Outstanding Achievement Award Past Recipients
Bernie Dennis, PE
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!