Joseph A. Ahearn

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"Retired Maj. Gen. Joseph A. “Bud” Ahearn, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAC, a senior executive with CH2M HILL in Denver, was recently named a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)...

"In his current position at CH2M HILL, Ahearn serves as the executive sponsor for the $11 billion U.S. Forces Korea Relocation program... Prior to joining CH2M HILL, Ahearn served in the military for 34 years, retiring with the rank of major general of the U.S. Air Force. As the Air Force Civil Engineer, he was responsible for the war fighting readiness of combat engineering forces and for shaping financial strategy, developing budgets and executing infrastructure programs totaling more than $10 billion annually.

"Ahearn has been actively involved in ASCE’s Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation (CEFI) and, as a founding sponsor, an active board member of Engineers Without Borders–USA. He is a former national president of the Society of American Military Engineers and the 2008 recipient of their Golden Eagle Award for exemplary industry leadership. He is also a founder and leader of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education Coalition in Denver, an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the National Academy of Construction. In addition to his numerous military awards, Ahearn received the Air Force Order of the Sword—the highest honor the Noncommissioned Officer Corps of the U.S. Air Force can bestow, the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering’s Honor Award for Professional Achievement and the Newman Medal from the Society of American Military Engineers for outstanding military engineering achievement in Europe.

"Ahearn received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s degree in engineering administration from Syracuse University. He is a resident of Greenwood Village, Colo."[1]

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  1. Joseph A. Ahearn, Engineers Without Borders–USA, accessed December 3, 2010.