Year In Review and More!

year in reviewACEC-NH has achieved a great deal for our members since the summer of 2018. We have accomplished the following:

Our Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Program/Competition continues to be very successful, and more of our firms are taking advantage of ACEC National Benefits.

Last but not least, thanks to our Public Relations committee, ACEC-NH has a brand new website! In addition, the committee has vastly improved our Social Media and other PR efforts around the EEA and E-Week.

Our Board of Directors is beginning its annual review of the Council and will be announcing new programs in the coming weeks. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank all our members for your great support of ACEC-NH over the last year.

 Allison Pratt ACEC-NH recently presented a scholarship of $2,500 to Allison Pratt to assist her in pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Allison is the daughter of Keith Pratt, President of member firm Underwood Engineers.
Allison recently completed her second year on the D1 women’s cross country and track teams. In addition, she recently accepted a river shadowing position at the NH Department of Environmental Services. Pratt is also involved in the Sunrise movement, a youth effort to combat climate change.
On behalf of the entire membership of ACEC-NH we congratulate Allison and wish her well in the upcoming school year.
Over the past 10 years, ACEC-NH has distributed over $40,000 in awards to children of member firm employees.
This committee had a very successful year of collaboration with this important agency. A planning and organizational meeting was held earlier this month. You can view the current list of topics here.The Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for September 20.
Important Event:
Most of the NHDOT Committees have continued to meet over the summer. All relevant notes and updates will be sent out to the membership as needed.
We currently have five committees with NHDOT.
Our next Partnering Meeting will take place on October 4th. The agenda and registration will be sent out in the next week.
NH Public Works Association
ACEC-NH attended the dedication of the NH Public Works Memorial at NHDOT on June 5. The Governor, Executive Council and Commissioner Sheehan were in attendance.
ACEC-NH continues to be well represented by two of our members on the Board of Directors of the NH Public Works Association. You can read the latest news on that organization here.
Engineering Excellence Awards
It is time to start thinking about your submission for the 2020 EEA Competition! ACEC-NH is in the process of updating materials for the 2020 program. All submission materials will be sent out and posted on our website in mid September. You can view last year’s submissions and winners on our website.
Emerging Leaders Committee/ACEC PAC
The Emerging Leaders Committee (ELC) has organized a Writing Workshop for member firm staff on October 16.
This builds of their successful “Bridging the Generations” panel discussion last fall and the group’s PAC Bowling Tournament in May.
The ELC is currently reviewing a possibly public speaking and networking seminar.

UNH Engineering Department Capstone Projects

NHOver the past 12 years, the UNH Engineering Department has partnered with ACEC-NH and the professional community on the Capstone Project program for engineering students.

For member firms, this is an opportunity to give back and to assist the University in preparing students for work in the engineering professions by providing real world project examples and allowing students the opportunity to interact with practicing professionals.

Firms that have recently participated include:
• Tighe & Bond
• Louis Berger
• Sanborn Head
• Hoyle, Tanner
• AECm, LLC.
• Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
• Stantec
• Collins Engineering

This brief memo explains how your firm can participate in this worthwhile program. The University is seeking to identify projects by August 15.

Engineers Without Borders – New Hampshire Professionals Install Two Additional Water Supply Wells in Uganda!

Engineers Without Borders The New Hampshire Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-NH) recently returned from their third trip to Gwase, Uganda!  With their in-country NGO partner, BuVoCoD, EWB-NH installed two drinking water wells and completed monitoring of the three supply wells installed as part of the January 2018 trip. To date, EWB-NH’s work in Uganda has helped provide a source of clean drinking water to over 5,500 people! For more information on becoming involved or donating to the project please email or visit our website

2019 ACEC-NH Engineering Excellence Awards

2019 Engineering Excellence Awards Winners

Below is the list of the ACEC-NH 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) winners. This year the program received 11 entries from 10 member firms. Our judges had to make some tough decisions as we received a great group of projects this year. Congratulations to all the Winners! 

The entry by Hardesty & Hanover & FIGG Bridge Engineers was the “Overall Winner” signifying the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine.

You can view photos of all the projects Here. Please look for our full page AD highlighting the winners and all entries in an April edition of the NH Business Review.

The EEA Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, March 21st at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH. The event had over 60 registered attendees including several project owners and clients. Special thanks to Alicia Dunstan who served as event M.C

View The Winners Here

ACEC-NH Awards Three Scholarships

ACEC-NH recently presented 3 – $2,000 awards to children of member firm employees. These scholarships are funded by ACEC-NH, as a tangible benefit to our member firms, to help train the next generation of engineers, geologists and scientists in our industry.

On behalf of the entire membership of ACEC-NH we congratulate Skye, John and Alexandria and wish them well in the upcoming school year.


Skye Reese

Skye ReeseSkye Reese, of Concord, was awarded a scholarship to assist her in pursuit of a degree in Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. Skye is beginning her second year of college this fall. She graduated from Concord High School as the Class of 2016 Valedictorian. She is a member of Caltech’s varsity cross-country and varsity track/field teams. In addition, Skye serves as the Director for Out of Context A Cappella and is a singer for a Caltech community band. As a musician, Skye has played the piano for 14 years and has been involved in musical theatre for 12 years. When she is home from college Skye volunteers at Centerpoint Church. She is the daughter of Sean and Elizabeth Reese of member firm Nobis Group.


John Prud’homme

John Prud'hommeJohn Prud’homme, of Bedford, received our second award and is currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. John will soon be the Professional Development Chair for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and has also held officer positions in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity. He serves as a volunteer for STEMbassadors outreach and will continue as a leader for Chem-E-Car team. John was a summer intern at Watts Water Technologies in Franklin. John was recently inducted into Tau Beta Pi and UNH’s Honors program. He is the son of Robert Prud’homme of member company Jacobs.


Alexandria Henderson

Alexandria HendersonAlexandria Henderson, of Andover, was awarded the third scholarship. Alexandria is a Junior at George Washington University studying Chemistry and Biological Anthropology. Alexandria is a member of the George Washington University club softball team and a member of CHAARG, an all-female fitness organization. She is part of the George Washington Women in Business. Alexandria was a Proctor Academy Field Hockey Captain, softball member, Green Key Leader, and wildlife science volunteer. She completed an internship at Nelson Analytical and Aquarian Analytical and was an assistant at George Washington University Biology Lab. Alexandria’s father, Mark Henderson is employed by member company Nobis Group.