2019 Lifetime Achievement Awardee - Ken Gerard

Ken Gerard, P.E. has successfully performed a hundreds of civil engineering projects for more than 40 years. In addition to his engineering skills, he is a person of personal integrity and reliability. He is a leader in ASCE and has served as President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Cincinnati Section. He has left his mark through his many successful projects and by mentoring of many engineers during his career.

Ken graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1975 and served as a platoon leader in the US Army for two years. After leaving Active Duty in 1977, he continued to serve our country as a member of the Army Reserves through 1995. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1984 and is a registered P.E. in 40 states. Ken developed and honed his civil engineering skills on land development projects on the east coast and served and an Assistant County Engineer in Calvert County, Maryland.

In 1991, he moved to Ohio and began a career with Parsons. He went to work on the environmental remediation of the DOE Fernald site just north of Cincinnati. He led the civil engineering design for the remediation of landfills, ponds and other contaminated areas. He also led and supported design of many support projects. Fernald was the one of the first successful cleanups of a DOE site in the United States and Ken’s technical expertise and ability to develop solutions and build consensus contributed to its success.

After Fernald, he worked on many big and small projects across the country and continued his reputation for developing buildable solutions. He became one of Parsons go-to engineers and worked on projects for government clients such as the FAA, GSA, US Postal Service, and the US Corps of Engineers; and many commercial companies.

Ken’s has the respect of those he has worked with and is recognized for his dedication to the civil engineering profession. Some representative comments on his career include:

“Ken’s work was always thorough, complete and well done, you can always count on Ken to get it right.” Carlton Schroeder, P.E.

“Ken has been a core member of Parson’s projects for well over 20 years. His attention to processes, procedures, codes, standards has been an example for many younger engineers to follow. I congratulate Ken on his dedication to our company, to civil engineering, and our profession as a whole.” Brian L. Eisenrich, P.E.

“I have worked with Ken Gerard for almost 17 years and in these years, I have come to know him very well. Ken is an extremely diligent, conscientious and detailed Civil Engineer. He provides an equal amount of close attention to either a large project like an airport traffic control tower or a small one like an equipment shelter facility. Ken has been a very good mentor to young engineers.” Nikhil Parekh, P.E.

“…. I have not worked with an engineer whose passion and professionalism for his work is at such a high level. I truly enjoy working with Ken and being responsible to build his vision. I hope he knows how much he is revered by me and hope he knows how his peers look up to him……” Michael J Rapuano