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ACEC New York Recognizes Karen Rae with Chair's Award; Engineer of the Year and New Principal of the Year Also Honored.

New York, NY, June 04, 2014 --( The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) will present its Chair's Award to the New York State Deputy Secretary for Transportation, Karen Rae, for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the New York transportation system, including the successful coordination of New York's diverse transportation agencies and authorities, the implementation of design-build and the overall operations related to New York's transportation infrastructure.

The award will be presented at the council's annual spring membership luncheon at the Union League Club on June 11th. Two consulting engineers, John Waltz, P.E. and Brian R. Miller, P.E., will receive the Engineer of the Year and the New Principal of the Year awards, respectively, for their contributions to the profession.

Chair's Award: Karen Rae, NYS Deputy Secretary for Transportation

The ACEC New York Chair's Award is presented each year to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership, creativity and vision related to New York's engineering community including infrastructure, development, and the business of design.

Karen joined Governor Cuomo's administration as Deputy Secretary of Transportation on November 15, 2011. Over her 35 years, she has worked at the federal, state, and local levels managing multiple transit agencies. In her current role, she is charged with overseeing and coordinating budget, policy and the Governor's initiatives within the New York State DOT, Thruway/Canal Corporation, MTA, Port Authority of NY/NJ, NYS Bridge Authority and DMV.

Ms. Rae has been directly involved in representing Governor Cuomo during the passage of New York State's first Design/Build legislation, coordinating transportation agencies efforts to expedite environmental review and procurement of the Tappan Zee Bridge project. She played an integral role in the Governor's effort to secure $1.6 billion TIFIA loan for the Bridge.

Engineer of the Year: John Waltz, P.E

The Engineer of the Year Award is given to an active or retired member of ACEC New York who has made significant contributions to the consulting engineering profession, the council and to his or her community.

John is no stranger to dedication and excellence. He has served in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm/Shield, and he has received two army commendation medals for that campaign. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1971 until 2004. He is currently Associate Partner at Sidney B. Bowne & Son, where he developed the company's pavement assessment methodology, which simplifies and demystifies pavement management for municipalities incorporating software already in use. This program received Diamond designation in the ACEC New York Engineering Excellence Awards.

John has devoted a great deal of his time and effort to ACEC New York as well, including serving as Long Island Regional President and continuing to serve as a Regional Director. He has served as State Director for four years and as a member of the State Executive Committee for two years.

New Principal of the Year: Brian R. Miller, P.E.

The New Principal Award is given to an ACEC New York member who has been a principal less than five years and who has made significant contributions in the form of ideas and service to the consulting engineering community.

As Firm Principal and member of LaBella's Board of Directors, Brian works in collaboration with the senior management to set overall goals and direct the firm, review and approve corporate budgets, participate in setting long-term and short-term strategic plans, and review and approve expansion and acquisition opportunities. Brian also serves as LaBella Associates' Project Manager for the $110 million Midtown Redevelopment Project, the 8.5-acre site at the core of the city of Rochester. From early 2008 to the present, he has been intimately involved in managing the multi-disciplined aspects of the project, including structural, civil, electrical, mechanical, environmental, and landscape architecture through the project phases. Brian has proven that he is a highly qualified, effective client manager committed to providing the project stakeholders with timely responses during design and construction.

ACEC New York is a proactive coalition of more than 270 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment—civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical—and affiliated companies. Our shared goals are to further the business interests of our membership, enhance the quality and safety of the environment we live and work in, and help ensure the vitality of our communities. For more information, visit

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