|Annual Recognition Awards|
President's Award- Keith Lochmueller
Keith is a founding partner of Lochmueller Group (formerly Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates) and serves as the Chairman of the Board and CEO. Previously, he served as President/CEO for over 25 years. He continues to take a hands-on approach to managing the firm, reviewing projects for progress and focusing attention on critical issues. Completion of work ahead of deadlines is mandatory. In addition to his leadership duties, he provides expertise in traffic engineering and land use and transportation planning.
In 1981, Keith became interested in the concept of pavement asset management. In addition to working with INDOT to develop the first computerized inventory all of the state’s roads, he set out to develop a cost-effective system tailored to the specific needs of cities and counties that would help them make the most of taxpayer dollars.
Prior to founding Lochmueller Group, Keith spent 6 years as the Executive Director of the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization, where he was responsible for the 3C Transportation Process. Under his direction, a Transportation Plan was developed and approved and was recognized by FHWA as an innovator in the Transportation System Management area.
Keith also spent 14 years in responsible planning positions with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission and the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council of Governments, as well as serving as the Chief Transportation Planner for the Southwestern Indiana Regional Council of Governments.
Keith’s career has included many successes, and he leaves a legacy of establishing a highly respected consulting firm with many outstanding professionals who continue to contribute to our important industry and are very involved in ACEC Indiana.
Engineer of the Year— Steve Gress
Within his firm, Steve leads the Wet Weather Treatments Systems Group. He is an accomplished wastewater engineer highly experienced in the planning, design, and implementation of water, wastewater, and wet weather facilities. Steve has in-depth regulatory experience and is active in the IDEM workgroups. Since 1990, he has provided instruction to over 800 engineers in the areas of hydraulics, hydrology, and water and wastewater treatment plant design.
In his involvement with ACEC, Steve has led the Environmental Business Committee a few times, and with his leadership, helped create some highly innovative funding programs for the state with his committee. These include the Green Project Reserve used with the State Revolving Fund (SRF), which became a model for the US EPA. It is a Sustainability Incentive Program, which encourages communities to reduce resource consumption and thereby saving costs.
Steve spearheaded planning for many of the Annual Environmental Business Conferences, now in its 12th year.
Steve has also served as the Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee a few years, where he devoted countless hours working with the committee, ACEC staff and its lobbyists to ensure that your business interests were protected in the Indiana General Assembly, including reading thousands of pages of legislation to catch any adverse provisions, and testifying on good and bad bills. It is an intense effort on top of his duties to Donohue, and we are all the better for his service.
Young Engineer of the Year— Alex Kline
Alex is a design engineer at Infrastructure Engineering, where he’s worked for the past four years since graduating from Rose-Hulman. A key part of the initiative was to use social media to promote “Fix My Roads Indiana” and compel contract by the public to State Legislators. Sitting in on some of the early meetings, we’d talk about how to use “The Facebook” (Cheryl), and “The Twitter,” but many of us just aren’t that adept at it, except Alex. Wasting no time, Alex volunteered to start up the sites, act as content compiler, post the new, and keep it all fresh. He even taught us “old dogs” a few things, such as how to “like” and repost on Facebook, and how to “tweet,” which helped us catch the eyes of legislators and the Administration to turn up the pressure for road funding.