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Friday, March 16, 2012

Michael J. Abrahams, P.E., will be honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers for a lifetime achievement in the field of designduring the Society’s annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders Award dinner in Washington, D.C., March 22, 2012.

Abrahams, currently the Technical Director for Structures at Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York City, lives in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

Most of Abrahams’ career has been spent working on significant transportation structures—particularly long span and movable bridges. He was the design director for the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in South Carolina, at the time the longest cable-stayed span in North America.

Some of Abrahams’ other significant projects include the Sikorsky Bridge in Connecticut; the George P. Coleman Bridge and the James River Vertical Life Bridge, and the Second Hampton Roads Bridge/Tunnel Crossing, all in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia; the El-Ferdan Swing Bridge over the Suez Canal; the Fremont Bridge, in Portland , Oregon; the Hood Canal Bridge in Washington and the Admiral Clary Bridge in Hawaii.

Abrahams also was project manager in 1997 and 2006 to study the large balloons used in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City after accidents occurred during the 1997 and 2005 parades. Before joining Parsons Brinkerhoff, Abrahams served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a civil engineer working with government agencies on self-help projects such as schools, water supply and irrigation systems.

He was named by PE magazine as one of the 10 professional engineers who have made valuable contributions to engineering over the past 100 years.

A graduate of Bowdoin College with a degree in Chemistry, he also received his BS and MS in Engineering Mechanics from the Columbia University School of Engineering in New York City.

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