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June 2023

Washington, DC–The ACEC Research Institute is thrilled to announce a major donation from HDR, a leading engineering and consulting firm, which will bolster the Institute’s research capabilities and advance its mission of driving innovation and excellence in the engineering industry.

This substantial contribution will enable the ACEC Research Institute to continue to expand its portfolio of groundbreaking research initiatives and empower firm leaders with valuable insights and knowledge to shape the future of the profession.

HDR’s generous donation comes at a crucial time when research and development are essential for addressing the complex challenges facing America.

The Institute will utilize this gift to support multidisciplinary research projects, foster collaboration among experts, and inspire future generations to solve the world’s most challenging problems through engineering.

ACEC Research Institute’s Chair, Michael J. Carragher, PE, and president and CEO of VHB, expressed his deep appreciation for HDR’s commitment. “This remarkable contribution from HDR demonstrates their unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of the business of engineering through research. With their support, we can accelerate our efforts to address pressing industry issues and equip engineering firm leaders with the tools and insights they need to deliver innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions to our communities.”

HDR’s CEO, Eric L. Keen, PE, echoed Carragher’s sentiments, emphasizing the firm’s dedication to fostering a culture of innovation and knowledge advancement. Keen stated, “At HDR, we firmly believe in the power of research and its potential to shape a better future. We are delighted to partner with the ACEC Research Institute in their mission to use research to capitalize on the rapidly changing nature of technology and society to ensure a sustainable engineering industry. This donation is a demonstration of our shared commitment to innovation, sustainability, and excellence in engineering.”

HDR joins a growing list of donors that have stepped forward over the past three years to support the ACEC Research Institute at the highest level, Founder Circle, many of which were early contributors that helped launch the Institute:

Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine
John and Karen Carrato
The Joni & Gary Raba Family Foundation
POWER Engineers
ACEC Minnesota
Stanley Consultants
T. Baker Smith
ACEC Life/Health Trust

The ACEC Research Institute, through the generous support of all its donors, will continue to expand its research activities. By harnessing the collective expertise of its members and stakeholders, the Institute aims to develop transformative solutions that address the pressing challenges of our time, ensuring a safer, more sustainable, and resilient built environment for future generations.

Individuals, firms, and foundations interested in supporting the ACEC Research Institute should reach out to Daphne Bryant, executive director, at

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June 8, 2023

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