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Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given by the Structural Engineers Association of Connecticut and it's predecessor, the Structural Engineers Coalition of Connecticut to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of Structural engineering in their professor or for outstanding service to the structural engineering community in the State of Connecticut or Nationally.

Kenneth Gibble, PE
John Ruddy, PE

John Ruddy graduated from the University of Dayton in 1965 and from the Cleveland State University in 1971. John began his Connecticut Structural engineer journey with Fletcher Thompson where he rose through the ranks to become Chief Structural Engineer in He rose through the ranks of Fletcher Thompson where he was named their CEO and Chief Structural Engineer in was the CEO of Fletcher Thompson and was named Vice President of Engineering in 1981. He was awarded the Clemens Hershel Aware for his ASCE Lecture Series Notes titled, "Evaluation of Structural Concepts for Buildings" in 1988. In 1993, he was elected to the Fletcher Thompson Board of Directors. In 1998, John joined Structural Affiliates International in Nashville Tennessee as their Chief Operations Officer. John finished his career as a consultant for the American Institute of Steel Construction in Washington, D.C. John passed away of brain cancer in 2008 at the age of 66.

Richard DiSalvo, PE
Frank Zamecnik, PEPhil Burton, PE Emile Troup, PEJames J. Rongoe, PE
Jim Rongoe graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1971 and completed his graduate studies at Columbia and Hofstra Universities in 1974. In 1980, Jim established Rongoe Engineers, LLC where he worked until his retirement. Jim was involved with the Connecticut Code Advisory Committee and served on the International Building Code Structural Advisory Committee. Throughout his career, Jim sat on numerous technical committees with ASCE, AISC, NCSEA and ICC. He has published many papers and journal articles including, "Design Guideline for Continuous Beams Support Joist Roof Structures". In 1985 Jim was awarded the Lincoln Arc Welding award. Jim was instrumental in the early formation of the Structural Engineers Coalition of Connecticut and was inducted in the Connecticut Engineers Hall of Fame. Jim was awarded the James Delahey Award for his work on the Building code. Jim passed away in 2012 at the age of 64.
Robert O. Disque, PE
Robert Disque graduated Northwestern University in 1946 with a BS in Civil Engineering and from Drexel University with his Masters in Civil Engineering in 1950. Following work as a Structural Design Engineer in Philadelphia and New York City, he joined the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) in 1959 as District Engineer in Pittsburgh. He was promoted to Chief Engineer in 1963 at AISC headquarters in NYC. In 1980 Bob, joined the engineering faculty at the University of Maine as Associate Professor where he taught Structures and Steel Design. He rejoined AISC Headquarters in 1981. Bob was widely published during his professional career, including the text, "Applied Plastic Design in Steel" in 1971 and co-authoring the text, "Load and Resistance Design in Steel" with Lou Geshwinder in 1994. After retiring from AISC in 1992, he came to Connecticut where he worked with Gible Norton Champion Brown (GNCB) until his retirement. The 15th Edition of the AISC Steel Construction Manual is dedicated in his memory to, "Mr. Steel". Bob passed away in 2023 at the age of 97.

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