News Jul 7, 2022

Celebrating #OurJacobs Teammates Going Above, Beyond

We just can’t stop celebrating our teammates! Join us as we recognize #OurJacobs teammates who have recently received awards and accolades.

Challenging today. Reinventing tomorrow.

We do things right.

We always act with integrity – taking responsibility for our work, caring for our people and staying focused on safety and sustainability. We make investments in our clients, people and communities, so we can grow together.

In the U.K., the EDF Torness award for outstanding contribution to the investment delivery team over the past year was awarded to Project Manager Isla McClellan.

And, Electrical/Instrumentation Project Engineer Ronier Deumeni received the honor of Platinum Champion through Her Majesty the Queen’s patronage of Royal Voluntary Service for his outstanding service and dedication to crisis and welfare. From a national identification of more than 200,000 eligible candidates, Ronier is one of just 490 handpicked to be crowned by The Duchess of Crownwall as a Platinum Champion.

“I am truly privileged, humbled and honoured beyond words that my hard work and efforts helping and assisting others have been acknowledged and that I’ve been named a Platinum Champion,” enthuses Ronier. “Thank you to all those who have inspired me to constantly endeavour to create positive change. This honor is entirely yours and any 'medal' is absolutely for you.”

The Bear Creek Water Treatment Plant, operated and maintained by Jacobs, received the Georgia Association of Water Professionals’ Platinum Award for having five consecutive years of zero permit violations. The plant is supported by a skilled Jacobs team that provides safe, quality drinking water for the Upper Oconee Basin Regional Water Authority and residents served by the Authority.

The Rhode Island Clean Water Association recognized the Jacobs-operated Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant with the 2021 Gold Award. The prestigious award celebrates the plant’s perfect record of compliance for two consecutive years.

Assistant Project Manager Shauna Davis took home the Emerging Talent award at the Chartered Quality Institute’s International Quality Awards. Jacobs’ PlanBeyond 2.0 approach also received a finalist nomination in the awards’ Sustainability Impact category.

Tom Taggart received the 2021 Friend of the River Award from the San Marcos River Foundation during their annual awards ceremony earlier this year. Tom was recognized for his years of protecting the San Marcos River and his work on the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan. Tom is a senior expert utilities consultant supporting the Jacobs operations and maintenance team in San Marcos, Texas, and has a long history with the San Marcos River Foundation as an advocate of the river’s conservancy.

The LSS1 & BEPPS2 HVAC Design Team was recognized as Team Zero Harm Performance. The innovative HVAC design will lead Sellafield Ltd to a substantially reduced carbon footprint, achieving up to a 90% reduction of the energy requirement compared to traditional approaches, whilst reducing operating costs and achieving increased value for money for the U.K. taxpayer.

We aim higher.

We do not settle – always looking beyond to raise the bar and deliver with excellence. We are committed to our clients by bringing innovative solutions that lead to profitable growth and shared success.

Civil Engineer Bruna Paranhos has been named the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New York Young Professional of the Year. The award strives to promote the accomplishments of engineers by showcasing their contributions and impacts on society. With a focus on coastal resilience and sustainability, Bruna has been a part of many exciting and groundbreaking projects at Jacobs and her work is shaping the industry’s response to climate change, energy transition, and decarbonization.

Senior Associate Director Andrew  (Andy) Hejdner has become a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Fellowship is the highest grade of membership and provides recognition for those who have made outstanding contributions to civil engineering and society.

Liz Henderson, Keenan Raby and Cam Williams from our Critical Mission Solutions team are recipients of the AFCEA 40 Under 40 Award. This prestigious recognition highlights individuals under 40 years of age for their contributions in science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields by providing thought leadership, innovation and support to their clients and organizations.

As part of Engineering Week 2022, Project Engineer William Fishburn received the Hugh Coughlin Young Engineer Award from the Louisiana Engineering Society Baton Rouge Branch. The members that received this award were nominated by their chapter for state-wide recognition.

Structural Engineer Corey Wirkman was recognized as 2022 Young Engineer of the Year Texas Society of Professional Engineers Dallas Chapter. The TSPE Dallas Chapter is entirely devoted to the professional, ethical, economic, social and political aspects of engineering in Texas.

Water Resources Strategy Consultant Brittany Coff was recognized as Young Professional Engineer of the year 2021 by Engineers Australia. The Excellence Awards seek to reward outstanding achievement and eminence in the practice of engineering, and standout service to the profession. Brittany was nominated by Director of Transport Operations Michael Scott for her contribution to her clients and the communities she works with.

