AECOM relaunches its prestigious Fellows program with new inductees

AECOM, the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, today announced the relaunch of its AECOM Fellows program, a cornerstone of the Company’s TechEx strategic initiative, designed to honor exceptional technical leaders whose groundbreaking work has had a profound and lasting impact on AECOM, its clients, and the global infrastructure community. This year, AECOM will induct two visionary leaders: Dr. Rosa Gwinn, global PFAS technical lead and Ken Butler, P.E., global head of complex structures in AECOM’s Transportation business.

Dr. Gwinn and Mr. Butler each boast decades of unparalleled experience at AECOM. They have distinguished themselves as industry trailblazers and esteemed mentors within the Company, and their contributions have established new benchmarks for excellence in their respective fields.

“As we relaunch the AECOM Fellows program, we are thrilled to honor Rosa and Ken as our newest inductees,” said Troy Rudd, AECOM’s chief executive officer. “Their remarkable expertise and technical leadership have significantly impacted our industry and our organization. This recognition underscores their unwavering commitment to technical excellence, innovation, and advancing our purpose of delivering a better world, while positioning us as the firm of choice for top talent.”

Once inducted as AECOM Fellows, Dr. Gwinn and Mr. Butler will continue to expand their influence, leadership and impact. They will support knowledge sharing across the Company through mentorship and career development, fostering the next generation of technical leaders, while helping ensure the highest standards of technical quality across AECOM’s projects. Their roles will also extend to strengthening strategic partnerships and advancing cutting-edge research and development.

“For decades, Rosa and Ken have played a vital role in cultivating our culture of technical excellence, and delivering innovative solutions to our clients’ complex challenges,” said Lara Poloni, AECOM’s president. “Their appointments as AECOM Fellows honor them as technical luminaries and celebrate their achievements in advancing our industry leadership. We look forward to their continued contributions to our success.”

Dr. Gwinn is a globally recognized authority in the identification and mitigation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), with over 30 years of experience at AECOM and its legacy companies. As the leader of AECOM’s Global PFAS Initiative, she has developed innovative PFAS evaluation protocols and contributed to critical publications and global presentations. Her expertise is highly sought after by regulatory bodies, exemplified by her invitation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to join an industry and technology roundtable focused on accelerating innovation in addressing PFAS in drinking water.

Mr. Butler, internationally recognized for his exceptional work on high-profile bridge projects, has dedicated 27 years of his career to AECOM. He has been instrumental in the design and construction of 38 complex bridge projects with a combined construction cost exceeding $10 billion. Ken has published and presented 34 technical papers on long-span and complex bridges, and he regularly conducts design training workshops for state and federal transportation agencies, and lectures at the collegiate level, further establishing his reputation as a trusted and valued expert in bridge engineering.

The relaunch of the AECOM Fellows program marks a significant milestone in AECOM’s ongoing commitment to technical excellence and innovation. By celebrating the achievements of leaders like Dr. Gwinn and Mr. Butler, who will be formally inducted in October 2024, AECOM reinforces its dedication to advancing the infrastructure sector and inspiring future generations of innovators.

Previously named AECOM Fellows include: Bill Hanway, global sports and social infrastructure lead; Marc Colella, global buildings and system engineering lead; Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ Edelstein, who helped pioneer the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); Professor John Endicott, a thought leader in the geotechnical and tunneling fields; and Ant Wilson MBE FREng, an expert in building engineering and sustainable design.

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AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy, and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023.

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