The American Academy of Water Resources Engineers honored Rosemont-based Christopher B. Burke Engineering. Ltd Vice President Kay Whitlock with the 2019 Service to the Academy Award. The recognition came Monday, May 20 at a ceremony during the Environmental & Water Resources Institute Congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In choosing Whitlock for the award, the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers cited “her indelible contributions to the AAWRE, championing post-license board certification, and advancing the practice in water resources engineering.” The award was established in 2014 to recognize a Diplomate or Honorary Diplomate who has demonstrated outstanding and exemplary service and contributions to the academy.
“Kay was instrumental in making sure that the Academy was properly grounded and would be well received by ASCE membership and the engineering community,” founding AAWRE President Jeff Bradley said. “She has continued to support the AAWRE through service on many committees: Admissions, Bylaws, Eminence, and Nominations and served as the AAWRE President in 2010. Her dedication and support kept the AAWRE moving forward.”
Whitlock received praise from others for her work and dedication in the engineering field.
“Kay has been a champion for advancing the practice in the engineering profession and the mission of the AAWRE,” founding board member Bert Clemmens said.
Whitlock is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined CBBEL in 2001. She serves as vice president of the firm, managing multidisciplinary water resource, stormwater and flood control projects. She has decades of experience in the areas of water resource management, stormwater management, flood control, water and natural resource engineering, federal, state and local funding and legislative testimony for project authorizations.
“I’m honored by this recognition from the AAWRE and so grateful to the CBBEL team for their support in my involvement with this and many other wonderful organizations,” Whitlock said. “My goal is always to get work done and to help make things better, and I’m thrilled that I have the opportunity to do that.”
As a part of the Master Civil Engineering team, Whitlock currently manages the hydrology, hydraulics and water resource permitting for the O’Hare Modernization Program. She serves as the project manager for the Ecosystem Restoration Project in the Town of Cedar Lake, Indiana.