Local Consulting Firm Retired Exec Receives National Civil Engineering Award
Reston, Va. – Thomas D. Furman, Jr., P.E., BCEE, former chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of CDM, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., will be honored as the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2009 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award in management. The award, which recognizes Furman’s extraordinary contributions to civil engineering over his more than 40-year career, will be presented Thursday, April 23, 2009, during ASCE’s annual OPAL Gala at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.
“Tom Furman’s leadership and management abilities have served as an excellent example of how engineers do business,” said ASCE President D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE.
Furman, who recently retired from CDM, joined the firm in 1974 as a vice president. He was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and operations of the full-service consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm which consists of 4,000 employees in more than 100 offices worldwide.
Furman’s experience in environmental engineering has played a critical role in shaping CDM as an organization. When he became chief executive officer in 1998, revenues were at $395 million. They have since grown to more than $1 billion.
Furman earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Florida. A licensed professional engineer in Massachusetts and Florida, he resides in Cambridge, Mass.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 146,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org