David Lowdermilk was recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) with its 2016 Distinguished Award of Merit for his contributions to the engineering profession over the past 35 years.
Lowdermilk, vice president and senior area manager of statewide operations for Pennsylvania, is an engineer and manager based in the Philadelphia office.
The ACEC/PA Distinguished Award of Merit recognizes an individual in the engineering profession who has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the consulting engineering profession and for service to the organization.
“Lowdermilk has contributed exponentially to the engineering profession and has advocated for the advancement of the consulting, engineering profession throughout his 35-year career,” according to an ACEC/PA press release announcing the award. “His commitment and passion for educating younger generations to pursue engineering as a career is vital not only to the community, but also to the future of consulting engineering.”
The Distinguished Award of Merit was presented to Lowdermilk at the 2016 ACEC/PA Diamond Awards Banquet on March 10 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Lowdermilk, a registered professional engineer in 10 states, served in the Philadelphia office of WSP USA from 1991 to 2000, first as chief highway engineer and then as operations manager. He returned to the firm in August 2014.
Lowdermilk has been an active member of ACEC/PA since 1995. He served as eastern chapter president for several years starting in 2000, and from 2007 until 2014 served on the organization’s executive committee. He served as president in 2013-2014, and as immediate past president in 2014-2015.
In addition to ACEC/PA contributions, Lowdermilk is a past president of the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. His professional affiliations also include the American Society of Highway Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society for Marketing Professional Services, and the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety.
He is the author of two industry publications: Structural Health Monitoring of Signature Bridges: An Engineer's Perspective for the International Association of Bridge Maintenance and Safety; and A Pragmatic, Risk-based Approach to Prioritizing Bridges.
His work has also been recognized with other awards. He was named 2008 Engineer of the Year by the Delaware County Chapter of Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, 2009 Civil Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers, 2009 Engineer of the Year by The Engineering Societies in the Delaware Valley, and 2009 Engineer of the Year by the Philadelphia section of Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.
Lowdermilk has volunteered for the past 20 years at the Players Club of Swarthmore, a non-profit community theatre organization, and has applied his project management skills in serving as both stage manager and club maintenance manager for the group. He also volunteers with Wasted Talent Productions as a partner in a business venture that provides technical theatrical expertise to high school and middle school groups.
“Lowdermilk is trusted by his clients, admired by his peers, and serves as a true example of living the value and ethics of today's consulting engineering profession,” ACEC/PA said in its release.