One felt the thrill of a dramatic whitewater adventure as a teenager. Another saw a demonstration of a liquid damper in a college lecture. Others disassembled a nuclear aircraft carrier in the Navy, or grew up surrounded by a family of stone masons. And one survived not one but two opioid overdoses, rescued by Narcan.
These are some of the defining moments and experiences that shaped this year’s ENR Newsmakers, chosen by the editors. Those moments inspired each of the industry change-makers to rethink their career trajectory, come up with clever new solutions or galvanize a team to accomplish great feats of design and construction.
As varied as their backstories and accomplishments are, these 25 Newsmakers are united in their efforts to make the industry—and their communities—better places to live and work. Read their stories on the pages that follow and meet them in person at ENR’s Award of Excellence gala on April 13 at Pier 60 in New York City. Visit enr.com/aoe to register.
Senior Director of Construction
Mountain View, California
Chad J. Basinger
Vice President Project Management
Swank Construction Co.
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
Sean P. Clifton
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Vice President, Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
New York City
Net Power LLC
McCarthy Building Cos.
Former Director, Boston Planning and Development Agency and Partner, Keegan Werlin LLP
Thomas S. Gunning
Building Trades Employers' Association Northeast (BTEA Northeast)
Senior Project Manager Infrastructure
Toronto Seniors Housing Corp.
Jesse D. Jenkins
Assistant. Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept. and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Princeton, New Jersey
Michael H. Jones
Principal Engineer, Associate Vice President
Vice President, Oracle Industry Lab
Oracle Vertical Industries
Rosemary J. Knight
George L. Harrington Professor of Earth Sciences, Stanford Universiay; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
Vice President of Construction
Harbor Bay Ventures
President Urban Foundation/ Engineering LLC
New York City
Hanford WTP Project Director and Senior Vice President
Bechtel National Inc.
Outdoor New England
Franklin, New Hampshire
Sarah Cherry Rice
Founder and Executive Director
Indianapolis Airport Authority
Don Scott Consulting
University Place, Washington
Wil V. Srubar III
Co-founder and Chief Technology Advisor, Prometheus Materials Science Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder