Annual Dinner

2018 ESD Annual Dinner

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 
Ford Field, Detroit


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 Ford Field in the Southeast Atrium in Detroit.  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. Also honored during the event will be the Outstanding Engineer of the Year, the Outstanding College Students of the Year and the Outstanding High School Students of the Year.

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:
Download sponsorship flyer. For more information, contact Elana Shelef at 248-353-0735, ext. 119, or


2018 ESD Annual Dinner Honorees

Horace H. Rackham Humanitarian Award

  • James A. Anderson, PE, FESD, President & CEO, Urban Science Applications

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Sue Littles, FESD, Lead Architectural Designer and CAD Administrator, DTE Energy

College of Fellows Inductees

  • Douglas M. Gatrell, PE, Associate / Senior Design Engineer, GHD Services
  • Linda Gerhardt, PhD, Global Lead, Paint Quality, General Motors Company
  • Virinder K. Moudgil, PhD, President & CEO, Lawrence Technological University
  • Jasmine L. Sisson, PE, Assistant Vice President, WSP USA
  • Kimball Williams, Retired, Senior Manager / Technical Fellow, DENSO 

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Ronald R. Henry, AIA, NCARB, Corporate Vice President, Real Estate, Design & Construction, Beaumont Health
  • Fran Mahoney, Member Services Associate, The Engineering Society of Detroit
  • Raymond J. Tessier, PE, Independent Environmental and Energy Consultant, Retired Global Director, Environmental Services, General Motors Company

Outstanding Leadership Awards

  • Sean Conway, Director Customer Engagement & Competitive Assessment, American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Mark Murray, Sales Director, Paint and Final Assembly Systems, Dürr Systems, Inc.
  • Nassif Rayess, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Detroit Mercy

TechCentury Image Award

  • James L. Newman, FESD, CEM, CSDP, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE OPMP & BEAP, Owner/Managing Partner, Newman Consulting Group, LLC

Corporate Partner of the Year Award

  • Fishman Stewart PLLC

Outstanding Student Chapter Leadership Award

  • ESD Student Chapter at Michigan State University

Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year Award

  • Lauren Roller, PE, Associate, Structural Engineering, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Outstanding College Student Engineer of the Year Awards

  • Riana Manabat, Wayne State University
  • Cord Sutter, Lake Superior State University
  • Devin Vogel, Michigan State University

Outstanding High School Student of the Year Awards

  • Arushi Arora, Novi High School, Novi
  • Brennan Burrows, Oxford High School, Oxford
  • Lauryn Taylor, Renaissance High School, Detroit
  • Jaedalin Wilson, Farwell High School, Farwell
  • Kobie Mueller, Huron High School, Ann Arbor
  • Annalese Lohr, Groves High School, Beverly Hills
  • Michal Ruprecht, Grosse Pointe North High School, Gross Pointe Woods

2018 ESD Construction & Design Award Winners

  • Michigan State University Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
    Owner:                Michigan State University
    Designer:            SmithGroupJJR
    Contractor:         Barton Malow Company
  • Central Park Elementary School
    Owner:                Midland Public Schools
    Designer:            French Associates & Strategic Energy Solutions, Inc.
    Contractor:         Barton Malow Company
  • University of Michigan Art and Architecture Building A. Alfred Taubman Wing
    Owner:                University of Michigan
    Designer:            Preston Scott Cohen, Inc. & Integrated Design Solutions
    Contractor:         The Christman Company
  • General Motors Durant-Dort Factory One
    Owner:                General Motors Company
    Designer:            SmithGroupJJR
    Contractor:         Brencal Contractors Inc.