Nominations for the 2015 Spirit of ECC Award are now open! See below for nomination information.
The Spirit of ECC Award
The annual Spirit of ECC Award, initiated in 2011, inspires exemplary demonstration of the application of the many talents, skills, passions of the capital projects industry through:
- Strategic Response to a Fundamental Challenge or Opportunity;
- Application of Thought Leadership;
- Stewardship towards the betterment of the industry, its participants, and the people it serves.
Each year, the award will recognize an exceptional individual, group or organization that exemplifies the true spirit of ECC.
- Nominations may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nominations can be up to 2 pages and may include one (1) attachment of a photograph or a video up to 2 minutes in length.
- Nominations are due by Friday, May 22, 2015
- Please contact Tara Wilson with questions 713-337-1600
Engineers Without Borders
EWB-USA’s mission is to support community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.
EWB-USA works to achieve a vision of a world in which all communities have the capacity to meet their basic human needs. This vision is actively pursued by engaging in community-driven development programs. EWB-USA’s development approach requires that all program proposals come directly from the communities themselves. They’ve found that this increases the likelihood of a project’s success by ensuring that the needs addressed by our chapters are both identified and supported by the community. With the community's input, chapters design and implement low-cost, small-scale, replicable and sustainable engineering solutions to the problems identified by the community. Programs encompass water purification and delivery, sanitation, transportation and infrastructure projects, and sustainable and renewable energy systems.
The other historical problem EWB-USA’s mission addresses are gaps in the STEM education system. The United States ranks 52nd in the quality of STEM education and 27th in college students receiving engineering degrees. EWB-USA offers members transformative experiences that enrich global perspectives and produce better students and, ultimately, better leaders. This engagement also supplements traditional engineering curricula by focusing on the teaching of professional skills such as leadership, project management, cross-cultural communication and systems thinking.
Mitchell Energy Barnett Shale Team
In 1981 the late George Mitchell assembled a team of geologists, engineers, and other critical groups to find a commercially viable way to extract natural gas trapped in the North Texas Barnett shale formation. At the time, few people expected this endeavor to succeed, and none except maybe for George Mitchell himself, could have imagined the energy revolution this team would begin to unleash 17 years later. Today, the practice of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used to extract shale gas is a well-known process that has provided the United States with access to a plentiful low cost energy source. Shale gas is now sparking a resurgence in the North American manufacturing sector, leading to predictions of ~ 1 million new jobs being created over the next 10 – 15 years.
The thought leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and perseverance the Mitchell Energy Barnett Shale Team demonstrated over those 17 years is at the core of what the Spirit of ECC Award represents. It took tremendous teamwork to overcome all of the uncertainties and setbacks encountered in working on a new technology development project for that period of time. A diverse group of 62 people were at the core of this project, with no doubt many others contributing to the team’s ultimate success. These team members have not received a high level of notoriety for what they accomplished, making it even more satisfying to take the opportunity to acknowledge their achievement at the 2013 ECC Conference.
On August 5, 2010, a minor earthquake caused a mine to collapse in Copiapó, Chile, trapping 33 men underground. No one above knew if they were alive or even where they were. All they had to go on was that the men — or at least their corpses — were stuck somewhere between 500 and 800 meters below the earth. Everyone agreed on only one fact: any rescue effort was a race against time. No matter where the miners were when the shaft caved in, the survivors wouldn’t have enough water or food to last long. Answering the call for action, three companies selflessly came together as “Team Rabbit,” and through their creative technical thinking abilities, their critical project management skills, and the resources they deployed, they showed the world that the Capital Projects Industry can transcend its traditional scope, to serve the greater good of mankind and save human lives.
When the accident occurred, local drill teams had equipment capable of excavating down to 400 meters, but this was not enough, and managers were forced to issue an all-hands-on-deck call. Being major players in the Chilean mining industry, Drillers Supply International and Geotec Boyles Bros S.A., answered the call. They were joined later by Center Rock Inc., a small company in Pennsylvania specializing in drilling technology, after learning that the mine rescue would take too long. Building on their existing business relationships, these three companies became Team Rabbit, and successfully executed “Plan B,” as the media termed their successful evacuation project, rescuing the 33 miners and returning them to their families long before the initial projected date of Christmas. For their role in saving the 33 miners, ECC honored these three companies with the 2012 Spirit of ECC Award.
ECC Achievement Award
Since 1988, the ECC has been honoring outstanding industry leaders with the annual ECC Achievement Award (formerly the ECC Division Award). These award recipients are chosen based on 5 criteria. Individuals considered for the award are those who...
are Bold Risk Takers,
are truly Visionary,
have had a lasting positive Impact on the Competitive Face of Business, and
possess stature among their peers in the industry.
The prestigious list of past award recipients:
- 2014 - Richard Tucker, Founder, Construction Industry Institute, National Academy of Construction
- 2013 - Emmitt Nelson, Shell (retired), Co-Founder Zero Injury Institute
- 2012 - Alan Boeckmann, Chairman, Fluor
- 2011 - Khalid Farid, Sr. Vice President, Strategic Planning, AMEC
- 2010 - Dr. Jorge Vanegas, Dean, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University
- 2009 - Don Vardeman, Vice President of Worldwide Projects, Anadarko
- 2008 - Louis J. Cabano, Chairman, Pathfinder LLC
- 2007 - Noel G. Watson, Executive Chairman, Jacobs Engineering Group
- 2006 - Bill Greehey, Chairman of the Board, Valero Energy Corporation
- 2005 - James B. Porter, Jr., Du Pont
- 2004 - Bill Higgs and Paul Redmon, Mustang Engineers
- 2003 - Larry Evans, AspenTech
- 2002 - Jeet Bindra, Chevron/Caltex
- 2001 - Ed Merrow, IPA
- 2000 - Hugh K. Coble, Fluor Corporation
- 1999 - John Mihm, Phillips Petroleum Company
- 1998 - William A. Brookshire, S&B Engineering & Constructors Ltd.
- 1997 - W. I. (Irv) Doty, Shell Oil
- 1996 - Ted C. Kennedy, BE&K Inc.
- 1995 - Shelby Pierce, Amoco Corp.
- 1994 - Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., Bechtel Group, Inc.
- 1993 - Robert H. Miller, E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company
- 1992 - Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
- 1991 - Wallace L. Tanner, Shell Oil
- 1990 - Dave Tappan, Fluor Daniel
- 1989 - Al Crosby, Exxon
- 1988 - Albert Dib, Bubler, King & Bubler
Recognize those you feel embody the spirit of ECC. Will be awarded at the 45th ECC Annual Conference.
Help ECC build a network of emerging professionals and new leaders in our industry, for sharing fresh perspectives and new knowledge.