Annual Recognition Awards
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Each year, ACEC Indiana recognizes the leaders of the engineering community by presenting an Annual Recognition Awards program. These awards presented at this event can include the following:

  • Consulting Engineer of the Year Award – Honors an ACEC Indiana member who is not a current officer, but has made a significant contribution to the field of consulting engineering in Indiana. Click here to view all winners
  • President’s Award - Established in 1991 to pay special recognition to an individual for his/her engineering accomplishments over the years. Click here to view all winners
  • Public Service Award - Honors an individual affiliated with a university, state or local government who is not an ACEC Indiana member, but has made an outstanding contribution to the practice of engineering. Click here to view all winners
  • Sagamore of ACEC Indiana Award - Established in 1998 to honor a person who has helped elevate the engineering profession, created goodwill towards ACEC Indiana or the profession, or advanced the cause of engineers or engineering issues and who is not a practicing engineer or not in public service. Click here to view all winners
  • Virgil “Gus” Grissom Award - Established in 2005 to honor a person who is not an ACEC member but has supported and assisted in the Professional Engineering Industry in moving into a new frontier. Click here to view all winners
  • Young Engineer of the Year-  Established in 2016 to acknowledge an engaged ACEC Indiana member 35 and younger for their outstanding talents, skills and abilities the next generation of engineering leaders.

 2016 Winner- Alex Kline, P.E., Infrastructure Engineering 

 2018 Winner- Mary Kerstein, P.E., CHA 

 2019 Winner- Katlyn Shergalis, P.E., Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc.


2019 Awards Winners:


Consulting Engineer of the Year: Rick Conner, PE

Rick is president and CEO of American Structurepoint.  Rick has made a significant contribution to the field of consulting engineering through his leadership and vision in building one of this state’s pre-eminent consulting firms.

Since taking the reigns as the president, chief operating officer, and majority owner of American Structurepoint in 1987, Rick has grown the firm from $3 million in annual revenue and fewer than 50 employees to an average of $90 million and 450 employees across 11 disciplines and still growing. 

Rick advanced the entire engineering industry through his work as a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure, appointed by then Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Pence received the final report, which contained four key recommendations and multiple sub-recommendations, in July 2014.

Rick served as President of ACEC Indiana in 1995-1996. He continues to encourage and support his staff to engage in the association to further progress the engineering communities.



Young Engineer of the Year Award: Katyn Shergalis, PE

The 2019 Young Engineer of the Year is Katlyn Shergalis, Bridge Project Manager at Butler, Fairman & Seufert. Her devotion to serving others is apparent through her continual volunteering at Trine University, WTS and ACEC. Her positive approach promotes a can-do attitude, and she seeks opportunities for growth in every task she takes on.

Serving on ACEC’s Diversity Committee has given her a chance to directly impact the engineering industry, and she sees her work constructively leading change.  Katlyn stepped up to serve on this year’s subcommittee for the spring event which highlighted a discussion about diversity within the workplace.  She is a graduate of ACEC Indiana’s Engineering Leadership Program and a continuous supporter of Young Professional events sponsored by ACEC.

In addition, our nominee has been instrumental in the charge to gain increased work for our firm through building relationships. Whether it is industry partners or our wide-ranging client base, she is determined to win people over with her charismatic approach and insightful listening skills. Through her leadership abilities, she has influenced lasting change at our firm and inspired others. 

Virgil “Gus” Grissom Award: Representative Jerry Torr

Representative Torr was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1996.  He rose quickly into leadership as a result of his measured, balanced approach to policy making and his deft touch at bringing people together to get things done.  He currently holds the post of Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. 

Last session, Representative Torr authored legislation regarding indemnification.  This bill addressed “sole” negligence for the design and construction industry and fixed the uninsurable “duty to defend” contractual requirements for design professionals when they have done nothing wrong and are not negligent. Not one to give up, he successfully ushered the bill to passage this year! This was a huge win for ACEC Indiana member firms and we appreciate his support along with our members in getting this past the finish line in only its second year of introduction in the General Assembly. He also authored legislation to expand and make permanent the use of Construction Manager as Constructor legislation which passed this year, as well.


Click here to view all Past Presidents of ACEC Indiana  


Submit YOUR CANDIDATE for the 2020 Annual Recognition Awards--coming soon