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2023 Special Award Winners

The NCSEA Special Awards are bestowed on individuals who exemplify outstanding service and commitment to the association and to the structural engineering field. These dedicated servants, committed volunteers, and industry leaders were recognized and applauded at the Awards Celebration at the Structural Engineering Summit on Thursday, November 9, 2023.


Thomas A. Grogan, Jr., P.E., S.E.


The NCSEA Service Award

This award is presented to an individual who has worked for the betterment of NCSEA, member organizations, and the profession to a degree that is beyond the norm of volunteerism. It is given to someone who has made a clear and indisputable contribution to the organization and therefore to the profession.

Robert Cornforth Award

This award is presented to an individual for exceptional dedication and exemplary service to a Member organization and to the profession. The award is named for Robert Cornforth, a founding member of NCSEA and treasurer on its first Board of Directors. 


Terry Malone, P.E., S.E.


Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award

The Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award is presented to an individual who has a genuine interest in and extraordinary talent for effective instruction of practicing structural engineers. The award was established to honor the memory of Sue Frey, one of NCSEA's finest educators.


Thomas DiBlasi, P.E.


The James Delahay Award

This award is presented at the recommendation of the NCSEA Code Advisory Committee to recognize outstanding individual contributions toward the development of building codes and standards. It is given in the spirit of its namesake, a person who made a long and lasting contribution to the code development process.


Marcus Freeman, P.E.


Susan Ann “Susie” Jorgensen Presidential Leadership Award

This award was created to honor the late NCSEA Board President and advocate for the profession, Susan Ann "Susie" Jorgensen, who passed away in November 2020. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership potential through their activities within NCSEA and/or their SEA (even if they did not serve in a formal leadership role). The award is to be bestowed on candidates who embody Susie's passion, vision, and legacy of leadership, and it is intended to celebrate increased participation of emerging leaders and encourage recipients to engage (or continue to engage) in formal leadership.