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Hookham, Charles J.

Hookham, Charles J.

Charles J. Hookham, P.E., M.ASCE

At-Large Director-Elect (2013)

Vision Statement

Biographical Statement


  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • MBA, International Finance, Eastern Michigan University
  • Post-Graduate Study in Power and Energy Systems, Combustion, Renewable Energy, and Interdisciplinary Technology; strong continuing education focus and advocacy

Work Experience

  • HDR Engineering, Vice President and Senior Project Manager (2007-present)
    Responsible for managing both design and owner’s engineer assignments from domestic electric and gas utilities and developers principally in power generation and transmission; responsible for growing alternative delivery services in the power industry under a seller-doer model; heavily involved in developing best practices and standards; currently serving as Director of Projects and Chief Engineer (interim), supervising a staff of project managers and principal engineers; developed a project management training course and taught such in Beijing, China; provided guidance to utility executives on project execution amidst financial and environmental constraints; participation in a corporate “best practices” committee to foster improvements in areas such as project management and BIM throughout the organization. I have worked on projects employing all forms of power generation ranging from fossil fuel combustion and nuclear fission through each of the commercially available renewable energy systems. I have also been involved in State of Michigan efforts to solve transmission constraints, and more recently in developing system restoration plans to overcome power black-outs. A key focus has been to add value to each project, and to understand and achieve client’s needs.
  • Black & Veatch, Vice President and Senior Project Manager (1992-2006)
    Responsible for overall design-build and engineering project management for international power generation, water/wastewater, and power transmission projects, in the USA, Alberta, Argentina (multiple), Colombia, Brazil, and Wales; led a number of staff assignments including Six Sigma and High Performance Team initiatives; supervised project staffs of up to 500 and projects reaching $600 million in contract value; successful project delivery focused on client, staff, safety, and profit metrics
  • MDC (Detroit Edison), Project Manager and Partner (1985-1992)
    Managed a strong growth-oriented group of multi-disciplined engineers providing design services to the electric power, steel making, automotive, plastics, and petrochemical industries. Integrally involved in design completion and startup of Fermi-II nuclear power plant (NPP); initiated a staff involved in technical validation of NPP operating license extension, completed multiple research projects for Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), U.S. Department of Energy, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission; responsible for client relations and developing new work, group management, engineering, and expanding corporate capabilities and analytical tools.
  • Bechtel Power Corporation, Structural Engineer (1981-1984)
    Assigned to the design and construction of several nuclear and coal-fired generating stations in the United States; interface with Nuclear Regulatory Commission on anchorage, cracking problems.
  • Before graduating with a BSCE, I had already accumulated significant experience while working during high school, summers, and when available. I had the “luxury” of growing up for a father who was both an amateur farmer and a full-scale general contractor. After learning the ropes of virtually all of the construction trades in the field, and nearly losing a finger or two, I was hired by the State of Illinois’ only registered architect, professional and structural engineer, and land surveyor to assist in all phases of his growing business. I had the luxury of learning how to complete boundary and topographic surveys, design buildings, size columns and beams, layout new subdivisions, and conduct percolation tests, amongst many others. It was not difficult for me to choose to be a civil engineer and I have never regretted the choice.
  • During my professional career, I have been involved in many technical organizations at local, state and national levels including long service and many contributions to ASCE. I have authored/presented over fifteen papers, co-wrote well more than fifty publications, organized many conference sessions, and peer-reviewed engineering documents from organizations including the U.S. NRC and Corps of Engineers. I have also had the privilege of working in many different countries and with many different cultures, and recognize first-hand the challenges humanity faces going forward. Recently, I also co-authored Climate Action and Sustainability Plans for the City of Ann Arbor, and have supported similar efforts in other municipalities.

ASCE Involvement

  • Member and Past Chair, Energy Division Executive Committee and member of multiple technical committees therein; Associate Editor, Journal on Energy Engineering, CTA
  • Voting Member, Committee on America’s Infrastructure (CAI) and Committee on Critical Infrastructure (CCI), ASCE Committees
  • ASCE Representative, Founders Society, Carbon Management
  • Voting Member, Task Committee on Dynamic Analysis of Nuclear Structures, SEI
  • Past Member, Structural Connections Committee, SEI
  • Past Member, Seismic Rehabilitation, ASCE Codes and Standards (SEI)
  • Past Member/Chair, Performance of Structures Committee, SEI
  • Past Member, Energy, Environment, and Water Policy Committee, ASCE Government 
  • Continued Participant in ASCE Disaster Assistance Volunteer Program

Other Volunteer Activities

  • Commissioner, Ann Arbor Energy Commission and co-author of recent City Climate Action and Sustainability Plans
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, Ann Arbor Shelter Association, and Warm the Children
  • Volunteer, SolarYpsi (grass roots solar energy association in Ypsilanti, MI)
  • Member, Association of Energy Engineers
  • Great Lakes Commission (volunteer on energy/water nexus issues)
  • Member, American Concrete Institute Committees including ACI 349, Nuclear Safety Related Structures Code
  • Recent Participation in North American Electricity Reliability Council “Severe Impact Resilience Task Force”
  • Participant in FEMA NEHRP Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings Standards
  • Multiple Engineer’s Week presentations to middle and high school students regarding pursuit of an engineering career


  • Married, with two grown children and one very active grandchild
  • Fitness fanatic
  • Registered Professional Engineer in multiple states

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