Outstanding Achievement Award Past Recipients
Mr. Dennis has civil engineering and program management experience covering a variety of areas: facility planning, structural design, construction monitoring and outfitting, and drafting. He worked on US Embassies, training facilities, public utilities, sports arenas, historic structures, the Trident Submarine Program, and nuclear power plants. He provided system analyses for the Department of Defense, US Navy, US Army, US Department of State, the US Department of Transportation, the General Services Administration, the DC Water and Sewer Authority, CONRAIL, and the automobile industry. He began his career as a structural draftsman in 1974-75 with Bechtel Power Corporation with field work at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. He entered the R&D arena with Chi Associates 1976-82. Projects included studies on slurry wall foundation and open-cut tunneling applications; computer modeling of automobile accidents and occupant injuries; wind tunnel testing of vibrations in bridge structural members; and, use of air cushioned vehicle as ice breakers on the Illinois River.
From 1982-91 he provided structural engineering design reviews and PM support to Naval Seas Systems Command for the design, construction, and outfitting of the 520,000 SF TRIDENT Training Facility in Kings Bay, GA. This facility provides operations and maintenance training for sailors in laboratories with full scale equipment equivalent to three submarines on-land.
Bernie was a structural engineer at FDE, Ltd 1991-97 working on studies and small design projects on historic buildings, and developed expertise in reinforced concrete evaluation and repair. In 1997 he moved to Delon Hampton Associates which offered greater structural design experience. In 2004 he moved to Facilities Engineering Associates to work with geotechnical and structural instrumentation on renovations to historic buildings (US Capitol), Dulles Airport taxiways during people mover tunneling, and WMATA Metro tunnels and tracks.
He joined the US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations in 2006, as the Natural Hazards Program Manager and Structural Engineer in the Office of Design & Engineering - Civil/Structural Division. As a member of OBO’s Disaster Response Committee, in 2010 he led a multi-discipline team of engineers in the response to the M7.0 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and in 2015 led response to the M7.8 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Bernie received the Design & Engineering Professional of the Year Award (runner-up) in 2015.
An active member of ASCE, he served as Chairman of the National History & Heritage Committee and the National Capital Section President. He also served as Chairman of the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington (SEA-MW). Bernie holds an MS degree in Structural Engineering from The George Washington University and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from The Catholic University of America, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He is a member of Tau Beta Phi.
Wayne Bryan, PE, a Principal with Ehlert Bryan has 39 years of experience including 37 with the firm. Completing an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Michigan Technological University and a graduate degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Purdue University, Wayne was first employed with a structural engineering firm in Southfield, Michigan in 1980. With interest rates at 18 percent, the implosion of the auto industry, and the significant contraction of the office, George Ehlert, a coworker and college roommate, and Wayne opened the firm in late 1981. Understanding the need for an office in a location less affected by the auto industry cycles, Wayne moved to Northern Virginia in 1985 and opened the Metro Washington office.
Wayne has been an active member of SEA-MW since very near the beginning in 1988. He helped build the Association during the early years by serving diligently on the board culminating with chairmanship in 1993-1994. He continued to serve the Association through the mid-90’s as a member of the Contracts Committee, on which he assisted in the production of the short-form contact that was accepted and still offered by the Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE). Over the course of his 30 years of membership, he has led or participated in no fewer than ten presentations to the Association. In the early 1990’s, he became the liaison between SEA-MW and the Consulting Engineers Council of Metropolitan Washington (CEC-MW). He was awarded Engineer of the Year in 1995 and eventually was elected president of CEC-MW in 1997-1997. He was active in the National Council of Structural Engineer Associations (NCSEA) and was a presenter at the first National Conference.
Outside of the office, Wayne has actively mentored Boy and Venture Scouts with the Boy Scouts of America for over sixteen years as an Assistant Scoutmaster and Venture Advisor. In addition to the leadership and skills training of these young men and women, he has led numerous hiking and backpacking trips through many of the country’s great adventure areas. He was also an active soccer coach in the McLean area for more than 13 years.
Wayne and his wife Jane have six children, all of whom love to travel. He has traveled with his family to much of Europe, Asia, and Antarctica. He has camped and backpacked throughout the United States including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic, the Grand Tetons, and New Mexico. His latest trip was a month-long trek along the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas with his son and daughter.
No outstanding achievement award winner was selected for 2017.
For the 10th anniversary of the ESE Awards Gala, SEAMW decided to recap the previous nine award winners in lieu of awarding an outstanding achievement award winner. This video in a compilation of interviews with four of the previous nine award winners!