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INSIDE/OUT ISSUE 63

AUTUMN

NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 2016

Arnie Rusten Lauded for Outstanding Career Contributions and Achievements A respected leader and mentor, the former BergerABAM president and chief executive officer has led many successful harbor and coastal projects. to the advancement of the marine engineering profession, evidence of technical competence, high character and integrity, leadership in the development of younger marine professionals, and evidence of merit in advancing the Committee’s objectives.

From left to right: Andrew Cairns, COPRI chairman; Elmer Ozolin, BergerABAM; Arnie Rusten; and Norma Jean Mattei, ASCE president.

On 14 June 2016, Arnie Rusten was presented with the Kenneth M. Childs, Jr. Ports and Harbors Practitioner’s Award at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Ports 2016 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The award was established in 2005 in honor of Kenny Childs, a prominent ASCE Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) Ports and Harbors Committee leader, and recognizes ASCE marine engineering professionals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, mentorship, and achievement in harbor and coastal projects. The Ports and Harbors Committee established the Practitioner’s Award to distinguish engineers for their service

Elmer Ozolin, vice president of BergerABAM and Arnie’s longtime friend and colleague, presented the award and shared a brief summary of Arnie’s contributions to BergerABAM and the marine engineering field. Hailing from a farm near Honefuss, Norway, Arnie came to the United States on a skiing scholarship to the University of Idaho, where he earned his master’s in civil engineering. Arnie’s engineering career at BergerABAM started in 1977 with a wharf project at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington. Among his many notable projects was a new carrier homeport facility at Everett, Washington, a project that he worked on for 13 years as project engineer and project manager. This project included several major waterfront structures, including the south marginal wharf, a carrier pier, a breakwater pier, and finally, a modification to the breakwater pier to convert it to a berthing pier. Arnie also led the design on several U.S. Coast Guard projects, including Piers 36 and 37 in Seattle and the Neah Bay pier. Arnie was also instrumental in BergerABAM being selected for supporting Washington State Ferries, a continuous (continued on page 2)

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Inside/Out Newsletter | Autumn 2016 | Issue 63  

BergerABAM is a consulting firm offering services in the areas of planning, civil and structural engineering, architecture, environmental se...

Inside/Out Newsletter | Autumn 2016 | Issue 63  

BergerABAM is a consulting firm offering services in the areas of planning, civil and structural engineering, architecture, environmental se...