Press Release - Annual Awards, June 2018

ACEC New York recognizes PANYNJ Executive Director Rick Cotton with Chairman’s Award

Engineer of the Year Ciancia, Engineer of the Year Shumaker and
New Principal of the Year Towers also honored

NEW YORK, June 6, 2018 — The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) presented the 2018 Chairman’s Award to Rick Cotton, the Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. This award was presented at the council’s Annual Meeting and awards luncheon at the Union League Club in New York City on June 6.

Additionally at this luncheon, for the first time in the award’s history, two candidates received the designation of Engineer of the Year: Andrew J. Ciancia, P.E., LEED AP, D.GE, F.ASCE, Langan Engineering; and Linda M. Shumaker, P.E., President/Managing Principal, Shumaker Consulting Engineering. Brian Towers, P.E., Jaros, Baum & Bolles was named the New Principal of the Year.

Chairman’s Award: Rick Cotton, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
The ACEC New York Chairman’s Award is presented each year to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership, creativity and vision related to New York’s engineering community including infrastructure, development, and the business of design.

Rick became Executive Director of the Port Authority in August of 2017. Prior to that, he served as Governor Cuomo’s Special Counselor for inter-agency initiatives, as well as being the Governor’s point person on major infrastructure initiatives at JFK and LaGuardia airports; Moynihan Train Hall and the Penn Farley Complex; the Mario Cuomo Bridge; and the 2nd Avenue Subway. ACEC New York honored Rick for his leadership, as well as the Port Authority’s transformative role in the overall NY physical landscape, both above and below ground.

Engineer of the Year: Andrew J. Ciancia, P.E., LEED AP, D.GE, F.ASCE, Chairman of the Board, Langan Engineering

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.

Andy is Chairman of the Board of Langan Engineering. He has over 45 years of diversified engineering and senior management experience. As Chairman, Andy is responsible for the management of the Board of Directors related to governance, ethics, stock transition, risk, diversity, and succession planning for the firm. Andy is a licensed professional engineer in New York State and 7 other states, plus is LEED AP certified. He is a member of The Moles, a Fellow of ASCE, and holds a diploma in Geotechnical Engineering from the Academy of Geo-Professionals. Andy is a member of DFI, SEAoNY, and active with the American Council of Engineering Companies (Chair of the ACEC Engineering Excellence Committee) and former President of ACEC New York. He presently serves on the NYC Department of Buildings Committee as Panel Chair to update the Soils and Foundations section of the 2014 Building Code, and was also on the Mayor’s Building Resiliency Task Force.

Engineer of the Year: Linda M. Shumaker, P.E., President/Managing Principal, Shumaker Consulting Engineering
Linda is the first woman to earn the distinction of ACEC New York Engineer of the Year.

Linda Shumaker is a registered Professional Engineer with forty years of experience. She is President and Managing Principal of Shumaker Consulting Engineering & Land Surveying. As President and Managing Principal, Linda is responsible for the technical, financial, and administrative control of all projects and personnel. Her education, training, and extensive project experience provide the specialized expertise needed to successfully address the engineering needs and interests of clients. Linda is currently a member of the Governor’s Regional Economic Council in the Southern Tier. She is past chair of ACEC New York, and currently serves on the Watson School of Engineering Advisory Board at Binghamton University. She is also a currently a member of the Broome County Land Bank, Binghamton University Roadmap Community Engagement Committee, Binghamton University’s Harpur Forum, the Broome Community College Civil Engineering Technical Advisory Committee, the Broome County IDA STEED Advisory Loan Committee, and the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Board.

New Principal of the Year: Brian Towers, P.E., LEED AP, Associate Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles

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.

Brian Towers joined Jaros, Baum & Bolles in 2000. He became an Associate Partner in 2015 and acts as Partner-in-Charge and Project Manager as well as Electrical Lead on projects encompassing a wide variety of building types and market sectors. Brian is an inclusive leader with an engineering vision to create an environmentally robust future within the built environment through innovative, energy-efficient, sustainable and resilient design. This is exhibited by his work on 2 World Trade Center, 7 Bryant Park and 30 Hudson Yards as well as 55 Water Street, where he served as Electrical Lead on the recovery efforts post-Superstorm Sandy. His leadership has also extended to a wide range of data center projects, large office spaces for major financial institutions and the design and construction of high-rise towers.

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