In Las Vegas, Program Manager Katherine Martin was appointed as Chair for the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee (TC) 267 (Facility Management) and Convenor for the international Work Group developing the new ISO standard 41019: The Role of Facility Management (FM) in Sustainability and Resilience. She was one of the founding members of TC 267 and a co-author for ISO 41012: Developing FM Sourcing Strategies, and ISO 41001: FM Management System Standard.

June Saunders, Senior Stakeholder Engagement and Communications professional, received The Jack Petchey Foundation Leader Award. This was awarded to June as a Guirlguiding leader who inspired and supported young girls aged between 7-18 years old during the COVID-19 lockdown with activities, Zoom meetings and support. She also went the extra mile and delivered badges and wrote personal letters to all the group members.

Principal Geotechnical Engineer and Regional Group Leader Charles Winter has joined the Rotary Club of Milwaukee as a new member. Charles was recognized for developing innovative methods to optimize foundations when designing highway bridges, commercial high-rises, industrial facilities, tunnels, retaining structures, engineered slopes and more.  

Waterbury, Connecticut, Chief Operator Greg Quink was honored at the New England Water Environment Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon with the 2021 Operator Award for Connecticut. He was recognized for showing a high interest and performance in wastewater operations. Greg supports the Waterbury Wastewater Treatment Facility, which is operated and maintained by Jacobs. 

Mechanical Engineer Jen Hafington was named one of Engineered Systems Magazine's 20 to Watch: Women in HVAC contest winners. In an interview with Engineered Systems, Jen shares, “I’m really fortunate that I’ve been able to work with a lot of women engineers in my career. But, it’s definitely still a male-dominated field, especially as you get on-site. I think we just need to encourage more women to pursue their love of all STEM subjects and be available to mentor them as they enter the field.”

Client Service Leader Pat White was made a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). ASCE fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It’s a prestigious honor held by only four percent of ASCE's overall professional membership.

Technical Manager and Chief Technologist (Structural Integrity) John Sharples received the Donald Julius Groen Prize, awarded annually by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Pressure Systems Group for outstanding papers, achievements and contributions in the sphere of pressure vessels and pressure equipment.

For the 12th year in a row, the City of Dunwoody, Georgia, earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Eleven Jacobs staff operate the finance department and administrative services for the city.

We challenge the accepted.

We know that to create a better future, we must ask the difficult questions. We always stay curious and are not afraid to try new things.

In Glasgow, Head of Product Marketing Rachel Goodacre was awarded The One to Watch Global Women in Marketing Award. This award recognizes someone demonstrating marketing best practice globally who has achieved tangible success with their organization and stands out as someone that has achieved fast growth in roles and responsibilities with clearly demonstrated impact. Rachel was commended as  a leader with strong passion, confidence and an attitude for life-long learning.

Elsewhere in the world of digital marketing, Jacobs teams scored at the Digital Construction Live Awards, nabbing the honor of Most Innovative Sustainability Initiative for our CarbonFirst solution and Most Innovative Digital Project up to £5M for the  Oxford Cambridge Arc Flood Catchment Study. Several of our other digital products were nominated in the awards, including Climate Risk Manager, Clarity and Velocity.

Jacobs also scored several nominations at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Future Faces Awards 2022. Senior Strategic Consultant Yung Lau is shortlisted in the Future Face of Technology & Innovation category, while Principal Consultant Ingrida Vengalyte is shortlisted in the Future Face of Sustainability category. Rounding out Jacobs’ shortlist nominees is Daisy Carter, who is shortlisted as Future Faces Apprentice of the Year. Daisy, who recently returned from taking part in Jacobs first-ever Bridges to Prosperity build in Kibiraro, Rwanda, also just completed her five-year civil engineering degree apprenticeship with our rail team in Birmingham.

Kennedy Space Center Honor Awards Ceremony

Many individuals and teams with JSOG personnel were recognized at the KSC Honor Awards Ceremony on May 13, 2022. The JSOG recipients included awards such as:

Head of Launch Control Systems John Ramsey was awarded the Exceptional Service Medal-Individual. This prestigious NASA medal is awarded to a government employee for sustained performance that embodies multiple contributions which contribute to NASA projects, programs, or initiatives.

Mechanical Systems Engineer Brad LaWarre was awarded the Silver Achievement Medal- Individual. This prestigious NASA Silver Achievement Medal is awarded to Government and non-Government individuals or teams by NASA Center Directors for a stellar achievement that supports one or more of NASA's Core Values, when it is deemed to be extraordinarily important and appropriate to recognize such achievement in a timely and personalized manner. Overall, almost 200 of our Jacobs teammates were recognized; congratulations to everyone who won!

We live inclusion.

We put people at the heart of our business. We have an unparalleled focus on inclusion with a diverse team of visionaries, thinkers and doers. We embrace all perspectives, collaborating to make a positive impact.

