ASCE has honored John S. Dunham, P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2021 Roebling Award for leadership and strategic thinking that encourages innovation and creativity to meet the unique challenges of project site conditions.
Dunham is a leader who is providing the profession with better ways to address the issues of project schedules, safety, cost, and quality. He has correspondingly demonstrated himself an outstanding mentor of less experienced engineers. He was the leader/team builder who brought the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program ($2.0 billion) to a successful conclusion. The Program included the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, commonly referred to as the Q Bridge. This extradosed signature bridge was the first of its kind constructed in the United States. It features a 1,000-foot main span cable-supported structure. The bridge was the Grand Prize winner of AASHTO’s 2016 America's Transportation Awards. The bridge was also a finalist for the ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award in 2017.
The Roebling Award recognizes and honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of construction engineering.