2008 CEAAA winners recognized in April ceremony

In April, the School of Civil Engineering honored five alumni with Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Awards (CEAAA). This was the 16th annual awards ceremony. Congratulations to our newest CEAAA recipients. Their brief bios follow.

2008 CEAAA Winners

Samuel Ebow Coleman (PhD ’81) was born in Kumasi on the west coast of Africa. His curiosity in nature and science led him to study chemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi and later to the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague for his master’s degree. Stateside, he earned a PhD in the materials area in Purdue’s School of Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he took a position in the company Dowell Schlumberger in Tulsa, Oklahoma, developing a number of patents in the area of oil well cements. Coleman ultimately opened his own Houston-based company, C3S, which has helped resolve some of the world’s most challenging construction material problems.

Born in Paducah, Kentucky, William N. Dudley Jr. (BSCE ’74) spent his childhood summers working for his father’s construction company in Indianapolis. Like his father, Dudley entered Purdue to earn his civil engineering degree. He would work with the Flour Corp. in Los Angeles, Chicago, and South Africa on projects ranging from coal-fired power plants to multi-billion-dollar oil-from-coal projects. In 1981, he joined Bechtel in Houston, working his way around the world. After stints in Bangkok and Singapore, he went to London as president of Bechtel’s Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia business. In 2001, Dudley took over the Petroleum & Chemical business unit, growing it to Bechtel’s largest business unit. In 2008, he was named president and chief operating officer of Bechtel Group Inc.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Chuck Dulic (BSCE ’76, MSCE ’78) decided to attend Purdue after hearing a lecture on the NASA space program by a Purdue professor. After receiving his BSCE, Chuck stayed on for a master’s, specializing in the transportation area. He then joined HNTB, earned his professional engineering license, and stayed with the firm for 30 years, recently retiring as senior vice president. During those 30 years, Dulic sought to expand his technical knowledge base beyond his “comfort zone” of traffic engineering, transportation planning, and geometric design. He was involved in significant infrastructure projects around the country, and including Accelerate 465 Indianapolis, Indiana and Virginia HOT Lanes, the largest public/private partnership managed-lane project in America.

A Beech Grove, Indiana, native, Rosalie Flack Morgan (BSCE ’77) fulfilled a promise she made her grandmother to attend Purdue and study engineering. Upon graduation, she went to work for Donohue and Associates of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as part of the Milwaukee Water Pollution Abatement Program. In 1983, following in the footsteps of her entrepreneurial parents, Morgan founded EMCS Inc. (Engineering Management Consulting Services), a civil engineering consulting firm in Milwaukee. More than 25 years later, the firm includes an office in Wausau, Wisconsin, and 40 employees. Over the years, EMCS has helped to deliver many key Wisconsin projects including Miller Park, 6th Street Viaduct, I-94 North/South Freeway, General Mitchell International Airport, Wausau West Arterial, and the award-winning Marquette Interchange.

Mishawaka, Indiana, native, Jim Rowings (BSCE ’75, MSCE ’79, PhD’ 82) chose civil engineering because of his passion for construction. After graduation, he worked for ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia as a construction engineer on projects ranging in scope from $60 million to $2.3 billion. In 1978, he returned to Purdue, earning both his MSCE and PhD in the construction area. Rowings taught at the University of Kansas before moving to Iowa State University as the Professor-in-Charge of Construction Engineering. After 15 years at Iowa State, Rowings joined Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. in 2001 as vice president for organization development. Named chief learning officer of Kiewit University in 2007, Rowings is responsible for the education, training, and development programs for 20,000 employees.