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Four CH2Mers receive prestigious Black Engineer of the Year Awards

Four of CH2M’s remarkable professionals will be recognized on Friday by their industry peers as 2016 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) winners. Managed by the Career Communications Group, Inc., the annual awards celebrate the exceptional work and fearless dedication of engineering professionals to their practices and communities.

Receiving the Modern-Day Technology Leader Award,Muhammed Abdul-Shakoor is CH2M’s Rotational Director of Project Support and Strategy. He is an innovative thinker with great passion and potential, as displayed in his recent project management of a team focused on urban­ization, resilience and aging infrastructure in cities and developing proactive, technology-enabled methods for urban areas to prepare for the impending population boom. As an extension of his commitment to CH2M, Muhammed demonstrates leadership through his participation in the company’s diversity organizations, helping drive retention and networking for peers and future leaders.

Also being recognized with the Modern-Day Technology Leader Awardis Ted Mekuria, CH2M’s Highway Section Operations Lead for the Los Angeles office. Shaping the future course of engineering, science and technology, Ted has worked on projects that have improved traffic flow on major corridors of travel, increased access to transit-oriented communities and decreased emissions by improving access to various modes of travel, such as cycling, in otherwise car-dependent Los Angeles. Throughout his time with CH2M, he has embraced the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles, including technical lead, task manager and project manager for a number of transportation projects, while also being actively involved in organizations that support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

A third Modern-Day Technology Leader Award winner, Amini Mills is a Compliance Engineer in CH2M’s Environment & Nuclear Business Group. With more than 15 years of experience, Amini supports multiple mid-sized, private-sector, environmental compliance projects. She has assisted a variety of clients in maintaining environmental regulatory compliance for all media, ranging from air emissions and water discharge to soil contamination and waste management. She eagerly accepts every opportunity to serve her community, helping spread the STEM message to empower youth.

Receiving the Special Recognition Award, Thierry Sarr is being celebrated for his numerous contributions in community service and significant achievements during his eight years in the profession. Thierry has been involved in several major, multi-billion-dollar airport capital improvement programs, including the Mumbai (India) International Airport and the Philadelphia International Airport. Currently, he’s a member of the Master Civil Engineering team implementing the O’Hare Modernization Program in Chicago. Possibly more impressive than these mega airport capital programs are the extensive efforts he makes serving as a role model to young men and women.

“Amini, Muhammed, Ted and Thierry not only are great examples for future generations of engineers, they are contemporaries who inspire us all,” says CH2M Chairman and CEO Jacque Hinman. “Their fierce commitment to our clients, our industry and the communities we serve makes a positive difference that defines our company’s market leadership. We are proud the important work they do to mentor others is being recognized. Their dedication to the black engineering community exemplifies CH2M’s core values and longstanding commitment to advance diversity, equality and inclusion in our industry.”

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