Senior Project Engineer and Prism employee network leader Vigor Lam received the Emerging Professional Award from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Northern California Chapter. This recognition is presented to a young professional who personifies exceptional talent, dedication and vision within the construction management industry. 

Manager of Project Document & Data Management and Prism employee network leader Kevin Humphreys was nominated – and took home the top title – in the Top 10 Diversity Hero category of the British LGBT Awards 2022. Kevin Humphreys was also shortlisted as Hero of the Year at the Burberry British Diversity Awards.

“Kevin’s tireless work to advance the visibility of our LGBTQIA+ colleagues and inclusion for all employees extends throughout the organization,” says Jacobs Chief Legal & administration Officer and Co-Executive Sponsor of Prism, Joanne Caruso. “He has had a material impact in ensuring that everyone can bring their whole selves to work. Kevin’s work has been the catalyst for advancement and positive change within Jacobs. He has engaged employees at all levels of the organization, including constant and consistent engagement with senior management, regionally and globally.”

The Poland chapter of our Prism Network has been announced the winner in two out of three categories during the Employee Resource Groups (ERG) Excellence Awards Ceremony at the Diversity & Inclusion Changemakers Conference 2021. Their work on the introduction of a Frequently Asked Questions document distributed to over 450 new hires this year has been selected as the winning effort and honored with the main ERG Leadership Award. The project also received the most public votes and won the ERG Audience Award.

Architectural Designer Julian T. Owens was given the Associates Award by the American Institute of Architecture. This awarded is given to members whose leadership and creative thinking skills have made a significant impact on their communities and the world of architecture. Julian was also specifically recognized for his contribution to Jacobs’ Global Design Lecture Series and his appointment to our Global Design Council.

Contracts Administrator Small Business Gustavo Giraldo was a 2022 Nominee for the WTS Rosa Parks Diversity Award.

Vice President Client Account Manager Transit Services, Rhonda Briggins’ was named as a ‘Woman to Watch’ from Women of Color in STEM. This award is an expansion of her “Rising Star All-Star Award” that she received at the 2021 Women of Color in STEM Conference.

In Australia, Substations Technical Director Lara Kruk was highly commended by Consult Australia in the Champions of Change – Female Leadership award category. At Jacobs, Lara is continuously implementing ideas that challenge the accepted and pave the way for future female leaders.

Tunneling Engineer Friba Hossaini was the WICE 2022 Best Young Women Engineer Award. The Women in Construction and Engineering Awards strives to recognize women who are breaking down barriers and building new heights in their industry.

Black Engineer of the Year Awards at the Women of Color STEM Conference

This year, 17 Jacobs employees received award selections at the Black Engineer of the Year awards at the Women of Color STEM Conference, which will be held in Detroit this October. The multicultural event presented annually since 1995 in conjunction with the Women of Color magazine, has been the premier forum of choice for recognizing the significant contributions of women in the STEAM fields. Not only did Jacobs more than double its number of awardees this year (from 8 to 17!), but our employees are also receiving more awards than any other company at the event!

Vice President, Midwest Operations Sharon Jean-Baptiste won the Career Achievement in Industry award, while Executive Advisor, Global Digital Center of Excellence Briana Pompilus was recognized with the Educational Leadership - Corporate Promotion of Education award. Senior Vice President, Global Growth, Strategy & Solutions Chrissy Thom and Vice President, Global Growth & Sales Leadership Jilma Jimenez both received the award for Managerial Leadership. Judy Johnson, vice president of sales and Denise LaMaison-Bell, senior program coordinator, received the Corporate Responsibility and Diversity Leadership awards, respectively – while Nicole Purnell-Davis, division vice president, finance and business operations, took home the award for Top Woman in Finance.

Several Jacobs women received awards in technology categories, including the Technology All-Star Award and the Technology Rising Star Award. The Technology All-Star awardees include: Deja Spigner, lead client account partner, sales operations; Joelle Francois, manager of projects; and Kimberly Watkins, global solutions director for EHS Operational Excellence. While the Technology Rising Star awardees include Environmental Engineer T'ommi Burns, Deputy Program Manager/Program Manager Uma Srikonda, Wastewater Technology Professional Juliet Ohemeng-Ntiamoah, Associate Water Resources Engineer Sydney Saunders, Senior Land Quality/ Geo-environmental Professional Ifeyinwa Arinze, Architectural Design Principal Soha St. Juste and Proposal Manager Olivia Monforton.

Join #OurJacobs team

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We’re always looking for dynamic and engaged people to join our team. Bring your passion, your ingenuity and your vision. Let’s see the impact we can create, together.

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