CEE Alumni Ellegood and Creech to Receive Awards at Annual Dinner-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni to Receive Awards at CEE Alumni Dinner

CEE will present two alumni awards at an annual dinner for alumni on October 23, 2008 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.  The CEE Distinguished Alumnus Award and the CEE Outstanding Alumni Service Award will be given at the dinner to be attended by alumni, faculty, staff and students of CEE. 


Michael S. Ellegood

The CEE Distinguished Alumnus Award is intended to recognize CEE alumni who have one or more major achievements that have improved the work of professional engineers or have improved people's lives in some way. This year the award will be presented to Michael S. Ellegood, (B.S. CE 1960). Mr. Ellegood currently applies his extensive project management experience and expertise as a course instructor for PSMJ, a leading world-wide consulting organization that conducts more than 200 A/E/C educational seminars and conferences annually.

Mr. Ellegood recently retired from his position as the Director of Public Works, Transportation Director and County Engineer for Maricopa County, Arizona, the sixth largest county in the country. Prior to working for Maricopa County, he was a senior manager at Parsons Transportation Group and T.Y. Lin, where he managed major transportation projects including work for CalTrans, The City of Los Angeles, and its ports. His 44 years as a professional engineer include design and project management of major urban transportation projects including the major long-span, Krotz Springs Bridge, the automated toll system development for the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road in Southern California and the infrastructure development for the Port of Long Beach California.

In addition to his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, Mr. Ellegood holds a Masters of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, where he subsequently taught classes in military engineering. His distinguished tenure with the Armed Forces as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers included service in both Korea and Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star for his service as a combat engineer in the latter.

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Richard T. Creech

The CEE Outstanding Alumni Service Award is intended to recognize CEE alumni who have made sustained contributions to the engineering profession. Individuals to be considered for this award must have provided outstanding service over a period of time. This year the award will be presented to Richard T. Creech. Mr. Creech is president of Creech Engineers, a civil engineering firm with offices throughout Florida. Creech Engineers specializes in large commercial and industrial site development, residential and subdivision land development, stormwater management, municipal capital improvement projects, transportation engineering, traffic engineering as well as surveying, mapping and geodetic services.

Recognized by the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society as Engineer of the Year in 1998, Mr. Creech was also honored when his firm received the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers Grand Award for Engineering Excellence for its work on East Fork Creek in Martin County, Florida that same year.

Mr. Creech has served the university on the Civil Engineering Advisory Council and on the CIT Dean's Leadership Council. He is currently president-elect of Carnegie Mellon's Alumni Association Board.