CII 2022 Leadership Awards

CII Recognizes Anne Ellis with the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence

CII established the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence in 1985 to honor an individual for significant achievements in improving the engineering and construction industry. The award is CII's highest honor and is recognized as one of the most presitious awards of its kind in the construction industry.

It is CII's honor to present the Carroll H. Dunn Award to Anne Ellis, Executive Director of the Pankow Foundation.

A member of the National Academy of Construction, Anne is a recognized structural engineer, trailblazer, and champion of innovation and AEC industry advancement.

Her career extends over four decades, six continents, and numerous boundary-spanning corporate roles enabling dynamic growth and innovation in technology, business and operations. True to the shared missions of organizations like CII and the Pankow Foundation, Anne recognizes that industry advancement grows from a collaborative, group effort.

She currently chairs the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences, the first woman elected to serve in this leadership role in the Institute’s 47-year history.

She serves on the American Society of Civil Engineers Industry Leaders Council and chairs the Board of the Structural Engineering Institute Futures Fund. Previously, Anne served as the 90th president of the American Concrete Institute, the second women elected to lead this global organization.

For leading the American Concrete Institute into "a new global approach to building and sharing information," she was named Most Influential People in Concrete Construction in 2013.

In recognition of her industry and professional accomplishments, Anne was inducted into the National Academy of Construction, the Virginia Tech Academy of Engineering Excellence, and the Virginia Tech Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Additionally, she has been elected to hold an Honorary Membership of the American Concrete Institute, is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and an Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Concrete Technology.

CII is proud to call the Pankow Foundation a partner, under Anne’s leadership. We greatly appreciate Anne – for her countless contributions that have truly improved our industry – and for all she continues to do.

CII Recognizes Dr. Edd Gibson with the Richard L. Tucker Leadership & Service Award

The Richard L. Tucker Leadership & Service Award recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the CII mission and to the success of CII as an organization. It is named in honor of Dr. Richard L. Tucker, who personally led the effort to create the Construction Industry Institute in 1983 and who served as the first CII Director from its inception until his retirement as Director in 1998.

​Since this individual received NINE nominations, we are confident that nobody will find it surprising that this year, the Tucker Award goes to the “Father of PDRI” … Arizona State University’s Dr. Edd Gibson!

Edd joined the Del E. Webb School of Construction within the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) in August 2009 as its Program Chairman and has held many leadership positions over the years, including the Director of the Program.

He led development and significant fundraising efforts for ASU, bringing in over $23 million in donations to the School during his tenure. Prior to joining ASU, Gibson started the accredited construction engineering program at the University of Alabama, and before that he was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin for 15 years.

Edd began his academic career at North Carolina State University and had several years of industry experience prior to academia, served as a U.S. Army officer, and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. Originally from Alabama, his educational background includes a bachelor's degree and doctorate in civil engineering from Auburn University and an MBA in Engineering Management from the University of Dallas.

Edd was instrumental in developing a number of CII tools: the suite of Project Definition Rating Index (PDRI) tools, the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Maturity and Accuracy Total Rating System (MATRS) tool and the Integrated Project Risk Assessment (IPRA) tool; JUST to name a few ….

Dr. Gibson is an elected member of the National Academy of Construction and a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) among many other distinctions and awards. Ironically, this marks the SECOND time Edd has received the Richard L. Tucker Service Award. In 2020, The National Academy of Construction named him their first recipient of this award.

Please join us in congratulating Edd for his many accomplishments to CII and our industry​.

CII Recognizes Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu with the James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership

This award was established in 2007 as a tribute to Jim Porter, who was instrumental in establishing FIATECH and whose vision, leadership, technical acumen, commitment to people, and tireless efforts have advanced the capital projects industry.

CII is pleased to present Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu, Vice President of Innovation at the Oracle Industry Lab and Oracle Vertical Industries, with the prestigious James C. Porter Award for Technology Leadership – in recognition for his many contributions, innovations, and dedication to the construction and engineering industry.

Under Dr. Kaplanoglu’s leadership, industrial integrated project delivery (I2PD) is now front-and-center for all visitors to the Oracle Industry Lab, where every solution and experience demonstrates the value of integration to a common data environment in driving collaboration and faster, better outcomes.

His “Lab” has grown to serve several industries as an environment where Oracle, its customers, and technology partners can innovate together to incubate, validate, and demonstrate new solutions. It has become a place for collaboration and innovation and we are proud to note that CII’s Research Team 382 (Technologies to Prevent Serious Injuries and Fatalities Related to Last-Minute Work Changes) was the FIRST in-person group to meet in the Lab’s new facility.

Burcin earned his engineering Ph.D. in 2007 and has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, Master’s in Project Management program since 2008.

Among other distinctions, Burcin:
  • Was featured in Engineering News Record (ENR)’s Critical Path Podcast for his work at Oracle Industry Lab.
  • LinkedIn has featured him in its “Top 5 Content Creators to Know.”
  • He was recognized as one of the “BuiltWorlds 2020 Mavericks” in the Technologists category.

Please join us in congratulating Burcin for this well-deserved honor!

Date posted: July 27, 2022