American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) debuted its new slate of awards at this summer’s SC Engineering Conference & Trade Show. Award winners were judged on their dedication to the engineering community.
ACEC-SC Membership Committee Chair and newly sworn-in Secretary-Treasurer Bryan Shiver, PE (Insight Group), presented the following awards at the well-attended event.
2023 ACEC-SC Engineer of the Year.
Melvin Williams, F.SAME, FACEC (Terracon) was named 2023 ACEC-SC Engineer of the Year. He already won the Civil Engineers Joint Council’s Engineer of the Year award this year and was inducted into The Citadel’s Academy of Engineers. He was also honored by ACEC National in Washington, DC, for his role on the ACEC Executive Committee and the ACEC Research Institute Board of Directors. Williams served on the ACEC-SC Board of Directors for two terms, has chaired the Transportation Committee, helped raise PAC money, and represents the engineering community on various Boards of Directors.
2023 Young Professional of the Year
AECOM’s Grace Porter, PE, won the Young Professional of the Year. Porter is a 2022 Graduate of the ACEC-SC Future Leaders Program and a sitting member of the Emerging Leaders Board. She is on the ACEC-SC Communications Committee and Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee. She previously won 2022 ASCE Young Engineer of the Year.
2023 Legislator of the Year
Senator Sean Bennett (Summerville) was selected as the 2023 Legislator of the Year. Bennett’s dedication to the business community and infrastructure is next to none. He also sponsored the Engineers Day Resolution. He was unable to attend the event but will receive his award at this winter’s Engineering Excellence Gala.
2023 Small Firm of the Year
Carolina Transportation Engineering Associates (CarolinaTEA) took home the Small Firm of the Year. CarolinaTEA supports ACEC-SC in many ways, from time on the Board and Committee Appointees to sponsoring events and participating in EEA. CarolinaTEA has a commitment to the industry as well. They mentor new engineers and firms in SC, promote licensure, and give back to their community as well.
2023 Large Firm of the Year
Kimley Horn’s dedication to ACEC-SC and the Engineering Community won them the Large Firm of the Year award. Kimley Horn focuses on a working environment that promotes communication, sharing ideas, and working together. They have graduated three Future Leaders, have members serving on various committees, and someone serving on the Emerging Leaders Board.
Photos of all the winners can be seen by visiting https://acecsc.org/excellence-awards/.
American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina’s mission is to advocate, advance and protect the business interests of engineering firms and standards of the engineering profession in South Carolina. Visit https://acecsc.org/about-acecsc/ for more information.