Annual Dinner

2019 ESD Annual Dinner

Featuring the ESD Construction & Design Awards and the ESD Annual Awards

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI

Plan to join us as we honor Michigan’s best engineers and technical professionals.  Our most anticipated event of the year, ESD’s Annual Dinner will be held at The Inn at St. John’s.  This one-of-a-kind event brings out the best, brightest, and most diverse group of engineering, design, and construction professionals in Southeast Michigan.

Discover great accomplishments and applaud great achievements during an evening that will feature the ESD Construction and Design Awards and the ESD Leadership Awards, including ESD’s most prestigious award – the Horace H. Rackham Humanitarian Award.

5:30 p.m. Networking Reception
6:45 p.m. Dinner followed by the Presentation of Awards

Individual: $150 Member/$175 Non-Member
Table of 10: $1,350

Cost includes hors d’oeuvres, one drink ticket, dinner and dessert.  Business attire is appropriate.

To Register: 
Register online by using the link to the right, or call 248-353-0735 to register by phone.

To Sponsor:
For more information, contact Elana Shelef at 248-353-0735, ext. 119, or

2019 ESD Annual Dinner Honorees

Horace H. Rackham Humanitarian Award

  • Ben C. Maibach III, Vice Chairman and Chief Community Officer, Barton Malow Company

Honorary Membership

  • Mark Reuss, President, General Motors Company

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • William A. Moylan, Jr., PhD, PMP, DTM, FESD, Associate Professor, Construction Management, Eastern Michigan University

 College of Fellows Inductees

  • Kouhaila Hammer, CPA, President & CEO, Ghafari Associates, LLC
  • Leo Kempel, PhD, Dean of Engineering, Michigan State University
  • Dinesh C. Seksaria, PE, Principal Consultant, Dinesh C. Seksaria PE PLLC

Outreach Partners of the Year Award

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Wayne State University

Corporate Partner of the Year Award

  • Walbridge

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Denise Carlson, Vice President North American Production, Innovation Center, DENSO International America, Inc.
  • Louay M. Chamra, PhD, Dean, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Oakland University
  • Matthew J. Chynoweth, PE, Director, Bureau of Bridges and Structures, State of Michigan
  • Keith Lemley, Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, American Axle and Manufacturing
  • Ronald Young, Structural Engineer, Ruby + Associates, Inc.

STEM Educator of the Year Award

  • Kathryn Poirier, FET, STEM Instructor, Thurston High School, South Redford School District

Emerging Young Professional Award

  • Trevor Sherts, User Experience Project Lead, Autonomous Vehicles and Icons, Ford Motor Company

TechCentury Image Award

  • Matthew N. Roush, Director, University News Bureau, Lawrence Technological University

2019 ESD Construction & Design Award Winners

  • Shinola Hotel
    Owner:            Bedrock
    Designer:         Kraemer Design Group
    Contractor:      Barton Malow Company
  • Oakland University Hillcrest Hall
    Owner:            Oakland University
    Designer:         Neumann/Smith Architecture
    Contractor:      Frank Rewold & Son, Inc.
  • Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center
    Owner:            Michigan State University
    Designer:         Ellenzweig & SmithGroup
    Contractor:      Clark Rockford Joint Venture
  • Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business
    Owner:            Wayne State University
    Designer:         SmithGroup
    Contractor:      The Christman Company/LS Brinker Joint Venture

Honorable Mention

  • Western Michigan University, Valley Dining Center
    Owner:            Western Michigan University
    Designer:         SmithGroup
    Contractor:      The Christman Company