ACEC-SC celebrates excellence in engineering at annual awards ceremony

July 5, 2024

The American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) proudly honored outstanding professionals at the South Carolina Engineering Conference and Trade Show held June 6-8 in Greenville. This award presentation celebrated the achievements and contributions of engineers who have made significant impacts in their fields and the community.

ACEC-SC highlighted its commitment to honoring the people who support the engineering industry, ACEC-SC members, and those who work at its member firms with two new individual award presentations.

The night began with the announcement of Greg Maris, PE, a Project Geotechnical Engineer at NOVA Engineering and Environmental, as the 2024 ACEC-SC Young Professional of the Year. Maris is a distinguished graduate of The Citadel, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Environmental Engineering, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was recognized not only for his technical expertise but also for his dedication to giving back to the industry. Maris was also named the 2024 South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers (SCSPE) Young Engineer of the Year.

The 2024 ACEC-SC’s Engineer of the Year award is Dr. Jeff Mulliken, PE. Mulliken, a lifelong resident of South Carolina, has dedicated his career to advancing the engineering profession. He holds three degrees in Civil Engineering (BS, MS, and PhD) from the University of South Carolina and has served in various influential roles, including as a consultant, educator and leader within ACEC-SC.

Mulliken’s career began at the Savannah River Site, and he later moved on to significant positions at The LPA Group, Kimley Horn, STV, HOLT and currently, Carolina Transportation Engineers and Associates (CarolinaTEA). His extensive contributions include leading the ACEC-SC Future Leaders program, serving as the 2022-2023 ACEC-SC President, and his recent appointment as the ACEC-SC Affiliate National Director.

Mulliken is also an accomplished author and speaker, sharing his expertise and leadership insights nationwide. His dedication to the profession is reflected in his receipt of numerous awards, including the 2023 ASCE LeTellier Cup for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Profession of Civil Engineering.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of seasoned professionals, the event also recognized ACEC-SC’s eleventh class of Future Leaders. To be considered for the program, participants must be a top performer and dedicated employee of their firm with the potential to manage a team, group or company. This program is designed to cultivate the next generation of engineering leaders through a comprehensive curriculum covering leadership, project management, business development and more.

Congratulations to the 2024 class of ACEC-SC Future Leaders:

Tyler Andrews, HDR
Scott Baker, Stantec
Mathew Barnes, HDR
Brittany Groome, DRMP
Joe Haas, Michael Baker
Casey Howard, WSP
Thomas Inabenett, EAS Professionals
Nick Jehn, Kimley Horn
Taylor Johnson, SCI
Thomas Keller, ACTS
Jeff King, CECS
Nancy Krieg, McCormick Taylor
Katelyn Love, Access Traffic
Greg Maris, Nova
West Mauncey, Reveer Group
Katie McCoy, Thomas & Hutton
Amanda Noel, RK&K
Keith Powell, Mead & Hunt
Lauren Retivo, Schnable
Zack Simpson, Geoengineers
Mark Thomas, Colliers Engineering
Dylan Windham, Michael Baker
Michele Ziehl, Michael Baker

Dr. Jeff Mulliken, PE, who presented the Future Leader awards, encouraged the group to stay active in ACEC-SC, as their involvement is just the beginning of how the Council will shape them professionally and personally as a leader.

ACEC-SC’s awards presentation was a time of celebration, inspiration and recognition of the remarkable achievements within South Carolina’s engineering community. “We extend our sincere congratulations to all the award winners and participants,” said Adam Jones, ACEC-SC’s executive director. “Your dedication, hard work and passion for engineering continue to drive the profession forward.”


ACEC-SC’s mission is to advocate, advance and protect the business interests of engineering firms and standards of the engineering profession in South Carolina. For more information, visit