Jenny Engineering’s Donde Honored

Prakash Donde, P.E., Principal at Jenny Engineering Corp. (JEC), was honored this past week with the 2015 Leader of Industry Award at the 54th Annual American Concrete Institute (ACI), New York Chapter, Concrete Industry Board’s (CIB) President’s Ball. This annual awards ceremony recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of those who have made significant contributions and advancements in the engineering industry. On May 15 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, 12 distinguished recipients were presented with the award by the CIB Officers and Board of Directors.

Donde, who has worked at JEC since 1980, has over 40 years of experience in civil, geotechnical and structural engineering and is one of the nation’s leading experts in the design and construction of tunnels and underground structures for water resources, storm and sanitary facilities, flood control, highways, railroads and transit systems. As a registered professional engineer in 10 U.S. states and in Singapore, he has served as Project Manager, Principal-in-Charge, and Tunnel Specialist on a long list of major award winning projects. As an authority figure in the industry, Donde has also written numerous publications on tunnel engineering and the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM), which he has been active in introducing to the U.S. industry.

Donde’s experience extends across North America and Asia, but one of his most notable accomplishments took place as Project Manager for the design effort on the Washington Metro Tunnel Section E-5 Fort Totten Station and Tunnels, the first soft ground NATM transit station and tunnels constructed in the United States. Due to innovative design techniques, an early completion date and substantial cost savings, this project received national recognition at the 1992 ACEC Award for Engineering Excellence.

Scott Roux, President & Managing Director of JEC stated, “I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of the ACI-CIB Leader of Industry Award. Prakash has led the charge in bringing NATM techniques to the U.S., and has worked on some of the most complex and important tunnel projects locally and internationally. It has truly been an honor to be able to work alongside this knowledgeable and driven engineer.”Donde-Award

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