The Top 25 Newsmakers of 2010
| Jeffrey M. Baker | Joseph S. Collins | Marty Corrado | Christine Fiori | Gary Fore | Joseph E. Gott | Melina Harris | Randy Holman | Alan P. Jeary | Dennis Kamber | Michael Kennedy | H. Dean McLure | Gilberto Neves | Marianne O’Brien | Gustavo J. Parra-Montesinos | Melinda Peters | Dennis C.K. Poon | Timothy Reinhold | David Rempel | Paul C. Rizzo | Dwayne Smith | Jim Stefanic | Steve Underwood | Robert C. Wible | John Wood |
Many people serve to improve the construction industry every day. Each year since 1964, the editors of Engineering News-Record have reviewed the stories that have appeared in the magazine during the year and selected individuals for special recognition. The newsmakers are chosen for their innovations and achievements, for giving back to the industry and the public, and for going beyond the duties of their day-to-day jobs. All the winners will be honored at a gala in New York City on April 7. Furthermore, ENR already has chosen the winner of its highest honor, the Award of Excellence. The winner will be the subject of our cover story in the April 11 issue of the magazine. In the pages that follow, ENR salutes The Top 25 Newsmakers.
| Jeffrey M. Baker |
Baker inspired and led the team that created a replicable design-build model for ultra-green commercial buildings.
| Joseph S. Collins |
Collins voted in favor of requiring mandatory testing for crane operators in new OSHA rule-making.
| Marty Corrado |
Multitrade prefabrication of patient rooms and utility racks for an Ohio hospital project, organized by Corrado, was so successful that Corrado is evaluating all types of projects, not only hospitals, with multitrade prefab in mind.
| Christine Fiori |
Fiori leads a research team that is helping engineers understand how the Inca built longlasting infrastructure.
| Gary Fore |
Fore put together a complex partnership of industry stakeholders to study airborne silica dust and reduce worker exposure in road-milling operations.
| Joseph E. Gott |
U.S. Navy’s top civilian construction chief skillfully balances public and private sector priorities to keep a more complex milcon program meeting its targets as a fine-tuned business operation.
| Melina Harris |
Veteran union carpenter in Seattle helped a local electrical tradeswoman win a jobsite harassment case and developed an online network to link tradeswomen globally.
| Randy Holman |
Holman’s energetic leadership and extraordinary dedication to the $3-billion construction effort to realign the U.S. military’s huge base footprint in San Antonio has kept the program on track.
| Alan P. Jeary |
Jeary’s non-destructive data-collection and testing methods lean heavily on physics and math to suggest where problems are brewing in virtually any existing structure whose ideal resonance characteristics can be modeled.
| Dennis Kamber |
Fortuitously winning a planning contract days before Hurricane Katrina smashed into New Orleans, Kamber hit the ground running to help search for innovative delivery solutions.
| Michael Kennedy |
Kennedy has told the CARB board that the state’s off-road diesel equipment will easily meet emission goals for many years to come, forestalling the enormous cost of replacements and retrofits.
| Gilberto Neves |
Neves pushed an extensive outreach education program that trained DBE firms throughout the community.
| Marianne O’Brien |
Architect O’Brien found ways to tame a wildly over-budget conceptual design for a stem-cell research lab, while maintaining architectural intent and functionality as well as simplifying construction.
| Gustavo J. Parra-Montesinos |
Parra-Montesinos is seeking funds for more steel-fiberreinforced-concrete coupling-beam tests.
| Melinda Peters |
The 37-year-old director manages a massively “green” megaproject and serves as its ambassador to the public.
| Dennis C.K. Poon |
Structural engineer Poon has spent almost 15 years arguing persuasively, in China, for design criteria that lead to more-efficient highrise structures, part of his effort to align a conservative code with international standards.
| Timothy Reinhold |
“It’s a lot safer and so much better than trying to put a bunch of aircraft fuel through stacks of bomber engines,” says Reinhold of the test facility to contain storms of wind, rain, hail, fire and hurricanes.
| David Rempel |
This physician and professor found a way to cut down on the strain it takes to drill overhead holes with a new type of power tool that is just as efficient as traditional ones.
| Dwayne Smith |
Using Smith’s design, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is achieving consolidation and strength in 60 to 90 days, rather than 10 to 11 years.
| Jim Stefanic |
Stefanic led the drill team that successfully rescued 33 Chilean copper miners after they were trapped under nearly a half-mile of hard rock and soil.
| Steve Underwood |
Underwood has coordinated details and decisions on a high-profile engineering success over a vital waterway.
| Robert C. Wible |
Wible is steadfast in his commitment to bring code administrators into the electronic age of plan review, approval and permitting.
| John Wood |
Wood credits the site team and the use of virtual design and construction tools for the early finish of Target Field. Others give Wood much of the credit for the accomplishment.