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The Top 25 Newsmakers of 2009   
Patrick Allin | Kenneth E. Atkins | Jeff Bedey | Mike Betz | Alex Cartwright | Lou Coletti | Gary LaBarbera | Joshua David | Gregory Deierlein | Daniel Groves | John R. Hillman | G.T. Ju | J. Mark Loizeaux | Ray Mangrum | Jason Oglesbee | Steve Peet | Don Rasmussen | Aviad Shapira | Sam Sleiman | Fritz Steiner | Merdith 'Bo' Temple | Evan Thomas | Jeff Wagner | Omar Waqfi | Tom Weise |

Many people serve to improve the construction industry every day. And each year, for 45 years, the editors of ENR have reviewed the stories they have written during the year and selected people featured in them for special recognition. They are chosen for delivering innovations, achievements and services that advance the construction industry. Additionally, each year one of them is honored with or our top award, the Award of Excellence.

Click here to read about this year's Award of Excellence winner: John Hillman.

Patrick Allin Patrick Allin

Putting the ‘Pay’ Back Into Paycheck

Allin put prior consulting and management experience to work to tranform the time-consuming business of bank draws and lien waivers into a smooth, secure, digital process

Kenneth E. Atkins Kenneth E. Atkins

Veteran Engineer Revives Road Program

Former Corps engineer Atkins revamped a road-building program mired in delays, bringing work to local firms and helping a fast-growing community upgrade its infrastructure.

Jeff Bedey Jeff Bedey

Speeding Civil-Works Delivery by Listening, Adapting and Innovating

New construction methods Bedey put to work accelerated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program to restore and improve New Orleans storm-surge defenses.

 Mike Betz Mike Betz

A Tinkerer at Heart, Humble Tractor Engineer
Blazes Clean Path for Electric Earthmovers

Betz led the Caterpillar Inc. engineering team that researched and developed the first mass-produced, diesel-electric bulldozer, a 10-year project that resulted in about 100 new patents.

Alex Cartright Alex Cartwright

Placing Deep Piles Supports Top-Down

A civil engineer, Cartwright’s longtime interest in mechanical engineering helped him personally design a new-generation, columnplunging frame.

Lou Colletti and Gary LaBerbera Lou Coletti and Gary LaBarbera

Contractor, Labor Leaders Negotiate Historic PLA,
Saving 43 New York Projects

Amid a recession that was crippling construction in New York, Coletti and LaBarbera brokered a deal that has created or saved more than 25,000 jobs.

Joshua David Joshua David

Rail Trestle-Turned-Park is Model for Urban Rejuvenation

Hero of Manhattan’s High Line, David helped save an old rail trestle, setting the stage for a city park and catalyzing an ailing district’s renewal.

Gregory Deierlein Gregory Deierlein

Researcher’s Rocking Frame ‘Shakes’
World of Performance-Based Seismic Design

Following successful tests on a rocking frame, Deierlein is working on developing a design method so that engineers can use the build-for-repair system.

 Daniel Groves Daniel Groves

Online Model, Free to Users, Can Forecast
National Labor Supply and Demand

National labor supply and demand forecasting model will improve efficiency and effectiveness in labor utilization and overall project execution.

John R. Hillman John R. Hillman

Hybrid Composite Beam is A Labor of Love for Designer

Bridge engineer created a hybrid of conventional materials and composites that can create long-lasting, noncorrosive bridges that carry heavy loads.

G.T.Ju G.T.Ju

Big Challenge Met By Innovative Mind

Subsea engineer’s design makes deepwater development work through seabed separation of oil and gas, limiting the number of risers to the surface.

J. Mark Loizeaux J. Mark Loizeaux

Loizeaux Triumphs Over His Most Daunting Implosion in
More Than Four Decades

Loizeaux’s experience, expertise and dedication to safety led to the successful controlled demolition of a faulty Texas tower.

 Ray Mangrum Ray Mangrum

Veteran Waste-Cleanup Expert Applies Just-In-Time Methods to
World’s Largest PCB Project to Date

Waste-management expert Mangrum guides a landmark riverbed PCB cleanup using a unique combination of technologies that saves time and money.

Jason Oglesbee Jason Oglesbee

Rescue Took Teamwork, But Ultimately It Was Up To One Man

“You don’t have to worry. I won’t let you go,” said the construction worker to the woman trapped in whitewater as he drew her to safety.

Steve Peet Steve Peet

An Investor’s Passion Launches Nation’s First Privately Built and Managed Airport

Airport investor overcame hurdles through innovative financing to bring nation’s first privately built greenfield airport to completion in Missouri.

Don Rasmussen

Creativity And Teamwork Deliver The Most Highway On Time

Rasmussen’s joint-venture design-build team of three partners and six design firms conceived and executed the innovative reconstruction of a deteriorating highway through St. Louis’ heart.

Aviad Shapira Aviad Shapira

Professor Nails Down Key Risks Around Tower Cranes

Produced under a grant from the National Insurance Institute of Israel, Shapira’s research ranks 13 top risks around tower cranes, whose surge in accidents has rocked josbites around the world.

Sam Sleiman Sam Sleiman

In Boston, Engineer Paves the Path for Country’s First Warm-Mix Asphalt Runway

Massport’s director of capital programs pushed hard, convincing FAA officials to allow using warm-mix asphalt to pave a Logan airport runway.

Fritz Steiner Fritz Steiner

Fledgling Green-site Rating System Fast Becoming a Standard

Steiner is credited with inspirational leadership and consensus-building that produced the first rating system for sustainable landscapes.

 Meredith "Bo" Temple Merdith "Bo" Temple

Energizing Innovation in Project Delivery To
Weather a Storm of Demand

Temple led application of MILCON Transformation that is helping the Corps meet $73-billion demand for construction over seven years.

Evan Thomas Evan Thomas

Former Engineering Student Moves Building Model From Charity to Enterprise

Only 26, this Ph.D. engineer is the catalyst for a venture that blends third-world infrastructure building with real-world business enterprise.

Jeff Wagner Jeff Wagner

Key to Success at Tough Theater Job Was Extreme Teamwork

By flawlessly managing construction of the most innovative little theater just about anywhere, Wagner brought in the difficult project on budget and a month early.

Omar Waqfi Omar Waqfi

Publication Coming of First Green Building Specification

The Web-based Masdar City master specification, the vision of Waqfi, encourages best practices in sustainable design, construction and operations.

Tom Weise Tom Weise

Construction Veteran Primes the Pump To
Ensure a Steady Flow of Future Workers

Building a program for kids in Junior Achievement to experience construction careers, for the first time nationally, has been Weise’s
full-time job.

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