer of Engineering. He continues to contribute professionally through societies such as ASCE, ACI, AISC and the Rotary Club of Washington D.C..

Douglas N. Elliott, PE
2008

James R. Cagley, PE
2007

With 60 years of design experience, Jim Cagley is one of the most well respected structural engineers in the country. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and went on to work as the engineer for a steel fabricator before joining John J. Flad & Associates in Madison, Wisconsin where he rose to become the Chief Structural Engineer. Prior to coming to the Washington area in 1973, Mr. Cagley was a Vice President and Manager of the Engineering Division of Caudill Rowlett Scott (CRS), Architects and Engineers, Houston, Texas. Until 1971, he was Manager of Structural Engineering at CRS and in that capacity was directly involved in the design of many large educational and health facility projects. He has been a registered PE in 34 jurisdictions, including Puerto Rico, and is presently a licensed engineer in Maryland and 26 other jurisdictions, including California where he is a licensed Structural Engineer. Mr. Cagley is the Chairman of the Board of Cagley & Associates, founded in 1973 as Martin & Cagley, a partnership between John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. and Mr. Cagley. The firm has engaged solely in the practice of consulting structural engineering since its inception and has grown steadily both in the magnitude of projects designed and the ability to attract, develop and maintain an outstanding staff. In 1985, the firm became Cagley & Associates with Mr. Cagley serving as managing principal. In early 1986, the firm was incorporated and The Cagley Group, Inc. was formed which owned an interest in the other affiliate offices located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania and Princeton, New Jersey. In 2006, the ownership transition plan that was set into motion in 2002 was completed and Mr. Cagley sold his interest in the firm, but he remains active in projects and professional societies. Mr. Cagley was one of the founders and the first President of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA). He is an Honorary Member, a fellow and past President of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), is a past-Chairman and current member of the ACI 318 Standard Building Code Committee, and is a past member of the Board of Directors. He is a past Vice Chairman of the ACI Concrete Research and Education Foundation, a member of the Concrete Research Council and ACI Committee 314 and Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 352. He is a past President of the Applied Technology Council, which develops national earthquake resistant design criteria. Mr. Cagley is the Chairman of ISO TC-71 Concrete, reinforced concrete, and pre-stressed concrete. He was Chairman of SC 4 Performance Requirements for Structural Concrete for approximately 10 years. Mr. Cagley was Chairman of a committee for the Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE) for the purpose of developing a set of National Practice Guidelines and also served a term as chairman of CASE. In 2005, he was named a Legend of Post-Tensioning by the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) and was inducted into the PTI Hall of Fame. He was also named by Concrete Construction Magazine as one of the 2005 Ten Most Influential People in Concrete. Mr. Cagley is a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and is presently a member of the ASCE Committee "Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures", ASCE 7, and past chairman of the Task Committee on Live Loads. Mr. Cagley has received many honors and awards, including an Engineering News Record Citation in 1989, the ACI Alfred E. Lindau Award for outstanding contributions to reinforced concrete design practice in 2002, the ACI Henry L. Kennedy Award for outstanding service to the Institute in 2000, the American Concrete Institute Delmar L. Bloem Award for Distinguished Service in 2000, the 2014 NCSEA James M. Delahay Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance in Code Development, a NCSEA Citation in 1995, a CASE Citation, and the ACI – National Capital Chapter Distinguished Chapter Member Award in 1997.

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