Press Release - Annual Awards 2019

ACEC New York recognizes ACE Mentor of Greater New York with Chairman’s Award

Engineer of the Year Charles Gozdziewski and New Principal of the Year Maxine Hill also honored

NEW YORK, June 19, 2019 — The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) presented the 2019 Chairman’s Award to the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York. This award was presented at the council’s Annual Meeting and awards luncheon at the Union League Club in New York City on June 5.

Additionally at this luncheon, Charles Gozdziewski, PE, Chairman Emeritus, Hardesty & Hanover was recognized as the Engineer of the Year. Maxine Hill, Sr. Vice President, NY Area Manager, WSP USA was recognized as the New Principal of the Year.

testChairman’s Award: ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York
The ACEC New York Chairman’s Award is presented each year to an individual or organization that has shown outstanding leadership, creativity and vision related to New York’s engineering community including infrastructure, development, and the business of design.

2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the now nationwide ACE Mentor Program, which was founded in New York City in 1994 by prominent engineers, architects, contractors and owners. ACE Mentor introduces high school students to careers in engineering, architecture and construction through a project-based program. Since inception, over 10,000 students in New York and over 65,000 students nationwide, have completed the program. ACEC New York is proud to recognize and partner with this valuable organization – Jay Simson, President & CEO of ACEC New York, serves on the ACE Mentor Upstate New York Board of Directors, and Hannah O'Grady, Vice President, serves on the Executive Committee of ACE GNY. Over 50 member firms of ACEC New York provide professionals who volunteer their time to engage and support our next generation.

Engineer of the Year: Charles Gozdziewski, PE, Chairman Emeritus, Hardesty & Hanover
The Engineer of the Year Award is given to an active or retired member of ACEC New York who has made significant contributions to the consulting engineering profession, the council and to his or her community.

Charles Gozdziewski, PE, has been with Hardesty & Hanover for over 40 years and responsible for many successful projects. Charles became a Principal of Hardesty & Hanover in 1989. He became Chief Executive Officer and then Chairman and was responsible for shaping the firm’s vision and shepherding its continued growth. He has served as Principal-in-Charge or Project Manager for the design and construction of all types of movable and fixed highway and railroad bridges, roadways, interchanges, and special structures. He has participated in the design, inspection, evaluation, and rehabilitation of over 1,000 bridges and structures in the United States, particularly in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area.

New Principal of the Year: Maxine Hill, Sr. Vice President, NY Area Manager, WSP USA
The New Principal of the Year award is given to a member who has been a principal less than five years and who has made significant contributions to the consulting engineering community.

Maxine is a Senior Vice President working for WSP USA with over 26 years’ experience in managing major transportation projects in the US and UK. As the recently appointed Transportation & Infrastructure Area Manager for the New York office she is responsible for client relations, project performance and overall management of the largest WSP office in the US. Prior to this she was the Project Director managing the program management for the Moynihan Train Hall Project, a $1.6 billion redevelopment project in New York and before that the Project Director for the design-joint venture on the $4 billion LaGuardia Central Terminal Building where she was the key interface coordinating and collaborating with the construction joint venture, developer and owner during the pursuit and the first two years of design and construction.

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