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2014 OPAL Winners


Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL Awards)

Established in 1999, these prestigious awards recognize and honor outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments and achievements have made significant differences in one of five categories: Construction, Design, Education, Government, and Management. For more information on these winners visit .

The 2014 OPAL Winners are:

 Joseph Welsh


Joseph Welsh


Hayward Baker, Inc.

 Jon Magnusson


Jon Magnusson


Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Jeffrey Russell


Jeffrey Russell


University of Wisconsin-Madison

John Njord


John Njord


Utah Department of Transportation

J. Richard Capka


J. Richard Capka


Dawson & Associates

Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research

The Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research was established in 1996 in honor of Henry L. Michel, Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation (CEFI), formerly the Civil Engineering Research Foundation. 

Seth L. Pearlman   

The 2014 Michel Award Winner is:

Seth L. Pearlman, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE

Menard USA

ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award

The ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award was instituted in 1994 to recognize journalists for outstanding coverage of the issues involving clean water, transportation, the environment and other public works projects and enhance the public’s understanding of civil engineering.


The 2014 Journalism Award Winner is:

Mary Helen Berg

"Humble to Heroic," USA Today